GM Lagarde Maxime – GM Rauf Mamedov, Sicilian Sveshnikov, Blitz chess

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European Individual Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2018, Skopje, Macedonia
GM Lagarde Maxime – GM Rauf Mamedov, Sicilian Sveshnikov, Blitz chess

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GM Lagarde Maxime – GM Rauf Mamedov
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. exd5 Nb8 9. c4 a6 10. Nc3 Nd7 11. Be2 Be7 12. b4 a5 13. bxa5 O-O 14. a4 f5 15. O-O Rxa5 16. Nb5 Nc5 17. Bd2 Ra8 18. a5 Bd7 19. Bb4 b6 20. Bxc5 bxc5 21. a6 e4 22. Ra3 f4 23. Bg4 f3 24. gxf3 Bxg4 25. fxg4 Bf6 26. Qe2 Be5 27. Qxe4 Rf4 28. Qe2 h5 29. Rg3 Rxa6 30. gxh5 Rh4 31. Rg2 Ra4 32. f4 Bxf4 33. Qe6+ Kh8 34. Qf7 Be5 35. Nc7 Ra7 36. Qf8+ Qxf8 37. Rxf8+ Kh7 38. Ne6 Ra1+ 39. Rf1 Bxh2+ 40. Kf2 Ra2+ 41. Kf3 Ra3+ 42. Kf2 Be5 43. Ng5+ Kg8 44. Rb1 Ra2+ 45. Kf3 Rf4+ 46. Ke3 Rxg2 0-1

Blitz chess (also known as speed or fast chess) is a type of chess in which each player is given less time to consider their moves than normal tournament time controls allow. Openings, tactics and strategy are same.

Sveshnikov Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5

By advancing the c-pawn two squares, Black asserts control over the d4-square and begins the fight for the centre of the board. The move resembles 1…e5, the next most common response to 1.e4, in that respect. Unlike 1…e5, however, 1…c5 breaks the symmetry of the position, which strongly influences both players’ future actions. White, having pushed a kingside pawn, tends to hold the initiative on that side of the board. Moreover, 1…c5 does little for Black’s development, unlike moves such as 1…e5, 1…g6, or 1…Nc6, which either develop a minor piece or prepare to do so. In many variations of the Sicilian, Black makes a number of further pawn moves in the opening (for example, …d6, …e6, …a6, and …b5). Consequently, White often obtains a substantial lead in development and dangerous attacking chances.

Meanwhile, advancing a queenside pawn has given Black a spatial advantage there and provides a basis for future operations on that flank. Often, Black’s c5-pawn is traded for White’s d4-pawn in the early stages of the game, granting Black a central pawn majority. The pawn trade also opens the c-file for Black, who can place a rook or queen on that file to aid their queenside counterplay.

The Sveshnikov Variation was pioneered by Evgeny Sveshnikov and Gennadi Timoshchenko [ru] in the 1970s. Before their efforts, the variation was called the Lasker–Pelikan Variation. Emanuel Lasker played it once in his world championship match against Carl Schlechter, and Jorge Pelikan played it a few times in the 1950s, but Sveshnikov’s treatment of the variation was the key to its revitalization. The move 5…e5 seems anti-positional as it leaves Black with a backwards d-pawn and a weakness on d5. Also, Black would have to accept the doubled f-pawns in the main line of the opening. The opening was popularised when Sveshnikov saw its dynamic potential for Black in the 1970s and 80s. Today, it is extremely popular among grandmasters and amateurs alike. Though some lines still give Black trouble, it has been established as a first-rate defence.


  1. Nice caption about the Sveshnikov Variation 👍🏿

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