In the elite chess tournaments the name of the Radoslaw Wojtaszek is not that often in the centre of events. Sure, he is often invited and participating, but for most people he is better known as Anand’s second than as elite competitor.
However, in round 8 he showed why Anand hired him as he displayed one of the best pieces of opening preparation I have seen recently.
In a sharp variation of the Grünfeld he introduced the idea of GM Gajewsky (who also worked for Anand). It would appear that the 16 Qh4! idea basically refutes the whole 14… Nb4 line (see the analysis of the game below for more details).
Another round, another hat-trick of decisive games, another Topalov win
After scoring a spectacular win in round two, and a crushing loss in round five, after the rest day Veselin Topalov moves to +1 in the tournament once again with a win against Pavel Eljanov in Vugar Gashimov Memorial round 6.
True, compared to his second round encounter, the game against Eljanov was not a smooth ride.
After missplaying the White side of the Queen’s Indian line that first appeared in Korthscnoj’s games, Topalov found himself in serious trouble.
Eljanov built an appreciable kingside pressure and also created the weak a4 – c4 pawn duo on the queenside.
However, there is still much joy in playing the opponent in real life instead over the computer screen.
Whether it is just a friendly evening blitz , or a serious tournament game, the sound of piece movement, clock ticking and old men coughing their lungs out represent an integral part of chess culture (note: for the sake of this article we consider that “friendly blitz games” do exist).