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Hello again readers, it is a pleasure to meet here once again. Of course, everyone knows that the FIDE world cup has recently been taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan, a place known for being the birth place of the great Gary Kasparov who, for me, is undoubtedly the best player in the history of chess.
I was fortunate to represent Colombia in the last version of this tournament in Sochi, Russia, facing a 2600 Grandmaster and, although I was eliminated in the tie-breaks, it was a great experience for a chess player to participate in this important event. That is why I am sharing a series of exciting games from this great event this month.

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Queen’s Gambit Accepted 6...a6 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.a4 [D27/35]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c5 5.e3 dxc4 6.Bxc4 a6 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.a4 b6 9.0-0 Bb7 10.Qe2 Bd6. 11.Rd1 Qc7 12.h3 cxd4 13.exd4:

In Batsiashvili, N - Goryachkina, A, which started as a Semi-Tarrasch Defense, but transposed into a Queen’s Gambit Accepted, we enter an isolated queen pawn structure on, leaving the middlegame White achieves a small advantage in the placement of her pieces and control of the central squares, but in 34.Kd3?! a clear chance to win the game disappears.

Queen’s Gambit Accepted 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 a6 6.0-0 b5 7.Be2 [D27]

In Kuzubov, Y - Tissir, M we have a Queen's Gambit Accepted after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 a6 6.0-0 b5 7.Be2 Nbd7:

Black came out of the opening without problems and achieved equality in just 20 moves. My appreciation of this type of game is the struggle for imbalance that the Grandmasters have, their tenacity and the part of their technical superiority in the endgame. We'll see how Black unnecessarily creates weak points in his position iwith the move 48...f5?!.

Slav Triangle 4.e3 e6 5.Nbd2 c5 6.cxd5 exd5 [D30]

In the exciting Keymer, V - Carlsen, M match, the strength of the former world champion was seen after losing the first match of the classic game with the Black pieces, and coming back into the match with superb endgame technique that only this player has shown.

In the tie-break game in particular, the isolated pawn structure occurred again, Carlsen controlled the situation well and after several exchanges of pieces, all that remained was to sign the draw.

QGD, Exchange Variation 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 0-0 8.Bd3 Re8 9.Nge2 [D35]

In this game, Divya, D - Goryachkina, A, we find one of the typical Carlsbad Variation plans, the queenside minority attack.

White achieved her goal after 26.bxc6 bxc6 where she had a slight advantage but it was not enough to take the full point, in the end the game ended in a draw.

QGD Modern Variation 4.Bg5 dxc4 5.e3 a6 6.Bxc4 b5 7.Bb3 Bb7 8.Nf3 Be7 [D50]

In Cyfka, K - Castrillon, M a Queen's Gambit Declined was played where Black came out of the opening quite comfortably after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxc4 5.e3 a6 6.Bxc4 b5 7.Bb3 Bb7 8.Nf3 Be7 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.Qe2 c5. 11.Rfd1 cxd4:

However, sometimes it is necessary to opt for simple chess and following the basic concepts: rooks to the files and improve the position little by little, but instead the Colombian player made certain inaccuracies that Cyfka took advantage of with great class. First 17...Qh5?, allowing a combination, and then complete collapse after 24.Rc8?? when the game was decided in favor of White.

QGD Orthodox Defense 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 0-0 8.Qc2 Nbd7 [D61]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 0-0 8.Qc2 Nbd7 9.a3:

In the game between the Kozul, Z - Sanal, V players we analyze an orthodox defense where the Croatian veteran could have caused a bit of a problem for Black's development with the move 14.Ne4, with the idea of avoiding ...c5. The other key moment we observed was 19.Kd1 when it seemed that the position was under control, however, the rook on e5 was not well placed and could suffer from various tactical issues. Instead, the correct move was 19.Bxf6.

Open Catalan 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 a5 7.Qc2 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 c6 9.a4 b5 [E04]

In the Bachman, A - Bilgunn, S game we will dive into a specific variation of the Catalan where both players were well prepared and after 11.Qg5 the transition to a very interesting position occurs:

The game in question was interesting, Black made a correct queen offer that White couldn't accept. Both sides had to be careful in the end with some subtleties, but the Paraguayan master was never in big trouble.

Closed Catalan 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 [E11]

In Nesterov, A - Peralta, F a closed Catalan was reached which entered a Dutch-style position:

There were two important critical moments, the first was 14...fxe4?! when the capture with the d-pawn had to be considered to maintain ta majority on that flank and the possibility of breaking with ...e5 and activating the pieces, and the second was 28.dxe5? 28.Nd3! with a huge advantage.

Till next month, Esteban

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