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Slaying the Slav with Ding Liren!

GM Swapnil Dhopade

GM Swapnil Dhopade

Headcoach - Chess Pathshala

  1. August 3, 2020

Slaying the Slav with Ding Liren!

Ding Liren vs Svidler Peter, Legends Of Chess 2020

Hello Dear Readers,

"He who fears an isolated Queen's pawn should give up chess." quoted the great Siegbert Tarrasch. 

In this game the Chinese grandmaster impressively outplays his Russian opponent in the Slav Defence. He efficiently uses the isolated queen pawn to launch devastating initiative thus winning the game in just twenty-six moves! 


The moment has come. Can you guess the best move for white to seize the initiative?


Find the best move for white!

And black resigned. A great illustration by Ding Liren on the isolated Queen’s pawn!

I hope you enjoyed the game and got some insight on the isolated Queen’s pawn.

Before you leave, here are the solutions of yesterday’s puzzles.

1. Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik, Legends of Chess 2020.

20… c3! 21. Bxc3 Bd6 22. h3 b4 23. Bd2 Bh2+ 24. Kh1 Be5 25. Qc2 Bxa1 26. Rxa1 Qe5 (- +) 0-1


2. Kramnik vs Nepomniachtchi, Legends of Chess 2020.

32… Rxh2+ 33. Kg1 (If white goes 33. Kxh2 black mates by Qf4+ 34. Kg1 Qxe3+ 35. Kh1 Rh3+ 36. Kg2 Qf3+ 37. Kg1 Rh1#) 33… Rg3+!! 34. Kxh2 Qf2+ 35. Kh1 Rh3# 0-1


3. Svidler vs Leko, Legends of Chess 2020.

22. Bxh7+ Kxh7 23. Qh5+ Kg8 24. fxe5 g6 (24… Bf8 ? 25. Qxf7+ Kh8 26. Rf5 + -) 25. Qf3 f5 26. exd6 (+/-) 1-0


4. Anand vs Kramnik, Legends of Chess 2020.

34. Bg6 Nb3 35. Re1 Be8 36. Nf5 fxg6 37. Nd6+ Kc7 38. Nxe8+ Kd7 39. Nd6 g5 40. Nf5 Ke8 41. Nxh6 (+ –) Although, in the game white made mistakes and lost the game.

Hope you enjoyed the article. Stay tuned for the next blog!

Good day.

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