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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nice first round at Chess Olympiad

Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess News & Trivia (c) 2010

Hi Everyone,

The first round was exciting at the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk. Though most of the teams maintained their expected results there were some surprising individual results. But that happens in chess all the time. And, that's the magic of chess. You don't know when and who will suddenly see magic moves or come up with a super plan. In the end it's not about who wins but about the great games that are played.

Here is a nice video from Round 1.

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Meanwhile, here is a nice game from Round 1. You can run the moves through our pgnplayer or watch in flash below.

PGN: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. g3 a6 7. Bg2 d6 8. O-O Bd7 9. Nb3 b5 10. a4 b4 11. Ne2 Nf6 12. a5 e5 13. c3 Be6 14. Bg5 Rb8 15. Rc1 Be7 16. Nbd4 Nxd4 17. cxd4 Qxa5 18. Qd3 Bd7 19. Rfe1 Bb5 20. Qb3 O-O 21. Ra1 Qc7 22. Qa2 h6 23. Bd2 Qc2 24. b3 Rfc8 25. Nc1 exd4 26. Bxb4 Ng4 27. Bh3 Ne5 28. Bxc8 Nf3+ 29. Kh1 Nxe1 30. Bf5 Qd1 31. Ne2 Qxe2 32. Bxe1 Qf1 0-1

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