Chess

PREDRAG NIKOLIC completed victory in the Dutch Championship in Rotterdam on Thursday after leading from start to finish. A draw as Black against Dmitri Reinderman in just 12 moves brought Nikolic up to 8.5/11; and while his nearest pursuer, Jeroen Piket, could have caught up by winning, he was Black against the formidable Loek Van Wely and the two were happy to draw by repetition after just 24 moves.

So Piket was second on 8 and the other scores were Reinderman, Van der Wiel and Van Wely 7, Ivan Sokolov a disastrous 5.5, Van den Doel and Van der Sterren 5, Cifuentes 4, Peng Zhaoqin 3.5, Nijboer - a worse catastrophe for him even than Sokolov's - 3, and Janssen 2.5.

6 Nce2 in the opening seems to be a new move, with 6 Na2 and 6 Nb1 having been played previously. Round about move 12, White had a lead in development but Black could take solace in his excellent structure. After the game, Van Wely suggested 18 ...h6 as an improvement when if 19 Bf4?! e5 20 Ngf5 exf4 21 e5 is probably unsound after 21 ...0-0-0, while if 19 Bc1 or 19 Be3 (when 19 ...Nxe4 also becomes a possibility) Black could continue as in the game with 19 ...g6.

White got a dangerous attack and after the game they felt that following the second pawn grab 25 ...Nxb2, White was probably winning so perhaps Black should have tried 25 ...Rfd8 - but not 25 ...Nxe5 26 Nxe5 Bxe5 27 Nc5! Nxc5 28 Qxe5.

26 Rxd7 might conceivably be a good move earlier, but in any case after 26 Rd4 if eg 26 ...Rfd8 27 Bxg7 Kxg7 28 Qb3 traps the knight, though Nxe5 29 Rxd8 Nxf3+ 30 gxf3 Rxd8 31 Qxb2+ Kg8 isn't over, and 28 Nf6!? continues the attack.

After 27 Rxd7! and 28 Nf6+ it was all over. Black had to jettison the queen, since if 31 ...Qc6 32 Bg7 Rfc8 33 Kh2! Qc1 34 Re3 (or even 34 Qxh5 gxh5 35 Rxh5) soon forces mate.

White: Predrag Nikolic

Black: Loek Van Wely

Queen's Gambit Slav

jspeelman@compuserve.com

1 d4 d5

2 c4 c6

3 Nc3 dxc4

4 e4 b5

5 a4 b4

6 Nce2!? e6

7 Nf3 c5

8 Ng3 cxd4

9 Bxc4 Ba6

10 Qd3 Qc8

11 Bb5+ Bxb5

12 Qxb5+ Nd7

13 Nxd4 a6

14 Qe2 Nc5

15 0-0 Qb7

16 Re1 Nf6

17 Bg5 Nfd7

18 Rad1 g6

19 e5 Bg7

20 Nf3 h6

21 Bf4 a5

22 h4 h5

23 Qe3 Nxa4

24 Ne4 0-0

25 Bh6 Nxb2

26 Rd4 Na4 (see diagram)

27 Rxd7! Qxd7

28 Nf6+ Bxf6

29 exf6 Qa7

30 Qg5 Qc5

31 Re5 Rfc8

32 Rxc5 Rxc5

33 Ne5 Rxe5

34 Qxe5 b3

35 Bc1 Rc8

36 Qf4 1-0

Arts and Entertainment
Billie Piper as Brona in Penny Dreadful
tvReview: It’s business as usual in Victorian London. Let’s hope that changes as we get further into the new series spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
No Offence
tvReview: No Offence has characters who are larger than life and yet somehow completely true to life at the same time spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
The Queen (Kristin Scott Thomas) in The Audience
theatreReview: Stephen Daldry's direction is crisp in perfectly-timed revival
Arts and Entertainment

Will Poulter will play the shape-shifting monsterfilm
Arts and Entertainment

books
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
    General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

    On the margins

    From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
    Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

    'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

    Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
    Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

    Why patients must rely less on doctors

    Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
    Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

    Flesh in Venice

    Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
    11 best anti-ageing day creams

    11 best anti-ageing day creams

    Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
    Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

    Juventus vs Real Madrid

    Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
    Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

    Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

    Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
    Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

    Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

    Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

    Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
    China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

    China's influence on fashion

    At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
    Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

    The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

    Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
    Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

    Rainbow shades

    It's all bright on the night
    'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

    Bread from heaven

    Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
    Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

    How 'the Axe' helped Labour

    UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power