Pursuits: Chess

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SERGEI FEDOROV won the 10th Goodricke Open in Calcutta on Tuesday at a canter, having already secured first place with a round to spare. His run of five straight wins ended on Monday in a draw with me, after I managed to trick him to gain some advantage but then stupidly lost two whole tempi and in annoyance proposed peace.

Dolmatov and Sorokin had already split the point, so this guaranteed him victory. In the last round Fedorov drew quickly to end on 9/11, well clear of Dolmatov, Sorokin and Ehlvest on 7.5; nine players, including me, finished with 7.

The sponsors, the Goodricke tea company, will have been delighted by their 10th edition which not only saw uncompromising fighting chess but also gave rise to three or (depending on a technicality) four international master titles, a second IM norm for DK Sharma and, for the world girls' under-12 champion, Kaneru Humpy, her first women's international norm.

On Tuesday, I most unfairly gave Fedorov's only loss. Here, in recompense, are two of his eight wins.

White: Sergei Fedorov

Black: Narayanan Neelakanthan

King's Gambit

1 e4 e5

2 f4 exf4

3 Nf3 Be7

4 Bc4 Bh4+

5 Kf1 d5

6 exd5 Be7

7 d4 Bd6

8 Bb3 Bg4

9 c4 b6

10 Nc3 Ne7

11 Bc2 h6

12 Qe1 0-0

13 Qh4 Qd7

14 c5! bxc5

15 dxc5 Bxf3?

16 cxd6 Ng6

17 Bxg6 Bxg2+

18 Kxg2 fxg6

19 Qe7 Qg4+

20 Kf2 Rf6

21 Ne4 Qh4+

22 Kf1 Qh3+

23 Ke1 Rf7

24 Qe8+ Rf8

25 Nf6+ gxf6

26 Qxg6+ Kh8

27 Rg1 1-0

Black was quickly overrun by the tactics. The critical blunder was 15 ...Bxf3? after which White wins a piece. Instead, a move earlier he should have played 14 ...Ng6! 15 Bxg6 Be7! when 16 c6 Bxh4 17 cxd7 Bxf3 18 Bf5 Bh5 19 Bxf4 Bg6 20 Bh3 f5 is still a fight.

White: Sergei Fedorov

Black: Aleksander Wojtkiewicz

Sicilian Najdorf

1 e4 c5

2 Nf3 d6

3 d4 cxd4

4 Nxd4 Nf6

5 Nc3 a6

6 f3 Nc6

7 Be3 d5

8 Nxd5 Nxd5

9 exd5 Qxd5

10 c3 e5

11 Nb3 Qxd1+

12 Rxd1 Be6

13 Bb6 Be7

14 Bd3 Rc8

15 0-0 Nb8

16 Rfe1 Nd7

17 Bf2 f6

18 f4 Kf7

19 f5! Bxb3

20 axb3 Rhd8

21 b4 Nf8

22 Be4 Rxd1

23 Rxd1 Rb8

24 Ba7 Ra8

25 Bb6 Rb8

26 g4 Ke8

27 Kf2 Nd7

28 Be3 h6

29 Kf3 Bd8

30 c4 Rc8

31 c5 Rc7

32 Rd6 Be7

33 Re6 Kd8

34 h3 Nb8

35 Rb6 Kc8

36 b5 axb5

37 Rxb5 Nc6

38 Bd5 Kb8

39 Ke4 Na7

40 Ra5 Nc6

41 Ra4 Na7

42 Rc4 Nb5

43 Rc1 Rc8

44 Kd3 Rd8

45 Kc4 Na7

46 b4 Nc6

47 Be4 Nd4

48 Ra1 Bf8

49 Ra2 Rd7

50 b5 Rd8

51 b6 Rc8

52 Bxd4 exd4

53 Ra7 Rxc5+

54 Kxd4 Re5

55 Rxb7+ Kc8

56 Rc7+ Kd8

57 Bd5 Re7

58 Ra7! 1-0

In a queenless middlegame Fedorov got control after 18 ...Kf7 19 f5. Black should have tried 18 ...Bxb3 19 axb3 exf4 to get e5 for his knight. If 36 ...Nd7 37 Re6! - mate threat - Nxc5 38 Rxe7 Rxe7 39 Bxc5 Rc7 40 b4 should win. The rest was torture.