The 10-player category 9 event (average 2,457) ran from 16 to 24 October and resulted in a convincing victory for Alexei Fedorov from Belarus, who scored 7.5/9 ahead of two Danes, Peter Heine Nielsen and Steffen Pedersen on 6.5;
Viacheslav Dydyshko (Belarus) and Roy Harald Fyllingen (Norway) 5; Simon Bekker-Jensen and Erling Mortensen (both Denmark) 4.5; Allan Holst (Denmark) 3; Berge Ostenstad (Norway) 2.5; and Steen Grabov (Denmark) the magnificent total of 0/9! And there was also an International Master tournament - category 3, average 2,303) which was won by the Russian Igor Yagupov with a splendid 8.5/9.
Fedorov (whom I've met twice this year, at the Goodricke Open in Calcutta in February and at Katrineholm in May making a draw and a win) is a ferocious attacking player who likes to play the King's Indian as Black against 1 d4 and, most unusually today, is more than happy to undertake the ancient King's Gambit as White after 1 e4 e5. He used it twice in Aarhus, scoring 1.5/2, though the win in round four was certainly more convincing than the draw in the last round.
In round nine, Steffen Pedersen varied in the diagram with 12 ...Kf8 and after 13 g4 Nxd5 14 g5 Bf5 15 Bd2 Qd7 16 0-0-0 Re8 17 Qf3 Qa4 18 Bd3 Qxa2 19 c3 Bg6 20 Ne4 Nb6 21 Rde1 Na4 22 Nf6 Qxb2+ 23 Kd1 Qb3+ they agreed a draw since Black must take the perpetual.
But the really interesting theoretical question - which I can't easily answer - is Fedorov's intended improvement against 12 ...Rg6 intending to lure the pawn to 13 h5 so that after 13 ...Rg8 a later g4 will never threaten g5; for this is how the game of Westerinen vs Peter Heine Nielsen (who, after all, came second in Aarhus), Gausdal Masters 1995, continued, and Black later won.
As Holst played, White got a delightful position though 20...h5? was a blunder, losing immediately.
White: Alexei Fedorov
Black: Allan Holst
Aarhus 1999 (Round 4)
1 e4 e5
2 f4 exf4
3 Nf3 g5
4 h4 g4
5 Ne5 d6
6 Nxg4 Nf6
7 Nf2 Rg8
8 d4 Bh6
9 Nc3 Nc6
10 Nd5 Nxd5
11 exd5 Ne7
12 Qe2 (see diagram)
13 Bd2 f3
14 gxf3 Bxd2+
15 Kxd2 cxd5
16 Re1 Kf8
17 Kc1 Nf5
18 Qd2 Qf6
19 Ng4 Qxd4
20 Bd3 h5
21 Nh6 Rg2
22 Nxf5 Rxd2
From the blogs
There is a good many moments in the second episode of this psychological thriller that deserve refle...
The opening titles squeal ‘Never Can Say Goodbye…’. Oh Lord how I wish I could heave this series off...
The main course on most beer matching menus tends to be meat. Not just any meat, pork. And I’m not t...
Norman Tebbit is not the first Tory peer to raise the hypothetical possibility of an heir to the thr...
Jeremy Paxman reveals he has heard senior Tories calling activists 'swivel-eyed loons'
Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
Strewth mate. Aussies wave goodbye to Britain as it becomes too pricey to stay
X marks the spot: The find that could rewrite Australian history
Oklahoma tornado latest: Obama pledges support for 'as long as it takes' to rebuild the suburb of Moore
- 1 'He was lucky he didn't die' - George Michael fell out of speeding car onto M1 motorway, according to eye witness
- 2 Austerity has hardened the nation's heart
- 3 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 4 X marks the spot: The find that could rewrite Australian history
- 5 'It was just like the movie Twister': Man survives Oklahoma tornado by taking refuge in horse stall
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.
£350 - £500 per day: Progressive Recruitment: Project Manager - Public Sector ...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: HR Manager Independe...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits: Huxley Associates: INTERIM HR MANAGER - ...