Tuesday 21 December 1999
This city in eastern France just by the Swiss border has been the home to many events before and since, due to the massive energy of Jean-Paul Touze; and is currently hosting a powerful tournament - the 4th Masters Comtois d'Echecs.
Averaging 2,614 (category 15) the six-player double-rounder features an interesting mixture of players with (in rating order) Alexei Fedorov (Belarus), Vadim Zvjaginsev (Russia), Mikhail Gurevich (Belgium) and Viktor Bologan (Moldavia); Ye Jiangchuan from China; and French IM Arnaud Hauchard.
The six have created plenty of action, with nine of the 21 games in the first seven rounds decisive, to leave Bologan first on 4.5, ahead of Fedorov and Ye 4; Gurevich 3.5; Zvjaginsev and Hauchard 2.5. This interesting gamelet was played on Sunday. 11...Bd6 was very bold though Alexei Shirov has claimed that the "main line" starting 11...Bg4 12 d5 Bxf3 13 gxf3 cxd5 14 Bxd5 Ba3 15 c3 0-0 16 Be4 is good for White. After 13 d5!, Black, with his king stuck in the centre, was soon in trouble. 24 Be7+! finished off nicely - if then 24...Kxe7 25 Nxd5+ Kd6 26 Qb6+ Kxd5 27 Qa5+ b5 28 Qd2+ Kc6 29 Rxe6+ fxe6 30 Qxg5 etc.
White: Ye Jiangchuan
Black: Arnaud Hauchard
Belfort 1999 (Round 7)
1 e4 d5
2 exd5 Qxd5
3 Nc3 Qa5
4 d4 c6
5 Bc4 Bf5
6 Nf3 Nf6
7 Bd2 e6
8 Nd5 Qd8
9 Nxf6+ Qxf6
10 Qe2 Nd7
11 0-0-0 Bd6!?
12 Bg5 Qg6
13 d5! cxd5
14 Rxd5 Be7
15 Bxe7 exd5
16 Bxd5 Be6
17 Bd6 Rd8
18 Re1 Nb6
19 Qb5+ Rd7
20 Ne5 Qg5+
21 Re3 Nxd5
22 Nxd7 a6
23 Nf6+ Kd8
24 Be7+! Kc8
25 Qc5+ Kb8
26 Nd7+ 1-0
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