Ernesto Inarkiev Takes Sole Lead In Kosovo After 8 Rounds

Время публикации: 21.05.2016 11:00 | Последнее обновление: 21.05.2016 11:00

The top game in the European Championship in Gjakova has ended with Inarkiev winning as Black against David Navara.

Photo -

The Czech GM, playing White for the second time in a row (after two games as Black) somewhat lost his way in the middlegame. In an approximately equal double-edged position he took a chance with advancing his pawn wall protecting his king with 19.g4? and 20.g5?, which effectively proved decisive. As time trouble arrived despite the complications the Russian player didn’t waste his huge advantage and is now the sole leader with 7 points.

Translated by Ilan Rubin

[Event "17th ch-EUR Indiv 2016"] [Site "Gjakova KOS"] [Date "2016.05.20"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Navara, David"] [Black "Inarkiev, Ernesto"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2735"] [BlackElo "2686"] [ECO "E48"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "4.e3 O-O, 5.Bd3 d5"] [EventDate "2016.05.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Ne2 Re8 8. O-O Bf8 9. Bd2 b6 10. Nf4 Bb7 11. Qf3 a6 12. Rad1 Ra7 13. Bc2 c5 14. dxc5 bxc5 15. Qh3 g6 16. Nce2 Bc6 17. Bc3 Nbd7 18. Bb3 Qa8 19. g4 Ne5 20. g5 d4 21. f3 dxc3 22. gxf6 c4 23. Bc2 Nxf3+ 24. Kf2 cxb2 25. Qg3 Qb8 26. Nc3 Ne5 27. h4 Rd7 28. h5 Qd8 29. hxg6 fxg6 30. Rxd7 Qxd7 31. Kg1 Kf7 32. Ne4 Bh6 33. Qh4 Bxe4 34. Bxe4 Qg4+ 35. Qxg4 Nxg4 36. Bd5+ Kxf6 37. Nxg6+ Kg5 0-1


Смотрите также...

  • He has reason to smile

  • Another Russian celebrates his victory

  • We have already commented twice on Aleksey Goganov’s successes in Gjakova. Let’s now take a close look at his latest victory, following which Aleksey finds himself hot on the heels of the tournament leader.

    Mateusz BARTEL - Aleksey GOGANOV
    European Championship 2016, 8th round

    Ruy Lopez Opening
    (Commentary by Alexei Yarovinsky)
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5

  • Going into the fourth round of the European Championship in Gjakova two Georgian GMs were among the competitors yet to lose a game: that country’s undisputed number one Baadur Jobava and the experienced Zurab Sturua, who has been one of the top players on the veterans circuit in recent years. But last night their paths diverged. For how long, though?


  • With two rounds to go in the European Championship at Kosovo Ernesto Inarkiev is firmly in pole position. However, the battle is not only about first place. The players are also competing for invitations to the World Cup (the first 23 participants get a ticket) as well as for cash (22 main prizes plus 10 additional prizes). Not to mention the creative aspect, which as usual is the focus of our commentator Alexei Yarovinsky, who reflects on several fragments from round 9 below. 

  • The second round of the European Championship in Gjakova saw a number of fierce battles. The only exceptions were a few games between compatriots that ended in harmless draws: between the Czech players Hracek and Navara, and between Belarusians Stupak and Zhigalko.

  • Commentary by David Navara and Alexei Yarovinsky. Analysis of the key games

  • Nothing attractive about Gjakova except the chess games

  • Looking at the tournament table and also wanting to save some energy some of the top players at the European Championship in Gjakova opted for grandmaster draws in round six on Tuesday. Fortunately (or we would have nothing to do) not all of them. Radoslaw Wojtaszek and David Navara fought a bloody opening which nevertheless led to an equal ending, by which time both players proved too exhausted to find a win. Ernesto Inarkiev as Black outplayed Baadur Jobava in the opening after Baadur opted for the eccentric Ponziani Opening. Ernesto took the opportunity...

  • The self-declared Republic of Kosovo is host to the European Chess Championship that kicked off on Thursday. The competition sees a fair mix of strong grandmasters and many amateurs. In fact too many: we have the impression that such a large number of unrated or lowly-rated local players has never competed in such a tournament.