The gallery continues to grow

International master Vladimir Barsky prepared an overview of the seventh round of the world Junior championship. Polish GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda became the sole leader, have won already the fourth game in a row.

Th. Van Forest J.-C. Duda


The position is about equal, but Black to play, probably a little easier: they seized space on the Queenside, they have some “leads”. Dutch Junior decided to simplify the position.

17.a3 Rb8 18.axb4 Rxb4 19.Nc6

Perhaps White thought that numerous exchanges shortest route will lead the party to draw. But did not realize that Black’s pieces will develop a high activity.

19…Bxc6 20.dxc6 Rxb2 21.Rxa7 Nxc6 22.Bxc6 Qxc6 23.Raxe7 Rxe7 24.Bxe7 Bc3!

After 24…Rxc2 25.Qxd6 rivals and indeed it is time to sign the papers. But this intermediate move changes the position rating.


Witty attempt, but it fails. To maintain material equality, White is no longer possible – 25.Re3 Be5 26.Re2? Qb7! with double strike on E7 and b1, so one would ponder how to assess Black task. Instead of 26.Re2? stronger 26.Qf3 Qxc2 27.Kg2, and Black is not so easy to put in motion his extra pawn.


25…Rb7! 26.Qh6 Qe8 27.Re3 Rxe7 28.Rxc3

White managed to keep the C2 pawn, but too high a price: their figures are scattered around the Board and protect his monarch. Black start a decisive attack.

28…Re1+ 29.Kg2 Qe4+ 30.Rf3

A very modest role for the Rook, but nothing else.

30…Qe2! 31.Re3 Qf1+ 32.Kf3 Qh1+ 33.Kf4 Qg2

Beautifully won 33…Rxe3 34.fxe3 34.Kxe3 should blow through 34…Qc1+) 34…Qf1+ 35.Ke4 Qd1!, and White has no reasonable protection from the threat of 36…f5+.

34.Rxe1 Qxf2+ 35.Ke4 Qxe1+ 36.Qe3

«Pawn endgames» without pawns is as bad as Queen without two.

36…Qxe3+ 37.Kxe3


37…f6 38.Ke4 Kf7 39.Kd5 Ke7 40.c4 g5 41.Kd4 Ke6 42.Ke4 f5+ 43.Kd4 g4 White resigned.


Grigoryan – U. Bajarani


Black played very risky debut, creating a lot of pawn weaknesses, and activity figures only partly compensates for these chronic deficiencies positions. After careful 23.Re1! (untying the Knight C4) 23…Nxd4 24.Nd2 hanging pawns on C7 and E4, and Black will be a difficult defense. However, White made a mistake.

23.Qg4? h5!

Extremely unpleasant prick! The h5 pawn can’t be taken – 24.Qxh5? Nxe3 and White without figures, the E4 pawn is also “inedible”: 24.Qxe4?! Qxe4 25.Bxe4 Nxd4 26.Bxd4 (you have to change the Bishop, as at 26.Rb1 should…Nxb3 26) 26…Bxd4 27.Kg2 Rbd8, and Black has a very active position. Have to retreat with the Queen.

24.Qe2 Rf7 25.Qc2 Nxd4 26.Bxd4 Bxc4?!

Correctly 26…Bxd4 27.Bxe4 Qg5, and this position in Black’s favor.


Return the favor. After 27.Bxe4 Qxd4 28.Qxc4 Qxc4 29.Rxc4 White may not have won it’s the end, but was pretty tough opponent.


Probably, taKing the pawn on A7, White reckoned on taKing…Bxb3 27, and then the turn 28.Bxe4! allowed them to firmly seize the initiative. However, the Azerbaijani grandmaster had prepared a nasty surprise.

27…Bd3! 28.Qc6 Ra8 29.Be3 Bc3

Black Bishops captured the entire Board! In the case of exchange of Queens ending is hopeless for White: they will lose and the A5 pawn, and the pawn on b3. It is necessary for each of formidable Bishops to give the Rook.

30.Rxc3 bxc3 31.Qxc3 Bxf1 32.Bxf1 Rxa5

And Black soon converted two extra quality.


33.Bc4 Qd1+ 34.Kg2 Ra1 35.Be2

35.Qe5 was decided 35…Qf3+ 36.Kh3 Qf5+ 37.Qxf5 exf5.

35…Qh1+ 36.Kh3 Rg1 37.Bxh5 Qg2+

Black could finish the game direct attack: 37…Rf5 38.Bg4 (not rescued and 38.Be2 Qg2+ 39.Kg4 Qxh2 40.Rh1 Bg5) 38…Qg2+ 39.Kh4 Qxh2+ 40.Bh3 Rh1, etc.

38.Kg4 Qf3+ 39.Kh4 Qf6+ 40.Qxf6 Rxf6 41.Kg5 Rf5+ 42.Kg6 Rg2 43.Bg4 Rgxf2 White resigned.


Murali. Antipov


This is approximately equal to the endgame (the Black Rook is more active White, but the Knight is stronger than the Bishop), White decided to send his Rook in the attack.


A clear path to a draw – 32.c4 Rb2 33.Rh1, for example: 33…Rxb3 34.Rh7 f6 35.Rh8 Kd7 (after 35…Bb6? 36.Rc8+ Black remain without figures) 36.Rh7+ Kc6 with repetition of moves. Although it is possible that White at this point did not wanted to draw.

32…Rxc2 33.Rh7 Rb2 34.b5+?

And here after 34.Rxf7 Rxb3 35.Bb6 Rf8 36.Rc8+ (36.Rf5 Bd8 37.Rf8) 36…Kb5 37.Rb8 Black would have to accept the outcome of a draw.

34…Kxb5 35.Rxf7 Ba5 36.Rxb7+ Kc5 37.Ra7 Be1+ 38.Kh3 a5 39.Rc7+ Kd4

Active King gives Black excellent winning chances.

40.Rc6 Rxb3 41.Kg2 Rb2+ 42.Kh3

No better and 42.Kg1 Kd3 43.Rxd6 Ke2 or 42.Kf1 Bb4.

42…Bb4 43.Nxb4 axb4 44.Rxd6+ Ke3 45.Re6



Begins beautiful game on the checkmate. And Black helps the enemy pawn g4, which limits the White King.

46.Rxe5 Rb1 47.Kh2 Rd1! 48.Rxg5 Rd8 49.Rh5 b3 50.Kh1 Kg3 White resigned.

This 12-way party should take its rightful place in the gallery named after Anatoly Matsukevich.


Galoyan A. Makarenko

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Qh4

Favorite version of Steinitz in the Scottish party in our days is questionable, however, White was not yet ready for it.

5.Qd3 Bc5 6.c3 Nf6 7.Nd2 Ng4 8.g3 Qf6 9.f3 Bxd4

Start the erroneous combination. The preponderance of Black provided 9…Nge5 10.Qe3 0-0, but… But in this case, no miniatures certainly would not have happened!

10.cxd4 Nb4 11.Qc3 Ne3



These Bouncing everywhere, flickering before the eyes of the Knights confused Susanna Galoyan, and she is grossly mistaken.

12…Nd1+ White resigned.

Meanwhile, in the position in the diagram it was possible to reflect all threats and stay with an extra piece: 12.Bd3! Qxd4 13.Ke2! or 12…Nxd3+ 13.Qxd3 Qxd4 14.Ke2! Once again, remember Steinitz: the King is a powerful figure!