Monday, 17 May 2010

Left handed Ruy Lopez

Last year I wondered why the Versov System wasn't more popular at the club level. Not because of any intrinsic merit in the opening, but simply because you can find a champion for just about any off-beat opening.
Well the Veresov has popped up in the current 'Max Euwe' match between Nigel Short and Anish Giri. After the first two games of their match were drawn, Short went for the 'Left handed' Ruy, and scored a surprisingly quick win.

Short,Nigel (2685) - Giri,Anish (2642) [D01]
Max Euwe Match Amsterdam NED (3), 15.05.2010

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.e3 e6 5.Qf3 c5 6.0-0-0 a6 7.Nge2 Qa5 8.Bxf6 Nxf6 9.g4 b5 10.g5 Nd7 11.Nf4 cxd4 12.Ncxd5 exd5 13.Qxd5 Ra7 14.Bh3 Be7?? (D)
15.Qxd4 0-0 16.Nh5 f6 17.Be6+ Kh8 18.Qxa7 Bc5 19.Qa8 Ne5 20.gxf6 gxf6 21.Qg2 Ng6 22.Qc6 Bb4 23.Kb1 1-0

1 comment:

Paul said...

I have GM Nigel Davies book "The Veresov" which came out in 2003. This opening has some punch to it !