World Team Chess 2013 (The Queen Trap): Ian Nepomniachtchi – Yuriy Kryvoruchko 1-0

40. … Qa1, Would you know how to trap the Black Queen?

Ian Nepomniachtchi fetched Russia a crucial win on the fourth board at the World Team Chess Championship 2013 in Antalya during Round 8. Can you say why Black’s 40. … is a blunder? A Round 8 report is available at Chess Blog.

Nepomniachtchi, Ian – Kryvoruchko, Yuriy

Result: 1-0
Date: 2013.12.04

[…] 1.c4 e5 2.♘c3 ♘f6 3.♘f3 ♘c6 4.g3 ♗c5 5.♘xe5 ♘xe5 6.d4 ♕e7 7.dxe5 ♕xe5 8.♗g2 d6 9.♗f4 ♕e6 10.♖c1 O-O 11.a3 a6 12.O-O ♖e8 13.♖c2 h6 14.b4 ♗a7 15.♕d3 ♕e7 16.h3 ♖b8 17.♘d5 ♘xd5 18.cxd5 ♗b6 19.e4 ♗d7 20.♖fc1 ♗a4 21.♖c3 ♖bd8 22.♗e3 ♗xe3 23.♕xe3 ♖d7 24.♕d2 ♕d8 25.h4 ♖de7 26.♖c4 c6 27.♖d4 cxd5 28.♖xd5 ♖e6 29.♖d4 ♕e7 30.♔h2 ♗c6 31.♖cc4 ♕f6 32.f3 ♕e7 33.♖c2 ♗a4 34.♖c3 ♗c6 35.♗f1 ♖f6 36.♗c4 ♖d8 37.♗d5 ♗xd5 38.♖xd5 ♖e6 39.♖cd3 ♕f6 40.♔g2 ♕a1 Oops now White needs to just close the door on the Queen 41.♖c3 ♖de8

41…♕b1 42.♕e2 (42.♖dd3 ♕a1 43.♕c2 ♕e1 44.♖d1) 42…♕a1 43.♕c2 ♕e1 44.♖d1

42.♕c2 The entire first rank of the White battlefield is in control. An important win for Russia as it helps them take lead in the World Team Chess Championship 2013 in Antalya, Turkey.

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