Armenia’s Karen Grigoryan wins int’l tournament in Portugal

Armenia’s Karen Grigoryan wins int’l tournament in Portugal

Karen Grigoryan has only been living in Spain for a couple of months, but the Armenian GM has already gained more than 100 ratings points since and won no less than five tournaments in Portugal — most recently the big open and ensuing rapid in Lisbon. STEFAN LOEFFLER reports. | All photos: Portuguese Chess Federation

After 115 moves in the last game of Portugal Open, Polish IM Stachowiak blunders in an apparently drawn ending by playing Rxh5?? allowing a killer blow by
Aryan Tari who ends the event with a decent 7/9! Can you find it?

[Event “Portugal Open 2020”]
[Site “Lisbon”]
[Date “2020.02.01”]
[Round “9.4”]
[White “Tari, Aryan”]
[Black “Stachowiak, Kamil”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B41”]
[WhiteElo “2635”]
[BlackElo “2446”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “237”]
[EventDate “2020.01.25”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “POR”]
[Tiebreak “Cut2 Buchholz+Sum of Buchholz”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. g3 Qc7 6. Bg2 {
B41: Sicilian: Kan Variation: 5 c4} Nc6 7. O-O (7. Nb3 {feels hotter.} Be7 8.
Be3 Nf6 9. f4 d5 10. e5) 7… d6 8. Nxc6 {White is slightly better.} bxc6 9. c4
Nf6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Bf4 $5 {[%mdl 4] An interesting side line.} e5 $146 ({
Predecessor:} 11… Rb8 12. b3 O-O 13. Re1 e5 14. Bc1 Ng4 15. h3 Nf6 16. Bb2
Be6 17. Re2 Nd7 {1-0 (40) Ruotolo,C (1757)-Di Mauro,G (1943) Rome 2009}) 12.
Be3 Be6 13. b3 O-O 14. h3 Rfd8 15. Rc1 Nd7 (15… Qd7 $14) 16. f4 exf4 17. gxf4
Nf8 18. Ne2 (18. Nd5 $5 cxd5 19. cxd5 $16) 18… Qa5 19. Nd4 Bd7 20. Qd3 Bf6
21. Kh2 c5 22. Bd2 Qc7 23. Ne2 Bc6 24. Nc3 Re8 25. Rce1 Rad8 26. a3 a5 27. Nb5
Bxb5 28. cxb5 Ne6 29. Qd5 Bb2 30. a4 Rc8 31. Rb1 Ba3 (31… Bf6 $14) 32. f5 $1
$16 {[%cal Rf5e6]} Nd4 33. Bf4 Rcd8 34. Qc4 ({Better is} 34. Rbd1 $16) 34…
Bb4 35. Rbd1 {And now Rxd4 would win.} Qe7 36. Bg3 Qf6 37. Kh1 h6 38. Bh2 Re7
39. Qd5 Ree8 40. Rd3 Ne2 (40… Kh8 $16) 41. b6 (41. Bxd6 $2 c4 $19) 41… c4
$2 (41… Nd4 $16 42. b7 h5) 42. Qxc4 $18 (42. bxc4 Nc3 $18) 42… d5 43. Rxd5
(43. exd5 Qxb6 44. Bc7 Qf6) 43… Rxd5 44. Qxd5 ({Resist} 44. exd5 Qxb6 45. Qc6
Qe3) 44… Qxb6 45. Qb5 Qxb5 46. axb5 Bc5 47. Bc7 $2 (47. e5 $1 $18 {and the
rest is easy.}) 47… Rc8 48. b6 (48. Bf3 $16) 48… Bxb6 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (
48… Rxc7 $1 $11 49. bxc7 Ng3+ {[%mdl 64] Double Attack} 50. Kh2 Nxf1+ 51. Kh1
(51. Bxf1 Bd6+ {[%mdl 64] Double Attack} 52. Kg2 Bxc7 $11) 51… Ng3+ 52. Kh2
Nf1+ $1 {[%mdl 512]} 53. Kh1 (53. Bxf1 Bd6+ {[%mdl 64] Double Attack} 54. Kg1
Bxc7 $11) 53… Ng3+ 54. Kh2 Nf1+ $1 {[%mdl 512]}) 49. Bxb6 Ng3+ 50. Kg1 Nxf1
51. Bxf1 ({Weaker is} 51. Kxf1 Rc1+ 52. Kf2 Rb1 $18) 51… Rb8 52. Bxa5 Rxb3
53. Kf2 Rb2+ 54. Kf3 f6 55. Bc4+ Kh7 56. Bf7 Rh2 57. Kg3 Re2 58. Bd5 Rb2 (58…
Re3+ $16 {keeps fighting.} 59. Kg4 g6) 59. Bc3 Rc2 60. Bb4 {aiming for e5!} Rb2
61. Be7 Rb1 62. Bd6 {Threatens to win with e5.} Rb6 63. Be7 Rb1 64. h4 Rg1+ 65.
Kh2 Rc1 66. h5 Rc3 67. Kg2 Re3 68. Kf2 Rc3 69. Bd6 Kh8 70. Ke2 Rh3 71. Bf7 Rc3
72. Kd2 Rh3 73. Bc5 Rf3 74. Be3 Rf1 75. Kd3 Rd1+ 76. Bd2 Rh1 77. Ke3 Rh2 78.
Ba5 Rh3+ 79. Kd4 Ra3 $2 (79… Rh1 80. Ke3 Rh3+ 81. Kf4 Kh7) 80. Bb6 Ra6 81.
Bc5 Ra4+ 82. Kd5 Kh7 83. Bb6 Kh8 84. Be8 Ra8 85. Bd7 Ra6 86. Bc7 Kg8 87. Bb5
Ra1 88. Bc4 Kh7 89. Bb5 $2 (89. Kd6 $18) 89… Rd1+ $2 (89… Kg8 $1 $11 {
and Black has nothing to worry.}) 90. Ke6 Re1 91. Kd5 Rd1+ 92. Ke6 Re1 93. Bc6
Rc1 94. Kd6 Rh1 95. e5 Rd1+ 96. Bd5 fxe5 97. Kxe5 Re1+ 98. Kd6 Rd1 99. Ke6 Rf1
100. Be5 Kh8 101. Bc3 Rc1 102. Bb2 Rb1 {[#]} 103. Ba3 $1 Ra1 104. Be7 Rf1 105.
Bc6 Kg8 106. Bd6 Rc1 107. Bd5 Re1+ 108. Be5 Kh8 109. Bc4 Re4 110. Bb5 Re1 111.
Bc6 Re2 112. Kd6 Re1 113. Bd5 Rf1 114. Be6 Rh1 115. Ke7 Rxh5 $2 {[#]} (115…
Rf1 116. Bd4 Rf4) 116. Bxg7+ $1 {[%mdl 512] White is clearly winning.} Kh7 (
116… Kxg7 117. f6+) 117. Be5 {Threatening mate with f6.} Rh1 118. f6 {
White wants to mate with Bf5+.} Rf1 119. f7 {Accuracy: White = 82%, Black =
73%.} 1-0


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