How did White find a forced win? Cheparinov – Vitiugov 1-0

One of the world’s most popular and strongest chess opens, the traditional Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Open 2014 recently ended in an exciting three-way tie at the top after 10 rounds. A tiebreak was played between Ivan Cheparinov, Nikita Vitiugov (defending champion), and Vassily Ivanchuk (the leader for most of the tournament). Read a full report on Chess Blog. Here are the tiebreak games that decided the winner.


Ivanchuk, Vassily (2739) – Vitiugov, Nikita (2737)

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: Caleta ENG
Date: 2014.02.06
[…] 1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘f3 ♗b4+ 4.♗d2 ♗xd2+ 5.♕xd2 d5 6.♘c3 O-O 7.e3 ♕e7 8.cxd5 exd5 9.h3 c6 10.♕c2 ♘bd7 11.♗d3 ♖e8 12.♘d2 ♘f8 13.O-O ♘g6 14.♖ae1 ♗d7 15.f4 c5 16.dxc5 ♕xc5 17.♘b3 ♕b6 18.♘d4 ♘e7 19.♕b3 ♕d6 20.♘cb5 ♗xb5 21.♘xb5 ♕d7 22.♘d4 ♘c6 23.♕a4 ♕d6 24.♘f5 ♕c5 25.♕b5 ♕xb5 26.♗xb5 ♘e4 27.♖c1 g6 28.♘d4 ♘xd4 29.exd4 ♖e7 30.♖fe1 a6 31.♗a4 ♖d8 32.♗b3 ♔f8 33.♖c2 h5 34.g4 hxg4 35.hxg4 f5 36.g5 ♖h7 37.♖ec1 ♖h4 38.♖c8 ♖xc8 39.♖xc8+ ♔e7 40.♗xd5 ♖xf4 41.♗xb7 ♘xg5 42.♖c7+ ♔d8 43.♖g7 ♖xd4 44.♖xg6 ♘h3+ 45.♔f1 ♖d2 46.♖xa6 ♖xb2 47.♗a8 ♘f4