Russia’s victory over China was surely the event of Round 4 at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad (Report on Chess Blog). After Round 4, Russia, Hungary, Ukraine, and Armenia are in joint lead. Will Russia win the gold this time? It’s a valid question considering that somehow, even though they always have the strongest team, the gold always eludes them! Here is the nice Alexander Grischuk game against Wang Yue that helped Russia beat China in Round 4. The other win was by Dmitry Jakovenko over In the position on the left Yue plays 24.Ba4. Can you think like Grischuk to win for Black?


Wang, Yue (2685) – Grischuk, Alexander (2763)

Result: 0-1
Site: 0:29.26-0:36.21
Date: 2012.08.31
[…] 1.¤f3 c5 2.c4 ¤c6 3.¤c3 e5 4.g3 g6 5.¥g2 ¥g7 6.d3 ¤ge7 7.h4 h6 8.¥d2 d6 9.a3 ¥e6 10.¦b1 a5 11.£c1 ¦c8 12.O-O b6 13.e4 ¥g4 14.¦e1 ¢f8 15.¤d5 ¤xd5 16.exd5 ¥xf3 17.¥xf3 ¤d4 18.¥g4 f5 19.¥d1 g5 20.hxg5 hxg5 21.¥xg5 £d7 22.£e3 £f7 23.¢g2 ¥f6 24.¥a4 ¥xg5 25.£xg5 ¦h2+ 26.¢f1 ¦h1+ 27.¢g2 ¦h2+ 28.¢f1 £h7