Niemann establishes superiority 2023/09/22 | Excelsior

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The young Mexican talent Miguel Ángel Montes Orozco, a 15-year-old Queretaro native, was presented with a golden opportunity in the game he played yesterday in the opening round of the FIDE World Championship for under 20s, against the great favorite GM Hans Moke Niemann, when he made an error on the threshold of the opening and the middle game on the main line of the Giuoco Piano. Shortly after, Montes Orozco, with seed number 74 (2,083), made a poor valuation judgment when proposing an exchange of queens and with this his favorable prospects disappeared.

We must insist on something very common: the crux of the game of chess is not that the engines, calculation modules capable of accurately evaluating more than a million combinations in a second and with precision lines of a higher order than the calculation deeper human, including not only the elite GMs, but the world champion himself, whether it be Ding, Liren or Magnus Carlsen, determine the error with astronomical accuracy; The crux lies, we say, in the player detecting through knowledge or intuition at the moment in which the bad play occurred, not before or after, detecting it, perceiving it, smelling the error; and evaluate and see the way to punish.

Mario Ramírez Barajas, president of the National Chess Federation of Mexico (Fenamac) and the prestigious grandmaster Susan Polgar, four-time world champion, one of the most notable chess players in history, director of the SPICE program (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence ) at Webster University, in the United States, presided over the inauguration ceremony, with the unique and typical procedure of drawing colors by removing one of the pieces from a charro hat.

A white knight meant for Hans Moke Niemann the luck of starting with the white pieces and the pleasant prospect of playing six times with the white pieces and five times with the black pieces, which always represents an advantage in an arduous, demanding and grueling competition consisting of eleven rounds.

The FIDE Junior Chess World Cup opened yesterday and will end on October 2 with the presence of more than 200 players from 56 countries on five continents.

White: Hans Moke Niemann, United States, 2,667.

Black: Miguel Angel Montes Orozco, Mexico, 2,083.

Giuco Piano Opening, C54.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 d6 6.0–0 0–0 7.Re1 a6 8.a4 Re8 9.Bg5 Andrei Volokitin, Russia 1–0 Vahap, Sanal, India, World Championship, rapid chess, Doha, 2016. 9...h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bg3 Bg4 12.b4 Ba7 13.Nbd2 Qd7 14.Nf1 Ne7 This is a good move that Montes Orozco pondered for about ten minutes. The idea is to occupy one of the beachheads on the kingside, on f4 or h4, via g6. 15.h4? An inaccuracy by Niemann. It is preferable to ask White's active piece to account. It was better: 15.h3 Bh5 16.d4 exd4 17.e5 dxe5 18.Bxe5 with a small advantage for White. 15...Ng6 16.hxg5 hxg5 17.N1h2 The engines value the position favorable to the second player. 17...Bxf3 18.Qxf3 Kg7 19.Nf1 (19.d4 exd4 20.Rad1 d3 21.Bxd3=) 19...Qg4 With the exchange of queens, the tactical potential of the game is reduced, relatively favorable to Black due to the presence of his pieces on the kingside. From our point of view this is a positional valuation error. 20.Qxg4 Nxg4 Now Niemann, after breathing a deep sigh of relief, has the bishop pair and the best prospects in the central fight with Ne3. 21.Tad1 If 21.Ne3 Bxe3 22.fxe3 Rh8 23.Rf1 Raf8 24.Rae1 +/- 21...Nf6 22.Ne3 With the obvious threat of taking over the outpost on f5. 22...Bxe3 23.fxe3 At the moment the position opens with the central break, the bishop pair will reach its greatest power. 23...Rad8 24.Rf1 d5 25.exd5 Nxd5 26.Bxd5 Rxd5 27.Rf5 Ted8? The most natural thing was to defend g5 with f6. 28.d4 exd4 29.Rxd5 Rxd5 30.Bxc7 Although the modules value White lightly, in practice White will win the game with the majority of pawns on the queenside. 30...d3 31.Bb6 f5 32.Bd4+ Kf7 33.Rxd3+- Ne5 34.Rd1 Nc4 35.Kf2 Ke6? 36.Rh1+- Rd7 37.Ke2 g4 38.Rh8 b5 39.Rh6++- Rd5 40.Rxa6 The position is in fact untenable by the second player. 40...bxa4 41.Rxa4 Rh7 42.b5 Re7 43.b6 Blacks decide to abandon.

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