SANDS: Hua holds on to score upset in chess Atlantic Open

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Black’s game after 11. Re1 f5 12. Nc3 (world champ Viswanathan Anand later would find the provocative 12. g4!? in this position) Nxc3 13. Qxc3 c6? had long been thought to be perfectly acceptable (play usually followed with the placid 14. Bd2, with minimal advantage for White) but after a 45-minute think, Browne proves otherwise: 14. Bxh6!! (the basic idea is to gain a tempo to play Re5 and Rae1, but the complications soon become head-spinning) Rg8 (after a complementary 45-minute ponder; 16. … gxh6 17. Re5 Qd7 16. Rae1 Be6 d5!, eyeing the loose rook on h8, is the idea, with 17. … cxd5? [0-0-0 18. dxe6 fxe6 19. Rxe6 Rhe8 20. Qc2 is better for White] 18. Rxe6 fxe6 19. Qxh8+ Bf8 20. Qf6 producing a quick knockout) 15. Re5 Qd7 16. Rae1 Be6 (gxh6 17. Rxe7+ Qxe7 18. Rxe7+ Kxe7 19. Qc5+ Kf6 20. Qe5+ Kg6 21. Nh4+) 17. Ng5!! (another stunning move that invites 17. … Bxg5 18. Bxg5 h6 19. Bh4 g5 20. Bg3 0-0-0 [Kf8 21. Rxe6 fxe6 22. d5 cxd5 23. Qf6+ Qf7 24. Bd6+, or 20. … Rg6 21. Rc5 0-0-0 22. Qa5 f5 23. Be5 b6 24. Qa6+ Qb7 25. Rxc6+ and wins] 21. d5 Bxd5 22. Re7, with a huge edge) 18. Nxf7!, a piece sacrifice that Black can’t refuse.

On 18. … Bxf7 (gxh6 19. Rxe6 Rde8 20. Qe3 Rg7 21. Nd6+ cleans up) 19. Rxe7 Qxd4 20. Rxf7 Qxc3 21. bxc3 gxh6 22. Rb1 Rg5 23. h4 Rb5 24. Rxb5 cxb5 25. Rxh7, the smoke has cleared with Browne a clear pawn up and boasting a much better pawn structure. Though the opposing flank pawn race gets a bit hairy, White keeps control to the end.

Thus: 32. g4 b4 (Browne writes that 32. Rf3+ 33. Kh4 Rxc3, was tougher, but White prevails on 34. Rd8 Rc7 35. g5 b4 36. g6 b3 37. h7 b2 38. Rd1 Rc1 39. h8=Q b1=Q 40. Qd8+ Ka6 41. Qf6+ Ka7 42. Qf2+ Kb8 [Ka6 43. Qf1+] 43. Qf4=+ and wins) 33. cxb4 axb4 34. Re8 Rf1 (b3 35. h7 b2 36. h8=Q b1=Q 37. Qd4+) 35. Kg2 Rf7 36. g5 Rf5 37. h7 Rxg5+ 38. Kf3 Rh5 39. h8=Q Rxh8 40. Rxh8, and Bisguier resigns as the rook will corral his b-pawn.

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David R. Sands

David R. Sands

Raised in Northern Virginia, David R. Sands received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for several Washington-area business publications before joining The Washington Times.

At The Times, Mr. Sands has covered numerous beats, including international trade, banking, politics ...

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