Thursday Thrashing

Thought you might enjoy the quick finish on this one played today at the International Open in Balaguer, Spain.

9.dxc5 appears to be a new move with which White built an active position. It went downhill fast for Black when he played the queen to b7. White jumped on the pin—or should I say pins!?—ripping things open with the lever 16.c4.

I encourage you to stop around move 20 and work out the mate on each of Black’s responses. The patterns are quite enjoyable.

[Event "Ciutat de Balaguer"]
[Site "Noguera, Spain"]
[Date "2008.07.17"]
[White "IM Corrales"]
[Black "IM Sengupta"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2504"]
[BlackElo "2454"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 b6 5. a3 Bxc3+
6. bxc3 Ba6 7. Qg4 Kf8 8. Bd3 c5 9. dxc5 Qc7 10. Nf3 Qxc5
11. O-O Ne7 12. a4 Qc8 13. Ba3 Nc6 14. h4 h6 15. h5 Qb7
16. c4 dxc4 17. Be4 Qc8 18. Qh4 Ke8 19. Nd4 Kd7 20. Nxc6 Nxc6
21. Rfd1+ Kc7 22. Bd6+ Kd7 23. Bb8+

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