06/08/2021 – Beating the likes of 3 Super GMs (Grischuk, Gujrathi, Karjakin) and the current world champion (Carlsen) is such a feat. Newest World Cup 2021 Champ GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda is “no doubt” a contender to the World Championship Title. His style is solid (Karpov like) with deep theoretical knowledge and very calm.
But the highlight of this story remarkably his game against GM Sergey Karjakin showed mastery and brilliance to refute the Queen’s Gambit – Semi Tarrasch variation.
Now, let us check why the white bishop can become a powerful piece to win a game.
Queen’s Gambit – Semi-Tarrasch Variation: The aim of playing 4…c5, aiming a flexible and open game. However, the d5 pawn can become a weakness due to being isolated pawn. It is a matter of time, pawn will fall and the game with the help of a powerful white bishop.
Queen’s Gambit: Semi-Tarrasch Variation (D40) Chess Opening Classification
GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda vs. GM Sergey Karjakin
(Event: 2021 World Cup, Sochi , Russia)
1: d4 Nf6
2: c4 d5
3: Nf3 e6
4: Nc3 c5 (The Queen’s Gambit – Semi-Tarrasch)
5: cxd5 cxd4
6. Qxd4 exd5
7. Bg5 Be7
8. e3 0-0
9. Rd1 Nc6
10. Qa4 Be6 (Best square for the Queen)
11. Bb5 Qb6
12. Bxf6 Bxf6
13. Nxd5 Bxd5 (d5 pawn is out)
14. Rxd5 Bxb2 (Compensate for the d5 pawn but its meaningless due to incoming disaster)
15. Ke2 Bf6 (What a way to keep the king safe)
16. Rhd1 Rac8
17. Bc4 Qb4 (offer to exchange queens, hoping to reduce pressure)
18. Qb3 Qxb3
White is advantageous here due to the following reasons:
19. Nb8 (frustration)
20. g4 h6 (g6 is better)
21. h4 g6
22 g5 hxg5
23. hxg5 Be7
24. Re5 Nc6
Nothing is sweeter than to see the fruit of your labour…
Hardwork is better than Talent…
26. Rb5 Na5
27. Bd5 (I want you to analyze this position, how nice white’s position. What can black do here? The white bishop is POWER….