Olympic highlights: a brilliancy in round 4

by Johannes Fischer
9/28/2018 – Round four of the Chess Olympiad in Batumi brought a number of interesting games. Particularly amazing was how the Lithuanian grandmaster Sarunas Sulskis creatively outplayed Baadur Jobava by coming up with one incredible sacrifice after the next. | Photo: Sarunas Sulskis by Andreas Kontokanis from Piraeus, Greece, via Wikimedia Commons

Attacking the King — for Experts Attacking the King — for Experts

Ever since the beginning of chess, the assault on the king has had its own special magic; masterly attacking games, crowned by sacrifices and unforgettable combinations, have never ceased to attract and thrill the audience. On this DVD in FritzTrainer video format, Rustam Kasimdzhanov shows us that particularly the World Champions were outstanding attackers from who we can learn a lot. From Steinitz, Lasker and Capablanca to Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov, one exemplary attacking game is presented reflecting the individual playing attitude of each of these chess legends.


Amazing creativity

At Chess Olympiads the top matches obviously get the most attention. These matches decide who will win gold and these matches often feature the world's best players. However, not only the top matches lead to interesting games.

One case in point is the game between Baadur Jobava against Sarunas Sulskis played on board one in the match Georgia I vs Lithuania in round four of the Olympiad. Jobava is known for his creative chess and his unusual ideas but in this game it was Sulskis who set the pace.

The Lithuanian grandmaster surprised the creative powerhouse Jobava with one stunning sacrifice after the other. This led to one of the most unusual and most interesting games of the Olympiad in Batumi - if not the year.


From beginning to an end a truly remarkable game!


Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".


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ARK_ANGEL ARK_ANGEL 10/1/2018 10:54
He looks similar to legendary attacking chess player Rashid Nez.... Rashid def proud of his game. :)
niteguide27 niteguide27 9/30/2018 02:15
z13...b5! was in fact the strongest move, according to the engines. After 14. g5 take a look at 14..bxa4. Insane move
geraldsky geraldsky 9/29/2018 04:02
13....b5 is not the best move, but it produces a strong psychological pressure.
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 9/28/2018 05:17
He OutJobavaed Jobava!