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by Robert Ris
9/11/2023 – Ian Nepomniachtchi won Division II of the Julius Baer Generation Cup, remaining in the winners’ bracket and obtaining clear match victories throughout the event. The Russian GM had a hiccup in the quarterfinals though, as Vladimir Fedoseev swindled his way to victory amid a sharp struggle in their first encounter. Nepo bounced back in style, winning the next three games — but he is sure to remember the striking turnaround! | Robert Ris analysed the tactical confrontation.

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Who said the Petroff is always boring?

Games in the Champions Chess online Tour are played with a time control of 15 minutes plus 3-second increments per move. Creative players like Ian Nepomniachtchi or Vladimir Fedoseev tend to try riskier ideas under these circumstances — it is no wonder, therefore, that their direct encounter in the quarterfinals of the Julius Baer Generation Cup (Division II) turned out to be a double-edged, exciting confrontation.

Out of a Petroff Defence, Nepo, playing white, got a strong initiative on the kingside. On move 36, the two-time World Championship challenger found 36.e6, breaking through in style.

Nepo continued to increase his advantage until reaching a completely winning position. However, a mistake on move 42 prompted engines to show zeros on their evaluations.

Furthermore, a second tactical oversight in a row gave Fedoseev a sudden opportunity to win the game himself. Can you find the killer blow?

An attentive Fedoseev had little trouble finding the deciding manoeuvre. And this tactical back-and-forth emerged from what had already been a fascinating struggle from the start.

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Robert is an International Master who mostly spends his time training and coaching talented youngsters. On the PlayChess server The Fast and the Furious is a popular show where he explains sharp opening lines for a wider audience. He is also a well-known ChessBase author who produced numerous DVDs and regularly contributes to ChessBase Magazine as well. Since 2015 he is the organizer of the Dutch Rapid Championships in his home town Amstelveen. He has started a YouTube channel with chess analysis as well.