Reports Nov 30, 2014 | 1:43 PMby Colin McGourty

Play 1.f4 and win!

Ian Nepomniachtchi unleashes 1.f4 | photo: Eteri Kublashvili, Russian Chess Federation

Ian Nepomniachtchi knocked Sergey Karjakin out of the world Top 10 by playing 1.f4 in Round 2 of the Russian Championship Superfinal. The man who seized the number 10 spot was Vladimir Kramnik, with a second win in a row in the Qatar Masters Open. Jan Gustafsson looks at both those games in a 20-minute video recap of Saturday’s chess, but he starts with the 18-move massacre that saw Anish Giri take the sole lead in Qatar on 4/4.

Kramnik's absence from the Russian Championship is comedy's gain

Jan produced his video on Saturday almost before the games were over. Some technical delays later... here it is:

You can of course play through all the games Jan mentions with computer analysis on our site:

Note Karjakin actually lost the game by forgetting about his time and failing to make move 40 - not that it was likely to have made a lot of difference. When asked afterwards why he’d played 1.f4 Nepomniachtchi, a man who’d provided Magnus Carlsen with crucial help in Sochi, said he didn’t know what to play against Karjakin with White so he thought he'd play as Black instead!

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Anish Giri's game was followed by his girlfriend Sopiko Guramishvili | photo: Dmitry Rukhletskiy, Qatar Masters Open

Alina also supported her husband Erwin l'Ami | photo: Maria Emelianova, Qatar Masters Open

There’s just too much chess around to cover everything, but we couldn’t end this report without evidence that Alexander Morozevich is still a force to be reckoned with. The mercurial Russian finished off Boris Grachev in dazzling style in the Russian Championship – one of those occasions when a queen is definitely no match for a rook and bishop!

31. ♗xg6 ♖d2 32. ♗xh5 ♗xg2+ 33. ♕xg2 ♖xg2 34. ♔xg2 ♕d2+ 35. ♖f2 ♕c1 36. ♗e2 ♕e3 37. ♗d3 e5 38. ♖g4+ ♔h8 39. ♖f5

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You can replay the full game here.

A work of art by Alexander Morozevich | photo: Eteri Kublashvili, Russian Chess Federation

Elsewhere Arkadij Naiditsch and Viktor Bologan are competing to post the worst open tournament performance by a top-class player:


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