Round 3: Battaglini Strikes Again! Print
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 14:24
There are 4 invitational 10 player groups in the 20th Maccabiah- 2 grandmaster groups and 2 IM groups. 2 open sections make the event a colourful festival. Round three saw the Israeli-French IM Gabriel Bataglini-Flom, the leading player of the local club, beating a second top favourite in the GM group A. In round 2 it was GM Ilya Smirin while this time it was no other than the top seed Ukrainian Alexander Moiseenko. Here is the exciting final stage of an eventful game:

Moiseenko, Alexander (2671) - Flom, Gabriel (2473)
Maccabiah20 Dan Hotel (3.2), 07.07.2017

Moiseenko- Bataglini 1

Following an interesting middlegame a highly instructive endgame was reached. 38. a6? [The losing move. Correct was 38.Rc7! c3 39.Ke2 Rxa5 40.Kd3 Kd8 41.Rc4 Rd5 42.g4 and black pawns are under iron control.] 38...c3 39.Ke2 c2 40.Rc7 [40.Kd2 fails to 40...Rc3 41.Kc1 d3–+] 40...Rc3 [A new game. An interesting rook ending is converted to a pawn ending and right after to an interesting queen ending! 40...Kd8 41.Rc4 Rc3 Makes no difference] 41.Rxc3 dxc3 42.a7 c1Q 43.a8Q+ Ke7

44. Qa7 44...Kf8 45.Qd4!? The best practical chance 45...c2 46.f5!? exf5? Correct was 46...Qg5! 47.Qc5+ Kg8 48.Qxc2 Qxg2+ 49.Kd1 Qxc2+ 50.Kxc2 exf5 is a won pawn ending. Try it yourself.]

Moiseenko- Bataglini  3

47. Qd2? [The final error, missing a surprising escape: 47.Qd8+ Kg7 48.Qf6+ Kg8 49.Qd8+ Kh7 50.Qd7! Kg7 (50...Qd1+ 51.Qxd1 cxd1Q+ 52.Kxd1=) 51.e6! Qd1+ 52.Kf2!! and white holds!] 47...Qxd2+ 48.Kxd2 Ke7 it’s a pawn ending again however finally hopelessly lost. 49.Kxc2 Ke6 50.Kd3 Kxe5 51.Ke3 f4+ 52.Kf3 Kf5 53.Kf2 Ke4 54.Ke2 h5 55.Kf2 h4 56.Ke2 f3+ 57.gxf3+ Kf4 58.Kf2 f6 59.Kg2 Ke3 60.f4 Kxf4 61.Kf2 f5 62.Kg2 Ke3 63.Kg1 Ke2 64.Kg2 f4 65.Kg1 f3 66.Kh1 f2 67.Kh2 Ke1 0–1
Ushenina, Anna (2458) - Mindlin, Alon (2450)
Maccabiah20 Dan Hotel (3.7) 07.07.2017

The former women world champion and the current European first lady, Anna Ushenina, the early co-leader in GM group B was impressively and vigorously stopped by young IM Alon Mindlin

3 Ushenina- Mindlin

26. Kf2? Bxd3! 27.Qxd3 f4! 28. exf4 [28.Qf5!? was more challenging: 28...fxg3+ 29.Kf1 Nh4! 30.Qxh5 gxh2 31.Kf2 Nxf3! 32.Bb1 g6 33.Qxf3 Rf6 34.Qxf6+ Qxf6+ 35.Kg2 h1Q+! 36. Rxh1 (Or 36.Kxh1 Qh4+ 37.Kg2 Rf8) 36...Rf8 followed by a deadly attack.] 28...Ngxf4! 29.gxf4 Nxf4 30.Qd2 Nxe2 31.Rxe2 Qxh2+ 32.Kf1 Qh1+ 33.Kf2 Rf8 34.Qd3 Rg6 35.Qd1 0–1
Poleg,Dan (2232) - Zaksaite,Salomeja (2287)
Maccabiah20 Dan Hotel (3.18), 07.07.2017

4 Poleg- Zaksite

In the IM group young Dan Poleg scored his first win after finding the most effective way to take advantage of his evident positional advantage. 29. Rf4+ Ke6 [The king courageously seeks shelter on the other side of the board in view of 29...Kg7 30.Re3 Kh7 31.Rg3 a5 32.Rf7+ Kh8 33.Rfg7 Be6 34.R7g6+-; or 29...Kg5 30.Rf7 a5 31.f4+ Kh5 32.Rg7+-] 30.Ng4+! Kd7 [30...Kd5 31.Nf6+ is equally bad] 31.Nf6+! exf6 32.Rd4+ Kc6 33.Rxe8+- 1–0

After 3 rounds in grandmaster A GM Georg Meier was at the top with 2.5 points ahead of IM Gabriel Bataglini –Flom 2 (1). In grandmaster B .GM Tal Baron led the field with 2.5 points.

Macc Gabriel Bataglini -Flom

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Photos: Ritvo photography, Alon Cohen, Moshe Slav.
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