Friday, April 15, 2011

2011 Thailand Open, Vallejo Pons, Jan Gustafsson leads with 6 points

Nigel Short lost the lead after losing to Jan Gustafsson. He seemed to ignore black's build-up on the king-side (26. Qb3 ?! ), taking the queen away from the king-side. Two moves later he sacrificed a piece for just two pawns and nothing more. His position may be worse but this was the fastest way to lose and he resigned a couple of moves later.

Vallejo outplayed the Chinese IM Yang Kaiqi to take the joint lead. The pawn sac with 31...a6 to get the queen-side pawns moving is very nicely timed. White never had a chance after that.

Both games can be re-played below


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