Altibox Norway Chess 2019 / Round 7

by National Life Master Loal Davis


Liren Ding


Liren Ding won the only decisive game of round 7 of the Altibox Norway Chess 2019 with a very well played game against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.  The game featured three different Pawn sacrifices; annotated below.


Altibox Norway Chess 2019
Date “2019.06.12”
Round “7”
White “Ding, Liren (CHN)”
Black “Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)”

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3

A way of grabbing the center without Nc3 so that there will not be an exchange of Knights when Black tries to play the Grunfeld Defense.

d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3

Now Black has to work a little harder to open files for his Rooks.

Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 e5 9. d5 c6 10. h4 cxd5 11. exd5 N8d7 12. h5 Nf6 13. hxg6 fxg6 14. O-O-O Bd7 15. Kb1 Rc8 16. d6 e4

A Pawn sacrifice that appears to backfire.

17. fxe4 Ng4

This was Black’s idea; either win the dark Bishop or get a fork on f2.

18. Bg5 Qe8 19. Nf3

Black can now regain his Pawn by removing the Knight on c3, however that leaves weak Black squares in the center and on the Kingside.

Rf7 20. Qe1 Rc5 21. Bd2 Be6 22. e5

Clearing e4 for the Knight. Ding also has Ng5 and Qh4 on the menu.

Bxe5 23. Bd3

White’s Pawn sacrifices have cleared dangerous (for Black) squares in the center and on the Kingside.

Na4 24. Nxe5 Rxe5 25. Qh4 Rh5 26. Qg3 Nxc3+ 27. Bxc3 Qa4 28. d7

White wants clear/open lines for all long-range pieces. Notice – he even “ignores” the a2 Pawn as Black’s Queen and Bishop are having to keep an eye on the passed d7 Pawn.

Rd5 29. Bc2 Qxd7 30. Bb3 Rxd1+ 31. Rxd1 Qc8 32. Qh4 Nf6 33. Rd6 Bxb3 34. Rxf6

A well played game by White.


Final Position


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