Ding Liren and the Killer B’s | Armageddon, 2019 Altibox Norway Chess

Featured is the Armageddon game between Ding Liren and Wesley So from Round 1 of the 2019 Altibox Norway Chess tournament. The opening is a Queen’s Gambit Declined, Exchange variation (4….Nxd5). A couple instructive moments include not only a thematic sequence of central pawn advances where Ding Liren has a 2:1 majority, but also a nice reorganization of the white queenside pieces which ultimately enables the white bishops to exert pressure throughout even without budging from the b-file.

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Rb1 Be7 8. Nf3 O-O 9. Bc4 a6 10. a4 Qc7 11. Be2 b6 12. O-O cxd4 13. cxd4 Bb7 14. Bd3 Nc6 15. Rb3 Na5 16. Rb2 Nc6 17. Rd2 Rfd8 18. Bb2 Rac8 19. d5 Nb4 20. Bb1 exd5 21. e5 g6 22. Re1 d4 23. e6 f6 24. Nxd4 Nc6 25. Nf5 Rxd2 26. Nxe7+ Qxe7 27. Qxd2 Kg7 28. Qf4 Rf8 29. h4 Bc8 30. h5 Ne5 31. Rxe5 fxe5 32. Qxe5+ Kh6 33. hxg6 hxg6 34. Qh2+ Kg5 35. Qg3+

Image of Ding Liren in thumbnail and in-video picture courtesy of Lennart Ootes
2019 Altibox Norway Chess

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