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Weekly chess column

Today we have a game: Andrei Govorets of Belarus v. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France played this month in the European Rapid Chess Championship Tournament. It was won by Vachier-Lagrave for the second year in a row. He played 22 games.

The effort below starts out as an English Opening. Vachier-Lagrave mixed things up with an unorthodox 6…Be6 as Black. Gorovets responded with an enthusiastic attack on move 10, apparently intending to win a pawn. However, when he saw that the pawn might not be worth the loss of time, he decided not to take it. Nevertheless, abandoning his enterprise put him behind in development, and he later erred in neglecting the half open queen’s bishop’s file.  After giving up a pawn, his king was uprooted. Vachier-Lagrave’s queen swept up pawns and forced resignation.

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