Nakhichevan Open 2016. Round two. Bravery. Emancipation. Acceleration.

The second round of the Nakhichevan Open 2016 has ended. The main favourite easily notched his second point:  

Bashirli, N,  – Mamedyarov, S.

22…f5! – White's central bastions collapse immediately.. 23.b3 Na3 24.Bd2 Qb6 25.Rc1 Bd4 26.Bg5 Rxe4 27.Rxe4 Rxe4 28.Ne3 Ne5 29.Qd2 Bxe3 30.fxe3 Nxc2 31.Rxc2 h6 32.Bf4 Nd7 33.Qf2 Nf6 34.Bxh6 – In a hopeless position, White tries a desperate sacrifice. 34… gxh6 35.Qxf5 – Now Black just has to endure a short period of minor discomfort.

35… Kg7 36.Rf2 Qd8 37.Rf3 Re5 38.Rg3 Kh8 39.Qg6 Rg5 40.Qxh6 Nh7 41.Rxg5 Qxg5 42.Qxd6 Qxe3 – Nail Bashirli continued to try to create some technical problems for his opponent, but without success.  Black won (0:1). At present, one of the main questions in the event is who will be first to give Shak a serious game? The second seed played in similarly decisive mode: 

Safarli, E. – Muradly, M

18.Bxc6 bxc6 19.Nb6 Kc7 20.Rc1 Qd6 21.Kg2 axb6 22.Rhd1 Qxd1

If Eltaj had now taken the queen at once, Black would at least have been able to prolong the resistance, but, alas, the white queen first gives check:: 23.Qxc6 Kb8 24.Qxb6 Ka8 25.Qc6 Kb8 26.Qb5 Ka8 – Now, finally, he can take the queen: 27.Rxd1 Rxd1 – and now he devours the kingside pawns: 28.Qe8 Kb7 29.Qxf7 Ka8 30.Qxf6 Rg8 31.Qxe6 Rh8 32.Qf6 Rg8 33.Qf3 – And finally the greedy queen has the rook, by way of desert. Black resigns (1:0).

The hero of the first round, Andrey Mustafin, did not disappoint this time, either - a draw with the experienced Sergey Tiviakov is an excellent achievement for the young player! 

And here is an example of the play of another guest at Nakhichevan:

Khenkin, I. – Emiroglu, K.

21.Bxd6 Qxe3 22.fxe3 Nb6 23.Bxb8 Nxd5 24.Rxd5 Rxb8 25.Nd4 Ra8 26.a4 Kf8 27.Rb5 Ra7 28.c5 e6 29.c6 Bxd4 30.c7!

The Turkish player admitted defeat 8 moves later (1:0).

The Azeri girls feel very at home amongst the men, being both sportsmen and beauties! Gonai Mamadzada yesterday drew with ex-Russian champion Evgeny Alekseev, and today was not satisfied with that, but also took half a point from her countryman Nidzhat Abbasov. Shak also has no reason to blush at the performance of the female half of his family. Turkan today lost to Azer Mirzoev, but Zeinab won as Black in a game not free of mistakes, against Vadim Malakhatko. And her achievements here are far from over... 

The Nakhichevan Open is not just for GMs, masters and ladies. Alongside there is also a children's event. Looking at these players, maybe there is one or more who will soon appear to replace Radjabov and Mamedyarov, or to be a new Gashimov? Who knows? Time flies... 

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