The Batumi Organizers of the 43rd Chess Olympiad awarded the Brilliancy Prizes for Round 1 earlier today.
The winner in the Women’s section is Marsel Efroimski of Israel. Here is her win:
Efroimski Marsel - Sakai Azumi
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bd3 c5 7.c3 Nc6 8.0–0 a5 9.a4 cxd4 10.cxd4 Nb4 11.Bb5 b6 12.Nb1 0–0 13.Bf4 Nb8 14.Na3 Bd7 15.Re1 N8c6 16.Re3 Kh8 17.Rc3 Rc8 18.Qd2 Na7 19.Ng5 Nxb5 20.axb5 h6 21.Rh3 Kg8 22.Nf3 f6 23.Bxh6 fxe5 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Qh6+ Kf7 26.Nxe5+ Ke8 27.Qg6+ 1–0
In the Open section, Davit Maghalashvili (of Georgia 2) is the winner. When we interviewed him, he confessed that he was really disappointed that his opponent resigned because he was not able to show off his brilliancy over the board.
Frick Renato (2058) - Maghalashvili Davit (2508) [B59]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Be3 Be6 9.f3 0–0 10.Nd5 Bxd5 11.exd5 Nb4 12.c4 a5 13.Nd2 Nd7 14.0–0 f5 15.Kh1 Bg5 16.Bg1 Qf6 17.Nb1 Qh6 18.Nc3 Bf4 19.Rb1 Nf6 20.a3 Nh5 21.Bf2
He played 21...Bxh2!! and his opponent unexpectedly resigned. If one only casually looks at the position, most engines “think” that the position is 0.00. But it was not the case as he fully saw the spectacular combination.
After 22.Kxh2, he saw the following 22…Ng3+! 23.Kxg3 f4+ 24.Kg4 Rf5!! (25.Bh4 (25.Kxf5 Qg6#) Rh5 26.Qe1 (26.Rh1 Qg6+ 27.Kh3 Qg3#) 26...Nc2 27.Qf2 Ne3+ and it is game over.
Davit was pleasantly surprised when he learned that he was awarded the Brilliancy Prize. It is a consolation for not being able to play the combination out.