A lot of tournaments are taking place in this period, but no top GMs are playing. A couple of events ended in the last few days in Rome (Italy) and Andorra.
Romanian IM Ranko Szuhanek won the 12th European Maccabi Games, held in Rome in July 5 to 11. The Maccabi is the international Jewish Sports Organization, present on the 5 continents, in 50 countries and numbering more than 400 000 members. One GM, three IMs, one wGM and four FMs competed in the event. Szuhanek scored 6 points out of 7 and edged out by half a point Azeri master Samir Davidov, who beat Elo favorite GM Valery Beim in the last round. Georgian wGM Sopiko Khukhashvili (best placed woman), Russian IM Alexey Yuneev, Romanian IM Mihai-Lucian Grunberg and Slovakian master Martin Fraas shared the third place on 5 points. Full results: http://www.emg2007.roma.it/Results/wwwOpen/index.html.
Israeli IM Maxim Rodshtein, Serbian GM Branko Damljanovic and Spanish GM Salvador Del Rio shared first place in the 25th Andorra International open, held in June 30 to July 8. They all scored 7 points out of 9 and edged out by half a point five players: Artur Kogan (ISR), Kevin Spraggett (CAN), Oscar De La Riva (AND), Diego Flores (ARG) and Manuel Perez (SPA). Italian master Angelo Damia was placed 34th-46th on 5 points. 101 players took part in the event, 16 GMs and 12 IMs among them. Official site: http://www.escacsandorra.com/.
Waiting for more exciting action (and games) I finally wrote an article about Kasparov’s visit in Italy on my Italian site www.messaggeroscacchi.it (direct link: http://www.messaggeroscacchi.it/articoli/kaspamil.html). Don’t try to translate it by using Google language tools... It would be horrible...
Some news from Italy at last: the Italian championship semifinal takes place in Cortina until July 15. Ten IMs and fifteen FMs compete in the event (58 participants). IMs Sabino Brunello and Fabio Bruno share first place on 5 points after 6 rounds; IMs Roberto Mogranzini and Daniele Contin, FM Daniele Genocchio and young masters Axel Rombaldoni and Alessandro Bonafede follow on 4.5. Results: http://www.montebellunascacchi.it/download/CORTINA%2007.doc.
And now here is a game from the Maccabi tournament.
Angel, H. B. - Gerasimenyk, M. [D00], Rome 11.7.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4
The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, a dangerous weapon if you don't know how to face it...
Black takes up the challenge. 3...e6 would lead to a French defence.
4...Bf5 and 4...e3 are the main alternatives.
5...Bg4 and 5...e6 are more popular.
6.Bc4 Bg7 7.Bg5
The immediate 7.0–0 is more flexible.
7...0–0 8.0–0 Nbd7 9.Qd2
9.Qe1 is probably a bit more precise.
This looks to be a novelty. 9...c5 was the only move played before.
10.Bb3 c6 11.h3 Nbd5 12.Rae1 Bf5 13.Ne5 Qc7 14.Rxf5!?
This is probably not correct, but White has to complicate the position if he wants to get some compensation for the sacrificed pawn.
14...gxf5 15.Bh6 f4?
The first mistake. After 15...Bxh6 16.Qxh6 Kh8 White do not have enough compensation, e.g.: 17.Qg5 Qb6 18.Nf3 Rg8 19.Qxf5 e6 20.Qe5 Rg7 21.Nxd5 Nxd5 22.c4 Ne7 23.Ng5 Rf8 and Black is simply an exchange up.
16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Nxd5 Nxd5
17...cxd5 was probably better: after 18.Qxf4 Qd6 19.Qg5+ Kh8 20.c3 intending Bc2, White has the initiative, but Black can hold on.
18.Bxd5 cxd5 19.Qxf4 Qxc2
19...Qd6 was safer, e.g.: 20.Re3 Qf6 21.Qg3+ Kh8 22.Nd7 Qxd4 23.Nxf8 Rxf8 24.c3 Qf6 25.Qc7 Re8 26.Qxb7 Qb6 27.Qxb6 axb6 and White has only a slight edge in the endgame.
20.Qg5+ Kh8 21.Qxe7 Qd2??
A horrible mistake. After 21...f6 Black can easily fight for a draw, e.g.: 22.Re3 (22.Nf7+ Kg8 23.Re3 Qg6 24.Nd6 Qg7 25.Qe6+ Kh8 26.Qxd5 Rad8=) 22...Qc1+ 23.Kh2 Qxe3 24.Ng6+ hxg6 25.Qxe3 Kg7 26.Qe6 Rf7 27.Qxd5 Rc8=
22.Qf6+ Kg8 23.Rf1!
23...Qxd4+ 24.Kh1 Rac8 25.Qg5+ Kh8 26.Rxf7! Rc1+
The only way to avoid mate.
Black is a piece down, so he resigned. A nice win by Mr. Angel (reported as Italian on the official site), if you consider he is a not rated player, while his opponent was a 2150 master.