Malcolm Pein on…The Attacking Skill of Anna Sargsyan

Anna Sargsyan is the focus of Malcolm Pein’s Daily Telegraph column for today.

Hopefully we shall see more of her attacking skill in action soon.

Malcolm Pein on…Anna Sargsyan

Anna Sargsyan is the great hope of Armenian women’s chess. I predict she will soon become the country’s strongest female player. At the 22nd European Team Chess Championship in 2019

in Batumi, Sargsyan took the individual gold medal on board five with a score of +6 =2 -0.

Lifetime Repertoires: Queen\’s Gambit Declined

Sargsyan has great attacking instincts and despatched a 2500+ GM in style in this game from the recent Armenian Higher League.

A. Sargsyan – H. Hayrapetyan
Sicilian Defence

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.0–0 a6 5.Bd3 Ngf6 6.c3 b5 7.Bc2 Bb7 8.d3 Qc7 9.Re1 e6 10.Nbd2 Be7 11.Nf1 0–0 12.Ng3 Ne5 13.Ng5 Nc6 14.f4 b4 15.Qe2 a5 16.e5 Nd7 (After 16…dxe5 17.fxe5 Nd5 18.Nxh7 Kxh7 19.d4+ White has a strong attack but no forced win after 19…Kg8 20.Qg4 f5 21.exf6 Nxf6 22.Qxe6+)

Anna Sargsyan on the Attack

17.Nxh7! Kxh7 18.d4+ Kg8 (After 18…g6 19.Qh5+? Kg7 Black wins but after 18…g6 19.f5 exf5 20.Nxf5 Rfe8 21.e6 Bf8 22.Qg4 the knight on f5 is immune so Black has
to return a piece with 22…Nce5 23.dxe5 Nxe5 24.Qh4+ Kg8 25.Re3! and the attack continues) 19.Nh5! g6? (19…f5! 20.exf6 Nxf6 21.Qxe6+ Rf7 22.Bg6 Bf8 defends) 20.Qg4! (Threatening to take on g6)

Anna Sargsyan Big Attack

20…Kh7 21.f5! exf5

Test Your Strength

White to Play and Win

White to play and win

A. Sargsyan – T. Rodshtein
20th EU Ch. Antalya 2019
Slav Exchange

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.e3 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bf5 7.Nf3 e6 8.Qb3 Bb4 9.Ne5 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 Nxe5 11.Bxe5 0–0 12.Rc1 Rc8 13.Qxb7 Ne4 14.f3 Nxc3 15.Ba6 f6 16.Qxc8 Qxc8 17.Bxc8 Rxc8 18.Bg3 Rc4 19.Kd2 Na4 20.Rxc4 dxc4 21.e4 Bg6 22.Rb1 1–0

Highlight the space below this line to reveal the answer.

22.Qf4 1–0 22…gxh5 23.Qh6+ and Bxf5.

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