Cornette, leader in Barcelona

The French GM Matthieu Cornette is the leader in the closed tournament of the City of Barcelona, ​​with the presence of ten players. The contest has an average of 2,447 Elo points and takes place from February 16 to 24. Cornette leads to the sixth round with 5 points (+ 4, = 2, –0). They are followed by Marc Andria Maurizzi, France, 4; 3rd. Bilel Bellahcene, Algeria, 4 points.

White: GM Matthieu Cornette, France, 2,555. Black: Daniel García Ramos, Spain, 2,397. London system, C12. R-2, Barcelona closed tournament, 16–02-2021.

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 e6 4.Nbd2 Bd6 5.Bg5 The current thing is to play 5.e3 Bxf4 6.exf4 0–0 7.Bd3 with a micro-advantage in development. 7 … Qd6 8.g3 In theory the light squares f3 and h3 are weakened; but it is difficult that they can be exploited. White has also created a strong control on the d5 square that can serve as an outpost. 5 … 0–0 It might be more convenient to immediately harass the active piece with h6. 6.e4 dxe4 7.Nxe4 The advantage in development and space allows greater prospects for attack. 7 … Be7 is perhaps preferable 7 … Nbd7 with the idea of ​​developing another piece and not wasting time. 8.Bd3 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.Qd3 A little better 9.Bc4 The castling is prepared and the queen does not obstruct the activity of Bf1. 9 … Nd7 10.0–0–0 Qe7 In the position there are two offensive natural moves. 11.h4 Greater strength presents 11.g4 g6 12.Nxf6 + Nxf6 13.Ne5 ± .11 … c5 12.Nfg5 g6 13.dxc5 Nxc5 14.Nxf6 + Qxf6 15.Qd6 + – Nd7 (15 … b6 16.Qxf8 + Kxf8 17.Nxh7 + Ke7 18.Nxf6 Rxf6 19.Rd8 And White with the quality of advantage and majority on the queenside reaches decisive superiority. 16.Bb5 h6 17.Nf3 Nb6 18.Rd4 Better 18.Ne5 Qg7 19.h5 g5 20.The1 + -. 18 … Qg7 19.Rhd1 a6? They forget the weakness of the eighth. 20.Qxb6 axb5 21.Rd8 Ra6 22.Qc5 With the obvious threat of capturing on f8 and winning a piece or Qe7 that wins the queen. 22 … Rc6 23.Qe7 Black resigns. If 23 … Rxd8 24.Rxd8 + Kh7 25.Qe8 + -.

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