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Fourth Round
4.0The penultimate round has finished in Ankara and unfortunately the Confederation Cup will come to an end tomorrow. Today it was Russia- Turkey's turn to rest and we had two very important matches for the final standings. The match between Asia and Europe would determine the first two places and Africa-Americas match had the potential of being crucial for the competition for the third place. 

In the match between Europe and Asia there was an interesting battle between two champions: IPCA World Champion IM Igor Yarmonov was playing against IPCA Women's Champion WIM Jennitha Anto. Despite being heavily outrated and having the black pieces Jennitha Anto played a fine game and if someone got any winning chances it was probably the Indian player who picked a pawn in the endgame thanks to a pin. However converting the extra pawn into a win was very difficult if not impossible so the game ended in a draw.

                                              Sultan Kozhakhmetov from Kazakhstan

The Iranian Safaei played well against Jarno Scheffner and achieved a winning material advantage but twice in the game she allowed Scheffner to escape with a perpetual check. The young German player finally took it and claimed the draw. The young Kazakh player Kozhakhmetov played a fine rook endgame to beat Moldovanovic but in the remaining three boards the Spanish champion Draghici Flutur, Choroszej and Gerasimova scored clean wins to settle the score for their teams: 4-2! This means that regardless of what happens in the final round Team Europe will be the winner of the 1st FIDE Confederation Cup for Disabled People. Congratulations!

                                                    IM Eugenio Campos from Angola

In the second match of the day Africa came close to beating Team Americas. On the fourth board Masoud had an unexpected tactical trick against Victor Abiad Parra but he missed the moment and lost the game. Griffin McConnell played a great attacking game against Khabou, a game which is not to be missed. With Barrios Chamorro also winning, Americas achieved 3-0 in the lower half of the boards and despite the best efforts of African players on the first three boards to achieve 2,5/3 points the match was settled in favor of Team Americas: 2,5-3,5. This results puts Team Americas in the driver's seat for the competititon for third place with Russia-Turkey and any result except a match loss will be enough for the American players. 

The games of the final round will be played on tomorrow (Friday) at 15:00 local time. Don't miss the exciting matches of the last day, Africa-Europe and Russia-Turkey - America.

Photos: Dora L. Martinez, Event Photographer

Analyzed Games

[Event "1st FIDE Confederation Cup for the Disab"] [Site ""] [Date "2019.12.12"] [Round "4.4"] [White "Kozhakhmetov, Sultan"] [Black "Moldovanovic, Dragan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C10"] [WhiteElo "1617"] [BlackElo "1982"] [Annotator ""] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r4k2/1p3p2/2p1p3/p3P1p1/2P3P1/3R4/PP3P2/6K1 w - - 0 32"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2019.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Kazakhstan"] [BlackTeam "Serbia"] [WhiteTeamCountry "KAZ"] [BlackTeamCountry "SRB"] 32. Rd7 Rb8 33. Rc7 {White tries to discourage Black from playing b5 but it was possible anyway.} Rd8 {A fine move activating the rook, but maybe the other way of activation was even better in a structural sense} (33... b5 { was a touch more accurate.} 34. c5 (34. Rxc6 bxc4 35. Rxc4 Rxb2 36. Ra4 Rb5) 34... Rd8 35. Rxc6 Rd5 $11) 34. Rxb7 Rd4 35. b3 Rxg4+ 36. Kf1 Re4 37. Rc7 Rxe5 38. Rxc6 {The critical position in this endgame} a4 $2 {Allowing White to have connected passed pawns immediately} (38... g4 $1 {seems to be a fine move. For example} 39. a3 Rf5 {with threats of g3 and Rf3}) 39. b4 Ke7 40. b5 Kd7 41. Ra6 Rc5 42. Rxa4 f5 43. Ke2 e5 44. Ra7+ $1 {Good technique. Improving rook's position with checks} Kd6 45. Ra6+ Kc7 46. Kd3 f4 47. a4 f3 48. a5 g4 49. Rg6 e4+ 50. Kxe4 (50. Kd4 {was winning faster but if you have found a safe and sure win no need to get carried away by second considerations}) 50... Rxc4+ 51. Kd5 Rc2 52. Rg7+ Kb8 53. Rxg4 Rxf2 54. Kc6 Rg2 55. Rf4 Rg6+ 56. Kc5 Rg5+ 57. Kc4 Rg3 58. Kb4 Kb7 59. Rf7+ Ka8 60. a6 Rh3 61. b6 Rh8 62. Rxf3 Rg8 63. Re3 { The well-known winning plan in this endgame is to play Kb5 (to avoid lateral checks first Re5) then a7 and Ka6, this way there are no stalemate tricks. Black decides to resign anyway without testing White. Fine endgame play from the Kazakh player.} 1-0 [Event "1st FIDE Confederation Cup for the Disab"] [Site ""] [Date "2019.12.12"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Gonzalez Astete, Cristian"] [Black "Campos, Eugenio"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A77"] [WhiteElo "2162"] [BlackElo "2259"] [Annotator ""] [PlyCount "86"] [EventDate "2019.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "Chile"] [BlackTeam "Angola"] [WhiteTeamCountry "CHI"] [BlackTeamCountry "ANG"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. e4 Bg7 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O a6 10. a4 Re8 11. Nd2 Nbd7 12. f3 {Solid but White's active plan in this position is to play f4, so perhaps other moves are better tries for an advantage} (12. Qc2) (12. f4) (12. h3) (12. Ra3) 12... Rb8 (12... Ne5) 13. Nc4 Nb6 14. Bf4 $6 {White should not have allowed the exchange of knights. Not only according to the general maxim that exchanges help to the more cramped side but also because Black's b8/d7 knight is a often a problematic piece in Benoni.} (14. Na3 {to keep the knights was essential}) 14... Nxc4 15. Bxc4 Nh5 $1 {Campos hits up on the correct plan immediately. It seems that all the active plans belong to Black on both sides of the board} 16. Be3 f5 $36 17. Qd2 Kh8 (17... Bxc3 $2 18. Qxc3 fxe4 19. fxe4 Rxe4 20. Bh6 $44) (17... Qa5) 18. Bg5 Qa5 19. exf5 $1 Qb4 $1 {Both players play well} 20. Rfe1 $1 {Another move with tempo} Bxf5 21. Bf1 Qd4+ 22. Kh1 Nf6 23. g4 Bd7 24. Be3 Qb4 (24... Qxd2 25. Bxd2 b5 26. axb5 Bxb5 $1 {was objectively better but Campos probably feels like he can play for a win}) 25. Bf4 c4 26. Bh6 $2 {The first real mistake in this game and already a losing one. Both players have played well to reach this point but now Gonzalez gives up a pawn for no compensation. Not only that but suddenly c3-knight becomes hanging and pawn weaknesses as well as king safety issues begin to tell.} (26. h3 {would have been a solid move}) 26... Bxh6 27. Qxh6 Qxb2 28. Rec1 Qf2 {Not only Black is a pawn up but he also has potential connected passed pawns on the queenside. Add to that many weaknesses in White's camp -f3,d5, king safety etc.- Black's advantage is decisive. Campos brings home the full point in a very efficient manner.} 29. Bg2 Qd4 30. Qh4 b5 31. axb5 axb5 32. Qg3 Re5 33. Ne4 Rxd5 34. h3 Nxe4 35. fxe4 Re5 36. Rd1 Qc5 37. Ra6 c3 38. Qf4 Kg8 39. Rf1 Be6 40. Raa1 b4 41. Rf2 b3 42. Raf1 b2 43. Qh6 Qxf2 {Coup de grace. A fine game from both players and one single lapse was enough for IM Campos to reach full point} 0-1

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