GM Gawain Jones Produces Theoretical Novelty On Move Six!

In the opening round of the ongoing Gibraltar Chess Tournament ( Grandmaster Gawain Jones

Gawain Jones (photo Steil-Antoni)

uncorked a TN against his much lower rated opponent, IM Nurgyul Salimova of Bulgaria,

after these common moves had been played:

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 (4 Nf3 is the usual, and best, move, according to Stockfish) h6 5. Bd3 (Stockfish would have played 5. g4, the most often played move) 5…Bxd3

How would you capture the prelate? Ask yourself, “How would Capablanca have captured?” Until GM Jones popped the cork with 6 cxd3 the only move previously played by the best had been 6 Qxd3. Maybe the GM was attempting to do the “dipsy-doodle” against his much lower rated opponent rather than treating his opponent with the respect she deserved. If so, the maneuver backfired.

6. cxd3 e6 7. Nc3 Ne7 8. h5 Qb6 9. Nf3 Nf5 10. Kf1 Nd7 11. Na4 Qa6 12. g4 Ne7 13. Kg2 Nc8 14. Qc2 Ncb6 15. Nc5 Nxc5 16. dxc5 Qa4 17. Qxa4 Nxa4 18. d4 b6 19. b4 Be7 20. Nd2 a5 21. a3 Kd7 22. Rh3 f6 23. f4 fxe5 24. fxe5 Rhf8 25. Nb3 axb4 26. axb4 b5 27. Ra2 Rf7 28. Rf2 Rxf2+ 29. Kxf2 Nb2 30. Rf3 Nc4 31. g5 hxg5 32. Rf7 Rf8 33. Rxf8 Bxf8 34. Kf3 Be7 35. Kg4 Ke8 36. Na1 Kf7 37. Nc2 Bf8 38. Kxg5 Be7+ 39. Kg4 Bf8 40. Ne1 Be7 41. Nf3 Bd8 42. Ng5+ Ke7 43. Kg3 Bc7 44. Kf4 Bd8 45. Kg4 Bc7 46. Kf3 Bd8 47. Ke2 Bc7 48. Bf4 Bd8 49. Bg3 Kd7 50. Nf7 Na3 51. Nxd8 Kxd8 52. Kd3 Nc4 53. Bf4 Nb2+ 54. Ke2 Ke8 55. Bd2 Na4 56. Kf3 Kf7 57. Kf4 Kg8 58. Be1 Kf8 59. Kg5 Kf7 60. Bd2 Nb2 61. Kg4 Na4 62. Kf4 Kf8 63. Kf3 Kf7 64. Kg4 Kg8 65. Kf4 Kf8 66. Kg5 Kf7 ½-½

The annotated game can be located @


















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