American Phenom Abhimanyu Mishra Searching For A Record
Abhimanyu Mishra, the 12-year-old American who already has two of the three required norms for the grandmaster title, is going for his third and final GM norm of a 2600-rated performance at First Saturday June in the Hungarian capital.

Not having seen the move 4 Qb3 actually played on the board in this opening, the Queen’s Gambit Declined Slav, in over fifty years playing and following the Royal game, the young phenom searching for the points to earn a GM title at the youngest age, Abhimanyu Mishra,
American chess player Abhimanyu Mishra, 12, is the world’s youngest IM, and is one norm away from breaking a 19-year-old GM record. Austin Fuller

sent me to the databases with the move played in the third round of the Vezerkepzo GM June 2021 tournament, currently being played in Budapest, Hungary. The young preteen boy took a hit playing black in the first round. In the second round he again had the black pieces, and managed to draw. Finally sitting behind the white army in the third round, he scored his first win. His opponent in the third round, Subramaniyam Bharath, was born in 2007. Mishra was born in 2009. This writer was born some time in the last century…

Mishra, Abhimanyu (2485) – Bharath, Subramaniyam H (2437)

Vezerkepzo GM June 2021 round 03

D11 Queen’s Gambit Declined Slav, 3.Nf3

  1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qb3 e6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. Nc3 Be7 7. e3 O-O 8. Rc1 b6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. O-O Re8 12. Rfd1 h6 13. Bh4 Ne4 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. a4 Ndf6 16. Ne5 c5 17. Nxe4 Nxe4 18. Bxe4 dxe4 19. a5 cxd4 20. exd4 bxa5 21. Rc5 Rac8 22. Rdc1 Rxc5 23. Rxc5 Rd8 24. Qc4 Qf6 25. h3 a4 26. Qxa4 Qd6 27. Qa2 Bd5 28. Qxa7 f6 29. Ng6 Ra8 30. Ne7+ Kh7 31. Nf5 Qf8 32. Qd7 Rd8 33. Qc7 Bf7 34. Qb7 Rb8 35. Qxe4 Bg6 36. Rc7 Rxb2 37. Qe6 Rb1+ 38. Kh2 Qb8 39. Qe7 Qxc7+ 40. Qxc7 Bxf5 41. d5 Rb2 42. d6 Rd2 43. Qa5 Rxf2 44. Kg3 Rf1 45. Qb5 1-0

At the ChessBaseDataBase we learn that the move, 4 Qb3, ranks at #5 in popularity, behind 4 Nc3 (43872); 4 e3 (40279); 4 Qc2 (4401); and 4 cxd5 (3834). 4 Qb3 shows (2474) attempts in the database, and is followed by 4 g3 with (1309) games. Although the numbers are different at 365Chess, 4 Qb3 still ranks at #4. But here’s the deal, the move is scoring better than all other moves at both databases! The CBDB shows “60%”, which happens to be the same as a move not yet mentioned, 4 Ndb2, which has been played only 990 times according to the CBDB. 365Chess shows 4 Qb3 black winning only 16.8% of the games having been played! The budding young future GM has done his homework.

  1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qb3 e6 (Stockfish plays this move but Komodo prefers 4…dxc4) 5. Bg5 (SF plays 5 g3) 5…Nbd7 6. Nc3 Be7 7. e3 O-O (Although O-O is the choice of Komodo, and the most often played move by a wide margin of 190 to 18 for 7…h6, Stockfish would play the latter) 8. Rc1 (Although SF 020197 plays the most often seen move of 8 Bd3, Stockfish 12 @Depth 38, and Komodo 13.02 @Depth 30 play 8 Be2) 8…b6 9. cxd5 (This is a TN. ( Be2 was played in the game below)

Hoelzl, Franz (2351) vs Genser, Harald (2321)
Event: AUT-chT 0607
Site: Austria Date: 11/03/2006
Round: 1
ECO: D53 Queen’s Gambit Declined, 4.Bg5 Be7, 5.e3 O-O
1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6.Qb3 c6 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.Rc1 b6 9.Be2 Bb7 10.O-O c5 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.dxc5 Nxc5 14.Qa3 Rfc8 15.Nd4 a5 16.Nxd5 Bxd5 17.Rc2 Qf8 18.Rfc1 Bb7 19.Nb3 Na6 20.Qxf8+ Kxf8 21.Nd2 Nb4 22.Rxc8+ Rxc8 23.Rxc8+ Bxc8 24.a3 Nd5 25.e4 Nc7 26.Kf1 Ke7 27.Nc4 Na8 28.Ke1 Bb7 29.f3 f6 30.Kd2 Kd7 31.Bd3 h6 32.h4 Kc7 33.e5 fxe5 34.Nxe5 Kd6 35.Nc4+ Kc5 36.Kc3 Bd5 37.b4+ axb4+ 38.axb4+ Kc6 39.Ne5+ Kd6 40.Kd4 Nc7 41.g4 b5 42.f4 Bg2 43.Be4 Bxe4 44.Kxe4 Nd5 45.Nd3 Nc3+ 46.Kd4 Ne2+ 47.Ke3 Nc3 48.Kd4 ½-½

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