Kostya’s Games of the Day: August 8th and 9th

IM Kostya Kavutskiy will be presenting an annotated Game of the Day each day over the course of the 120th U.S. Open. After missing yesterday due to travel, he presents two games today.

Don’t forget to watch the livestream from Orlando beginning tonight at 7pm EDT. Kostya will co-host with IM Eric Rosen on our US Chess Twitch channel.

Kostya writes:

In our first game, GM Illia Nyzhnyk plays a model strategic effort, transforming a lead in development into a positional advantage (dominating the c-file) and keeping a large plus deep into the endgame, smoothly converting and winning in the style of Botvinnik.

In today’s second game, NM Matthew O’Brien plays in the style of Spielmann, sacrificing an exchange early in the opening for a somewhat speculative attack. But the attack plays off, as IM Elliot Winslow is unable to find a sufficient way to deal with White’s threats. An energetic win!


  1. GM Nyzhnyk’s game reminds of a classic Botvinnik game, with a similar exploitation of the c6 square. Alas, I cannot remember his opponent — any help?

    • Botvinnik – Alekhine
      Netherlands: AVRO (7) 1938
      (D41 Queen’s G-D, Semi-Tarrasch, 5.cd)
      1 Nf3 d5 2 d4 Nf6 3 c4 e6 4 Nc3 c5 5 cxd5 Nxd5 6 e3 Nc6 7 Bc4 cxd4 8 exd4 Be7 9 O-O O-O 10 Re1 b6 11 Nxd5 exd5 12 Bb5 Bd7 13 Qa4 Nb8 14 Bf4 Bxb5 15 Qxb5 a6 16 Qa4 Bd6 17 Bxd6 Qxd6 18 Rac1 Ra7 19 Qc2 Re7 20 Rxe7 Qxe7 21 Qc7 Qxc7 22 Rxc7 f6 23 Kf1 Rf7 24 Rc8+ Rf8 25 Rc3 g5 26 Ne1 h5 27 h4 Nd7 28 Rc7 Rf7 29 Nf3 g4 30 Ne1 f5 31 Nd3 f4 32 f3 gxf3 33 gxf3 a5 34 a4 Kf8 35 Rc6 Ke7 36 Kf2 Rf5 37 b3 Kd8 38 Ke2 Nb8 39 Rg6 Kc7 40 Ne5 Na6 41 Rg7+ Kc8 42 Nc6 Rf6 43 Ne7+ Kb8 44 Nxd5 Rd6 45 Rg5 Nb4 46 Nxb4 axb4 47 Rxh5 Rc6 48 Rb5 Kc7 49 Rxb4 Rh6 50 Rb5 Rxh4 51 Kd3 1-0

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