Kostya’s Game of the Day: August 12th

IM Kostya Kavutskiy will be presenting an annotated Game of the Day each day over the course of the 120th U.S. Open.  Today he analyzes the final round game by the tournament winner, GM Illia Nyzhnyk.

Kostya writes:

Despite his half-point lead over the field, GM Illia Nyzhnyk did not play it safe Sunday and chose an incredibly sharp line as Black against GM Timur Gareev, sacrificing an exchange in the opening for long-term compensation. This likely suited Gareev, who with a US Championship spot on the line needed to play for a win at all costs, but he quickly went wrong and could not handle Black’s initiative. Nyzhnyk then capitalized on his dynamic pressure and swiftly finished the game, clinching the event outright. What an effort!


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