Ukraine in the lead

After five rounds of this year’s Uppsala Young Champions, 18-year-old Yevgeniy Roshka from Ukraine is in the lead. In the fifth round, he defeated top-ranked Norwegian Sebastian Mihajlov, who had previously been unbeaten.

Roshka plays black and has sacrificed a pawn to open lines against Mihajlov’s king. And now he is sacrificing one more to finish the game!

21…f5! 22.exf5 exf5 23.Bxf5 If White doesn’t take the pawn, black continues with f5-f4 and the attack breaks through. But this move doesn’t work either. 23…Rde8! Elegant! 24.Be4 After, for example 24.Qd2 follows 24… Ne3 †! 24…Bxe4 25.Nxe4 Ndf6 26.c5 26.Nfd2 Nxe4 27.Nxe4 Qh7! doesn’t help either. 26…Nxe4 27.Qa6 † Kd8 28.cxb6 Ne3†! and Black won in a few moves.


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