Shreyas Royal game

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Chris Rice
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Shreyas Royal game

Post by Chris Rice » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:02 pm

I work with Chris Ward at a school in Dulwich and when I met him today he was just finishing off annotating a game by England's brightest junior prospect, Shreyas Royal, which features below. Played in Warwickshire a few days ago, 9 year old Shreyas, the UK's youngest ever CM and surely a future England number 1, carves up an experienced opponent, Black side of a Dragon. Apologies to Roger, but its because I know how strong Roger is that makes this game so impressive. Chris W didn't know which round it actually was but hopefully Roger can fill in the blanks:


Roger de Coverly
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Re: Shreyas Royal game

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:21 pm

It was Round 2

I didn't get an opportunity to look at his games beforehand, but it was a reasonable guess that he would play the Dragon given that he's from Kent and Chris Ward is a Kent coach. I don't believe the Yugoslav Attack is mate, but White should maintain a decent position. Arguably I ran out of theory at move 15. Punting 15. g4 is a usual idea, but difficult to assess unless you can recall a detailed sequence. You have to know 13 Kb1 and 14 Bg5 (or vice versa) but otherwise it's a tabiya that's easy to reach.

The critical position is this one



According to an engine I should decline the immediate offer of the d6 pawn and first nudge the Rook with Qd3. That's supposedly just equal. I had totally overlooked the .. Re4 idea after which there's no defence. Ironically the idea of playing f5 was to not allow .. Rxf4
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Paul Dargan
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Re: Shreyas Royal game

Post by Paul Dargan » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:27 pm

I guess this will be available to readers of Chris W's column at chesspublishing in his update this month!

Paul

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Re: Shreyas Royal game

Post by Chris Rice » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:40 pm

Paul Dargan wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:27 pm
I guess this will be available to readers of Chris W's column at chesspublishing in his update this month!

Paul
Yes it will be Paul. Pretty amazing that a 9 year old will be adding to the theory of the Dragon.

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