"Eat Properly, Run Fast". Murtas Kazhgaleyev Wins Kazakhstan Championship for the First Time

Время публикации: 21.05.2015 16:07 | Последнее обновление: 21.05.2015 17:46

It is hard to believe, but the top Kazakh player for many years, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, has just won the national championship for the first time. How many previous occasions he has fought for the title even the grandmaster himself does not remember, but his greatest previous achievement was winning the Asian title at Doha in 2006. 

The event was a Swiss in Pavlodar from 10-19 May. Kazhgaleyev scored 9 points out of 11, second place went to Azamat Utegaliev with 8.5, and third to Anuar Ismagambetov, with 8.

One of the nice attacks which the tournament winner managed to bring off was against rating favourite Rinat Jumabayev.  


17.Nf4!? Bxd4 18.g4 d5 19.Nxe6 Qe5 20.gxf5 Bxa1 21.f4 An effective finish was 21.Bf6! Rxf6 22.Rh8+ Kf7 23.Rh7+ Ke8 24.f4!. But the line chosen also leaves Black no hope.
21...Qb2 22.Qxb2 Bxb2 23.Nd6 Rxf5 24.Rh6! Bc3+ 25.Kd1 Rxg5 26.fxg5 1-0

The champion shared his impressions on his Facebook page: 

"Many thanks to everyone for the congratulations. Each player knows how difficult it is to win at any serious level of competition, especially when this is not the first attempt and the load of past failures is a great burden. Leading the entire tournament for 11 rounds was a very difficult role and I am very glad that this time I was able to cope with the psychological difficulties and to show good play. The book by ultra-marathon champion Scott Jurek "Eat well, run fast," inspired me throughout the championship. Even more important was the invaluable help of my closest friends and my brother. This victory for me was above all a victory over myself. I also want to express my gratitude to the participants of the tournament and my rivals - the race was really exciting, and I needed to collect 9 points in 11 rounds and to strain and work, as well as find inspired ideas. Wins in the last two rounds, as well as most of the other games, which lasted more than four hours, left a bright impression of the Pavlodar event. In this beautiful city on the banks of the mighty Irtysh in 1988 I won my first championship under-16. It was my first major success. And now, 27 years later - my first Kazakhstan Championship, after twenty years of my professional career, changes everything. I am delighted that chess tournaments still give me a truly incredible feeling".

 [Date "2015.05.16"] [White "Kazhgaleyev, M."] [Black "Jumabayev, R."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A40"] [PlyCount "51"] 1. d4 e6 2. c4 b6 3. e4 Bb7 4. Bd3 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Nge2 Ne7 7. Be3 f5 8. f3 Nbc6 9. Qd2 Nb4 10. Bb1 O-O 11. h4 Ba6 12. b3 fxe4 13. Nxe4 c5 14. h5 Nf5 15. hxg6 hxg6 16. Bg5 Qc7 17. Nf4 Bxd4 18. g4 d5 19. Nxe6 Qe5 20. gxf5 Bxa1 21. f4 Qb2 22. Qxb2 Bxb2 23. Nd6 Rxf5 24. Rh6 Bc3+ 25. Kd1 Rxg5 26. fxg5 1-0


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