GM Inarkiev vs. GM Baryshpolets
Opening: B66: Sicilian: Richter-Rauzer
Player(s): Inarkiev, Baryshpolets
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A strong international open was held in conjunction with the FIDE Grand Prix in Baku. Ernesto Inarkiev emerged victorious with a score of 7-2, surpassing Constantin Lupulescu on tiebreaks.
This week I would like to focus on Inarkiev's battle with 23-year-old Ukrainian GM Andrey Baryshpolets. The players utilized typical themes in the Richter-Rauser Variation, with Black's central thrust hoping to neutralize White's kingside pawn storm. Many subtle tactics emerge in similar, but slightly different variations.