The following games were played at the 2014 Qatar Masters, Doha, where 92 grandmasters were participants. The tournament was won by Chinese grandmaster Yu Yangyi.

Yangyi v Kramnik
White: Yangyi Yu
Black: Vladimir Kramnik
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 Be6 7. O-O Nd7 8. Nb3 Bb6 9. Ng5 Bxb3 10. axb3 f6 11. Nf3 Nf8 12. Nd2 Ne6 13. Qh5+ g6 14. Qd1 Bc5 15. Nc4 b5 16. Na5 Qd7 17. Be3 Bb6 18. b4 O-O 19. Qd2 f5 20. exf5 gxf5 21. Qc3 f4 22. Bxb6 cxb6 23. Nxc6 Qd6 24. Rxa7 Rxa7 25. Nxa7 f3 26. Qc6 Qe7 27. Nxb5 Kh8 28. g3 Qf7 29. Ra1 Ng5 30. Ra8 Qe7 31. h4 Nh3+ 32. Kf1 e4 33. Qxe4 1-0.

20131229chessAkopian v Giri
White: Vladimir Akopian
Black: Anish Giri
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. O-O-O Bb4 9.
3 Ne5 10. Nb3 b5 11. Kb1 Be7 12. Qf2 Bb7 13. Bb6 Qb8 14. Bd4 d6 15. g4 b4 16. Na4 Nxf3 17. Qxf3 Bxe4 18. Qh3 Bxh1 19. g5 Ne4 20. g6 f6 21. Qxe6 Ng5 22. Qe3 hxg6 23. Nb6 Ra7 24. Bd3 Rxh2 25. Bxg6+ Kf8 26. Nc5 Bc6 27. Ne6+ Nxe6 28. Qxe6 Be8 29. Bd3 Rc7 30. Re1 Qd8 31. Nd5 Bf7 32. Qe4 Rd7 33. Nf4 d5 34. Ng6+ Bxg6 35. Qxg6 Rh6 36. Qg2 Bd6 37. Rg1 Rh4 38. Qxd5 Be7 39. Qg2 Rdxd4 40. Qxg7+ Ke8 41. Qg6+ Kd7 42. Qf5+ Kc7 43. Qa5+ Kb8 44. Qxa6 Rd6 45. Qa4 Qb6 46. Re1 Rg4 47. b3 Rg1 48. Bf1 Rd8 49. a3 Bf8 50. Ka2 Qc5 51. axb4 Qxb4 52. Qa6 Rg5 53. Kb2 Ra5 0-1.

Teenage Surinamese chess player Geryen Dos Ramos (right) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Mikel Martin,13, contested a furious middle-game battle during their Round 9 encounter at the 2014 Guyana Umada Chess Cup. It was the last game of the tournament to be completed before the prize-giving ceremony, and, therefore, it commanded the attention of the entire tournament hall. Geryen was calm, since he possessed a connected passed pawn. Mikel temporarily blocked the pawn with a Rook, thereby tying-up a major piece in the process. With his remaining pieces however, Mikel launched a sudden and vigorous attack on Geryen’s king, proceeding to deliver some thunderbolts against his steadfast opponent. Mikel’s mom, a chess player herself, was photographing the different moods of her son as he was launching his attack. “Mikel can draw that position,”  Mom said to no one in particular. “Yes, it’s a draw,” she reasoned. But Mikel was in time trouble. And time trouble could be suicidal when you are attacking. He was forced to play quickly, eventually losing some more pawns and ultimately losing the game. Afterwards, Mom was tender in her assessment of the game on behalf of Mikel: “You know, he’s only 13; he has a long way yet to go,” she said. Geryen is the son of Dr Richard Dos Ramos, who played chess in Guyana in the 1970s and ’80s, along with his brother Carlos. We still remember the game when Gordon Broomes checkmated Richard with two Bishops, as he (Gordon) was experiencing severe time trouble!
Teenage Surinamese chess player Geryen Dos Ramos (right) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Mikel Martin,13, contested a furious middle-game battle during their Round 9 encounter at the 2014 Guyana Umada Chess Cup. It was the last game of the tournament to be completed before the prize-giving ceremony, and, therefore, it commanded the attention of the entire tournament hall. Geryen was calm, since he possessed a connected passed pawn. Mikel temporarily blocked the pawn with a Rook, thereby tying-up a major piece in the process. With his remaining pieces however, Mikel launched a sudden and vigorous attack on Geryen’s king, proceeding to deliver some thunderbolts against his steadfast opponent. Mikel’s mom, a chess player herself, was photographing the different moods of her son as he was launching his attack. “Mikel can draw that position,” Mom said to no one in particular. “Yes, it’s a draw,” she reasoned. But Mikel was in time trouble. And time trouble could be suicidal when you are attacking. He was forced to play quickly, eventually losing some more pawns and ultimately losing the game. Afterwards, Mom was tender in her assessment of the game on behalf of Mikel: “You know, he’s only 13; he has a long way yet to go,” she said. Geryen is the son of Dr Richard Dos Ramos, who played chess in Guyana in the 1970s and ’80s, along with his brother Carlos. We still remember the game when Gordon Broomes checkmated Richard with two Bishops, as he (Gordon) was experiencing severe time trouble!

Vachier-Lagrave v Efimenko
White: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Black: Zahar Efimenko

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. O-O Be7 8. d3 Be6 9. Be3 Nd5 10. Nxd5 Bxd5 11. Qa4 O-O 12. Rfc1 a6 13. Rc3 Bxf3 14. Bxf3 Nd4 15. Bxd4 exd4 16. Rcc1 c6 17. b4 Re8 18. Qb3 Bd6 19. a4 Qb6 20. Rab1 Re5 21. Rc4 Rd8 22. Qb2 Bb8 23. Rc5 g6 24. Rxe5 Bxe5 25. e4 Bd6 26. Bd1 Rd7 27. Bg4 Rc7 28. a5 Qa7 29. f4 c5 30. e5 Bf8 31. bxc5 Qxc5 32. Qb6 Qxb6 33. Rxb6 Bc5 34. Rb1 b6 35. axb6 Rb7 36. Bc8 Rxb6 37. Ra1 Bb4 38. Bxa6 Bc3 39. Ra3 Rb1+ 40. Kg2 Ra1 41. Rxa1 Bxa1 42. Kf3 Kf8 43. Ke4 Ke7 44. g4 h6 45. Bc4 Bc3 46.

Cuban-Guyanese chess player Maria Varona-Thomas (left) is photographed defeating Trinidad and Tobago’s Candidate Master Aditi Soondarsingh in Round 9 of the 2014 Guyana Umada Cup chess tournament. Maria, rated at FIDE 1738, finished the tournament in sixth place with 5.5 points, the same number of points as Loris Nathoo, Wendell Meusa, Su Hai Feng, and Surinamese Frank Kim Lin Lo and Geryen Dos Ramos. Anthony Drayton was adjudged the best Guyanese player of the Challenger’s section of the tournament with his unassailable 6.5 points, finishing in 4th place, just under Jamaica’s Woman International Master Deborah Richards who also accumulated 6.5 points.  Maria demonstrated excellent form in the earlier rounds of the tournament outplaying Su Hai Feng, Frank Kim Lin Lo, and Suriname’s Calvin Finke before drawing with Jamaica’s Andrew Mellace. She stopped Kriskal Persaud when he seemed to be on a rampage. Before that encounter, Kriskal had beaten Drayton. Maria represented Guyana at the 2014 Tromso Olympiad on fourth board.
Cuban-Guyanese chess player Maria Varona-Thomas (left) is photographed defeating Trinidad and Tobago’s Candidate Master Aditi Soondarsingh in Round 9 of the 2014 Guyana Umada Cup chess tournament. Maria, rated at FIDE 1738, finished the tournament in sixth place with 5.5 points, the same number of points as Loris Nathoo, Wendell Meusa, Su Hai Feng, and Surinamese Frank Kim Lin Lo and Geryen Dos Ramos. Anthony Drayton was adjudged the best Guyanese player of the Challenger’s section of the tournament with his unassailable 6.5 points, finishing in 4th place, just under Jamaica’s Woman International Master Deborah Richards who also accumulated 6.5 points. Maria demonstrated excellent form in the earlier rounds of the tournament outplaying Su Hai Feng, Frank Kim Lin Lo, and Suriname’s Calvin Finke before drawing with Jamaica’s Andrew Mellace. She stopped Kriskal Persaud when he seemed to be on a rampage. Before that encounter, Kriskal had beaten Drayton. Maria represented Guyana at the 2014 Tromso Olympiad on fourth board.

h4 Bb2 47. h5 gxh5 48. Bxf7 Kxf7 49. gxh5 Ke6 50. f5+ Kf7 51. Kd5 Ke7 52. Ke4 1/2-1/2.20141214Chess3