A lot of jockeying has left a pack of three players tied for first at the European Championship with impressive 8/10 scores, including our hero, Vladimir Potkin. Wojtaszek and Polgar are the other leaders. One benefit of all the ups and downs is that the leaders haven't faced each other yet, setting up a nice brace of matches for today's final round in Aix-les-Bains. Potkin-Polgar is the headliner, with the winner guaranteed a share of first. Wojtaszek gets Svidler, the top-rated of the ten players on 7.5 and who has won two in a row. Sebastian Feller, the young French player recently punished for cheating at the Olympiad, is also on 7.5. Any word on the ground on how he's being treated by his peers? Doesn't seem to have affected his concentration much.
Wojtaszek, Potkin, and Polgar nosed into the lead with clutch wins in the penultimate round. Luke McShane also won to move to 7.5 in a wild game. I'm using his game with Zherebukh to do ChessBase's April 1 advertising blitz one better with my innovative idea for capturing more reader eyeballs for ads. The problem with banners is how easy they are to ignore. Not so with these. The two ads you see at two tenths of a second are good, but it's the one your conscious brain can't see at two hundredths of a second that the advertisers will really go for. The concentration chess readers put into looking at a diagram makes them particularly susceptible to subliminal impression.
Black is ready to win with ..Qb1+, so White's good move is also his only move. And if you feel an urge to buy the new Britney Spears album after figuring it out, don't hold it against me.