[Event "The 12th China Hainan Danzhou Super Gra"] [Site "Hainan Danzhou "] [Date "2021.09.25"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Vitiugov, Nikita"] [Black "Rapport, Richard"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B08"] [WhiteElo "2619"] [BlackElo "2750"] [PlyCount "43"] [EventDate "2021.09.23"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "CHN"] 1. d4 {White can play 1. d4, but if black responded with 1...d6 then still transposes to the Pirc Defense.} d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. e4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bg7 {Now, its Pirc set-up. Let's see black's line, In the 2nd featured game, GM Hikaru Nakamura played the 5...c6 line.} 5. Be3 O-O {Yes, now, we will see how white attacks black's kingside as it is obvious that white will castle at queenside.} 6. Qd2 c6 7. Bd3 Nbd7 {Check the bishop at c8, with this type of set-up...this bishop is useless, stuck at c8 for a long time.} 8. Bh6 {The start of white's attack, sometimes with this type of set-up, castling early invites white to think tactically.} e5 9. O-O-O {Yes, black must also do something...to counter attack, otherwise, it's going to be too late.} b5 {The difference between the first game, black's king remained at the center and developed first the queenside.} 10. h4 Qa5 11. Bxg7 Kxg7 12. h5 {GM Nikita Vitiugov is not worried about his king at queenside because there are pieces that secures the safety of the "Royal Highness".} Nxh5 {This move allows a big opportunity for white to wreck black's kingside then tactical maneuvering will follow.} ({If} 12... b4 13. hxg6 bxc3 14. Qh6+ Kg8 15. Bc4 d5 16. exd5 Qb4 17. Bb3 cxb2+ 18. Kb1 c5 19. Nxe5) 13. Rxh5 gxh5 14. Qg5+ Kh8 15. Qxh5 {WE STOP HERE. THINK FOR 5 MINUTES... IF YOU PLAY WHITE HERE, WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS?} f5 {Black cannot prevent white's tactics. The bishop at c8 is such a liability.} 16. Rh1 { [%emt 0:00:01] Strike} Nf6 17. Qh6 Be6 {Finally, the bishop moves...} 18. dxe5 dxe5 19. exf5 Bd5 {Black's position is irreparable...awaiting white's final blow...} 20. Nxe5 b4 {Pretty obvious a desperation move by GM Richard Rapport.} 21. Nxd5 cxd5 ({If} 21... Qxd5 22. Ng6+ Kg8 23. Ne7+) 22. Nd7 {GM NIKITA VItiugov is a superb tactician. He plays elegantly, well calculated strategy combined with relentless pressure at the black's king. There are too many Russian talents, one day the World Championship title will be back again to Russia. Thank you... GM Nikita Vitiugov... and shout out to all chess players worldwide... Keep safe always and Observe Health Protocols for the safety of your family and community due to the Omicron variant.} 1-0