Surprising Carlsen

Время публикации: 30.08.2014 13:06 | Последнее обновление: 30.08.2014 13:34

Caruana wins again - this time against World champion

The supertournament in St. Louis, USA continues intriguing the spectators. All three games were decisive in the third round of the double-robin tournament. Fabiano Caruana gaind his third win in a row, now leading with perfect 3/3. The nearest rivals Vachier-Lagrave and Aronian who was defeated by the French GM have 1.5 points each. Three other participants have 1 point. Topalov celebrated his first victory defeating Nakamura.  

Bishop's opening
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb3 Bb4+ 6.c3 Bd6 7.Bg5 dxe4 8.dxe4 h6 9.Bh4 Qe7! 10.Nbd2 Nbd7 11.Bg3?! Bc7 12.0–0 Nh5! 13.h3?! 13.Nxe5?? doesn't work because of 13...Nxe5! 14.Qxh5 Bg4 15.Qh4 g5. 13...Nxg3 14.fxg3 Nc5!

15.Bxf7+ After the game Carlsen will say he poorly played the opening getting a worse position. "So it seemed to me I would have some interesting possibilities." Caruana noted the position was crazy but it could be only in black's favor.  15...Kxf7 16.Nxe5+ Kg8 17.Ng6 Qg5! 18.Rf8+ Kh7 19.Nxh8 After 19.Rxh8+ Kxg6 20.Nf3 Qxg3 21.Qe1 Qxe1+ 22.Rxe1 Black is better in the endgame, the pin problem can be solved ...Rb8. 19...Bg4!? 19...Qe3+ 20.Kh1 Bg4 21.Qxg4 Rxf8 22.Ng6 Rf7!? is also not bad (22...Rf6). 20.Qf1

20...Nd3!? Carlsen said he didn't see the move. Now taking a8-rook is impossible because of the check from e3. 21.Qxd3 Black is also better in the following lines 21.Ng6 Qe3+! 22.Kh1 Qxg3 23.e5 Rxf8 24.Nxf8+ Kg8 25.Ng6 Nf2+ 26.Kg1 Nxh3+ 27.Kh1 Nf2+ 28.Kg1 Be6! 29.Ne7+ Kh8 30.Ng6+ Qxg6 31.Kxf2 Qc2! and  21.Rf7 Qe3+! 22.Kh1 Qxg3 23.Rxc7 Nf2+ 24.Kg1 Nxh3+ 25.Kh1 Qxc7 26.gxh3 Be6!. 21...Rxf8 22.hxg4 Qxg4!? 23.Nf3 Maybe 23.Nb3!? was stronger. 23...Qxg3 24.e5+ После 24.Nf7 Rxf7 25.e5+ meanwhile 25...Qg6!? maintains a clear advanatge. 24...Kxh8

25.e6?! Carlsen had to expect series of accurate moves from his rival, so he might have better chosen 25.Rf1 Bb6+ 26.Kh1, where in case of 26...Rf4 (26...Qg4!?) 27.Qd7 defends from the mate threats. 25...Bb6+! 26.Kh1 Qg4! 27.Qd6 / 27.Re1? Rxf3 28.Qxf3 Qh4+ losses immediately. In case of 27.e7 Re8 28.Re1 Black playes 28...Qh5+ 29.Nh2 Bc7! 30.g3 Qf7 and 31.Qd7?! will be followed by 31...Bxg3. 27...Rd8! 28.Qe5 Rd5! Otherwise White's plan would be fulfilled. 29.Qb8+ Kh7 30.e7 everything else is worse. 30...Qh5+!

31.Nh2? A blunder, but White is losing anyways... "On 31.Qh2 I was planning to play 31...Qe8!, and after 32.Re1?! winning is 32...Bf2!. First I was thinking about 32...Rh5, but it's weaker because of 33.Nh4 Bf2 34.Re4" - Caruana. 31...Rd1+ Carlsen joped for 31...Re5? 32.g4!, but blundered. 32.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 33.Nf1 Qxf1+ 34.Kh2 Qg1+ 0–1

Grunfeld defense
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d4 c6 5.0–0 Nf6 6.Nbd2 0–0 7.c4 French GM chose hardly the most ambitious line, which sometimes helps to lull the rival's vigilance. This definitely wasn't Aronian's day, what else could be said. 

7...Be6 A quite rare line, the game later shows all the minuses it has. 8.b3 Ne4 A wide variety of moves is played here, most usually - 8...a5!?. 9.Bb2 Nxd2 Korchnoi and some other strong GMs interpreted the position in "Dutch" spirit- 9...f5!?. 10.Qxd2! dxc4 In the 11th match game in 1960, Tal - Botvinnik, Black decided to defend under considerable pressure 10...Na6. 11.Ng5!

11...cxb3 Black is worse in other continuations too. 12.Nxe6 fxe6 The position has already taken place in practice. 13.Qe3!? A novelty, one of the adequate moves. 13...bxa2 14.Qxe6+ Kh8 15.Qxa2!? White has enough compesation for the pawn. 15...Rf5? A hardly useful relocation of the rook, Black had to start developing queen's flank instead. 16.Rfb1

Black's position is close to strategically hopeless of the d4-d5 threat and pressure on b7-pawn. 16...Qb6 17.e4 Perhaps 17.d5 Bxb2 is also good (17...Qxf2+? 18.Kh1 is premature) 18.Qxb2+!? Qxb2 19.Rxb2,. 17...Rf8 Or 17...Rb5 18.Bf1 with also a huge advantage. 18.Bc3 Qc7 19.Qb2 b6 20.d5 Eventually White manages to breakthrough. 20...Bxc3 21.Qxc3+ Kg8 22.e5!? a5 23.dxc6 Na6 24.Qb3+ Kh8 25.Qxb6 Qxb6 26.Rxb6 Nc7 27.Rb7 Rfc8 28.Ra4 Ra6 29.h4 Kg8 30.Rd4! a4 31.Rd7 a3 32.Rbxc7 Rxc7 33.Bd5+ Kf8 34.Rxc7 a2 35.Rc8+ Kg7 36.Rg8+ 1–0

Spanish game
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.a4 Rb8 9.h3 usually 9.d4 Bb6 is played and here 10.h3 is not the most studied line. 9...0–0 10.d4 Bb6 11.Re1 Bb7 12.axb5 axb5 13.Na3 exd4 14.cxd4 Na5 15.Bc2 b4 16.Nb1

16...Re8 Shirov has played 16...c5 and not once. 17.Nbd2 b3 18.Bb1 There's also 18.Bd3, although after it e4-e5 idea is temporarily useless. 18...Qd7 Nakamura followed his preparations up to this move. The position took place in Kulaots - Caruana, Gibraltar 2011. 19.e5?! dxe5 20.dxe5 Nh5! Bbut not 20...Nd5? 21.Nxb3.

21.Ng5?! First Topalov enjoyed his position, he considered 21.e6 but then found out it didn't work with other lines. 21...g6? According to Nakamura he saw 21...Bxf2+!, however he failed to calculate it to the end. "We are not computers, so we misscalculate sometimes. That's why computers are stronger than any of us..." Hikaru will say after the game. Topalov noted the game was terrible for the misscalculations by both sides. After 22.Kxf2 Qd4+ 23.Re3 Rxe5 24.Bxh7+ Kf8 Veselin planned to sacrifice his queen - 25.Ndf3 Qxd1 26.Nxe5, but the position would be in Black's favor as in all other lines with f2. 22.e6 fxe6 23.Qg4 Nf6 24.Qh4

A mutually sharp, complex position is on the board. 24...Rf8? Stronger was 24...Bd5! with 25.Ndf3 Nc4 idea (Тоpalov). 25.Ndf3! Bd5 Maybe objectively better was 25...Bxf3 26.Nxf3 Nc6. 26.Ne5 Qg7 27.Bd2? A natural move according to Topalov. But better was 27.Ngf3 Nh5 28.Be4!. 27...Nc6 More precise 27...Nh5! and Black feels confident in the complications. For example, 28.Rxa5 Bxf2+ 29.Qxf2 Rxf2 30.Kxf2 Qf6+! (in case of 30...Rf8+ White can play 31.Ngf3 Bxf3 32.gxf3) 31.Kg1 Rf8. 28.Nxc6

28...Bxc6? Even here Black could better play 28...Nh5! with an unclear position. 29.Bc3 Now White has an advantage. 29...e5? 30.Rxe5 Nd5 31.Qc4! Bxf2+ 32.Kh1 Rb4 33.Bxb4 Qxe5 34.Be4! Rf6 / 34...Rd8 with the odea of 35.Qxc6 Nxb4 (35...Qxg5 36.Ra5!) 36.Qc4+ Nd5 37.Ra8! Rxa8 38.Qxd5+ Qxd5 39.Bxd5+ Kh8 40.Bxa8 Bd4 could prolong the game. 35.Rd1 Kg7 35...Qxg5 36.Bxd5+ Bxd5 37.Rxd5 and all other continuations are also hopeless. 36.Bxd5 Bxd5 37.Qxd5 1–0 (Mikhail Golubev's commentary).

[Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.29"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2877"] [BlackElo "2801"] [ECO "C24"] [Opening "Bishop's opening"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [WhiteFideId "1503014"] [BlackFideId "2020009"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 c6 4. Nf3 d5 5. Bb3 Bb4+ 6. c3 Bd6 7. Bg5 dxe4 8. dxe4 h6 9. Bh4 Qe7 10. Nbd2 Nbd7 11. Bg3 Bc7 12. O-O Nh5 13. h3 Nxg3 14. fxg3 Nc5 15. Bxf7+ Kxf7 16. Nxe5+ Kg8 17. Ng6 Qg5 18. Rf8+ Kh7 19. Nxh8 Bg4 20. Qf1 Nd3 21. Qxd3 Rxf8 22. hxg4 Qxg4 23. Nf3 Qxg3 24. e5+ Kxh8 25. e6 Bb6+ 26. Kh1 Qg4 27. Qd6 Rd8 28. Qe5 Rd5 29. Qb8+ Kh7 30. e7 Qh5+ 31. Nh2 Rd1+ 32. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 33. Nf1 Qxf1+ 34. Kh2 Qg1+ 0-1 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.29"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2768"] [BlackElo "2805"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "King's Indian attack"] [WhiteFideId "623539"] [BlackFideId "13300474"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 c6 5. O-O Nf6 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. c4 Be6 8. b3 Ne4 9. Bb2 Nxd2 10. Qxd2 dxc4 11. Ng5 cxb3 12. Nxe6 fxe6 13. Qe3 bxa2 14. Qxe6+ Kh8 15. Qxa2 Rf5 16. Rfb1 Qb6 17. e4 Rf8 18. Bc3 Qc7 19. Qb2 b6 20. d5 Bxc3 21. Qxc3+ Kg8 22. e5 a5 23. dxc6 Na6 24. Qb3+ Kh8 25. Qxb6 Qxb6 26. Rxb6 Nc7 27. Rb7 Rfc8 28. Ra4 Ra6 29. h4 Kg8 30. Rd4 a4 31. Rd7 a3 32. Rbxc7 Rxc7 33. Bd5+ Kf8 34. Rxc7 a2 35. Rc8+ Kg7 36. Rg8+ 1-0 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.29"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2772"] [BlackElo "2787"] [ECO "C78"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "5.O-O"] [WhiteFideId "2900084"] [BlackFideId "2016192"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. c3 d6 8. a4 Rb8 9. h3 O-O 10. d4 Bb6 11. Re1 Bb7 12. axb5 axb5 13. Na3 exd4 14. cxd4 Na5 15. Bc2 b4 16. Nb1 Re8 17. Nbd2 b3 18. Bb1 Qd7 19. e5 dxe5 20. dxe5 Nh5 21. Ng5 g6 22. e6 fxe6 23. Qg4 Nf6 24. Qh4 Rf8 25. Ndf3 Bd5 26. Ne5 Qg7 27. Bd2 Nc6 28. Nxc6 Bxc6 29. Bc3 e5 30. Rxe5 Nd5 31. Qc4 Bxf2+ 32. Kh1 Rb4 33. Bxb4 Qxe5 34. Be4 Rf6 35. Rd1 Kg7 36. Bxd5 Bxd5 37. Qxd5 1-0

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