They Call Me Fabi

Время публикации: 01.09.2014 17:11 | Последнее обновление: 01.09.2014 18:39

Incredible Caruana wins all games of the first cycle in St. Louis!

The last fifth round of the first cycle of the Sinquefield Cup brought three decisive games. The world champion gained his first win defeating officially World #2 Levon Aronian, while Veselin Topalov took an upper hand on Vachier-Lagrave of France.

Nevertheless, all these wins were overshadowed by Fabiano Caruana's fifth win in a row. Italian GM beat Nakamura of US leading the competition with perfect 5/5!

In the commentary for the official streaming Caruana said he is satisfied with all the games and he thinks such a great result is due to his goood play rather than just luck. "I guess I am playing a bit more confidently and quickly... I am looking forward to the free day, although the result is so great, I still got tired. All of the encounters were tense..." 

Caruana was asked if he has a nickname. "Those who know me call me 'Fabi' but generally I don't like nicknames..." was his answer. 

Slav defense
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nbd2 Bf5 5.Nh4 Be4 6.f3 Bg6 7.e3 White frequently played 7.Qb3 in this "fighting" line of the opening. 7...e6 8.g3 Be7 9.a3 Nbd7 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.Bd3 e5 13.0–0 0–0 14.Qb3 Qc8

15.Nb1! exd4 16.exd4 Nb8! A precise symmetrical maneouvre after which White has a microscopic advantage at best. 17.Nc3 Nc6 18.Be3 / 18.Nxd5 Nxd5 19.Qxd5 Nxd4 does no harm to Black. 18...Qd7 19.Rad1 Rfd8 20.Rfe1 Ne8!? 21.Bf2 Nc7 22.Bf1 Bf6

23.Qa2 The starting point of an unsuccessful plan. Better was 23.f4. Black could reply with 23...Rab8 with a comfortable position. 23...g5! 24.b4?! The weakening turned out to be unjustified. 24...g6 25.Qd2 Kg7 26.b5 Ne7 27.Be3 Unconvincing is 27.Rb1 Ne6 28.Bh3 Nf5 29.Rb4 Rac8. 27...Ne6 28.Bh3 Nf5! 29.Bxf5 In case of 29.Qd3 Nxe3 30.Rxe3 Nf4!? 31.Bxd7 Nxd3 Black develops initiative in the endgame. 29...gxf5 30.f4? Apparently the best way to defend was 30.Ne2 Rh8 (or 30...Qxb5 31.Qc2!) 31.Qd3 Rh3 32.Rf1! Rah8 33.Rf2 / 30.Qd3 is dangerous for White after 30...f4!. 30...g4!

White averted all the threats from the king, but confining its own bishop made the position strategically unsatisfactory.  31.Qd3 Rac8! 32.Rc1 Rc4! 33.Ne2 / 33.Qxf5? Nxd4 34.Qxd7 Rxd7 would lead to inevitable loss of material. 33...Nc7! 34.Nc3 Rc8 35.h3 A desperate undermining. Apparently the position can be hold by passive defence after 35.a4 -  Among other ideas Black can move the knight on d6. 35...gxh3 36.Kh2 Nxb5 37.Nxb5 Qxb5

38.Kxh3 / 38.Qxf5? Qb2+ 39.Kxh3 Rh8+ 40.Kg4 Qg2 threatening mate from h4. 38...Qd7 39.Kg2 b5 40.Rb1 a6 41.Rbc1 Qe6 42.Bf2 Rxc1 Good is 42...Qe4+ with the idea of 43.Rxe4 dxe4 44.Rxc4? exd3 45.Rxc8 d2. 43.Rxe6 fxe6 44.g4

44...fxg4? Complicating the task. Caruana missed a nice winning line - 44...Bh4!! 45.Bxh4 R8c3!, and White losses the queen and all the hopes. 45.Qe2 Kf7 46.Qd3 R1c2 47.Qh7+ Ke8 48.f5? "The best chance was 48.Kf1! - I guess I am winning but this is [already] too hard," - Caruana. 48...Bxd4!

49.Qg6+ Or 49.Qg8+ Kd7 50.Qxe6+ Kc7 51.Qe7+ Kb8 (but not 51...Kb6?? 52.Qf6+) 52.Qd6+ Ka7. 49...Kd8! 50.Qxe6 Rxf2+ 51.Kg3 Rc3+ 52.Kxg4 Rg2+ 53.Kf4 Rf2+ 54.Kg4 Kc7 55.Qe7+ Kb6! 56.Qd8+ Rc7 Black has consolidated and White losses inevitably. 57.Qxd5 Bc5 58.Qd8 Kb7 59.f6 Bxa3 60.Qd5+ Kb6 61.Qd8 Bc5 62.Qb8+ Rb7 63.Qd8+ Ka7 64.Qd5 Bb6 65.Kg5 Rc7 66.Kg6 b4 67.Qe6 Bd4 0–1 (Mikhail Golubev's commentary)

After the first cycle Caruana is 2.5 points ahead of his nearest rivals Topalov and Carlsen. 

[Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.31"] [Round "5"] [White "Nakamura, H."] [Black "Caruana, F."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2787"] [BlackElo "2801"] [PlyCount "134"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nbd2 Bf5 5. Nh4 Be4 6. f3 Bg6 7. e3 e6 8. g3 Be7 9. a3 Nbd7 10. cxd5 cxd5 11. Nxg6 hxg6 12. Bd3 e5 13. O-O O-O 14. Qb3 Qc8 15. Nb1 exd4 16. exd4 Nb8 17. Nc3 Nc6 18. Be3 Qd7 19. Rad1 Rfd8 20. Rfe1 Ne8 21. Bf2 Nc7 22. Bf1 Bf6 23. Qa2 g5 24. b4 g6 25. Qd2 Kg7 26. b5 Ne7 27. Be3 Ne6 28. Bh3 Nf5 29. Bxf5 gxf5 30. f4 g4 31. Qd3 Rac8 32. Rc1 Rc4 33. Ne2 Nc7 34. Nc3 Rc8 35. h3 gxh3 36. Kh2 Nxb5 37. Nxb5 Qxb5 38. Kxh3 Qd7 39. Kg2 b5 40. Rb1 a6 41. Rbc1 Qe6 42. Bf2 Rxc1 43. Rxe6 fxe6 44. g4 fxg4 45. Qe2 Kf7 46. Qd3 R1c2 47. Qh7+ Ke8 48. f5 Bxd4 49. Qg6+ Kd8 50. Qxe6 Rxf2+ 51. Kg3 Rc3+ 52. Kxg4 Rg2+ 53. Kf4 Rf2+ 54. Kg4 Kc7 55. Qe7+ Kb6 56. Qd8+ Rc7 57. Qxd5 Bc5 58. Qd8 Kb7 59. f6 Bxa3 60. Qd5+ Kb6 61. Qd8 Bc5 62. Qb8+ Rb7 63. Qd8+ Ka7 64. Qd5 Bb6 65. Kg5 Rc7 66. Kg6 b4 67. Qe6 Bd4 0-1 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.31"] [Round "5"] [White "Aronian, L."] [Black "Carlsen, M."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A47"] [WhiteElo "2805"] [BlackElo "2877"] [PlyCount "140"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 b6 3. g3 Bb7 4. c4 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. O-O O-O 7. Re1 e6 8. Nc3 Ne4 9. Nxe4 Bxe4 10. Bg5 Qe8 11. Qd2 d6 12. Bh6 Nd7 13. Rac1 Qe7 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. Bh3 Nf6 16. Nh4 Bb7 17. f3 c5 18. e4 cxd4 19. Qxd4 Rfd8 20. Ng2 Qc7 21. Ne3 Qc5 22. Qc3 a5 23. Red1 h5 24. Rd3 b5 25. b3 bxc4 26. bxc4 Bc6 27. Rcd1 Rd7 28. Bg2 Rb8 29. Qd4 Qe5 30. f4 Qxd4 31. Rxd4 Rc7 32. R1d2 Ne8 33. Kf2 Kf8 34. c5 dxc5 35. Rc4 Bb5 36. Rc3 c4 37. e5 Rc5 38. Nc2 Nc7 39. Nd4 Nd5 40. Bxd5 Rxd5 41. Nf3 Rc5 42. Rb2 Rd8 43. Nd2 Bc6 44. Nb3 Rb8 45. Rcc2 c3 46. Rb1 Rcb5 47. Rxc3 Bd5 48. Rbc1 Bxb3 49. Rxb3 Rxb3 50. axb3 Rxb3 51. Rc8+ Ke7 52. Kg2 a4 53. Kh3 g5 54. fxg5 Rb4 55. Ra8 Rg4 56. Ra7+ Kf8 57. g6 fxg6 58. Kg2 g5 59. Kf3 Rb4 60. Ke3 Ke8 61. Kd3 h4 62. Kc3 hxg3 63. hxg3 Rg4 64. Kd3 a3 65. Ke3 Rxg3+ 66. Kd4 g4 67. Ra8+ Kd7 68. Kc5 Rd3 69. Kc4 Rf3 70. Kc5 g3 0-1 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.31"] [Round "5"] [White "Topalov, V."] [Black "Vachier Lagrave, M."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B90"] [WhiteElo "2772"] [BlackElo "2768"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Be3 Be7 9. Qd2 O-O 10. O-O-O a5 11. a4 Na6 12. g4 Nb4 13. Kb1 Qc7 14. g5 Nh5 15. Bb5 Rac8 16. Rhg1 f5 17. gxf6 Nxf6 18. Qg2 Nh5 19. Nc1 Bf6 20. Nd3 Nxd3 21. Rxd3 Nf4 22. Bxf4 exf4 23. Nd5 Bxd5 24. Rxd5 Be5 25. c3 Rf6 26. Qf2 b6 27. Ba6 Rb8 28. Bd3 Kh8 29. Rb5 Rf7 30. h4 Qa7 31. Qc2 Rc7 32. Qb3 Rc5 33. Qe6 Rxb5 34. Bxb5 Rf8 35. h5 Qc7 36. Ka2 Qd8 37. Qg4 Qc7 38. Kb3 Rc8 39. Qe6 Qc5 40. Rg5 Rb8 41. Rf5 1-0 

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