Round 6: Time Trouble Leaves Its Mark Again

Время публикации: 09.10.2014 03:33 | Последнее обновление: 09.10.2014 03:37

Teimour Radjabov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov have also managed to win their round 6 games, apart from the tournament leader Fabiano Caruana. Both have scored their first victories after 5 starting draws.

Radjabov outplayed Alexander Grischuk with the black pieces. Losing as White doesn't occur to Grischuk too often. This time, it resulted from two erroneous pawn movements: after 19.b4?! Black's position became at least equal while Radjabov's play was easier, but an obvious strategic mistake 25.f4? which came later was even more unusual for a brilliant positional player like Alexander. With the white king side sealed up, the Azeri GM obtained a clear advantage and converted it convincingly into win in Grischuk's time trouble.

Grunfeld Defence
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0–0 0–0 5.c4 c6 6.b3 Ne4 7.d4 d5 8.Bb2 a5 9.Nc3 Bf5 10.Rc1 Nxc3 11.Bxc3 Be4 12.e3 e6 13.Bh3 Nd7 (in case of 13...dxc4!? 14.bxc4 c5 Radjabov didn't like 15.Qe2 cxd4 16.exd4 Bxf3 17.Qxf3 Bxd4 18.Qxb7, "and White is better"; he also mentioned an interesting possibility 13...a4!?) 14.Qe2 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 Nf6 16.Qe2 Ne4 17.Be1 f5!? (an aggressive decision of big strategic importance) 18.Bg2 g5

19.b4?! Both players condemned this move during their press conference; Radjabov suggested 19.g4!? instead, but simple 19.f3 Nf6 20.Bd2 shouldn't be bad either. 19...axb4 20.Bxb4 Rf7 21.a3 Nd6 22.cxd5 exd5. Grischuk: "The threat of f5-f4 is permanent, and I have no play at all... Usually White gets a position of this kind with... maybe, I don't know, five extra tempos".
23.Rc2 Qd7 24.Qh5 h6

25.f4? A very nervous move. The threat of f5-f4 does seem unpleasant, nevertheless this advance would be double-edged as the black king is also exposed. Many moves were better - for example, 25.Ra2!? (intending a4-a5 and trying to distract Black from his attacking preparations) 25...Ra4 26.Qd1, and if 26...b5 then maybe even 27.Bxd6!? (eliminating the possibility of Nc4) 27...Qxd6 27.Qd3 - Black's position is very good but a bit loose for a big advantage.
25...Nc4! 26.Re2 g4 27.Kh1 (or 27.h3 Re8! - Radjabov) 27...Qe8! "I think this is a very strong move" - Radjabov; "If Black played anything else the position wouldn't be so clear yet" - Grischuk.
28.h3 Re7! 29.Qxe8+ Rexe8 30.Rfe1 h5! ("The blockade is now total, so White can resign" - Grischuk) 31.Bf1 Re6 32.hxg4 hxg4 33.Rh2 Rxe3 34.Rxe3 Nxe3 35.Bd3 Bxd4 36.Re2 c5 0–1

We'd like to add that Grischuk left himself only 3 minites (without an increment) for the last 15 moves prior to the 1st time control. This fact was commented on by GM Vladimir Chuchelov for our website:

"It's wrong when we have different time controls in different tournaments. It shouldn't be like this. The fact that there is no increment up to move 60 is maybe not too important for some players, yet for the other players this is very important, for those who are used to having 30 extra seconds each move. Such players could easily panic here in time trouble, even when their position is good. I think that Grischuk's difficulties in this tournament are caused exactly by the time control".

Grischuk: "I think Radjabov have played a brilliant game today".

Philidor Defence
1.d4 d6 This move was totally unexpected for the Uzbek GM. Soon the game transposed into the Philidor Defence which is a rare guest on the top level. 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0–0 0–0 7.a4 a5 8.Re1 c6 9.h3 h6 10.Be3 Re8

11.d5!? An unusual way of handling this position. Andreikin said that during his preparation he had looked through the lines like 11.Qe2 Qc7 12.Rad1 Nf8 13.Ba2 Ng6 14.Qc4 Rf8 15.d5, "and here Black should play c6-c5 sooner or later. Engines think White is much better but I believed Black would have some play because the a2-bishop had better be on the f1-square in order to protect the white king. So, Rustam has outsmarted me a bit". 11...Nf8? "Of course, Nf8 was premature. I had to develop my queen side somehow, like 11...Qc7 12.Qd2 Nc5 13.Bxc5 dxc5 14.Rad1 Rd8. The rapid game Karjakin - Jobava saw this structure. Of course, Black's position is not very good but it's still holdable" (Andreikin). We would also note a possibility 11...Nb6!?
12.Nd2 Ng6 13.Bf1

13...Rb8 Andreikin: "A poor move. 13...c5 was better at once, but I didn't like the fact that White could leave his knight on d2 protecting the e4-pawn: 14.Nb5 b6 15.c3. Then, he would simply start advancing his pawns on the queen side." After 13...cxd5!? 14.exd5 White also has the upperhand, but the Andreikin's maneuver followed by c6-c5 led to a "sad position" (according to Kasimdzhanov) for Black.
14.Ba7 (Kasimdzhanov decided to go for a 2-times repetition in order to come more prepared for a possible time trouble) 14...Ra8 15.Be3 Rb8 16.Nc4 c5 17.Bd2 Rf8 18.Ra3 b6 19.Nb5 Ne8 20.Rb3 Rb7?!

21.Nba3! It turns out that Black has no good defence from Nxb6, so Andreikin had no other choise than to attack desperately. 21...Bh4 22.Nxb6 Rxb6 23.Bxa5 f5 24.Bxb6 Qg5 White must be winning but some accuracy is still needed because his dark-coloured bishop went too far from his king. 25.Nc4 fxe4 26.g3 Nf4 27.Nd2 Nf6 28.Nxe4 Nxe4 29.Rxe4 Bxh3

30.Rxf4 Despite being in time trouble, Kasimdzhanov doesn't miss his chance to simplify the position. 30...exf4 31.Bxh3 fxg3 32.f3 g2 33.Qe2 Rf4 34.Ba5 Rxa4 35.Be6+ Kh7 36.Qd3+ 1–0

[Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.08"] [Round "6.5"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A05"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "King's Indian attack"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. O-O O-O 5. c4 c6 6. b3 Ne4 7. d4 d5 8. Bb2 a5 9. Nc3 Bf5 10. Rc1 Nxc3 11. Bxc3 Be4 12. e3 e6 13. Bh3 Nd7 14. Qe2 Bxf3 15. Qxf3 Nf6 16. Qe2 Ne4 17. Be1 f5 18. Bg2 g5 19. b4 axb4 20. Bxb4 Rf7 21. a3 Nd6 22. cxd5 exd5 23. Rc2 Qd7 24. Qh5 h6 25. f4 Nc4 26. Re2 g4 27. Kh1 Qe8 28. h3 Re7 29. Qxe8+ Rexe8 30. Rfe1 h5 31. Bf1 Re6 32. hxg4 hxg4 33. Rh2 Rxe3 34. Rxe3 Nxe3 35. Bd3 Bxd4 36. Re2 c5 0-1 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.08"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D70"] [Opening "Neo-Gruenfeld defence"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O Qd6 10. Kb1 a6 11. h4 Rd8 12. d5 Ne5 13. Qf2 h5 14. Bc5 Qf6 15. Bd4 Qd6 16. g4 hxg4 17. f4 Ned7 18. e5 Nxe5 19. fxe5 Bxe5 20. Bg2 Bxd4 21. Rxd4 Bf5+ 22. Ka1 e5 23. Rd1 Nc4 24. h5 Qb6 25. Qe2 Ne3 26. Rd2 Kg7 27. Be4 Rh8 28. Rd3 Nc4 29. b3 Nd6 30. Bxf5 Nxf5 31. Qxg4 e4 32. Nxe4 Rae8 33. Ne2 1-0 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.08"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Adams attack"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f4 g6 9. Qf3 Nc6 10. Be3 exf4 11. Bxf4 Nh5 12. Bh2 Qh4+ 13. g3 Qg5 14. g4 Qh4+ 15. Qf2 Qxf2+ 16. Kxf2 Nf6 17. Rd1 Ne5 18. Nd4 Be7 19. Bg2 Rc8 20. Rhe1 Nfd7 21. Nce2 Bh4+ 22. Bg3 Bxg3+ 23. Kxg3 Ke7 24. Nf4 h6 25. Re3 Nf6 26. Kf2 Rc5 27. Kg1 Rhc8 28. b3 Rc3 29. Rxc3 Rxc3 30. Nfe2 Rc5 31. c4 1/2-1/2 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.08"] [Round "6.3"] [White "Dominguez Perez, Leinier"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C88"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "closed"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. a4 Bd7 9. c3 O-O 10. d4 Bg4 11. Na3 exd4 12. cxd4 d5 13. e5 Ne4 14. Nc2 Na5 15. Ba2 c6 16. Ne3 Bh5 17. Nf5 Bb4 18. Re2 Nc4 19. Ng3 Nxg3 20. hxg3 f6 21. b3 Nb6 22. Bb1 bxa4 23. bxa4 Nc4 24. Qd3 Bg6 25. Qb3 Bxb1 26. Qxb4 Bd3 27. Re1 Qa5 28. Qb3 fxe5 29. Ba3 Nxa3 30. Qxd3 e4 31. Qxa3 exf3 32. gxf3 Rae8 33. Re3 h6 34. Qc3 Qxc3 35. Rxc3 Rb8 36. Rxc6 Rxf3 37. Ra2 Rf6 38. Rxf6 gxf6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.08"] [Round "6.4"] [White "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"] [Black "Andreikin, Dmitry"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C41"] [Opening "Philidor"] [Variation "Improved Hanham variation"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. d4 d6 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. Bc4 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. a4 a5 8. Re1 c6 9. h3 h6 10. Be3 Re8 11. d5 Nf8 12. Nd2 Ng6 13. Bf1 Rb8 14. Ba7 Ra8 15. Be3 Rb8 16. Nc4 c5 17. Bd2 Rf8 18. Ra3 b6 19. Nb5 Ne8 20. Rb3 Rb7 21. Nba3 Bh4 22. Nxb6 Rxb6 23. Bxa5 f5 24. Bxb6 Qg5 25. Nc4 fxe4 26. g3 Nf4 27. Nd2 Nf6 28. Nxe4 Nxe4 29. Rxe4 Bxh3 30. Rxf4 exf4 31. Bxh3 fxg3 32. f3 g2 33. Qe2 Rf4 34. Ba5 Rxa4 35. Be6+ Kh7 36. Qd3+ 1-0 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.08"] [Round "6.6"] [White "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D56"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Lasker defence, Teichmann variation"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Qc2 Nxc3 10. Qxc3 dxc4 11. Bxc4 b6 12. Be2 Bb7 13. b4 c5 14. bxc5 bxc5 15. Qa3 Nd7 16. O-O Rfc8 17. Rab1 Bd5 18. Rfc1 Qf8 19. Qa5 cxd4 20. Nxd4 Rxc1+ 21. Rxc1 Rc8 22. Rxc8 Qxc8 23. f3 Qb8 24. a3 Qb6 25. Qxb6 axb6 26. e4 Bb7 27. Bb5 Nc5 28. e5 Kf8 29. Kf2 Ke7 30. g3 f6 31. f4 g5 32. Ke3 gxf4+ 33. Kxf4 Be4 34. g4 Bd3 35. Nc6+ Kf7 36. Bxd3 Nxd3+ 37. Ke4 Nc5+ 38. Kf4 Nd3+ 39. Ke4 Nc5+ 40. Kd4 1/2-1/2 

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