Grand Prix, Tashkent, Rd. 3: Vachier-Lagrave Leads, Giri Escapes

Время публикации: 24.10.2014 05:42 | Последнее обновление: 27.02.2015 06:40

Jobava's game was the most interesting again

3 games out of 6 have been drawn in the 3rd round of the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Tashkent. Let's start from those with decisive outcomes.

The most spectacular encounter of the round was probably the one by Jobava (as yesterday). He played against Rustam Kasimdzhanov and opted for a side line of the French Defence (8...g6) which he had already tried before. White's pawn sacrifice 10.d5!? was correct.

KASIMDZHANOV - JOBAVA

However, here the Uzbek GM had to play 12.Nd4!, as in Karjakin - Jobava, Loo 2014 (and many other games). Since that moment, White's compensation began to disappear; Kasmidzhanov tried to regain the pawn but missed a nice trap.

23...Kg7! 24.Bxa7? b6! 25.Bxd5 Nd4! (the key move) 26.Qa4 Rxd5 27.Qa6 Qd7!, and it became clear that White would unavoidably lose much more than a pawn. The fight was over 6 moves later.

Mamedyarov - Gelfand also saw a curious opening, namely Modern-Benoni with an extra tempo for Black: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.e3 0–0 5.Be2 c5 6.d5 d6 7.0–0 e6 8.Nc3 exd5 9.cxd5 Bg4 10.e4!?. The chances were mutual at first, then White seized the initiative. The outcome was decided in the endgame.

MAMEDYAROV - GELFAND

42.Rxc5! dxc5+ 43.Kxc5 Rc8+ 44.Kb6 Ke5 45.Bxa6 Rc2 46.Bf1 Rf2 47.Bc4

47...Rxg2? The only move was 47...Kd6! with the idea of 48.a6 Rb2+! 49.Bb5 Rxg2 50.a7 Ra2 51.Ba6 Rb2+ 52.Ka5?? (52.Bb5 Ra2=) 52...Kc5, and Black wins suddenly.
48.a6 Rf2 49.Kc5! Rf8 50.Bb5! (after 2 precise moves in a row, White is winning) 50...Ra8 51.d6 Ke6 52.h4 g5 53.hxg5 h4 54.d7 Ke7 55.g6 h3 56.g7 h2 57.Bc6 1–0

Jakovenko failed to equalize as Black against his compatriot.

KARJAKIN - JAKOVENKO

It is not easy for Black to finish his development (16...e4 17.f3!), so Dmitry decided to sacrifice a pawn hoping to escape due to his bishops' pair: 16...Be6 17.Bg5 Re8 18.Bxc6 bxc6 19.Rxe5 Bd5, but after 20.Bf4 Bg7 21.Rxe8+ Rxe8 22.Nd2 the position has clarified in White's favour. Karjakin won the endgame surprisingly easily; maybe Jakovenko had to try 22...Bf7 in order to stop 23.c4 for a while.

A very long theoretical line of the Najdorf variation occurred in the leader's game.

RADJABOV - VACHIER-LAGRAVE

27...Qf8. It looks like this invitation for the queens' exchange is a novelty. The endgame was slightly worse for Black; Radjabov could pose more problems, perhaps.

The task for Anish Giri, who had to hold an unpleasant position for many moves, was even more difficult than for the Frenchman. Eventually, he succeeded.

NAKAMURA - GIRI

The diagram position had been tested in the World Cup 2009 match between GMs Grachev and Bartel three (!) times. Giri has repeated Black's choise from the 1st game of that match: 9...Bxc4 (9...dxc4! 10.Bxc4 Ne4! 11.Qc2 Bxc4 12.Qxc4 Qd5 is better) 10.Bxc4 dxc4 11.Qxc4 Qd5 12.Qxd5 Nxd5 (12...exd5!?) 13.Bd2 Nd7 14.Ke2 c5 15.dxc5 (a novelty) 15...bxc5 16.Rhc1 with the lasting pressure for White.

Caruana - Andreikin was a calm draw in the Berlin Defence; 25.Re3! was probably more dangerous for Black than Caruana's 25.Nxe6.

After 3 rounds, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave stays in the sole lead with 2.5 points. Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura and Dmitry Andreikin are half-a-point behind.

[Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.23"] [Round "3"] [White "Radjabov,T"] [Black "Vachier Lagrave,M"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2726"] [BlackElo "2757"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "B90"] 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 Nbd7 11. g4 b5 12. g5 b4 13. Ne2 Ne8 14. f4 a5 15. f5 a4 16. fxe6 axb3 17. cxb3 fxe6 18. Bh3 Rxa2 19. Bxe6+ Kh8 20. Ng3 Nc7 21. Bc4 Qa8 22. Rhf1 Rxf1 23. Rxf1 Ra1+ 24. Kc2 Rxf1 25. Bxf1 d5 26. Qf2 g6 27. h4 Qf8 28. Qxf8+ Nxf8 29. Ba7 dxe4 30. Bb8 Nfe6 31. Nxe4 h6 32. Bc4 hxg5 33. hxg5 Kg7 34. Kd3 Kf8 35. Ke3 Bd8 36. Bxe6 Nxe6 37. Bxe5 Nxg5 38. Bd6+ Ke8 39. Bxb4 Nxe4 40. Kxe4 Kd7 41. Kd5 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.23"] [Round "3"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Jakovenko, D."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A05"] [WhiteElo "2767"] [BlackElo "2747"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c5 4. O-O g6 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Bg7 7. Nb3 O-O 8. Nc3 e6 9. e4 dxe4 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Qxd8 Rxd8 12. Bxe4 Nc6 13. c3 e5 14. Be3 f5 15. Bg2 Bf8 16. Rfe1 Be6 17. Bg5 Re8 18. Bxc6 bxc6 19. Rxe5 Bd5 20. Bf4 Bg7 21. Rxe8+ Rxe8 22. Nd2 a5 23. c4 Bf7 24. Rb1 a4 25. b3 axb3 26. axb3 h6 27. h4 Re7 28. b4 Bc3 29. b5 cxb5 30. cxb5 Rb7 31. b6 Ba2 32. Rb5 h5 33. Nf3 Kf7 34. Be5 Bxe5 35. Nxe5+ 1-0 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.23"] [Round "3"] [White "Mamedyarov, S."] [Black "Gelfand, B."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E60"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2748"] [PlyCount "113"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. Be2 c5 6. d5 d6 7. O-O e6 8. Nc3 exd5 9. cxd5 Bg4 10. e4 Re8 11. Qc2 Nbd7 12. Bf4 Bxf3 13. Bxf3 Ne5 14. Be2 a6 15. a4 Rc8 16. Rae1 Qb6 17. Ra1 c4 18. a5 Qd8 19. Be3 Nfd7 20. Na4 h5 21. h3 Qe7 22. Rac1 Kh7 23. b3 cxb3 24. Qxb3 Nf6 25. Qb4 Rxc1 26. Rxc1 Bh6 27. Bxh6 Kxh6 28. Nb6 Ned7 29. Nxd7 Nxd7 30. Qxb7 Nc5 31. Qxe7 Rxe7 32. f3 f5 33. Rb1 fxe4 34. Rb6 exf3 35. Bxf3 Rd7 36. Kf2 Kg5 37. Ke3 Kf6 38. Kd4 Rd8 39. Be2 Ke7 40. Rc6 Rb8 41. Rc7+ Kf6 42. Rxc5 dxc5+ 43. Kxc5 Rc8+ 44. Kb6 Ke5 45. Bxa6 Rc2 46. Bf1 Rf2 47. Bc4 Rxg2 48. a6 Rf2 49. Kc5 Rf8 50. Bb5 Ra8 51. d6 Ke6 52. h4 g5 53. hxg5 h4 54. d7 Ke7 55. g6 h3 56. g7 h2 57. Bc6 1-0 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.23"] [Round "3"] [White "Nakamura,Hi"] [Black "Giri,A"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2768"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "E32"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d5 7. e3 b6 8. Nf3 Ba6 9. b4 Bxc4 10. Bxc4 dxc4 11. Qxc4 Qd5 12. Qxd5 Nxd5 13. Bd2 Nd7 14. Ke2 c5 15. dxc5 bxc5 16. Rhc1 Rfc8 17. Rc2 N5b6 18. Rac1 cxb4 19. axb4 e5 20. e4 f6 21. Be3 Kf7 22. Nd2 Rxc2 23. Rxc2 Rc8 24. Ra2 Rc7 25. Nb3 Ke8 26. Kd3 Nc8 27. f3 Rb7 28. Kc3 Rc7+ 29. Nc5 Ndb6 30. Kb3 Rc6 31. Nd3 Rd6 32. Kc3 Rd7 33. Bc5 Kd8 34. h4 Kc7 35. b5 Kb8 36. Nb4 Kb7 37. Ra1 Nd6 38. Bxd6 Rxd6 39. Nc6 Nc8 40. Na5+ Kb8 41. Nc6+ Kb7 42. Kc2 Rd7 43. Ra6 Rc7 44. Kd3 Rd7+ 45. Ke2 Ka8 46. g4 Rb7 47. Ra5 Nd6 48. b6 Nc8 49. bxa7 Rb6 50. Rc5 Nxa7 51. Nxa7 Kxa7 52. g5 Kb7 53. Kf2 h5 54. gxh6 gxh6 55. f4 Re6 56. Kf3 h5 57. Rd5 Kc7 58. Ke3 Re8 59. Kd3 Kc6 60. fxe5 fxe5 61. Kc4 Rg8 62. Rxe5 Rg4 63. Re6+ Kd7 64. Kd5 Rxh4 65. Rh6 Rg4 66. e5 Ra4 67. Rh7+ Ke8 68. Ke6 Ra6+ 69. Kf5 Rb6 70. Rxh5 Ra6 71. Rg5 Rb6 72. Rg6 Rxg6 73. Kxg6 Ke7 74. Kf5 Kf7 75. e6+ Ke7 76. Ke5 Ke8 77. Kd6 Kd8 78. e7+ Ke8 79. Ke6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.23"] [Round "3"] [White "Caruana,F"] [Black "Andreikin,D"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2844"] [BlackElo "2722"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "C67"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 h5 11. Bf4 Be7 12. Rad1 Be6 13. Ng5 Rh6 14. Rfe1 Bb4 15. Nge4 Rg6 16. Kh2 h4 17. g4 hxg3+ 18. fxg3 Ne7 19. a3 Bxc3 20. Nxc3 Nd5 21. Ne2 Ke7 22. g4 Rh8 23. Kg2 Nxf4+ 24. Nxf4 Rgh6 25. Nxe6 Kxe6 26. Rd3 a5 27. a4 b6 28. Re4 Re8 29. Red4 c5 30. Rf4 Rhh8 31. Kg3 Rd8 32. Rdf3 Rhf8 33. g5 Rd1 34. h4 Re1 35. Rf5 g6 36. Rf6+ Ke7 37. Rc6 Rc8 38. Kf4 Kd7 39. Rf6 Ke7 40. b3 Rh8 41. Kg3 Rh7 42. Rc6 Kd7 43. Rcf6 Ke7 44. Rc6 Kd7 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.23"] [Round "3"] [White "Kasimdzhanov,R"] [Black "Jobava,Ba"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2706"] [BlackElo "2717"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "C10"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bd7 5. Nf3 Bc6 6. Bd3 Nd7 7. O-O Ngf6 8. Ng3 g6 9. c4 Bg7 10. d5 exd5 11. Re1+ Kf8 12. cxd5 Bxd5 13. Qc2 c6 14. Ng5 Kg8 15. Bf4 Nf8 16. Rad1 Qa5 17. a3 Rd8 18. Bd2 Qb6 19. Be3 Qc7 20. h3 h6 21. N5e4 Ne6 22. Nxf6+ Bxf6 23. Be4 Kg7 24. Bxa7 b6 25. Bxd5 Nd4 26. Qa4 Rxd5 27. Qa6 Qd7 28. Rxd4 Bxd4 29. Bxb6 c5 30. Ba5 Bxb2 31. Qc4 Bd4 32. Bc3 Ra8 33. Re3 Rxa3 0-1 

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