Grand Prix, Tashkent, Rd. 6: Successful Day for Andreikin

Время публикации: 28.10.2014 17:07 | Последнее обновление: 28.10.2014 17:14

The Russian GM has defeated Karjakin and caught up with Nakamura

More than a half of the distance is over in Tashkent where the 2nd stage of the FIDE Grand Prix series 2014/15 is taking place. In round 6, the tournament leader Hikaru Nakamura was White against Fabiano Caruana; after the opening, he made a series of quite superfluous moves and got clearly worse in the middlegame.


White's pawn structure is fixed while the pieces are restricted, so the Elo-favourite was probably hoping to improve his poor tournament situation (1 loss without any victories). However, Nakamura found a good practical resource, sacrificing a pawn in order to activate the pieces, the knight in particular: 30.b4!? axb3 31.Nxb3 Rxa3 32.Nd4 Rxc3 33.Qxc3. Eventually, it worked and the leader has been able to save half-a-point.

Meanwhile, Dmitry Andreikin has managed to make use of Nakamura's hitch. The Russian GM has outplayed his compatriot Sergey Karjakin and joined the American in the lead.

Torre Attack
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 c5 4.Nc3!? This is a very rare line (instead of habitual and solid 4.e3) which hadn't almost been seen on the top level.
4...cxd4 5.Qxd4

5...Nc6 6.Qh4 Bb4!? (not the most reliable reply, but probably Karjakin was hoping for more than just an equality) 7.e4 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 (White's pawn structure is now broken, but he has long-term pressure on the dark squares) 8...h6 9.Bd3 d6. The castling could bump into Bxh6!? sacrifice - it looks like Sergey, after his painful loss to Jobava, didn't want to allow a similar attack. (Which, however, was exactly the thing to happen later on.)
10.Rd1 Rg8!? 11.Be3 (11.Bc1!?)

11...e5. This is the confirmation of Black's aggressive intentions, as he could force a draw by 11...g5 12.Qxh6 Rg6 13.Qh8+ Rg8. White cannot avoid the repetition as the e3-square is occupied by the bishop: 12.Qg3? g4! and the knight can't retreat because after 13...Nh5 the queen is trapped.
12.Bb5!? Qc7 (12...Qa5!? was playable instead: 13.Bxc6+ bxc6 14.0–0 Ba6) 13.Nd2 Be6 14.f3

14...Qa5 (a prelude to a wrong strategic plan; both 14...0–0–0 and 14...d5 would keep decent chances) 15.c4 Ke7?! 16.0–0 g5?! Black isn't in firm control at any side of the board (by the way, much due to the absence of his dark-squared bishop) to play like this.
17.Qf2. From now on, White is definitely better, and the remaining part of the game is, strictly speaking, just a confident realization of the strategic advantage.
17...Rgd8 18.h4 Nh7 19.hxg5 hxg5 20.g4!? f6 21.Kg2 (hasty 21.Nb3 Qc7 22.c5 wasn't the idea behind the previous move) 21...Nf8 22.Rh1.

22...Bf7?! If 22...Nb4?! then 23.Bxg5! fxg5 24.Qe3 (Andreikin); maybe Black had to make up his mind for 22...Qxa2, although the position after 23.c5! wouldn't be pleasant by any means.
23.Nf1! Bg6 (bringing the bishop to a totally passive position hardly gives Black more hope) 24.Bd2!? Qb6 25.Ne3 Kf7 26.Qe1 Ne6 27.Nf5

Black's position might seem solid at first glance, but in fact it is crumbling on all sides.
27...Qc7?! Other lines are: 27...a6 28.Rh6! axb5 29.Qh1!; 27...Ncd4 28.Nxd4 Nxd4 29.Ba5 Nxc2 30.Qd2 Ne3+ 31.Kg3 Qc5 32.Rde1 b6 33.Bb4 Nxc4 34.Bxc5 Nxd2 35.Bb4 - White is trapping the d2-knight and looking forward to convert his material advantage into a win.
28.c5! dxc5 29.Bc4! b5 30.Bd5 (30.Bxe6+!? Kxe6 31.Rh6 Rg8 32.Qe3 Nd4 33.c3! was also good) 30...Rac8 (if 30...Rh8 then 31.Qf2)

31.Rh6! (Black is helpless) 31...Ncd4 32.Ba5 Nxc2 33.Qh1 Qxa5 34.Rh7+. The checkmate can't be avoided, so Karjakin resigned. 1–0 (Annotated by GM M.Golubev)

The second decisive game of the day was Mamedyarov's victory as White over Kasimdzhanov. It was a tense fight where Black had had good chances at first, but started making mistakes in the sharp middlegame (22...Rad8?!; 30...Rb6?).

Four other games (including the aforementioned Nakamura - Caruana encounter) have been drawn. Gelfand - Vachier-Lagrave saw a fresh idea by Black on move 9 in the Grunfeld Defence. We would mention 14.Nb5!? as an interesting option for White. Later on, the Israeli GM lost the thread somehow and could face the difficulties had Maxime found 28...Rc2+!

Giri - Radjabov is interesting for those who are deeply into study of the Berlin Wall. 24th move by White was a novelty; two moves later, Giri missed 26.Rxc7 which could be quite unpleasant for Black.

The hero of the previous round Baadur Jobava opted for an interesting pawn sacrifice by his 12th move, yet wasn't unable to break Dmitry Jakovenko's solid defence. Moreover, it was Black who tried to play for a win at the end, even though nominally.

After 6 rounds, Nakamura and Andreikin are in the lead with 4 points each. Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave, Jobava are half-a-point behind.

[Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.27"] [Round "6"] [White "Gelfand,B"] [Black "Vachier Lagrave,M"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2748"] [BlackElo "2757"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "D83"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 c5 7. dxc5 Qa5 8. cxd5 Rd8 9. Bc4 e6 10. Nge2 Nxd5 11. Bd6 Nxc3 12. Nxc3 b5 13. Bd3 b4 14. Ne4 b3+ 15. Qd2 Qxd2+ 16. Kxd2 bxa2 17. Ra1 Bb7 18. Rxa2 Bd5 19. Ra4 Nc6 20. b4 Ne5 21. b5 f5 22. Nc3 Bxg2 23. Rha1 Nxd3 24. Kxd3 Rac8 25. Rc4 Be4+ 26. Ke2 Rxd6 27. cxd6 Rxc4 28. Nxe4 fxe4 29. d7 Bf6 30. Rxa7 Rc2+ 31. Kf1 Rd2 32. b6 Kf8 33. Ra8+ Ke7 34. b7 Be5 35. b8=Q Bxb8 36. Rxb8 Rxd7 37. Rb4 Kf6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.27"] [Round "6"] [White "Jobava,Ba"] [Black "Jakovenko,D"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2717"] [BlackElo "2747"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "E48"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Nge2 Re8 8. O-O Bf8 9. Bd2 c6 10. Rc1 a5 11. f3 c5 12. Be1 Rxe3 13. Bh4 Nc6 14. Nf4 Be6 15. dxc5 Bxc5 16. Kh1 Be7 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. Ncxd5 Bxd5 19. Nxd5 Re8 20. Qb3 Be5 21. Qxb7 Ne7 22. f4 Qxd5 23. Qxd5 Nxd5 24. fxe5 Ne3 25. Rf4 Rad8 26. e6 Rxe6 27. Rd4 Ree8 28. Rxd8 Rxd8 29. Kg1 g6 30. Be4 Rd2 31. Rc3 Ng4 32. Bf3 Ne5 33. Ra3 Rxb2 34. Rxa5 Nxf3+ 35. gxf3 Kg7 36. Ra6 Kh6 37. Ra7 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.27"] [Round "6"] [White "Andreikin,D"] [Black "Karjakin,Sergey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2722"] [BlackElo "2767"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "A46"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 c5 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Qxd4 Nc6 6. Qh4 Bb4 7. e4 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 h6 9. Bd3 d6 10. Rd1 Rg8 11. Be3 e5 12. Bb5 Qc7 13. Nd2 Be6 14. f3 Qa5 15. c4 Ke7 16. O-O g5 17. Qf2 Rgd8 18. h4 Nh7 19. hxg5 hxg5 20. g4 f6 21. Kg2 Nf8 22. Rh1 Bf7 23. Nf1 Bg6 24. Bd2 Qb6 25. Ne3 Kf7 26. Qe1 Ne6 27. Nf5 Qc7 28. c5 dxc5 29. Bc4 b5 30. Bd5 Rac8 31. Rh6 Ncd4 32. Ba5 Nxc2 33. Qh1 Qxa5 34. Rh7+ 1-0 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.27"] [Round "6"] [White "Giri,A"] [Black "Radjabov,T"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2768"] [BlackElo "2726"] [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. g3 Bxg5 15. Bxg5 Rg6 16. h4 f6 17. exf6 gxf6 18. Bf4 Nxh4 19. f3 Rd8 20. Kf2 Rxd1 21. Nxd1 Nf5 22. Rh1 Bxa2 23. Rxh5 Be6 24. g4 Nd6 25. Rh7 f5 26. g5 Nf7 27. Rh5 Rg8 28. Kg3 Rh8 29. Rxh8+ Nxh8 30. Bxc7 Ng6 31. Nc3 Kd7 32. Bb8 a5 33. Na4 Kc8 34. Bf4 b5 35. Nc5 Ba2 36. c3 a4 37. Bd6 Bd5 38. f4 Kd8 39. Kf2 Nh4 40. Ke3 Ke8 41. Nd3 Be4 42. Nf2 Bd5 43. Ba3 Kf7 44. Kd4 Ke6 45. Nd3 Ng6 46. Nc5+ Kf7 47. Na6 Nxf4 48. Ke5 Nd3+ 49. Kxf5 c5 50. g6+ Kg8 51. Nxc5 Nxc5 52. Bxc5 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.27"] [Round "6"] [White "Mamedyarov,S"] [Black "Kasimdzhanov,R"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2706"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "C25"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6 6. Be3 Nge7 7. h4 h5 8. Qd2 O-O 9. Bh6 Nd4 10. Bxg7 Kxg7 11. Nd1 d5 12. Ne3 Be6 13. f4 dxe4 14. dxe4 f5 15. Nh3 fxe4 16. Ng5 Nef5 17. O-O-O Bxa2 18. fxe5 Nxg3 19. Rhe1 c5 20. Bxe4 Nxe4 21. Nxe4 Qxh4 22. Qg2 Rad8 23. Nf6 Rxf6 24. exf6+ Qxf6 25. Qxb7+ Qf7 26. Qe4 Qf6 27. Qb7+ Qf7 28. Qa6 Be6 29. Kb1 Rb8 30. Qd6 Rb6 31. Qxc5 Nf3 32. Qc3+ Kh7 33. Rf1 Rb8 34. Ng2 Bg4 35. Nh4 1-0 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.27"] [Round "6"] [White "Nakamura,Hi"] [Black "Caruana,F"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2844"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "E32"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. Nf3 c5 6. dxc5 Na6 7. Bd2 Nxc5 8. a3 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 Nce4 10. e3 Nxc3 11. Qxc3 b6 12. Be2 Ba6 13. Qb3 Rc8 14. Qa4 Bb7 15. O-O Qc7 16. Nd4 a6 17. Rfd1 Rfd8 18. Qb4 Be4 19. Rac1 e5 20. Nb3 d6 21. Qe1 Qb7 22. Qf1 Bc6 23. Nd2 Qe7 24. Rc3 a5 25. Rdc1 a4 26. Qd1 Ra8 27. Bf3 e4 28. Be2 Nd7 29. Qe1 Nc5 30. b4 axb3 31. Nxb3 Rxa3 32. Nd4 Rxc3 33. Qxc3 Bd7 34. Ra1 Rb8 35. Ra7 Qd8 36. Qa1 Rc8 37. h3 g6 38. Nb5 Bxb5 39. cxb5 h5 40. f4 exf3 41. Bxf3 Qg5 42. Qc3 Rd8 43. Qd4 d5 44. h4 Qf5 45. Ra1 Qd7 46. Qf6 Qe8 47. Kh1 Ne4 48. Bxe4 dxe4 49. Qxb6 Qe7 50. Kg1 Rd2 51. Qc6 Qxh4 52. Ra8+ Kh7 53. Rh8+ Kxh8 54. Qc3+ Kh7 55. Qxd2 Qg5 56. b6 h4 57. Qf2 Kg7 58. Qf4 Qb5 59. Qc7 h3 60. gxh3 Qb1+ 61. Kg2 Qb2+ 62. Kg3 Qf6 63. b7 Qf3+ 64. Kh2 Qf2+ 65. Kh1 1/2-1/2 

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