Grand Prix, Tashkent, Rd. 8: Side Strategy Triumphs

Время публикации: 30.10.2014 02:04 | Последнее обновление: 15.01.2015 08:03

b7-b6! and Black wins

Baadur Jobava is the only one who has managed to score a victory in the 8th round of the FIDE Grand Prix tournament taking place in Tashkent. As Black, he has defeated Boris Gelfand who is having an unsuccessful competition with already four defeats. The creative GM from Georgia whose rating is next to last is now tied (quite unexpectedly) for the 1st place with Hikaru Nakamura and Dmitry Andreikin.

Jobava's win over Gelfand is literally and figuratively an example of how the "side-strategy" can triumph over the central one, starting from the very beginning. However, note that something went wrong in Gelfand's central strategy at some point, as the transfer of the white knight to h3 was quite counterproductive. This had been in fact the main reason behind White's loss, as later on it was already Jobava who was pressing hard in the center.

1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.e4 Bb7 4.Bd3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 (Wesley So had chosen the quite rare move 5.Kf1!? against Jobava this summer) 5...Bxd2+ 6.Nxd2 d6 7.f4!?

7...Nd7 (not necessarily the best move, but definitely one of the most obvious) 8.Qg4!? (simple 8.Ngf3 might be preferrable, for example: 8...Ne7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Qe1 - White is slightly better here, according to Jobava) 8...Ngf6 9.Qxg7 Rg8 10.Qh6 Rxg2 11.Ngf3 (the alternative is 11.Ne2!?) 11...Qe7 12.Qh3 Rg7 13.0–0–0 (in case of 13.e5 the Georgian GM was planning 13...dxe5 14.fxe5 Ng4 15.Rg1 f5)

13...Ng4! (objectively speaking, 13...0–0–0 isn't worse, but White's play would have been much clearer: 14.Rhg1 Rdg8 15.Rg5, and so on) 14.Qg3?! It seems that both opponents were underestimating 14.Qg2!, with the intention of bringing the queen back to e2 if needed, as the g4-knight is pinned for the moment. White is slightly better here.
14...Ndf6! Now Black's dynamic resources are serious - his position isn't already worse at the very least.
The threat is ...Nh5.

15.Ng5?! (instead of this dubious knight transfer, a pawn sacrifice was deserving attention: 15.Rdg1!? Nh5 16.Qe1 Nxf4 17.Bc2) 15...h6 16.Nh3. 16.h3 hxg5 17.hxg4 gxf4 18.Qxf4 Rxg4 19.Qf3 0–0–0 is also hardly sufficient for equality, but maybe complicating the matters by 16.h4!? was better; Jobava was thinking of meeting it by 16...0–0–0.
16...0–0–0. Black is definitely better now, his chances growing even more after Gelfand's next move.

17.Rde1?! (17.Qe1!? - Jobava) 17...Nh5 18.Qf3 Qh4!? 19.Re2 (if 19.Qf1 then 19...Nxf4! 20.Nxf4 Nf2! - Jobava) 19...Kb8!? "Of course, I had to play 19...f5", Jobava pointed out - although the line 20.d5 Nxf4?! 21.Nxf4 Ne5 mentioned by him is in fact quite unclear because of 22.Ng2!, etc.
20.Bc2 (20.Qf1 was mentioned by both opponents at the press conference; probably the most unpleasant reaction is 20...Qf6!?) 20...f5 21.Qf1 Nhf6! 22.Nf3 Qh5

White has failed to solve the problem of his passive and vulnerable h3-knight. His position is about to collapse.
23.exf5 exf5 24.d5 Re8 (24...Ba6! was also strong, attacking the c4-pawn and preparing ...Nxd5) 25.Rxe8+ Qxe8 26.Qd3 Re7! 27.Rf1 (27.Qd4 is a bit more persistent) 27...Ne3 28.Rf2 Ba6 29.Bb3 Nexd5 30.Qxf5

30...Bxc4! The final blow. White resigned due to 31.Bxc4 Re1+ 32.Nxe1 Qxe1+ 33.Kc2 Ne3+. 0–1 (Annotated by GM M. Golubev)

The most interesting draw of the round was probably Karjakin - Mamedyarov. Both were creative and precise in the double-edged fight, so the result is logical.


17.0–0! a5! 18.Nxe5! axb4 19.Nxg6 fxg6 20.e5 (Black is probably in order in case of 20.axb4 Rxa1 21.Qxa1 Nxd5!) 20...Nfd7 21.Bxe7. Karjakin: "Since approximately this moment, I knew what I was doing - it seems I had been analysing 21.Bg3 bxc3 22.Qd3, and here it's very important for Black to play 22...cxd5!" Regarding that the theory has ended already with the Black's 9th move, Karjakin's opening preparation is really impressive.
21...Qxe7 22.Bxg6 (22.e6!? bxc3 23.Bxg6 is probably also roughly equal).

Karjakin could force a draw right now by 22...Qxe5 23.Bxe8 (23.Ne4?! Rf8 and Black is better - Mamedyarov) 23...Qg3+, but he decided to keep playing for a win (regarding his time advantage at the moment) by 22...bxc3. However, it was the Russian GM who had to be more accurate later on. Both players managed to avoid mistakes in the further play, and the peace treaty was signed on move 41.

Kasimdzhanov solved his opening problems vs Caruana by a logical novelty.


15...b5! (15...Nxe5 had been tried several times before). The game was mostly drawish till the end when Caruana messed it up a bit, while Kasimdzhanov failed to extract anything real out of that.

The other games were hardly interesting. Andreikin - Vachier-Largave was a short draw by repetition in the Grunfeld Defence.

The encounters Giri - Jakovenko and Nakamura - Radjabov were too dry to annotate them in details.

Tomorrow (October 30th) is the second and last day-off in the tournament. Round 9 will be held on Friday.

[Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.29"] [Round "8.5"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Jobava, Baadur"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2748"] [BlackElo "2717"] [ECO "A40"] [Opening "Queen's pawn"] [Variation "Keres defence"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. d4 e6 2. c4 b6 3. e4 Bb7 4. Bd3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Bxd2+ 6. Nxd2 d6 7. f4 Nd7 8. Qg4 Ngf6 9. Qxg7 Rg8 10. Qh6 Rxg2 11. Ngf3 Qe7 12. Qh3 Rg7 13. O-O-O Ng4 14. Qg3 Ndf6 15. Ng5 h6 16. Nh3 O-O-O 17. Rde1 Nh5 18. Qf3 Qh4 19. Re2 Kb8 20. Bc2 f5 21. Qf1 Nhf6 22. Nf3 Qh5 23. exf5 exf5 24. d5 Re8 25. Rxe8+ Qxe8 26. Qd3 Re7 27. Rf1 Ne3 28. Rf2 Ba6 29. Bb3 Nexd5 30. Qxf5 Bxc4 0-1 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.29"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Jakovenko, Dmitry"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2758"] [BlackElo "2747"] [ECO "A30"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical, hedgehog system"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3. g3 e6 4. Nf3 b6 5. Bg2 Bb7 6. O-O Be7 7. d4 cxd4 8. Qxd4 O-O 9. Rd1 d6 10. Bg5 Nc6 11. Qf4 Qb8 12. Nb5 Ne5 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Nxd6 Nxf3+ 15. Bxf3 Bxf3 16. Qxf3 Bxb2 17. Rab1 Be5 18. c5 Qc7 19. Qe4 Qxc5 20. Rbc1 Bxd6 21. Rxc5 Bxc5 22. Qd3 a5 23. a4 Rae8 24. Kg2 e5 25. Qe4 Re6 26. Rd5 Rfe8 27. g4 h6 28. e3 g6 29. h4 Kg7 30. Kf1 Kg8 31. Ke2 Kg7 32. Kf1 Kg8 33. Kg1 Kh8 34. Rd7 R6e7 35. Rd1 Kg7 36. Kg2 Re6 37. Rd5 Kh8 38. g5 hxg5 39. hxg5 Kg8 40. Kg3 Bf8 41. Rd7 R6e7 42. Rd1 Re6 43. Kg2 Bc5 44. Rh1 Bf8 45. Qh4 Bg7 46. Qe4 Bf8 47. Rb1 Bb4 48. Rh1 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.29"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2767"] [ECO "E20"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "Kmoch variation"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 d5 5. a3 Bd6 6. e4 dxe4 7. fxe4 e5 8. d5 O-O 9. Nf3 Bg4 10. h3 Bh5 11. Bd3 Bc5 12. g4 Bg6 13. Bc2 Re8 14. Bg5 h6 15. Bh4 c6 16. b4 Be7 17. O-O a5 18. Nxe5 axb4 19. Nxg6 fxg6 20. e5 Nfd7 21. Bxe7 Qxe7 22. Bxg6 bxc3 23. Bxe8 Qxe8 24. e6 Nf6 25. Qd3 cxd5 26. cxd5 Na6 27. Rae1 Nc7 28. d6 Nxe6 29. Qc4 Kf7 30. Qe4 Rd8 31. Rxf6+ gxf6 32. Qh7+ Kf8 33. Qh8+ Kf7 34. Qh7+ Kf8 35. Rf1 Nf4 36. Qxh6+ Kf7 37. Qh7+ Kf8 38. Qh6+ Kf7 39. Qxf4 Qe6 40. Qf3 Qe5 41. Qxb7+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.29"] [Round "8.3"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2726"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bxf6 Qxf6 8. Qb3 c5 9. a3 Bxc3+ 10. Qxc3 Nd7 11. Qe3+ Qe7 12. Qxe7+ Kxe7 13. dxc5 Nxc5 14. Rc1 Kd6 15. Nd4 Bd7 16. f3 Rac8 17. Kd2 Ne6 18. Rxc8 Rxc8 19. Nxe6 fxe6 20. e3 e5 21. Bd3 a5 22. h4 Rc6 23. Rb1 Rb6 24. b4 axb4 25. Rxb4 Rxb4 26. axb4 g5 27. hxg5 hxg5 28. g3 Ke7 29. f4 Kf6 30. Bc2 b6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.29"] [Round "8.4"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2844"] [BlackElo "2706"] [ECO "D27"] [Opening "QGA"] [Variation "classical, 6...a6"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 Nf6 4. Bxc4 e6 5. Nf3 c5 6. O-O a6 7. dxc5 Qxd1 8. Rxd1 Bxc5 9. Be2 Nbd7 10. Nbd2 b6 11. a3 Bb7 12. b4 Be7 13. Nc4 O-O 14. Bb2 Bd5 15. Nfe5 b5 16. Na5 Nxe5 17. Bxe5 Nd7 18. Bc7 Bf6 19. Rac1 Bb2 20. Rc2 Rfc8 21. Nc6 Rxc7 22. Ne7+ Kf8 23. Rxc7 Kxe7 24. e4 Be5 25. Rxd7+ Kxd7 26. exd5 Rc8 27. dxe6+ Kxe6 28. Bg4+ f5 29. Bf3 Rc3 30. Bb7 Rxa3 31. Bc8+ Kf6 32. g3 f4 33. gxf4 Bxf4 34. Rd5 g6 35. Rd7 h5 36. Ra7 Bd6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.29"] [Round "8.6"] [White "Andreikin, Dmitry"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2722"] [BlackElo "2757"] [ECO "D91"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "5.Bg5"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bg5 Ne4 6. Bf4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 dxc4 8. e3 b5 9. a4 c6 10. Qb1 Bf5 11. e4 Bd7 12. Bxc4 bxc4 13. Qb7 Na6 14. Qxa6 c5 15. Qxc4 cxd4 16. cxd4 Rc8 17. Qa6 Be6 18. Qb5+ Bd7 19. Qa6 Be6 20. Qb5+ Bd7 21. Qd3 Be6 22. Qb5+ 1/2-1/2 

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