Grand Prix, Tashkent, Rd. 11: Finishing Touch

Время публикации: 02.11.2014 20:03 | Последнее обновление: 04.11.2014 22:32

Dmitry Andreikin has become the sole winner of the tournament

The second stage of the FIDE Grand Prix 2014/15 series has come to an end today in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. By coincidence, the three key games of the final round were also the ones to finish earlier than the others, which means that Russian GM Dmitry Andreikin, who had been in the sole lead prior to the 11th round, has become the tournament winner well before the end of the round. His own today's game vs Anish Giri has been drawn almost without any worries, although, strictly speaking, his opponent could pose some problems for the future winner had he played 25...Ne8! instead of the 25...Na6. This draw in 31 moves has proved sufficient to secure Andreikin the clear first place.

Shortly afterwards, the triumpher has given our website a half-an-hour interview.

The two players who had stayed half-a-point behind, Nakamura and Mamedyarov, haven't got almost any chance today to catch up with Andreikin. This is related to Nakamura particularly, who had bumped into Vachier-Lagrave's powerful preparation in the Ruy Lopez and failed to meet it in the optimum way. Objectively speaking, Nakamura's position was difficult; the best thing he has been able to do was just to escape.


24.Nd6?! left White only with a very slight advantage. Instead, 24.Qb5! or 24.Bd2!? would have been stronger.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, the second player who had been able to reach Andreikin, decided to take a risk as Black and opted for a double-edged line of the Modern Benoni against Baadur Jobava. As a result, their game has become the most interesting for round 11 if not for the whole event. At the press conference, the players have admitted that the course of the game had been desirable for both; Jobava's play against his opponent's deep preparation has been confident enough, despite the position was nearly crazy (although we can only guess if Jobava's own knowledge wasn't that deep too - CN).

Modern Benoni Defence
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.h3 0–0 9.Bd3! b5!? (the most ambitious) 10.Nxb5 Nxe4 (10...Re8 is another line) 11.Bxe4 Re8

12.Ng5! This jump had been invented into practice in 1990 and was even being considered the refutation of the whole line for some period of time. However, the things are not so simple.
12...Qa5+ 13.Nc3 Ba6 14.Bd2 Nd7 15.Qc2 Rab8! Black just keeps playing in a positional way being a piece down. The much more frequent 15...f5 16.Ne6! had brought Black nothing but disastrous statistics.
16.0–0–0 Ne5

Nearly all the black pieces, especially the g7-bishop, are aiming at the opponent's king, so the task for White isn't simple by any means.
17.Rhe1!? Mamedyarov was intending to meet 17.Na4 with 17...Qd8!, which was in fact the end of his home preparation as he admitted during the press conference. Correspondence game I. Bern - H. Olafsson (1994) had went: 18.Rde1 f5 19.f4 fxe4 20.fxe5 Bd3 21.Qd1 Bxe5 22.Nxe4 Bxe4 23.Rxe4 Bxb2+ 24.Nxb2 Rxe4, and Black is barely worse, even though White won eventually.
17...Rec8 (if 17...Nc4?! then 18.Bd3! is strong - Mamedyarov) 18.Na4 Rb4! 19.f4 Nc4

20.Bf5! Rcb8! (20...gxf5? 21.Qxf5 Qxa4 is bad due to 22.Qxf7+ Kh8 23.Bc3! - White wins combining attack with defence) 21.Bxb4 Qxb4

22.a3?! White could have fought for the advantage by 22.Bxg6 hxg6 23.Qb3, or the immediate 22.Qb3 with the following possible line: 22...gxf5 23.Re7 Bb5 24.Nc3! Nxb2 25.Qxb4 cxb4 26.Nxb5 Nxd1 27.Nxd6.
22...Nxa3! Jobava thought he was winning; he was counting only on 22...Qa5?!, having missed Black's 24th move.
23.bxa3 Qxa3+ 24.Kd2

24...Qg3! (the unexpected key move) 25.Rb1 Qxf4+ 26.Kd1 Rxb1+ 27.Qxb1. Nearly all the reasonable lines would end in a perpetual, as the white king is bare but Black cannot really hope for a mating attack due to the lack of resources.
27...Qd4+ 28.Kc1 Qf4+ 29.Kd1 gxf5 30.Re8+ Bf8 31.Nxc5 Qd4+ 32.Kc1 Qxc5+ 33.Qc2 Qg1+ 34.Qd1 Qc5+ 35.Qc2 Qg1+ 36.Qd1 Qxg2 37.Qh5 Qg1+ 1/2 (Annotated by GM M. Golubev)

Three other games of the 11th round have ended as follows: Radjabov - Gelfand 1/2 (the Azeri GM failed to make use of his advantage, thus having drawn all (!) his games in the Tashkent stage), Jakovenko - Caruana 0-1 (the Russian blundered an elementary combination at move 27 and lost a pawn), Karjakin - Kasimdzhanov 1-0 (a confident victory by the Russian).


38. Ne6!, and Black resigned 3 moves later.

Thus, Dmitry Andreikin of Russia has become the sole winner of the 2nd stage of the FIDE Grand Prix 2014/15 with 7 points out of 11, despite his initial rating (2717) had been only 10th in the tournament. Andreikin scored 3 victories without a single loss.

The 2nd and the 3rd places have been shared between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Hikaru Nakamura (the final crosstable).

Let us remind you that the first stage of the current Grand Prix series had taken place in Baku a few weeks ago and had become successful for Boris Gelfand and Fabiano Caruana (in Taskhent, both were never close to the top).

[Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.11.02"] [Round "11.1"] [White "Andreikin, Dmitry"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2722"] [BlackElo "2758"] [ECO "D30"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Capablanca-Duras variation"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Bg5 h6 5. Bxf6 Qxf6 6. Nc3 c6 7. e3 g6 8. Bd3 Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. Ne5 dxc4 11. Nxc4 Qe7 12. Qb3 b6 13. Be4 Bb7 14. Rfd1 Na6 15. a3 Rfd8 16. Rd2 c5 17. Rad1 cxd4 18. exd4 Bxe4 19. Nxe4 Nc7 20. Nc3 Rd7 21. Ne5 Bxe5 22. dxe5 Rxd2 23. Rxd2 Qg5 24. Rd7 Qxe5 25. g3 Na6 26. Qd1 Rf8 27. Rxa7 Nc5 28. Qf3 Qb8 29. Nb5 Qe5 30. Nc3 Qb8 31. Nb5 Qe5 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.11.02"] [Round "11.2"] [White "Jobava, Baadur"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2717"] [BlackElo "2764"] [ECO "A70"] [Opening "Benoni"] [Variation "classical with e4 and Nf3"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. Nf3 Bg7 8. h3 O-O 9. Bd3 b5 10. Nxb5 Nxe4 11. Bxe4 Re8 12. Ng5 Qa5+ 13. Nc3 Ba6 14. Bd2 Nd7 15. Qc2 Rab8 16. O-O-O Ne5 17. Rhe1 Rec8 18. Na4 Rb4 19. f4 Nc4 20. Bf5 Rcb8 21. Bxb4 Qxb4 22. a3 Nxa3 23. bxa3 Qxa3+ 24. Kd2 Qg3 25. Rb1 Qxf4+ 26. Kd1 Rxb1+ 27. Qxb1 Qd4+ 28. Kc1 Qf4+ 29. Kd1 gxf5 30. Re8+ Bf8 31. Nxc5 Qd4+ 32. Kc1 Qxc5+ 33. Qc2 Qg1+ 34. Qd1 Qc5+ 35. Qc2 Qg1+ 36. Qd1 Qxg2 37. Qh5 Qg1+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.11.02"] [Round "11.3"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2757"] [BlackElo "2764"] [ECO "C78"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "5.O-O"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. a4 Rb8 8. axb5 axb5 9. Nxe5 Nxe5 10. d4 Bxd4 11. Qxd4 d6 12. f4 Nc6 13. Qc3 Ne7 14. Qd3 O-O 15. Nc3 b4 16. e5 Bf5 17. Qe2 Nd7 18. Na4 dxe5 19. Be3 Ra8 20. Rad1 Qe8 21. Nc5 Ra5 22. Nb7 Ra8 23. fxe5 Kh8 24. Nd6 cxd6 25. exd6 Bg6 26. dxe7 Qxe7 27. Qf2 Rac8 28. Rd5 Rfe8 29. Bd4 f6 30. Ba4 Red8 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.11.02"] [Round "11.4"] [White "Jakovenko, Dmitry"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2747"] [BlackElo "2844"] [ECO "A04"] [Opening "Reti opening"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. Nf3 g6 2. e4 d6 3. c4 Bg4 4. d4 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 e5 6. d5 Nd7 7. Nc3 h5 8. Bd3 Ngf6 9. O-O h4 10. Bc2 Be7 11. Ba4 Kf8 12. b4 a5 13. bxa5 Rxa5 14. Bxd7 Qxd7 15. a4 Kg7 16. Rb1 b6 17. Rb5 Ra6 18. Bd2 Nh7 19. Qe2 Bg5 20. Bxg5 Nxg5 21. h3 Qe7 22. Rbb1 Ra5 23. Qe3 Nh7 24. f4 Nf6 25. fxe5 dxe5 26. Rb5 Rha8 27. Qg5 Nxd5 28. Qxe7 Nxe7 29. Rd1 Rxb5 30. cxb5 Kf8 31. Kf2 Ke8 32. Ke3 f5 33. Nd5 Rxa4 34. Nxc7+ Kf7 35. exf5 Nxf5+ 36. Kf3 e4+ 37. Kf4 e3+ 38. Kf3 Ra2 39. Rf1 Rd2 40. Na8 Rd6 41. Ra1 Nd4+ 42. Ke4 e2 43. Re1 Nxb5 0-1 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.11.02"] [Round "11.5"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"] [Result "1- 0"] [WhiteElo "2767"] [BlackElo "2706"] [ECO "A22"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Bremen, reverse dragon"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. g3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Nb6 6. d3 Be7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Rc1 Re8 9. a3 Bf8 10. Nf3 N8d7 11. O-O c6 12. Qb3 Nc5 13. Qc2 Bg4 14. b4 Ncd7 15. h3 Bf5 16. Nd2 h6 17. Rb1 Rc8 18. Rfc1 Nf6 19. Bc5 Nfd7 20. Nce4 Qc7 21. a4 a6 22. Bxf8 Rxf8 23. Nc5 Nf6 24. Qb2 Qe7 25. a5 Na8 26. e4 Bh7 27. Nc4 Rfe8 28. f4 exf4 29. gxf4 Rb8 30. Qe5 Qf8 31. Qd6 Re7 32. f5 Nc7 33. Qf4 Nfe8 34. Kh2 Kh8 35. Bf3 Bg8 36. Ne5 Nf6 37. Rg1 Nb5 38. Ne6 g5 39. Nxf8 gxf4 40. Nfg6+ fxg6 41. Nxg6+ 1-0 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.11.02"] [Round "11.6"] [White "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2726"] [BlackElo "2748"] [ECO "A35"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical, four knights system"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. g3 d5 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 dxc4 7. Nxc6 Qxd1+ 8. Nxd1 bxc6 9. Bg2 Nd5 10. Ne3 e6 11. Nxc4 Ba6 12. Na5 Rc8 13. Bd2 Be7 14. Rc1 c5 15. b3 O-O 16. O-O Rfd8 17. Bf3 Bf6 18. a4 Nb6 19. Be3 c4 20. Nxc4 Bxc4 21. bxc4 Nxa4 22. Bxa7 Rc7 23. Be3 Rdc8 24. c5 Nxc5 25. Bf4 e5 26. Be3 h6 27. Bg4 Ne6 28. Rb1 Re8 29. Rb6 Bg5 30. Bxe6 Rxe6 31. Rxe6 fxe6 32. Bxg5 hxg5 33. Rb1 Kf7 34. Rb4 Kf6 35. Kg2 Rc2 36. Kf3 Ra2 37. h3 Kf5 38. e4+ Kg6 39. Rb8 Ra4 40. Rb2 Rc4 41. Re2 1/2-1/2 

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