Larsen vs Carlsen

Время публикации: 19.01.2015 04:44 | Последнее обновление: 19.01.2015 07:35

Baadur Jobava: 'I wanted to win badly...' Magnus becomes the sole leader

The only draw of the 8th round of the main Tata Steel tournament was between Levon Aronian and Hou Yifan: the female world champion held the 4-times Wijk aan Zee triumpher to a draw in the equal ending which arose straight after the opening. 6 (!) other encounters have proved decisive.

Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So, and Ding Liren defeated their opponents quite quickly, while Caruana's win over Loek van Wely was the longest game of the round. Teimour Radjabov scored his second victory which has become, in turn, the second loss in a row for the hero of the start Radoslaw Wojtaszek.

The highlight of the 8th round was, however, Carlsen's fifth victory in succession, which has made him the sole leader, for the first time during the tournament.

The world champion's opponent, Baadur Jobava, who is the most unpredictable participant of the competition, chose the 1.b3 opening, which is often named after Bent Larsen. By the way, apart from the fact that this move is one of Jobava's favourite ones, the Georgian grandmaster himself has the style similar to the great Danish player of the past. 'If you want your opponent to make a mistake, you should make an incorrect move yourself', Larsen used to say, and Jobava also makes use of this philosophy quite often.

'I attempted to play a fighting game, and, in general, I succeeded', Jobava told in the mini-interview for our website (which is given here in its English translation - CN) right after the finish. 'But, as usual for me in this tournament, I lost my concentration at some point, and spoiled the good game by a single horrible blunder'.

'In the opening, 8...h5 by Magnus was interesting, as he prevented me from castling long-side. However, the move has also its drawbacks: the dark squares became weak, plus I can possibly cling to the the h5-pawn.
I think White was better after the dark-squared bishops were exchanged, At some point, I even thought my advantage was serious, but Magnus has managed to extricate himself by the only moves: 23...Nd7, 25...c5...
In my opinion, the key moment was after his 21...h3.'


'I replied with 22.g3; perhaps 22.g4 was better. After the game, we discussed the piece sacrifice: 22...Bxg4 23.fxg4 Re4. I couldn't calculate to the end what happens after 24.Qh6 - I thought Black's compensation would be unsufficient, but for some reason I didn't play 22.g4. I showed lack of spirit...' (In fact, Black isn't obliged to sacrifice the bishop - 22...Bc8 is also playable, and after 23.Nc5 Nd7 it's similar to what happened in the game. The pawn on g4 instead of g3 doesn't change the evaluation from roughly equal - СN)
22...Bc8 23.Nc5 Nd7 24.Nd3 R5e7 25.Rfe1 c5! 26.bxc5 Nxc5 27.Nf4 Rxe1+ 28.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 29.Qxe1 Ne6 30.Nfxe6 Bxe6

Jobava: 'This is a drawish position where I was the only one who could play on. It's clear that my knight is better than his bishop'. This evaluation can be disputed because the permanent weakness of the white king should be also taken into account. One of the most reliable way for White is actually 31.Nxe6 fxe6 (the pawn ending after 31...fxe6 32.f4= is easy to calculate) 32.Qe3, and, even though queen endings are a cunning thing, this one seems to be just drawn as the black king is very exposed.
31.Kf2 Bd7! (Magnus keeps his 'bad' bishop once he gets the possibility) 32.Qb1 Qc7 33.Qb3 Bc8 34.a3 a5 35.Qb2 Ba6 36.Nc2 Qa7+ 37.Ne3 Bc4 38.f4 Kh7

39.g4?! Jobava: 'Magnus was short on time, and I decided to make the move quickly, to add sharpness to the game.
This is exactly the move which Baadur called 'a horrible blunder', but this is an exaggeration: it just makes White's play harder. After the correct 39.f5! (or 39.Qb1 first) the position would have remained roughly equal. The real decisive mistake was the next move by White:
Qe7 40.Qc1? It was necessary to play 40.Qb8! even though it is related to a pawn sacrifice: 40...Qxa3 41.Qc7 Qxc3 42.Qxf7+ Qg7 43.Qe6, and White has sufficient couunterplay due to the badly placed bishop and the exposed position of the black king.
'When I was heading towards this position, I thought I'd play 41.Kg3 and take the h3-pawn, or play g4-g5 and Ng4. Then I noticed that after 41...Be2! White would have to resign' - Jobava.
41.f5 Qf4+ 42.Kg1 gxf5 43.gxf5 Bd3 44.Qe1 Bxf5 45.Nxf5. Baadur had every reason to consider the ending after 45.Qf2 Qg5+ 46.Qg3 Qxg3+ 47.hxg3 Be6 to be hopeless, but the queen endgame is no better. 
45...Qxf5 46.Qg3 Kh6 47.Qb8 Qf3 48.Qh8+ Kg6 49.Qg8+ Kf6 50.Qd8+ Ke5 0-1

It took Jobava some time to get to grips on himself after the scoresheets had been signed: 'Whenever I think I lose my mind; whenever I don't think it's the same. I don't know what to do. Nothing works for me in this tournament. I can play half of the game well, but then I would make a move and it's all over. ...I wanted to win badly today, I don't know why. Probably this urge has let me down...'

As for Carlsen, his comment for the Norwegian TV2 was as follows:

'After the yesterday's long fight against Hou Yifan, I wasn't in the best condition, that's why I was so slow today. I wasn't especially happy with my position in the course of the game. Of course, it was his blunder that decided the outcome, but I'm very glad I made use of this chance. Now my score is exactly as two years ago here in Wijk aan Zee after 8 rounds, and that tournament has been victorious for me. So, I like the schedule I'm on'.

Today is the second day-off; the next round will be held tomorrow, on January 20th.

Round 8: photo report by Evgeny Surov

The crosstable, playing schedule, pairings, games, etc

All the games of the round 8 are available for viewing below.

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.18"] [Round "8"] [White "Jobava,Ba"] [Black "Carlsen,M"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2727"] [BlackElo "2862"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [ECO "A01"] 1. b3 g6 2. Bb2 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. d4 c5 5. e3 cxd4 6. exd4 d5 7. Qd2 Nc6 8. f3 h5 9. Bb5 Qd6 10. Nge2 Bh6 11. Qd1 Bf5 12. Bc1 Bxc1 13. Rxc1 Rc8 14. Qd2 O-O 15. Bxc6 bxc6 16. Na4 Rfe8 17. O-O e5 18. c3 h4 19. dxe5 Rxe5 20. b4 Rce8 21. Nd4 h3 22. g3 Bc8 23. Nc5 Nd7 24. Nd3 R5e7 25. Rfe1 c5 26. bxc5 Nxc5 27. Nf4 Rxe1+ 28. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 29. Qxe1 Ne6 30. Nfxe6 Bxe6 31. Kf2 Bd7 32. Qb1 Qc7 33. Qb3 Bc8 34. a3 a5 35. Qb2 Ba6 36. Nc2 Qa7+ 37. Ne3 Bc4 38. f4 Kh7 39. g4 Qe7 40. Qc1 Qe4 41. f5 Qf4+ 42. Kg1 gxf5 43. gxf5 Bd3 44. Qe1 Bxf5 45. Nxf5 Qxf5 46. Qg3 Kh6 47. Qb8 Qf3 48. Qh8+ Kg6 49. Qg8+ Kf6 50. Qd8+ Ke5 0-1[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.18"] [Round "8"] [White "Hou Yifan"] [Black "Aronian,L"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2673"] [BlackElo "2797"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [ECO "C54"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Bd2 Nxe4 8. Bxb4 Nxb4 9. Bxf7+ Kxf7 10. Qb3+ d5 11. Ne5+ Ke6 12. Qxb4 Qf8 13. Qxf8 Rxf8 14. f3 Ng5 15. Nc3 c6 16. h4 Nf7 17. Nd3 Kd6 18. Kf2 Nd8 19. g3 Ne6 20. Ne2 a5 21. Ndf4 Ra6 22. Rad1 Rb6 23. Rd2 Rb4 24. Re1 Nxf4 25. Nxf4 Rc4 26. a3 Bf5 27. Re3 b6 28. Rb3 b5 29. Re3 b4 30. Ne2 h5 31. Ke1 g6 32. b3 Rc2 33. Rxc2 Bxc2 34. a4 Bf5 35. Nf4 Rc8 36. Kd2 c5 37. Re5 cxd4 38. Rxd5+ Ke7 39. g4 hxg4 40. fxg4 Bxg4 41. Nxg6+ Kf6 42. Rxd4 Be6 43. Rd6 Kf7 44. Ne5+ Ke7 45. Rd3 Kf6 46. Nf3 Bg8 47. Ng5 Kf5 48. Nf3 Kf6 49. h5 Rc5 50. h6 Rh5 51. Rd6+ Ke7 52. Ra6 Bxb3 53. h7 Bxa4 54. Rxa5 Rxh7 55. Rxa4 1/2-1/2 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.18"] [Round "8"] [White "Ding Liren"] [Black "Saric,Iv"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2732"] [BlackElo "2666"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [ECO "D11"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Qb3 Qb6 6. Nc3 e6 7. Nh4 Bh5 8. h3 Be7 9. g4 Bg6 10. Nxg6 hxg6 11. Bg2 g5 12. O-O Nbd7 13. Rd1 Rd8 14. cxd5 exd5 15. Qc2 Nf8 16. e4 Ne6 17. Be3 Kf8 18. e5 Nh7 19. b4 Kg8 20. b5 Nf4 21. Bxf4 gxf4 22. bxc6 Qxc6 23. Qb3 f3 24. Bxf3 Ng5 25. Bg2 Nxh3+ 26. Bxh3 Rxh3 27. Nxd5 Qxd5 28. Qxh3 Qe4 29. Rac1 Bg5 30. Rc3 Bf4 31. Qd3 Qd5 32. Qf5 Bxe5 33. Rc8 f6 34. Rdc1 1-0 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.18"] [Round "8"] [White "Ivanchuk,V"] [Black "So,W"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2715"] [BlackElo "2762"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [ECO "C88"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9. d3 d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nbd2 Qd7 12. Nxe5 Nxe5 13. Rxe5 Nf4 14. Nf3 Nxg2 15. Kxg2 a5 16. Rxe7 Qxe7 17. c3 Ra6 18. d4 Rf6 19. d5 a4 20. Bc2 Rd8 21. Qe1 Qd7 22. Ng5 h6 23. Ne4 Rg6+ 24. Kh2 f5 25. Ng3 Qxd5 26. Qg1 Qf3 0-1 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.18"] [Round "8"] [White "Vachier Lagrave,M"] [Black "Giri,A"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2757"] [BlackElo "2784"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [ECO "C65"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Nbd2 Nd4 6. Nxd4 Bxd4 7. c3 Bb6 8. Nc4 O-O 9. O-O d5 10. exd5 Qxd5 11. Nxb6 axb6 12. Bc4 Qd6 13. Bg5 Bg4 14. Qd2 Nd7 15. d4 exd4 16. cxd4 Nf6 17. Bf4 Qd7 18. Be5 Be6 19. Bxf6 gxf6 20. d5 c6 21. Qh6 cxd5 22. Rad1 Qe7 23. Bd3 f5 24. Rfe1 Ra4 25. Bxf5 Rh4 26. Qe3 Re8 27. Bxe6 fxe6 28. Rxd5 exd5 29. Qxe7 Rxe7 30. Rxe7 Rc4 31. g3 Rc2 32. b3 d4 33. Rd7 1-0 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.18"] [Round "8"] [White "Van Wely,L"] [Black "Caruana,F"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2667"] [BlackElo "2820"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [ECO "A48"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Nbd2 c5 4. dxc5 Qa5 5. a3 Qxc5 6. b4 Qc7 7. Bb2 Bg7 8. c4 d6 9. g3 b6 10. Bg2 Bb7 11. O-O O-O 12. e4 Nbd7 13. Qe2 Rac8 14. Rac1 Qb8 15. Ne1 e6 16. Nd3 Rfd8 17. Rfd1 Qa8 18. f3 Bc6 19. Nf1 Qb8 20. Ne3 Bb7 21. Rc2 Ba6 22. Qe1 Bh6 23. Nf2 Bg7 24. Nd3 Re8 25. Qd2 Bh6 26. Nf2 Bxc4 27. f4 Bb3 28. Rxc8 Rxc8 29. Rb1 e5 30. Nfg4 Bg7 31. fxe5 dxe5 32. Bh3 Rd8 33. Qc3 Ba2 34. Rd1 Nxe4 35. Qc6 Ng5 36. Bg2 Be6 37. h4 h5 38. hxg5 hxg4 39. Nd5 Nf8 40. Rd2 Rd7 41. Nf6+ Bxf6 42. Rxd7 Nxd7 43. gxf6 Nxf6 44. Qb5 Nd7 45. Bc6 e4 46. Kg2 Qd6 47. Bxd7 Qd2+ 48. Kh1 Qd1+ 49. Kh2 Qc2+ 50. Kg1 Qb1+ 51. Qf1 Qxb2 52. Bxe6 Qd4+ 53. Kh2 fxe6 54. Qf4 Qb2+ 55. Kg1 Qb1+ 56. Kh2 Qc2+ 57. Kg1 Qd1+ 58. Kh2 Qe2+ 59. Kg1 Qf3 60. Qb8+ Kf7 61. Qxa7+ Kf6 62. Qxb6 Qxg3+ 63. Kh1 Qh3+ 64. Kg1 g3 65. Qd4+ Kf5 66. Qd2 Qh8 67. a4 Qa1+ 68. Kg2 Qxa4 69. Kxg3 Qb3+ 70. Kh4 e3 71. Qd4 Qc2 72. Qg4+ Ke5 73. Qg3+ Kd4 74. Qd6+ Kc3 75. Qc5+ Kd2 76. Qd4+ Qd3 77. Qb2+ Ke1 78. b5 e2 79. Qc1+ Kf2 80. Qf4+ Qf3 81. Qd4+ Kg2 0-1 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.18"] [Round "8"] [White "Radjabov,T"] [Black "Wojtaszek,R"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2734"] [BlackElo "2744"] [EventDate "2015.01.09"] [ECO "B90"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nde2 b5 8. Bg5 Nbd7 9. Nd5 Bb7 10. Nec3 Rc8 11. Nxf6+ Nxf6 12. a4 b4 13. Nd5 Be7 14. Bxf6 Bxf6 15. Nxb4 O-O 16. c3 Bxe4 17. Bxa6 Rc5 18. O-O Ba8 19. Re1 d5 20. Bf1 e4 21. Nc2 Be5 22. Nd4 Bb8 23. g3 Qb6 24. Qe2 Rcc8 25. a5 Qg6 26. Qg4 Qh6 27. h4 Kh8 28. Qg5 Qd6 29. Nf5 Qe5 30. f4 h6 31. Qxh6+ gxh6 32. fxe5 Bxe5 33. Be2 Rb8 34. Ra2 Kh7 35. Rd1 Rb3 36. Kf2 Rfb8 37. Rd2 Kg6 38. Ne7+ Kf6 39. Nxd5+ Bxd5 40. Rxd5 Rxb2 41. Rxb2 Rxb2 42. Ke3 Bxg3 43. a6 Bh2 44. Bc4 Rc2 45. Kxe4 Rxc3 46. Rf5+ Kg7 47. Rxf7+ Kg6 48. Bd5 Bg1 49. Rf1 Bc5 50. Ke5 Ra3 51. Rf6+ Kh5 52. Rf4 Kg6 53. Rg4+ Kh7 54. Be4+ Kh8 55. Rg6 h5 56. Rc6 Bf8 57. Kf6 Kg8 58. Bd5+ Kh7 59. Kf7 1-0



Don't you think Carlsen is a

Don't you think Carlsen is a wrong guy to b2-b3 with? :)

I think the horrors of 1.b3

I think the horrors of 1.b3 are exaggerated. It's more or less a normal opening.
UPD. Haven't understood at once that you ironic :)

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