Magnus The Unstoppable

Время публикации: 20.01.2015 22:20 | Последнее обновление: 24.01.2015 11:18
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'I just need to get some playable positions' (AUDIO)

Perhaps our reports on the Tata Steel tournament taking place in Wijk aan Zee are becoming slightly monotonous, but, on the other hand, how can this be avoided if one of the players keeps crushing his opponents? In round 9, Magnus Carlsen, who had had a poor start with 1 point out of 3, has scored his 6th victory in a row and reinforced his sole lead with 7/9. His today's win over Teimour Radjabov reminds of the best games by young Anatoly Karpov, in which the latter outplayed his opponents in Ruy Lopez with computer precision (even though the term didn't exist back then).

In 21th century, the opening fashion has changed: at the top level, Black plays 3...Nf6 far more often than 3...a6, getting either the 'Berlin Wall' or Anti-Berlin, as today.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.0-0 d6. Although this line might look calm, the latest games show that Black faces unpleasant and sometimes very concrete problems - the most famous example is perhaps the second game of the World championship match in Sochi where Magnus defeated Anand convincingly after 6.Re1!?. This time, he chose 6.Nbd2.

Black can keep his pawn structure undamaged by 5...Nd4, but then he has to waste some time for securing his dark-squared bishop. So, 5...Nd4 also has its drawbacks, as demonstrated in the previous round by the Vachier-Lagrave - Giri game, or, for instance, by the Van Kampen - Sevian encounter from the 1st round of the B-tournament.

There is little doubt that both the lines have been analysed thoroughly by Carlsen and his team, as Magnus admitted to have prepared for the Sochi match together with Michael Adams who is an expert of this opening wth both colours.

CARLSEN - RADJABOV

Nevertheless, it'd be interesting to know what was prepared by Carlsen on 6...Bd7!?. By the way, the same option had been mentioned in our analysis of the 2nd game of the match mentioned above.

The world champion gave the short interview for our website in which he describes the game as 'slightly confusing': 'I think neither of us really understood what was going on strategically, but then, towards the end, I managed to seize the initiative both on time and on the board...'

25...Red8? Carlsen says this is the crucial mistake: 'I think he should have played 25...g6, not to allow me to keep my knight on h5, and then the position is okay for him, I think. Maybe we could have done something differently at many points earlier, but that was the decisive moment'.
Aftert 25...g6! 26.Ng3 Ne6 Black, who has been trying to bring his knight to d4 for many moves, is ready to do that at last, solving most of the problems. However, White could think of tactical ways to disallow this plan - for instance: 27.Qh4, and then:
27...h5 28.Nxh5!? gxh5 29.Qxh5+ Kg8 30.Bh6;
27...Qg7 28.Bxh6!? Qxh6 29.Rd7+ Ng7 30.Qxf6.
There is no instant mating attack in both lines, but White's positional compensation is more than sufficient: the knight wouldn't come to d4 anymore, the black king is very weak, while the b6-thing is looking rather like a big pawn than the bishop.

Nevertheless, after 26.Qf5+! Kh8 27.f4! White's positional advantage became decisive without any sacrifices. The rest of the game was played by Magnus immaculately.
27...Rxd1 28.Rxd1 exf4 29.Bxf4 Qe6 30.Rd3! Re8

31.Nxg7! Kxg7 32.Qh5 Nh7 33.Bxh6+ Kh8 34.Qg6 Qg8 (34...Rg8 35.Rd8) 35.Bg7+ Qxg7 36.Qxe8+ Qf8 37.Qe6 Qh6 38.e5 Qc1+ 39.Kh2 Qf4+ 40.Rg3 1-0 (Annotated by GM Andrey Deviatkin)

Carlsen: 'Do I think about my winning series during my preparation? Not particularly. As I'm playing okay, I just need to get some playable positions and I'm managing to do that'.

The full commentary by Magnus Carlsen can be heard in the audio player at the top of the page.

Standings after 9 rounds: 1. Carlsen - 7 points; 2-3. So, Vachier-Lagrave - 6; 4-5. Ivanchuk, Ding Liren - 5.5, etc. The next, 10th round will be played in The Hague (beginning at 13:00 GMT); the key games will be Ivanchuk - Carlsen and Ding Liren - So.

Everything about the Tata Steel A-tournament

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.20"] [Round "9.4"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2862"] [BlackElo "2734"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8. h3 h6 9. Re1 Re8 10. Nf1 a5 11. Ng3 Rb8 12. b3 Bb4 13. Bd2 Ra8 14. c3 Bc5 15. d4 Bb6 16. dxe5 dxe5 17. c4 Nh7 18. Qe2 Nf8 19. Be3 c5 20. Rad1 Qf6 21. Nh5 Qe7 22. Nh2 Kh7 23. Qf3 f6 24. Ng4 Bxg4 25. Qxg4 Red8 26. Qf5+ Kh8 27. f4 Rxd1 28. Rxd1 exf4 29. Bxf4 Qe6 30. Rd3 Re8 31. Nxg7 Kxg7 32. Qh5 Nh7 33. Bxh6+ Kh8 34. Qg6 Qg8 35. Bg7+ Qxg7 36. Qxe8+ Qf8 37. Qe6 Qh6 38. e5 Qc1+ 39. Kh2 Qf4+ 40. Rg3 1-0 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.20"] [Round "9.1"] [White "Saric, Ivan"] [Black "Van Wely, Loek"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2666"] [BlackElo "2667"] [ECO "B07"] [Opening "Pirc defence"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 Bg7 5. Qd2 c6 6. Nf3 O-O 7. h3 b5 8. Bd3 Nbd7 9. O-O Qc7 10. Ne2 e5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Nxe5 dxe5 13. a4 Be6 14. axb5 cxb5 15. Qa5 Rfc8 16. Qxc7 Rxc7 17. Nc3 Bc4 18. Ra5 Bxd3 19. cxd3 b4 20. Na2 Bf8 21. Rc1 Rd7 22. Rc6 Nh5 23. Nc1 Ng7 24. Kf1 Ne6 25. Ke2 Bh6 26. Rc4 Bf8 27. g3 h5 28. b3 Bd6 29. Na2 Rad8 30. Nxb4 Bxb4 31. Rxb4 Rxd3 32. Rxe5 a6 33. Ra5 R3d6 34. Kf1 Kg7 35. Rb7 Nd4 36. Bf4 R6d7 37. Rb6 Nf3 38. g4 Rd1+ 39. Kg2 R8d3 40. Be3 Ne1+ 41. Kg3 h4+ 42. Kxh4 Ng2+ 43. Kg5 Nxe3 44. fxe3 Rxe3 45. e5 Rxh3 46. Rbxa6 Re1 47. Rf6 Rhe3 48. Kf4 Re4+ 49. Kf3 R1e3+ 50. Kf2 Rxb3 51. Ra7 Kh6 52. Raxf7 Rxe5 53. Rc6 Re4 54. g5+ Kh5 55. Rf3 Rb2+ 56. Kf1 Rh4 57. Rf2 Rh1+ 58. Kg2 Rbb1 59. Kg3 Rh4 60. Rc5 Rg1+ 61. Kf3 Rh3+ 62. Ke2 Ra1 63. Rc8 Rg3 64. Rc5 Kg4 65. Rd5 Rb3 66. Rg2+ Kh3 67. Rf2 Kg4 68. Rg2+ Kh3 69. Rf2 Kh4 70. Rf4+ Kh5 71. Rf2 Rg3 72. Rh2+ Kg4 73. Rf2 Rgg1 74. Ke3 Ra3+ 75. Ke2 Kg3 76. Rd2 Rh1 77. Rc2 Rh8 78. Kf1 Rh1+ 79. Ke2 Rh8 80. Kf1 Ra1+ 81. Ke2 Re8+ 82. Kd3 Rd1+ 83. Kc3 Rc8+ 84. Kb2 Rxc2+ 85. Kxc2 Rd5 86. Rf6 Rxg5 87. Kd3 Rg4 88. Ke3 g5 89. Rg6 Kg2 90. Rg7 Rg3+ 91. Ke4 g4 92. Rg5 1/2-1/2 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.20"] [Round "9.2"] [White "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vasil"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2744"] [BlackElo "2715"] [ECO "E11"] [Opening "Bogo-Indian defence, Gruenfeld variation"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Nbd2 a5 5. a3 Be7 6. e4 d5 7. e5 Nfd7 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Nb1 Nb6 10. Nc3 Nc6 11. h3 Bf5 12. Bd3 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 a4 14. O-O O-O 15. Re1 Qd7 16. Bg5 Nd8 17. Bxe7 Qxe7 18. Nh2 Ne6 19. Ng4 Qg5 20. Re3 Qg6 21. Qd1 Kh8 22. Rg3 Qh5 23. Qd3 Qg6 24. Qd1 Qh5 25. Qd3 c6 26. Ne3 f5 27. exf6 gxf6 28. Nf5 Nc4 29. Qc2 b5 30. Rg4 Rae8 31. Ne2 Qf7 32. Neg3 Qd7 33. Re1 Nc7 34. Rxe8 Nxe8 35. Qc1 Rg8 36. Rh4 Rg5 1/2-1/2 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.20"] [Round "9.3"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Ding Liren"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2784"] [BlackElo "2732"] [ECO "E92"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "Petrosian system, Stein variation"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. c4 g6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. d5 a5 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 Na6 10. Nd2 Bd7 11. O-O Qe8 12. b3 Nh7 13. f3 h5 14. a3 Bh6 15. Rb1 Nc5 16. Qc2 f5 17. b4 axb4 18. axb4 Na4 19. Nd1 g5 20. Bf2 g4 21. fxg4 Bxd2 22. Qxd2 f4 23. gxh5 Ng5 24. Bh4 Nxe4 25. Qc2 Bf5 26. g4 Ng3 27. gxf5 Nxf1 28. Kxf1 e4 29. f6 Kh8 30. Nf2 f3 31. Bd1 Qxh5 32. Qxe4 Nc3 33. Qd4 Rf7 34. Qxc3 Qxh4 35. Bxf3 Ra2 36. Rb2 Rxb2 37. Qxb2 Qxf6 38. Qxf6+ Rxf6 39. Kg2 Rf8 40. b5 Kg7 41. Ne4 b6 42. h4 Ra8 43. h5 Ra2+ 44. Kf1 Kh6 45. Be2 Ra8 46. Kf2 Rf8+ 47. Ke3 Rf7 48. Bf3 Rf8 49. Kf2 Ra8 50. Be2 Ra3 51. Nf6 Ra8 52. Ke3 Rf8 53. Ne4 Ra8 54. Kf4 Rf8+ 55. Kg3 Ra8 56. Nf2 Ra2 57. Bd1 Rb2 58. Ne4 Rb1 59. Be2 Rb2 60. Kf2 Ra2 61. Ke3 Ra8 62. Bg4 Ra4 63. Kf4 Rxc4 64. Bd7 Kxh5 65. Kf5 Kh6 66. Bc6 Kg7 67. Ng5 Rh4 68. Ke6 Kg6 69. Nf3 Rf4 70. Nd2 Kg5 71. Ke7 Rf5 72. Ne4+ Kf4 73. Nf6 Ke5 74. Nd7+ Kd4 75. Kd8 1-0 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.20"] [Round "9.5"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2762"] [BlackElo "2757"] [ECO "D86"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "exchange, classical variation"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 c5 8. Ne2 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O b6 11. dxc5 Qc7 12. Nd4 Ne5 13. Nb5 Qb8 14. Be2 bxc5 15. f4 Ng4 16. Bxc5 a6 17. Na3 Qc7 18. Bd4 e5 19. fxe5 Nxe5 20. Qc1 Bg4 21. Bxg4 Nxg4 22. Qf4 Qxf4 23. Rxf4 Ne5 24. Rb1 Rac8 25. h3 Rfd8 26. Rff1 Nd3 27. Rb7 Nc5 28. Re7 Bf8 29. Bxc5 Rxc5 30. Rexf7 Rxc3 31. Nb1 Rc2 32. Kh1 Bg7 33. Na3 Rxa2 34. Nc4 Rf8 35. Rxf8+ Bxf8 36. e5 Bc5 37. g4 Rc2 38. Nd6 Re2 39. Ra1 Rxe5 40. Nb7 Be7 41. Rxa6 Kg7 42. Nd6 Bxd6 43. Rxd6 1/2-1/2 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.20"] [Round "9.6"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Hou Yifan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2820"] [BlackElo "2673"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Adams attack"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nde2 h5 8. g3 Be7 9. Bg2 b5 10. Nd5 Nbd7 11. Nxe7 Qxe7 12. Bg5 Bb7 13. Nc3 Qe6 14. a3 O-O 15. O-O Rfc8 16. Re1 Rab8 17. Re2 Nb6 18. Qe1 Nc4 19. Bc1 Nb6 20. b3 Nbd7 21. h4 d5 22. exd5 Nxd5 23. Ne4 N5f6 24. Nxf6+ Qxf6 25. Bg5 Qf5 26. Bxb7 Rxb7 27. Qa5 Rbc7 28. Qxa6 Rxc2 29. Be3 Nf6 30. Qxb5 Ng4 31. Rf1 Rxe2 32. Qxe2 Rc2 33. Qd1 Rb2 34. Bc5 e4 35. Bd4 Ra2 36. a4 Kh7 37. b4 Ra3 38. a5 Rf3 39. Qb1 Rd3 40. Qb2 Qd5 41. Bc5 Ne5 42. Be3 Nf3+ 43. Kg2 f5 44. Rc1 f4 45. Rc7 Nxh4+ 46. gxh4 f3+ 47. Kg3 Qd6+ 48. Bf4 Qg6+ 49. Bg5 Qd6+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.20"] [Round "9.7"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Jobava, Baadur"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2797"] [BlackElo "2727"] [ECO "A56"] [Opening "Benoni defence"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e4 O-O 6. Bd3 e6 7. h3 exd5 8. exd5 a6 9. a4 a5 10. Nge2 Na6 11. Bg5 Nb4 12. Bb1 b6 13. O-O Ba6 14. Nb5 h6 15. Bc1 Bxb5 16. axb5 Ne8 17. Ra3 Nd6 18. Rg3 Nxc4 19. Nf4 Ne5 20. Nh5 Qh4 21. Nxg7 Kxg7 22. Re1 d6 23. Re4 Qd8 24. Qh5 1-0 


  


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