Electronically Tested. Tata Steel Chess: Anish Giri Gets Closer to Leaders

Время публикации: 22.01.2015 08:39 | Последнее обновление: 24.01.2015 11:18

While the central game of the 10th round, Ivanchuk - Carlsen, has ended in a short bloodless draw by repetition, the most spectacular encounter was probably a very sharp draw between Ding Liren and Wesley So. The problem is that it's a really thankless task to analyse it thoroughly, as Wesley So has obviously seen the final position at home. Moreover, the same might possibly be said about his opponent (as Magnus has suggested on air).

The players in the Hague where the 10th round has been held (pictorial report by Evgeny Surov to follow soon)

Quite a similar (although not identical) scenario could be observed in two more games of the 10th round, namely Vachier-Lagrave - Wojtaszek and Saric - Giri. Yet, we would like to pay a bit of attention to the latter. Some twenty years ago, if a children's coach (at least here in Russia - CN) saw something like that in his own student's game, his best adv ise to the student would probably be to give up chess. Since then, everything has changed completely: 'electronically tested' means playable, however weird might a line look.


Apart from White's obvious advantage in development, Black has just played 8...h7-h5. How come there is no refutation? Well, try to argue with Stockfish that has 8...h5 on its first line. An interesting remark was made by Carlsen on the air: 'It's not as stupid as it seems' which says a lot about the position.
9.f4 h4 10.Qh3 Nc4 11.Bxc4 Qxc4 12.O-O-O. Even better now. Black has only his queen jumped out, compared to 5 white pieces, 4 of which are centralized.
b5 13.f5 Bb7 14.Rhf1 e5 15.Nb3 Qc7 16.Bg5 Rc8 17.Rf2. Black's threat of 17...b4 could be ignored: 17.f6! (17...b4 18.fxg7 Bxg7 19.Rxf7! bxc3 20.Rdxd7 cxb2+ 21.Kxb2 Qxc2+ 22. Ka3), but the computer just laughs: 17...gxf6 18.Bxf6 Nxf6 19.Rxf6 b4 20.Rxf7 bxc3 21.Rdxd7 (21.Rdxd7 Qb6! is only 0.00) 21...cxb2+ 22.Kxb2 Qxc2+ 23.Ka1 Rh6! 24.Qf3 Qc3+ 25.Qxc3 Rxc3 26.Rxb7 Ba3! with the same 0.00.
17...Be7 18.Bxe7 Kxe7! 19.Rfd2 Nf6

The g8-knight comes into the game at last, protecting the d7-pawn at the same time, and Black's position finally starts looking more or less normal. From the remainder of the game, one can conclude that Giri's preparation was still far from over.
20.a3 Rh6 (preparing the artificial castling; 20...Kf8? 21.g4) 21.Qe3 Kf8 22.Kb1 Kg8 23.Rg1 Ng4 24.Qf3 Qb6 25.Re1 Nf6 26.g4?! Since no refutation has been found, White had already to think about equality - 26.Qe3=.
26...hxg3 27.Qxg3 (27.hxg3 a5! followed by b5-b4 is also better for Black) 27...d6 28.Rg2 Rh7. Mysteriously, the h5 and Rh6 development has appeared to be better than normal castling.
29.Qg5 Kf8 30.Qd2

By this move, White admits that his attack has failed, yet it wasn't necessary to blunder a typical combination.
30...Rxc3! 31.Qxc3 Nxe4 32.Qd3?! The lesser evil is 32.Qb4! Nc3+ 33.bxc3 Bxg2 34.Rxe5 Rxh2 35.Re1, although Black's advantage is apparent here as well.
32...Nc3+ 33.Qxc3 Bxg2 34.Qc8+ Ke7 35.Qg8 Qf2! 36.Rd1 Be4 37.Rd2 Qg1+ 38.Ka2 Bxf5

Black has got two pawns up and a better position, while his king is protected well enough by the multiple pawns. The only thing Black needs is minimal accuracy.
39.Qb8 Rh6 40.Rd5 Bd7 41.Qb7 Qg4 (defending from 41...Nc5) 42.Na5 Kf6! 43.b3 (43.Rxd6+ Be6+) 43...Rxh2 44.Rxd6+ Be6. Trying to create attacking threats desperately, White forgot about his own king, and the game is over.
45.Kb2 Qf4 46.Nc6 Rh1 47.Qe7+ Kf5 0-1 An impressive game. But how many really difficult decisions had to be found by Giri over the board? That's the question.
P.S. On the air, Magnus mentioned that he would watch 'computer-computer' chess games only if really bored. Then, what about such encounters as Ding Liren - So, or, to significant extent, this one, when the well-prepared players just repeat strong computer lines found at home? Is there big difference between 'computer-computer' games and the ones where the same computer moves are just reproduced by human players?(Annotated by GM Andrey Deviatkin)

The second victory in a row allows Anish Giri to join the fight for the highest places, at last. He has 6 points out of 10, same as Ivanchuk, Caruana (who has inflicted another defeat to Jobava), and Ding Liren. Wesley So and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are tied for the 2nd place with 6.5 points, while the leader is, of course, Magnus Carlsen (7.5).

After the round in the Hague, today is the last day-off in the tournament. The 11th round will be played in Wijk aan Zee again, on January 23rd (12:30 GMT).
Tata Steel main tournament: all the information

All the games of the 10th round can be found below.

 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.21"] [Round "10.1"] [White "Ivanchuk, Vasil"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2715"] [BlackElo "2862"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 O-O 8. Rc1 dxc4 9. Bxc4 c5 10. O-O cxd4 11. Nxd4 Bd7 12. Qb3 Nc6 13. Nxc6 Bxc3 14. Rxc3 Bxc6 15. Bb5 Bd5 16. Bc4 Bc6 17. Bb5 Bd5 18. Bc4 1/2-1/2 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.21"] [Round "10.2"] [White "Ding Liren"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2732"] [BlackElo "2762"] [ECO "D31"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Charousek (Petrosian) variation"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 c6 6. e3 Bf5 7. g4 Be6 8. h4 Bxh4 9. Qb3 g5 10. Be5 f6 11. Bh2 Bxg4 12. Qxb7 Qe7 13. Qxa8 Qxe3+ 14. Be2 Bxf2+ 15. Kf1 Bh4 16. Qxb8+ Kf7 17. Nd1 Bxe2+ 18. Nxe2 Qf3+ 19. Kg1 Qxe2 20. Bg3 Qg4 21. Kg2 Qe4+ 22. Kg1 Qg4 23. Kg2 Qe4+ 24. Kg1 Qg4 1/2-1/2 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.21"] [Round "10.3"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2757"] [BlackElo "2744"] [ECO "A18"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Mikenas-Carls, Flohr variation"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 d5 4. e5 d4 5. exf6 dxc3 6. bxc3 Qxf6 7. d4 e5 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. Bg5 Qg6 10. d5 Nb8 11. h4 h6 12. Be3 Nd7 13. Qa4 Kd8 14. d6 Bxd6 15. O-O-O b6 16. Bd3 f5 17. g4 Qxg4 18. Qc6 Rb8 19. Rhg1 Bb7 20. Qxd7+ Kxd7 21. Nxe5+ Bxe5 22. Bxf5+ Ke7 23. Rd7+ Ke8 24. Bxg4 Rd8 25. f4 Rxd7 26. Bxd7+ Kxd7 27. fxe5 Rh7 28. c5 Ke6 29. Rg4 Kxe5 30. Ra4 a6 31. cxb6 cxb6 32. Bxb6 1/2-1/2 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.21"] [Round "10.4"] [White "Saric, Ivan"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2666"] [BlackElo "2784"] [ECO "B48"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Taimanov variation"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qf3 Ne5 8. Qg3 h5 9. f4 h4 10. Qh3 Nc4 11. Bxc4 Qxc4 12. O-O-O b5 13. f5 Bb7 14. Rhf1 e5 15. Nb3 Qc7 16. Bg5 Rc8 17. Rf2 Be7 18. Bxe7 Kxe7 19. Rfd2 Nf6 20. a3 Rh6 21. Qe3 Kf8 22. Kb1 Kg8 23. Rg1 Ng4 24. Qf3 Qb6 25. Re1 Nf6 26. g4 hxg3 27. Qxg3 d6 28. Rg2 Rh7 29. Qg5 Kf8 30. Qd2 Rxc3 31. Qxc3 Nxe4 32. Qd3 Nc3+ 33. Qxc3 Bxg2 34. Qc8+ Ke7 35. Qg8 Qf2 36. Rd1 Be4 37. Rd2 Qg1+ 38. Ka2 Bxf5 39. Qb8 Rh6 40. Rd5 Bd7 41. Qb7 Qg4 42. Na5 Kf6 43. b3 Rxh2 44. Rxd6+ Be6 45. Kb2 Qf4 46. Nc6 Rh1 47. Qe7+ Kf5 0-1 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.21"] [Round "10.5"] [White "Jobava, Baadur"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2727"] [BlackElo "2820"] [ECO "A45"] [Opening "Queen's pawn game"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bf4 e6 4. e3 Bb4 5. Ne2 O-O 6. a3 Bd6 7. g3 b6 8. Bg2 Bb7 9. O-O c5 10. Re1 Be7 11. h3 Nc6 12. g4 Rc8 13. Qd2 a6 14. dxc5 bxc5 15. Rad1 Qa5 16. Nc1 c4 17. N1e2 Rfd8 18. Nd4 Qb6 19. Qc1 Nd7 20. g5 Bf8 21. h4 g6 22. h5 Bg7 23. hxg6 hxg6 24. Nf3 Nc5 25. Nh2 e5 26. Bg3 Ne7 27. Ng4 e4 28. f4 Nf5 29. Bf2 Rb8 30. Rd2 Qe6 31. Bh3 Qc6 32. Bg2 Qe6 33. Red1 Nh4 34. Bh3 Nf3+ 35. Kg2 Qd6 36. Rxd5 Bxd5 37. Rxd5 Qb6 38. Rxc5 Qxc5 39. Nxe4 Qc6 40. Nef6+ Bxf6 41. Nxf6+ Kg7 42. e4 Nd2 43. Bg4 c3 44. b4 Rd6 45. Qe1 Rbd8 46. Qh1 Rxf6 47. Qh6+ Kg8 48. gxf6 Qxf6 49. Bh4 Qd4 50. Bxd8 Qxe4+ 51. Kg3 Qe1+ 52. Kg2 Qf1+ 53. Kh2 Qf2+ 54. Kh1 Nf1 0-1 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.21"] [Round "10.6"] [White "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2734"] [BlackElo "2797"] [ECO "C89"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Marshall counter-attack, 11...c6"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d3 Bd6 13. Re1 Bf5 14. Qf3 Qh4 15. g3 Qh3 16. Nd2 Rae8 17. Ne4 Bg4 18. Qg2 Qxg2+ 19. Kxg2 f5 20. h3 Bh5 21. Bf4 Bxf4 22. gxf4 fxe4 23. dxe4 Bf3+ 24. Kxf3 Rxf4+ 25. Kg3 Rfxe4 26. Rxe4 Rxe4 27. f3 Re5 28. c4 bxc4 29. Bxc4 a5 30. Rc1 Rg5+ 31. Kf2 Kf8 32. Bd3 Nb4 33. Bxh7 g6 34. Rd1 Nxa2 35. Ra1 Nb4 36. h4 Rh5 37. Bxg6 Rxh4 38. Kg3 Rd4 39. Rxa5 Rd2 40. b3 Rb2 41. Ra3 Kg7 42. Be4 Kf6 43. Kf4 Ke6 44. Ke3 Nc2+ 45. Bxc2 Rxc2 46. Kd4 Rd2+ 47. Kc5 Rc2+ 48. Kb6 Rc3 49. f4 Kd6 50. f5 Rf3 51. f6 Rxf6 52. b4 Kd5 53. Ra5+ Kc4 54. Rc5+ Kxb4 55. Rxc6 Rxc6+ 56. Kxc6 1/2-1/2 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.21"] [Round "10.7"] [White "Van Wely, Loek"] [Black "Hou Yifan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2667"] [BlackElo "2673"] [ECO "B31"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (with ...g6, without ...d6)"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. O-O Bg7 6. Re1 Nf6 7. e5 Nd5 8. c4 Nc7 9. d4 cxd4 10. Qxd4 O-O 11. Qh4 f6 12. Nc3 Ne6 13. Ne4 fxe5 14. Nfg5 Nxg5 15. Bxg5 Qb6 16. c5 Qxb2 17. Rad1 d5 18. cxd6 exd6 19. Rxd6 Bf5 20. Nf6+ Bxf6 21. Bxf6 Rab8 22. Qc4+ Rf7 23. Red1 Qb1 24. h3 1-0 


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