"Vanya's Preparation Was Strange". Russian Superfinal: Tomashevsky Retains the Lead, but Karjakin is Close on His Heels

Время публикации: 19.08.2015 04:32 | Последнее обновление: 19.08.2015 04:44

In the Russian Championship Superfinal in Chita, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Sergey Karjakin won their games again. With two rounds to go, they are in the first and second place respectively, and their head-to-head battle today will decide a lot, if not everything.


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Evgeny TOMASHEVSKY - Ivan BUKAVSHIN
Russian men's Superfinal 2015, round 9

Slav Defence, Anti-Moscow variation
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.Qc2



Tomashevsky (at the press conference with Sergey Rublevsky): "I've already played 10.Qc2, meeting 10...Nbd7 with 11.Nd2 (he meant his win against Matlakov in the Russian Championship Higher League in Vladivostok 2014 - Ed.). Ivan has prepared a novelty suggested by all engines".
10...Nh5 11.Be5 Rg8 12.h4 Nf4?
"Vanya's preparation was strange, because if I don't react this way, White is perhaps just worse... Maybe he thought I'd play 10.Rd1 transposing to a theoretical line known to be drawish. It's clear that 12...Nf4 shouldn't be the main move here. I think Black has to play 12...g4, and this is just the beginning".
13.hxg5 hxg5 14.Bxf4 gxf4 15.d5!

Tomashevsky: "I remembered for sure that this is almost the end for Black... Okay, maybe I'm overoptimistic, but I had analysed this line for about two weeks two years ago. The only problem was that I didn't repeat exactly this sideline before the game, paying more attention to other tricky variations - in the Anti-Moscow, there are quite a few. But I remembered this position to be extremely dangerous for Black, and also that I had to break through at once. If 15.0-0-0 then Black is in time with 15...Na6, and 16.d5 already doesn't work because of 16...Nb4."
15...Nd7. If 15...Na6 then 16.dxe6 fxe6 17.e5 Qe7 18.0-0-0 (Tomashevsky).
16.0-0-0. The winner isn't sure it was the best. In his opinion, the king might be better situated in the center than on the queenside, since it could hide on f1 in some lines - 16.Rd1!?
16...Qb6 17.dxe6 fxe6 18.Nd4 Nc5. In turn, Black should try to evacuate his king, but he doesn't have time for that due to the following important line shown by Tomashevsky: 18...0-0-0 19.Nxe6 Re8 20.Qd2! Ne5 (the same idea follows after 20...Nf6, while 20...Nc5 is no good because of 21.Nxc5 Bxc5 22.Qxf4 Bxf2 [the point is 22...Qc7 23.Qf5+ with the double attack] 23.Bxg4+ winning the exchange) 21.Qxf4! Rxe6 22.Qf5 c5 23.Nd5 Qc6 24.Nf4, and the e6-rook is lost.
The move chosen by Bukavshin holds everything, but now his king is condemned to stay in the center forever.
19.Bh5+ Ke7 20.Be2!?

White didn't find any forcing ways, so he decided to switch to calm play, retaining strong initiative for a pawn. His plan is to play e4-e5, Kb1, and then "to look for something decisive" (Tomashevsky). In fact, Evgeny was reproaching himself during the press conference for not making best use of the Black's 12...Nf4. According to him, Black should hold this position if he plays with mathematic precision. At the same time, Tomashevsky realized that "the e7-king is a very long-term factor" and Black had to solve many difficult practical problems. For instance, the attempt to simplify the game - 20...Nd3+ 21.Bхd3 Qxd4 - would be refuted by 22.Bxc4! Qxc4 23.Qd2 followed by the queen's invasion with enormous attack.
18 moves later, the leader's strategy proved to be successful - Black wasn't able to repel White's numerous threats without big material losses. (Notes by GM Andrey Deviatkin)

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The Karjakin - Svidler encounter was also decided by preparation. The fight opened with a well-known line of the Ruy Lopez, in which Black opted for a piece sacrifice (also seen in practice more than once) for a couple of pawns and some attack. Then the younger GM used the idea prepared by him long ago - the a1-a3-c3 rook transfer. Svidler failed to find the best response, and after 28.Nh2 Karjakin, according to himself, started to like White's position. Shortly afterwards, it turned out that Black had nearly nothing for the piece.

Another important game of the 9th round was Vladislav Artemiev's neat victory over Dmitry Jakovenko which will be analysed separately.

Standings after 9 rounds: 1. Tomashevsky - 6.5; 2. Karjakin - 6; 3-4. Artemiev, Vitiugov - 5.5 each, etc.

In the women's Superfinal, the central fight Kosteniuk - Goryachkina ended in a draw. Goryachkina has 7/9, Kosteniuk is half a point behind. Anastasiya Bodnaruk is on 5.5.

All material about the Russian Championship Superfinals: men, women

[Event "68th ch-RUS 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.18"] [Round "9.4"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2753"] [BlackElo "2739"] [ECO "C78"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "5.O-O"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. c3 d6 8. a4 Rb8 9. d4 Bb6 10. axb5 axb5 11. Na3 O-O 12. Nxb5 Bg4 13. d5 Ne7 14. Bc2 Qd7 15. c4 Ng6 16. h3 Bxh3 17. gxh3 Qxh3 18. Ng5 Qg3+ 19. Kh1 Qh4+ 20. Kg2 Nf4+ 21. Bxf4 exf4 22. Nf3 Qg4+ 23. Kh1 Rfe8 24. Ra3 Nxe4 25. Bxe4 Rxe4 26. Rc3 Ba5 27. Rc1 Rbe8 28. Nh2 Qh4 29. Nd4 h5 30. Qd3 Qf6 31. Nc6 Bb6 32. b4 f3 33. Qxf3 Rf4 34. Qc3 Qxc3 35. Rxc3 Bxf2 36. Rf3 Rxf3 37. Nxf3 Re2 38. Ng5 f6 39. Ne6 h4 40. Nxc7 Bg3 41. Ne6 Rc2 42. b5 1-0 [Event "68th ch-RUS 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.18"] [Round "9.3"] [White "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Black "Bukavshin, Ivan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2747"] [BlackElo "2655"] [ECO "D43"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Be2 Bb7 10. Qc2 Nh5 11. Be5 Rg8 12. h4 Nf4 13. hxg5 hxg5 14. Bxf4 gxf4 15. d5 Nd7 16. O-O-O Qb6 17. dxe6 fxe6 18. Nd4 Nc5 19. Bh5+ Ke7 20. Be2 Rd8 21. e5 Rg7 22. Nf3 b4 23. Ne4 Rxd1+ 24. Rxd1 c3 25. Nd6 b3 26. axb3 Nxb3+ 27. Kb1 cxb2 28. Bc4 Nc5 29. Nh4 Nd7 30. Ng6+ Kd8 31. Nxb7+ Kc7 32. Nd6 Qa5 33. Ba2 Rxg6 34. Qxg6 Qxe5 35. Ne8+ Kb6 36. Qxe6 Qxe6 37. Bxe6 Nc5 38. Ba2 1-0 [Event "68th ch-RUS 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.18"] [Round "9.2"] [White "Jakovenko, Dmitry"] [Black "Artemiev, Vladislav"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2759"] [BlackElo "2671"] [ECO "B42"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Kan, 5.Bd3"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Ne7 6. O-O Nbc6 7. Nb3 g6 8. c4 Bg7 9. Nc3 O-O 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 g5 12. Bg3 Ne5 13. Be2 N7g6 14. Qd2 b6 15. f3 Bb7 16. Bf2 Nf4 17. Na4 Nxe2+ 18. Qxe2 Nxc4 19. Qxc4 b5 20. Qb4 bxa4 21. Na5 Bc6 22. Nxc6 dxc6 23. Qxa4 Bxb2 24. Rab1 Be5 25. Qxc6 Qd2 26. Qc5 Bf6 27. Qa3 Rfd8 28. Qa4 Rac8 29. Rbd1 Qe2 30. Rxd8+ Rxd8 31. Re1 Qb2 32. Qxa6 Rd2 33. Bg3 h5 34. Qc8+ Kg7 35. Qc1 Qd4+ 36. Kh1 h4 37. Bb8 Qf2 0-1 [Event "68th ch-RUS 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.18"] [Round "9.5"] [White "Vitiugov, Nikita"] [Black "Dubov, Daniil"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2719"] [BlackElo "2654"] [ECO "D17"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "Krause attack"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Nxc4 Nb6 8. Ne5 a5 9. g3 Nfd7 10. Nxd7 Nxd7 11. e4 Bg6 12. f4 e6 13. Bg2 Bb4 14. O-O f6 15. Be3 O-O 16. Na2 Be7 17. Qb3 Bf7 18. Qxb7 c5 19. e5 Rb8 20. Qa7 cxd4 21. Bxd4 fxe5 22. fxe5 Rxb2 23. Rfd1 Rxg2+ 24. Kxg2 Bh5 25. Be3 Bxd1 26. Rxd1 Qc8 27. Qxd7 Qc2+ 28. Kg1 Bg5 29. Bxg5 Qf2+ 30. Kh1 Qf3+ 31. Kg1 Qf2+ 32. Kh1 Qf3+ 33. Kg1 1/2-1/2 [Event "68th ch-RUS 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.18"] [Round "9.6"] [White "Khismatullin, Denis"] [Black "Khairullin, Ildar"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2642"] [BlackElo "2662"] [ECO "E54"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "4.e3, Gligoric system with 7...dc"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. O-O dxc4 8. Bxc4 Nc6 9. a3 Ba5 10. Qd3 Bb6 11. Rd1 cxd4 12. exd4 h6 13. Bf4 Bd7 14. Ne5 Rc8 15. Ba2 Ne7 16. Qh3 Re8 17. Rd3 Ng6 18. Nxg6 fxg6 19. Re1 g5 20. Be5 Qe7 21. Qg3 Rcd8 22. h4 gxh4 23. Qxh4 Nh7 24. Qg4 Bc8 25. Rg3 Ng5 26. Ne4 Bc7 27. Nxg5 hxg5 28. Bb1 1-0 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.18"] [Round "9.1"] [White "Bodnaruk, Anastasia"] [Black "Kashlinskaya, Alina"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2431"] [BlackElo "2441"] [ECO "C02"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "advance, Euwe variation"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. a3 c4 7. g3 Na5 8. Nbd2 Bc6 9. Bg2 Qd7 10. O-O Ne7 11. Ne1 O-O-O 12. b4 cxb3 13. Nd3 Nf5 14. Re1 Ba4 15. Nb2 b5 16. Nxa4 bxa4 17. Bb2 Be7 18. c4 Kb8 19. Qf3 Bg5 20. cxd5 exd5 21. Ne4 dxe4 22. Rxe4 Nb7 23. d5 Ne7 24. d6 Nc8 25. Rc4 Nb6 26. Rc7 Na5 27. Rxd7 Rxd7 28. Bd4 Nac4 29. Re1 b2 30. Bxb2 Nxb2 31. Rb1 1-0 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.18"] [Round "9.2"] [White "Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina"] [Black "Savina, Anastasia"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2453"] [BlackElo "2429"] [ECO "C47"] [Opening "Four knights"] [Variation "Scotch, 4...exd4"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8. exd5 cxd5 9. O-O O-O 10. Bg5 c6 11. Qf3 h6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Qxf6 gxf6 14. Ne2 Bd6 15. Rad1 Bg4 16. h3 Bxe2 17. Bxe2 Be5 18. b3 Bc3 19. Rd3 d4 20. Rg3+ Kh8 21. Rf3 Kg7 22. Rg3+ Kh8 23. Rf3 Kg7 24. Rg3+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.18"] [Round "9.3"] [White "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"] [Black "Goryachkina, Aleksandra"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2526"] [BlackElo "2474"] [ECO "A35"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical variation"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 g6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Nc2 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 Nf6 8. Nb4 O-O 9. Nd5 b6 10. Ba3 d6 11. Nxf6+ exf6 12. Qxd6 Qxd6 13. Bxd6 Re8 14. e3 Bb7 15. Rb1 Re6 16. c5 Na5 17. Bc7 Bd5 18. Rb5 Bc6 19. Rb2 Bd5 20. Rd2 Bc4 21. cxb6 axb6 22. Bg3 Kg7 23. Be2 Bxe2 24. Kxe2 Rc6 25. Rd3 Nc4 26. Ra1 Ra3 27. Kf3 Ne5+ 28. Bxe5 fxe5 29. Ke2 Rcxc3 30. Rd2 Rc5 31. Rb1 Rca5 32. Rbb2 h5 33. Kd1 b5 34. Kc1 b4 35. e4 Kf6 36. Kb1 Rb5 37. Rd6+ Ke7 38. Rc6 b3 39. axb3 Raxb3 40. Rxb3 Rxb3+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.18"] [Round "9.4"] [White "Lagno, Kateryna"] [Black "Girya, Olga"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2530"] [BlackElo "2487"] [ECO "B17"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "Steinitz variation"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Ng5 Ngf6 6. Bd3 e6 7. N1f3 Bd6 8. Qe2 h6 9. Ne4 Nxe4 10. Qxe4 Qc7 11. O-O b6 12. Qg4 Kf8 13. b3 Bb7 14. Bb2 Nf6 15. Qh3 Nd5 16. g3 c5 17. dxc5 Bxc5 18. Ne5 Nf6 19. Rae1 Rd8 20. Bg6 Ba8 21. Nxf7 Qb7 22. Be4 Qxf7 23. Bxa8 Rxa8 24. Bxf6 Qxf6 25. Rxe6 Qf7 26. Qg2 Rd8 27. Qe4 Kg8 28. c3 Rd2 29. b4 Rxf2 0-1 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.18"] [Round "9.5"] [White "Ovod, Evgenija"] [Black "Gunina, Valentina"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2327"] [BlackElo "2531"] [ECO "D10"] [Opening "QGD Slav defence"] [Variation "exchange variation"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Bf4 e6 7. e3 Be7 8. h3 O-O 9. Bd3 Bd7 10. O-O Be8 11. Rc1 Rc8 12. Ne5 a6 13. Bb1 b5 14. Qd3 b4 15. Ng4 g6 16. Nxf6+ Bxf6 17. Ne2 a5 18. Bh6 Bg7 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Rc5 Nb8 21. Rfc1 Rxc5 22. Rxc5 Qb6 23. Qd2 Na6 24. Rc1 Bb5 25. Nf4 Rb8 26. Bd3 Nc7 27. Rc5 Bxd3 28. Nxd3 Ne8 29. Ne5 Rb7 30. Qc2 Nd6 31. Qa4 Ne4 32. Rxa5 Rc7 33. Nd3 Rc4 34. Ra7 Qd8 35. Ne5 Rc7 36. Rxc7 Qxc7 37. Qd7 Qxd7 38. Nxd7 Nd2 39. Nc5 Kf6 40. b3 e5 41. Nd7+ 1-0 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.18"] [Round "9.6"] [White "Guseva, Marina"] [Black "Pogonina, Natalija"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2431"] [BlackElo "2460"] [ECO "E32"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "classical variation"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. Nf3 b6 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. Qxc3 Bb7 8. g3 d6 9. Bg2 Nbd7 10. O-O Be4 11. Rd1 Qe7 12. b4 c6 13. Bd2 Rfe8 14. Qb2 Rac8 15. a4 a6 16. Rdc1 h6 17. Ra3 Qf8 18. h3 e5 19. dxe5 dxe5 20. Re3 Qd6 21. Bc3 Qc7 22. Rd1 b5 23. axb5 axb5 24. c5 Bxf3 25. Rxf3 e4 26. Rf5 Re6 27. g4 Rce8 28. g5 hxg5 29. e3 g4 30. hxg4 Nxg4 31. Rg5 Qh2+ 32. Kf1 Ndf6 33. Bxf6 Nxf6 34. Rg3 Qh5 35. Ra1 Rd8 36. Bxe4 Ng4 37. Bf3 Rg6 38. Ke2 Qf5 39. Qb1 Qe6 40. Qc2 Nxe3 41. Rxg6 Nxc2+ 42. Rxe6 fxe6 43. Rb1 Nd4+ 44. Ke3 Nf5+ 45. Kf4 Ne7 46. Ke5 Kf7 47. Be4 Nd5 48. f3 Rd7 49. Rb2 Ke7 50. Rb1 Kf7 1/2-1/2 


  


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