Caruana Seizes the Lead in Tata Steel Chess Masters

Время публикации: 19.01.2016 14:26 | Последнее обновление: 19.01.2016 17:31

While the most exciting battle of the 3rd round happened between Navara and Giri

The third round of the Tata Steel Chess Masters in Wijk aan Zee was, unlike the day before, very spectacular (as well as the 1st one) despite only two decisive games. Its most exciting game was the duel between David Navara and Anish Giri.

After the battle, the GMs analysed the consequences of White's inspired cascade of sacrifices for a long time, while Anish Giri, who managed to survive it, shared his impressions with our website. The excerpts are given below.


"Here I could opt for 18...h6 to avoid all those sacrifices, and my position would likely remain a decent one. However, I decided to do without it, as everything seemed to be solid. It was too optimistic. On the other hand, after...
18...Qb7 19.Bc5 Re8 I'm not obliged to see 20.f5!! exf5 21.Rxf5! in every game! So I can't blame myself too much".
21...gxf5 22.Bh5 Bd5 23.Rxd5 Qxd5 24.Bxf7+ Qxf7 25.Nxf7 Kxf7

26...Kg6 "I calculated 26...Re6 27.Qd5 Nc6 28.Qd7+ Ne7 29.Bxe7 Rxe7 supposing it to be OK, but here 30.Qd5+ wins for White".
27.Qg3+ Kf7 28.Qb3+ Kg6 29.Qg3+ Kf7 30.Qf3 Nd7 31.Qd5+ Kg6 32.Qc6+ Nf6 "I thought I was making the only moves, but it turned out that Black had another defence: 32...Bf6! The point is that after 33.Bd4 Rad8 34.exf6 Ne5 35.Bxe5 Black has an intermediate check 35...Rd1+! (35...Rxe5 loses due to 36.f7+! Kg7 37.f8Q+!) 36.Kf2 Rxe5 with equality".
33.exf6 Rac8 34.Qxa6 Ra8 35.f7+ Kxf7 36.Qxb5 Rad8 37.Qb3+ Kg6

38.Qg3+ In the postmortem, the players agreed that White could have posed serious problems by 38.h4! Yet: "In general, I was being quite optimistic about the outcome because David started to spend a lot of time. It was visible that the genuis part of the game was over and White had to switch to routine technical play which isn't his best skill. However, I wouldn't be surprised if he defeated me". (Giri)
38...Kf7 39.Qb3+ Kg6 40.Bd6 Bxb2 41.Qxb2 Rxd6 42.h3 Ra6 1/2

The coach Vladimir Tukmakov secures Anish's good mood

When the Chess-News reporter Andrey Deviatkin finished talking to Giri and returned to watching the broadcast, first he couldn't believed his eyes. Mamedyarov - Eljanov 0-1! From the very first opening moves, Shakhriyar's advantage looked pretty serious, later it transformed into a technical win, but... That's what happened in the end.


White is two pawns up, although some precision is still required, as the Black heavy pieces are active and centralised.
37.Qg5? The prelude. Instead, 37.Rb6 was winning: 37...Rd4 (37...Qxc4? 38.Rb7; 37...Rd1 38.Rb8+! [not 38.Rxe6? Qd4=] 38...Kf7 39.Qg5 and White mates quickly by Qh5+ and Qh7+] 38.Rxe6 Qxf4 39.c5! etc.
37...Rc8? After 37...Qxb1 38.Qxd8+ Kh7 39.Qh4+ Kg8! the queen endgame is not so simple, as 40.Qe7 is met by 40...Qe4! 41.Qxe6+ Kh7 and the f4-pawn is unprotectable. If 40.Qf2 then 40...a3 threatening 41...Qb2 and it's not so easy for White to find a clear winning path.
38.c5??? This move needs no comment: Mamedyarov forgot that his rook was under attack. Both 38.Rb6 and 38.Rd1were resignable for Black.
38...Qxb1 0–1

All photos by Andrey Deviatkin

"I think he played brilliantly before that horrific blunder," said Eljanov afterwards. "I didn't believe that I could just take a rook. I thought, did this position really happen? For me it wasn't really pleasant either."

The longest game of the round was Fabiano Caruana - Michael Adams. Fabiano improved his classical score against the Englishmen a bit, making it -6,+3,=5. This victory also made his the sole tournament leader with 2.5 our of 3, although there's no need to add that the 10 remaining rounds can turn everything upside down.

One could suppose that the most experienced participant has been let down by his current physical shape in both of his lost games. Staying fit is a crucial factor in 6-hours fights against much younger opponents of equal chess level. Against Caruana, Michael was doing quite well prior to the first time control, but then he lost the thread.


The position after move 21 was looking fine for Black:

After several inaccuracies by Black (for example, 30...Ng8? instead of 30...Rxg3! 31.hxg3 Ng8 followed by h7-h5; if 31.Kxg3 then 31...Qg6+) it has deteriorated. That's what was on the board after the first time control:

It revived the memories about the famous Reshevsky - Capablanca game (Margate 1935) won by White:

And the final position makes a sharp contrast with what we've seen on move 21, as it was a total disaster for Black:


Loek van Wely - Tomashevsky and the Chinese duel Ding Liren - Hou Yifan were drawn in a calm manner. Wesley So - Sergey Karyakin wasn't so calm (Wesley explained to Chess-News the course of the game in his commentary, praising Karyakin's home preparation). Finally, Magnus Carlsen couldn't outplay Wei Yi's despite all the efforts in the Marshall as Black. Wei Yi was in time-trouble but he has defended rather firmly.

As well as Adams, the World Champion can't find his shape yet, having the same result (3 draws) as Hou Yifan. According to the witnesses, Magnus was so disappointed with his draw in round 2 against Caruana that he didn't even turn his head towards the children eager to have their tournament booklets signed, as he just said "I'm sorry" and left the venue quickly.

And also those photographers... Will they stop this confusion after all?

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In the 2016 Tata Steel Challengers, Russian GM Alexey Dreev is in the lead with 3 points out of 3. Baskaran Adhiban could catch him as he had some winning chances against young Dutch GM Benjamin Bok but the latter defended very tenaciously.

By the way, Bok has been crushed by Dreev in the starting round, which is the most spectacular achievement among Dreev's victories so far. One curious fact is also that Dreev had won the main Wijk aan Zee tournament back in 1995 - the year his opponent was born!

DREEV - BOK (round 1)

Both kings are under attack but White's calculation has been more precise:
41.e6! Bg6 The point is 41...Be8 (41...Bh5) 42.e7+ Kg8 43.Rg3+ or 41...Bg8 42.e7+ Ke8 43.Bxc6# while the white king will escape to g1. 42.Nd7+ Ke8 43.Nf6+! (clearer than 43.Bxg6+ Kd8 44.e7+ Kc7!) 43...Kd8 44.Rd3+! Rxd3 45.e7+ 1–0

The crosstables, all the information and other reports: Masters, Challengers

 [Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.18"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Navara, David"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D97"] [WhiteElo "2730"] [BlackElo "2798"] [PlyCount "84"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 a6 8. Be2 b5 9. Qb3 c5 10. dxc5 Bb7 11. e5 Nfd7 12. Be3 e6 13. O-O Qc7 14. Rad1 Nxc5 15. Qa3 Ne4 16. Nxe4 Bxe4 17. Ng5 Bc6 18. f4 Qb7 19. Bc5 Re8 20. f5 exf5 21. Rxf5 gxf5 22. Bh5 Bd5 23. Rxd5 Qxd5 24. Bxf7+ Qxf7 25. Nxf7 Kxf7 26. Qb3+ Kg6 27. Qg3+ Kf7 28. Qb3+ Kg6 29. Qg3+ Kf7 30. Qf3 Nd7 31. Qd5+ Kg6 32. Qc6+ Nf6 33. exf6 Rac8 34. Qxa6 Ra8 35. f7+ Kxf7 36. Qxb5 Rad8 37. Qb3+ Kg6 38. Qg3+ Kf7 39. Qb3+ Kg6 40. Bd6 Bxb2 41. Qxb2 Rxd6 42. h3 Ra6 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.18"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D45"] [WhiteElo "2747"] [BlackElo "2760"] [PlyCount "76"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 a6 5. Nf3 e6 6. b3 Bb4 7. Bd2 O-O 8. Bd3 Nbd7 9. Qc2 Qe7 10. Ne5 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Ng4 12. f4 Bc5 13. Ke2 Rd8 14. h3 Nxe3 15. Bxe3 Bxe3 16. Kxe3 d4+ 17. Kf3 dxc3 18. Rad1 Bd7 19. Bxh7+ Kh8 20. Bd3 f5 21. Qxc3 c5 22. Kf2 Bc6 23. Be2 b5 24. Qe3 bxc4 25. Bxc4 Bb5 26. Be2 Bxe2 27. Kxe2 c4 28. bxc4 Qb4 29. Qb3 Qc5 30. Qc3 Rac8 31. Kf3 Kg8 32. Kg3 a5 33. Rxd8+ Rxd8 34. Rb1 a4 35. Kh2 Qc6 36. Qg3 Qe4 37. Qg5 Rc8 38. c5 Qxb1 0-1 [Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.18"] [Round "3.5"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Adams, Michael"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E21"] [WhiteElo "2787"] [BlackElo "2744"] [PlyCount "127"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 b6 5. e3 Bb7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O d5 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Ne5 Nbd7 10. f4 c5 11. Ne2 c4 12. Bf5 g6 13. Qa4 gxf5 14. Qxb4 Ne4 15. a4 f6 16. Nf3 Nb8 17. Qe1 Nc6 18. Bd2 Kh8 19. Nh4 Qd7 20. Nc3 Rae8 21. Nxe4 Rxe4 22. Qd1 Rg8 23. Qh5 Bc8 24. Rf3 Qe8 25. Qh6 Qf7 26. b4 Ne7 27. Rh3 Rg4 28. Nf3 Bd7 29. Kf2 Be8 30. Rg3 Ng8 31. Qh3 Bd7 32. b5 Re8 33. Ng1 a5 34. bxa6 Ra8 35. Ne2 Rxa6 36. Bb4 Kg7 37. Nc3 h5 38. Kg1 Nh6 39. Rf3 Ra8 40. Rf2 Kh7 41. Qf3 Bc6 42. Rb2 h4 43. Ba3 Rag8 44. Kh1 Ba8 45. Rg1 Qe6 46. Rb5 R4g7 47. Bc1 Rg6 48. Bd2 R8g7 49. Rb2 Nf7 50. h3 Rg3 51. Qh5+ Nh6 52. Qxh4 Qg8 53. Be1 R3g6 54. Qh5 Re7 55. Bf2 Reg7 56. Qf3 Qd8 57. Bh4 Qd6 58. Rgb1 Qa3 59. Be1 Qe7 60. g3 Nf7 61. Rxb6 Rh6 62. Ra6 Qe8 63. Kg2 Qc8 64. Rbb6 1-0 [Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.18"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Wei Yi"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C89"] [WhiteElo "2706"] [BlackElo "2844"] [PlyCount "119"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 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. Be3 Bxd3 17. Nd2 Qf5 18. Bd4 Rae8 19. Kg2 Qxf3+ 20. Kxf3 Re6 21. Rac1 h6 22. Kg2 Rg6 23. Ne4 Nf4+ 24. Kf3 Bxe4+ 25. Rxe4 Nd3 26. Rd1 Nxb2 27. Rd2 Ba3 28. Bb6 Rd6 29. Rxd6 Bxd6 30. Re2 Nd3 31. Rd2 Ne5+ 32. Kg2 Be7 33. f4 Nc4 34. Bxc4 bxc4 35. Rd7 Bf6 36. Rc7 Bxc3 37. Rxc6 Rb8 38. a4 Bb2 39. Ba5 c3 40. Bxc3 Bxc3 41. Rxc3 Rb4 42. a5 Rb5 43. Ra3 Rb2+ 44. Kh3 f5 45. Rc3 Rb5 46. Ra3 g5 47. fxg5 hxg5 48. Kg2 Kg7 49. h4 g4 50. Rc3 Rxa5 51. Rc6 Ra2+ 52. Kg1 a5 53. Ra6 a4 54. Kh1 Kf7 55. Kg1 Ra1+ 56. Kg2 Ra3 57. Kh2 Ra2+ 58. Kg1 Ke7 59. Kh1 a3 60. Kg1 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.18"] [Round "3.4"] [White "Van Wely, Loek"] [Black "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E17"] [WhiteElo "2640"] [BlackElo "2728"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. Nc3 O-O 7. d5 Bb4 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 Na6 10. Nd4 Nc5 11. Ba3 d6 12. dxe6 Bxg2 13. exf7+ Rxf7 14. Kxg2 Ng4 15. Nf3 Ne4 16. Qd3 Qe7 17. h3 Ngf6 18. Rad1 Re8 19. Qc2 Qe6 20. Qd3 Qd7 21. Bc1 Nc5 22. Qc2 Qa4 23. Qxa4 Nxa4 24. Rd2 Ne4 25. Rc2 Nexc3 26. Be3 Ne4 27. Rd1 Ref8 28. Bd4 Nac5 29. Rf1 Ne6 30. Be3 Rf5 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.18"] [Round "3.6"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E10"] [WhiteElo "2773"] [BlackElo "2769"] [PlyCount "88"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Qc2 b6 9. Rd1 Nbd7 10. Bf4 Ba6 11. Ne5 Rc8 12. Nc3 Bxc4 13. Nxc4 dxc4 14. e4 b5 15. a4 a6 16. d5 cxd5 17. exd5 e5 18. Bg5 b4 19. d6 bxc3 20. Qxc3 h6 21. Be3 e4 22. Qa3 Re8 23. dxe7 Qxe7 24. Qxe7 Rxe7 25. Rd6 Re6 26. Rad1 Ne5 27. Bh3 Rxd6 28. Rxd6 Rb8 29. Kg2 c3 30. bxc3 Nc4 31. Rxa6 Nxe3+ 32. fxe3 Nd5 33. a5 f5 34. c4 Nxe3+ 35. Kf2 Nxc4 36. Bxf5 Rf8 37. g4 Nxa5 38. Rxa5 g6 39. Re5 gxf5 40. gxf5 Ra8 41. Kg3 Kf7 42. Rxe4 Kf6 43. Kf4 Ra6 44. h4 h5 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.18"] [Round "3.7"] [White "Ding Liren"] [Black "Hou Yifan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D38"] [WhiteElo "2766"] [BlackElo "2673"] [PlyCount "73"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 Nbd7 8. e3 g5 9. Bg3 Ne4 10. Qb3 c5 11. Rc1 Qa5 12. Nd2 Nxg3 13. hxg3 cxd4 14. exd4 Nf6 15. Bd3 Be6 16. a3 Bxc3 17. Rxc3 Rc8 18. Rxc8+ Bxc8 19. Qb4 Qxb4 20. axb4 Ke7 21. Nb1 Bd7 22. Nc3 a6 23. f3 Kd6 24. Kf2 Ng8 25. Ra1 Ne7 26. Ra5 Rc8 27. g4 Rc6 28. b5 axb5 29. Rxb5 Rxc3 30. bxc3 Bxb5 31. Bxb5 f5 32. gxf5 Nxf5 33. Bd3 Ke6 34. g4 Ng7 35. Ke3 h5 36. gxh5 Nxh5 37. c4 1/2-1/2 [Event "78th Tata Steel GpB"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.16"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Dreev, Aleksey"] [Black "Bok, Benjamin"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D83"] [WhiteElo "2644"] [BlackElo "2607"] [PlyCount "89"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 Be6 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Nxd5 Qxd5 9. b3 Qa5+ 10. Qd2 Qxd2+ 11. Kxd2 c6 12. Nf3 Nd7 13. Bd3 Nf6 14. Be5 Bd5 15. Ke2 Rfd8 16. Rhd1 a5 17. Bc4 a4 18. b4 Ne4 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Ne5 e6 21. Bd3 Nd6 22. Bb1 Bxg2 23. f3 Bh3 24. Rg1 f6 25. Nd3 e5 26. dxe5 fxe5 27. Nxe5 Be6 28. h4 Kf6 29. Nd3 Nc4 30. Rc3 b5 31. a3 Rd7 32. e4 h6 33. e5+ Kf7 34. Nc5 Rd2+ 35. Ke1 Rh2 36. Bxg6+ Ke7 37. Be4 Rd8 38. Rg7+ Bf7 39. f4 Kf8 40. Rh7 Rdd2 41. e6 Bg6 42. Nd7+ Ke8 43. Nf6+ Kd8 44. Rd3+ Rxd3 45. e7+ 1-0 


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