Carlsen: "Ignorance Is Bliss!"

Время публикации: 22.01.2016 20:45 | Последнее обновление: 23.01.2016 12:41

After the bleak start in Tata Steel Chess Masters, Magnus suddenly joins Caruana & Ding Liren in the lead

The first player to finish his game in the 6th round of Tata Steel Chess Masters was the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, and it wasn't just a bleak draw like in the early rounds - he crushed Evgeny Tomashevsky with an enviable ease. Despite the "innocuous" London system chosen by White, it took him only 25 moves to reach a complete domination on position as well on the clock against the 2700+ Russian GM, and 5 more moves to score the victory.

Right after this 2nd success in a row, Magnus joined IM Robert Ris (Yasser Seirawan was absent at the moment) in the studio to describe what had happened in the game. Here is the transcript.

Wijk aan Zee 2016
London System
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4. Carlsen: "It's a little bit nicer to go Bf4 once he is committed to ...e6, since some systems are already not possible. Anyway, he has many ways to play - all of them are reasonable, of course. But White also has decent play".
3...b6 4.e3 Bb7 5.h3 Be7 6.Bd3 0–0 7.0–0 c5 8.c3 Nc6 9.Nbd2 d5 10.Qe2. Ris: "Tomashevsky spent a lot of time here".

10...Bd6. Carlsen: "I had many options here, like 11.Bg5. Or 11.Ne5, but then 11...Qc7 and I didn't really see anything. So I just went 11.Rfe1".
Now 11...Bxf4 12.exf4 cxd4 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.cxd4 is quite passive for Black".
11...Ne7 12.Rad1. Carlsen: "I think 12...Ng6?! (maybe it's actually "?" - CN) is sort of dubious. This structure with the pawn on g6 is a little bit tricky because it becomes much harder to dislodge the knight from e5".
13.Bxg6 hxg6 14.Bxd6 Qxd6 15.Ne5.

Carlsen: "There is nothing terrible for Black here, but my plan is simply that I want to play f2-f4, then to put my queen on the h-file, the other N to g5... and mate him!
15...Ne4 is possible, but I have many options. First of all I shouldn't take 16.Nxe4 dxe4 because my f-pawn gets frozen. But I think maybe White could play 16.f4 anyway. Now I probably want already to take and then bring something to the h-file. This e5-knight is just so strong that it's much more pleasant for White to play".
After 15...g5 I got very excited about the possibility to play for an attack! So I just went for it:
16.f4 (Ris: "Carlsen was already much ahead on time here") 16...gxf4 17.Rf1 Nd7. Carlsen: "If 17...fxe3 then 18.Rxf6. In positions like this, there isn't even that much to calculate because I alwasy have at least a draw. But I wouldn't be satisfied with it here though, as it feels like there should be more. Maybe he has a way to save himself but I wasn't so sure".
18.Qh5. "I could have played 18.Nxd7 Qxd7 19.Rxf4 - I'm better, but perhaps not much, so I wanted to do something more interesting".
18...Nf6. "If 18...g6 then I don't see how I can mate after 19.Nxg6 fxg6 20.Qxg6+ Kh8 because this stupid pawn on h3 just ruins everything. So I should go 19.Qh6, and now I couldn't see what he could do: 19...fxe3 20.Ndf3 coming to g5, or 19...Nxe5 20.Rxf4... Just now I see he could play 20...g5 but it doesn't look very impressive. I suspect that 21.dxe5 Qxe5 22.Rg4, or even 22.Rf6, is still very good for White. I should have seen that; I was just a little bit too excited!"
Ris: "Because of his time-trouble as well, like yesterday?"
Carlsen: "Yeah, a little bit. But here I felt that my position was much better objectively than it had been yesterday".

19...Qd8? "After this, I think it's just lost. I thought he had to play 19...Nh7 and I should go simply 20.exf4 with a very pleasant position because in case of 20.Rxf4 he could go 20...g5 21.Qg3 f6 - I don't see what I have. After 20...exf4 Ba6 21.Rf2 cxd4 22.cxd4  - my knight is coming to f3, it's clearly better for White. He'll eventually have to play f7-f6 and my knight would come to g6, yet it would be sort of a game.
Here, after 20.Rxf4 Ne4 21.Nxe4 Qxh4 22.Rxh4 dxe4 23.dxc5 bxc5 24.Rd7 Rab8 25.b3 it's complete domination".

25...a5 26.Rc7 a4 27.bxa4 Ba8 28.a5 Rb7 29.Rxc5 Ra7 30.Nc4. 1–0

"As I said, it's like last year: you started slowly but you've already got 2 out of 2 in the last two rounds", Robert Ris observed. The world champion responded:
"Well, of course it could have gone differently yesterday, but fortunately I didn't see the opportunities he had. Ignorance is bliss!"

2016 Tata Steel Masters: the crosstable, pairings, schedule, other reports, etc.

 [Event "78th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2016.01.22"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A46"] [WhiteElo "2844"] [BlackElo "2728"] [PlyCount "59"] [EventDate "2016.01.16"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bf4 b6 4. e3 Bb7 5. h3 Be7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O c5 8. c3 Nc6 9. Nbd2 d5 10. Qe2 Bd6 11. Rfe1 Ne7 12. Rad1 Ng6 13. Bxg6 hxg6 14. Bxd6 Qxd6 15. Ne5 g5 16. f4 gxf4 17. Rf1 Nd7 18. Qh5 Nf6 19. Qh4 Qd8 20. Rxf4 Ne4 21. Nxe4 Qxh4 22. Rxh4 dxe4 23. dxc5 bxc5 24. Rd7 Rab8 25. b3 a5 26. Rc7 a4 27. bxa4 Ba8 28. a5 Rb7 29. Rxc5 Ra7 30. Nc4 1-0 


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