The Russian Team Championship: Morozevich Couldn't Break Through Karjakin's Pet Variation

Время публикации: 14.04.2012 19:02 | Последнее обновление: 14.04.2012 19:25

In one of the key matches of the penultimate round of the Russian Team Championship in Loo, the leader of the "Tomsk-400" team Sergey Karjakin has defended his position against the leader of "Economist" Morozevich.

The Catalan Opening
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Be7 4.Bg2 d5 5.Nf3 0–0 6.0–0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Qxc4 Bc6 10.Bf4 a5 11.Nc3 Na6 12.Ne5 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 Nd5 14.Rad1 The earliest game in this line (Tkachiev - Pelletier) was played in 2007. 14...Nxf4+ 15.gxf4 Bd6

The position is pertinent to a long struggle; more than a half of all known games are by Karjakin. 16.e3 In last year's Tal Memorial, in the game that, at the end, didn't bring success to White, Gelfand chose 16.Rd3 against Karjakin. 16...Bxe5N Karjakin preferred 16...Qh4 no less than three times in the past. 17.fxe5 Also possible, though a little risky strategically (since it gives Black the pawn majority on the queenside), is 17.dxe5!?. 17...Nb4 18.Kh1 Ra6 19.Rg1 Nd5 20.Nxd5 (20.Ne4 Qh4!). 20...Qxd5+ 21.Qxd5 exd5

A possibility of attacking the b3 pawn (and the a4 pawn in some cases) gives Black a bit of counterplay. White cannot simply continue accumulating the pressure in the centre. 22.Rc1 c6 23.Rc3 Rb6 24.b3 f6! 25.exf6 Rxf6 26.Kg2 Kf7 27.Kf1 Rh6 28.Rg2 Kf6 29.Kg1 Rg6 30.Rxg6+ Kxg6 31.Kg2 Kf5 32.Rc5 Rxb3 33.Rxa5 Kg4 34.Ra7 g5 35.a5 h5 36.a6 bxa6 37.Rxa6 Rc3 38.Ra8 Rc2 39.Rf8 Kh4 40.h3 Rc3 1/2

(In the match "Tomsk" vs. "Economist", Ponomariov against Tomashevsky has also already ended in a draw, while Bologan from "Tomsk" has won against Eljanov from "Economist").

The game of the leaders in the match "The Federation of St.Petersburg" against "Navigator" has ended a little earlier - the leader from St.Petersburg Peter Svidler managed to slowly outplay Emil Sutovsky with Black.


28.Re1? It was possible to keep chances of survival with 28.Qe2!! with the idea of 28...exf3 29.Qxe6+ fxe6 30.Rc1 Rb5 31.Ne4. 28...Qd5! And Black quickly realised his decisive advantage: 29.Qc8+ Kh7 30.Nh4 e3 31.f4 e2+ 32.Kh1 Bf2 33.Nf3 Bxe1 34.Ng5+ hxg5 0-1

[Event "19th TCh-RUS 2012"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2012.04.14"] [Round "6"] [White "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E06"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2011.04.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 Be7 4. Bg2 d5 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bf4 a5 11. Nc3 Na6 12. Ne5 Bxg2 13. Kxg2 Nd5 14. Rad1 Nxf4+ 15. gxf4 Bd6 16. e3 Bxe5 17. fxe5 Nb4 18. Kh1 Ra6 19. Rg1 Nd5 20. Nxd5 Qxd5+ 21. Qxd5 exd5 22. Rc1 c6 23. Rc3 Rb6 24. b3 f6 25. exf6 Rxf6 26. Kg2 Kf7 27. Kf1 Rh6 28. Rg2 Kf6 29. Kg1 Rg6 30. Rxg6+ Kxg6 31. Kg2 Kf5 32. Rc5 Rxb3 33. Rxa5 Kg4 34. Ra7 g5 35. a5 h5 36. a6 bxa6 37. Rxa6 Rc3 38. Ra8 Rc2 39. Rf8 Kh4 40. h3 Rc3 1/2-1/2 [Event "19th TCh-RUS 2012"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2012.04.14"] [Round "6"] [White "Sutovsky, Emil"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C84"] [PlyCount "68"] [EventDate "2011.04.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 d6 7. c3 O-O 8. Re1 b5 9. Bc2 d5 10. Nbd2 dxe4 11. dxe4 Be6 12. Bb3 Qd7 13. a4 b4 14. a5 Bxb3 15. Qxb3 Rab8 16. Qc2 Rfd8 17. Nc4 Qe6 18. Ne3 h6 19. Nf5 Bf8 20. Qe2 Rb5 21. cxb4 Rxb4 22. Qxa6 Nxe4 23. Be3 Rd5 24. Rec1 Nc5 25. Bxc5 Rxc5 26. Ng3 e4 27. Rxc5 Bxc5 28. Re1 Qd5 29. Qc8+ Kh7 30. Nh4 e3 31. f4 e2+ 32. Kh1 Bf2 33. Nf3 Bxe1 34. Ng5+ hxg5 0-1


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