Harking Back to Azmaiparashvili

Время публикации: 24.04.2012 02:07 | Последнее обновление: 24.04.2012 08:58

Dubai: Georgians sped up at the finish, but still couldn't outstrip Ni Hua     

The final standings of the Dubai Open are available. The leaders before the penultimate round, Normunds Miezis and Chanda Sandipan drew their game, while their nearest rivals managed to score. The most important victories were gained by Georgian players: Baadur Jobava who overtook Indian Surya Ganguly in a complicated and not quite faultless encounter, while Mikhail Mchedlishvili playing White convincingly outplayed his opponent Van Wely.

A number of inaccuracies made in the Benoni defence by the Dutch player, allowed Mchedlishvili to grab initiative and hold his opponent in a vice, finishing a won game by a small combination.    

MCHEDLISHVILI - VAN WELY 

42.Ncxe5! dxe5 43.Nxc5 Qd6 44.Ne6+ Ke7 45.Nxg7 Bd3 46.Rc6 1-0. 

Baadur Jobava doesn't deny luck was on his side in the game against Surya Ganguly.

GANGULY - JOBAVA
(Baadur Jobava's express commentary of the game for our website)
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 Na6 7. O-O e5 8. Re1 c6 9. Bf1

9...Ng4
An interesting move, which leads to a known position, which is evaluated as approximately equal. 
10. h3 exd4 11. Nxd4 Qb6 12. hxg4 Qxd4 13. g5

13...Qe5.
Objectively it's better to exchange queens on d1. But I decided to provoke my rival. "The opponent will go right through and make a mistake" - that's what I relied on.     
14. Be3 Nc5 15. Qc2 Qe7 16. Rad1 a5 17. f3 Be5 18. Ne2 f5 19. gxf6 Bxf6 20. Qd2

20...Bh4? A terrible blunder. 
21. g3 Here I thought I was able to sacrifice the piece 21...Rxf3, but after 22.Bхc5 Bxg3 blundered 23.Bg2. 
22...Bf6 I had to admit my mistake...
22. Qxd6 Na4 Miraculously Black doesn't lose immediately, however, it stays without an exchange. 
 
23. Bh6 Nxb2 24. Qxe7 Bxe7 25. Rb1 Nxc4 26. Nd4 Na3 27. Bxf8 Kxf8.

Having analyzed the position after the game I came to the conclusion that there's an approximate equality on the board. Two Black bishops and connected queenside pawns are enough compensation for the exchange.    
28. Rbc1 a4?
An unoriginal move that turned out to be a mistake. I wanted to move my pawn further taking control over b3. In actual fact28...Bd7! with the idea c6-c5 was much stronger.     
29. Kh2!
White wants to exchange the white-square bishop, which would mean defeat for Black. My further actions are forced. It's actually should be noted that by this time both of us were experiencing time trouble, which became a major factor in determining the result of the game. Being too confident in his victory, my rival relaxed and made several wrong moves in a row. He then began to stir, got nervous and lost...    
29...Ra5 30. e5 Rd5 31. Re4 Bc5 32. Ne2 Ke7 33. Rxa4 Nb5 34. Rh4 h5 35. Re4 Ba3 36. Re1 Bf5 37. Re3 Rd2 38. g4 hxg4 39. fxg4 Bxg4 40. Kg3 Bc5 41. Re4 Bf5 42. Rh4 g5 43. Rh5 Nc3 44. Rxg5 Ne4+ 45. Kf4 Nxg5 46. Kxf5 Ne6 47. a4 Rb2 48. Rd1 Rb4 49. a5 Kf7 50. Bg2

50...Ng7+ 0-1
A beautiful checkmate in the center of the board. I'm not satisfied with the content, but I'm happy with the result. In this difficult situation I managed to concentrate and not to fall apart. It can be said I acted in Zurab Azmaiparashvili's style, I actually remembered him during the game: he often pulled out victory exactly like this, through supreme effort of will...  

But Ni Hua of China has also achieved success beating Yuriy Kuzubov. Ukrainian equalized in the opening but it seems that his eagerness to exchange the queens wasn't the right decision. 

NI HUA - KUZUBOV 

 

20...Qxe3? Black should have taken on g7. 21.Nxe3 Kxg7 22.е5! A strong move which Black probably missed in calculations. 22...d5 23.cxd5 exd5 24.Nxd5, and gradually White converts an extra pawn.

As a result five participants gathered 7 points, but Chinese won the first prize on a better tie break. Jobava and Mchedlishivili occupied the second and third places, while Miezis and Sandipan have been slipped back to the 4th and 5th places.  
The final standings


Take a look at the key games of the dicisive round. 

[Event "Dubai Open 2012"] [Site "Dubai"] [Date "2012.04.23"] [Round "9"] [White "Miezis, Normunds"] [Black "Sandipan, Chanda"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B13"] [WhiteElo "2557"] [BlackElo "2595"] [Annotator "Robot 4"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "UAE"] [TimeControl "10/5400+30:0"] 1. c4 c6 2. e4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Be2 e6 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. h3 Bh5 10. O-O Be7 11. Qb3 O-O 12. Nxd5 Qxd5 13. Qxd5 exd5 14. Be3 f5 15. Bd1 Bf6 16. Ne5 Bxd1 17. Rfxd1 Rfc8 18. Rac1 Ne7 19. Nf3 Rxc1 20. Rxc1 Rc8 21. Rxc8+ Nxc8 22. Bg5 Kf7 23. Kf1 Ne7 24. Ke2 Nc6 25. Bxf6 Kxf6 26. Ke3 h6 27. h4 g6 28. g3 Ke6 29. Ne1 Kf6 30. Nd3 g5 {Ke4 Ke5} 1/2-1/2 [Event "Dubai Open 2012"] [Site "Dubai"] [Date "2012.04.23"] [Round "9"] [White "Ganguly, Surya Shekhar"] [Black "Jobava, Baadur"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E91"] [WhiteElo "2633"] [BlackElo "2706"] [Annotator "Robot 4"] [PlyCount "100"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "UAE"] [TimeControl "10/5400+30:0"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 Na6 7. O-O e5 8. Re1 c6 9. Bf1 Ng4 10. h3 exd4 11. Nxd4 Qb6 12. hxg4 Qxd4 13. g5 Qe5 14. Be3 Nc5 15. Qc2 Qe7 16. Rad1 a5 17. f3 Be5 18. Ne2 f5 19. gxf6 Bxf6 20. Qd2 Bh4 21. g3 Bf6 22. Qxd6 Na4 23. Bh6 Nxb2 24. Qxe7 Bxe7 25. Rb1 Nxc4 26. Nd4 Na3 27. Bxf8 Kxf8 28. Rbc1 a4 29. Kh2 Ra5 30. e5 Rd5 31. Re4 Bc5 32. Ne2 Ke7 33. Rxa4 Nb5 34. Rh4 h5 35. Re4 Ba3 36. Re1 Bf5 37. Re3 Rd2 38. g4 hxg4 39. fxg4 Bxg4 40. Kg3 Bc5 41. Re4 Bf5 42. Rh4 g5 43. Rh5 Nc3 44. Rxg5 Ne4+ 45. Kf4 Nxg5 46. Kxf5 Ne6 47. a4 Rb2 48. Rd1 Rb4 49. a5 Kf7 50. Bg2 Ng7+ {e6} 0-1 [Event "Dubai Open 2012"] [Site "Dubai"] [Date "2012.04.23"] [Round "9"] [White "Mchedlishvili, Mikheil"] [Black "Van Wely, Loek"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A62"] [WhiteElo "2626"] [BlackElo "2691"] [Annotator "Robot 4"] [PlyCount "91"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "UAE"] [TimeControl "10/5400+30:0"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 c5 5. d5 O-O 6. Nc3 d6 7. Nf3 e6 8. O-O exd5 9. cxd5 Re8 10. Bf4 a6 11. a4 Qc7 12. Rc1 Nbd7 13. b4 b6 14. h3 Bb7 15. Re1 h6 16. bxc5 bxc5 17. e4 g5 18. Bd2 Re7 19. h4 g4 20. Nh2 Ne5 21. Bf4 Bc8 22. Nf1 Nh5 23. Bxe5 Bxe5 24. Ne3 Nf6 25. Nc4 Rb8 26. Qd2 Kg7 27. Ne2 a5 28. Nf4 Ba6 29. Ne3 Bc8 30. Nd3 Bd4 31. Nc2 Be5 32. Ne3 Bd4 33. Nc4 Ba6 34. e5 Ne8 35. Re4 Qd7 36. e6 fxe6 37. Rxg4+ Kf8 38. Qxh6+ Bg7 39. Qg6 e5 40. Rg5 Nf6 41. Rf5 Rf7 42. Ncxe5 dxe5 43. Nxc5 Qd6 44. Ne6+ Ke7 45. Nxg7 Bd3 46. Rc6 1-0 [Event "Dubai Open 2012"] [Site "Dubai"] [Date "2012.04.23"] [Round "9"] [White "Ni, Hua"] [Black "Kuzubov, Yuriy"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B53"] [WhiteElo "2637"] [BlackElo "2615"] [Annotator "Robot 4"] [PlyCount "123"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "UAE"] [TimeControl "10/5400+30:0"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Bb5 Bd7 6. Qd3 Nf6 7. c4 g6 8. Nc3 Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. h3 a6 11. Bxc6 Bxc6 12. Nd4 Rc8 13. Re1 Nd7 14. b3 Nc5 15. Qe3 Ne6 16. Nxe6 fxe6 17. Bb2 Qa5 18. Re2 Bd7 19. Nd1 Qc5 20. Bxg7 Qxe3 21. Nxe3 Kxg7 22. e5 d5 23. cxd5 exd5 24. Nxd5 Be6 25. Rd1 Rc5 26. Red2 Kf7 27. f4 Ke8 28. Nb4 a5 29. Nd3 Rc3 30. g4 Kf7 31. Rc1 Rfc8 32. Rxc3 Rxc3 33. Nf2 h6 34. Kg2 b5 35. Nd1 Rc5 36. Ne3 Ke8 37. Rc2 Rxc2+ 38. Nxc2 b4 39. Kf3 Bd5+ 40. Ke3 Bg2 41. h4 Bh3 42. Kd4 Bxg4 43. Kc5 Kf7 44. Nd4 g5 45. fxg5 hxg5 46. hxg5 Kg6 47. Kb6 Kxg5 48. Kxa5 Kf4 49. Nc6 Bd7 50. Nxe7 Kxe5 51. Kxb4 Ke6 52. Ng6 Kf5 53. Nf8 Be8 54. Kc5 Bf7 55. Nd7 Ke4 56. Nb6 Kd3 57. Kb4 Kc2 58. Nc4 Be6 59. a4 Bc8 60. a5 Ba6 61. Nd6 Kd3 62. Nb5 {Kd4} 1/2-1/2

 


  


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