He Started and Won

Время публикации: 09.06.2012 23:00 | Последнее обновление: 15.12.2012 18:48

Tal Memorial: Teimour Radjabov takes the sole lead after 2 rounds

The 2nd round of the Tal Memorial held in Moscow determined the sole leader - Azerbaijani GM Teimour Radjabov who outplayed Luke McShane of England. 

The Rossolimo variant of Sicilian defence which was applied in Anand - Gelfand World Championship Match took place in McShane - Radjabov encounter. Teimour got a comfortable position, but the game was still quite complicated. The Englishman spent a lot of time and eventually made a decisive mistake. 

MCSHANE - RADJABOV

After 40.Nc3! it was still hard to say that black had undoubted advantage. McShane played 40.Kh2?? (a surprising blunder, but h2-square had to be left for the rook), and after 40...Rh4! with the threat ...Qh6 white's position crushed. Then  41.Kh1 h5 was played and so on.

Yesterday Radjabov beat another newcomer of Tal Memorial - Evgeny Tomashevsky. It's noteworthy that Teimour himself is playing in the classical Tal Memorial  for the first time.

Caruana - Nakamura was last to end in the second round of the competition. It was a tense and appoximately equal fight. At the opening part of the game Caruana didn't venture to sacrifice on move 14.  

CARUANA - NAKAMURA

From our Twitter commentaries: Alas, Caruana didn't sacrifice his bishop, although after 14.Bxe6!? fe 15.Nxe6 and then for example 15...g6 (Kf7 could be followed by Qс4) it could be interesting!

The game ended in 107 moves in an dead-drawn endgame. Nakamura persistently tried to convert his slight advantage, but he didn't succeed. 

[Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.09"] [Round "2.4"] [White "McShane, Luke J"] [Black "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B30"] [PlyCount "96"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. b3 d6 6. e5 dxe5 7. Nxe5 Qd5 8. Nf3 Qe4+ 9. Kf1 Qf5 10. Nc3 Nf6 11. d3 Be7 12. Qe2 Nd5 13. Bd2 Nb4 14. Be1 O-O 15. Ne4 f6 16. h3 e5 17. Kg1 Rb8 18. Kh2 Qg6 19. Ng3 Qf7 20. Bc3 Bd7 21. Rhe1 Rfe8 22. Qd2 Bf8 23. Ng1 Rbd8 24. Bb2 Nd5 25. Kh1 Be6 26. a3 Qc7 27. Qd1 Nf4 28. N3e2 g5 29. Nxf4 gxf4 30. Qh5 Qg7 31. Ne2 Be7 32. Nc3 Kh8 33. Rg1 Qg6 34. Qf3 Qh6 35. g4 Rg8 36. Ne4 Rg6 37. Rg2 Rdg8 38. Rag1 Qg7 39. a4 Rh6 40. Kh2 Rh4 41. Kh1 h5 42. Rh2 hxg4 43. Qd1 Qh7 44. Rgg2 Rg6 45. Qg1 Rgh6 46. hxg4 Bxg4 47. Nd2 f3 48. Rxh4 fxg2+ 0-1 [Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.09"] [Round "2.5"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D22"] [PlyCount "214"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 a6 4. a4 Nf6 5. e3 e6 6. Bxc4 b6 7. O-O Bb7 8. Qe2 Nbd7 9. Rd1 Bb4 10. Bd2 Bd6 11. Nc3 c5 12. e4 cxd4 13. Nxd4 Qb8 14. g3 O-O 15. f3 Ne5 16. Bb3 Bc5 17. Be3 Qc7 18. Rd2 h6 19. Rad1 Rad8 20. Bf2 g5 21. h3 Ng6 22. Bc4 Ne5 23. Kg2 Qc8 24. Bb3 Kh8 25. Nc2 Rxd2 26. Qxd2 Bxf2 27. Kxf2 Qc5+ 28. Qd4 Rb8 29. Ne3 Kg7 30. Nc4 Qxd4+ 31. Rxd4 Nc6 32. Rd2 Ba8 33. Nd6 Kf8 34. Bc4 Nb4 35. Na2 Nxa2 36. Bxa2 Rd8 37. e5 Nd7 38. f4 gxf4 39. gxf4 a5 40. Rd4 Ke7 41. Bb1 f6 42. Nc4 Bd5 43. exf6+ Nxf6 44. Bd3 Nd7 45. Be2 Rf8 46. Bf3 Bxc4 47. Rxc4 Nc5 48. Ke3 Rd8 49. b4 axb4 50. Rxb4 Rd3+ 51. Ke2 Ra3 52. Rxb6 Rxa4 53. f5 Ra2+ 54. Ke3 Ra3+ 55. Ke2 exf5 56. Rxh6 Ne6 57. Rh4 Kd6 58. Kf2 Ke5 59. Rc4 Nd4 60. Bg2 Ra2+ 61. Kf1 Rd2 62. Rc3 Kf4 63. Ra3 Kg5 64. Rg3+ Kh4 65. Rg8 Nc2 66. Kg1 Ne1 67. Rg7 Rb2 68. Rg8 Nd3 69. Rg7 Nf4 70. Rg8 Ne6 71. Kh2 Kh5 72. Kg1 Kh6 73. Rg3 Nf4 74. Bf3 Rb3 75. Kh2 Rb2+ 76. Kg1 Ra2 77. Kh1 Ng6 78. Bd5 Rd2 79. Bb7 Kg7 80. Rg2 Rd3 81. Kh2 Kf6 82. Rf2 Nh4 83. Be4 Re3 84. Bg2 Ke5 85. Bb7 Kf6 86. Bg2 Rc3 87. Bb7 Kg5 88. Bg2 f4 89. Bb7 Nf5 90. Be4 Ne3 91. h4+ Kf6 92. Bf3 Kf5 93. h5 Ra3 94. Rb2 Nc4 95. Rb5+ Ne5 96. Kg2 Kf6 97. Rb6+ Kg5 98. Rb5 Re3 99. Bd1 Rg3+ 100. Kf1 Re3 101. Ra5 f3 102. Kf2 Kf4 103. Ra4+ Re4 104. Rxe4+ Kxe4 105. Bxf3+ Nxf3 106. h6 Ng5 107. h7 Nxh7 1/2-1/2 [Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.09"] [Round "2.1"] [White "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E35"] [PlyCount "116"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 c5 8. dxc5 g5 9. Bg3 Ne4 10. e3 Qa5 11. Rc1 Nd7 12. Nge2 Ndxc5 13. a3 Bxc3+ 14. Nxc3 Nxc3 15. Qxc3 Qxc3+ 16. Rxc3 Ne4 17. Rc7 Nxg3 18. hxg3 Rb8 19. Bb5+ Kf8 20. Kd2 Kg7 21. Rhc1 Rd8 22. Re7 Kf6 23. Rcc7 Rf8 24. b4 a6 25. Bd3 a5 26. bxa5 Ra8 27. Bb5 Rxa5 28. a4 Ra8 29. Kc3 h5 30. Kb4 h4 31. Re8 Rxe8 32. Bxe8 Be6 33. Bb5 d4 34. gxh4 gxh4 35. exd4 Bd5 36. f3 Rg8 37. Rc2 Ke7 38. a5 Kd6 39. Bc4 Bxc4 40. Rxc4 Rxg2 41. Rc5 h3 42. Rh5 h2 43. Kc4 Rc2+ 44. Kd3 Ra2 45. Ke4 f5+ 46. Kf4 Kd5 47. Rxf5+ Kxd4 48. Rh5 Rg2 49. Rh7 Kd3 50. Ke5 Ke2 51. f4 Kf1 52. f5 Ra2 53. f6 Rxa5+ 54. Ke6 Ra6+ 55. Ke7 Rxf6 56. Kxf6 Kg1 57. Ke5 h1=Q 58. Rxh1+ Kxh1 1/2-1/2 [Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.09"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E97"] [PlyCount "57"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. d4 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 Nh5 10. g3 f5 11. Ng5 Nf6 12. Bf3 c6 13. Bg2 h6 14. Ne6 Bxe6 15. dxe6 Nxe4 16. Nxe4 fxe4 17. b5 Rf6 18. Bxe4 Rxe6 19. Qa4 d5 20. Rd1 Kh7 21. cxd5 cxd5 22. Qb3 Rb6 23. a4 a6 24. Ba3 axb5 25. Bxe7 Qxe7 26. Rxd5 b4 27. a5 Qf7 28. h4 h5 29. Qd1 1-0 [Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.09"] [Round "2.3"] [White "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E06"] [PlyCount "49"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Be7 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bf4 Bd6 11. Bg5 Nbd7 12. Nc3 h6 13. Bxf6 Nxf6 14. Nd2 Bxg2 15. Kxg2 a5 16. Rfd1 Bb4 17. Rac1 Qd7 18. Nf3 Rfd8 19. Ne5 Qe7 20. e3 c6 21. Qb3 Qc7 22. Nb5 Qb8 23. Nc3 Qc7 24. Nb5 Qb8 25. Nc3 1/2-1/2 

Our previous reports on the games of Round 2:
Тоmashevsky - Аronian
Kramnik - Grischuk


  


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