Morozevich's Breakthrough in the Center

Время публикации: 13.06.2012 22:51 | Последнее обновление: 14.06.2012 11:46

Alexander Morozevich takes sole lead at the Tal Memorial 

Literally each of the rounds of the 7th Tal Memorial held in the Pashkov House went in an interesting and exciting struggle. In the most thrilling game of the 5th playing day Alexander Morozevich beat Levon Aronian. After Morozevich's breakthrough on move 11, the real battle started on the board.



The result of the game with the unclear position was decided in a mutual time trouble. The rivals agreed that the position was still easier to play with black. The Russian GM was luckier. Now he is the sole leader of the competition with 4.0/5.

In another decisive game Teimour Radjabov lost against Magnus Carlsen. This is the world's number one player's first win at the competition. 

Carlsen is satisfied: better late than never 

The news covering Round 5:
Аlexander Grischuk: "I Thought My Position was Hopeless"
Alexander Morozevich Beat Levon Aronian in a Tense Struggle and Took the Sole Lead

Tal Memorial: At the End of Round 5 Magnus Carlsen Gained His 1st Win in the Competition

Ot tweets about the 5th round of the Tal Memorial: 

Radjabov-Carlsen: Scotch Game. 9...Nf6. So far they're following game Radjabov-Aronian, Wijk aan Zee 2009 (there was 10.Na4).

Aronian-Morozevich transposed from the Slav to the Dutch structure. 9...Rf6!?, following the game Denker-Abrahams 1946.
Nakamura-Kramnik, the English Opening. 10...Kxd8. It was the well-known endgame even in the 80s (happened even earlier)
Tomashevsky-McShane. A rare variation of the "Ukrainian Defence" 6...h6 7.g3 (D) 7,,,g6 - almost unknown position.
Grischuk-Caruana 6...Be6 (D - it's rare in Grunfeld) 7.Ng5 c5 8.dxc5 happened few times (d4! is strong)
Nakamura-Kramnik 14...Rb8 (D) the position is still very well known; Black is probably very ok. Nxd7 has been played.
Radjabov-Carlsen 11...Bb6 (D) 12.0-0 (avoided Radjabov-Aronian, 2009, where а3 happened) Qxg3 13.hxg3 Ng4 =
Grischuk-Caruana 8...d4! 9.Nb5 was played (D). Position happened in corr. games in the 60s. Nh5 and Bd7 (!) were tried.

For game Grischuk-Caruana: Bd7 10.Nxd4 Ng4!? happened in Moiseev-Gibl, corr. 1965, where Black was successful. But Caruana played 9...Nc6?!

Grischuk-Caruana After not very good novelty 9...Nc6 (D) White should play 10.Nc7! with mutual chances
Tomashevsky-McShane 10.Be3. Black's position is strategically risky, but too early to say that it's bad.
Nakamura-Kramnik 19...Rd8 (D). It's still theory. Black's not worse, at least.

Aronian has many options; just shouldn't miss attack. There's 12.f4, unlikely most principled. He has to calculate 12.Bxf5 & 12.cxd5 first.

Aronian-Morozevich. In variation 12 f4 e4 13 Be2 Rh6! 14 cxd5 (or the knight goes to f6) 14...Qh4! 15 h3 Qg3 Black's in time to get h3.

Morozevich's main idea's possibly 13.Bxf5 Rxf5! 14.Qxf5 e4 Here White should probably take with c3 knight on e4 (and on Nc5 - Nf6+), unclear

(And on 12.cxd5 - e4, and then take Bxh2+). Aronian took 12.Bxf5 anyway, waiting for 12...Rxf5 13.Qxf5 e4 14.Ncxe4!?...

Aronian-Morozevich: but Black simply played 12...e4!?. On 13.Bxd7 he can play almost Rh6!? or even Bxh2+!?. It's now unclear!

Perhaps Aronian should have played 12.dxe5!, Ndxe5, and then firmly consolidate in Karpov-Kramnik style, with the aim of using weaknesses.

Nakamura-Kramnik: Naka used a novelty (unlikely due to good knowledge) 21.gf4 in a slightly worse position, it's risky
Radjabov-Carlsen 24.Rh1 (D). The settling impression is that it's leading to a draw. 24...Rah8 played, exchanged on h4.
Grischuk-Caruana after 10.Nc7Bf5 11.Nxa8e5 12.Bd2e4 13.e3h6 14.Nh3Bxh3 15.gxh3Ne5 Black is doing well.

Grischuk's move 13 maybe was inaccurate, but, in any case, Black has a great compensation for a rook there; move 14 was also suspicious.

Grischuk-Caruana: after 18...d3! (D) Black gets the material back with a clear advantage. 19.Bc3 Qe7 (Re8!) was played.

It seems with move 19...Qe7?! (why not Re8) Caruana allowed White to get e4 pawn for doomed knight and solve problems: 20 Nc7! was played.

Aronian-Morozevich: here White decided to go for a very unclear bishop sac 13.Bxh7+ Kxh7 14.cxd5 (D) Rg6 15.Ndxe4 Nf6.

...Aronian should probably play 16.Nxf6+ Qxf6 17.f4!, relying on his pawn mass in the centre.

Tomashevsky-McShane: 16...b5!? (D). White's hoping for an attack on kingside, there's no full guarantee of success yet
Nakamura-Kramnik started moving pawns, 28.h4 a5 (D) 29.h5 was played. Black's playing for a win, but it's a likely draw
Aronian-Morozevich: after predicted 17.f4! it's a very complex and tense position on the board. Both sides are risking.
Tomashevsky-McShane: 17.e3 (D) was played with idea of transferring knight c3 to f4; Houdini strangely isn't impressed.

17.e3 also isn't liked by one of the RCF site commentators Rublevsky. Could the weakened e4 square become sensitive after exf3?

Aronian-Morozevich: 17...Nh6 18.Ne4 Qf5 19.dc6 the idea may be bxc6!? 20.Ng5+ Rxg5 21.e4 Qg6 22 fxg5 Ng4.
(Aronian-Morozevich) ...and this position, which can happen in the variation after 22...Ng4, is still very unclear
...and then: 23.g3 Ne3 24.Qxc6 Nxf1 25.Qxa8 Qxg5 26.Rxf1 Bh3! 27.Bc1! Qg4 28.Kf1 Bxf1 29.Kxf1 Qd1 =, with equality!
Aronian-Morozevich: Black didn't go for variation which we thought was drawn. 19...Be7 (D) 20.c7 Rc6 21.Qb1 was played

Nakamura-Kramnik 1/2 as expected. The press conference is under way. Nakamura explained that he was badly prepared.

Kramnik, "I didn't remember the theory myself. I played quickly so as to psychologically pressurise the opponent".

Kramnik explains that White didn't risk much, "21.a3 forces a draw, I thought."

Kramnik, "the last chance was to play 30...Rh8, but [... variations] there's still a draw. I'm one tempo short, I can't do much about it."

Kramnik, "'s clear that it's a draw in any case, unless a computer shows something."

Grischuk-Caruana 1/2 On move 24 Fabiano sac'ed exchange, was enough for repetition (similar to Cralsen-Grischuk, rd 4) Missed earlier chance.

Aronian-Morozevich 26.h3 is unclear. Levon's in worse time-trouble. It's culmination. Should have played 21.Qd3 earlier

Morozevich took the pawn on d5, he's already standing better.

Aronian-Morozevich, time-trouble. Picture from live feed (...After 33...Ne7 Morozevich's clearly standing to win)
Tomashevsky-McShane: shortly before the time control Black lost the advantage, he din't play after 36.h5 (D) 36...g5!.

Aronian, probably having lost an advantage during the game, is losing the most interesting game to Morozevich. (White made 40 moves but...)

Aronian - Morozevich 0-1.

Tomashevsky-McShane 40.Qd3+ Kh8 (D). The opponents crossed the time control in an objectively drawn position: Qxe3 Qxb2

Aronian at the press-conference, "I shouldn't get into time-trouble in such a complex position."

Morozevich, "it was easier for Black to play in the time-trouble."

Radjabov-Carlsen, Black's trying to squeeze something out of microscopic advantage and got something. There's 47...d4!?

Morozevich at the press conference, "11...e5 was principled, but a bit bold". Black can rarely play like that in similar structures.

Tomashevsky-McShane: 41...Qxb2 was played. Black is confidently holding, and White, even more so. A draw can be assumed.
Radjabov-Carlsen 51.Kd2. It's hard for Radjabov to hold and he may not. Black already has connected pawns in the centre
Radjabov-Carlsen 55...Rg6. Due to the intermezzo check 53...d3+! Carlsen is winning the rook endgame.

Tomashevsky - McShane 1/2 as expected.

Radjabov - Carlsen 0-1.

Carlsen at the press conference: "I was sure he would play 28.c4!" - with a probable draw. (Из трансляции РШФ).

Carlsen: "One of my good friends told me that Teimour was going to play Scotch Game. I didn't prepare for it..."

Tomashevsky and McShane are in a good mood. The press conference is broadcasted on the official website of RCF

[Event "7th Mikhail Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.13"] [Round "5"] [White "Grischuk,A"] [Black "Caruana,F"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2761"] [BlackElo "2770"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [ECO "D92"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. Rc1 Be6 7. Ng5 c5 8. dxc5 d4 9. Nb5 Nc6 10. Nc7 Bf5 11. Nxa8 e5 12. Bd2 e4 13. e3 h6 14. Nh3 Bxh3 15. gxh3 Ne5 16. Bg2 Nd3+ 17. Kf1 Nxc1 18. Qxc1 d3 19. Bc3 Qe7 20. Nc7 Qxc7 21. Bxf6 Bxf6 22. Bxe4 Rd8 23. Bd5 Qxc5 24. Qd1 Rxd5 25. cxd5 Qxd5 26. Rg1 Kg7 27. Qb3 Qe4 28. Rg4 Qh1+ 29. Rg1 Qe4 30. Rg4 Qh1+ 31. Rg1 Qe4 1/2-1/2 [Event "7th Mikhail Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.13"] [Round "5"] [White "Aronian,L"] [Black "Morozevich,A"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2825"] [BlackElo "2769"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [ECO "D31"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. e3 Nd7 5. Nf3 f5 6. Bd3 Nh6 7. b3 Bd6 8. Bb2 O-O 9. O-O Rf6 10. Qc2 Nf7 11. Nd2 e5 12. Bxf5 e4 13. Bxh7+ Kxh7 14. cxd5 Rg6 15. Ndxe4 Nf6 16. Nxf6+ Qxf6 17. f4 Nh6 18. Ne4 Qf5 19. dxc6 Be7 20. c7 Rc6 21. Qb1 Rxc7 22. Nc3 Qxb1 23. Raxb1 Rd7 24. Rbd1 b6 25. e4 Bb7 26. h3 Ng8 27. e5 Rc8 28. d5 Bb4 29. e6 Rdd8 30. Ne4 Rxd5 31. Ng5+ Kg6 32. Rxd5 Bxd5 33. Rd1 Ne7 34. Bd4 Rc2 35. g4 Bd2 36. Rf1 Bc1 37. Nf3 Bxf4 38. Nh4+ Kg5 39. Nf3+ Kh6 40. h4 Rxa2 0-1 [Event "7th Mikhail Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.13"] [Round "5"] [White "Tomashevsky,E"] [Black "McShane,L"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2738"] [BlackElo "2706"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [ECO "A54"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 e4 5. Nd2 Qe7 6. Nb3 h6 7. g3 g6 8. Bg2 Bg7 9. h3 O-O 10. Be3 c6 11. Qd2 Kh7 12. g4 d5 13. g5 hxg5 14. Bxg5 Qd6 15. c5 Qe6 16. f3 b5 17. e3 Nbd7 18. h4 b4 19. Ne2 Nh5 20. Bh3 f5 21. fxe4 dxe4 22. Nf4 Nxf4 23. Bxf4 Nf6 24. Bf1 a5 25. Nc1 Nh5 26. Ne2 Ba6 27. Bd6 Bh6 28. Nf4 Bxf4 29. Bxf4 Nxf4 30. Bxa6 Nh5 31. Be2 Ng3 32. Rg1 f4 33. exf4 e3 34. Qd3 Nxe2 35. Qxe2 Rxf4 36. h5 Rxd4 37. Rd1 Rxd1+ 38. Qxd1 g5 39. Rxg5 Qf6 40. Qd3+ Kh8 41. Qxe3 Qxb2 42. Rg6 Qa1+ 43. Kf2 Rf8+ 44. Kg3 Qc3 45. Rh6+ Kg7 46. Rg6+ Kh7 47. Rh6+ Kg7 48. Rg6+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "7th Mikhail Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.13"] [Round "5"] [White "Radjabov,T"] [Black "Carlsen,M"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2784"] [BlackElo "2835"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [ECO "C45"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Nxc6 Qf6 6. Qf3 bxc6 7. Qg3 d6 8. Nc3 Qg6 9. Bd3 Nf6 10. Na4 Bd4 11. c3 Bb6 12. O-O Qxg3 13. hxg3 Ng4 14. Bf4 f6 15. Rad1 h5 16. Be2 Be6 17. Nxb6 axb6 18. a3 Ke7 19. f3 Ne5 20. Kf2 b5 21. Bxe5 fxe5 22. Ke3 h4 23. gxh4 Rxh4 24. Rh1 Rah8 25. Rxh4 Rxh4 26. Rc1 Rh2 27. Kf2 Rh8 28. Ke3 g5 29. Bd3 Kd7 30. Ra1 Bb3 31. Rc1 Kc8 32. Kf2 Kb7 33. Kg3 Be6 34. Ra1 Kb6 35. Rc1 c5 36. Ra1 c4 37. Bc2 Kc5 38. Re1 c6 39. Bb1 Kb6 40. Bc2 Kc7 41. Kf2 Kd7 42. a4 bxa4 43. Ra1 Rb8 44. Ra2 d5 45. exd5 cxd5 46. Bxa4+ Kd6 47. Bc2 d4 48. Be4 Rb6 49. Ke2 g4 50. fxg4 Bxg4+ 51. Kd2 Be6 52. Kc2 Bd5 53. Bxd5 d3+ 54. Kd2 Kxd5 55. Ke3 Rg6 56. Ra5+ Ke6 57. Ke4 Rg4+ 58. Kf3 Rf4+ 59. Ke3 Rf1 0-1 [Event "7th Mikhail Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.13"] [Round "5"] [White "Nakamura,Hi"] [Black "Kramnik,V"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2775"] [BlackElo "2801"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [ECO "A33"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Ndb5 d5 7. Bf4 e5 8. cxd5 exf4 9. dxc6 bxc6 10. Qxd8+ Kxd8 11. Rd1+ Bd7 12. Nd6 Kc7 13. Nxf7 Rg8 14. Ne5 Rb8 15. Nxd7 Nxd7 16. g3 Rxb2 17. Bh3 Nf6 18. O-O Bb4 19. Rc1 Rd8 20. Bg2 Rdd2 21. gxf4 Rbc2 22. Ne4 Rxe2 23. Nxf6 gxf6 24. Rxc2 Rxc2 25. Be4 Rxa2 26. Rc1 c5 27. Bxh7 Rd2 28. h4 a5 29. h5 Rd8 30. Kg2 a4 31. h6 Rh8 32. Bc2 Rxh6 33. Bxa4 Rh8 34. Bb3 Rd8 35. Rd1 Bd2 36. Ba2 Bxf4 37. Rxd8 Kxd8 38. Kf3 Be5 39. Ke4 Kd7 40. f4 Bxf4 1/2-1/2 


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