Vanished Chances

Время публикации: 24.03.2013 00:50 | Последнее обновление: 24.03.2013 01:11

London: Carlsen and Aronian maintain lead at the half way stage

The 7th round of the Candidates tournament taking place in London turned out to be much calmer than the previous two rounds. Nevertheless, there was a chance of putting the competition upside down as Teimour Radjabov had an opportunity to defeat one of the leaders Norwegian Magnus Carlsen.  


The opening stage (Rossolimo variation) didn't went smoothly for White and Black tried to grab initiative. From a human point of view Black already has initiative, but here Magnus could keep balance by an accurate 21.Qg4! (or 21.Qh3). Important was occupying the diagonal the black queen is trying to use for reaching white king. 21...f3 22.g3 Ng2 23.Red1 Rf6 24.Nc3 Rdf8 25.Kh1 and strangely enough Black has nothing better than repetition 25...Rg6 26.Qh3 Rh6.
21.Qe4? f3 22.g3 Ng2 White queen took the most uncomfortable position, so giving the exchange is essential in order to hold the position.

23...Qe6?! Teimour was tempted by a wish of playing for the checkmate, perhaps taking the material was more accurate: 23...Nxe1 24.Qxe1 Bc7! - the bishop plans to move on a5 and 25.d4 gives nothing because of 25...Qe8.
24.Re3! The only move. 24...Nxe3 25.fxe3 f2+?! another miscalculation. White would have harder times if Teimour has played 25...Bе7 or even stronger 25...Bc7 26.Bxc5 Bd6.
26.Rxf2 Rxf2 27.Kxf2 Rf8+ 28.Ke2

28...Qh3 In a time toruble Azerbaijani missed the last chances of playing for a win: 28...Qf6 with an idea of 29.Qg2 e4 30.Nxe4 Qa1 31.Nd2 Rf6. After Radjabov's choice White has no problem in holding the game.
29.Qh1 Be7 30.Ne4 Qg4+ 31.Kd2 Qh3 32.Ke2 h5 33.Bb2 Qg4+ 34.Kd2 Qh3 35.Ke2 Qg4+ 36.Kd2 Qh3 37.Ke2 1/2

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Boris Abramovich Gelfand could also become the hero of the day.


Kramnik has just blundered 18...Ne8? and if Gelfand would find 19.Neg5! it's most likely that the former world champion's string of draws would be ruined. Any variation here would lead to White's advantage: for example, 19...h6 20.Bg6! fxg6 21.Qxe6+ Kh8 22.Nf7+ Kh7 23.Nh4.

Gelfand failed finding the strongest move: 19.Ned2? after which the equality led the game to the draw.

Watch all games of the last round.

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.23"] [Round "7.3"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B30"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (without ...d6)"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. b3 d6 6. O-O Ne7 7. e5 Ng6 8. exd6 Bxd6 9. Nc3 e5 10. Re1 O-O 11. d3 f5 12. Ba3 Be6 13. Na4 Qe7 14. c4 Rad8 15. Qe2 Bc8 16. Qe3 f4 17. Qe4 Kh8 18. Rad1 Bg4 19. Rd2 Bxf3 20. Qxf3 Nh4 21. Qe4 f3 22. g3 Ng2 23. Nc3 Qe6 24. Re3 Nxe3 25. fxe3 f2+ 26. Rxf2 Rxf2 27. Kxf2 Rf8+ 28. Ke2 Qh3 29. Qh1 Be7 30. Ne4 Qg4+ 31. Kd2 Qh3 32. Ke2 h5 33. Bb2 Qg4+ 34. Kd2 Qh3 35. Ke2 Qg4+ 36. Kd2 Qh3 37. Ke2 1/2-1/2[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.23"] [Round "7.1"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E54"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "4.e3, Gligoric system with 7...dc"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 c5 8. O-O cxd4 9. exd4 b6 10. Qe2 Bb7 11. Bg5 Nbd7 12. Rac1 Qb8 13. Rfd1 Rc8 14. Bd3 Bd6 15. g3 a6 16. Bxf6 Nxf6 17. Ne4 Rxc1 18. Rxc1 Ne8 19. Ned2 Qd8 20. Be4 Rc8 21. Qf1 Rxc1 22. Qxc1 Qc8 23. Qc3 Nf6 24. Bxb7 Qxb7 25. Ne5 Nd5 26. Qc6 Qxc6 27. Nxc6 Kf8 28. Nc4 Bc7 29. Ne3 Nxe3 30. fxe3 Bd6 31. Ne5 Bxe5 32. dxe5 Ke7 33. Kf2 Kd7 34. e4 Kc6 35. Ke3 Kc5 36. Kd3 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.23"] [Round "7.2"] [White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C45"] [Opening "Scotch"] [Variation "Mieses variation"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. e5 Qe7 7. Qe2 Nd5 8. c4 Ba6 9. g3 g6 10. b3 Bg7 11. Bb2 O-O-O 12. Bg2 Rhe8 13. O-O Bxe5 14. Qxe5 Qxe5 15. Bxe5 Rxe5 16. cxd5 Bxf1 17. Kxf1 cxd5 18. Nc3 c6 19. Rc1 Kb7 20. Na4 a5 21. Bf3 Kc7 22. Nc5 Ree8 23. Rc2 Ra8 24. Rd2 Re7 25. Rd4 Rae8 26. Nd3 g5 27. Ra4 Kb6 28. Rd4 Kc7 29. Ra4 Kb6 30. Rd4 Kc7 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.23"] [Round "7.4"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E18"] [Opening "Queen's Indian"] [Variation "old main line, 7.Nc3"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 Ne4 8. Bd2 Bf6 9. Ne5 Nxc3 10. Bxc3 Bxg2 11. Kxg2 c5 12. Nf3 cxd4 13. Bxd4 Be7 14. Qd3 d6 15. Qc3 e5 16. Be3 Nd7 17. Rfd1 Rc8 18. Rac1 f5 19. b4 Kh8 20. c5 bxc5 21. bxc5 e4 22. Nd4 Nxc5 23. Nb5 Qb6 24. Qc4 a6 25. Nc3 Qd8 26. Na4 Nxa4 27. Qxa4 Rxc1 28. Rxc1 a5 29. Qb5 h6 30. Rd1 Bg5 31. Bb6 Qb8 32. a4 f4 33. h4 f3+ 34. exf3 exf3+ 35. Kh2 Bf6 36. Bxa5 Be5 37. Qxb8 Rxb8 38. h5 Ra8 39. Rd5 Kg8 40. Kh3 Kf7 41. Kg4 Ke6 42. Rb5 Bd4 43. Bb6 1/2-1/2 

Thus, Carlsen and Aronian maintain lead after the first half of the tournament with 5 points each. Both are 1.5 ahead of their nearest rivals Kramnik and Svidler.
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