WRCC: Classical Torturers Ahead, Carlsen Solo Leader

Время публикации: 17.06.2014 23:40 | Последнее обновление: 17.06.2014 23:46

Ten rounds of the World Rapid Championship are left behind.

As we've reported Fabiano Caruana maintained solo lead after eight rounds. Ninth round drawing paired him with one of his nearest rivals Alexander Grischuk. Italiian and Russian drew, hence only Magnus Carlsen managed to catch him as he slowly tortured and outplayed Sergey Movsesian in the endgame. 

CARLSEN - MOVSESIAN

27.Bxc4 has just been played. 26 more moves and Magnus celebrates victory. 

Two more GMs from the leading group managed to gain wins in round 9: Vishy Anand defeated his compatriot Pentala Harikrishna, Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian took an upper hand on Sergey Karjakin. Russian had an acceptable position throughout the game in which Berlin endgame took place. Nonetheless, he eventually missed Aronian's powerful counterattack on the king's flank - the rook on h8 which stayed in the shadow during the game now became merciless.  

KARJAKIN - ARONIAN 

41...h3! (taking the knight now leads to losing an exchange and full capitulation) 42. Rf8+ Kh7 43. Rf7+ Kg8 0-1

In the key clash of Round 10 the leaders faced each other. Magnus the torturer again achieved what he longed for. 

CARLSEN - CARUANA

30. a6! Qa2 (30...Qxb5 31.a7!, winning an exchange in several moves) 31. a7 Rf8 32. g3 d4 33. Qb7 Kg7 34. Rc8 Rxc8 35. Qxc8 Qb1+ 36. Kg2 Qe4+ 37. Kh3 (and white queenS will be controlling both crucial diagonals) 37...Qd3 38. a8=Q 1-0

So, Carlsen leads the championship before the final playing day. Noteworthy is that two years ago Magnus failed to maintain the leading position even having bigger advantage over his rivals.

Levon Aronian losses the leader half a point. World #2 classical player defeated the leader of "rapid" rating Hikaru Nakamura. American explained his loss in twitter:

The final five rounds will be played on June 18. In an important encounter of round 11 Carlsen (8) will face Aronian (7.5). The nearest rivals have 7 point: Nepomniachtchi, Caruana, Tomashevsky, Grischuk, Yu Yangyi, Anand and Svidler. Last year's winner Shakhriyar MAmedyarov has 6/10 maintaining only theoretical chances to repeat his success.  

Check out the key games of rounds 9-10.

[Event "FIDE World Rapid-ch 2014"] [Site "Dubai"] [Date "2014.06.17"] [Round "9"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C67"] [WhiteElo "2771"] [BlackElo "2815"] [PlyCount "86"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "UAE"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Rd1+ Ke8 10. Nc3 h6 11. h3 Bb4 12. Ne2 g5 13. g4 Ne7 14. Ng3 Ng6 15. Nh5 Be6 16. Be3 Kf8 17. Nd4 Bd5 18. Nf6 Nxe5 19. Nxd5 cxd5 20. Nf5 c6 21. f4 Ng6 22. c4 Re8 23. Bd4 Rh7 24. a3 Ba5 25. cxd5 cxd5 26. Nd6 Ra8 27. Nxb7 Bb6 28. Bxb6 axb6 29. Rxd5 Nxf4 30. Rb5 h5 31. gxh5 Rxh5 32. Rd1 Rc8 33. Nd6 Rc2 34. Nf5 Kg8 35. h4 Kh7 36. Rd7 gxh4 37. Kh1 Ne2 38. Rxf7+ Kg8 39. Rg7+ Kh8 40. Rf7 Ng3+ 41. Kg1 h3 42. Rf8+ Kh7 43. Rf7+ Kg8 0-1 [Event "FIDE World Rapid-ch 2014"] [Site "Dubai"] [Date "2014.06.17"] [Round "9"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Movsesian, Sergei"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D38"] [WhiteElo "2881"] [BlackElo "2672"] [PlyCount "125"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "UAE"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Qa4+ Nc6 8. e3 O-O 9. Be2 dxc4 10. O-O a6 11. Bxc4 Bd6 12. Ne4 Qe7 13. Nxd6 cxd6 14. d5 Na7 15. Qb4 e5 16. Rac1 Bf5 17. Nd2 Rfc8 18. Be2 Rxc1 19. Rxc1 Rc8 20. Rxc8+ Nxc8 21. e4 Bg6 22. Bg4 Na7 23. a4 Qc7 24. h4 h5 25. Be2 a5 26. Qc4 Qxc4 27. Bxc4 Kf8 28. Bd3 Nc8 29. Nc4 b6 30. f3 Ke7 31. g4 f6 32. Ne3 Kd8 33. Kf2 Be8 34. b3 Ne7 35. Kg3 Kc7 36. Ba6 Kd8 37. g5 Bd7 38. gxf6 gxf6 39. f4 Be8 40. f5 Ng8 41. Be2 Ne7 42. Kf2 Nc8 43. Nd1 Na7 44. Nc3 Ke7 45. Ke3 Kf8 46. Kd2 Ke7 47. Kc2 Kd8 48. Kb2 Kc7 49. Ka3 Kd8 50. b4 Kc7 51. Nd1 axb4+ 52. Kxb4 Nc8 53. Ne3 Ne7 54. Nf1 Ng8 55. Ng3 Kb7 56. Bxh5 Bd7 57. Bg6 Kc7 58. Nh5 Kd8 59. Bf7 Nh6 60. Be6 Ng4 61. Bxd7 Kxd7 62. Kb5 Kc7 63. Ka6 1-0 [Event "FIDE World Rapid-ch 2014"] [Site "Dubai"] [Date "2014.06.17"] [Round "10"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C41"] [WhiteElo "2881"] [BlackElo "2791"] [PlyCount "75"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "UAE"] 1. d4 d6 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. Bc4 Be7 6. O-O exd4 7. Qxd4 Nb6 8. Bb3 O-O 9. a4 a5 10. Bf4 Bg4 11. Qd3 Nfd7 12. Nd4 Bf6 13. Ndb5 Nc5 14. Qg3 Nxb3 15. cxb3 Be6 16. Rac1 Nd7 17. Nd5 Bxd5 18. exd5 Rc8 19. Bd2 Be5 20. Qh3 c6 21. dxc6 Rxc6 22. Bxa5 Qxa5 23. Qxd7 Rxc1 24. Rxc1 Qd2 25. Rf1 Qxb2 26. Qxb7 Qxb3 27. a5 d5 28. Qc6 Rb8 29. Rc1 g6 30. a6 Qa2 31. a7 Rf8 32. g3 d4 33. Qb7 Kg7 34. Rc8 Rxc8 35. Qxc8 Qb1+ 36. Kg2 Qe4+ 37. Kh3 Qd3 38. a8=Q 1-0 [Event "FIDE World Rapid-ch 2014"] [Site "Dubai"] [Date "2014.06.17"] [Round "10"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D20"] [WhiteElo "2815"] [BlackElo "2775"] [PlyCount "139"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "UAE"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 e5 4. Bxc4 exd4 5. exd4 Bd6 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. Qe2+ Qe7 8. Qxe7+ Bxe7 9. Nc3 O-O 10. O-O a6 11. Re1 Bd8 12. Bf4 Nbd7 13. Rac1 Nb6 14. Bb3 h6 15. d5 Bf5 16. h3 Re8 17. g4 Rxe1+ 18. Rxe1 Bd7 19. Ne5 Be8 20. h4 a5 21. a4 Nfd7 22. Nxd7 Bxd7 23. g5 hxg5 24. hxg5 Kf8 25. d6 c5 26. Kg2 c4 27. Bc2 Bc6+ 28. f3 Nd7 29. Bf5 Nc5 30. Rh1 Kg8 31. Bh7+ Kf8 32. Bd3 Kg8 33. Bxc4 Ne6 34. Bxe6 fxe6 35. Kg3 Bb6 36. Re1 Bd7 37. Be3 Bd8 38. f4 Rc8 39. Rd1 Kf7 40. Bd4 Rc4 41. Be5 Bb6 42. Rh1 Rc8 43. Rh7 Rg8 44. Nb5 Kg6 45. Rh2 Rc8 46. Nc7 Bc5 47. b3 Bb4 48. Kf3 Bc6+ 49. Ke3 Bc5+ 50. Ke2 Bd7 51. Kd3 Rf8 52. Rc2 Bb6 53. Rh2 Bc5 54. Nb5 Rd8 55. Nd4 Bxd4 56. Kxd4 Rc8 57. Rh3 b5 58. axb5 Bxb5 59. Rc3 Rxc3 60. Kxc3 Kf7 61. Kd4 g6 62. Kc5 Bd7 63. Kb6 Ke8 64. Kxa5 Kd8 65. b4 Kc8 66. Kb6 Be8 67. b5 Bd7 68. Ka6 Kb8 69. b6 Bc8+ 70. b7 1-0 [Event "FIDE World Rapid-ch 2014"] [Site "Dubai"] [Date "2014.06.17"] [Round "10"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B90"] [WhiteElo "2730"] [BlackElo "2792"] [PlyCount "57"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "UAE"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 Nc6 7. g4 Qb6 8. Nb3 e6 9. g5 Nd7 10. h4 Qc7 11. f4 b5 12. Bg2 Bb7 13. a3 g6 14. f5 Nde5 15. fxe6 fxe6 16. Bh3 Qe7 17. O-O Bg7 18. Ne2 Nf7 19. Nf4 Bc8 20. c3 O-O 21. Be3 Nfe5 22. Nd2 Bd7 23. Qe2 Rf7 24. Rf2 Raf8 25. Raf1 Na5 26. Bd4 Nac6 27. Be3 Na5 28. Bd4 Nac6 29. Be3 1/2-1/2 


  


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