Biel: Vachier-Lagrave Maintains Lead Defeating Giri. Rozentalis's Historical Manoeuvre

Время публикации: 19.07.2014 00:54 | Последнее обновление: 19.07.2014 17:16

The fifth round which finished first cycle of the round-robin comeptition in Biel brought only one decisive game. Vachier-Lagrave who had a half point lead over his nearest rivals got not any considerable advantage in the opening against Anish Giri, however, to his credit he managed to literally torture and eventually outplay young grandmaster in a protracted fight.

Here's an interesting and important moment in the game.

VACHIER-LAGRAVE - GIRI

31.Qa1! (manoeuvre which helps to recall a famous game between Rozentalis and Appel, 1993... pbjectively White has no advantage yet, but the rival definitely faces some problems) 31...Bc5 (Giri had a variety of choice... that's interesting, however, it is hard to identify if 31...Ne4!? is enough, here White can try 32.dxe4 fxe4 33.Be2 e3 34.Bb4!; worthy was a temprorary retreat 31...Ne8 32.Qa3 и здесь 32...Bd8, аnd in case of 32...Nf6?! 33.Qb4 White stand better) 32.b4 Bb6 33.Be1 Nc8?! (more precise was33...Qd7!, предотвращая b5) 34.Bf2 (34.b5!?) 34...Qd7 35.h3 h5 36.b5 axb5 (White should have considered 36...cxb5 37.axb5 a5) 37.axb5 cxb5 38.Qa8

The starting phase of the plan has been accomplished - the queen is activated and White grabbed initiative. Eventually French GM celebrated victory on move 61. 

Other two games were drawn, in Motylev - Hou Yifan encounter White applied a novelty on the 21st move, in Harikrishna - Woijtaszek clash White played a rare 6.Qe2!? in Naijdorf Sicilian.

Vachier-Lagrave leads after first cycle with 3,5/5, Wojtaszek, Harikrishna and Hou Yifan are half a point behind. Giri and Motylev share the bottom of the table having 2 points each.

[Event "Hans Suri Mem 2014"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2014.07.18"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Harikrishna, Pentala"] [Black "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2726"] [BlackElo "2733"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf"] [WhiteFideId "5007003"] [BlackFideId "1118358"] [EventDate "2014.07.14"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Qe2 Nc6 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. e5 Nd5 9. Bd2 Nxc3 10. Bxc3 d5 11. h4 h5 12. Qd3 e6 13. Be2 Bb7 14. b4 c5 15. bxc5 Bxc5 16. Bd4 Bc6 17. Bxc5 Qa5+ 18. c3 Qxc5 19. a4 Rb8 20. O-O a5 21. Rfb1 Rxb1+ 22. Rxb1 O-O 23. Qd4 Qxd4 24. cxd4 Bxa4 25. Ra1 Bc2 26. Rxa5 Bg6 27. f3 Rb8 28. Ra2 Rb4 29. Rd2 Kh7 30. Kf2 Kh6 31. Ke3 Bb1 32. Bd1 f6 33. g3 Kg6 34. Kf4 Kh6 35. Ke3 Kg6 36. g4 Kh6 37. exf6 gxf6 38. Rg2 hxg4 39. fxg4 e5 40. Rd2 Rxd4 41. Rxd4 exd4+ 42. Kxd4 Be4 43. Ke3 Bg6 44. Bf3 Bf7 45. Kd4 Be6 46. g5+ fxg5 47. hxg5+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "Hans Suri Mem 2014"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2014.07.18"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Vachier Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C67"] [WhiteElo "2766"] [BlackElo "2750"] [PlyCount "122"] [EventDate "2014.07.14"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. Nc3 Ne8 10. Nd5 Bd6 11. Re2 c6 12. Ne3 Bc7 13. Nf5 d5 14. Ne7+ Kh8 15. Nxc8 Rxc8 16. d3 f5 17. g3 Qf6 18. Bd2 Nd6 19. Bc3 d4 20. Bd2 Nf7 21. f4 Rce8 22. Bg2 Nd6 23. a3 Bb6 24. Rxe8 Rxe8 25. Qf1 Kg8 26. Re1 Re6 27. a4 a6 28. Bf3 g6 29. Kg2 Kf7 30. Rxe6 Qxe6 31. Qa1 Bc5 32. b4 Bb6 33. Be1 Nc8 34. Bf2 Qd7 35. h3 h5 36. b5 axb5 37. axb5 cxb5 38. Qa8 Bc5 39. Bxb7 Nb6 40. Qa2+ Kg7 41. Qa6 b4 42. Bf3 Kf8 43. Qa5 Qe7 44. Kf1 Kf7 45. Kg2 Kf8 46. g4 hxg4 47. hxg4 fxg4 48. Bxg4 Qc7 49. Bf3 Kg7 50. Qb5 Nc8 51. Qc4 Qb6 52. Qd5 Qd6 53. Qe5+ Qxe5 54. fxe5 Na7 55. Bd5 Nb5 56. Bh4 g5 57. Bxg5 Kg6 58. Bd8 Kf5 59. e6 Na3 60. Bb3 Nxc2 61. Bxc2 Kxe6 1-0 [Event "Hans Suri Mem 2014"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2014.07.18"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Motylev, Alexander"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2698"] [BlackElo "2629"] [ECO "B48"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Taimanov variation"] [WhiteFideId "4121830"] [BlackFideId "8602980"] [EventDate "2014.07.14"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. O-O-O Be7 9. f3 b5 10. g4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bb7 12. g5 Nh5 13. Be5 Qxe5 14. Qxd7+ Kf8 15. Qxb7 Bxg5+ 16. Kb1 Qb8 17. Rd7 Qxb7 18. Rxb7 Bf6 19. a4 Bxc3 20. bxc3 bxa4 21. Bc4 g6 22. Rd1 Rc8 23. Ba2 Rg8 24. Rd6 g5 25. Rxa6 Rg6 26. Raa7 Rf6 27. e5 Rxf3 28. Bxe6 Rf1+ 29. Ka2 fxe6 30. Rxh7 Kg8 31. Rxh5 Rf5 32. Rxa4 Rxc3 33. Rg4 Rxc2+ 34. Kb3 Re2 35. Rgxg5+ Rxg5 36. Rxg5+ Kh7 37. h4 Re4 38. h5 Kh6 39. Rg6+ Kxh5 40. Rxe6 Kg5 41. Re8 1/2-1/2 

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