Caruana Becomes 2nd Player to Reach Kasparov's Record

Время публикации: 09.10.2014 01:45 | Последнее обновление: 09.10.2014 04:49

The Italian's victory over Svidler raised his current Elo to 2851

Round 6 in the Baku stage of the FIDE Grand Prix 2014/15 turned out to be much more interesting than the previous one. Three games have been decisive - so far, this is the record (which can be still improved, hopefully).

The most remarkable event of the round was the victory by Fabiano Caruana which has brought him to the very top of the tournament table. What's more, it raised his current Elo rating to 2851 - the magical number which had been an unbreakable record by Kasparov for many years. Magnus Carlsen was the first player to reach (and surpass) this rating at the end of 2012, and now Caruana is the second. To say the truth, this refers only to current Elo, as we are unable to predict the Italian's FIDE rating for November so far.

Yet another victim for Caruana in Baku turned out to be Peter Svidler who was lacking his certainty during the opening stage (according to Caruana's coach Vladimir Chuchelov).

"The 3.f3 line in the Grunfeld Defence is very popular nowadays, or maybe even the most popular", Chuchelov said. "Many players devote enormous amounts of time to study this line. However, judging by Peter's long thinking at the beginning, I could conclude that he hadn't considered it very probable in today's game. Fabiano quickly obtained a very promising position..."


Chuchelov: "It wouldn't be premature to say that the position is almost lost for Black, but Fabiano's 18.е5 was obviously hasty. Instead, White had just to bring the other knight into play by 18.Nge2...
After 18....Nxe5 19.fxe5 Bxe5 Black got decent compensation for the piece.
20.Bg2 Bxd4 21.Rxd4 Bf5+ 22.Ka1 e5 23.Rd1 Nc4 24.h5 Qb6 25.Qe2 Ne3 26.Rd2 Kg7 27.Be4
Svidler made a lot of very precise moves in a row and complicated the matters seriously, but his next move is the crucial mistake...

Only the computer-like 27...Bxe4 28.Nxe4 f5! could keep the dynamic equality.
28.Rd3 Now Black is in dire straits.
28...Nc4 29.b3 Nd6 30.Bxf5 Nxf5 31.Qxg4 e4 32.Nxe4 Rae8 33.Ne2 1-0 

"It's becoming more and more difficult to prepare for games nowadays: you have to repeat more and more lines, and there's always a chance that you forget something or make a wrong guess... Sometimes you fail to repeat exactly the line chosen by your opponent", Chuchelov concluded.

Peter Svidler went down to 50% score

[Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.08"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D70"] [Opening "Neo-Gruenfeld defence"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O Qd6 10. Kb1 a6 11. h4 Rd8 12. d5 Ne5 13. Qf2 h5 14. Bc5 Qf6 15. Bd4 Qd6 16. g4 hxg4 17. f4 Ned7 18. e5 Nxe5 19. fxe5 Bxe5 20. Bg2 Bxd4 21. Rxd4 Bf5+ 22. Ka1 e5 23. Rd1 Nc4 24. h5 Qb6 25. Qe2 Ne3 26. Rd2 Kg7 27. Be4 Rh8 28. Rd3 Nc4 29. b3 Nd6 30. Bxf5 Nxf5 31. Qxg4 e4 32. Nxe4 Rae8 33. Ne2 1-0

After 6 rounds Caruana is half a point ahead of his current rival Boris Gelfand who drew his game vs Sergey Karjakin. Hikaru Nakamura, Teimour Radjabov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov are a point behind Caruana (3.5 each).
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