Hoogeveen: Veterans Get Crushed, Sveshnikov Variation Needs Repair

Время публикации: 19.10.2014 13:10 | Последнее обновление: 19.10.2014 13:50

The final, 6th games of the GM matches in Hoogeveen have proven successful for Anish Giri and Baadur Jobava again. Thus, the scores are identical in both matches: 4.5-1.5. Let us remind you that Giri and Jobava had already secured their victories over Alexei Shirov and Jan Timman respectively the day before.

The Latvian GM, who had recently scored convincing match victories over Daniil Dubov and Evgeny Sveshnikov, had a much tougher opponent this time - for young, talented and bright Dutchman Anish Giri has already entered the world top 10 (not the top 3 yet where both Shirov and Timman had stayed during their best periods). The final win by Giri draws one's attention to Black's current difficulties in a well-known sharp line of the Sveshnikov variation.

GIRI - SHIROV (game 6)
The Sicilian Defence
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 Bg5 12.Nc2 0–0 13.a4 bxa4 14.Rxa4 a5 15.Bc4 Rb8 16.b3 Kh8 17.Nce3 g6 This line has been chosen by Shirov many times.

18.h4! Bxh4 19.g3 Bg5 19...Bf6 20.Ra2 is Ponomariov - Kramnik (Wijk aan Zee 2005) which saw 20...Bg7 21.f4 exf4 22.gxf4 Re8, and here 23.Rah2! (instead of Ponomariov's 23.Qf3) is extremely strong, as proven by the further games played by email.
20.f4 exf4 21.gxf4 Bh4+

22.Kf1! The most popular move by far was 22.Kd2 (as in one of the first encounters for this position, Topalov - Leko, Linares 2005, or Jakovenko - Shirov, Foros 2007).
22...f5 23.Ra2! 23.exf5 Bxf5 24.Nxf5 Rxf5 25.Qg4 Bg5 (Delchev - Kotanjian, Kusadasi 2006) is roughly equal, even though White blundered at once: 26.Kg2? Bxf4!
23...fxe4 (23...g5 24.Rah2 Rb7 25.Qh5 fxe4 would be just a transposition) 24.Rah2 g5

25.Qh5! Hracek - Mista (Czech Republic 2006) and Radulski - Spasov (Bulgaria 2012) went 25.Ng2 Rb7 26.Nxh4 gxh4 27.Rxh4 with approximate equality. However, the text move raises problems for Black while it's unclear whether any solution does exist.

25...Rb7 Just a transposition would occur in case of 25...Be6 26.Ke2 Rb7. The alternate solution is 25...Ne5 26.Ke2 Nxc4 (a sacrifice 26...Bg4+ 27.Nxg4 Nxc4 28.bxc4 Qc8 29.Nge3 doesn't eliminate the difficulties) 27.fxg5! Rxb3 28.Rxh4 Rb2+ 29.Ke1 Rb1+ 30.Nd1 Bf5 31.g6! Rb7 32.Rf4! (probably better than 32.Qe2 Bxg6 33.Qxc4 Qg5, as in R. Barski - Skliarov, Lviv 2013) with the idea of 32...Be6 33.Rxf8+ Qxf8 34.Qxh7+! Rxh7 35.Rxh7+ Kg8 36.Ne7+ Qxe7 37.Rxe7 - the endgame is difficult for Black.
26.Ke2 Be6 27.Qh6!

27...Bg8 Maybe 27...Bxd5!? 28.Nxd5 Rff7! (28...Ne7 bumps into spectacular 29.Qxg5!) was the lesser evil, although after 29.Qe6! White's initiative is strong.
28.Rg2! Rbf7? (more persistent was 28...Bxd5 29.Nxd5 Ne7; or even 28...Ne5 29.fxe5 dxe5) 29.Rxh4! gxh4 30.Nf5. 30.f5 (intending f5-f6 or Nf4) also wins. According to the live relay, here Shirov had only 8 minites left against 1 h 16 min for Giri!
30...h3 30...Qd7 31.Nxh4 Rg7 32.Ng6+ Rxg6 33.Rxg6 is also hopeless.

31.Nh4! (there is no good defence from Ng6 mate) 31...Qxh4 32.Rxg8+! (of course, not 32.Qxh4?? hxg2) 32...Rxg8 33.Qxh4 And White went on to convert his huge advantage into the win: 33...Rg2+ 34.Kf1 Rh2 35.Ne3 Rg7 36.Qf6 Rh1+ 37.Kf2 Rh2+ 38.Ke1 Rh1+ 39.Kd2 Rh2+ 40.Kc1 Ne7 41.Nf5! Rhg2 42.Nxg7 Rxg7 43.Qf8+ Ng8 44.Bxg8 Rxg8 45.Qf6+ Rg7 46.Qh4 1–0 (annotated by GM M. Golubev).

The main open tournament has been won by the Israeli GM Victor MIkhalevski who scored 7 points out of 9. Alexander Beliavsky (Slovenia), Andrey Vovk (Ukraine), Michael Roiz (Israel) and Jiri Stocek (Czech) were tied for the second place with 6.5 points each.

Giri and Jobava are to play in the second stage of the FIDE Grand Prix 2014/15 in Tashkent very soon.

[Event "Unive Giri-Shirov m 2014"] [Site "Hoogeveen NED"] [Date "2014.10.18"] [Round "6"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Shirov, Alexei"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B33"] [WhiteElo "2768"] [BlackElo "2691"] [PlyCount "91"] [EventDate "2014.10.12"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 Bg5 12. Nc2 O-O 13. a4 bxa4 14. Rxa4 a5 15. Bc4 Rb8 16. b3 Kh8 17. Nce3 g6 18. h4 Bxh4 19. g3 Bg5 20. f4 exf4 21. gxf4 Bh4+ 22. Kf1 f5 23. Ra2 fxe4 24. Rah2 g5 25. Qh5 Rb7 26. Ke2 Be6 27. Qh6 Bg8 28. Rg2 Rbf7 29. Rxh4 gxh4 30. Nf5 h3 31. Nh4 Qxh4 32. Rxg8+ Rxg8 33. Qxh4 Rg2+ 34. Kf1 Rh2 35. Ne3 Rg7 36. Qf6 Rh1+ 37. Kf2 Rh2+ 38. Ke1 Rh1+ 39. Kd2 Rh2+ 40. Kc1 Ne7 41. Nf5 Rhg2 42. Nxg7 Rxg7 43. Qf8+ Ng8 44. Bxg8 Rxg8 45. Qf6+ Rg7 46. Qh4 1-0 [Event "Unive Timman-Jobava 2014"] [Site "Hoogeveen NED"] [Date "2014.10.18"] [Round "6"] [White "Jobava, Baadur"] [Black "Timman, Jan H"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A29"] [WhiteElo "2717"] [BlackElo "2601"] [PlyCount "67"] [EventDate "2014.10.12"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bc5 5. Bg2 d6 6. d3 h6 7. a3 a6 8. b4 Ba7 9. O-O O-O 10. Be3 Bxe3 11. fxe3 Be6 12. Nh4 Ng4 13. Qc1 Qg5 14. Bxc6 bxc6 15. e4 Qh5 16. h3 Nf6 17. Kg2 d5 18. cxd5 cxd5 19. Rxf6 gxf6 20. exd5 Bd7 21. Qe3 Qg5 22. Qc5 f5 23. Qxc7 Rad8 24. Nf3 Qh5 25. Nxe5 Bb5 26. Nc4 Rfe8 27. Rf1 Rd7 28. Qf4 Rxe2+ 29. Nxe2 Qxe2+ 30. Rf2 Qxd3 31. Ne3 Re7 32. Nxf5 Qxd5+ 33. Kh2 Rd7 34. Qg4+ 1-0 [Event "18th Unive Open 2014"] [Site "Hoogeveen NED"] [Date "2014.10.18"] [Round "9.1"] [White "Roiz, Michael"] [Black "Beliavsky, Alexander G"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E32"] [WhiteElo "2585"] [BlackElo "2618"] [PlyCount "25"] [EventDate "2014.10.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. Nf3 c5 6. dxc5 Na6 7. g3 Nxc5 8. Bg2 b6 9. O-O Bb7 10. Nb5 Be4 11. Qd1 Nb7 12. a3 Be7 13. Bf4 1/2-1/2 [Event "18th Unive Open 2014"] [Site "Hoogeveen NED"] [Date "2014.10.18"] [Round "9.2"] [White "Guramishvili, Sopiko"] [Black "Mikhalevski, Victor"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D38"] [WhiteElo "2381"] [BlackElo "2550"] [PlyCount "40"] [EventDate "2014.10.11"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e3 b5 8. a4 c6 9. Be2 Bb7 10. O-O a6 11. Ne5 Nbd7 12. Qc2 Be7 13. Rfd1 O-O 14. b3 b4 15. bxc4 bxc3 16. Bf3 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Nd7 18. Rab1 Rb8 19. Bg3 Qc7 20. Qxc3 c5 0-1 [Event "18th Unive Open 2014"] [Site "Hoogeveen NED"] [Date "2014.10.18"] [Round "9.3"] [White "Vovk, Andrey"] [Black "Romanishin, Oleg M"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C58"] [WhiteElo "2637"] [BlackElo "2490"] [PlyCount "127"] [EventDate "2014.10.11"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Qe2 Be7 8. d4 exd4 9. Bd2 b6 10. d6 cxd6 11. Nf3 Bxb5 12. Qxb5+ Qd7 13. Nxd4 Qxb5 14. Nxb5 Kd7 15. N1c3 Nc4 16. O-O-O a6 17. Nd4 Nxd2 18. Rxd2 g6 19. Nf3 Kc6 20. Re1 Rhe8 21. Rd4 Bf8 22. Red1 b5 23. g4 Rab8 24. a3 Nd7 25. Ng5 Ne5 26. Nxh7 Nf3 27. R4d3 Ne5 28. Rg3 Bg7 29. Nd5 Nc4 30. Nhf6 Re2 31. b3 Bxf6 32. Nxf6 Nxa3 33. Rc3+ Kb7 34. Nd5 Rc8 35. Rxc8 Kxc8 36. Kb2 Rxc2+ 37. Kxa3 Rxf2 38. Kb4 Rxh2 39. Rf1 Rd2 40. Nc3 Rd4+ 41. Ka5 Rd3 42. Rc1 Kb7 43. g5 d5 44. Rc2 Ka7 45. Ne2 Kb7 46. Rc3 Rd2 47. Nf4 d4 48. Rc5 d3 49. Kb4 Rd1 50. Rd5 d2 51. Ne2 Kc6 52. Rd8 a5+ 53. Kc3 a4 54. b4 Rb1 55. Kxd2 Rxb4 56. Nd4+ Kc5 57. Kc3 Rc4+ 58. Kd3 a3 59. Nc2 Rg4 60. Rc8+ Kb6 61. Rb8+ Kc5 62. Rc8+ Kb6 63. Rb8+ Kc5 64. Rc8+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "18th Unive Open 2014"] [Site "Hoogeveen NED"] [Date "2014.10.18"] [Round "9.4"] [White "Heberla, Bartlomiej"] [Black "Hansen, Eric"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B30"] [WhiteElo "2567"] [BlackElo "2574"] [PlyCount "126"] [EventDate "2014.10.11"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Nc3 g6 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 d6 7. Nde2 Bg7 8. Bg2 O-O 9. O-O Be6 10. Nd5 Rc8 11. c3 Bd7 12. Bg5 Nxd5 13. exd5 Ne5 14. Nd4 h6 15. Bf4 Bg4 16. Qd2 Nc4 17. Qc1 g5 18. Be3 Nxe3 19. fxe3 Qd7 20. Qd2 Kh8 21. Be4 e6 22. Bc2 exd5 23. Qd3 f5 24. Nxf5 Bxf5 25. Rxf5 Rxf5 26. Qxf5 Qxf5 27. Bxf5 Re8 28. Kf2 Bf6 29. Rd1 Re5 30. Bg4 Bd8 31. Bf3 Bb6 32. Rd3 Kg7 33. Bxd5 Bxe3+ 34. Rxe3 Rxd5 35. Re7+ Kf6 36. Rxb7 Rd2+ 37. Ke3 Rxh2 38. a4 a5 39. Rb5 h5 40. b4 axb4 41. cxb4 Ra2 42. a5 h4 43. gxh4 gxh4 44. Rh5 h3 45. Kd4 h2 46. Kc4 Ke6 47. Kb3 Rf2 48. a6 Kd7 49. a7 Rf8 50. Ka4 Ra8 51. Kb5 Rxa7 52. Rxh2 Rb7+ 53. Ka5 Kc6 54. Rc2+ Kd5 55. b5 Ke4 56. b6 d5 57. Rc8 d4 58. Re8+ Kf3 59. Rd8 Ke3 60. Ka6 Re7 61. b7 Rxb7 62. Kxb7 d3 63. Kc6 Ke4 1/2-1/2 [Event "18th Unive Open 2014"] [Site "Hoogeveen NED"] [Date "2014.10.18"] [Round "9.5"] [White "Van Osch, Mees"] [Black "Stocek, Jiri"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B07"] [WhiteElo "2188"] [BlackElo "2551"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2014.10.11"] 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 a6 5. h3 Nbd7 6. f4 b5 7. e5 b4 8. Qf3 Rb8 9. exf6 bxc3 10. fxe7 Qxe7 11. bxc3 Bb7 12. Qf2 Bh6 13. Nf3 Nf6 14. Bd3 Nd5 15. O-O Nxe3 16. Rae1 Bxf4 17. Nd2 Bg5 18. Nc4 Nxf1 19. Qxf1 O-O 20. Rxe7 Bxe7 21. Na5 Ba8 22. Bxa6 Rb2 23. Bd3 Rxa2 24. Nb3 Bg5 25. Qe1 Bc6 26. Qg3 Bh6 27. Qh4 Kg7 28. c4 Re8 29. d5 Bd7 30. Kh2 Be3 31. Qg3 Rb2 32. Qf3 Rb1 33. g3 Ba4 34. Be4 Re1 35. Kg2 Bxb3 36. cxb3 Ra8 37. h4 Ra2+ 38. Kh3 Rf2 39. Qg4 f5 40. Bxf5 Rh1# 0-1 [Event "18th Unive Open 2014"] [Site "Hoogeveen NED"] [Date "2014.10.18"] [Round "9.6"] [White "Raghavi, N."] [Black "Hambleton, Aman"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C07"] [WhiteElo "2253"] [BlackElo "2456"] [PlyCount "126"] [EventDate "2014.10.11"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 cxd4 5. exd5 Qxd5 6. Bc4 Qd7 7. Nb3 Nc6 8. O-O Nf6 9. Nbxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 a6 11. Re1 b5 12. Be2 Bb7 13. Bf3 Be7 14. Nxe6 fxe6 15. Qxd7+ Nxd7 16. Bxb7 Ra7 17. Bf3 Kf7 18. Bg4 e5 19. Bd2 Nf6 20. Bf3 Rc8 21. c3 Rd8 22. Be3 Rad7 23. Bb6 Rb8 24. Ba5 Rd2 25. Re2 Rxe2 26. Bxe2 Bd8 27. Bxd8 Rxd8 28. Rd1 Rxd1+ 29. Bxd1 Ke6 30. Kf1 Kd5 31. Ke2 a5 32. Ke3 Kc5 33. h4 h6 34. g3 g5 35. Bf3 gxh4 36. gxh4 Kc4 37. Be2+ Kc5 38. Bd3 Ng4+ 39. Kf3 Nf6 40. Bf5 Kd5 41. Ke3 Kc5 42. f3 Kd6 43. Be4 Nd7 44. f4 exf4+ 45. Kxf4 Nb6 46. Kf5 Na4 47. Kg6 Nxb2 48. Kxh6 Na4 49. Kg7 Nxc3 50. Bf3 b4 51. h5 a4 52. h6 b3 53. axb3 a3 54. h7 a2 55. h8=Q a1=Q 56. Qf8+ Kd7 57. Qf7+ Kd6 58. Qf4+ Ke6 59. Qf6+ Kd7 60. Qd4+ Kc7 61. Kf7 Qa5 62. b4 Qf5+ 63. Qf6 Qxf6+ 1/2-1/2 


  


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