Tashkent, Round 1: Birthday Present For Vachier-Lagrave

Время публикации: 22.10.2014 01:20 | Последнее обновление: 22.10.2014 14:13

The Frenchman defeated Caruana as Black at the start

The starting round of the 2nd FIDE Grand Prix stage in Tashkent has coincided with Maxime-Lagrave's birthday - on October 20th, Maxime turned 24. The best present for the Frenchman was his own victory as Black over the 2nd player in the world Fabiano Caruana.

Vachier-Lagrave opted for the Sicilian Defence, unlike their game from the Sinquefield Cup where he had tried Caro-Kann unsuccessfully. Soon the game entered one of the most popular and sharpest line of the Najdorf variation. The key moment occurred at move 20.

CARUANA - VACHIER-LAGRAVE

White has just undertaken a typical pawn sacrifice and now has a wide range of opportunities - there is no need to rush. However, Caruana played 20.c4?! Nf4 21.Bxf4 exf4 22.cxb5 (maybe 22.h4!? was better) 22...axb5 23.Qxb5, and after 23...Qa7! the evaluation has changed in Black's favour. In the middlegame, White's connected passed pawns are of less importance than the permanently unsafe position of his king, especially given the opposite-coloured bishops.

White is not doomed yet, but Caruana failed to overcome the difficulties. Thus, Maxime has taken a partial revenge for his 2 losses to Caruana in the recent Sinquefield Cup.

Two more games have also proven decisive. Hikaru Nakamura scored the victory over Baadur Jobava as a result of strategically risky opening chosen by the latter. However, Dmitry Andreikin's win against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov can be hardly called a deserved one.

MAMEDYAROV - ANDREIKIN

White is a pawn up but Black has the threats of 37...Rg6 or 37...Rcc2. The solution looks quite simple - 37.Rd6!, sweeping off a pair of rooks. For example, 37...Rxd6 (37...Rcc2 38.Rg6; or 37...Rc1 38.Rd8+! Kh7 39.Rdd7 Rbb1 40.Rxg7+ Kh6 41.Rxh7+ Kg5 42.Rbg7+ taking the h4-pawn with a check) 38.exd6 Rd2 39.d7 Kf8 40.Ra7 must be winning for White.
Instead, Mamedyarov played 37. Rb8+? Kh7 38. Rxh4+ Kg6 39. Rhh8 Rcc2
. Now the task for White is much more complicated.

40.Kg3?! White had to find 40.Rb6+! Kg5 41.h4+ Kf4 42.Rg6 Rc1 43.Rd8 Rbb1 44.Rd4+ Kxe5 45.Rb4; or 40...Kf7 41.e6+ Ke7 42.Kg3 Rxg2+ 43.Kf4, keeping winning chances.
40...Rxg2+ 41.Kh4?! (perhaps it was already time to think about equality: 41.Kf3, and 41...Rbf2+ isn't dangerous due to 42.Ke3 f4+ 43.Ke4) 41...Rbe2! 42.Rb6+ Kf7 43.e6+? (43.Rb7+ Ke6 44.Re8+ Kd5 45.Rd7+ is better) 43...Rxe6 44.Rxe6 Kxe6

The decorations have changed - the material is equal while the white king is totally misplaced, being cut off the passed f-pawn as well as exposed to mating threats in some sidelines.
45.b4 (or 45.Ra8 f4 46.Rxa6+ Kf7! 47.Ra5 Kg6 48.Ra8 f3 49.Rf8 f2 50.a5 f1Q! 51.Rxf1 Kh6!, and White has to give up his rook in order to avoid the checkmate) 45...g5+ 46.Kh5 g4 47.Kh4 (if 47.hxg4 then 47...Rh2+ winning a rook) 47...g3 48.b5 axb5 49.axb5 f4 50.Rg8 Kd7 51.Rg7+ Kc8 0–1

The crosstable, schedule, pairings and other information about the tournament

[Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.21"] [Round "1"] [White "Giri,A"] [Black "Gelfand,B"] [Result "1/2- 1/2"] [WhiteElo "2768"] [BlackElo "2748"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "E60"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 e6 4. e4 c5 5. d5 d6 6. Nc3 exd5 7. cxd5 Bg7 8. Nge2 O-O 9. Ng3 a6 10. a4 Nh5 11. Nxh5 gxh5 12. Be2 Qh4+ 13. g3 Qe7 14. h4 Nd7 15. Kf2 Ne5 16. Kg2 f5 17. f4 Ng4 18. Bxg4 hxg4 19. Re1 Bxc3 20. bxc3 fxe4 21. a5 Bf5 22. Be3 Rad8 23. Rb1 Rd7 24. Rb6 Qf7 25. c4 Re8 26. Qb3 h5 27. Rb1 Ree7 28. Kf1 Kh7 29. Ke2 Kg8 30. Kd2 Kh7 31. Qd1 Kg8 32. R1b3 Kh7 33. Kc2 Kg8 34. Kb1 Kh7 35. Ka2 Qe8 36. Qc2 Qf7 37. Qc3 Qg7 38. Qc2 Qf7 39. Qc3 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.21"] [Round "1"] [White "Mamedyarov,S"] [Black "Andreikin,D"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2722"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "D45"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. e3 e6 6. Qc2 Nbd7 7. b3 Bd6 8. Bb2 O-O 9. Be2 e5 10. cxd5 cxd5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. O-O Be6 13. Rac1 Rc8 14. Qb1 Nfg4 15. Nxe5 Bxe5 16. h3 Bh2+ 17. Kh1 Bb8 18. Bxg4 Bxg4 19. Qd3 Qd6 20. f4 Be6 21. Rcd1 Qc5 22. Nxd5 Bxd5 23. Qxd5 Qxd5 24. Rxd5 Ba7 25. e4 Rfe8 26. e5 Rc2 27. Rb1 h5 28. Rd7 Rf2 29. Rxb7 Be3 30. f5 Rxf5 31. Re1 Rf2 32. Rxe3 Rxb2 33. a4 Re6 34. Kh2 h4 35. Re4 f5 36. Rd4 Rc6 37. Rb8+ Kh7 38. Rxh4+ Kg6 39. Rhh8 Rcc2 40. Kg3 Rxg2+ 41. Kh4 Rbe2 42. Rb6+ Kf7 43. e6+ Rxe6 44. Rxe6 Kxe6 45. b4 g5+ 46. Kh5 g4 47. Kh4 g3 48. b5 axb5 49. axb5 f4 50. Rg8 Kd7 51. Rg7+ Kc8 0-1 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.21"] [Round "1"] [White "Nakamura,Hi"] [Black "Jobava,Ba"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2717"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "A40"] 1. d4 e6 2. c4 Bb4+ 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. a3 Be7 5. Ngf3 O-O 6. e4 d6 7. Bd3 e5 8. O-O exd4 9. Nxd4 Nc6 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Nb3 Re8 12. Na5 Bd7 13. Bf4 Bf8 14. Re1 h6 15. h3 Nh7 16. e5 Ng5 17. b4 dxe5 18. Bxe5 c5 19. h4 cxb4 20. hxg5 Qxg5 21. Be4 Bg4 22. Qb1 Rxe5 23. Bxa8 bxa3 24. Rxe5 Qxe5 25. Nb3 Bf5 26. Qc1 Qb2 27. Nd2 Bb4 28. Ne4 Qxc1+ 29. Rxc1 a5 30. Kf1 Bd7 31. Ke2 Ba4 32. Kd3 Bb3 33. Nc3 a2 34. Ra1 1-0 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.21"] [Round "1"] [White "Caruana,F"] [Black "Vachier Lagrave,M"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2844"] [BlackElo "2757"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "B90"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Be3 Be7 9. Qd2 O-O 10. O-O-O Nbd7 11. g4 b5 12. Rg1 Nb6 13. Na5 Rc8 14. g5 Nh5 15. Kb1 Qc7 16. Nd5 Nxd5 17. exd5 Bxd5 18. Qxd5 Qxa5 19. Bd3 g6 20. c4 Nf4 21. Bxf4 exf4 22. cxb5 axb5 23. Qxb5 Qa7 24. Be4 Rc7 25. Bd5 Qf2 26. Qb3 Qxh2 27. a4 Qf2 28. Rc1 Ra7 29. Qb4 Qe3 30. Rcd1 Qe5 31. Qb5 Kg7 32. Bc6 Rc8 33. Rg2 d5 34. Bxd5 Rc5 35. Qb3 Bxg5 36. Bc4 Bf6 37. Re2 Qf5+ 38. Re4 Re5 39. Rde1 Rxe4 40. Rxe4 Re7 41. Bd3 Rxe4 42. Bxe4 Qd7 43. Qb5 Qxb5 44. axb5 Bd4 45. Kc2 h5 46. b6 Bxb6 47. Kd1 f5 48. Bc6 g5 49. Bd7 Kf6 50. Ke2 g4 51. Kf1 Kg5 0-1 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.21"] [Round "1"] [White "Kasimdzhanov,R"] [Black "Jakovenko,D"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2706"] [BlackElo "2747"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "C67"] 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 Nf6 17. g3 Ng4 18. h3 Nf6 19. Bd2 Qd7 20. Bg2 Rce8 21. Rxe8 Rxe8 22. Qf3 Kg8 23. Re1 Rxe1+ 24. Bxe1 Qe6 25. Kf1 g6 26. Qe2 h5 27. Bd2 Ne8 28. c4 Be5 29. b3 Nf6 30. Qe3 a6 31. Bb4 Kg7 32. a4 Bb2 33. Bd2 Qd6 34. b4 Nd7 35. cxd5 cxd5 36. a5 Nf6 37. Bf3 Qd7 38. Kg2 Qf5 39. Qe2 Bd4 40. g4 hxg4 41. hxg4 Qe6 42. g5 Ng8 43. Bg4 Qxe2 44. Bxe2 Ne7 45. Bd1 f6 46. gxf6+ Kxf6 47. Ba4 Nf5 48. b5 axb5 49. Bxb5 Nh4+ 50. Kf1 Nf3 51. Bb4 g5 52. Ke2 Ne5 53. Bd2 Kf5 54. Ba4 Kf6 55. Bb3 Ke6 56. Ba4 Kf6 57. Bb5 Kf5 58. Be8 Kf6 59. Ba4 Kf5 60. f3 Kf6 61. Bb3 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.21"] [Round "1"] [White "Radjabov,T"] [Black "Karjakin,Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2726"] [BlackElo "2767"] [EventDate "2014.10.20"] [ECO "C26"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. exd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bd6 7. Nf3 O-O 8. O-O Nc6 9. Rb1 h6 10. d3 Rb8 11. Nh4 Be6 12. Qh5 Ne7 13. f4 exf4 14. gxf4 Nd5 15. Bxd5 Bxd5 16. Nf5 Bc6 17. Be3 Qf6 18. Bd4 Qg6+ 19. Qxg6 fxg6 20. Nxd6 cxd6 21. Rbe1 Rbe8 22. Rxe8 Rxe8 23. Bxa7 Ra8 24. Bb6 Rxa2 25. Rf2 Ba4 26. Bc7 d5 27. Be5 Kf7 28. Kg2 h5 29. h4 Bd7 30. Kg1 Bg4 31. Bd4 b5 32. Be5 Ra7 33. Kg2 Ke6 34. Bd4 Re7 35. Be5 Kf5 36. Rf1 Ra7 37. Rb1 g5 38. Bd4 Ra2 39. fxg5 Rxc2+ 40. Kg3 Rd2 41. Bxg7 Rxd3+ 42. Kf2 Rh3 43. Rxb5 Rxh4 44. Rxd5+ Kg6 45. Be5 1/2-1/2 

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