Petrosian Memorial, Rd. 2: 2800+ Club Welcomes New Member

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The Moscow GM reinforced his sole lead after beating Gelfand

Alexander Grischuk won again in the 2nd round of the Tigran Petrosian Memorial which is taking place in Moscow. This time, the Moscow Grandmaster defeated Boris Gelfand who is playing his third elite competition in a row.

This victory has allowed Grischuk to strengthen his sole lead and, more importantly, to cross the milestone rating border, as he became (unofficially so far) the 8th player ever to join the 2800+ virtual club.

Having the black pieces, Grischuk obtained clear advantage by the surprising 20...Bxe5! 21.dxe5 Nd2! "I played this because I just hadn't found anything else. It took me a long time to believe in this idea... Very unexpected", Grischuk commented later on.

However might it be, after some complications he earned a healthy extra pawn in an endgame; a few moves later, it transformed into the nice positional edge with the blocking e5-knight and the better bishop.


32...Bxh3! Simple 32...Rbc2 would have kept the advantage too, but the text move is more spectacular and probably stronger. By the price of an exchange, Black gets two connected passed pawns which, combined with the power of the e5-knight, will pose a very serious threat for the white monarch.
33.Nxb2 Bxg2+ 34.Kh2 Rxb2 35.Kg3 g5! (the point) 36.Rcd1 The engines consider 36.Bf1 to be more persistent, although White's problems in case of 36...Bxf1 37.Rxf1 h5 are very clear: the pawns are running forward very quickly and with checks. For example: 38.Rb4 h4+ 39.Kh3 Rc2 40.Rb7+ Kg6 41.Rxa7 Rc3+ 42.Kh2 Nf3+ 43.Kh1 g4, and so on.
36...h5 37.R4d2 Rxd2 38.Rxd2 Bxe4 39.Re2 h4+ 40.Kf2 Ng4+ 41.Kg1

41...Nf6?! The first move after the time control turns out to be an inaccuracy, as it often happens. 41...h3! would have saved a lot of time for both players: 42. Rxe4 h2+ 43.Kg2 h1=Q+ 44.Kxh1 Nf2+ and 45...Nxe4 is just regisnable. Now the position is still winning but some accuracy and patience are needed. However, Alexander never lacked the qualities mentioned; slowly but surely, he went on to convert his 3 passed pawns into the win "Capablanca style" (or Petrosian style, given the name of the tournament).
42.Be6 Kg6 43.Re1 Bf3 44.Re5 g4 45.Bf5+ Kh6 46.Bd3 Bd5 47.Bf1 g3 48.Bh3 Ne4 49.Be6 Nf2 50.Bxd5 cxd5 51.Kg2 (if 51.Rxd5 then 51...h3 wins on the spot).

51...d4. Missing a nice chance to shorten the torture for Gelfand by 51...Nd3! 52.Rf5 Ne1+ 53.Kh3 g2 54.Kh2 h3, and White can do nothing against the d-pawn march, as his rook must protect the f3-square. However, the essence is unchanged: with the 3 passed pawns so advanced, Black must be winning.
52.Rd5 d3 53.a4 a5 54.Kf3 Kg6 55.Rd8 Kf7 56.Rd4 Kf8 57. Rd5 Ke8 58.Rd4 Ke7 59.Rd5 Kf6 60.Rd6+ Kf5 61.Rd4 Ke6 62.Rd8 Ke5 63.Rd7. Everything has been prepared for the final breakthrough, so...

63...h3! 64.Kxg3 Ne4+ 65.Kf3. Or 63.Kxh3 d2 64.Rd3 (otherwise 64...Nd6 wins) 64...Nf2+.
65...h2 66.Kg2 d2, and White resigned due to variations similar to the previous line. If 67.Rd3 then 67...h1=Q+. 0-1 (Annotated by GM A.Deviatkin)

Vladimir Kramnik has scored a victory over Ernesto Inarkiev for whom it this defeat has been the second one in a stretch. Of course, getting Grischuk and Kramnik as Black right at the start is by no means an easy lot.
The ex-World Champion strategy dominated totally; he afforded a few flaws only in the final phase of the game, which can perhaps be explained by the Inarkiev's time trouble.


Strangely enough, Inarkiev has ended up in a structure similar to his yesterday's game: a pair of bishops for White and a weak c-pawn for Black. White's advantage is huge, and the time has come to take decisive actions.
30.Rxh6+! gxh6 31.Qxh6+ Kg8 32.f4? Maybe it doesn't miss the win, but 32.Rd1! was suggesting itself. The threat is 33.Rd4; if 32...c3 then White has at least 3 ways, namely: 33.Bd3!, 33.Rd3!, and even 33.Bh5 (if 33...c2 then 34.Bxf7+ Kxf7 35.Qh7#)
32...Bc6 33.Bf3?! According to Kramnik, 33.f5! was winning, although the lines would have already been more complicated than on the previous move.

33...Qc8? Inarkiev was short on time and missed the unexpected 33...Nc8!! 34.Bxc6 Nxd6 35.exd6 (35.Rf3?? Nf5) 35...Qb6+! 36. Rf2 Qxc6 37. Rf3 Qxf3 38. gxf3 Rad8 with some chances to escape, as the d6-pawn wouldn't have survived.
34.f5 (now the attack is unstoppable again) 34...exf5 35.Qg5+ Kh8 36.Bxc6 Re6 37.Rxf5 Ra7 38.Qh4+ Kg7 39.Rh5 Qg8 40.Be4

A very spectacular position in which all the White pieces are concentrated near the bare black king. Black resigned (1–0)

(A few days ago, Kramnik has granted an interview to our website which will be published in English soon - CN)

Two other games of round 2 have ended in a draw; the only moment really worth mentioning took place in Morozevich - Aronian where Aronian has missed 48...exf4+ 49.Kxe4 f3! after his long passive defence. That could suddenly lead to a queen endgame with an extra pawn ang good winning chances for Black; in turn, the preceding 47.Ke3? by Morozevich was a blunder in the already drawish position.

The crosstable and other information about the Petrosian memorial

[Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.05"] [Round "2"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Inarkiev, Ernesto"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2760"] [BlackElo "2688"] [ECO "D37"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "4.Nf3"] [EventDate "2014.11.04"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Qc2 O-O 6. Bg5 c5 7. dxc5 dxc4 8. e4 Nfd7 9. Bf4 b5 10. cxb6 Nxb6 11. Rd1 Qe8 12. Be2 Na6 13. Ne5 Nb4 14. Qc1 Ba6 15. a3 Nc6 16. b4 Bf6 17. Nf3 Bxc3+ 18. Qxc3 Qc8 19. O-O Bb5 20. Bd6 Rd8 21. e5 h6 22. Nd4 a6 23. Bf3 Nxd4 24. Rxd4 Bc6 25. Be2 Bb5 26. Rg4 Kh8 27. Qg3 Rg8 28. Rh4 Qd8 29. Qf4 Re8 30. Rxh6+ gxh6 31. Qxh6+ Kg8 32. f4 Bc6 33. Bf3 Qc8 34. f5 exf5 35. Qg5+ Kh8 36. Bxc6 Re6 37. Rxf5 Ra7 38. Qh4+ Kg7 39. Rh5 Qg8 40. Be4 1-0 [Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.05"] [Round "2"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2759"] [BlackElo "2795"] [ECO "D83"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "Gruenfeld gambit, Capablanca variation"] [EventDate "2014.11.04"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 Be6 7. c5 c6 8. Bd3 Bc8 9. h3 Nfd7 10. Nf3 e5 11. dxe5 Nxc5 12. Bb1 Nbd7 13. b4 Ne6 14. O-O Nxf4 15. exf4 Nb6 16. Qd4 f6 17. b5 Nc4 18. bxc6 bxc6 19. Bd3 fxe5 20. Nxe5 Bxe5 21. fxe5 Nd2 22. Rfd1 Qg5 23. Qe3 Nf3+ 24. Kh1 Qxe3 25. fxe3 Nxe5 26. e4 d4 27. Na4 Rb8 28. Bc4+ Kg7 29. Rxd4 Rb4 30. Nc5 Rf2 31. a3 Rbb2 32. Na4 Bxh3 33. Nxb2 Bxg2+ 34. Kh2 Rxb2 35. Kg3 g5 36. Rcd1 h5 37. R4d2 Rxd2 38. Rxd2 Bxe4 39. Re2 h4+ 40. Kf2 Ng4+ 41. Kg1 Nf6 42. Be6 Kg6 43. Re1 Bf3 44. Re5 g4 45. Bf5+ Kh6 46. Bd3 Bd5 47. Bf1 g3 48. Bh3 Ne4 49. Be6 Nf2 50. Bxd5 cxd5 51. Kg2 d4 52. Rd5 d3 53. a4 a5 54. Kf3 Kg6 55. Rd8 Kf7 56. Rd4 Kf8 57. Rd5 Ke8 58. Rd4 Ke7 59. Rd5 Kf6 60. Rd6+ Kf5 61. Rd4 Ke6 62. Rd8 Ke5 63. Rd7 h3 64. Kxg3 Ne4+ 65. Kf3 h2 66. Kg2 d2 0-1 [Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.05"] [Round "2"] [White "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2724"] [BlackElo "2797"] [ECO "E32"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "classical variation"] [EventDate "2014.11.04"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d5 7. Bg5 dxc4 8. Qxc4 b6 9. Rd1 Ba6 10. Qa4 h6 11. Bh4 Qe7 12. Nf3 Rd8 13. Bxf6 Qxf6 14. g3 c6 15. Bg2 Bb5 16. Qc2 Nd7 17. O-O Qf5 18. Rd2 Qxc2 19. Rxc2 Ba4 20. Rc3 Nf6 21. Rfc1 c5 22. b3 Be8 23. dxc5 Ne4 24. Re3 Nxc5 25. Ne5 Rab8 26. Bc6 a5 27. Bxe8 Rxe8 28. b4 axb4 29. axb4 Na6 30. b5 Nc5 31. Ra3 Rb7 32. Rd1 Kf8 33. Kg2 Rc8 34. g4 Ke7 35. h4 f6 36. Nc6+ Ke8 37. g5 Rd7 38. Rxd7 Kxd7 39. Ra7+ Rc7 40. gxh6 gxh6 41. Ra8 Rc8 42. Rxc8 Kxc8 43. Kf3 h5 44. e4 e5 45. Ne7+ Kd7 46. Nd5 Ke6 47. Ke3 Nxe4 48. Nf4+ Kf5 49. Nxh5 Nd6 50. Ng3+ Ke6 51. h5 f5 52. f4 Nc4+ 53. Ke2 exf4 54. h6 Kf6 55. h7 Ke5 1/2-1/2 [Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.05"] [Round "2"] [White "Ding Liren"] [Black "Leko, Peter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2730"] [BlackElo "2731"] [ECO "E15"] [Opening "Queen's Indian"] [Variation "Nimzovich variation (exaggerated fianchetto)"] [EventDate "2014.11.04"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Nbd2 Bb7 6. Bg2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Re1 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Nb1 Nbd7 11. Nc3 c5 12. Bf4 Ne4 13. Rc1 Rc8 14. Bh3 Nxc3 15. bxc3 Ra8 16. Bg2 Re8 17. h4 h6 18. Nd2 Nf6 19. Be5 Ng4 20. Nf3 Bd6 21. Bxd6 Qxd6 22. e3 Re7 23. a4 Rd8 24. a5 Bc8 25. Re2 b5 26. dxc5 Qxc5 27. Rd2 Nf6 28. Rd4 Rde8 29. Qb3 a6 30. Ne1 Bf5 31. Nc2 Bxc2 32. Rxc2 Qc7 33. Qb4 Rd8 34. Rcd2 Red7 35. Bf3 Qe5 36. Qc5 Qe6 37. Kg2 h5 38. R4d3 g6 39. Rd4 Kg7 40. R2d3 Kg8 41. Rd2 Kg7 42. R2d3 Kg8 1/2-1/2 



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