The Magic of Big Names Hasn't Worked

Время публикации: 05.12.2014 02:00 | Последнее обновление: 05.12.2014 03:23

Yu Yangyi leaves behind both Kramnik and Giri and wins the Qatar Open

The Qatar Masters Open 2014, which is considered to be the strongest open in Asia and one of the strongest in the world, has come to an end today. The tournament was kind of divided into three parts: first of all, there was the outstanding series of wins by Giri; then Vladimir Kramnik stopped him, and attracted everybody's attention, winning six games in a row in turn. At that point, no one seemed to be able to stop the former World Champion who was going at full speed. However, the end was quite surprising: Chinese GM Yu Yangyi, who had appeared at the top as if out of nowhere, defeated Giri, then Kramnik, and took the clear first place.

In the final round, the anti-Berlin has worked well for him: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3! As expected, White got a slight edge after the opening, which wasn't easy at all to convert into anything real. However, at some point Kramnik started to play a bit recklessly, which is all the more strange considering the tournament situation (a draw would do for him).

YU YANGYI - KRAMNIK

19...f5?! 'If you need a draw then you shouldn't play for a draw', a famous theory says, but the fact that there is no panacea is also well-known. 19...c5, trying to improve the things on the other side of the board, would have been more reliable.
20.exf5 gxf5? This obvious decision ('pawns should take towards the center') has serious drawbacks; instead, 20...Rxf5! is correct, where the straightforward 21.Qc3 doesn't work due to 21...Raf8!.
21.Qc3 f4 (probably 21...Bxa5 22.Rxa5 f4 23.Bxa7 Nd4 is the most tenacious) 22.Bxb6 cxb6 23.Nxc6 Qd6? This mistake is decisive. Black could still have kept some chances by 23...Nd4! 24.Nxd4 (24.Nxe5? Qd5!) 24...exd4 25.Qd2, although the compensation for a pawn is hardly sufficient. 
24.Rxa7 Rxa7 25.Nxa7 f3. Objectively speaking, Black is lost, and Kramnik is trying to complicate the matters, but the Chinese players are probably the least likely to be intimidated by bluff. Yu Yangyi kept calm and confident, and went on to win soon. 1-0


Nothing found as usual (photo: qatarmastersopen.com)

Almost immediately after his triumph, Yu Yangyi joined the official commentators Daniel King and Simon Williams. Very soon it appeared that his English isn't too fluent yet. Among a few things he was able to say in English, the spectators could understand that he hadn't considered his chances fot the 1st place too high before the game, that he liked his encounter vs Kramnik more than his other games in Qatar, and that the alternative to 8...Bb6 is 8...Be7 which doesn't allow 9.Ng5 but allows 9.Na5!?

In general, putting aside the magic of big names, Yu Yangyi's success is hardly a big sensation. He had already achieved an outstanding success in the Tromso Olympiad earlier this year, winning the 3rd board with 9.5/11 and showing the Elo performance of 2912. It's many thanks to his brilliant play that China won that Olympiad, and the world has learned that the Chinese also cry.

Below you can find all the games played in Qatar Masters by the winner.

[Event "Qatar Masters Open 2014"] [Site "Doha QAT"] [Date "2014.12.04"] [Round "9.1"] [White "Yu, Yangyi"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2705"] [BlackElo "2760"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [EventDate "2014.11.26"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 Be6 7. O-O Nd7 8. Nb3 Bb6 9. Ng5 Bxb3 10. axb3 f6 11. Nf3 Nf8 12. Nd2 Ne6 13. Qh5+ g6 14. Qd1 Bc5 15. Nc4 b5 16. Na5 Qd7 17. Be3 Bb6 18. b4 O-O 19. Qd2 f5 20. exf5 gxf5 21. Qc3 f4 22. Bxb6 cxb6 23. Nxc6 Qd6 24. Rxa7 Rxa7 25. Nxa7 f3 26. Qc6 Qe7 27. Nxb5 Kh8 28. g3 Qf7 29. Ra1 Ng5 30. Ra8 Qe7 31. h4 Nh3+ 32. Kf1 e4 33. Qxe4 1-0[Event "Qatar Masters Open 2014"] [Site "Doha QAT"] [Date "2014.11.26"] [Round "1.13"] [White "Yu, Yangyi"] [Black "Javakhishvili, Lela"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "IM"] [WhiteElo "2705"] [BlackElo "2486"] [ECO "B42"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Kan, Polugaievsky variation"] [WhiteFideId "8603820"] [BlackFideId "13601458"] [EventDate "2014.11.26"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Bc5 6. Nb3 Ba7 7. O-O Nc6 8. Qg4 Nf6 9. Qxg7 Rg8 10. Qh6 Ne5 11. Be2 b5 12. Bg5 Rg6 13. Qh4 Bb7 14. N1d2 h6 15. Bxf6 Rxf6 16. g3 Ke7 17. Bh5 Rc8 18. c3 Qg8 19. Nf3 Nxf3+ 20. Bxf3 Qg5 21. Qxg5 hxg5 22. Nd2 b4 23. Rac1 bxc3 24. Rxc3 Rxc3 25. bxc3 e5 26. Kg2 Rc6 27. Rb1 Ba8 28. Rb3 Rc5 29. Ra3 Bb7 30. Be2 f5 31. Bxa6 Bxe4+ 32. Nxe4 fxe4 33. Bb7 Bb6 34. Bxe4 d5 35. Bd3 e4 36. Ba6 g4 37. Be2 Ba5 38. Bxg4 Bxc3 39. Ra6 Bd4 40. Re6+ Kf7 41. Rd6 Rc2 42. Rxd5 Rxf2+ 43. Kh3 Bf6 44. a4 Ra2 45. Rd7+ Kg6 46. Ra7 e3 47. Ra6 Kg5 48. Ra8 Bc3 49. Re8 Bd2 50. Bd7 Bc1 51. Re4 Kf6 52. g4 Bd2 53. Bb5 Kg5 54. Re5+ Kf6 55. Re8 Kg5 56. Rg8+ Kf4 57. Rf8+ Kg5 58. Rf5+ Kg6 59. Rd5 e2 60. Bd3+ Kg7 61. Bxe2 Bf4 62. Rd4 Be3 63. Re4 Rxe2 64. a5 Kg6 65. a6 Kg5 66. a7 Ra2 67. Rxe3 Rxa7 68. Kg3 Ra1 69. Re5+ Kg6 70. Re6+ 1-0 [Event "Qatar Masters Open 2014"] [Site "Doha QAT"] [Date "2014.11.27"] [Round "2.10"] [White "Bogner, Sebastian"] [Black "Yu, Yangyi"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2598"] [BlackElo "2705"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [WhiteFideId "4692055"] [BlackFideId "8603820"] [EventDate "2014.11.26"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Qa4+ Nc6 8. e3 O-O 9. Be2 Bd7 10. Qb3 dxc4 11. Qxc4 Qg6 12. O-O Bd6 13. Nh4 Qc2 14. Bd3 Qxb2 15. Rab1 Qa3 16. Nb5 Qa5 17. Nxd6 cxd6 18. Rxb7 Qd8 19. Qc3 a5 20. a3 Ne7 21. Nf3 Rc8 22. Qd2 Bc6 23. Ra7 Bxf3 24. gxf3 Nc6 25. Ra6 Qg5+ 26. Kh1 Nxd4 27. Bh7+ Kxh7 28. Qxd4 Qf5 29. f4 Qb5 30. Rg1 Qb7+ 31. e4 e5 32. Rb6 exd4 33. Rxb7 Rc3 34. Rd1 Rxa3 35. Kg2 d3 36. f5 a4 37. Rd7 Rc3 38. Rxd6 Ra8 39. R6xd3 Rxd3 40. Rxd3 a3 41. Rd1 a2 42. Ra1 g6 43. fxg6+ Kxg6 44. Kg3 Ra4 45. Kf4 f5 46. f3 Kf6 47. Ke3 fxe4 48. fxe4 Ke5 49. Kd3 h5 50. h4 Ra8 51. Kc3 Kxe4 52. Kb2 Kf3 53. Rf1+ Kg2 54. Ra1 Ra7 55. Kc2 Kg3 56. Kb2 Kxh4 57. Rh1+ Kg3 58. Ka1 h4 59. Rg1+ Kf2 60. Rg8 Ra3 0-1 [Event "Qatar Masters Open 2014"] [Site "Doha QAT"] [Date "2014.11.28"] [Round "3.6"] [White "Yu, Yangyi"] [Black "Salem, A.R. Saleh"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2705"] [BlackElo "2586"] [ECO "B68"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Richter-Rauzer, Rauzer attack, 7...a6 defence, 9...Be7"] [WhiteFideId "8603820"] [BlackFideId "9301348"] [EventDate "2014.11.26"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O a6 9. f4 Bd7 10. Kb1 b5 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. Nxc6 Bxc6 13. Qxd6 Qxd6 14. Rxd6 Rc8 15. a4 Bxc3 16. bxc3 Bxe4 17. Rxa6 Rxc3 18. Bxb5+ Ke7 19. Re1 Bxc2+ 20. Kb2 Rhc8 21. Rc1 Rb3+ 22. Ka2 Rbc3 23. Kb2 Rb3+ 24. Ka2 Rbc3 25. Kb2 Rb3+ 26. Ka2 Rbc3 1/2-1/2 [Event "Qatar Masters Open 2014"] [Site "Doha QAT"] [Date "2014.11.29"] [Round "4.8"] [White "Perunovic, Milos"] [Black "Yu, Yangyi"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2619"] [BlackElo "2705"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Adams attack"] [WhiteFideId "921629"] [BlackFideId "8603820"] [EventDate "2014.11.26"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e6 7. g4 d5 8. exd5 Nxd5 9. Nde2 Bb4 10. Bg2 O-O 11. O-O Nxc3 12. Nxc3 Qc7 13. Qd4 Nc6 14. Qc4 Bd6 15. Be3 Bd7 16. Rad1 Rfd8 17. Ne4 Be7 18. Bc5 Ne5 19. Qc3 Bxc5 20. Qxc5 Bc6 21. Nd6 Rd7 22. Qxe5 Bxg2 23. Kxg2 Rad8 24. Rd3 Rxd6 25. Rfd1 Qc6+ 26. Kg1 Rxd3 27. Rxd3 Rf8 28. Rc3 Qa4 29. a3 h6 30. Qd6 Qe4 31. Rc7 f5 32. Qd7 Qe5 33. Rc8 Qe1+ 34. Kg2 Qe4+ 35. f3 Qe2+ 36. Kg1 Rxc8 37. Qxc8+ Kh7 38. gxf5 Qe3+ 39. Kg2 Qg5+ 40. Kf2 exf5 41. Qxb7 Qd2+ 42. Kg3 Qg5+ 43. Kf2 Qd2+ 44. Kg3 Qg5+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "Qatar Masters Open 2014"] [Site "Doha QAT"] [Date "2014.11.30"] [Round "5.8"] [White "Yu, Yangyi"] [Black "Durarbayli, Vasif"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2705"] [BlackElo "2621"] [ECO "C78"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "5.O-O"] [WhiteFideId "8603820"] [BlackFideId "13402935"] [EventDate "2014.11.26"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. d3 O-O 8. Nc3 d6 9. Nd5 h6 10. a4 Rb8 11. axb5 axb5 12. Be3 Nxd5 13. exd5 Bxe3 14. fxe3 Ne7 15. Qe1 Bb7 16. e4 Ng6 17. Qe3 Bc8 18. c3 Bg4 19. Nd2 Ra8 20. h3 Rxa1 21. Rxa1 Bd7 22. Nf3 Qf6 23. d4 Nf4 24. dxe5 dxe5 25. Kh2 Rb8 26. Qa7 Rc8 27. Ra6 Qe7 28. Bc2 Kh7 29. b4 f6 30. Ne1 Qe8 31. Nd3 Nxd3 32. Bxd3 Qh5 33. Qe3 Qd1 34. Ra7 Be8 35. Qg3 Qd2 36. d6 Qxc3 37. Qg4 Qxd3 38. Qxc8 Qxe4 39. Qxc7 Qf4+ 40. Kg1 Qe3+ 41. Kh1 Bf7 42. d7 Bd5 43. Qc2+ Be4 44. Qxe4+ Qxe4 45. d8=Q Qf4 46. Ra1 Qxb4 47. Qd3+ e4 48. Rb1 Qe7 49. Qxb5 Qe6 50. Rf1 Kg6 1-0 [Event "Qatar Masters Open 2014"] [Site "Doha QAT"] [Date "2014.12.01"] [Round "6.5"] [White "Shankland, Samuel L"] [Black "Yu, Yangyi"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2642"] [BlackElo "2705"] [ECO "E39"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "classical, Pirc variation"] [WhiteFideId "2004887"] [BlackFideId "8603820"] [EventDate "2014.11.26"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 c5 5. dxc5 O-O 6. a3 Bxc5 7. Nf3 Qb6 8. e4 Ng4 9. Nd1 Nc6 10. b4 Be7 11. Ne3 Nxe3 12. Bxe3 Qc7 13. Be2 d6 14. O-O e5 15. h3 Be6 16. Rfd1 h6 17. Rac1 Rfd8 18. Qc3 b6 19. Nd2 Bg5 20. Bg4 Bxe3 21. Qxe3 a5 22. c5 dxc5 23. bxc5 b5 24. Bxe6 fxe6 25. Nf3 b4 26. Qb3 Qe7 27. axb4 axb4 28. Qc4 Rxd1+ 29. Rxd1 Kh7 30. Qb5 Qe8 31. Rb1 Qd7 32. Kh2 Ra5 33. Qc4 Qe7 34. Rc1 Ra3 35. Qb5 Qd7 36. Rb1 Qd3 37. Rxb4 Nxb4 38. Qxb4 Rc3 39. c6 Rxc6 40. Nxe5 Qd6 41. Qxd6 Rxd6 42. h4 Kg8 43. h5 Rd4 44. f3 Rd2 45. Kh3 Rb2 46. g4 Rb5 47. Ng6 Kf7 48. Kg3 Ke8 49. Kf4 Kd7 50. Ne5+ Kd6 51. Nf7+ Ke7 52. Ne5 Kd6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Qatar Masters Open 2014"] [Site "Doha QAT"] [Date "2014.12.02"] [Round "7.4"] [White "Yu, Yangyi"] [Black "Lenderman, Aleksandr"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2705"] [BlackElo "2598"] [ECO "C02"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "advance, Euwe variation"] [WhiteFideId "8603820"] [BlackFideId "2021285"] [EventDate "2014.11.26"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. a3 a5 7. Be3 Qb6 8. b3 Nh6 9. Bd3 Nf5 10. Bxf5 exf5 11. O-O cxd4 12. cxd4 Be7 13. Nc3 Be6 14. Na4 Qb5 15. Bg5 Bf8 16. Ne1 Rc8 17. g3 h6 18. Be3 Be7 19. Nd3 O-O 20. Re1 b6 21. h3 Bg5 22. f4 Be7 23. Ra2 Qa6 24. Nf2 Rc7 25. Qd3 Qxd3 26. Nxd3 Rb8 27. Rc1 Rcc8 28. Rac2 Bd7 29. Ra2 Kf8 30. Nc3 Be6 31. Nb5 Ke8 32. Rac2 Kd7 33. Kf2 h5 34. Kf3 g6 35. h4 Bf8 36. Bd2 Ra8 37. Ke3 Be7 38. Nb2 Rab8 39. Na4 Bf8 40. b4 axb4 41. Bxb4 Bxb4 42. axb4 Ne7 43. Nd6 Rxc2 44. Rxc2 Nc6 45. b5 Na5 46. Kd2 Kd8 47. Kc3 Nc4 48. Nxc4 dxc4 49. d5 Bd7 50. Kb4 1-0 [Event "Qatar Masters Open 2014"] [Site "Doha QAT"] [Date "2014.12.03"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Yu, Yangyi"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2776"] [BlackElo "2705"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [WhiteFideId "24116068"] [BlackFideId "8603820"] [EventDate "2014.11.26"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 c5 8. e3 c4 9. Be2 Bf5 10. O-O Bxc3 11. bxc3 O-O 12. Rc1 Nbd7 13. Ne5 Qb6 14. Nxd7 Nxd7 15. Qd2 Rfe8 16. Rfe1 Qc6 17. f3 b5 18. Bf1 a5 19. g4 Bg6 20. Bg3 Nb6 21. a3 Re7 22. h3 Rea7 23. Qb2 Na4 24. Qd2 Nb6 25. Qb2 Bd3 26. Bg2 Re8 27. Ra1 Rae7 28. Qc1 Re6 29. Ra2 Qd7 30. Bf2 Na4 31. Rd2 Qd6 32. Kh1 b4 33. axb4 axb4 34. cxb4 Qxb4 35. e4 dxe4 36. fxe4 Bxe4 37. Rxe4 Rxe4 38. Bxe4 Rxe4 39. Qc2 c3 40. Rd1 Re7 41. Rb1 Nb2 42. Re1 Rxe1+ 43. Bxe1 Na4 44. d5 Qd4 45. d6 Nc5 46. Qxc3 Qxd6 47. Qf3 Qe6 48. Bf2 Ne4 49. Be3 Qc4 50. Bf4 Qc2 51. Kg1 Qc5+ 52. Kg2 Qd4 53. Be3 Qb2+ 54. Kg1 Qb1+ 55. Kg2 Qc2+ 56. Kg1 Nc3 57. Bf2 Qd2 58. Kf1 Nd5 59. Kg2 Nf4+ 60. Kg3 Nd5 61. Kg2 Nf6 62. Qf5 Qc3 63. Qf3 Qc2 64. Qa8+ Kh7 65. Qf3 Qc4 66. Qf5+ Kg8 67. Qf3 Ne4 68. Be3 f6 69. Bf4 Kf7 70. Be3 Qd5 71. Kg1 Ke6 72. Kg2 Kd7 73. Kg1 Kd6 74. Qe2 Ke6 75. Qf3 Qe5 76. Kh1 Kf7 77. Bf4 Qd5 78. Kg2 Kg6 79. Be3 Qe6 80. Bf4 Nc5 81. Bg3 Qc4 82. Qe3 Qc2+ 83. Qf2 Qc4 84. Qe3 Ne4 85. Bf4 Qc2+ 86. Kf3 Nc3 87. Bxh6 Qh2 88. Qe8+ Kh7 89. Bxg7 Qh1+ 90. Kf2 Ne4+ 91. Ke2 Qg2+ 0-1 

Anish Giri has managed to finish on a major mote, beating Vladimir Akopian with Black in the long chaotic battle. This has brought him the tie for the 2nd place with Vladimir Kramnik. It's worth mentioning that Giri hasn't drawn a single game, having the revenge for his previous tournament (Tashkent Grand Prix stage) where he had drawn 10 (!) games and lost the remaining one.

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