Basel Open: The Young Or The Top Rated? Final Round Shall Tell

Monday, 05.01.2015 09:33

After his triumph in Zurich, Arkadij Naiditsch, as well as some other participants, went without delay to another open in Switzerland. In the Basel Masters Open, he had also been the Elo favorite (2731) for the moment of registration, but the January rating list indicates that his rating has fallen down to 2694, so the top seed in Basel is Richard Rapport who has managed to stay in the 2700+ club. Anyhow, Naiditsch is again in the lead before the final round, accompanied by the best player of Venezuela Eduardo Iturrizaga and, a bit surprisingly, German IM Matthias Dann (born in 1991) - each has 5/6.

Having won his first 4 games quite convincingly, Naiditsch then experienced hard time against Jorden van Foreest but managed to save half-a-point after long resistance in the lost endgame. Thereafter, the GM of Germany decided to settle for a very quick draw vs Rapport (who had also come from Zurich).

The young Dutch IM Jorden van Foreest has lacked either experience or luck (or both) to accomplish his excellent play vs Naiditsch in round 5.


Jorden van Foreest in a resolute mood (Groningen 2014; photo: schaakstadgroningen.nl)

This fact wasn't probably of much help during Jorden's next game when he failed to hold back Iturrizaga's energetic pressure. The guest from South America, who was White, chose an original aggressive opening strategy and seized the initiative quickly to complete the game with a nice mating attack.

ITURRIZAGA - VAN FOREEST

45.Rb3+! In fact 45.Qb6+ Qb5+ 46.Qxb5+ Kxb5 47.Rb3+ Ka4 48.Rb1 also wins, but the text move eliminates all the questions at once.
45...Kxb3 46.Qb6+ Ka3 47.Rb7. 1-0

The crucial battles will start quite soon - today at 08:30 GMT. A group of 6 players who have 4.5 points includes Rapport and another young talent, 16 y.o. German IM Alexander Donchenko, who's been the author of big sensation in the recent Groningen festival.

Round 7 top pairings:

Dann (5) - Naiditsch (5)
Svane (4.5) - Iturrizaga (5)
Rapport (4.5) - Pavlovic Milos (4.5)
van Foreest (4.5) - Donchenko (4.5)

Top games from the rounds 5 and 6 can be viewed below.

All the information about the ongoing Basel Masters Open.

[Event "Basel Master Open"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.04"] [Round "5"] [White "Bok, Benjamin"] [Black "Donchenko, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B12"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "2015.01.04"] [SourceDate "2015.01.04"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Nd7 6. O-O Ne7 7. Nbd2 Nc8 8. c3 Be7 9. Ne1 O-O 10. Bd3 Bg6 11. Bxg6 fxg6 12. Qg4 Rf5 13. Nc2 Nf8 14. Ne3 Rf7 15. Nf3 a5 16. Ne1 c5 17. dxc5 Bxc5 18. Nd3 Bb6 19. Rd1 Ne7 20. c4 Nf5 21. cxd5 exd5 22. Nf4 Nxe3 23. Bxe3 Bxe3 24. fxe3 h5 25. Qe2 Qb6 26. Kh1 Re8 27. Rxd5 Rf5 28. Qc4 Kh7 29. Qc3 a4 30. Rc1 Ne6 31. Rd6 Qb5 32. Rd5 Qb6 33. Qd2 Ng5 34. Rd6 Qb5 35. Rd5 Qb6 36. Rd6 Qb5 37. Rd5 Qb6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Basel Master Open"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.04"] [Round "5"] [White "Dann, Matthias"] [Black "Pelletier, Yannick"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C11"] [PlyCount "103"] [EventDate "2015.01.04"] [SourceDate "2015.01.04"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f4 d5 7. Be3 Nf6 8. e5 Nd7 9. Qd2 Bc5 10. O-O-O Nxd4 11. Bxd4 O-O 12. h4 b5 13. h5 b4 14. Ne2 a5 15. Qe3 Qb6 16. Bxc5 Nxc5 17. Nd4 a4 18. Rh4 b3 19. cxb3 axb3 20. a3 Ba6 21. Bxa6 Rxa6 22. Kb1 Ra4 23. f5 exf5 24. Nxf5 Rxh4 25. Nxh4 Qb5 26. Nf5 Ne6 27. Qd3 Qc5 28. Qxb3 d4 29. Qd5 Qb6 30. h6 Rb8 31. Rd2 Qa6 32. Qf3 Qa5 33. Ne7+ Kh8 34. hxg7+ Nxg7 35. Rxd4 Qc5 36. Nc6 Re8 37. Rd8 Kg8 38. Rxe8+ Nxe8 39. Qg4+ Kf8 40. Qb4 Qxb4 41. Nxb4 Ke7 42. Kc2 Ke6 43. Nc6 Kd5 44. Nd8 Kxe5 45. Nxf7+ Kf4 46. b4 Nc7 47. a4 Kg3 48. Nh6 Kxg2 49. b5 Kf3 50. b6 Na6 51. Kd3 Nc5+ 52. Kd4 1-0 [Event "Basel Master Open"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.04"] [Round "5"] [White "Rapport, Richard"] [Black "Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B06"] [PlyCount "186"] [EventDate "2015.01.04"] [SourceDate "2015.01.04"] 1. d4 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. g4 c6 5. h3 b5 6. a3 a6 7. Bg2 h5 8. g5 e6 9. Qd3 Ne7 10. Bf4 Bb7 11. Qg3 Nc8 12. Nf3 Qe7 13. h4 Nd7 14. O-O e5 15. Be3 Ncb6 16. b3 O-O 17. dxe5 dxe5 18. a4 Rad8 19. Rfd1 Nc5 20. Ne1 Rxd1 21. Rxd1 bxa4 22. b4 Ncd7 23. Nd3 Rd8 24. Ra1 Qe6 25. Nb2 Bf8 26. Bh3 Qe8 27. Nd3 Bc8 28. Qf3 Be7 29. Kh2 Bf8 30. Kg2 Nc4 31. Nxa4 a5 32. bxa5 Nxa5 33. Nb6 Nb7 34. Nxc8 Rxc8 35. Bxd7 Qxd7 36. Nxe5 Qe6 37. Qf6 Qe8 38. Ra7 Rc7 39. Bd4 Bg7 40. Qf4 Re7 41. Qg3 Bxe5 42. Bxe5 Rxe5 43. Rxb7 Rb5 44. Rxb5 cxb5 45. Qd3 Qc8 46. f3 b4 47. Kg3 Qc5 48. Qd2 Qe5+ 49. Kg2 Qb8 50. Qd3 Qc7 51. Qb3 Qd6 52. Qd5 Qc7 53. Qd3 Kh7 54. Qd2 Qc4 55. Kg3 b3 56. cxb3 Qxb3 57. Qd5 Qb8+ 58. e5 Qa7 59. Kg2 Kg7 60. e6 fxe6 61. Qxe6 Qc7 62. Qe4 Qd7 63. Qe5+ Kh7 64. Kg3 Qf7 65. Qd6 Kg7 66. Qd4+ Kh7 67. Kf2 Qe7 68. Qe4 Qc5+ 69. Ke2 Qc3 70. Qe7+ Kg8 71. Qe8+ Kg7 72. Qd7+ Kg8 73. Qd3 Qe5+ 74. Qe4 Qd6 75. Ke3 Qc5+ 76. Qd4 Qe7+ 77. Kd3 Kf7 78. Qd5+ Kg7 79. f4 Kh7 80. f5 gxf5 81. Qxf5+ Kg7 82. Qd5 Qc7 83. Ke4 Qc2+ 84. Ke5 Qh2+ 85. Ke6 Qxh4 86. Qe5+ Kg8 87. Qb8+ Kg7 88. Qb2+ Kg8 89. Qb8+ Kg7 90. Qc7+ Kg6 91. Qf7+ Kxg5 92. Qf5+ Kh6 93. Qf8+ Kg5 1/2-1/2 [Event "Basel Master Open"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.04"] [Round "5"] [White "van Foreest, Jorden"] [Black "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B90"] [PlyCount "146"] [EventDate "2015.01.04"] [SourceDate "2015.01.04"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. h3 Be7 9. f4 exf4 10. Bxf4 Nc6 11. Qe2 Ne5 12. O-O-O Nfd7 13. Nd4 Rc8 14. Qe3 Bf6 15. Kb1 O-O 16. g4 g5 17. Bg3 Qa5 18. Nxe6 fxe6 19. Rxd6 Qb4 20. Bxe5 Nxe5 21. Qb6 Qxb6 22. Rxb6 Nd7 23. Rxb7 Nc5 24. Rb4 Bxc3 25. bxc3 a5 26. Rc4 Kf7 27. Bd3 Ke7 28. Rd4 Rf3 29. h4 h6 30. hxg5 hxg5 31. e5 Rf7 32. Bb5 Rc7 33. Rc4 Kf8 34. Rh8+ Kg7 35. Rh5 Rf8 36. Rxg5+ Kh6 37. Rh5+ Kg6 38. a4 Rcc8 39. Kb2 Rf2 40. Kc1 Rf1+ 41. Kd2 Rg1 42. Ke3 Rg3+ 43. Kf2 Rxc3 44. Rxc3 Ne4+ 45. Ke3 Nxc3 46. Bd3+ Kg7 47. Rh7+ Kg8 48. Ra7 Nxa4 49. Rxa5 Nb6 50. Ra6 Nd5+ 51. Kd4 Nf4 52. Bc4 Kf7 53. Bb3 Re8 54. Ke4 Nh3 55. c4 Rb8 56. Bc2 Rb7 57. c5 Rb4+ 58. Ke3 Rc4 59. Ra7+ Kf8 60. Bb3 Rxc5 61. Kd4 Rc6 62. Rd7 Ng5 63. Rd6 Nf3+ 64. Ke4 Rxd6 65. exd6 Nd2+ 66. Ke5 Nxb3 67. Kxe6 Nc5+ 68. Kd5 Nd7 69. g5 Kf7 70. Kc6 Ne5+ 71. Kc7 Kg6 72. d7 Nxd7 73. Kxd7 Kxg5 1/2-1/2 [Event "Basel Master Open"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.04"] [Round "6"] [White "Djingarova, Emilia"] [Black "Dann, Matthias"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E60"] [PlyCount "168"] [EventDate "2015.01.04"] [SourceDate "2015.01.04"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. O-O O-O 5. c4 d6 6. d4 Bd7 7. h3 Qc8 8. Kh2 c5 9. d5 b5 10. cxb5 Bxb5 11. Nc3 Ba6 12. Re1 Nbd7 13. e4 Rb8 14. Qc2 c4 15. Be3 Rb7 16. Nd4 Ne5 17. Nc6 Nd3 18. Reb1 Nb4 19. Qd2 Nxc6 20. dxc6 Rc7 21. Nd5 Nxd5 22. exd5 e6 23. dxe6 Qxe6 24. Re1 Qc8 25. Rad1 Bb5 26. Qxd6 Bxc6 27. Bf4 Bxg2 28. Kxg2 Rb7 29. Be5 Rb6 30. Qd4 Qb7+ 31. Kg1 Bxe5 32. Rxe5 Rxb2 33. Qxc4 Qf3 34. Qd4 Rxf2 35. Qxf2 Qxd1+ 36. Re1 Qd6 37. Kh2 Rd8 38. Re2 Rd7 39. Qe3 Kg7 40. h4 h5 41. Qe4 Qd4 42. Qf3 a5 43. Qg2 a4 44. Qf3 Qd3 45. Kg2 Qd4 46. Kh2 Rc7 47. Rf2 Qc3 48. Qf4 Qc6 49. Qe5+ Kh7 50. Qf4 Rb7 51. Qd4 a3 52. Qe5 Qc4 53. Qf6 Qc1 54. Qf3 Rd7 55. Kg2 Qc5 56. Kh2 Qd4 57. Kg2 Ra7 58. Re2 Kg7 59. Rf2 Qe5 60. Kh2 Rc7 61. Qb3 Qc5 62. Qf3 Qc3 63. Qd5 Re7 64. Qd6 Re6 65. Qd7 Rf6 66. Rxf6 Qxf6 67. Qd5 Qf2+ 68. Kh3 Qf5+ 69. Qxf5 gxf5 70. Kg2 Kf6 71. Kf3 Ke5 72. Ke3 f4+ 73. gxf4+ Kf5 74. Kf3 f6 75. Ke3 Kg4 76. f5 Kxf5 77. Kf3 Ke5 78. Ke3 f5 79. Kf3 f4 80. Kf2 Ke4 81. Ke2 f3+ 82. Kf2 Kf4 83. Kf1 Kg3 84. Kg1 Kxh4 0-1 [Event "Basel Master Open"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.04"] [Round "6"] [White "Donchenko, Alexander"] [Black "Toth, Bela"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A11"] [PlyCount "135"] [EventDate "2015.01.04"] [SourceDate "2015.01.04"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. c4 dxc4 5. O-O g6 6. Na3 Bg7 7. Nxc4 O-O 8. b3 Nbd7 9. Bb2 Nb6 10. Qc2 Bg4 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Bxf3 Nbd5 13. a3 Nd7 14. d4 N5b6 15. Rfd1 Nxc4 16. Qxc4 Nb6 17. Qc2 Qd7 18. h4 h5 19. a4 Nd5 20. a5 a6 21. e4 Nf6 22. d5 cxd5 23. e5 Rac8 24. Qe2 Ng4 25. Bxd5 e6 26. Be4 Qc7 27. f4 Rfd8 28. b4 Bf8 29. Rac1 Qb8 30. Rxc8 Rxc8 31. Rd4 Qa7 32. Kg2 b6 33. axb6 Qxb6 34. Qd2 Rc4 35. Rxc4 Ne3+ 36. Kh3 Nxc4 37. Qd4 Qxb4 38. Bc3 Qb3 39. f5 gxf5 40. Bxf5 Nb6 41. Be4 Nd5 42. Qd2 Bg7 43. Bd4 Qc4 44. Bd3 Qc6 45. Be4 Qd7 46. Bd3 Ne7 47. Kh2 Nf5 48. Bc3 Qd5 49. Bxa6 Qxd2+ 50. Bxd2 Bxe5 51. Be1 Ne3 52. Bd2 Ng4+ 53. Kg2 f5 54. Bb5 Kf7 55. Bb4 Bd4 56. Bd2 Nf6 57. Be2 Kg6 58. Bb5 Kf7 59. Be2 Bc5 60. Bg5 Ng4 61. Bb5 Be3 62. Bd8 Bh6 63. Bb6 Nf6 64. Bd4 Ne4 65. Be2 Kg6 66. Bc4 Kf7 67. Be2 Kg6 68. Bc4 1/2-1/2 [Event "Basel Master Open"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.04"] [Round "6"] [White "Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo"] [Black "van Foreest, Jorden"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A11"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "2015.01.04"] [SourceDate "2015.01.04"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Bg4 4. Nc3 e6 5. h3 Bh5 6. g4 Bg6 7. h4 h6 8. b3 Nd7 9. Bb2 h5 10. g5 Ne7 11. Ne2 Bd3 12. Ng3 dxc4 13. bxc4 Nc5 14. Ne5 Nf5 15. Qf3 Bxf1 16. Nxf5 exf5 17. Kxf1 Qc8 18. g6 f6 19. Nf7 Rg8 20. Qxh5 Qe6 21. Qe2 Ne4 22. d3 Nd6 23. Qh5 Be7 24. Rb1 b5 25. Nxd6+ Bxd6 26. Qf3 Rc8 27. Kg2 b4 28. h5 Kd7 29. Rbg1 f4 30. e4 c5 31. Kf1 Be5 32. Bc1 a5 33. Bxf4 a4 34. h6 gxh6 35. Rxh6 b3 36. axb3 axb3 37. Rh7+ Kc6 38. Bxe5 Qxe5 39. d4 cxd4 40. Qxb3 Rb8 41. Qa4+ Kc5 42. Qa7+ Kxc4 43. Rc7+ Kb4 44. Rg3 Ra8 45. Rb3+ Kxb3 46. Qb6+ Ka3 47. Rb7 1-0 [Event "Basel Master Open"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.04"] [Round "6"] [White "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Black "Rapport, Richard"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C67"] [PlyCount "29"] [EventDate "2015.01.04"] [SourceDate "2015.01.04"] 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 Bf6 10. Re1 b6 11. Nd5 Bb7 12. Nxf6+ Qxf6 13. d3 Rae8 14. Rxe8 Rxe8 15. c3 1/2-1/2 


  


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