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Время публикации: 06.01.2015 15:01 | Последнее обновление: 24.01.2015 11:11

Naiditsch dominates; Rapport gets let down by his optimism

A curious way of celebrating the winter holidays has been chosen by some chess players who have managed to play 2 classical tournaments in Switzerland from December 26th to January 5th, with the only break on December 31st. Strictly speaking, such schedule with multiple doubled rounds can barely be considered 'holidays': each of the tournaments - Zurich Open and Basel Open - consisted of 7 rounds held within 5 days.

Our website has already reported about Arkadij Naiditsch's victory in Zurich; in the next tournament, the change of location and years hasn't prevented the German GM from getting the first prize again.

All the 3 players, who were in the lead in Basel before the last round with 5/6 (Naiditsch, Iturrizaga, Dann) drew their round 7 games, while the top seed, Hungarian GM Richard Rapport (2716), who stayed half-a-point behind, decided to catch up with the leaders at all costs. The result can be seen below.

Richard RAPPORT - Milos PAVLOVIC
Basel Open, round 7

The English Opening
1.c4 e5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g4. Rapport had already played this extravagant line against no one else than Aronian in April 2014.
4...h6 5.Bg2 d6 6.h3 Be6. An improvement over Levon's play who preferred 6...Ne7?! 7.d4 Ng6 8.Nf3 Be7 9.Qc2 c6 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 dxe5 12.b3 Qc7 13.Bb2 Bd7 14.0–0–0 and got even a slightly worse position (Rapport - Aronian, Bundesliga 2014).
7.Nd5 (if 7.d3 then 7...d5 and Black is already better) 7...e4!

8.Ne2! Either 8.Nxf6+ Qxf6 9.Bxe4 Bxc4 10.d3 d5! 11.Bg2 Bb4+ 12.Kf1 Ba6 or 8.d3 exd3 9.Qxd3 Ne5 10.Qc2 c6 are in Black's favour.
8...Ne5 9.Nef4 Bxd5 10.cxd5 g5 11.Ne2?! In the same over-optimistic spirits. A safer alternative is 11.d4!? Nf3+ 12.Bxf3 gxf4 13.Be2 f3 14.Qa4+ Ke7 15.Bc4. The position is highly atypical and might look a bit ugly, but at least White would have been able to develop his c1-bishop (in the game, Rapport failed to do that) and castle long side with the following Kb1, Rc1, etc.
11...c6! 12.Ng3!? Nd3+ 13.Kf1 cxd5 14.f3.

14...h5! A correct decision not to waste time. In case of 14...exf3? 15.Bxf3 and Kg2 White's optimistic strategy could work, and he could have hoped to be even better in the long term because Black has many weaknesses too.
15.fxe4 hxg4 16.Qc2 gxh3 17.Bxh3? Rapport should have played 17.Rxh3 Rxh3 18.Bxh3 g4 19.Bg2 counting on some positional trumps although they might have been easily outweighed by White's badly exposed king.

17...Rxh3! It looks like Richard has missed this excellent idea. By eliminating the key light-squared bishop, Black penetrates into the White's camp from both flanks.
18.Qa4+. If 18.Rxh3 then Black has a pleasant choice between the attacking 18...Qd7 19.Rh2 Ne5 (threatening Nf3, Qg4, etc.) or more technically-oriented 18...Qc8!? 19.Qxc8+ Rxc8 20.Ne2 Nxe4, with great compensation in both cases. Yet, it might have been the lesser evil, as now Black doesn't have to invent anything special.

18...Nd7 19.Rxh3 Qf6+ 20.Ke2?! (20.Nf5 Rc8 loses the unfortunate c1-bishop and most likely the game) 20...g4 21.Rh5 N3c5! The only way to stop 22...Qf3+ is 22.Rf5 but it leaves White a clear piece down. So, Rapport resigned. A great game by Milos Pavlovic. 0-1 (Annotated by GM Andrey Deviatkin)


The Hungarian who fears no one. Most of the times, it works... (photo: schachfestivalbasel.ch)

Thus, five players have finished at 5.5 out of 7: Naiditsch, Dann, Iturrizaga, Pavlovic, and Alexander Donchenko, but the 1st place went to Naiditsch on tiebreaks. Young German IM Donchenko became 2nd - perhaps we will take a closer look at his recent successes in a separate piece of news.

Complete final standings and all the other information about the tournament.

All the games played in Basel by the tournament winner (as well as the Rapport - Pavlovic encounter) can be viewed below.

 [Event "Basel Chess Festival 2015"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.01"] [Round "1"] [White "Curien, Nicolas"] [Black "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D00"] [PlyCount "46"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [SourceDate "2015.01.06"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 d5 3. e3 c5 4. Bxf6 gxf6 5. dxc5 e6 6. Nf3 Bxc5 7. Be2 Nc6 8. O-O f5 9. c4 dxc4 10. Qxd8+ Kxd8 11. Bxc4 Ke7 12. Nc3 Bd7 13. e4 fxe4 14. Nxe4 Bb6 15. Rad1 Rhd8 16. Rfe1 Be8 17. a3 Nd4 18. Ne5 f6 19. Nd3 Rac8 20. Ba2 Nc2 21. Bxe6 Nxe1 22. Bxc8 Nxd3 23. Bxb7 Nxf2 0-1 [Event "Basel Chess Festival 2015"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.02"] [Round "2"] [White "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Black "Toth, Bela"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C48"] [PlyCount "85"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Bb5 Bd6 5. d3 h6 6. a3 a6 7. Ba4 b5 8. Bb3 Bb7 9. Ne2 Bc5 10. Ng3 d6 11. Be3 O-O 12. O-O Nd4 13. Bxd4 Bxd4 14. Nxd4 exd4 15. Nf5 c5 16. Qf3 Bc8 17. a4 Bxf5 18. Qxf5 Qc8 19. Qf4 c4 20. Ba2 Qc5 21. Rfd1 Rfe8 22. h3 Rac8 23. Rab1 Qe5 24. Qd2 c3 25. bxc3 Rxc3 26. axb5 axb5 27. Bb3 Qc5 28. Ra1 d5 29. exd5 Nxd5 30. Re1 Rxe1+ 31. Qxe1 Nf6 32. Ra8+ Kh7 33. Rd8 Qb6 34. Qe7 Rc7 35. Qf8 Qa5 36. g3 Qa1+ 37. Kg2 Qa7 38. Rb8 Re7 39. Qc8 Re5 40. Rb7 Qa6 41. Bxf7 h5 42. Qc7 Rg5 43. Ra7 1-0 [Event "Basel Chess Festival 2015"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.02"] [Round "3"] [White "Dourerassou, Jonathan"] [Black "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B90"] [PlyCount "120"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nde2 h5 8. g3 Be7 9. Bg2 b5 10. Be3 Nbd7 11. O-O Nb6 12. b3 Bd7 13. Qd3 b4 14. Nd5 Nbxd5 15. exd5 Qc8 16. Kh2 Bf5 17. Qd2 Qxc2 18. f4 Rd8 19. Rac1 Qxd2 20. Bxd2 Bd3 21. Rfe1 e4 22. Bxb4 Nxd5 23. Ba5 Rb8 24. Nd4 Nf6 25. Rc3 d5 26. Rxd3 exd3 27. Nf5 Ng8 28. Bc3 Rh7 29. Bxd5 Kf8 30. Be4 Bf6 31. Ba5 g6 32. Nd6 Bd8 33. Bc3 Bc7 34. Nb7 f5 35. Bf3 Bb6 36. Bb4+ Kg7 37. Re6 Bd4 38. Rd6 Bf6 39. Bd2 Kh6 40. Na5 Rc7 41. Nc6 Re8 42. g4 hxg4 43. hxg4 fxg4 44. Bxg4 Kg7 45. Ba5 Rf7 46. Rxd3 Nh6 47. Bf3 Nf5 48. Ne5 Bxe5 49. fxe5 Nd4 50. Bd5 Rf2+ 51. Kg3 Rxa2 52. Bd2 Ne2+ 53. Kg4 Rxe5 54. Bc4 Re4+ 55. Kg5 Nd4 56. Bd5 Re5+ 57. Kf4 Rxd5 58. Bc3 Re2 59. Bxd4+ Kg8 60. Kf3 Re6 0-1 [Event "Basel Chess Festival 2015"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.03"] [Round "4"] [White "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Black "Svane, Rasmus"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C07"] [PlyCount "135"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. dxc5 Nf6 6. Ngf3 Qxc5 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. O-O Qc7 9. Re1 Be7 10. Ne4 b6 11. g3 Bb7 12. Bf4 Qc8 13. Nxf6+ Nxf6 14. Bb5+ Bc6 15. Bxc6+ Qxc6 16. Ne5 Qb7 17. c4 O-O 18. Qf3 Qxf3 19. Nxf3 Rac8 20. Ne5 Rfd8 21. Rad1 Kf8 22. Rxd8+ Bxd8 23. b3 Ke8 24. Kg2 Nd7 25. Kf3 Bc7 26. Nd3 Bxf4 27. Nxf4 a6 28. Ke3 Ke7 29. Kd4 Nf6 30. b4 Rd8+ 31. Kc3 g5 32. Nd3 h5 33. h3 Rc8 34. Re5 Rg8 35. a3 Nd7 36. Re1 Rc8 37. Re2 Kd6 38. a4 f6 39. Rd2 Ke7 40. f3 f5 41. Re2 Kd6 42. h4 g4 43. f4 Nf6 44. c5+ Ke7 45. Kb2 Nd7 46. cxb6 Nxb6 47. Kb3 Nd7 48. a5 Rc6 49. b5 axb5 50. Kb4 Rd6 51. Nc5 Rd4+ 52. Kxb5 Nxc5 53. Kxc5 Rd5+ 54. Kb4 Rd4+ 55. Kb3 Kd7 56. Rc2 Rd3+ 57. Rc3 Rd4 58. Ka3 Kd8 59. Rc5 Rd1 60. Kb4 Rb1+ 61. Kc4 Kd7 62. a6 Ra1 63. Kb5 Kd6 64. Rc4 Ra3 65. Ra4 Rb3+ 66. Kc4 Rb8 67. a7 Ra8 68. Kd4 1-0 [Event "Basel Chess Festival 2015"] [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"] 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 Chess Festival 2015"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.04"] [Round "6"] [White "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Black "Rapport, Richard"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C67"] [PlyCount "29"] 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 [Event "Basel Chess Festival 2015"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.05"] [Round "7"] [White "Dann, Matthias"] [Black "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C77"] [PlyCount "146"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 d6 7. c3 b5 8. Bc2 O-O 9. Nbd2 Re8 10. Re1 Bf8 11. Nf1 h6 12. h3 a5 13. d4 a4 14. Bd3 Rb8 15. d5 Ne7 16. b3 c6 17. dxc6 axb3 18. axb3 Nxc6 19. Ne3 Be6 20. c4 Nb4 21. Bb1 bxc4 22. bxc4 Nd7 23. Nd5 Qc8 24. Nd2 Nc5 25. Ra3 Nc6 26. Rg3 Kh8 27. Bc2 Nd4 28. Nf1 Qb7 29. Nfe3 Rec8 30. Nf5 Nxf5 31. exf5 Bxd5 32. cxd5 f6 33. Ra3 Qb4 34. Ra1 Nb3 35. Bxb3 Qxb3 36. Qxb3 Rxb3 37. Be3 h5 38. Reb1 Rcb8 39. Rxb3 Rxb3 40. g4 hxg4 41. hxg4 Rb4 42. f3 Kg8 43. Ra5 Rb2 44. Kf1 Be7 45. Ke1 Kf7 46. Bd2 g6 47. Ke2 gxf5 48. gxf5 Rb3 49. Ra7 Rb5 50. Ra5 Rb7 51. Ra6 Ke8 52. Kd3 Kd7 53. Ra1 Bd8 54. Rh1 Rb3+ 55. Ke4 Rb2 56. Rh7+ Kc8 57. Kd3 Ra2 58. Be3 Ra3+ 59. Ke4 Ra4+ 60. Kd3 Rb4 61. Rf7 Rh4 62. Rg7 Ra4 63. Rh7 Ra1 64. Rg7 Rb1 65. Rg8 Rb3+ 66. Ke4 Rb4+ 67. Kd3 Kd7 68. Rg7+ Be7 69. Rh7 Ra4 70. Rg7 Rh4 71. Rg8 Ra4 72. Rg7 Ke8 73. Rh7 Ra3+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "Basel Chess Festival 2015"] [Site "Basel SUI"] [Date "2015.01.05"] [Round "7"] [White "Rapport, Richard"] [Black "Pavlovic, Milos"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A25"] [PlyCount "42"] 1. c4 e5 2. e3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g4 h6 5. Bg2 d6 6. h3 Be6 7. Nd5 e4 8. Ne2 Ne5 9. Nef4 Bxd5 10. cxd5 g5 11. Ne2 c6 12. Ng3 Nd3+ 13. Kf1 cxd5 14. f3 h5 15. fxe4 hxg4 16. Qc2 gxh3 17. Bxh3 Rxh3 18. Qa4+ Nd7 19. Rxh3 Qf6+ 20. Ke2 g4 21. Rh5 N3c5 0-1


  


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