Wisdom Beats Gambling

Время публикации: 24.02.2015 13:10 | Последнее обновление: 24.02.2015 13:32

Tbilisi: Tomashevsky strengthens his lead 3 rounds before the finish

It took Evgeny Tomashevsky six hours and a half to win yet another, already fourth game in the Tbilisi stage of the FIDE Grand Prix. Thus, the gap between Tomashevsky and his nearest rival for the moment, Dmitry Jakovenko, has widened to a full point prior to the second day-off. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defended stubbornly, but the leader was firm in his realization.

VACHIER-LAGRAVE - TOMASHEVSKY (after move 40)

However, according to the winner, the technique required from Black wasn't that difficult: three light pieces are much easier to handle than a rook, while the white pawns, given their confirugation, inevitably fall one by one. The Frenchman resigned 50 moves later, when he had to give up a rook for a bishop in order to avoid mate, reasoning that it would made no sense to check the leader's skills in mating with a bishop and a knight.

'Let's be objective: the opponent has helped me a lot', Tomashevsky began his commentary for our website. 'After the opening, Black couldn't hope for anything better than equality, and a draw would have been the logical outcome, but Maxime didn't want it, that's why he went for the sharp 22.Ng5. I was aware of the fact that my position was a tad worse, so I was extremely accurate in calculating out the complications. And, in my opinion, Black is already fine after 22.Ng5, even though this evaluation is based on many subtleties. I think that this decision by Maxime was too gambling. As far as I could see, the opponent faced a really unpleasant dilemma of either forcing a draw or beginning dubious complications. He liked neither of those options, and that has probably helped me to catch my chance'.

The leader's plans for the rest day before the final 3 rounds don't include any 'cultural program' - the only intention is to have a good sleep. Is he tired? 'As Magnus said after the Wijk aan Zee, it's impossible not to be tired in such a tournament', Evgeny smiles. 'On the other hand, I've got a wise recommendation recently: you shouldn't convince yourself that you are tired. After all, I'm only 27, which means I'm able to play and fight on...'

The second decisive game of the 8th round was Jobava's win with Black against Peter Svidler. Baadur chose a rare and very interesting 6...f6!? in a popular variation of the Caro-Kann defence, and made excellent use of Svidler's unsteady play later on.

For the Georgian GM, the second segment of the tournament has mirrored the first one. Having started from 0.5/4, he got 3.5 points in the next 4 games, managing to consolidate his position in the large 'middle-class' group.

FIDE Grand Prix, the Tbilisi stage: crosstable, pairings, all games, etc.

The next, 9th round will begin tomorrow on February 25th at 11:00 GMT.

Round 8 games:

[Event "Tbilisi FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2015.02.23"] [Round "8.4"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2775"] [BlackElo "2716"] [ECO "C88"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "closed, anti-Marshall 8.a4"] [EventDate "2015.02.15"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 Bb7 9. d3 d6 10. Bd2 b4 11. c3 Rb8 12. cxb4 Bc8 13. b5 axb5 14. axb5 Rxb5 15. Ra8 Rb8 16. Rxb8 Nxb8 17. d4 exd4 18. Nxd4 c5 19. Nf3 Nc6 20. Bc3 Be6 21. Nbd2 d5 22. Ng5 Bg4 23. Qc2 c4 24. Nxc4 dxc4 25. Bxc4 Nd7 26. Nxf7 Rxf7 27. Bxf7+ Kxf7 28. Bxg7 Kxg7 29. Qxc6 Ne5 30. Qc3 Bf6 31. Qg3 h5 32. h3 h4 33. Qe3 Be6 34. b4 Qd3 35. Kh2 Be7 36. f4 Qxe3 37. Rxe3 Nc4 38. Re2 Bxb4 39. g3 Nd2 40. gxh4 Bc4 41. Rg2+ Kh6 42. Kg3 Bf1 43. Rh2 Bd3 44. Kg4 Nxe4 45. Kf5 Bd6 46. Rg2 Kh5 47. Rg8 Ng5+ 48. Kf6 Nh7+ 49. Kg7 Bxf4 50. Ra8 Be5+ 51. Kf7 Kxh4 52. Ra4+ Kh5 53. h4 Bb2 54. Rf4 Bc3 55. Ke6 Be1 56. Rf3 Bg6 57. Rf1 Bb4 58. Rf4 Nf8+ 59. Kd5 Be7 60. Rf1 Bc2 61. Rg1 Bb3+ 62. Ke4 Ng6 63. Kf5 Bd8 64. Ke4 Be6 65. Rd1 Be7 66. Ra1 Bc8 67. Ra5+ Kxh4 68. Ra1 Kg5 69. Rg1+ Bg4 70. Rg2 Bc5 71. Rg3 Nf4 72. Ke5 Bf2 73. Ra3 Bh3 74. Ra5 Bg2 75. Ra3 Ne2 76. Ra5 Bg3+ 77. Ke6+ Kg6 78. Ra6 Nd4+ 79. Ke7+ Kg7 80. Ra1 Bh3 81. Rh1 Bg4 82. Rg1 Ne2 83. Rf1 Bf4 84. Rd1 Nc3 85. Rd3 Ne4 86. Kd8 Nc5 87. Rd5 Ne4 88. Rd3 Ng5 89. Ke7 Nf7 90. Rd4 Bg5+ 91. Ke8 Ne5 0-1[Event "Tbilisi FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2015.02.23"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2797"] [BlackElo "2810"] [ECO "D97"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "Russian, Alekhine (Hungarian) variation"] [EventDate "2015.02.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 a6 8. Be2 b5 9. Qb3 c5 10. dxc5 Be6 11. Qc2 Nbd7 12. Be3 Rc8 13. Rd1 b4 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. exd5 Nxc5 16. O-O Nce4 17. Qd3 Qd6 18. g3 Rfd8 19. Bf4 Qxd5 20. Qxa6 Qa8 21. Qxa8 Rxa8 22. Rxd8+ Rxd8 23. Ne5 Nd5 24. Rd1 Rd6 25. Nxg6 Nxf4 26. Nxf4 Rxd1+ 27. Bxd1 Bxb2 28. Nd3 Bc3 29. Kg2 Kg7 30. f4 h6 31. g4 f5 32. gxf5 Nd6 33. Kf3 Kf6 34. Nf2 Kxf5 35. Ng4 Kg6 36. Bc2+ Kg7 37. Ne3 e6 38. Bb3 Nf5 39. Ke4 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tbilisi FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2015.02.23"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Dominguez Perez, Leinier"] [Black "Jakovenko, Dmitry"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2726"] [BlackElo "2733"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [EventDate "2015.02.15"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 d6 5. O-O Be7 6. c3 O-O 7. Nbd2 a6 8. Ba4 b5 9. Bc2 d5 10. Re1 dxe4 11. dxe4 Be6 12. Qe2 Nd7 13. b4 Nb6 14. a4 Nxa4 15. Bxa4 bxa4 16. Rxa4 Qc8 17. Bb2 f6 18. Rea1 Nb8 19. b5 Qb7 20. Bc1 Nd7 21. Rxa6 Rxa6 22. Rxa6 Nc5 23. Ba3 Bf7 24. Rc6 Qa7 25. Bb4 Rb8 26. c4 Be8 27. Bxc5 Bxc5 28. Ra6 Qb7 29. Nb3 Bb4 30. Ne1 c6 31. Nd3 cxb5 32. Nxb4 bxc4 33. Qxc4+ Bf7 34. Nd5 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tbilisi FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2015.02.23"] [Round "8.3"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Jobava, Baadur"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2739"] [BlackElo "2696"] [ECO "B12"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "advance variation"] [EventDate "2015.02.15"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Nd7 6. O-O f6 7. c4 fxe5 8. dxe5 Bc5 9. Nc3 a6 10. cxd5 cxd5 11. Be3 Bxe3 12. fxe3 Ne7 13. Qb3 Qb8 14. Qa3 Nxe5 15. Nd4 N5c6 16. Nxf5 exf5 17. Bf3 Qe5 18. Qc5 O-O-O 19. Rfd1 Kb8 20. b4 Rd6 21. b5 Rc8 22. Rac1 Na7 23. Qa3 axb5 24. Ne2 Rxc1 25. Rxc1 Nac6 26. Qc5 g5 27. h3 b4 28. a3 Re6 29. Kf2 d4 30. exd4 Qxc5 31. dxc5 Ne5 0-1 [Event "Tbilisi FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2015.02.23"] [Round "8.5"] [White "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"] [Black "Andreikin, Dmitry"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2705"] [BlackElo "2737"] [ECO "D45"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [Variation "accelerated Meran (Alekhine variation)"] [EventDate "2015.02.15"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. e3 e6 6. c5 b6 7. cxb6 Qxb6 8. Bd3 a5 9. O-O Ba6 10. Na4 Qb7 11. Bxa6 Rxa6 12. b3 Nbd7 13. Bb2 Be7 14. Rc1 O-O 15. Qd3 Rc8 16. Rc2 Nb6 17. Nxb6 Rxb6 18. Bc3 Ra8 19. Rfc1 Ba3 20. Bb2 a4 21. Bxa3 axb3 22. axb3 Rxb3 23. Qd1 Rbxa3 24. Rxc6 Ra1 25. Rxa1 Rxa1 26. Qxa1 Qxc6 27. Qb2 Qc7 28. g3 g6 29. Kg2 Kg7 30. Ne5 Nd7 31. Nxd7 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tbilisi FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2015.02.23"] [Round "8.6"] [White "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2731"] [BlackElo "2759"] [ECO "D52"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Cambridge Springs defence, Bogoljubow variation"] [EventDate "2015.02.15"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 Qa5 7. Nd2 Bb4 8. Qc2 O-O 9. Be2 dxc4 10. Bxf6 Nxf6 11. Nxc4 Qc7 12. O-O Nd5 13. Rac1 Nxc3 14. bxc3 Be7 15. Bd3 g6 16. Ne5 c5 17. Be4 f6 18. Nxg6 hxg6 19. Bxb7 Bxb7 20. Qxg6+ Kh8 21. Qh6+ Kg8 22. Qg6+ Kh8 23. Qh6+ Kg8 24. Qg6+ 1/2-1/2 


  


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