The World Champion Forgets the Rules

Время публикации: 17.06.2015 12:24 | Последнее обновление: 17.06.2015 13:40

Stavanger: Carlsen loses a winning position against Topalov

The opening round of the third super tournament in Stavanger, which is now part of the Grand Chess Tour series, was very dramatic. Four of the five games were decisive, but one event eclipsed all others: in the game Carlsen - Topalov, an extremely rare incident led to the defeat of the world champion in a winning position.

CARLSEN - TOPALOV

In this position, arising after Black's 60th move, Carlsen's clock showed seconds left, whilst Topalov had more than six minutes. However, Carlsen did not hurry. Probably he was calculating the long and complicated, though winning variation, at the end of which White wins the queen: 61.Bc4+! (61.Bh5+? Ke6 misses the win) 61...Ke8 62.Bb5+ Kf7 63.Qf5+ Ke7 64.Qd7+ Kf8 65.Qe8+ Kg7 66.Qe7+ Kh6 67.Qf6+ Kh7 68.Bd3+ Kg8 69.Bc4+ Kh7 70.Qf7+ Kh6 71.Qf8+ Kg5 72.Qg7+ Kf5 73.g4+! Ke4 74.Qg6+ Ke5 (74...Ke3 75.Qd3#) 75.Qe6+ Kd4 76.Qb6+.

The clock was down ticking 05, 04, 03, 02, 01... The key point is that the tournament is using the type of clocks in which the additional time is added after the player's time runs down to zero, even if the final move of the time control has already been made. Given this, Carlsen continued thinking quietly, watching as his last seconds ran down (except that he did not realise they were his last seconds).

When the arbiter came to the board and announced the loss on time, it was a complete surprise. Even Topalov grabbed his head.


From live broadcast tv2.no

It turned out, that the Norwegian expected that after the 60th move, an additional 15 minutes would be added, as it was in the previous two Norway Chess tournaments: (100'/40 + 50'/20 + 15') + 30''/ move. However, this year, the time control has been changed: 120'/40 + (60' + 30''/move), about which the players were specifically reminded before the start of the round. Carlsen was a few minutes late and did not hear the announcement. Among those who were waiting for him in the playing room was Garry Kasparov, and the joke went round that, if Magnus did not move, then Garry could make for him not only the first move, but also the last.


Arriving late. Photo - twitter.com/TarjeiJS

However, the victim later admitted: "Even if I had arrived on time, I would still have been in my own world. There is no guarantee I would have heard the announcement." In any event, Carlsen can hardly blame anyone but himself. He took this unpleasant surprise in the seventh hour like a champion - he did not storm off, but signed the scoresheets and even discussed the game briefly with Topalov.

1977, Leningrad, the tournament dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the October Revolution. In the fifth round Anatoly Karpov played white against Alexander Belyavsky, and for the first time in his life lost on time, not making his 40th move. The position was close to winning. Karpov was informed of the loss by the chief arbiter, and for him it was a complete surprise..
 

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Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave got opening advantages as White against Alexander Grischuk and Levon Aronian respectively, and confidently realized them. Hikaru Nakamura achieved nothing in the initial stage of the game against Jon Ludvig Hammer but outplayed his less experienced opponent in the middlegame. The game between Viswanathan Anand and Fabiano Caruana concluded in a relatively quiet draw..

[Event "3rd Norway Chess 2015"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2015.06.16"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Topalov, Veselin"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2876"] [BlackElo "2798"] [ECO "D43"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [WhiteFideId "1503014"] [BlackFideId "2900084"] [EventDate "2015.06.16"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 Nd7 8. Rc1 g6 9. Be2 Bg7 10. cxd5 exd5 11. b4 a6 12. a4 O-O 13. b5 axb5 14. axb5 Qd6 15. O-O Nb6 16. Qb3 Rb8 17. Nd1 Bf5 18. Nb2 Rfc8 19. Nd3 Bxd3 20. Qxd3 c5 21. dxc5 Rxc5 22. h4 Na4 23. h5 Rbc8 24. Rxc5 Nxc5 25. Qc2 gxh5 26. Nd4 Qg6 27. Nf5 Bf8 28. Rd1 Qe6 29. Rc1 Nb3 30. Qxc8 Nxc1 31. Qxc1 Qxf5 32. Qc7 Qb1+ 33. Bf1 d4 34. exd4 Qd1 35. Qe5 Bg7 36. Qe8+ Bf8 37. Qd8 Kg7 38. Qd5 b6 39. Qe5+ Kg8 40. Qf6 Bg7 41. Qxb6 Bxd4 42. Qxh6 Qg4 43. Qd6 Qd1 44. Qd8+ Kh7 45. Qc7 Kg7 46. b6 Qg4 47. b7 Qh4 48. g3 Qf6 49. Qc2 Qe5 50. Qd3 Ba7 51. Qf3 Qf6 52. Qe2 Qc3 53. Kh2 Qd4 54. Qf3 Bb8 55. Kh3 Bc7 56. Be2 Bb8 57. Bd1 f5 58. Be2 f4 59. Qxh5 Qxf2 60. Qg5+ Kf7 0-1[Event "3rd Norway Chess 2015"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2015.06.16"] [Round "1.1"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2773"] [BlackElo "2781"] [ECO "B31"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (with ...g6, without ...d6)"] [WhiteFideId "24116068"] [BlackFideId "4126025"] [EventDate "2015.06.16"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. O-O Bg7 6. Re1 Rb8 7. h3 Qc7 8. c3 Nf6 9. e5 Nd5 10. c4 Nb4 11. d4 cxd4 12. a3 Na6 13. Qxd4 O-O 14. c5 d6 15. cxd6 exd6 16. exd6 Qb6 17. Qh4 Nc5 18. Be3 Qxb2 19. Nbd2 Nd7 20. Rab1 Qxa3 21. Rxb8 Nxb8 22. Bh6 Nd7 23. Bxg7 Kxg7 24. Qd4+ Kg8 25. Ne4 Re8 26. Kh2 a5 27. Nfg5 Rf8 28. Nf6+ Nxf6 29. Qxf6 Qa2 30. Re7 Bf5 31. Nxf7 Qxf7 32. Rxf7 Rxf7 33. Qd8+ Kg7 34. Qxa5 Bd7 35. Qc5 Rf5 36. Qa7 Rf7 37. g4 Kf6 38. f4 Kg7 39. Kg3 Kg8 40. Qe3 Kg7 41. h4 Kg8 42. Qe5 1-0 [Event "3rd Norway Chess 2015"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2015.06.16"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2804"] [BlackElo "2805"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [WhiteFideId "5000017"] [BlackFideId "2020009"] [EventDate "2015.06.16"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Nbd2 O-O 6. Bxc6 bxc6 7. Nxe5 Re8 8. Nef3 d5 9. O-O Bg4 10. h3 Bh5 11. Qe2 dxe4 12. Nxe4 h6 13. Be3 Nxe4 14. dxe4 Rxe4 15. Qd3 Bxf3 16. Qxd8+ Rxd8 17. Bxc5 Be2 18. Rfc1 a5 19. b3 a4 20. Re1 Rd2 21. Rac1 axb3 22. axb3 Rd5 23. Be3 Bh5 24. Ra1 Bg6 25. Ra7 Re7 26. c4 Rd8 27. Rea1 Bc2 28. b4 Rd1+ 29. Rxd1 Bxd1 30. b5 cxb5 31. cxb5 Re5 32. Rxc7 Rxb5 33. Rc5 Rxc5 34. Bxc5 Bc2 35. Bd6 Bd1 36. Bc5 Bc2 37. Bd6 Bd1 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Norway Chess 2015"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2015.06.16"] [Round "1.4"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2802"] [BlackElo "2677"] [ECO "A20"] [Opening "English opening"] [WhiteFideId "2016192"] [BlackFideId "1503707"] [EventDate "2015.06.16"] 1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. O-O Nb6 7. b3 Be7 8. Bb2 f6 9. d4 e4 10. Ne1 f5 11. f3 exf3 12. Nxf3 Nd5 13. Qd3 O-O 14. e3 Be6 15. a3 Qd7 16. Nbd2 Rad8 17. Rac1 Nb6 18. b4 a6 19. Nb3 Na4 20. Ba1 Bd5 21. Nbd2 Qe6 22. Rfe1 Nb6 23. e4 fxe4 24. Nxe4 Qg6 25. Qe2 Rfe8 26. Ne5 Nxe5 27. dxe5 c6 28. Bd4 Nd7 29. Bf3 Rf8 30. Bh5 Qh6 31. Be3 Qe6 32. Bf4 a5 33. Ng5 Qf5 34. Bg4 Qg6 35. Bh5 Qf5 36. e6 Nf6 37. Bf7+ Kh8 38. Rf1 Ne4 39. Nxe4 Qxe4 40. Qxe4 Bxe4 41. Be3 axb4 42. Bc5 Rd2 43. Rfe1 Bxc5+ 44. Rxc5 Rg2+ 45. Kf1 b3 46. Rxe4 b2 47. Re1 Rxh2 48. Rce5 Rh1+ 49. Kg2 b1=Q 50. Rxb1 Rxb1 51. e7 Ra8 52. e8=R+ Rxe8 53. Rxe8# 1-0 [Event "3rd Norway Chess 2015"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2015.06.16"] [Round "1.5"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2723"] [BlackElo "2780"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [WhiteFideId "623539"] [BlackFideId "13300474"] [EventDate "2015.06.16"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 Nbd7 8. e3 g5 9. Bg3 Ne4 10. Qc2 h5 11. h3 Bxc3+ 12. bxc3 Nxg3 13. fxg3 Nb6 14. Bd3 g4 15. hxg4 Bxg4 16. O-O Qe7 17. Ne5 Be6 18. Bf5 Nd7 19. e4 Nxe5 20. exd5 O-O-O 21. dxe6 fxe6 22. Rae1 exf5 23. Rxe5 Qa3 24. Rfxf5 Kb8 25. Rxh5 Rxh5 26. Rxh5 a6 27. Kh2 Rf8 28. Qb3 Qe7 29. Qd5 Qe2 30. a4 Qd3 31. c4 a5 32. Rh4 Qc3 33. g4 Qe1 34. Rh7 Qc1 35. Qe5 Qxc4 36. g5 Rg8 37. Rh8 Qf7 38. Rxg8+ Qxg8 39. Qf6 b5 40. axb5 a4 41. g6 a3 42. b6 a2 43. Qe5 Qd8 44. bxc7+ Qxc7 45. g7 Qxe5+ 46. dxe5 a1=Q 47. g8=Q+ Kc7 48. Qc4+ Kd8 49. Qd5+ Ke7 50. Qd6+ Ke8 51. Qc6+ Ke7 52. Qc7+ Ke6 53. Qd6+ Kf7 54. Qd7+ Kf8 55. Qf5+ Ke7 56. g3 Qc3 57. Kh3 Ke8 58. Kh4 Qe1 59. Qf4 1-0 

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