Five and a Half

Время публикации: 06.07.2015 01:06 | Последнее обновление: 06.07.2015 16:16

Fabiano Caruana goes into history twice in an evening

Before today, in the 43-year history of the Dortmund tournament, only one player had ever won it twice in a row, that being Vladimir Kramnik, who has done so more than once. But now the double has been done by Fabiano Caruana. His victory is a virtual complete repeat of last year's: again he scored 5.5, and again he started with number eight in the draw. But this year he did not even suffer a single defeat.

The American's success (it was his first tournament under the American flag) was even more surprising, given that in a very short event, he started with half out of two. Furthermore, he started this event just a day after the end of the Stavanger tournament, so few could have predicted such a spurt of five successive wins. 
Results, games, tables and all information about the tournament

Today in the final round, the leader needed only a draw, but his opponent, closer challenger Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, showed his ambition by choosing the Evans Gambit. Fabiano did not experience the slightest problem, and in the superior endgame, he managed to trick his opponent. 

NISIPEANU - CARUANA

28.Nd4? (After the correct 28.Be7 it would still be possible to hope to save the game) 28...axb4!! 29.Nxc6 b3 30.Rxc7 (More tenacious is 30.Na7, but even then, the game would probably not have lasted much longer: 30...Nd6! 31.Nb5 Nxb5 32.Rd2 Nxc3 33.Rb2 Nxe4) 30...Nd6! 0-1

On Twitter, the winner later compared his finish with the one allegedly played in the 1934 game Ortueta-Sanz:

31...Rxb2!! 32.Nxb2 c3 33.Rxb6 c4 34.Rb4 a5 35.Nxc4 c2 0-1

Why "allegedly"? Chess historian Olimpiu Urcan immediately afterwards gave a link to research, showing that at least two other instances of the same combination happened around the same time. One can doubt whether two is possible, but three such occurrences in a short space of time is even harder to believe. 

What is more likely is that the combination will henceforth be remembered in connection not with a little-known Spaniard, but one of the leaders of modern chess. The Dortmund success returned Caruana to the 2800 club, though his current rating of 2808 is only good enough for fifth spot in the world list. 

All the winner's games.

[Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.06.27"] [Round "1"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, I."] [Black "Caruana, F."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A07"] [WhiteElo "2720"] [BlackElo "2805"] [PlyCount "91"] [EventDate "2015.06.26"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 c6 5. O-O Nf6 6. b3 O-O 7. Bb2 Ne4 8. Nbd2 Bf5 9. c4 Nd7 10. Rc1 a5 11. Nh4 Nxd2 12. Qxd2 Be6 13. cxd5 cxd5 14. Nf3 Nf6 15. Ne5 Ne4 16. Qe3 a4 17. Nd3 axb3 18. axb3 Qb6 19. Nc5 Ra2 20. Bxe4 dxe4 21. Bc3 Qb5 22. Nxe6 fxe6 23. Rfe1 Qd5 24. Red1 Ra3 25. Qd2 Qxb3 26. Qg5 Ra2 27. Rd2 Bf6 28. Qc5 Rxd2 29. Bxd2 Qd5 30. Be3 Rd8 31. Rb1 Rd7 32. Rb5 Kf7 33. Qb4 Qc6 34. Rb6 Qd5 35. Rb5 Qc6 36. Rb6 Qc2 37. Rxb7 Rxb7 38. Qxb7 Bxd4 39. Bxd4 Qd1+ 40. Kg2 Qxd4 41. e3 Qd5 42. Qb2 Qf5 43. Qh8 Qf3+ 44. Kg1 Qd1+ 45. Kg2 Qf3+ 46. Kg1 1/2-1/2 [Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.06.28"] [Round "2"] [White "Caruana, F."] [Black "So, W."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B90"] [WhiteElo "2805"] [BlackElo "2778"] [PlyCount "138"] [EventDate "2015.06.26"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nde2 b5 8. g4 b4 9. Nd5 Nxd5 10. exd5 h5 11. gxh5 Rxh5 12. a3 bxa3 13. Rxa3 Nd7 14. Bg2 Nf6 15. O-O Rb8 16. f4 Be7 17. c4 Qb6+ 18. Rf2 Rh4 19. Rc3 Bd7 20. b3 Bxh3 21. Bxh3 Ne4 22. Qe1 Nxc3 23. Qxc3 Qxb3 24. Qxb3 Rxb3 25. Bc8 e4 26. Bxa6 Bd8 27. c5 dxc5 28. Rg2 g6 29. Rg3 Rxg3+ 30. Nxg3 Rg4 31. Kh2 f5 32. Ne2 Rh4+ 33. Kg2 Bc7 34. Bc8 Kd8 35. Be6 Ke7 36. Be3 Bd6 37. Bf2 Rh8 38. Be1 c4 39. Bc3 Ra8 40. Be5 Ra2 41. Kf1 Rd2 42. Bc3 Rd3 43. Ba5 Ba3 44. Bg8 Bd6 45. Be6 Bc5 46. Ke1 Rb3 47. Kd2 Rb2+ 48. Kd1 Bb4 49. Bxb4+ Rxb4 50. Kc2 Rb3 51. Nc3 e3 52. Bg8 Rb6 53. Ne2 Ra6 54. d6+ Rxd6 55. Bxc4 Kf6 56. Bd3 g5 57. fxg5+ Kxg5 58. Ng3 Rc6+ 59. Kd1 f4 60. Nf1 Rb6 61. Nh2 Kh4 62. Ke1 Kg3 63. Nf1+ Kf3 64. Nh2+ Kg2 65. Nf1 Re6 66. Bc4 Re5 67. Ba6 Ra5 68. Bb7+ Kg1 69. Nxe3 Re5 0-1 [Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.06.30"] [Round "3"] [White "Meier, Geo"] [Black "Caruana, F."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A04"] [WhiteElo "2654"] [BlackElo "2805"] [PlyCount "100"] [EventDate "2015.06.26"] 1. Nf3 d6 2. d4 g6 3. e4 Bg7 4. Be2 Nd7 5. c4 e5 6. Nc3 Ne7 7. h4 h6 8. g4 Nb6 9. g5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 Bg4 11. d5 f6 12. Be3 Bh6 13. Qd3 Bh5 14. O-O-O Kf7 15. Rdg1 Qd7 16. Bxh6 Rxh6 17. Bf1 Rah8 18. Bh3 Qd8 19. Ne1 c6 20. b3 Nd7 21. Qe3 cxd5 22. cxd5 Nc5 23. b4 Nd7 24. Qxa7 Qc7 25. Qe3 Nb6 26. Kb1 Kg7 27. Nb5 Qd8 28. f3 Rf8 29. Rg2 f5 30. Rc2 Na8 31. Qa7 fxe4 32. fxe4 Rf4 33. Bg2 Bd1 34. Rd2 Bg4 35. Qxb7 Rf7 36. Qa6 Nb6 37. Nd3 Nc4 38. Rc2 Bc8 39. Qa8 Ne3 40. Re2 Nxg2 41. Rxg2 Qb6 42. a4 Qe3 43. Rd1 Rf1 44. Rxf1 Qxd3+ 45. Rc2 Qxf1+ 46. Kb2 Qe1 47. Qa7 Qxb4+ 48. Ka2 Kf6 49. Rf2+ Bf5 50. Qa8 Rxh4 0-1 [Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.07.01"] [Round "4"] [White "Caruana, F."] [Black "Naiditsch, A."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E04"] [WhiteElo "2805"] [BlackElo "2722"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2015.06.26"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Nf3 c5 6. O-O Nc6 7. Qa4 Bd7 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Rc8 12. Bf4 Bc5 13. Qd3 Qb6 14. Nd2 O-O 15. Ne4 Nd5 16. Ng5 g6 17. Be5 Be7 18. Nf3 Bc6 19. Qd2 f6 20. Bd4 Qb7 21. Rac1 Rfd8 22. Bh3 Bd7 23. Rxc8 Bxc8 24. Rc1 Bd7 25. Bc5 Bxc5 26. Rxc5 Rc8 27. b4 Rxc5 28. bxc5 Qc7 29. e4 Ne7 30. Qd4 Kg7 31. e5 f5 32. Bg2 h6 33. Qd6 Qxd6 34. exd6 Nc6 35. Ne1 a5 36. Nd3 b4 37. h4 Nd4 38. Kh2 Bb5 39. Ne5 Kf6 40. c6 Bxc6 41. Nxc6 1-0 [Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.07.03"] [Round "5"] [White "Kramnik, V."] [Black "Caruana, F."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D78"] [WhiteElo "2783"] [BlackElo "2805"] [PlyCount "76"] [EventDate "2015.06.26"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 Nf6 5. O-O O-O 6. c4 c6 7. Nbd2 a5 8. b3 a4 9. Ba3 axb3 10. axb3 Bf5 11. Nh4 Be6 12. Re1 Ne4 13. Bxe4 dxe4 14. Nxe4 Qxd4 15. Qc2 Bf5 16. Nxf5 gxf5 17. Ng5 Qg4 18. f4 Bxa1 19. Rxa1 h6 20. Nf3 Nd7 21. Rd1 Rxa3 22. Rxd7 Qh3 23. Qc3 e6 24. Rxb7 Rfa8 25. Kf2 Ra1 26. Ke3 Rf1 27. Qf6 Rf8 28. Rd7 Rb1 29. Rb7 c5 30. Rb5 Rf1 31. Nd2 Rc1 32. Qb2 Rd1 33. Qc2 Rh1 34. Nf3 Qg2 35. Qc3 Rf1 36. Qf6 Rf2 37. Kd3 Rxe2 38. Ng5 Rd2+ 0-1 [Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.07.04"] [Round "6"] [White "Caruana, F."] [Black "Hou Yifan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D31"] [WhiteElo "2805"] [BlackElo "2676"] [PlyCount "77"] [EventDate "2015.06.26"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 Nf6 6. e3 c6 7. a4 O-O 8. Nf3 b6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Bd3 Ba6 11. O-O c5 12. Ne5 Re8 13. a5 Bxd3 14. Nxd3 Nc6 15. axb6 axb6 16. Rxa8 Qxa8 17. dxc5 bxc5 18. Nxc5 Ne5 19. Nd3 Nc4 20. Nf4 h6 21. Qd4 Re4 22. Qc5 Re5 23. f3 Qa2 24. Qd4 Qa4 25. h4 Qb5 26. g4 Nd7 27. Nd3 Re6 28. Kg2 Ndb6 29. Nf4 Re5 30. Nh5 Qb1 31. e4 dxe4 32. f4 Rxh5 33. gxh5 Qc2+ 34. Kh1 Qe2 35. Rg1 Qf3+ 36. Rg2 g6 37. hxg6 Qf1+ 38. Kh2 Qxc1 39. Qf6 1-0 [Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.07.05"] [Round "7"] [White "Nisipeanu, LD."] [Black "Caruana, F."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C52"] [WhiteElo "2654"] [BlackElo "2805"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2015.06.26"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 d6 7. Qb3 Qd7 8. dxe5 Bb6 9. a4 Na5 10. Qa2 Nxc4 11. Qxc4 Ne7 12. Ba3 O-O 13. O-O Re8 14. exd6 cxd6 15. Rd1 Qc6 16. Nbd2 Be6 17. Qxc6 Nxc6 18. Bxd6 Rad8 19. Bb4 Rd3 20. a5 Bc7 21. Nf1 Rxd1 22. Rxd1 Nxa5 23. Nd4 Nc4 24. Nxe6 Rxe6 25. Rd7 Rc6 26. Ng3 g6 27. Ne2 a5 28. Nd4 axb4 29. Nxc6 b3 30. Rxc7 Nd6 0-1 


  


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