Riga: Karpov Beats Sveshnikov Twice in a Row to Turn Round the Match

Время публикации: 08.07.2015 22:35 | Последнее обновление: 09.07.2015 00:21

As Alexey Shirov forecast yesterday, on the second day of the Riga match, we saw a different Anatoly Karpov. But we also saw a different Evgeny Sveshnikov. Both these changes resulted in the match score becoming 2.5-1.5 in favour of the former world champion.

It is hard to veterans to fight in time-trouble and Sveshnikov failed to cope with the clock in game three. 


In this position, White only had about four minutes remaining and Black made his decision in seconds.
47...Re5? He draws with 47...Rf1! It is important to keep the last pawn, e.g., 48.Kxd5 f5! 49.Kc5 Re1 etc.
48.Rxf6 Re4+ 49.Kd3? Anatoly Evgenievich overlooks that after 49.Kxd5! Rxe3 he wins with 50.Rc6! The black king is cut off and White then advances his king along the b-file, advances his pawn and then shelters his king with the standard "bridge-building" technique. 
49...Rc4 Now it is again a draw!
50.b6 And now Sveshnikov played 50...Rb4, but lost on time. 1-0

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In the fourth game, as in the second, the Rossolimo Variation was played, but the experienced theoretician decided not to see how deeply Karpov had explored the variation during the night, and on the fourth move, deviated with 4.Bxc6. Even so, he reached a position seen many times in practice and which probably features in Sveshnikov's opening notes. But Evgeny Ellinovich either mixed something up or his nerves cracked:  


9.Nc3?! Correct is 9.Qe4, and if 9...Kf7, then 10.Na3 (not the only square for the knight), and if 9...f5, then 10.Qe2, and here White has some positional plus.
9...Qc7 10.exf6 gxf6 11.Rh3? White completely gives up the centre. After 11.Ne4 Kf7 12.c4 d5 13.Nc3 Black is better, but there is some sort of game.
11...d5 12.Rg3? Kf7 13.d4? Bd6 Effectively, here the clock could be stopped, but Sveshnikov, realising that he was losing positionally, decided to sacrifice two pieces and seek salvation in tactics.
14.Ne5+ fxe5 15.Qf3+ Kg7 16.Ne4 dxe4 17.Qxe4 Qf7

The game went for another 20 moves, but Karpov gave his opponent no chances. 0-1

Just don't lose on time...

The fate of the match will be decided tomorrow, with the play starting at 15.00 Moscow time.
All material on the match

[Event "Karpov-Sveshnikov Rapid m"] [Site "Riga LAT"] [Date "2015.07.08"] [Round "3"] [White "Karpov, Anatoly"] [Black "Sveshnikov, Evgeny"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2628"] [BlackElo "2508"] [ECO "D30"] [Opening "Queen's gambit declined"] [WhiteFideId "4100026"] [BlackFideId "4100638"] [EventDate "2015.07.07"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 c5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bb5+ Nc6 7. O-O cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bd7 9. b3 Bd6 10. Bb2 O-O 11. Be2 Qe7 12. Nd2 Ba3 13. Bxa3 Qxa3 14. N2f3 Rac8 15. Qc1 Qxc1 16. Rfxc1 Nxd4 17. Nxd4 a6 18. f3 Rxc1+ 19. Rxc1 Rc8 20. Rd1 h5 21. h4 Kf8 22. Kf2 Ke7 23. Kg3 Ne8 24. Kf4 Nc7 25. Bd3 Ne6+ 26. Nxe6 Bxe6 27. Ke5 f6+ 28. Kd4 g5 29. Rh1 Bf7 30. Bf5 Rg8 31. g4 hxg4 32. fxg4 gxh4 33. Rxh4 b6 34. Rh7 a5 35. a3 Kf8 36. b4 axb4 37. axb4 Ke7 38. Kd3 Rf8 39. Kc3 Rg8 40. Kd4 Kf8 41. Rh2 Ke7 42. Ra2 Be6 43. Ra6 Bxf5 44. gxf5 Rg5 45. Rxb6 Rxf5 46. b5 Kd7 47. Rc6 Re5 48. Rxf6 Re4+ 49. Kd3 Rc4 50. b6 Rb4 1-0 [Event "Match Karpov vs. Sveshnikov"] [Site "Riga"] [Date "2015.07.08"] [Round "4"] [White "Sveshnikov, Evgeny"] [Black "Karpov, Anatoly"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B30"] [WhiteElo "2508"] [BlackElo "2628"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] [EventCountry "LAT"] [TimeControl "1500+10"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:18]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 3. Bb5 {[%emt 0:00:08]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 4. Bxc6 {[%emt 0:00:19]} bxc6 {[%emt 0:00:59]} 5. d3 { [%emt 0:00:19]} Ne7 {[%emt 0:01:34]} 6. h4 {[%emt 0:01:24]} h5 {[%emt 0:00:29]} 7. Qe2 {[%emt 0:00:23]} Ng6 {[%emt 0:01:00]} 8. e5 {[%emt 0:00:42]} f6 {[%emt 0:00:26]} 9. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:57]} Qc7 {[%emt 0:02:02]} 10. exf6 {[%emt 0:01:01] } gxf6 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 11. Rh3 {[%emt 0:02:20]} d5 {[%emt 0:01:01]} 12. Rg3 { [%emt 0:00:10]} Kf7 {[%emt 0:00:26]} 13. d4 {[%emt 0:00:21]} Bd6 {[%emt 0:00: 35]} 14. Ne5+ {[%emt 0:03:20]} fxe5 {[%emt 0:02:07]} 15. Qf3+ {[%emt 0:00:13]} Kg7 {[%emt 0:00:11]} 16. Ne4 {[%emt 0:01:30]} dxe4 {[%emt 0:02:17]} 17. Qxe4 { [%emt 0:00:02]} Qf7 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 18. Rf3 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Qe8 {[%emt 0:00: 12]} 19. dxc5 {[%emt 0:04:42]} Bxc5 {[%emt 0:02:25]} 20. Bg5 {[%emt 0:01:06]} Rf8 {[%emt 0:01:34]} 21. O-O-O {[%emt 0:00:52]} Be7 22. Rxf8 Qxf8 23. g3 Rb8 24. Qxc6 Rb6 25. Qc7 Rb7 26. Qc6 Bxg5+ 27. hxg5 Rf7 28. Qh1 Rxf2 29. Qxh5 Qh8 30. Qg4 Rf7 31. b3 Qh2 32. Qc4 Bb7 33. Qxe6 Qxg3 34. Rd6 Qxg5+ 35. Kb2 Qf6 36. Qxf6+ Rxf6 37. Rd7+ Rf7 0-1


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