"There Is No Rational Explanation"

Время публикации: 25.08.2015 09:50 | Последнее обновление: 26.08.2015 00:54

St Louis: Topalov wins again, Carlsen snatches a victory in extreme mutual time trouble

As well as Grischuk's win against Anand, reported separately, in the second round of the Sinquefield Cup, two other games ended decisively. 

 TOPALOV - NAKAMURA

Faced with the aggressive 15...f7-f5, many would have chosen the straightforward 16.exf5 Bxf5 17.dxc6 bxc6, which allows Black to develop dangerous piece activity, but Topalov is in excellent form:
16.e5! Nxd5 17.exd6 Bxd6 18.Nxd6 Qxd6 19.b3. For the pawn, White has not only the two bishops, but also, more importantly, permanent pressure on the dark squares.
19...Bd7 20.Bb2 Rfe8 21.Qd4! Qf6 22.Qd2 Qd6 23.Bc4


Putting the pawn back from f5 to f6 would largely correct Black's position, but, alas, pawns do not move backwards. Nakamura was forced soon to part with his extra material in the hope of holding a difficult endgame, but Veselin gave the American no chances, playing the game in virtually ideal style. 1-0 on move 73.

Topalov: "I say once again, I am not seriously studying chess. What is happening has not rational explanation..."

At first glance, it is even harder to explain what happened in the game between the two C's, but if one remembers that there is no increment before move forty in this event, all becomes clear. However, it is harder to understand how a world class player can get into such time trouble in the first place. 


Before 33.Qb3: eight moves remain to the time control (screenshot from grandchesstour.com)

CARUANA - CARLSEN 

In a fluctuating game, with mistakes by both sides, the initiative had swung from side to side, and now 39.Qe4 gives White a large advantage 39...Rd1+ 40.Nxd1 Rxd1+ 41.Re1 makes no sense, and otherwise he must either exchange or retreat tamely. But with flags hanging, the objective strength of moves does not matter. Interestingly, at this moment Carlsen caught his opponent up on the clock and had one second more!
Anyway, there followed 39. Rbe4? Rd2 40.Rxd2?? (After 40.Qb3 or 40.Qb1 White is safe ) 40...Rxd2. Fabiano realised what had happened and resigned. 0-1

This sad but in some senses deserved defeat sent Caruana to the foot of the table, along with Anand. "The inability of an experienced master to cope with the clock must be accounted as serious as a mistake in calculation", as Alexander Alekhine wrote. 

The leader is Veselin Topalov, the only player to have started with two wins. 

The full text of both games, as well as the two drawn games, is below. 

All material on the event 

[Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.24"] [Round "2.1"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C65"] [WhiteElo "2816"] [BlackElo "2814"] [PlyCount "145"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Nbd2 d6 6. O-O O-O 7. c3 Ne7 8. d4 exd4 9. cxd4 Bb6 10. Re1 Ng6 11. h3 c6 12. Bd3 Nh5 13. Nc4 Bc7 14. d5 Nhf4 15. Bf1 f5 16. e5 Nxd5 17. exd6 Bxd6 18. Nxd6 Qxd6 19. b3 Bd7 20. Bb2 Rfe8 21. Qd4 Qf6 22. Qd2 Qd6 23. Bc4 h6 24. Qd4 Qf6 25. Qxf6 gxf6 26. Bxf6 Rxe1+ 27. Rxe1 Re8 28. Rd1 Be6 29. Nd4 Kf7 30. Nxe6 Rxe6 31. Bd4 a6 32. Kf1 Ngf4 33. b4 Re4 34. f3 Re8 35. g3 Ne6 36. Bf2 Rd8 37. Re1 f4 38. g4 Ng5 39. Kg2 Re8 40. Rd1 Re5 41. Bd4 Re8 42. h4 Ne6 43. Bf2 Nec7 44. h5 Kf6 45. Kh3 b5 46. Bd4+ Kg5 47. Bxd5 Nxd5 48. Rc1 Re6 49. Rc5 Rd6 50. Bg7 Re6 51. Bd4 Rd6 52. a3 Re6 53. Rc1 Ne7 54. Bf2 Kf6 55. Bh4+ Kf7 56. g5 hxg5 57. Bxg5 Nd5 58. Kg4 Kg7 59. Bxf4 Nxf4 60. Kxf4 Rd6 61. Rc3 Kf6 62. Kg4 a5 63. bxa5 Rd4+ 64. f4 Ra4 65. Rxc6+ Kg7 66. a6 Rxa3 67. f5 b4 68. f6+ Kf7 69. h6 Kg6 70. Rc8 b3 71. Rg8+ Kf7 72. h7 Ra4+ 73. Kf3 1-0 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.24"] [Round "2.4"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C78"] [WhiteElo "2808"] [BlackElo "2853"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bb7 7. d3 Be7 8. Nc3 O-O 9. a3 d6 10. Re1 Qd7 11. Ne2 Nd8 12. Ng3 Ne6 13. Ba2 Rfe8 14. Ng5 d5 15. Nxe6 Qxe6 16. Bg5 h6 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. Qf3 c6 19. c4 Rad8 20. cxd5 cxd5 21. Nf5 Bg5 22. h4 Bd2 23. Re2 dxe4 24. dxe4 Qf6 25. g3 Kf8 26. h5 Bg5 27. a4 b4 28. a5 Kg8 29. Bc4 Rd7 30. Ra4 Kh8 31. Rxb4 g6 32. hxg6 fxg6 33. Qb3 Bc6 34. Ne3 Bxe4 35. Bd5 Bxd5 36. Nxd5 Qc6 37. Nc3 Qf3 38. Qc2 Red8 39. Rbe4 Rd2 40. Rxd2 Rxd2 0-1 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.24"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D38"] [WhiteElo "2731"] [BlackElo "2765"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Qa4+ Nc6 8. e3 O-O 9. Be2 dxc4 10. O-O Bd7 11. Bxc4 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Rfd8 13. Be2 Be8 14. Qa3 Qe7 15. Qb2 b6 16. Nd2 Na5 17. Nb3 Nxb3 18. axb3 a5 19. b4 axb4 20. Qxb4 Kf8 21. Bf3 Qxb4 22. cxb4 Rxa1 23. Rxa1 Ke7 24. Kf1 Kd6 25. Ke2 Bb5+ 26. Kd2 e5 27. dxe5+ Kxe5+ 28. Kc3 Rd3+ 29. Kc2 Rd8 30. Kc3 Rd3+ 31. Kc2 Rd8 32. Kc3 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.24"] [Round "2.3"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A30"] [WhiteElo "2793"] [BlackElo "2779"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. e3 f5 5. d4 e4 6. d5 exf3 7. dxc6 dxc6 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. gxf3 Nf6 10. b3 Bd6 11. Bb2 Ke7 12. O-O-O Be6 13. Bd3 Rhd8 14. Kc2 Rd7 15. Ne2 g6 16. h3 Rad8 17. f4 Bc7 18. Ba3 b6 19. Ng3 Kf7 20. Bb2 a6 21. Be5 b5 22. Bxf5 gxf5 23. Bxc7 Rxd1 24. Rxd1 Rxd1 25. Kxd1 bxc4 26. bxc4 Ne4 27. Nxe4 fxe4 28. h4 Bxc4 29. a3 Ke6 30. f5+ Kxf5 1/2-1/2 


  


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