St Louis: Topalov Cannot Stop Himself, Whilst Carlsen Shows His Modesty

Время публикации: 28.08.2015 10:25 | Последнее обновление: 28.08.2015 19:48

In the fifth round at St Louis, two games ended decisively and both influenced the position at the top of the table. Topalov lost to Caruana, whilst Carlsen beat So and now shares the lead with Aronian on 3.5. 


Topalov admitted to insufficient energy and he is happy to see the rest day arrive. After the opening he had a clear advantage as White, but the first warning bell came at move 21: 21.Bg3?! The bishop took its eye off e7, which the enemy knight immediately exploited, jumping to b4. "I should not have allowed this", said Topalov, shaking his head.  

Caruana soon offered to repeat moves, whereupon Topalov admitted that he made a psychological mistake. "When you have an advantage in the opening, it is very difficult to agree a draw. I should have paused, pulled myself together and told myself to stop. But then I started to spoil my position move by move, until I made the decisive mistake."


35.Ng2? Correct was 35.gxf5 and only after 35...Bxf5 (taking on f4 is dangerous) 36.Ng2 - mutual chances would still remain, although Black would be better.
35...f4 36.Nxf4 gxf4 37.Bxf4 Nd3 38.Rxd3 Bxd3. The compensation for the sacrificed material is insufficient, and Caruana conducted the game to victory without any particular trouble. 0-1

After the game, Caruana smiled, perhaps naturally so far the first time in the tournament: "I do not remember when I ever drew with Topalov, he is a very fighting player. I admit that after the opening, I was worried about my position. When I went for the repetition, I don't think Black was worse any longer. I first thought about playing for the win when my opponent pushed on to e6. But 35.Ng2 was the turning point of the game, after which I realised that I ought to win. After a terrible start, I am doing all I can. Today I did not play badly or well, but simply took my chance."

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The game Carlsen - So lasted almost six hours. When the point was already in the world champion's pocket, the look on his face suggested he was not too happy with his play. In fact, Magnus described himself as "extremely lucky". 

However, the Norwegian was either being deliberately modest or was affected by his emotions. Overall, he played brilliantly, as several GMs pointed out at once on Twitter. Although once he had the advantage, he missed the strongest line several times, it is not so important how one achieves the desired result, providing one does. Strategically, the game was practically decided by the advance h4-h5-h6.

At the end, White achieved a completely winning rook ending. Carlsen's technique impressed the live commentators so much that they soon asked him whether he works on solving endgame studies. Magnus answered yes, he solves the studies of Oleg Pervakov, as well as Kasparyan, and Kubbel (names in this precise order).

[Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.27"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2853"] [BlackElo "2779"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Byrne (English) attack"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f3 Nbd7 9. Qd2 b5 10. O-O-O Be7 11. g4 b4 12. Nd5 Bxd5 13. exd5 Nb6 14. Na5 Nbxd5 15. Nc4 Nxe3 16. Nxe3 O-O 17. Bc4 Nd7 18. h4 a5 19. g5 Rc8 20. Bd5 Nb6 21. Kb1 Qc7 22. Rhf1 Nxd5 23. Nxd5 Qb7 24. f4 f5 25. Qe3 e4 26. h5 Rc5 27. h6 g6 28. Qb3 Rf7 29. a4 Bd8 30. Rd4 Kf8 31. Rfd1 Rc6 32. Ne3 Bb6 33. Nc4 Bxd4 34. Nxa5 Qb6 35. Nxc6 Bc5 36. Qd5 e3 37. a5 Qb5 38. Nd8 Ra7 39. Ne6+ Ke8 40. Nd4 Qxa5 41. Qg8+ Kd7 42. Qxh7+ Kc8 43. Qg8+ Kb7 44. c3 bxc3 45. Qb3+ Qb6 46. Qxb6+ Kxb6 47. bxc3 Bxd4 48. Rxd4 Kc6 49. Kc2 Ra2+ 50. Kd1 Rf2 51. Ke1 Kd7 52. Ra4 Ke6 53. Ra8 Rh2 54. c4 Kf7 55. Rb8 Ke6 56. Rg8 1-0[Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.27"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2816"] [BlackElo "2808"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Nbd2 Ne7 8. d4 exd4 9. cxd4 Bb6 10. Re1 Bg4 11. h3 Bh5 12. Qb3 d5 13. e5 Nd7 14. a4 a5 15. Qd1 Nb8 16. Nb3 Nbc6 17. Bg5 h6 18. Bh4 Qc8 19. g4 Bg6 20. Rc1 Bh7 21. Bg3 Nb4 22. Re3 Na2 23. Ra1 Nb4 24. Ne1 Nec6 25. Qd2 Qe6 26. Bxc6 Qxc6 27. Rc3 Qe6 28. Ng2 f6 29. Nf4 Qd7 30. e6 Qe7 31. Re1 f5 32. Nc5 Bxc5 33. Rxc5 c6 34. Rc3 g5 35. Ng2 f4 36. Nxf4 gxf4 37. Bxf4 Nd3 38. Rxd3 Bxd3 39. Bxh6 Rf3 40. Re3 Rxe3 41. Qxe3 Qh7 42. f3 Re8 43. h4 Qg6 44. e7 Qd6 45. Bf4 Qxe7 46. Qxd3 Qe1+ 47. Qf1 Qxf1+ 48. Kxf1 Rf8 49. Be5 Rxf3+ 50. Kg2 Rb3 51. h5 Rxb2+ 52. Kg3 b5 53. axb5 Rxb5 0-1 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.27"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2765"] [BlackElo "2771"] [ECO "A30"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical variation"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. e3 Nf6 4. d4 cxd4 5. exd4 d5 6. Nc3 Bg4 7. Bg5 e6 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Qe2+ Be6 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Qc2 Qb6 12. a3 O-O-O 13. Na4 Qc7 14. Bb5 Rg8 15. O-O Bh3 16. Nh4 Rg4 17. Bxc6 bxc6 18. Qd3 Rxh4 19. gxh3 Qf4 20. Rac1 Kd7 21. Rfe1 Bd6 22. Kf1 Qxd4 23. Qf5+ Kc7 24. Nc3 Kb7 25. Ne2 Qe5 26. Qc2 Rc4 27. Qb3+ Kc7 28. Rxc4 dxc4 29. Qxc4 Qd5 30. Qxd5 cxd5 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.27"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2814"] [BlackElo "2793"] [ECO "B48"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Taimanov variation"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. O-O-O Be7 9. f4 b5 10. e5 b4 11. Ncb5 axb5 12. Nxb5 Qb8 13. exf6 gxf6 14. Kb1 d5 15. Qf2 Ba6 16. Bb6 Bxb5 17. Bxb5 Qb7 18. Rhe1 Rb8 19. Bxc6+ Qxc6 20. Bd4 Ra8 21. b3 Kd7 22. a4 bxa3 23. Rd3 Rhc8 24. Re2 Qb5 25. Qf3 Ra6 26. f5 Rac6 27. fxe6+ fxe6 28. Rdd2 a2+ 29. Ka1 f5 30. Qe3 Rg8 31. c4 dxc4 32. Bc5+ Ke8 33. Bxe7 Kxe7 34. Qh6 Qb6 35. Qxh7+ Kf8 36. Qh4 Ke8 37. Qh5+ Kf8 38. Qh4 Ke8 39. Qh5+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.27"] [Round "5.5"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2816"] [BlackElo "2731"] [ECO "B92"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Opovcensky variation"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Be3 Be6 9. Qd3 Nc6 10. a3 d5 11. exd5 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 Qxd5 13. O-O-O Qxd3 14. Bxd3 O-O-O 15. Nc5 Bd5 16. c4 Bxg2 17. Rhg1 e4 18. Be2 Bf3 19. Bxf3 exf3 20. Rxg7 Rxd1+ 21. Kxd1 Rd8+ 22. Kc1 Ne5 23. Ne4 Kd7 24. Rxh7 Ke6 25. Nd2 Rc8 26. Kc2 Nxc4 27. Nxc4 Rxc4+ 28. Kd3 Rg4 29. h3 Ra4 30. Rh6+ f6 31. Rh7 Ra5 32. Ke4 Rb5 33. Bd4 Bd6 34. Rh6 Be5 35. Bxe5 Rxe5+ 36. Kxf3 Rf5+ 37. Ke2 Re5+ 38. Kf1 Rb5 39. b4 Rd5 40. Rg6 a5 41. bxa5 Rxa5 42. Rg3 Ra4 1/2-1/2 

Today is a rest day and the battle will resume tomorrow, at 21.00 Moscow time. 
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