Grischuk Bags Another "C". Carlsen "Ashamed to Lose In Such Fashion"

Время публикации: 31.08.2015 11:37 | Последнее обновление: 31.08.2015 13:57

The result of round seven of the Sinquefield Cup is that the leaders part: Aronian beat Nakamura and moved ahead, whilst Carlsen lost to Grischuk for the first time in his life. Now he, Grischuk, Giri and Vachier-Lagrave are a point behind Aronian. 

The Armenian won rather easily. "Hikaru had a bad day, it happens sometimes", explained Levon after the game. 

Three other games ended in draws, and the world champion's duel looked to be heading the same way. Grischuk sacrificed a pawn for compensation, then regained it and exchanged queens. "I was not even dreaming of a win at that moment, understandably", said the Russian later. 

In an equal endgame, Carlsen incautiously hit out with 32.g4?!, forgetting the old truth that pawns don't move backwards. Then he made another error with 33.Rbd1?!, after which White had to part with a pawn. The players assessed the resulting endgame differently, Carlsen thinking his position was "probably lost", and Grischuk inclining towards a draw.  

Everything was decided in the seventh hour of play. 


59.Nd3!? This looks strange at first glance, as White allows the rooks to be exchanged, when he could keep checking on the a-file. 
59...Re7+ 60.Re5 Re6?

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Here the game continued in mutual time trouble, with both players retaining Olympian calm. Grischuk, with the formality of an office worker, dutifully filled in a new scoresheet, when his first was full up. Surprised by his opponent's last move, Alexander thought that moving the rook to e6 would give him practical chances of winning. In reality, he missed a win with  60...Kc3!. For less experienced readers, we attach separate analysis of this lower down.
61.f4! Bf6 62.Rxe6 fxe6

63.Nf2? Magnus found the right idea but did not work it out fully. He should prevent the enemy king advancing, allowing which is fatal. After the natural 63.Kd2! Black cannot break down the blockade.
63...Be7! (Now it is all over, as zugzwang is inevitable) 64.Ng4 (It is too late for 64.Kd2 Bd6 65.Nd3 Kd5) 64...Kc3 65.f5 (After 65.Kd1 Bf8 there is nothing to be done) 65...exf5 66.Nxh6 Kc2 0-1

Carlsen: "An absolutely terrible game. I did not particularly like my position after the opening, but it was playable. Then we both played sub-optimally, and when Black regained the pawn, I should have made a draw. I also played the ending badly, but already I din't see how to save it. The way I lost was really shameful". 

Grischuk: "It turns out that I have played three real CHESS games in succession - against Aronian, Caruana and Carlsen. I am satisfied with them. If you play well, then the results come". 
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So, instead of Grischuk's 60...Re6 how could the world champion's defence have been made more difficult?

Mathematically, Black is winning after 60...Kc3! 61.Rxe7 Bxe7.
The only winning plan is to break through with the king to the h5-pawn or force White to play f3-f4. However, from a practically point of view, it is very hard to achieve this, because the square h1 is the "wrong rook's pawn", whilst the knight is a hard piece to contain, especially in Magnus' hands. For example: 
62.Ne5 (Another conversation is needed about 62.Nf2 Bf8!? 63.Ne4+ Kc2 64.Nf2 Bg7 65.Nd3 Kc3 66.Nc5 Kc4 67.Nd3 Kd5) 62...Bf6 63.Nd3 (White has to control the square d3) 63...Kc4 64.Nf2 Be5 65.Nd3 Kd5 66.Nf2 Bf4.

1) 67.Ng4 f5 68.Nf2 Be3 69.Nd3 (69.Nd1 f4!) 69...Ke6 70.Ke1 Kf6, and the plan succeeds - if  71.f4, then 71...Ke6, and Black returns the king to c3, winning by zugzwang and otherwise the h5-pawn drops;
2) 67.Kd3 Bg5 68.Ng4 (68.Ne4 Be3 69.Ke2 Ke5) 68...f5 69.Nf2 Be3 70.Nd1 f4 and the king gets to the h-pawn;
3) 67.Nd3 Be3 68.Nb2 Ke5 69.Nc4+ Ke6! (69...Kf4?! 70.Nd6! f6 71.Nf7 Kg3 72.Nd6 Kh4 73.Ne8 f5 74.Ng7) 70.Kd3 (A lot hangs on the fact that the pawn ending is lost: 70.Nxe3 fxe3 71.Kxe3 Kf5) 70...Kd5! 71.Nb2 Ke5 72.Nc4 Kf4 73.Nd6 f5 74.Ke2 Kg5 75.Kd3 f4 etc. (Notes by GM Andrey Deviatkin)

[Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.30"] [Round "7.2"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2853"] [BlackElo "2771"] [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 Nbd7 10. Nd5 O-O 11. O-O Bxd5 12. exd5 Rc8 13. c4 Ne8 14. Qd2 b6 15. Rac1 a5 16. Na1 g6 17. b4 Ng7 18. bxa5 bxa5 19. Bd3 Nc5 20. Bc2 a4 21. Rb1 e4 22. Bxc5 Rxc5 23. Bxa4 Rxc4 24. Bc6 Nf5 25. Qe2 Rc3 26. Qxe4 Ra3 27. Qe2 Bf6 28. Nb3 Qe7 29. Qxe7 Nxe7 30. Nd2 Rxa2 31. Nc4 Rd8 32. g4 Bd4 33. Rbd1 Bc5 34. Rd2 Rxd2 35. Nxd2 Nxc6 36. dxc6 Rc8 37. Ne4 Rxc6 38. Rd1 h6 39. h4 Kf8 40. Kg2 Ke7 41. Rc1 Rc8 42. Kf3 Ke6 43. Rc2 Rc7 44. h5 gxh5 45. gxh5 Bb6 46. Re2 Bd4 47. Kg3 d5 48. Nd2+ Kf5 49. Kg2 Be5 50. Nf3 Bf6 51. Ra2 Rd7 52. Ne1 Rc7 53. Kf3 Bg5 54. Ra5 Ke5 55. Ke2 Ke4 56. Ra4+ d4 57. f3+ Kd5 58. Ra5+ Kc4 59. Nd3 Re7+ 60. Re5 Re6 61. f4 Bf6 62. Rxe6 fxe6 63. Nf2 Be7 64. Ng4 Kc3 65. f5 exf5 66. Nxh6 Kc2 0-1 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.30"] [Round "7.1"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2814"] [BlackElo "2765"] [ECO "C88"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "closed, anti-Marshall 8.a4"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 b4 9. d4 d6 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Qxd8 Rxd8 12. Nbd2 h6 13. Bc4 Bd6 14. a5 Re8 15. Bd3 Nd7 16. b3 Nc5 17. Bc4 Be6 18. Bb2 f6 19. Bxe6+ Rxe6 20. Nc4 Rb8 21. Nfd2 Rb5 22. Ra2 Nb7 23. Rea1 Bc5 24. Kf1 Re7 25. Ke2 Rd7 26. Nf1 Bd4 27. Nfe3 Bxe3 28. Nxe3 Kf7 29. f3 Ke6 30. g4 Nc5 31. Nc4 Ke7 32. Bc1 Ne6 33. Be3 Ncd4+ 34. Kf2 Ng5 35. Bxg5 fxg5 36. Rd1 Ke6 37. Rd3 Rf7 38. Ra1 Rb8 39. Rad1 Rbf8 40. Nxe5 Kxe5 41. Rxd4 Rxf3+ 42. Ke2 Rf2+ 43. Ke1 Rf1+ 44. Ke2 R8f2+ 45. Ke3 Rf3+ 46. Ke2 R1f2+ 47. Ke1 Rxh2 48. Rd5+ Kf4 49. R1d4 Kxg4 50. Rc5 Rg3 51. Kf1 Rc3 0-1 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.30"] [Round "7.3"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2816"] [BlackElo "2793"] [ECO "A15"] [Opening "English opening"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Qxd1+ 7. Kxd1 f6 8. Be3 e5 9. Nd2 Be6 10. Bc4 Kf7 11. Kc2 Be7 12. Rad1 Rd8 13. Bxe6+ Kxe6 14. Nc4 Rxd1 15. Rxd1 Nc6 16. a4 a5 17. f4 h5 18. Rf1 exf4 19. Bxf4 Ne5 20. Bxe5 fxe5 21. Rf3 b6 22. Rg3 Rg8 23. Kd3 Bh4 24. Rf3 Be7 25. Ke2 Rb8 26. Rg3 Kf6 27. Ne3 c6 28. Nc4 Bc5 29. h3 Ra8 30. Rf3+ Ke6 31. Rg3 Kf6 32. Rf3+ Ke6 33. Rg3 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.30"] [Round "7.4"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2808"] [BlackElo "2731"] [ECO "B51"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Canal-Sokolsky (Nimzovich-Rossolimo, Moscow) attack"] [EventDate "2015.08.23"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. c3 Nf6 5. Qe2 a6 6. Ba4 e5 7. O-O Be7 8. d4 b5 9. Bc2 O-O 10. Rd1 Qc7 11. a4 Rb8 12. axb5 axb5 13. Na3 Ba6 14. d5 Qb7 15. b4 Bd8 16. Bd3 Ra8 17. Bg5 c4 18. Bc2 Nh5 19. Bxd8 Rfxd8 20. Nh4 g6 21. Qe3 Qb6 22. Qxb6 Nxb6 23. g3 Nf6 24. Ng2 Ne8 25. Ra2 Bc8 26. Rda1 Bd7 27. Nb1 Rxa2 28. Rxa2 Ra8 29. Rxa8 Nxa8 30. Nd2 Nb6 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Sinquefield Cup 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.08.30"] [Round "7.5"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2816"] [BlackElo "2779"] [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. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 O-O 7. O-O Re8 8. Nc4 Nd7 9. b3 a5 10. a4 f6 11. Be3 Bb4 12. Rc1 b5 13. c3 Bf8 14. Nb2 Nc5 15. Qc2 Bg4 16. d4 exd4 17. Nxd4 bxa4 18. Nxa4 Nxe4 19. f3 Nd6 20. Bf2 Bd7 21. c4 Qc8 22. Qc3 Nf5 23. Nc2 Nd6 24. Nd4 Nb7 25. c5 Nd8 26. Nb2 Ne6 27. Nc4 Bxc5 28. Nxe6 Bb4 29. Nxg7 Bxc3 30. Nxe8 Bxe8 31. Rxc3 Bf7 32. Nd2 f5 33. Rxc6 Qd7 34. Rc2 Re8 35. Nc4 Bxc4 36. Rxc4 Re2 37. h3 Rd2 38. Re1 Rd1 39. Kh2 c6 1/2-1/2 


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