Shamkir: Hou Yifan On Negative Score While Karjakin Fights Back

Время публикации: 30.05.2016 13:15 | Последнее обновление: 30.05.2016 14:03

The top-ranked Fabiano Caruana has developed a clear lead after three rounds at Shamkir. He defeated Hou Yifan in the third round – the Women’s World Champion’s first defeat at the tournament.

Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2016, 3rd round

Ruy Lopez
(Commentary by Alexei Yarovinsky)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 So Black has opted for the Open Variation of the Ruy Lopez. The Chinese prodigy also played this position as White in her recent match against Mariya Muzychuk, trying 9.Be3 and 9.c3.
9...Nc5 10.c3 Be7 A different approach is to play 10...d4, which White could meet with Igor Zaitsev’s move 11.Ng5!?, after which Black has two alternative moves:
1) 11...dxc3. A famous world championship game was played in this line between Kasparov – Anand, 1995. Kasparov’s victory in that game allowed him to equalize the match and it proved to be the turning point;
2) 11...Qxg5!? – this move belongs to the late Vasily Smyslov. Black was fine in this line in the game Morozevich - Ponomariov, Biel 2004, 1/2.
11.Bc2 d4 12.Nb3 d3 13.Bb1 Nxb3 14.axb3 Bf5 15.Re1 0-0 16.Be3 Qd5 17.Bd4 The game Caruana – Mamedyarov, also played in Baku, during last year’s World Cup, continued 17.b4. The game ended in a draw after an eventful battle.
17...Rfd8 18.h4!? This is a novelty. 18.Re3 Nxd4 19.cxd4 c5 20.Bxd3 cxd4 with equality has been played in the past (Wei Yi - So, Wijk aan Zee 2016, 1/2).

18...Bg6?! Hou Yifan spent 30 minutes thinking about this waiting move by the bishop, but it wasn’t very useful.
18...Nxd4 looks risky due to 19.Nxd4. Maybe the best way to solve her problems was to play 18...d2!? 19.Qxd2 (the exchange sac 19.Bxf5 doesn’t look that promising: 19...dxe1Q+ 20.Qxe1 a5 21.Qe4 Qxe4 22.Bxe4 Ra6 23.Bxc6 Rxc6 24.Rxa5 b4 with equality.) 19...Bxb1 20.Raxb1 Qxb3 21.e6 fxe6 22.Qf4. We now reach a position almost identical to the game itself, but with the difference that instead of 22...Qd5?! 23.Qg4 Black can play the more useful 22...Bd6!, after which the game could continue: 23.Qg4 e5 24.Nxe5 Nxd4 with equality.
19.b4 d2 20.Qxd2 Bxb1 21.Raxb1 Bxb4 22.Qf4 Be7 23.e6! Fabiano opens up lines of attack against Black.
23...fxe6 24.Qg4!? Another good alternative is 24.Qxc7, but Caruana is aiming at a pawn closer to the enemy king.
24...Nxd4 It was also worth considering 24...e5!?. After 25.Bxe5 Nxe5 26.Nxe5 Rd6!! 27.Rbd1 Qe6 Black stabilizes the position and equalizes. White has better chances of gaining an advantage after 26.Rxe5, but here too after 26...Qd7 27.Re6 Bf6 28.Rbe1 Rf8 29.Qe4 Qf7 Black has good chances of avoiding any damage. It’s not easy for White to get to Black’s king, while Black’s extra queenside pawn could come in handy
25.Nxd4 Bf6 26.Nxe6 Rd7 27.Re3

27...h5? You are not supposed to play on the side of the board where your position is weaker. This move weakens not only the king, but the pawn itself, as it is separated from its neighbour. Nearly any other move would have been better, for example 27...a5!?. The excellent knight on е6 ensures White an advantage, but it’s not easy to convert this into attacks on the Black king.
28.Qg6 Rf7 29.Rbe1 Rc8 30.Nf4 Another good move is 30.Rd3!? Qc4 31.Rf3! or 30...Qb7 31.Nd8! with a winning position.

30...Qd7 31.Qxh5 Re7 32.Nd5 Rf7 33.Rd1 Qc6 34.Nf4 Rd7 35.Re8+ 1-0

Sergey Karjakin’s greatest strength is his fighting spirit. We saw that again here, where following his loss against Anish Giri in round two Sergey directed his aggression against Pentala Harikrishna.


The Indian played the surprise novelty 9...с5 in a Petroff, forcing the world championship candidate to stop and think. But just a couple of moves later – the position on the board – it was Harikrishna’s time to think. Here he should have considered 12...d5!?. The game might have continued something like: 13.Qf4!? Re8 14.Qh4 h6! 15.Rxe6 fxe6 16.Bxh6 gxh6 17.Qg3+ Kf8, and White’s attacking potential is only good enough for a draw: 18.Qf4 (if 18.Qg6? Black repulses the attack, retaining a decisive material advantage: 18...Ng8 19.Ne5 Bg5+! 20.Kb1 Qc7) 18...Kg7 19.Qg3+ Kf8. Instead, Pentala went for a suicidal continuation:
12...h6? 13.Bxh6! Sergey knows a gift when he sees one. 13...gxh6? leads to a quick mate: 14.Qxh6 c4 15.Rxe6 cxd3 16.Ng5 fxe6 17.Qg6+ Kh8 18.Rxd3.
13...c4 Pentala played this move quickly, but it’s hard to see what he was counting on.
14.Bxg7! cxd3 (14...Kxg7? 15.Qg5+ leads to the previous variation) 15.Qg5 (or alternatively 15.Qh6 Nh7 16.Rxd3) 15...Ne4 or if 15...Nh7 Sergey would play 16.Qg3, forcing 16...Bg5+ and transposing to the actual game.
16.Qh6 Bg5+ 17.Nxg5 Qxg5+ 18.Qxg5 Nxg5 19.Bxf8 dxc2 20.Rxd6 Kxf8 21.h4 Nh7 22.Kxc2 The bishop and knight here have no chance to defend against the rook and three pawns. Karjakin employed his unhurried technique to convert his advantage to a win without allowing any counter-chances. 1-0

Translated by Ilan Rubin

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2016"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2016.05.28"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Hou Yifan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C80"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "open, Bernstein variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.26"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 Be7 11. Bc2 d4 12. Nb3 d3 13. Bb1 Nxb3 14. axb3 Bf5 15. Re1 O-O 16. Be3 Qd5 17. Bd4 Rfd8 18. h4 Bg6 19. b4 d2 20. Qxd2 Bxb1 21. Raxb1 Bxb4 22. Qf4 Be7 23. e6 fxe6 24. Qg4 Nxd4 25. Nxd4 Bf6 26. Nxe6 Rd7 27. Re3 h5 28. Qg6 Rf7 29. Rbe1 Rc8 30. Nf4 Qd7 31. Qxh5 Re7 32. Nd5 Rf7 33. Rd1 Qc6 34. Nf4 Rd7 35. Re8+ 1-0 [Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2016"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2016.05.28"] [Round "3.4"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Harikrishna, Pentala"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C42"] [Opening "Petrov"] [Variation "Nimzovich attack"] [EventDate "2016.05.26"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nd7 9. O-O-O c5 10. Bd3 Nf6 11. Rhe1 Be6 12. Bg5 h6 13. Bxh6 c4 14. Bxg7 cxd3 15. Qg5 Ne4 16. Qh6 Bg5+ 17. Nxg5 Qxg5+ 18. Qxg5 Nxg5 19. Bxf8 dxc2 20. Rxd6 Kxf8 21. h4 Nh7 22. Kxc2 Nf6 23. f3 Ke7 24. Rd4 Rh8 25. c4 Nd7 26. b3 a6 27. Kc3 Nb8 28. g3 Nc6 29. Rd2 Kf6 30. Rh2 b5 31. cxb5 axb5 32. Rd2 Rh5 33. Re3 Ne7 34. Re4 Rf5 35. Rd3 Rc5+ 36. Kd2 Nf5 37. Rg4 Rc8 38. Rc3 Ra8 39. Rc2 Ne7 40. Rf4+ Kg7 41. Ke1 Nd5 42. Rd4 Kf6 43. Kf2 Ke5 44. Re4+ Kd6 45. h5 Ke7 46. g4 Kd6 47. Rd2 f5 48. gxf5 Bxf5 49. h6 Rh8 50. Red4 Be6 51. Rh4 Ke7 52. Rh5 Nf6 53. Rxb5 Rxh6 54. a4 Rh1 55. a5 Nd7 56. b4 Bc4 57. Rg5 Ke6 58. Rd4 Rc1 59. a6 Rc2+ 60. Kg3 Bf1 61. a7 Nb6 62. Rd1 1-0 [Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2016"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2016.05.28"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E21"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "three knights variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.26"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 b6 5. Qb3 c5 6. Bg5 Bb7 7. e3 O-O 8. Be2 cxd4 9. Qxb4 Nc6 10. Qa3 dxc3 11. bxc3 h6 12. Bh4 Rc8 13. Rd1 Qc7 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15. O-O Kg7 16. Nd4 Ne5 17. Nb5 Qc5 18. Qb4 a5 19. Qxc5 Rxc5 20. Nd6 Ba6 21. Rd4 f5 22. Rb1 Rb8 23. f4 Nc6 24. Rd2 Ne7 25. Kf2 Kf8 26. e4 Nc8 27. Nb5 Ke7 28. Rbd1 Rb7 29. exf5 Rxf5 30. g3 Rc5 31. Na3 d6 32. g4 Rd7 33. h4 Rd8 34. Rd4 Na7 35. Rb1 Nc8 36. Nc2 d5 37. cxd5 Bxe2 38. Kxe2 Rdxd5 39. Kd3 h5 40. Ne3 Rd7 41. f5 hxg4 42. h5 Nd6 43. h6 Rc8 44. Re1 Nb7 45. Rxd7+ Kxd7 46. Nxg4 Nc5+ 47. Kd4 Kd6 48. Ne5 f6 49. Ng6 e5+ 50. Ke3 Rc7 51. Rd1+ Kc6 52. Rd8 Nb7 53. Rc8 Rxc8 54. Ne7+ Kc5 55. Nxc8 Nd8 56. h7 Nf7 57. Ne7 Kc4 58. Ng8 Kxc3 59. Nxf6 1-0 [Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2016"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2016.05.28"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.26"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 O-O 8. Rc1 dxc4 9. Bxc4 c5 10. O-O cxd4 11. Nxd4 Bd7 12. Ne4 Qe7 13. Be2 Nc6 14. a3 Nxd4 15. Qxd4 Ba5 16. Qc5 Bd8 17. Bf3 Bc6 18. Rfd1 Bxe4 19. Qxe7 Bxe7 20. Bxe4 Bf6 21. b4 Rad8 22. g3 Bb2 23. Rxd8 Rxd8 24. Rc7 Bxa3 25. Rxb7 Kf8 26. Rxa7 Bxb4 27. Ra8 Rxa8 28. Bxa8 Bc5 29. Kg2 Bb4 30. Be4 Bc5 31. h3 Bb4 32. Bf3 g5 33. g4 Bc5 34. Be4 Bb4 35. Bf3 Bc5 36. Be4 Bb4 37. Bf3 Bc5 38. Be4 Bb4 39. Bf3 Bc5 40. Be4 Bb6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2016"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2016.05.28"] [Round "3.5"] [White "Safarli, Eltaj"] [Black "Mamedov, Rauf"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E97"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "orthodox, Aronin-Taimanov, bayonet attack"] [EventDate "2016.05.26"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 Kh8 10. c5 Nh5 11. Nd2 Nf4 12. Nc4 f5 13. f3 Ng8 14. cxd6 cxd6 15. Be3 Bh6 16. a4 Bd7 17. Nb5 Bxb5 18. axb5 fxe4 19. fxe4 Nxe2+ 20. Qxe2 Rxf1+ 21. Rxf1 Bxe3+ 22. Qxe3 Nf6 23. Qh3 Nxe4 24. Qg4 Nf6 25. Qe6 Ne4 26. Qg4 Nf6 27. Qe6 Ne4 28. Qg4 1/2-1/2 


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