"It’s a Shame For Mamedov". Alexey Dreev On the Fourth Round At Shamkir

Monday, 30.05.2016 18:56

Grandmaster Dreev commented live (in Russian here) on the Vugar Gashimov Memorial fourth round in Baku yesterday. We provide the highlights below:


"Eljanov did his best to avoid well-known opening theory, but ended up worse. Although it wasn’t obvious at the time, as the d7 pawn could have been a source of weakness or strength. Pavel could have exploited Black’s somewhat odd mistake 28...Qf6? by replying 29.Rxd5! I’m not sure that he would have won – we analyzed this live on air but it’s not that straightforward, but at the very least he would have more than tortured his opponent. I expect that Karjakin isn’t too happy with this game, even though a draw with Black is more or less OK for him.


Giri clearly played well. It was a joy to watch. I don’t often praise him – I always felt that he played too rigidly. But in this game at least we saw his best qualities. Anish played an exciting, dynamic, confident game – which you can’t really say about his opponent. Maybe on move 17 the Indian should have retreated with 17...Nb8 and offered to trade his rook. If 18.e5 he could have continued 18...Nd7 19.Qd3 f5 20.exf6 Nxf6 – it looks a little over elaborate, but he needed to cover the h7 square somehow. After 17...Rfd8 18.d5 exd5 19.e5 Black faced serious difficulties. And Pentala fell apart at the end.


Most of all it was a shame for Rauf Mamedov, who deployed a very interesting idea.

12.Nxe5!? 0-0 13.Nxf7!? Rxf7 14.Bxf7+ Kxf7 15.f4. Rauf showed no fear in diving into such tactical complications versus the current world number two.
15...g4 16.f5 Nxg3 17.hxg3 Ng8 And had Rauf now played 18.Nd2! and in reply to 18...Nf6 had he seen the improbable move 19.Ne4!! (19...Nxe4 20.Qxg4) then Black’s problems would have been pretty serious. Or if 18...d5, then White replies 19.Qxg4 with almost the same position, but the е5 square for the knight paints a totally different picture.
The resulting position in the actual game could objectively have been held by White, but it was certainly unpleasant. Caruana demonstrated his best qualities in converting his advantage into a full point.


What can I say about this one? The grandmasters made a genuine attempt to fight it out, but a crisis hit them too early and the game logically ended in a draw.


From the pure chess point of view this was the best game of the round. The opening was fascinating. White should probably have met the interesting move 12...b5 by taking on b5, then exchanging on а8, after which her position would have certainly been no worse. After 13.Ng3 White’s position was worse, but instead of 15...Rc8 Shakhriyar should have opted for 15...а5, defending the pawn on b4 and opening up the а6 square for his bishop. Now, however, the Chinese player herself chose 16.а5, leading to complicated play. Black’s moves were good but White played a smart pawn sac with: 22.с3!? bxc3 23.bxc3! Some players might have taken with the bishop (“no way am I returning the pawn”), but Hou Yifan correctly recaptured with her pawn and the game ended up drawn after further eventful episodes.
This was a complete game where both sides made minor errors but nothing for either player to be embarrassed about

Translated by Ilan Rubin

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2016"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2016.05.29"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Harikrishna, Pentala"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D41"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Semi-Tarrasch, 5.cd"] [EventDate "2016.05.26"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 cxd4 8. cxd4 Bb4+ 9. Bd2 Bxd2+ 10. Qxd2 O-O 11. Rc1 b6 12. Bd3 Bb7 13. O-O h6 14. Qe3 Nc6 15. h4 Rc8 16. h5 Qe7 17. Bb1 Rfd8 18. d5 exd5 19. e5 Ba6 20. Rfe1 Qd7 21. Qf4 Ne7 22. Nd4 Rxc1 23. Qxc1 Qa4 24. e6 Qxd4 25. exf7+ Kxf7 26. Qc7 Re8 27. Bg6+ 1-0 [Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2016"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2016.05.29"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Black "Safarli, Eltaj"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D86"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "exchange, classical variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.26"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 c5 8. Ne2 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O Qc7 11. Rc1 Rd8 12. f4 Bg4 13. f5 gxf5 14. h3 cxd4 15. Bxf7+ Kxf7 16. Qb3+ e6 17. Nxd4 Nxd4 18. cxd4 Qb6 19. Qxb6 axb6 20. hxg4 Bxd4 21. Bxd4 Rxd4 22. exf5 Rxg4 23. Rc7+ Kf6 24. fxe6+ Kxe6 25. Rxb7 Rxa2 26. Rxb6+ Ke5 27. Rf2 Rxf2 28. Kxf2 Kf5 29. Kf3 Rf4+ 30. Kg3 Rg4+ 31. Kf3 Rf4+ 32. Kg3 Rg4+ 33. Kf3 1/2-1/2 [Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2016"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2016.05.29"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Mamedov, Rauf"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C53"] [Opening "Giuoco Piano"] [EventDate "2016.05.26"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 a6 6. O-O d6 7. a4 Ba7 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 Ne7 11. d4 Nxe4 12. Nxe5 O-O 13. Nxf7 Rxf7 14. Bxf7+ Kxf7 15. f4 g4 16. f5 Nxg3 17. hxg3 Ng8 18. Qxg4 Qg5 19. Qxg5 hxg5 20. Nd2 Nf6 21. Nf3 Nh7 22. g4 Bd7 23. Rfe1 Rg8 24. Kf2 Nf6 25. Kg3 c5 26. Re2 cxd4 27. cxd4 Bb6 28. b3 Bc6 29. Rae1 Ba5 30. Re7+ Kf8 31. R1e2 Bd8 32. R7e6 Bd7 33. R6e3 Nd5 34. Re4 Nc3 35. d5 Bf6 36. Nd2 Rg7 37. Re1 Nxe4+ 38. Nxe4 Re7 39. Kf3 Kg7 40. Rh1 Be8 41. Nxd6 Bf7 42. Nxf7 Kxf7 43. Rc1 Bd4 44. Rc4 Bb6 45. Re4 Rxe4 46. Kxe4 Ke7 47. b4 Bd8 48. a5 Kd6 49. Kd4 Bf6+ 50. Kc4 Bg7 51. b5 Bf6 0-1 [Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2016"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2016.05.29"] [Round "4.4"] [White "Hou Yifan"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B91"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Zagreb (fianchetto) variation"] [EventDate "2016.05.26"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. g3 e5 7. Nde2 Be7 8. Bg2 Nbd7 9. a4 b6 10. h3 O-O 11. O-O Bb7 12. g4 b5 13. Ng3 b4 14. Nd5 Nxd5 15. exd5 Rc8 16. a5 Rc5 17. Nf5 Re8 18. Nxe7+ Rxe7 19. Bg5 f6 20. Bd2 Rb5 21. Re1 Qc8 22. c3 bxc3 23. bxc3 Bxd5 24. Bxd5+ Rxd5 25. Qb3 Qc6 26. Be3 Nc5 27. Bxc5 dxc5 28. Qc4 Kf8 29. Qe4 g6 30. Rad1 Rd6 31. Rxd6 Qxd6 32. Rb1 Kg7 33. Rb6 Qd2 34. Rb7 Qd6 35. Rxe7+ Qxe7 36. Qc6 Qa7 37. Qb6 Qa8 38. Qxc5 Qb7 39. c4 Qd7 40. Kg2 Qb7+ 41. Kg1 Qd7 42. Kh2 Qb7 43. Qd6 Qf3 44. Qd7+ Kf8 45. Kg1 Qxh3 46. c5 f5 47. Qd6+ Kf7 48. Qd5+ Kf6 49. c6 Qxg4+ 50. Kf1 Qh3+ 51. Ke2 Qc3 52. Qd8+ Ke6 53. c7 Qc2+ 54. Kf1 Qc4+ 55. Kg2 Qg4+ 56. Kf1 1/2-1/2 [Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2016"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2016.05.29"] [Round "4.5"] [White "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D30"] [Opening "QGD"] [EventDate "2016.05.26"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. e3 h6 6. Bh4 Be7 7. Nbd2 c5 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O b6 10. cxd5 Nxd5 11. Bg3 Bb7 12. Nc4 N7f6 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. Nfd2 Rc8 15. e4 Ne7 16. e5 Ne4 17. Nxe4 Bxe4 18. Nd6 Bxd6 19. exd6 Nf5 20. Qa4 Bd5 21. d7 Rc5 22. b4 Nxg3 23. hxg3 Rc7 24. Bb5 Qg5 25. Rfe1 Rd8 26. Re3 h5 27. Rae1 h4 28. Re5 Qf6 29. Qa3 Ba8 30. Qe3 hxg3 31. Qxg3 a6 32. Rxe6 fxe6 33. Qxc7 Rf8 34. Qxb6 axb5 35. Qxe6+ Qf7 36. Qxf7+ Kxf7 37. Re5 Rd8 38. Rxb5 Rxd7 39. a4 Bc6 40. Rf5+ Ke6 41. Ra5 Rd1+ 1/2-1/2 


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