FIDE Grand Prix Zug 2013 (3)
All games drawn in Zug FIDE Grand Prix Round 3
Mark Crowther - Saturday 20th April 2013
Kamsky-Topalov Round 3 in Zug. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich | http://zug2013.fide.com
The third round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Zug saw all the games drawn. Only Veselin Topalov had serious chances to win in a generally rather cagey round. Topalov was rather cross with himself at missing converting the winning position he had against Kamsky.
Veselin Topalov said that time trouble was the main explanation for the missed chances in his game against Gata Kamsky. The Sicilian with 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 quickly became complicated and interesting and the players began burning time. Kamsky really wanted to play 15.Bf4 but couldn't make it work to his satisfaction and Topalov agreed it was critical. 15.Bg5 led to balanced play 27.Ng2 was an error from Kamsky and his position went downhill fast but Topalov shook his head at his play in failing to convert the winning advantage he had after 32.Kf1? Topalov's 34...Qc8? was met by 35.f3! which he completely missed and the game went into a level ending eventually drawn.
Anish Giri spent the last year completing his education and his opening knowledge is probably the major thing to suffer. He played a Catalan, Radjabov knew his drawish variation better and Giri didn't have much choice but to repeat to draw on move 19.
Alexander Morozevich defended a closed Ruy Lopez against Fabiano Caruana. Created some technical problems but essentially Morozevich needed to be precise rather than being in any trouble.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov looked like he should get at least something from his QGD Bf4 against Rustam Kasimdzhanov but at least in this game the position became drawish very quickly.
Hikaru Nakamura played the French Classical and headed for a variation he has recently used against Anand and Karjakin in this tournament. Leko was ready for it and got a little something but this wasn't sufficient to win.
Sergey Karjakin got a comfortable edge in a Scotch after his 10.g3 seemed to take Ruslan Ponomariov by surprise (he admitted to giving priority to resting after his marathon the day before) and white had pressure. However nothing clear emerged and the game was eventually drawn.
Round 3 Standings: Morozevich, Ponomariov, Topalov 2 Pts, Caruana, Kasimdzhanov, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Giri, Nakamura 1.5 Pts, Radjabov, Kamsky, Leko 1Pt.
Round 4 21st Apr 2013 1pm: Kasimdzhanov-Topalov, Nakamura-Kamsky, Radjabov-Leko, Ponomariov-Giri, Morozevich-Karjakin, Mamedyarov-Caruana.
Kamsky,Gata (2741) - Topalov,Veselin (2771) [B51]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (3.6), 20.04.2013
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.c3 Ngf6 5.Qe2 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bc2 e5 8.0-0 Be7 9.d4 cxd4
[9...0-0 10.Rd1 Qc7 11.h3 Bb7 12.d5 Bc8 13.Nbd2 Kh8 14.Nf1 Ne8 15.Ng3 g6 16.Bh6 Ng7 17.Nh2 Bh4 18.Qg4 Bxg3 19.fxg3 Nf6 20.Qf3 Ng8 21.Bxg7+ Kxg7 22.g4 Qe7 23.Rf1 Bd7 24.Rf2 f6 25.Nf1 Rf7 26.Ne3 Raf8 27.Raf1 Nh6 28.Qg3 Qd8 29.Bb1 Kh8 1/2-1/2 Ernst,S-Gaponenko,I (2365)/Groningen NED 1995]
10.cxd4 0-0 11.Nc3 Bb7 12.a3 Rc8 13.Rd1 exd4 14.Rxd4 Re8
[15.Bf4 Kamsky spent a lot of time trying to make this work. This move is critical according to Topalov. 15...Qc7 (15...Qb6) ]
15...Qc7 16.Re1 Nf8 17.Qd1 Ne6 18.Rd2 Nxg5 19.Nxg5 Qc5 20.Nf3 Bf8 21.h4 h6 22.Rd4 Qa7 23.Bb3 Rc5 24.Qd2 Qa8 25.Qf4 Qc8 26.Red1 a5
Kamsky marked this out as the turning point in the game. Now black is better.
27...Rxc3! 28.bxc3 Rxe4 29.Rxe4 Bxe4 30.Qd2 d5 31.a4 Bc5 32.Kf1?
Now black is winning.
32...bxa4 33.Bxa4 Qc7
[33...Ng4 was discussed post-game and seems pretty strong but Qc7 is the computer's choice. 34.Nxg4 Qxg4]
Missed by Topalov in time trouble.
[35...Qh3+ 36.Qg2 Qf5 37.Qe2 and something of a black advantage remains.]
36.g4 Be6 37.Kg2 Bd6 38.Qd4 Qc7 39.Nf1 Be5 40.Qd3 Qxc3 41.Qxc3 Bxc3
The smoke has cleared and a level endgame has been reached.
42.Ng3 Kf8 43.g5 hxg5 44.hxg5 Ne8 45.Ne2 Bb4 46.Nf4 Nd6 47.Kh1 Nc4 48.Bc6 Bd2 49.Bxd5 Bxf4 50.Bxe6 fxe6 51.Rd4 Bxg5 52.Rxc4 Ke7 53.f4 Bf6 54.Rc5 a4 55.Ra5 a3 56.Rxa3 g5 57.fxg5 Bxg5 1/2-1/2
|FIDE GP Zug Zug (SUI), 18-30 iv 2013||cat. XXI (2756)|
|Round 3 (April 20, 2013)|
|Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar||- Kasimdzhanov, Rustam||½-½||47||D31||Semi-Slav Defence|
|Karjakin, Sergey||- Ponomariov, Ruslan||½-½||54||C45||Scotch Game|
|Giri, Anish||- Radjabov, Teimour||½-½||19||E06||Catalan|
|Caruana, Fabiano||- Morozevich, Alexander||½-½||46||C92||Ruy Lopez Chigorin|
|Kamsky, Gata||- Topalov, Veselin||½-½||57||B51||Sicilian Rossolimo|
|Leko, Peter||- Nakamura, Hikaru||½-½||59||C11||French Defence|
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