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FIDE Grand Prix Zug 2013 (1)

Morozevich and Caruana win in Round 1 of FIDE Grand Prix in Zug

FIDE President Kirsan Ilzhumzhinov plays the opening move of Caruana-Rajdabov. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilzhumzhinov plays the opening move of Caruana-Rajdabov. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich. |

The FIDE Grand Prix in Zug is a very strong category 21 event with a nicely contrasting field of age style and experience. FIDE secured the sponsorship of the Renova Group a Russian asset management company.

Two players emerged in the lead with wins in the first round Alexander Morozevich and Fabiano Caruana both in subdued games which saw significant errors from their opponents.

Morozevich chose 1.g3 a relatively unsual move he has used to beat Gelfand and Ivanchuk in the past. Kasimdzhanov is well known as a fine theoretician but seems to have been caught a bit cold by this, he very much disliked his play and after 19...Ra8 forcing the rather strong 20.b4 he quickly got a passive position where he just had to wait to see what Morozevich would do which meant he felt was pretty much lost. Morozevich did very little before move 40 but then manoeuvred his knight to f5 after which the game was over.

Teimour Radjabov admitted that if he didn't have to play this Grand Prix event he would be licking his wounds at home after his traumatic Candidates tournament. If his first game is anything to go by he's in for more pain here. He allowed Fabiano Caruana to inflict triple c-pawns on him (all be it one of them extra) and with hishops of opposite colours he had some drawing chances but it was an ugly position to play and Radjabov went down very tamely to the loss as Caruana picked off his weak pawns.

Sergey Karjakin blundered early with 16.f5?! against Hikaru Nakamura's Classical French Defence and then quickly had to knuckle down to trying to draw the position. Nakamura pressed hard in a technical ending and probably didn't have quite enough but did try for 107 moves before giving up.

Anish Giri chose a very innocuous variation of the Fianchetto Gruenfeld as white against Veselin Topalov. Topalov traded pieces perhaps not quite in the best way and might have had some work to do if Giri had played 23.Bf3 instead with 23.Bf4 Giri traded to a draw.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Ruslan Ponomariov might have played 71 moves but in truth Mamedyarov got nothing from the opening and the game never varied from dull equality for the entire game.

Peter Leko seemed somewhat disappointed to only draw against Gata Kamsky's Open Ruy Lopez. Kamsky grabbed a lot of space across the board but it did seem almost too much space to sustain. Leko probably missed something good somewhere but Kamsky's 22...f3 opening up the white king eventually paid off forcing Leko to take a draw by repetiion.

Round 2 Fri 19th April 2013 2pm BST: Kasimdzhanov-Kamsky, Topalov-Leko, Nakamura-Giri, Radjabov-Karjakin, Ponomariov-Caruana, Morozevich-Mamedyarov.

Morozevich,Alexander (2758) - Kasimdzhanov,Rustam (2709) [A07]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (1.1), 18.04.2013

1.g3 d5 2.Nf3 Bg4 3.Bg2 Nd7 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Bxf3 Ngf6 6.d3 c6 7.Nd2 g6

[7...e6 There are a number of setups. Morozevich suggested he expected e6 here.]

8.e4 Bg7 9.Qe2


9...Qc7 10.Bg2

Morozevich wasn't sure if f4 is what he should be heading for here.

10...0-0 11.0-0 e5 12.b3

[12.Rb1; 12.Nb3]

12...Rfe8 13.Bb2 Rad8 14.Rfe1

[14.Rad1 b6 15.h4 Nf8 16.Nf3 dxe4 17.dxe4 1/2-1/2 Stehno,P (2326)-Splosnov,S (2367)/Litomysl 2005/CBM 104 ext]


Black certainly doesn't have to close the centre here.

15.h4 Nc5 16.Bh3 b5 17.Nf3 a5 18.Bc1 a4 19.Bd2 Ra8?!

Rustam Kasimdzhanov


Alexander Morozevich

Position after 19...Ra8?!

Kasimdzhanov was highly critical of his play around here. This almost obliges Morozevich to play b4. Morozevich wasn't sure that it wasn't something he should be aiming for anyway.

20.b4 Ne6 21.Rac1 Rad8 22.Ng5 Nf8 23.c4 dxc3 24.Rxc3 N6d7 25.Rec1 Nb8 26.a3 h6 27.Nf3 Ne6 28.Be3 Rd6 29.Qd2 Kh7 30.Kg2 Red8 31.Rh1

Black is now forced to wait for white to make his move. Kasimdzhanov thought he was pretty much lost around here in, practical play at least.

[31.Bxe6 Is possible. 31...fxe6 (31...Rxe6 32.h5 g5 33.Bxg5 hxg5 34.Nxg5+ Kh8 35.Nxe6 fxe6) 32.Bc5]

31...Qe7 32.Bb6 Re8 33.Rhc1 Qb7 34.Be3 Qe7 35.Qa2 Kh8 36.Qc2 Kg8 37.Qe2 Kh8 38.Kh2!?

Morozevich saw Kasimdzanov looking at his scoresheet and decided to make sure that the position wasn't repeated. In fact this turns out to give him the start to his winning plan.

38...Kg8 39.h5 g5 40.Ne1 Kh8 41.Ng2 Kg8 42.Bc5 Nxc5 43.Rxc5 Red8 44.Ne3 Qa7

Finally threatening to take on d3.

[44...Rxd3 45.Nd5]]

45.R5c3 Rf6 46.Nf5

Rustam Kasimdzhanov


Alexander Morozevich

Position after 46.Nf5

Once the knight appears on this square the game is almost over.

46...Re8 47.Qe3 Qxe3 48.fxe3 Bf8 49.Bg2 Ree6 50.d4 exd4 51.exd4 g4 52.Rf1 Nd7 53.Rf4 1-0

Caruana,Fabiano (2772) - Radjabov,Teimour (2793) [C63]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (1.3), 18.04.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 fxe4 5.dxe4 Nf6 6.0-0 Bc5 7.Bxc6 bxc6 8.Nxe5 0-0 9.Nc3 d6 10.Na4 Qe8 11.Nd3 Nxe4 12.Naxc5 Nxc5 13.Nxc5 dxc5

Teimour Radjabov


Fabiano Caruana

Position after 13...dxc5. A really ugly sight for black.

14.Be3 Qg6 15.Qd3 Bf5 16.Qc4+ Be6 17.Qe2 c4 18.f3 a6 19.Bd4 Rae8 20.Kh1 Bd5 21.Qd2 Re6 22.Bc3 h6 23.Rf2 Kh7 24.Raf1 Rf5 25.Re1 Rd6 26.Be5 Rd7 27.Qc3 Qg5 28.Rfe2 Rdf7 29.Re3 h5 30.R1e2 Qg6 31.h3 Qg5 32.Kh2 h4 33.Qd4 Re7 34.Qg4 Kg8 35.Bc3 Rxe3 36.Rxe3 Kf7 37.Be1 Qf4+ 38.Qxf4 Rxf4 39.Ra3 Rd4 40.Rxa6 g5 41.Ra7 Rd1 42.Rxc7+ Ke6 43.Bb4 c3 44.Bxc3 Rc1 45.Rg7 Bxa2 46.Rxg5 Rxc2 47.Rg6+ Kd7 48.Rg4 Bd5 49.Kg1 Rc1+ 50.Kf2 Rc2+ 51.Kf1 Be6 1-0

Karjakin,Sergey (2786) - Nakamura,Hikaru (2767) [C11]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (1.4), 18.04.2013

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qb6 9.Qd2 Qxb2 10.Rb1 Qa3 11.Bb5 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 a6 13.Bxd7+ Bxd7 14.Rb3 Qe7 15.Rxb7 Qd8 16.f5?!

Hikaru Nakamura


Sergey Karjakin

Position after 16.f5?!

Karjakin was upset with himself in playing this and soon has to buckle down to trying to save the game.


16...Qc8 17.Rb3 Qc4 18.fxe6 fxe6 19.Rf1 Be7 20.Qd3 Rc8 21.Kd2 Rf8 22.Qxc4 Rxc4 23.Rb8+ Bc8 24.Rxf8+ Bxf8 25.Ne2 Kd7 26.c3 Ra4 27.Nc1 Kc7 28.Rb1 Bd7 29.Ra1 Bb5 30.Nb3 Kc6 31.Kc2 Bc4 32.Kb2 Bd3 33.a3 Be7 34.Nd2 Kb5 35.g3 h5 36.Kb3 g5 37.Kb2 g4 38.Be3 Bf8 39.Bd4 Bf5 40.Kb3 Bh6 41.Rd1 Bd3 42.Kb2 Bf8 43.Ra1 Be7 44.Be3 h4 45.Bd4 h3 46.Be3 Bf5 47.Kb3 Bf8 48.Kb2 Bg7 49.Bd4 Bh6 50.Rd1 Bg6 51.Kb3 Bf5 52.Kb2 Bg5 53.Kb3 Kc6 54.Nf1 Ra5 55.Ne3 Rb5+ 56.Ka2 Be4 57.Re1 Bf3 58.a4 Rb7 59.Rb1 Rxb1 60.Kxb1 a5 61.Kc2 Bd8 62.Kd2 Kd7 63.Nc2 Ke8 64.Be3 Bc7 65.Bf4 Be4 66.Nd4 Kd7 67.Kc1 Bg6 68.Kb2 Be8 69.Kb3 Bg6 70.Kb2 Bd3 71.Kb3 Bb6 72.Kb2 Ke7 73.Kb3 Kf7 74.Kb2 Ba6 75.Kb3 Kg6 76.Bd2 Bc8 77.Kb2 Bd7 78.Kb3 Bc5 79.Bc1 Bxd4 80.cxd4 Kf5 81.Kc3 Ke4 82.Ba3 Bxa4 83.Bb2 Ke3 84.Ba3 Bb5 85.Bb2 a4 86.Ba3 Bc4 87.Bb2 Bb3 88.Ba3 Ke2 89.Bb2 Bd1 90.Ba3 Kf2 91.Kd2 Kg2 92.Ke1 Bb3 93.Bb2 Kf3 94.Kd2 Ba2 95.Ba3 Bc4 96.Bb2 Ke4 97.Kc3 Kf3 98.Kd2 Kg2 99.Ke1 Kxh2 100.Kf2 Kh1 101.Ba3 Be2 102.Bb2 h2 103.Ba3 Bd1 104.Bb2 Be2 105.Ba3 Bd1 106.Bb2 Be2 107.Ba3 1/2-1/2

Leko,Peter (2744) - Kamsky,Gata (2741) [C80]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (1.6), 18.04.2013

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

Kamsky played this position for both sides in the mid-1990s.


[9.Be3 1-0 Anand,V-Kamsky,G/Monaco 1995 9...Bc5 10.Qe2 Qe7 11.c3 0-0 12.Rd1 Rad8 13.Bxc5 Qxc5 14.Nd4 Qb6 15.f3 Nc5 16.Kh1 Rfe8 17.Na3 Bc8 18.Nxc6 Qxc6 19.Nc2 Nxb3 20.axb3 f6 21.e6 Rxe6 22.Qf2 Qd6 23.b4 Rde8 24.Rd2 Qe7 25.Kg1 Re5 26.Nd4 Qd6 27.Nb3 Re3 28.Rad1 c6 29.Qg3 Qe7 30.Qf2 Re5 31.Nd4 Qc7 32.Nb3 Re3 33.Nd4 R3e5 34.Nb3 h6 35.Rf1 Re3 36.Nd4 R3e5 37.Nb3 Re3 38.Nd4 1/2-1/2 Kamsky,G-Anand,V/Las Palmas SPA 1995; 9.c3 1/2-1/2 Ivanchuk,V-Kamsky,G/Monaco 1995 (90) 9...Bc5 10.Qd3 0-0 11.Be3 f5 12.exf6 Qxf6 13.Nbd2 Bxe3 14.Qxe3 Nxd2 15.Qxd2 Rad8 16.Rfe1 Kh8 17.Re3 Bg8 18.Rd1 d4 19.Ree1 dxc3 20.Qxc3 Qxc3 21.bxc3 Na5 22.Bxg8 Kxg8 23.Ng5 Nc4 24.h4 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Nd6 26.Ne6 Rf7 27.f3 Re7 28.Nc5 Re2 29.Nxa6 Nf5 30.Nxc7 Nxh4 31.Rd4 Nf5 32.Re4 Rxa2 33.Nxb5 Rc2 34.Kh2 Rb2 35.Nd4 Nxd4 36.Rxd4 Rc2 37.Rc4 Kf7 38.f4 Rd2 39.Rc6 Rd3 40.g3 h5 41.Kh3 g6 42.Kg2 Re3 43.Rc8 Kg7 44.c4 Rc3 45.c5 Rc2+ 46.Kh3 Kf7 47.c6 Kg7 48.c7 Kh7 49.Kh4 Kg7 50.g4 1/2-1/2 Kamsky,G-Anand,V/Las Palmas SPA 1995]

9...Be7 10.c3 0-0 11.Bc2 f5 12.Nb3 Qd7 13.Nbd4 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 c5 15.Ne2

[15.Nxe6 Qxe6 16.f3 Ng5 17.Bxg5 Bxg5 18.f4 Bd8 19.a4 Bb6 20.Kh1 Rad8 21.Qe2 c4 22.axb5 axb5 23.g4 fxg4 24.f5 Qe7 25.Rae1 Qh4 26.f6 gxf6 27.Rf4 Kh8 28.Ref1 Rde8 29.Re1 Qh6 30.Ref1 g3 0-1 Shabalov,A (2565)-AARDWOLF P5/ 1996]

15...Rad8 16.Nf4 c4 17.Be3 g5 18.Nxe6 Qxe6 19.Bd4 a5!

Gata Kamsky


Peter Leko

Position after 19...a5

Both players agreed this was absolutely necessary.

20.Qe2 f4 21.Bxe4 dxe4 22.Qxe4 f3 23.Be3 Rd5 24.gxf3 Rxe5 25.Qg4 Qg6 26.Rad1 h5 27.Qd7 Qf7 28.Rfe1


28...Qxf3 29.Bd4 Rd8 30.Qxd8+ Bxd8 31.Bxe5 Be7 32.Rd2 Bc5 33.Bd4 Bd6 34.Be5 Bc5 35.Bd4 Bd6 36.Be5 Bc5 37.Bd4 Bd6

Draw by repetition.


FIDE GP Zug Zug (SUI), 18-30 iv 2013 cat. XXI (2756)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2772 * . . . . . . . . . 1 . 1
2. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2758 . * . . . . . . . . . 1 1
3. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2786 . . * . ½ . . . . . . . ½ 2767
4. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2771 . . . * . . . . . ½ . . ½ 2727
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2767 . . ½ . * . . . . . . . ½ 2786
6. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2766 . . . . . * . . ½ . . . ½ 2733
7. Leko, Peter g HUN 2744 . . . . . . * ½ . . . . ½ 2741
8. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2741 . . . . . . ½ * . . . . ½ 2744
9. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2733 . . . . . ½ . . * . . . ½ 2766
10. Giri, Anish g NED 2727 . . . ½ . . . . . * . . ½ 2771
11. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2793 0 . . . . . . . . . * . 0
12. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2709 . 0 . . . . . . . . . * 0
Round 1 (April 18, 2013)
Caruana, Fabiano - Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 51 C63 Ruy Lopez Schliemann
Morozevich, Alexander - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 1-0 53 A07 Barcza System
Karjakin, Sergey - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 107 C11 French Defence
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 71 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Leko, Peter - Kamsky, Gata ½-½ 37 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Giri, Anish - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 36 D76 Gruenfeld 3.g3

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