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FIDE Grand Prix Zug 2013 (6)

Nakamura and Ponomariov win in Round 6 of the Zug FIDE Grand Prix

Ruslan Ponomariov joins the leaders on 4/6. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich.

Ruslan Ponomariov joins the leaders on 4/6. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich. |

Ruslan Ponomariov joined Alexander Morozevich and Veselin Topalov in the lead of the Zug Grand Prix after a rather routine victory over Gata Kamsky in Round 6.

Ponomariov beat Kamsky in a rather strange game where after various move order tricks he got a big centre and left Kamsky with little counter-play he then moved in for a kingside attack that proved unstoppable. It was really hard to identify where the turning point was.

Rustam Kasimdzhanov had a big advantage out of the opening against Hikaru Nakamura but drifted into time trouble and was worse, then with little time he had fairly good chances to draw until 37.Be2? after which he walked into a mating net.

Fabiano Caruana and Sergey Karjakin played some very impressive chess in 2012 but so far this year they seem to be going backwards. Today was an error strewn game where Caruana missed a win then Karjakin missed several trivial wins before a draw was reached. Very surprising all round.

Peter Leko drew with black against Alexander Morozevich in a rather strange Symmetrical English where he might have had more at some point. I don't think either player understood the other in the press conference/post mortem.

Teimour Radjabov and Veselin Topalov played a very sharp theoretical line of the Nimzo-Indian that neither remembered the theory completely clearly. The game finished in perpetual check.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov against Anish Giri was a Ragozin where black eventually got some tiny advantage but it wasn't anywhere near enough to win. Both players are out of the running so neither seemed all that bothered.

Round 6 Standings: Ponomariov, Morozevich, Topalov 4pts, Karjakin, Caruana 3.5, Nakamura 3pts, Mamedyarov, Leko, Giri, Kamsky 2.5pts, Radjabov, Kasimdzhanov 2pts.

Round 7 Pairings Thur 25th Apr 1pm: Karjakin-Kasimdzhanov, Giri-Caruana, Leko-Mamedyarov, Kamsky-Morozevich, Topalov-Ponomariov, Nakamura-Radjabov.

Ponomariov,Ruslan - Kamsky,Gata [B14]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (6.3), 24.04.2013

1.c4 c6 2.e4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 0-0 9.0-0

Ponomariov has tried to trick Kamsky with a move order that could end up in several systems by transposition but the resulting position isn't anything special.

9...b6 10.Bg5 Bxc3

Ponomariov wasn't sure Bc3 was necessary.

11.bxc3 Nbd7 12.Bd3 Bb7 13.Re1 Qc7 14.c4 Rfe8 15.Bh4 Rad8

[15...Qc6 16.Bg3 Nh5 17.Be4 Qc8 18.Ng5 Nhf6 19.Bd3 Qc6 20.Nf3 Rad8 21.Bh4 e5 22.d5 Qd6 23.Bg3 Nh5 24.Bh4 Nhf6 1/2-1/2 Sherwin,J (2249)-Krensing,J (2301)/Coventry ENG 2007/The Week in Chess 637]

16.Qe2 Qf4 17.Qe3 Qg4 18.h3 Qh5 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.Ne5 Nd7 21.f4 Nxe5 22.fxe5 Qh4?!

Kamsky thought this was "definitely" a mistake although the consequences don't come for some time.

[22...h6; 22...f6 was Kamsky's post-game suggestion but it looks very risky.]

23.Rad1 Re7 24.Rf1 Kh8 25.Rf4

Gata Kamsky


Ruslan Ponomariov

Position after 25.Rf4

Black doesn't have an ounce of counterplay so it's certainly tough for him and he goes down without a fight.

25...Qg5 26.Qf2 Red7 27.h4 Qe7 28.Rf1 Rf8 29.d5 f5 30.exf6 Rxf6 31.Re1 Rd6 32.Qe3 Rxf4 33.Qxf4 Bc8 34.h5 Rd8 35.Qe4 g6 36.hxg6 Qf6 37.gxh7 Bd7 38.Rf1 Qg7 39.dxe6 Bxe6 40.Qxe6 Qd4+ 41.Rf2 Rf8 42.Bf5 1-0

Kasimdzhanov,Rustam - Nakamura,Hikaru [C60]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (6.5), 24.04.2013

1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 e5 3.Bb5 Nge7 4.Nc3 d6 5.d4 a6 6.Be2 exd4 7.Nxd4 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Nc6 9.Qe3 g6 10.Qg5 h6 11.Qg3 Be6 12.0-0 Ne7 13.Be3 Bg7 14.Rad1 Qd7 15.Bd4 Bxd4 16.Rxd4 0-0-0

This is probably where the game begins right about here. - Nakamura.

17.b4 Qc6

[17...Nc6 18.Rd2 Nxb4 Nakamura thought that a computer might get away with this but not a human but Houdini doesn't like it either.]

18.Rfd1 g5 19.a4

[19.b5 axb5 20.Bxb5 Qc5 21.Ra4 c6 22.Bf1 and black is completely fine.]

19...Ng6 20.Bf1

A bit slow.

[20.Qe3 was maybe faster - Kasimdzhanov. 20...Qb6 21.a5 Qa7 does indeed seem better than the game.; 20.b5 axb5 21.axb5 Qc5 22.Nd5 seems to be good for white here. 22...Qxc2 23.Bg4 Nf4 24.Nxf4 gxf4 25.Qxf4 b6 26.Rc1 Qb2 27.Rdc4 Rd7 28.Ra4 Bxg4 29.Rca1 Kd8 30.e5 Qxe5 31.Qxe5 dxe5 32.Ra8+ Ke7 33.Rxh8 Be2 34.f4 Bxb5]

20...Ne5 21.Qe3 Qb6 22.a5

[22.Nd5 Bxd5 23.exd5 f5 24.a5 Qa7]

22...Qa7 23.Nd5

"Right around here there has to be something better [for black]" Nakamura.

23...Kb8 24.Qc3

[24.Nf6 Nc6 25.c3 Nxd4 26.cxd4 d5 27.e5 c6 is equal.]

24...Rc8 25.Ne7 Rce8 26.Rxd6

"This was probably an hallucination." Kasimdzhanov.

26...cxd6 27.Rxd6 Ng4! 28.Rb6 Ka8 29.Bxa6 Rxe7 30.Qxh8+ Qb8 31.Qxb8+ Kxb8 32.Be2 Nf6 33.a6

[33.f3 Rc7]

33...Nxe4 34.Bf3 Bd5 35.h4 f5 36.Rxh6 g4 37.Be2?

Hikaru Nakamura


Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Position after 36...g4

"I almost saved it." Kasimdzhanov but this move is a bad misjudgement. "Insane but also impractical." Kasimdzhanov on 37.Be2.

[37.Bxe4 Bxe4 38.axb7 Bxc2 39.Rf6]

37...Nd2 38.Bd3 f4 39.Kh2 Re1 40.Rh8+ Ka7 41.axb7 Kxb7

[41...Kxb7 42.Rh7+ Kb6 43.Rh6+ Kc7 44.Rh7+ Kd8 45.Rh8+ Ke7 46.Bb5 Bc6 and black mates or wins tonnes of material.]


Caruana,Fabiano - Karjakin,Sergey [C65]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (6.6), 24.04.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.Nbd2 0-0 7.Nc4 Nd7 8.0-0 Re8 9.Kh1 a5 10.a4 b6 11.g3

[11.Be3 Bb4 12.Nfd2 b5 13.axb5 cxb5 14.c3 bxc4 15.cxb4 cxd3 16.bxa5 Ba6 17.Qb3 Nf6 18.h3 Nh5 19.Rfc1 Nf4 20.Rc6 Ne2 21.Qd5 Qb8 22.Rxa6 Rxa6 23.Qxd3 Qxb2 24.Rb1 Rd6 25.Qxe2 Qa2 26.Qb5 c6 27.Qb2 1-0 Anand,V (2780)-Kramnik,V (2810)/Zuerich SUI 2013/The Week in Chess 956]

11...Nf8 12.Ncxe5 f6 13.d4 Bd6 14.Nxc6 Qd7 15.d5 Rxe4 16.Nd2 Re8 17.Nc4 Ba6 18.b3 Bxc4 19.bxc4 Ng6

[19...Re4 20.f3]

20.Nd4 Ne5?

Sergey Karjakin


Fabiano Caruana

Position after 20...Ne5

Terrible move Ne5 - Karjakin.

21.f4! c5

[21...Ng6; 21...Nf7]

22.Nb5 Nf7

"Just a pawn down without real compensation." Karjakin.

23.Qd3 Bf8 24.Bd2 Nd6 25.Nc3


25...Qh3 26.Rab1 Rab8 27.Rfe1 Rxe1+ 28.Bxe1 Kf7 29.Bf2 Rb7 30.Kg1 h5 31.Ne4 Qd7 32.Nxd6+ Bxd6 33.Re1 Qxa4 34.Qf5 Re7

Sergey Karjakin


Fabiano Caruana

Position after 34...Re7


The critical moment - Karjakin.

[35.Rxe7+! Bxe7 36.Qe6+ Ke8 (36...Kf8 37.d6 Bd8 38.d7 Be7 39.Qd6!!) 37.d6 Qd7 38.Qxd7+ Kxd7 39.dxe7 a4 40.Be1 g6 41.Bc3 Kxe7 42.Bb2 winning for white.]

35...Qd7 36.Qxh5+ Kg8

Here black has counterplay already.

37.f5 a4 38.Qf3 Re8 39.Qa3 Ra8 40.Be1?! Be5 41.Bf2 Qb7 42.d6

Caruana was actually trying to find a way to draw here.


[42...Qc6 43.d7 Qxd7 44.Qf3 Rb8 45.Kg2 Qa7 black is much better.]

43.d7 Qxd7 44.Rxb6 Qxf5

[44...Qd1+ 45.Kg2 Qe2 46.Rb1 Bd4 and black is probably winning.]

45.Qxc5 Rd8 46.Qe3? Qxc2 47.Qf3 a3 48.Qxa3

Sergey Karjakin


Fabiano Caruana

Position after 48.Qxa3


Now this is equal.

[48...Rd1+ 49.Kg2 Qe2 50.Qc5 Kh7 is completely winning for black.]

49.Bxd4 Rxd4 50.Rxf6 Rd2 51.Qf8+ Kh7 52.Rf2 Rxf2 53.Qxf2 Qxc4 54.Qf5+ Kh8 55.Qf8+ Kh7 56.Qf5+ Kh8 57.h4 Qa2 58.h5 Qe2 59.Qf8+ Kh7 60.Qf5+ Kh8 1/2-1/2

Radjabov,Teimour - Topalov,Veselin [E35]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (6.2), 24.04.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 c5 7.dxc5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Ne4 10.e3 Qa5 11.Nge2

[11.Rc1 Nd7 12.Nge2 Ndxc5 13.a3 Bxc3+ 14.Nxc3 Nxc3 15.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 16.Rxc3 Ne4 17.Rc7 Nxg3 18.hxg3 Rb8 19.Bb5+ Kf8 20.Kd2 Kg7 21.Rhc1 Rd8 22.Re7 Kf6 23.Rcc7 Rf8 24.b4 a6 25.Bd3 a5 26.bxa5 Ra8 27.Bb5 Rxa5 28.a4 Ra8 29.Kc3 h5 30.Kb4 h4 31.Re8 Rxe8 32.Bxe8 Be6 33.Bb5 d4 34.gxh4 gxh4 35.exd4 Bd5 36.f3 Rg8 37.Rc2 Ke7 38.a5 Kd6 39.Bc4 Bxc4 40.Rxc4 Rxg2 41.Rc5 h3 42.Rh5 h2 43.Kc4 Rc2+ 44.Kd3 Ra2 45.Ke4 f5+ 46.Kf4 Kd5 47.Rxf5+ Kxd4 48.Rh5 Rg2 49.Rh7 Kd3 50.Ke5 Ke2 51.f4 Kf1 52.f5 Ra2 53.f6 Rxa5+ 54.Ke6 Ra6+ 55.Ke7 Rxf6 56.Kxf6 Kg1 57.Ke5 h1Q 58.Rxh1+ Kxh1 59.Kd4 1/2-1/2 Morozevich,A (2769)-Carlsen,M (2835)/Moscow RUS 2012/The Week in Chess 918]

11...Bf5 12.Be5 0-0 13.Nd4 Re8 14.Nxf5 Rxe5 15.Nxh6+ Kg7 16.Ng4 Re7

The position is supposed to be a forced draw with correct play.

[16...Re6 Somehow the Rook is worse on e6 but Topalov couldn't quite remember why.]


Veselin Topalov


Teimour Radjabov

Position after 17...0-0-0

Rajdabov thought this might this might be slightly tricky but nevertheless a draw.

[17.f3 Nxc3 18.Kf2 Ne4+ 19.fxe4 dxe4 20.a3 Qxc5 21.Qxc5 Bxc5 1/2-1/2 Biriukov,O (2389)-Yemelin,V (2529)/St Petersburg RUS 2005/The Week in Chess 572]

17...Bxc3 18.f3 Qxa2 19.fxe4 Qa1+ 20.Qb1 Bxb2+ 21.Kc2 Qa4+ 22.Kxb2 Rxe4 23.Rd4 Rxd4 24.exd4 Qxd4+ 25.Ka3 Qxg4 26.Qxb7 Qd4

[26...Nc6 27.Qxc6 is forced.]

27.Qxa8 Qc3+


28.Ka2 Qc2+ 29.Ka3 Qc3+ 30.Ka2 Qc2+ 31.Ka3 Qc3+ 1/2-1/2

Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar - Giri,Anish [D30]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (6.1), 24.04.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Bg5

Mamedyarov planned to go nuts today sacrificing material after his loss the previous day but Giri didn't let him.

4...h6 5.Bxf6 Qxf6 6.Nc3 Bb4


[6...c6 Moscow Variation.]

7.e3 0-0 8.Be2

[8.Rc1 dxc4 9.Bxc4 c5 10.0-0 cxd4 11.exd4 Nc6 12.Ne4 Qe7 13.Qe2 Rd8 14.Rfd1 Bd7 15.Bd3 Be8 16.Bb1 Ba5 17.Nc5 Bb6 18.a3 Bxc5 19.Qc2 f5 20.Qxc5 Qxc5 21.Rxc5 Rd6 22.d5 Bh5 23.Rd3 exd5 24.Rcxd5 Rf6 25.b4 Bf7 26.Rd7 Bc4 27.Rd2 Re8 28.h4 b5 29.Rc7 Ne5 30.Nxe5 Rxe5 31.Kh2 a6 32.g4 Be6 33.g5 hxg5 34.hxg5 Rf8 35.Re7 Re1 36.Ba2 1-0 Mamedyarov,S (2763)-Wang Hao (2727)/Moscow RUS 2010/The Week in Chess 836]

8...dxc4 9.0-0 Qe7

[9...Rd8 10.Bxc4 c5 11.Ne4 Qg6 12.Bd3 cxd4 13.Nh4 Qh7 14.Nf6+ gxf6 15.Bxh7+ Kxh7 16.exd4 Nc6 17.Qf3 Kg7 18.Rad1 Rd5 19.Qg4+ Kh7 20.Rd3 Bd7 21.Rg3 Rg5 22.Qf3 Kg7 23.d5 Nd4 24.Qe3 Bc5 25.dxe6 Bxe6 26.Nf3 Rxg3 27.hxg3 Rd8 28.Rd1 Nxf3+ 29.Qxf3 Rxd1+ 30.Qxd1 a5 31.a3 b6 32.Qa4 Bd6 33.Qb5 Bc5 34.Kf1 Bd4 35.f4 f5 36.g4 fxg4 37.f5 Ba2 38.Qd3 Bf6 39.a4 h5 40.b3 Be7 41.Qc2 Bxb3 42.Qxb3 Bc5 43.Qc3+ f6 44.Qd2 1-0 Mamedyarov,S (2722)-Aleksandrov,A (2627)/Mainz GER 2006/The Week in Chess 615]

10.Bxc4 c5 11.Ne4 cxd4 12.exd4

[12.Nxd4 Rd8 13.Qh5 Qf8 14.f4 Nc6 15.Nxc6 bxc6 16.g4 Rd5 17.g5 f5 18.Bxd5 exd5 19.Ng3 Kh7 20.Qf3 Bd7 21.Kh1 Re8 22.Rad1 g6 23.gxh6 Qe7 24.Rd3 Bc8 25.Rg1 c5 26.Rxd5 Bb7 27.Rgd1 c4 28.e4 fxe4 29.Qe3 Bxd5 30.Rxd5 Rd8 31.Rxd8 Qxd8 32.Qxe4 Qd1+ 33.Kg2 Qd2+ 34.Kh3 Bd6 35.Kg4 Kxh6 36.Qxc4 Qd1+ 37.Qe2 Qd4 38.Qe4 Qf6 39.b3 Qa1 40.Qd5 Bf8 41.f5 1-0 Giri,A (2677)-Bartel,M (2599)/Khanty-Mansiysk RUS 2010/The Week in Chess 829]

12...Rd8 13.Qe2 Bd7 14.a3

This is critical.

14...Ba5 15.b4 Bb6 16.b5 Be8

[16...a6 17.bxa6]

17.Ng3 Nd7



[18.Qe4 Qf8 19.Nh5]

18...Nf8 19.Rad1 Bc5 20.a4 exd5 21.Qxe7 Bxe7 22.Bxd5 Rab8 23.Rfe1

[23.Nf5 Bf6 24.Bc4 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Nd7 26.Rc1]

23...Ne6 24.h4 a6

Anish Giri


Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Position after 24...a6


[25.Bxe6 Rxd1 26.Bxf7+ Kxf7 27.Rxd1 axb5 28.axb5 Bxb5 29.Ne5+ Kg8]

25...Rxd1 26.Rxd1 Rc8 27.Bf1 Nc5 28.Nf5 Bf8 29.Rb1 Nxa4 30.bxa6 bxa6 31.Bxa6 Ra8 32.Bf1 Nc5 33.Re1 Bd7 34.N5d4 Re8 35.Rxe8 Bxe8 36.Bb5 Bxb5 37.Nxb5 Ne4 38.Ne5 h5 39.Nd3 g6 40.g3 Kg7 41.Kh1 Kh7 42.Kg1 Kg7 43.Kh1 Kh8 44.Kg1 Kg7 45.Kh1 Kh7 46.Kg1 1/2-1/2

Morozevich,Alexander - Leko,Peter [A33]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (6.4), 24.04.2013

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.g3 Bc5

Initially Leko planned Qb6 and this was a last minute change of heart.

7.Nb3 Be7 8.Bg2 b6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nd5

Leko had already seen this idea in a slightly different position against Ivanchuk.

10...Ba6 11.Nxe7+ Qxe7 12.Nd2

[12.c5 bxc5 13.Be3 Nd4 14.Nxc5 Qxc5 15.Bxd4 Qh5 16.Bxf6 Bxe2 17.Qxd7 gxf6 18.Rfe1 Bf3 19.Bxf3 Qxf3 20.Rad1 Rfc8 21.Rd4 f5 22.Qe7 Rc2 23.Qg5+ Kf8 24.Qh6+ Ke7 25.Qg5+ Kf8 26.Qh6+ Ke7 27.Rxe6+ fxe6 28.Qg7+ Ke8 29.Qg8+ Ke7 30.Qg7+ Ke8 31.Qg8+ 1/2-1/2 Wells,P (2504)-Palliser,R (2402)/Halifax ENG 2004/The Week in Chess 524]

12...d5 13.Qa4 Bb7

[13...Qb7 Leko thinks this doesn't work but I don't really see the logic and I'm not sure Morozevich did either. 14.cxd5 exd5 15.b3 Rfe8 (15...Bxe2 16.Re1 (16.Bb2 Bxf1 17.Bxf1 Nd7 18.Rd1) 16...Bg4 17.Bb2 Be6 18.Rad1 b5) 16.Bb2 Ne5 17.Rfe1 Rac8 18.Nf3]

14.b3 Rfd8 15.Ba3 Qd7 16.cxd5 Nxd5 17.Rfc1 e5

Peter Leko


Alexander Morozevich

Position after 17...e5

Leko spent some time on this move. He thought it the only one, Morozevich wasn't sure but said it was logical.

18.e3 h6 19.Ne4 Ncb4 20.Bxb4 Qxa4 21.bxa4 Nxb4 22.Nf6+ gxf6 23.Bxb7 Rab8 24.Rc7 Nd5 25.Bxd5 Rxd5 26.Rxa7 Ra5 27.Rxa5 bxa5 28.Rc1 Rb4 29.a3 Rxa4 30.Rc3 f5 31.f4 f6 32.Kf2 Kg7 33.Ke2 Kg6 34.Kd3 h5 35.Ke2 h4 36.Kf3 hxg3 37.hxg3 Kg7 38.Kg2 Kg6 39.Kh3 Re4 40.Kg2 Ra4 41.Kf3 Kg7 42.Kf2 Kg6 43.Kf3 Kg7 44.Kf2 Kg6 45.Kf3 e4+ 1/2-1/2

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. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2733 * . . ½ 1 . ½ ½ ½ 1 . . 4 2881
2. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2758 . * . ½ ½ . ½ ½ 1 . . 1 4 2875
3. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2771 . . * . . 1 . 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 4 2871
4. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2786 ½ ½ . * ½ ½ 1 . . . ½ . 2821
5. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2772 0 ½ . ½ * . ½ . . . 1 1 2814
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2767 . . 0 ½ . * . ½ ½ ½ . 1 3 2746
7. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2766 ½ ½ . 0 ½ . * . ½ . . ½ 2690
8. Leko, Peter g HUN 2744 ½ ½ 0 . . ½ . * . ½ ½ . 2703
9. Giri, Anish g NED 2727 ½ 0 ½ . . ½ ½ . * . ½ . 2707
10. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2741 0 . ½ . . ½ . ½ . * 1 0 2695
11. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2793 . . ½ ½ 0 . . ½ ½ 0 * . 2 2631
12. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2709 . 0 ½ . 0 0 ½ . . 1 . * 2 2637
Round 6 (April 24, 2013)
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Kamsky, Gata 1-0 42 B14 Caro Kann Panov
Morozevich, Alexander - Leko, Peter ½-½ 45 A33 English Symmetrical
Caruana, Fabiano - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 60 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Giri, Anish ½-½ 46 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
Radjabov, Teimour - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 31 E35 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 41 C60 Ruy Lopez

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