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FIDE Grand Prix Zug 2013 (2)

Wins for Kasimdzhanov, Topalov and Ponomariov in Zug Round 2

Peter Leko lost to Veselin Topalov. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich.

Peter Leko lost to Veselin Topalov. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich. |

Alexander Morozevich, Ruslan Ponomariov and Veselin Topalov share the lead in the Renova FIDE Grand Prix in Zug.

Veselin Topalov won a fluctuating struggle against Peter Leko. Leko surprised Topalov with a QGD Ragozin which the Bulgarian admitting he had thought about the opening but didn't find time to look at it. Leko was rather surprised to get an advantage and perhaps wasted some time trying to see what he might have missed, time he sorely needed later on. Leko's 21...Qe6 was not the only move, 24...c3 would have been unpleasant for Topalov. The key moments occurred with Leko's flag hanging, first of all the otherwise desirable 39...Ng3+ 40. hxg3 Rxg2 41.g4! wins instantly for white. Then 40.d6! totally took Leko by surprise and with about 15 seconds to go he had to find 40...Qg6 from scratch but 40...Bd5 might have saved things. The ending was tricky but Leko played it well for some time until 49...f5? was the decisive error after which Topalov made no mistake. Leko not surprisingly looked very deflated at the end of the game as he was quite unlucky really.

Ruslan Ponomariov ground out a win in a rather murky Ruy Lopez against Fabiano Caruana.

Rustam Kasimdzhanov was very unhappy with the result of his opening against Gata Kamsky and only had around 7 minutes from move 24, Gata Kamsky too had used a lot of time and it was he that went astray. 31...Ne5? (31...Nc5!) was the turning point and Kamsky's position collapsed completely 39...Nxg7 after which there was no way back.

Alexander Morozevich played 5.h4 against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov's Gruenfeld Defence but hardly caught him out as Mamedyarov blasted out his moves. 15.e3 (15.e4! was maybe even better) was missed by Mamedyarov but the game soon finished in a draw anyway.

Teimour Radjabov and Sergey Karjakin played out an interesting major piece endgame in the Gruenfeld but both played it well enough to keep the game level.

Hikaru Nakamura got something of an advantage against Anish Giri's Bogo-Indian but Giri was solid enough and held relatively comfortably.

Round 2 Standings: Morozevich, Ponomariov, Topalov 1½ Pts;, Caruana, Kasimdzhanov, Mamedyarov, Giri, Nakamura, Karjakin 1Pt, Radjabov, Leko, Kamsky ½ Pt;

Round 3 Sat 20th Apr 2013 1pm: Mamedyarov-Kasimdzhanov, Caruana-Morozevich, Karjakin-Ponomariov, Giri-Radjabov, Leko-Nakamura, Kamsky-Topalov.

Topalov,Veselin - Leko,Peter [D38]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (2.2), 19.04.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.e3 c4 9.Nd2 g5 10.Bg3 Bf5 11.Be5 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Nbd7 13.Bd6 Qb6 14.Bb4

[14.Bg3; 14.Ba3]

14...a5 15.Ba3 Qc6 16.Be2 b5 17.0-0 Rb8 18.f3 b4 19.Bb2 0-0 20.Rc1 Nb6 21.Ba1 Qe6 22.e4 dxe4 23.cxb4 axb4 24.fxe4

Peter Leko


Veselin Topalov

Position after 24.fxe4


[24...c3 was not seen by either player. 25.Rxf5 cxd2]

25.Bxc4! Nd5 26.Nb3 Bg6 27.Nc5 Qd6 28.Qf3 Rfe8 29.Na6 Rb7 30.Bxd5 Qxd5 31.Nc7 Rxc7 32.Rxc7 Qxa2 33.Qh3 Qd5 34.Qxh6 Nc3 35.Kh1 Qf5 36.Rg1 Ne4 37.Rc2 b3 38.d5 f6 39.Re2

Peter Leko


Veselin Topalov

Position after 39.Re2


[39...Ng3+ 40.hxg3 Rxe2 41.g4]


[40.Rxe4 was the move Leko expected. Now he had to find a move that doesn't lose with only 14 seconds on the clock.]


[40...Bd5 41.d7 Rd8 42.Rc1 Bb7 43.Re3 equalises.]

41.Qxg6+ Bxg6 42.d7 Rd8 43.Rd1 Kf7 44.g4 Nc5 45.Rd6 Ne4 46.Rd4 Nc5 47.Re3 Bc2 48.Rc3 Nxd7 49.Re3 f5?

[49...Kg6 50.Rd6 Ra8 51.Bc3 Ra2 52.Rxd7 b2 53.Bxb2 Rxb2 54.Re6 with at least some saving chances according to the players.]

50.Bb2 fxg4 51.Rd5 Kg6 52.Re7 Ra8 53.Rdxd7 Ra2 54.Rd6+ Kh5 55.Bg7 g3 56.h3 Bg6 57.Ree6 b2 58.Bxb2 1-0

Kasimdzhanov,Rustam - Kamsky,Gata [C03]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (2.1), 19.04.2013

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7 4.Bd3 c5 5.dxc5 Nf6 6.Qe2 a5 7.Ngf3 0-0 8.0-0 Na6 9.e5 Nd7 10.c3 Naxc5 11.Bc2 b5 12.Nd4 Qc7 13.Re1 b4 14.Qe3

[14.cxb4 axb4 15.Qe3 f5 16.exf6 Nxf6 17.h3 Bd7 18.N2b3 Nce4 19.Bxe4 Nxe4 20.f3 Ng5 21.Qe5 Qxe5 22.Rxe5 Nf7 23.Re1 e5 24.Nc2 Rfc8 25.Ne3 Be6 26.Ng4 Bh4 27.Rd1 d4 28.Bd2 h5 29.Nf2 Bxf2+ 30.Kxf2 Rc2 31.Ke1 Rxb2 32.Nc5 Bf5 33.g4 Bg6 34.gxh5 Bxh5 35.Nd3 Rbxa2 36.Rxa2 Rxa2 37.Nxb4 Ra3 38.Bc1 Rb3 39.Nd3 Bxf3 40.Rd2 e4 41.Nf4 Rb1 42.Rc2 Ne5 43.Rc8+ Kh7 44.Kf2 g5 45.Rc7+ Kh6 46.h4 Ng4+ 0-1 Sjugirov,S (2643)-Najer,E (2638)/Olginka RUS 2011/The Week in Chess 859]


[14...f5 15.exf6 Nxf6 16.c4 Ng4 17.Qh3 Nh6 18.Qh5 dxc4 19.Nxc4 Nf5 20.Nxf5 exf5 21.Nb6 Qxb6 22.Rxe7 Qd6 23.Bg5 Be6 24.Re1 Bf7 25.Qf3 Bd5 26.Qe3 Qc6 27.Qe5 Rf7 28.Bxf5 Raf8 29.Rxf7 Bxf7 30.Be3 Re8 31.Qd4 Na4 32.Bd7 1-0 Jansa,V (2451)-Sorensen,B (2294)/Kamena Vourla GRE 2012/The Week in Chess 942]

15.bxc3 Ba6 16.Ba3


16...Rfe8 17.h4 Rac8 18.Rab1 h6 19.h5 f6

"This f6 came as a shock to me and I started burning the little I had left. I couldn't find anything here." - Kasimdzhanov.

20.exf6 Bxf6 21.Qh3

[21.Bg6 Bg5]]

21...Nf8 22.Rbc1

White only had 6 or 7 minutes left.

22...Bg5 23.N4f3 Bf6 24.Nd4 Bg5 25.N4f3 Bf4 26.g3 Bd6 27.Qg4 Ncd7 28.Bxd6 Qxd6 29.Qa4

29...e5 30.Qxa5 e4 31.Nd4

Gata Kamsky


Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Position after 31.Nd4


"Then suddenly it became very, very bad for black." Kasimdzhanov.

[31...e3?! 32.N2f3 Bc4 but 31...Nc5! is just equal]

32.Bb3 Bc4 33.Bxc4 Nxc4 34.Nxc4 Rxc4 35.Nf5 Qc6 36.Rcd1 Rc5 37.Qa7 Nd7 38.Rb1 Qe6 39.Nxg7 Kxg7 40.Rb7 Re7 41.Rxd7 Rxd7 42.Qxc5 Qf6 43.Rd1 Qg5 44.Qd4+ Kg8 45.c4 Qxh5 46.Re1 Qf7 47.cxd5 Rxd5 48.Qxe4 Rd2 49.Qe8+ 1-0

Morozevich,Alexander - Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar [D90]
Renova FIDE GP Zug Zug SUI (2.6), 19.04.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.h4 c5


6.dxc5 Na6 7.h5 0-0 8.hxg6 fxg6 9.Bh6 Bxh6 10.Rxh6 dxc4


11.Rh4 Nxc5 12.Rxc4 b6 13.b4 Qxd1+ 14.Rxd1 Ba6

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov


Alexander Morozevich

Position after 14... Ba6


[15.e4; 15.Rcd4 was what Mamedyarov expected missing the exchange sacrifice ideas.]

15...Ncd7 16.Rcd4

[16.b5 Bb7 17.Nd4 Rfc8 (17...Nc5 18.Nc6 Bxc6 19.bxc6 Rac8 20.g4 Rxc6 21.g5 Ne8) ]

16...Bxf1 17.Kxf1 Rfc8 18.Ne2 Nf8 19.Nf4 Rc2 20.a4 Rac8 21.b5 Ra2 22.R1d2

[22.Rd8!?; 22.Ne5 Rc5 23.Ned3 Rcc2 24.Rd8]

22...Rxd2 23.Rxd2 Rc1+ 24.Ke2 Ra1 25.Rd4 Ra2+ 26.Ke1 Ra1+

[26...N8d7 was a way to continue.]

27.Ke2 Ra2+ 28.Ke1 Ra1+ 29.Ke2 Ra2+ 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. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2758 * . . ½ . . . . 1 . . . 2930
2. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2733 . * . ½ . . . 1 . . . . 2962
3. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2771 . . * . ½ . . . . . 1 . 2928
4. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2766 ½ ½ . * . . . . . . . . 1 2745
5. Giri, Anish g NED 2727 . . ½ . * ½ . . . . . . 1 2769
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2767 . . . . ½ * ½ . . . . . 1 2756
7. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2786 . . . . . ½ * . . ½ . . 1 2780
8. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2772 . 0 . . . . . * . 1 . . 1 2763
9. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2709 0 . . . . . . . * . . 1 1 2749
10. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2793 . . . . . . ½ 0 . * . . ½ 2586
11. Leko, Peter g HUN 2744 . . 0 . . . . . . . * ½ ½ 2563
12. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2741 . . . . . . . . 0 . ½ * ½ 2533
Round 2 (April 19, 2013)
Morozevich, Alexander - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 29 D90 Gruenfeld Flohr
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 77 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Topalov, Veselin - Leko, Peter 1-0 58 D38 QGD Ragozin
Nakamura, Hikaru - Giri, Anish ½-½ 71 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Kamsky, Gata 1-0 49 C03 French Tarrasch
Radjabov, Teimour - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 39 D85 Gruenfeld Defence

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