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1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2013 (5)

Anand scores first win in Baden-Baden against Naiditsch in Round 5

Viswanthan Anand against Arkadij Naiditsch. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Viswanthan Anand against Arkadij Naiditsch. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.grenkechessclassic.de

Fabiano Caruana in spite of being in his own words "worse" in most of his games so far takes a half point lead into the rest day of the 1st GRENKE Chess Classic in Baden-Baden. Caruana was forced to work hard by Daniel Fridman who caught him out in a Petroff Defence. It may be further analysis will reveal Fridman was close to winning. Viswanathan Anand has been generating chances but not converting and was determined not to make any mistake today. In a heavy manoevering Ruy Lopez Anand tied up Naiditsch's black pieces on the queenside somewhat and was planning to switch action to the kingside. 25...h5 cut off the retreat squares of Naiditsch's knight and in spite of some scarey looking tactics around the king Anand won the knight and then other piece to win the game. Anand will have more whites than blacks in the second half and looks ready to win a few more games. Michael Adams said he was "a bit casual" in the face of a new attacking idea from Georg Meier in the Catalan and was forced to try for some fairly ropey looking activity to avoid end up being seriously worse. Meier turned down a couple of critical variations involving castling and sacrificing material and Adams held the ending very comfortably. Round 5 Standings: Caruana 3.5pts, Anand 3pts, Fridman, Naiditsch 2.5pts, Adams 2pts, Meier 1.5pts. Rest day Tue 12th Feb. Round 6 Wed 13th Feb 2013. 2pm GMT: Fridman-Naiditsch, Anand-Adams, Meier-Caruana.

Anand-Naiditsch

Anand,Viswanathan (2780) - Naiditsch,Arkadij (2716) [C65]
1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden GER (5.1), 11.02.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 d6 5.c3 Be7 6.Nbd2 0-0 7.Nf1 Re8 8.Ng3 Bf8 9.0-0 Bd7 10.h3 h6 11.Re1 Ne7 12.Bxd7 Qxd7 13.d4 Ng6 14.c4

[14.Be3 exd4 15.Bxd4 Ne5 16.Nh2 c5 17.Bxe5 Rxe5 18.f4 Re6 19.e5 dxe5 20.fxe5 Rae8 21.Nf3 Nd5 22.c4 Nb6 23.Qc2 f6 24.Rad1 Qc7 25.Ne4 fxe5 26.Rf1 Nc8 27.Rd5 Ne7 28.Nh4 Nxd5 29.cxd5 Rb6 30.Nf5 Qd7 31.d6 Kh8 32.Qd3 Rd8 1/2-1/2 Akopian,V (2675)-Balogh,C (2601)/Dubai UAE 2011/The Week in Chess 859]

14...c5 15.d5 b5 16.cxb5 Qxb5 17.Qc2 Nd7 18.Nd2 Nf4 19.Re3 g6 20.a4 Qa6 21.a5 Rab8 22.Nc4 Rb4 23.b3 Reb8 24.Bd2 R4b5 25.Ra3

Arkadij Naiditsch

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Viswanathan Anand

Position after 25.Ra3

Anand plans to play on the kingside having tied them up on the queenside.

25...h5 26.h4

"I thought I'm better. I didn't see a way out for black but I'm not ruling out that there is one." - Anand. He pointed out that the queen is kind of trapped because if it moves a6 might be unpleasant.

[26.Nf1 h4 27.Nh2 is an alternative that will also leave Anand better.]

26...Nf6 27.Nf1 Bh6 28.Re1 Kh7 29.g3

Arkadij Naiditsch

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Viswanathan Anand

Position after 29.g3

"I did it with some trepidation." - Anand.

29...Qc8 30.f3!

[30.Nxd6 is possible but the text is much better.]

30...Qh3 31.gxf4 Qxf3 32.Qd1

Arkadij Naiditsch

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Viswanathan Anand

Position after 32.Qd1

"I tried very hard not to screw things up. I've been tossing away too many of these." - Anand who took his time here.

[32.b4 Qg4+ 33.Rg3 and Anand was vaguely worried that the black rooks will become a factor.]

32...Qh3 33.fxe5 Rxb3 34.Rxb3 Rxb3 35.exf6 Rf3 36.Qe2 Bxd2 37.Ncxd2 Rf4 38.Qh2 1-0

Arkadij Naiditsch

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Viswanathan Anand

Position after 38.Qh2

Meier-Adams

Meier,Georg (2640) - Adams,Michael (2725) [E00]
1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden GER (5.2), 11.02.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bd6 6.Nc3

"Quite an interesting idea." - Adams who got caught out by the directness.

6...0-0

I think I was a bit casual in the opening and black's position is on the edge. At some moment I was very concerned.

7.Bg5

Michael Adams

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Georg Meier

Position after 7.Bg5

A novelty.

[7.Qc2 1-0 Mikhalevski,V (2610)-Nezad,H (2398)/Biel SUI 2010/The Week in Chess 820 (50)]

7...c6 8.Bg2 Nbd7 9.e4

Michael Adams

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Georg Meier

Position after 9.e4

"I saw it coming but it's not easy to stop it." Adams.

9...dxe4 10.Nxe4 Bb4+ 11.Nc3 Qa5 12.Bd2

[12.0-0]

12...e5

"But what else could I play? I have to try something." Adams.

13.a3 Bxc3 14.Bxc3 Qa6

Michael Adams

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Georg Meier

Position after 14...Qa6

15.Nxe5

[15.0-0 Castles is what I was really worried about. - Adams. 15...Qxc4 16.dxe5 Nd5 17.Bd4]

15...Nxe5 16.dxe5 Qxc4 17.Qd4

"I think I like the endgame too much." Meier.

17...Qxd4 18.Bxd4 Rd8 19.Rd1 Nd5 20.0-0 Be6 21.f4 f5 22.exf6 Nxf6 23.Be5 Kf7 24.h3 h5

Michael Adams

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Georg Meier

Position after 24...h5

"Black was running no risk at all" Adams.

25.Rfe1 g6 26.Kf2 Bb3 27.Rd4 a5 28.Bf3

[28.Rd6 was slightly more accurate.]

28...Be6 29.Kg2 Rxd4 30.Bxd4 Rd8 31.Bb6 Rd2+ 32.Re2 Rd3 33.Re3 Rd2+ 34.Re2 Rd3 35.Re3 Rd2+ 1/2-1/2

Caruana-Fridman

Caruana,Fabiano (2757) - Fridman,Daniel (2667) [C42]
1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden GER (5.3), 11.02.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 Ne5 10.h4 c6 11.Kb1

[11.Bg5 1-0 Caruana,F (2736)-Gelfand,B (2739)/Wijk aan Zee NED 2012/The Week in Chess 899 (48)]

11...Qa5 12.Nxe5 dxe5 13.Bc4 b5 14.Bb3 Qc7 15.Bg5

Trying to take off these bishops and invade on d6 - Caruana.

15...a5 16.Bxe7

[16.a4 bxa4 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Bxa4 Be6 19.Qd6 Qf6 20.Qc5 h6 21.g3 Bd5 22.Rhe1 Rfb8 23.c4 e4 24.Qd4 Bxc4 25.Qxf6 gxf6 26.Rxe4 Bd5 27.Red4 Rb4 28.Kc1 Rab8 29.b3 Kg7 30.R1d3 f5 31.Kd2 Be4 32.Rxb4 axb4 33.Rd6 c5 34.c3 c4 35.cxb4 cxb3 36.Bxb3 1/2-1/2 Pavlovic,M (2540)-Savic,M (2522)/Kragujevac SRB 2010/The Week in Chess 807]

16...Qxe7

Daniel Fridman

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Fabiano Caruana

Position after 16...Qxe7

17.a4?!

[17.a3; 17.a3 a4 18.Ba2 Bf5 (18...Be6 19.Qd6 Qxd6 20.Rxd6 Bxa2+ 21.Kxa2 Rac8) 19.Qd6 Qxd6 20.Rxd6 Rfd8 21.Rhd1 Rxd6 22.Rxd6 Rc8 23.c4]

17...Rb8 18.axb5

[18.Qd6 Qb7 19.axb5 Qxb5 20.c4 (20.Rhe1 a4) 20...Qb4 21.Qxe5 a4 22.Ba2]

18...a4

Daniel Fridman

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Fabiano Caruana

Position after 18...a4!

Caruana missed this move in his calculations.

19.Bc4

[19.Bxa4 Qa7; 19.Ba2]

19...cxb5

[19...Qc5 20.Qd6]

20.Ba2 b4 21.cxb4 Rxb4 22.Qd6

Daniel Fridman

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Fabiano Caruana

Position after 22.Qd6

22...Qxd6

[22...Qb7!? seems like the best. 23.Qxe5 a3 24.b3 Rb5 25.Qd4 Bf5 26.g4 (26.Rhe1 g6 27.f3) 26...Rb4]

23.Rxd6 Bf5 24.Kc1 Rfb8

[24...Rc8 25.Rd2 Kf8 26.g3 Once I consolidate I can't be worse. Caruana.]

25.Rhd1 Kf8 26.Rd8+ Rxd8 27.Rxd8+ Ke7 28.Ra8 Rxh4 29.Ra7+

Daniel Fridman

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Fabiano Caruana

Position after 29.Ra7+

The ending is completely equal.

29...Kd6 30.Bxf7 Rh1+ 31.Kd2 Rf1 32.Ke2 Rc1 33.c3 Rc2+ 34.Ke3 Bd7 35.Bg8 h6 36.Ra6+ Ke7 37.Rb6 a3 38.bxa3 Rxc3+ 39.Ke4 Rxa3 40.Kxe5 Ra1 41.Ke4 1/2-1/2

1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden Baden GER (GER), 7-17 ii 2013 cat. XIX (2714)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2757 * * ½ . ½ . 1 . ½ . 1 . 2854
2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2780 ½ . * * ½ . 1 . ½ . ½ . 3 2773
3. Fridman, Daniel g GER 2667 ½ . ½ . * * ½ . ½ . ½ . 2723
4. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2716 0 . 0 . ½ . * * 1 . 1 . 2713
5. Adams, Michael g ENG 2725 ½ . ½ . ½ . 0 . * * ½ . 2 2640
6. Meier, Georg g GER 2640 0 . ½ . ½ . 0 . ½ . * * 2580
Round 5 (February 11, 2013)
Caruana, Fabiano - Fridman, Daniel ½-½ 41 C42 Petroff's Defence
Anand, Viswanathan - Naiditsch, Arkadij 1-0 38 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Meier, Georg - Adams, Michael ½-½ 35 E00 Catalan

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