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1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2013 (2)

Naiditsch beats Adams after nearly 7 hours play in Baden-Baden Round 2

Naiditsch and Adams talk over their game afterwards. Photo ©

Naiditsch and Adams talk over their game afterwards. Photo © |

The 2nd round of the GRENKE Chess Classic in Baden-Baden again saw just one decisive game when Naiditsch beat Adams. Caruana held comfortably against Anand and Fridman vs Meier saw a draw by repetition after 26 moves. Arkadij Naiditsch defeated Michael Adams in a long complicated Classical Nimzo-Indian. Naiditsch thought he got a substantial advantage from the opening that could have been crowned with 28.Qg5 with a decisive attack and again later after first time control with 43.f4 but even though he spent some time on both he couldn't quite see to the end and quick analysis with a computer suggests Adams had sufficient to hold in both cases which is probably why Naiditsch didn't play them. Adams clearly disliked his position throughout and thought 50...fxe5 was his decisive error but it seems more likely it was his 56...Rxf3 exchange sacrifice that caused his position to become lost. Adams sac did provide some practical chances initially but the superiority of the rook became evident eventually. The game finished in a time scramble where Naiditsch finally broke through to win. Fabiano Caruana surprised World Champion Viswanathan Anand with a rare idea in the Ruy Lopez Closed and was rewarded with a relatively comfortable draw. 20... a5 was Caruana's idea, Anand played 22.Ne3?! which he called "careless" as he missed the "obvious" 23... d5! idea. Caruana threatened to be better but Anand simplified to a draw. Unlike Wijk aan Zee Caruana has his coach with him (Vladimir Chuchelov mostly coached Giri there) and seems in better health. Certainly his chess seems on the mend following an event where nothing very much went right for him. Daniel Fridman and Georg Meier both surprised each other with move orders in a Nimzo-Indian 6.g3 by transposition and ended up having to work hard on known positions. They eventually traded and drew by repetition. Round 2 Standings: Caruana, Naiditsch 1.5pts, Anand, Fridman 1pt Adams, Meier 0.5pts. Round 3 Sat 9th Feb 2013 2pm GMT Adams–Fridman, Caruana–Naiditsch, Meier–Anand. Players comments below incorporated in text and PGN form.


Naiditsch,Arkadij (2716) - Adams,Michael (2725) [E56]
1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden GER (2.2), 08.02.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.h3 Qe7 11.b3 Rd8 12.Bb2 Ne4 13.Rc1 Bf5 14.Ne2 Rac8 15.Nf4

[15.Bb1 Bg6 16.Nf4 Ba3 17.Bxa3 Qxa3 18.Nd4 Qb2 19.Nxc6 bxc6 20.Bxe4 Bxe4 21.Qd4 Qxd4 22.exd4 g5 23.Ne2 Re8 24.Rfe1 Kf8 25.Nc3 Bf5 26.Na4 Rxe1+ 27.Rxe1 Re8 28.Rxe8+ Kxe8 29.g4 Bb1 30.a3 Bc2 31.Nc5 Ke7 32.Kg2 f5 33.f4 h6 34.Kg3 fxg4 35.Kxg4 Kf6 36.Nd7+ Ke6 37.Nc5+ Kf6 38.fxg5+ hxg5 39.Nd7+ Ke6 40.Nc5+ Kf6 41.Nd7+ Ke6 42.Ne5 Kf6 43.Nxc6 Bxb3 44.Nxa7 1/2-1/2 Nisipeanu,L (2647)-Grigoriants,S (2570)/Moscow RUS 2012/The Week in Chess 902]

15...Ba3 16.Qe2 Bg6 17.Rfd1 a6 18.Bb1 Bxb2 19.Qxb2 Nf6 20.Bxg6 hxg6 21.Rc2

White is somewhat better out of the opening.

21...Rc7 22.Rcd2 Qc5 23.Nd3 Qb6 24.Nde5 Nxe5 25.Qxe5 Re8 26.Qf4!

Michael Adams


Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 26.Qf4

"I thought I achieved quite some advantage." Naiditsch.


"At first I thought he blundered and then I was not that sure." - Naiditsch. Adams confirmed this was an oversight. Actually I think black's OK.

27.Rxd5 Rc8 28.Rd6 Qa5

Michael Adams


Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 28...Qa5


"I think I made a horrible mistake" Naiditsch on this move.

[29.Qg5! "Looks just killing." - Naiditsch and it is indeed in the variations he gives. He clearly thought about it during the game after failing to play it. However computers suggest that black should hold the balance. 29...Qxa2 30.Ne5 Qa5


30...Qxb3 31.Rd8+ Rxd8 32.Rxd8+ Kh7 33.g4 "Should be somehow winning for white." Naiditsch.;


30...Qb2! Seems to be the accurate moves that holds for Adams. 31.Nd7 (

31.Nxf7? doesn't work anymore. 31...Kxf7 32.Rd7+ Nxd7 33.Rxd7+ Kf8 34.Qxg6) 31...Nxd7 32.Rxd7 Qxb3 is equal.]

29...Ree8 30.Ng5 Qxa2 31.Qh4 Qxb3 32.R1d3

Michael Adams


Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 31.R1d3

"Practically it's a very difficult position for black." - Adams who thought black might be OK but clearly didn't like his position very much. "I was completely not sure who was doing better here but I thought I should somehow have enough compensation because Rxf6 is a dangerous threat." - Naiditsch who also thought there was a positional threat of e4 followed by f4.

[32.R1d4 Rc5 33.Rxf6 Rxg5 34.Qxg5 gxf6 35.Qxf6]

32...Qc4 33.R3d4 Qc1+ 34.Kh2 Qc7 35.Kg1 Qc1+ 36.Rd1 Qc4 37.e4 Rc5 38.Rd8 Rc8 39.R8d6 Rc5 40.Rd8 Rc8

Time control,

41.R8d4 Qe2 42.Kh2 Rc5

Michael Adams


Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 42....Rc5. A key moment according to Naiditsch who spent about 30 minutes here.


[43.f4 "I was calculating very long time f4." Naiditsch. Again with best play Adams ought to be able to hold but he would have had to be very accurate. 43...Rc2 44.Qg3 Nh5 (44...Nxe4 45.Nxe4 just wins a piece. 45...Rxe4 46.Rxe4 Qxe4 (46...Qxd1 47.Re8+ Kh7 48.Qh4+ Qh5 49.Qd8!!) 47.Rd8+ Kh7 48.Qh4#) 45.Rd8 Rf8! (45...Kf8 46.Qa3+!) 46.Ne6!? fxe6 47.Qxg6 Nf6 (47...Nxf4 48.Rxf8+ Kxf8 49.Rd8+ Ke7 50.Qg5+ mates) 48.Rxf8+ Kxf8 49.Rd8+ Ke7 seems to be just equal.]

43...Rce5 44.f4

Michael Adams


Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 44.f4


[44...Rxe4 45.Nxe4 Qxe4 46.Rxe8+ Qxe8 was a better way to sacrifice the exchange according to Adams.]

45.Rxd8+ Re8 46.Rd4 Qe3 47.Rb4 Nh5

"Probably still just unclear." - Adams

48.e5 f6

"I think f6 was OK." - Adams.

49.Nf3 a5 50.Rd4 fxe5?!

A very bad move but practically it's probably lost according to Adams.

[50...Rf8 51.Qg4 fxe5 52.Qe6+ Kh8 53.Nxe5 Good according to a tired Naiditsch post-game but in fact loses. 53...Qg3+ 54.Kh1 Kh7 is crushing for black according to the computer.]

51.fxe5 Rf8 52.Re4 Qb6 53.Qg4 Qc6 54.Rd4 Qe8 55.Qg5 Kh7 56.Qe3 Rxf3?!

Michael Adams


Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 56...Rxf3!?

Adams sacrifices the exchange to break up white's kingside. "But it already looks quite bad." - Adams. However he almost certainly should have kept the exchange and asked white to prove an advantage as this move makes the defensive task much harder in the long term and may indeed be the decisive error. That said Adams had a small amount more time and the players played faster and faster from now on and almost anything could have happened.

[56...a4 57.e6 Qb8+ 58.Kg1]

57.gxf3 Qe6 58.Rd6 Qa2+ 59.Rd2 Qe6 60.Rd6 Qa2+ 61.Qd2 Qb3 62.e6

The only real winning method.

62...Qxf3 63.Rd3 Qc6 64.Qe3 a4 65.e7 Nf6 66.Kg1 b5 67.Rd4 Ne8 68.Rf4

Adams didn't really think he had many saving chances here.

68...Qd5 69.Kf2 Qc6 70.Ke1 Qh1+ 71.Kd2 Qd5+ 72.Kc1 Qg5 73.h4 Qd5 74.Kb2 Nd6 75.h5!

Michael Adams


Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 75.h5

Opening up black's king.


[75...gxh5 76.Rd4]

76.Rd4 Ne8 77.Rf4 Qh2+ 78.Qf2 a3+ 79.Ka2 1-0


Anand,Viswanathan (2780) - Caruana,Fabiano (2757) [C92]
1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden GER (2.1), 08.02.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Re8 10.d4 Bb7 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.d5 Nb8 13.Nf1 Nbd7 14.N3h2 Nc5 15.Bc2 c6 16.b4 Ncd7 17.dxc6 Bxc6 18.Bg5 h6 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.Ng4 a5

[20...Nxg4 21.Qxg4 Bd7 22.Qf3 Rc8 23.Bb3 Be6 24.Qd3 Qc7 25.Rec1 Be7 26.Rc2 Bg5 27.Bxe6 fxe6 28.a4 Qc4 29.Qxd6 Qxe4 30.Qd1 Red8 31.Qb1 Rd3 32.axb5 axb5 33.Qa2 Qd5 34.Qa6 Rcxc3 35.Rxc3 Rxc3 36.Ra5 Rc1 37.Qxb5 Qxb5 38.Rxb5 Re1 39.Ra5 e4 40.Ra3 Rb1 41.b5 Rxb5 42.Ra4 Re5 43.Ne3 h5 44.Nc4 Rd5 45.Ne3 Bxe3 46.fxe3 Re5 47.Kh2 Kf7 48.Kg3 g5 49.h4 Kf6 50.Ra8 Rd5 51.hxg5+ Rxg5+ 52.Kf2 Rb5 53.Rf8+ Kg5 54.Rg8+ Kh4 55.Rg6 Rf5+ 56.Kg1 e5 57.Kh2 Rg5 58.g3+ Kg4 59.Rxg5+ Kxg5 1/2-1/2 Van den Doel,E (2587)-L'Ami,E (2519)/Leeuwarden NED 2005/The Week in Chess 566]

21.Nxf6+ Qxf6 22.Ne3

Fabiano Caruana


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 22.Ne3

"Even a bit careless." - Anand. "Not the main move I focused on." - Caruana. Ironically by playing an inferior move he more or less put Caruana on his own soon after this.

[22.Qd3 is better for instance.]

22...axb4 23.cxb4 d5!

Fabiano Caruana


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 23...d5

Anand said that it should have been obvious to him that Caruana's idea was d5 and played a different move on move 22.

24.exd5 Bd7 25.Qb1

The true novelty although neither player seemed to know of this correspondence game.

[25.a3 Bd6 Caruana with the idea of e4. Black has plenty of compensation. (25...e4 may be better first.) ; 25.Ng4 Qg5 26.d6 Ra6 27.Qd3 e4 28.Rxe4 Rxd6 29.Qe2 Rd2 30.Qe1 Rxe4 31.Qxe4 g6 32.Bb3 Bxg4 33.hxg4 Qf6 34.Rf1 Rd4 35.Qe2 1/2-1/2 Colin,S (2113)-Suto,J (2382)/ICCF email 2005/Corr 2008]

25...g6 26.d6

Anand needs to find a good square for his knight which is on a "horrible square".


"It can't be so bad but there must be someting better." - Caruana.

[26...Bxd6 27.Be4 Qg5 28.Qc1]

27.a4 Bxd6 28.axb5

[28.a5 Bb8 (28...e4 29.Bxe4 Qe5) ]


Fabiano Caruana


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 28...e4

"I'm down a pawn but should have enough compensation." - Caruana.


[29.b6 Qe5]


[29...Qe5 May be more accurate but leads to a draw all the same. 30.Bxg6 was a line Caruana didn't want to calculate but it seems not to work at all. (30.Nf1 Bxb5 31.Bf3 Qxe1 32.Qxe1 Rxe1 33.Rxe1) ]

30.Nf1 Bxb5 31.g3 Qf6 32.Bg2

and a liquidation follows.

32...Rxe1 33.Qxe1 Bxf1 34.Qxf1 Bxb4 35.Ra8 Rxa8 36.Bxa8 Bd6 37.Kg2 Kg7 38.Bf3 Bf8 39.Qe2 Qe7 40.Qxe7 Bxe7 1/2-1/2


Fridman,Daniel (2667) - Meier,Georg (2640) [E20]
1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden GER (2.3), 08.02.2013

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.Nf3 e6 4.d4 cxd4

By this move order they get a g3 Nimzo-Indian where black has been able to play an early capture on d4 which however Meier hadn't prepared for the game.

5.Nxd4 Bb4

Fridman having slightly tricked Meier didn't expect him to go into this line although he had prepared it for their previous encounter in Dortmund which ended in a draw.

6.g3 Ne4 7.Qd3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Nc5 9.Qe3

[9.Qf3 is perhaps more critical with games from Topalov, Aronian, Kramnik, Anand etc going in this direction.]


Meier was now trying to remember lines he looked at "three or four years ago."

10.Bg2 Bb7 11.Bxb7 Nxb7 12.Ba3

The main line.

[12.Qe4 "I'm quite sure it's [Qe4] is well known but unfortunately not for me." - Fridman. 12...Nc6 13.Nxc6 dxc6 14.Qxc6+ Qd7 "And only black can be better." - Meier although white has won a number of games from here.]


Both players were essentially on their own with Meier "trying to remember what was going on generally" and Fridman didn't know the position at all.


Georg Meier


Daniel Fridman

Position after 13.Nb5

[13.Nxc6 dxc6 14.Rd1 Qc7 15.Qg5 f6 16.Qh5+ g6 17.Qh4 Kf7 18.c5 Nxc5 19.Bxc5 bxc5 20.Qh6 and black is OK. 20...Rad8 21.0-0 e5 22.Rxd8 Qxd8 23.Rb1 Qe7 24.a4 Ke6 25.Qh4 Kf7 26.a5 Kg7 27.a6 Rc8 28.Qc4 Rc7 29.Rb8 f5 30.Qb3 Qf7 31.c4 Kf6 32.Rb7 Ke6 33.Qb2 f4 34.Qb1 fxg3 35.hxg3 Qd7 36.Kg2 Qd6 37.Rb8 Rf7 38.Re8+ Re7 39.Rh8 Kd7 40.Qh1 h5 41.Qb1 Qf6 42.Qb7+ Ke6 43.Qc8+ Rd7 44.Re8+ Kd6 45.Qb8+ 1-0 Nepomniachtchi,I (2602)-Negi,P (2515)/Kirishi RUS 2007/The Week in Chess 655]


[13...Rc8 Here Meier was trying to work out if there was a difference between Nca5 or Rc8 first. 14.Rd1 (14.0-0 Nca5 15.Nxa7 Nxc4 16.Qd4 Nxa3 17.Qxg7 which seems quite unclear or maybe perpetual after Ke7.) 14...Nca5 15.Qe5 f6 16.Qh5+ g6 17.Qh6 Kf7 18.Qd2 White Meier assessed as quite scarey with a wondering king but may even be better for him.; 13...a6 Meier expected this. 14.Nd6+ Nxd6 15.Bxd6 Na5 16.Qd4 f6 17.c5 b5]


Black thought for a long time over this. Fridman didn't take so long on this reply trusted black's calculations to a certain extent.

[14.Rd1 Nxc4 15.Qf4 Rc8 (15...Nxa3 16.Nc7+ Ke7 17.Nxa8 Qxa8 18.Qb4+ Nc5 19.0-0 Nc2 20.Qb2 Qe4 21.Rd2 Ne3 22.fxe3 and black is better.) ]


Now liquidation into a drawn position follows.

15.Qd4 f6 16.Bxa5

[16.Na3 Nc6 and the white bishop is in danger but nevertheless the position is probably close to equal. 17.Qd2 Rc8 (17...a5 18.Bd6 Nxd6 19.Qxd6 is equal.) ]

16...bxa5 17.Nd6+ Nxd6 18.Qxd6

Fridman wondered if black might be better here. It's hard to see why even if black's superior pawn structure is a feature.


[18...Qb8 19.Qd4]

19.Qxa6 Qc7

[19...Rc6 20.Qa7 (20.Qb5 Qc7 21.Rd1 Ke7 22.0-0 Rb8 23.Qa4 Rd8 worried Fridman but he's not worse.) 20...Rxc4 21.0-0 Rxc3 22.Rac1 Rc8 23.Rfd1 and white has plenty of activity for the pawn.]

20.0-0 Qxc4 21.Qxa5 Qxc3 22.Qh5+ Ke7 23.Qg4 Kf7 24.Qh5+ Ke7 25.Qg4 Kf7 26.Qh5+ 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 . . . . . 1 . 2903
2. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2716 . . * * . . ½ . 1 . . . 2889
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2780 ½ . . . * * . . ½ . . . 1 2741
4. Fridman, Daniel g GER 2667 . . ½ . . . * * . . ½ . 1 2678
5. Adams, Michael g ENG 2725 . . 0 . ½ . . . * * . . ½ 2555
6. Meier, Georg g GER 2640 0 . . . . . ½ . . . * * ½ 2519

Round 2 (February 8, 2013)
Naiditsch, Arkadij - Adams, Michael 1-0 79 E56 Nimzo Indian
Anand, Viswanathan - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 40 C92 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
Fridman, Daniel - Meier, Georg ½-½ 26 A16 English Opening

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