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1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2013 (4)

Naiditsch beats Meier in Baden-Baden Round 4

Naiditsch vs Meier. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Naiditsch vs Meier. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. |

Fabiano Caruana retains the lead of the 1st GRENKE Chess Classic in Baden-Baden with 3/4 after a draw with Michael Adams. Arkadij Naiditsch is in clear second place after beating Georg Meier. Caruana played very quickly after having studied the Ruy Lopez variation played against Michael Adams in detail. Adams admitted to being ambitious but he started to wonder if it was a good idea as good moves kept coming from Caruana almost instantly. Caruana admitted that he hadn't looked at the position in about a year and some of the later details of his analysis were fuzzy and it seemed like Adams, who worked very hard at the board, was getting somewhere but nothing clear emerged and the game finished in a well played draw. Naiditsch beat Meier in a lively Slav Defence where they were on their own resources early on. Naiditsch was probably slightly too optimistic about some variations but was rewarded with a terrible error 16...Ne4? which Meier immediately realised was totally wrong. Naiditsch returned the favour with 21.h3 overlooking that his bishop on a3 was in danger. Meier was in terrible time trouble by this stage and missed 25...Qd6 after which he might have saved the game. Naiditsch blundered in return with 29.Rfc1? (29.Rac1! wins) after which 29...Qxd4 would have given Meier very good saving chances. Naiditsch converted quickly after that. It seems to me that Viswanathan Anand is feeling his way back gradually to form through lots of play. He is more ambitious at the board and we're seeing more classic Anand middlegame touches rather than opening preparation. Today he played a very nice positional game which saw him obtain a winning position against Daniel Fridman. Unfortunately for him he missed the crowning 48...Be8 in the ending (both he and his opponent saw this at the board, Anand only after he had played 48...Bh5?) and the game finished in a draw. Round 4 Standings: Caruana 3pts, Naiditsch 2.5pts Anand, Fridman 2pts, Adams 1.5pts, Meier 1pts. Round 5 Mon 11th Feb 2013: Caruana-Fridman, Meier-Adams, Anand-Naiditsch.


Naiditsch,Arkadij (2716) - Meier,Georg (2640) [D12]
1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden GER (4.2), 10.02.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 c6 4.c4 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be2 Nbd7 7.0-0 Bd6 8.c5 Bc7 9.b4 Ne4 10.Nxe4 Bxe4

[10...dxe4 11.Nd2 Qh4 12.f4 g5 13.Nc4 Rg8 14.b5 Bh3 15.Rf2 gxf4 16.exf4 Qxf2+ 17.Kxf2 Rxg2+ 18.Ke3 Nf6 19.d5 Nxd5+ 20.Kd4 Rd8 21.Nd6+ Bxd6 22.cxd6 Rxd6 23.Kc5 Kd7 24.a4 Rg8 25.b6 axb6+ 26.Kc4 Rg2 27.Qe1 Bf5 28.Kb3 Rxh2 29.Ba3 c5 30.Rd1 e3 31.Bb2 f6 32.Bb5+ Kc7 33.Qg3 e2 34.Qg7+ Kb8 35.Re1 Rh3+ 36.Ka2 Nb4+ 37.Ka1 Rd1+ 38.Bc1 0-1 Odeev,H (2403)-Rustemov,A (2539)/Moscow RUS 1999]

11.b5 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 cxb5 13.Qb3 b6 14.c6

Georg Meier


Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 14.c6


"My problem was that I actually thought I might be better and then I realised this is not the case. I think the position is about equal but then I went completely nuts in two moves." - Meier.

[14...Nb8 Naiditsch spent a long time looking at the consequences of Nb8 only to find his opponent replied Nf6 immediately without really considering it. 15.Ba3




15.e4 leads to unclear play but neither of Naiditsch's variations lead to the big advantage he thought. 15...Nxc6 (

15...dxe4 16.Bxe4 Qxd4 17.Bf3 Qxa1 18.Bb2 Bxh2+ 19.Kxh2 Qxf1 20.c7 Nd7 21.Bxa8 Ke7 22.Qa3+ b4 23.Qxb4+ (

23.Qxa7 Qxf2 24.Qb7 Qxb2 25.c8Q Rxc8 26.Qxc8) 23...Nc5 24.Bb7 Qe2 25.Bxg7 Qh5+ 26.Kg1 Qd1+ 27.Kh2 Qd6+ 28.Kg1 Qxc7 29.Qh4+ Kd7) 16.Qxb5 "Winning the exchange." according to Naiditsch but maybe there is one move. 16...Qd6 with a mate threat on h2 holds it seems. (

16...Qd7 17.exd5 Nxd4 18.Qxd7+ Kxd7 19.dxe6+ Nxe6 20.Rd1+ Bd6 21.Bxa8) ; 15...Nxc6 16.Qxb5 Qd7 17.Rfc1 Na5 18.Be2 (18.Qb4 Rd8) 18...Qxb5 19.Bxb5+ Kd8 is nothing for white. 20.Be7+ Kxe7 21.Rxc7+ Kf6 22.Ba6 Rhe8 23.g4 g5]

15.Qxb5 a6

"I'm not sure it's completely equal." - Naiditsch. "Objectively I think there's some play left." - Meier.


Georg Meier


Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 16.Qa4


"The problem is that Ne4 is such a horrible move." - Meier.

[16...Bd6 is interesting according to Meier. 17.Bd2 b5 (17...g5 was a somewhat ambitious idea of Meier in the hope that white can't open things up to get to the weaknesses. "I would be happy." - Naiditsch. 18.Be2 h5 19.Bb4 b5 20.Qa3) 18.Qc2 0-0 19.Rfc1 Qb6 (19...Qc7) 20.a4 and Naiditsch thinks this is quite unpleasant for black as white has things like Be2-d3 and pressure on the queeside but probably this shouldn't be all that much. 20...Rfc8 21.Be2 Ne4 22.Be1 b4 23.Rab1 f5 24.f3 Nf6 is just a sample line showing that black is fine.]

17.Bxe4 dxe4 18.Ba3 h5

[18...f5 "What I completely failed to realise is that if I make some move like f5 probably d5 just wins. I completely forgot about this idea." - Meier. 19.d5! and black's position disintegrates. 19...Qxd5 20.Rfd1 Qb5 (20...Qe5 21.g3 Ra7 22.Qb3 is also crushing.) 21.Qc2]

19.f3 b5 20.Qb4 Qh4

Georg Meier


Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 20...Qh4


allowing black back into the game.



Exploiting a trick because the bishop on a3 is now hanging.

22.Qxb5 Qg3 23.fxe4!

After some thought. "I was very lucky to have this Qb7 move." - Naiditsch.

23...Qxe3+ 24.Kh1

[24.Rf2 Qxa3 (24...Qxd4 worried put Naiditsch off this variation but it seems weaker. 25.Rb1 Qe5 26.Qxe5 Bxe5 27.Rd2 Rd8 28.Rbd1 Rxd2 29.Rxd2 Bf4 30.Rd3 g5 wins for white.) 25.Qb7 0-0 26.Qxc7 Rac8 27.Qd7 Qc3 28.Raf1 Qxc6 29.Rxf7 Qxd7 30.Rxd7 Rxf1+ 31.Kxf1 Rc1+ with easier play for black than in the game.]

24...Qxa3 25.Qb7

Georg Meier


Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 25...Qb7


Black was almost down to the increment.

[25...Qd6! 26.Qxa8+ Ke7 27.e5 Qxd4 28.Rad1 (28.Qxh8 Qxe5 29.g3 Qe4+ 30.Kg1 Bb6+ 31.Kh2 Qc2+ 32.Kh1 Qxc6+ 33.Kh2 Qc2+ 34.Kh1 draws.) 28...Qxd1 29.Rxd1 Rxa8 30.Rd7+ Ke8 31.Rxc7 and black should be able to hold. 31...a4 32.Kh2 Ra5 33.Rc8+ Ke7 34.Rb8 Rc5 35.Rb7+ Ke8 36.Rb8+ Ke7]

26.e5 0-0 27.Qxc7 Qc3 28.Qd6 Rad8 29.Rfc1?

Georg Meier


Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 29.Rfc1




[29...Qxd4 30.Qc5 (30.Qxd4 Rxd4 31.Kh2 Rc8 32.Rab1 Kf8 33.Rb7 g5 34.Ra7 a4 35.Kg1 Rf4 36.Rc5 is completely equal.) ]

30.Rxc3 Rxd4 31.c7 Rc8 32.Rb1 Rb4 33.Rd1 1-0


Fridman,Daniel (2667) - Anand,Viswanathan (2780) [A33]
1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden GER (4.1), 10.02.2013

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g3 Qb6 7.Nb3 Ne5 8.e4 Bb4 9.Qe2 d6 10.Bd2 a5 11.f4 Nc6 12.Be3 Qc7 13.Bg2 e5

[13...a4 14.Nd2 Bxc3 15.bxc3 0-0 16.c5 d5 17.0-0 Rd8 18.e5 Nd7 19.Qh5 Ra5 20.g4 f6 21.exf6 Nxf6 22.Qh4 d4 23.cxd4 Nxd4 24.Rad1 Qxc5 25.Kh1 Qc3 26.Bf2 Rad5 27.Ne4 Nxe4 28.Bxe4 Qc4 29.Qxh7+ Kf8 30.Rc1 Qb5 31.Bh4 Ne2 32.Bg6 Rh5 33.gxh5 1-0 D'Costa,L (2411)-Edouard,R (2531)/Palma de Mallorca ESP 2008/The Week in Chess 738]


Fridman said that his position was just "sad" after this move. Certainly not what he wanted.

[14.f5 a4 15.Nd2 Qa5]

14...Bxc3 15.bxc3 a4 16.Nd2 Ng4! 17.Rab1

[17.c5 Nxe3 18.Qxe3 dxc5 19.Qxc5 might be a better chance.]

17...Nxe3 18.Qxe3 Na5 19.f5 f6 20.Rb4 Bd7 21.Bf3 Qc5 22.Kf2 Kd8!? 23.Bd1 Kc7 24.Bxa4 Nc6 25.Bxc6 Bxc6 26.Qxc5 dxc5 27.Rb2 Ra3 28.Nb1 Ra4 29.Nd2 Rd8 30.Re1

Viswanathan Anand


Daniel Fridman

Position after 30.Re1



31.g4 Be8 32.Rg1 h6 33.h4 Ra3 34.Nb1 Ra8 35.g5 Rad8 36.gxh6 gxh6 37.Rg7+ R6d7 38.Rxd7+ Rxd7 39.Re2

Black is clearly pressing.



40.Rd2 Bxc4 41.Rxd7+ Kxd7 42.a3 Kc6 43.Nd2 Bf7

Fridman had miscalculated when he went for this position that his king was on d3. He said he was lucky to have c4 here.

44.c4 b5 45.Ke3 b4 46.Kd3 Kb6 47.Kc2 Ka5 48.Kb3

Viswanathan Anand


Daniel Fridman

Position after 48.Kb3


Anand says he saw the winning continuation with Be8 as did his opponent. The point is that the wasted tempo allows white to get his king to a2 after which the game is drawn.

[48...Be8 49.Ka2 Ka4 50.Nb3 bxa3 51.Nxc5+ Kb4 and this position is winning for black because there is no Nd7 counter-attack.]

49.Ka2 Ka4 50.Nb3 bxa3 51.Nxc5+ Kb4 52.Nd7 Bf7 53.Nxf6 Bxc4+ 54.Ka1 Kc3 55.Ng4 Kd4 56.Nxh6 Kxe4 57.Ng4 Kf4 58.Nxe5 1/2-1/2


Adams,Michael (2725) - Caruana,Fabiano (2757) [C78]
1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden GER (4.3), 10.02.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Rb8 8.c3 d6 9.d4 Bb6 10.axb5 axb5 11.Qd3 0-0 12.Bg5 exd4 13.cxd4 h6 14.Bh4 g5 15.Bg3 Nh5 16.Nc3 Bg4!?

Has been played before apparently. Very directly threatening to take the cenre but it is terribly risky.

[16...Nxg3 17.fxg3 Ne5 18.Qd2 Qf6 19.Rad1 c6 20.Nxe5 Qxe5 21.Kh1 Qg7 22.e5 dxe5 23.Ne4 Bxd4 24.Nf6+ Kh8 25.Bc2 g4 26.Nh7 f5 27.Nxf8 Qxf8 28.Be4 c5 29.Qc2 f4 30.gxf4 exf4 31.Rxd4 cxd4 32.Qc7 Bf5 33.Bxf5 Qxf5 34.Qxb8+ Kg7 35.Qxf4 1-0 Robson,R (2570)-Bok,B (2322)/Wijk aan Zee NED 2010/The Week in Chess 794]


Probably the best try.

[17.Nxb5 Drawish.; 17.e5 Kg7]

17...Bxf3 18.Nxb6 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Rxb6 20.f4 d5!

Fabiano Caruana


Michael Adams

Position after 20...d5!

"Otherwise black is in trouble." - Caruana. Came instantly "Not a very pleasant surprsie." - Adams.


[21.fxg5 Qxg5 22.Bxd5 Nb4 23.Bxf7+ Rxf7 24.Ra8+ Kg7 25.Rxf7+ Kxf7 26.Qb3+]

21...Nb4 22.Qe2

"Qc3 was the main move." in Caruana's analysis.

22...Nxf4+ 23.Bxf4 gxf4 24.Kh1 Rg6 25.Rxf4

[25.Qxb5 "A bit greedy of course." Caruana expected this but Adams wasn't interested.]

25...Kh8 26.Raf1 Rfg8

Adams was happy to see this. "Maybe it's even quite nice for white now."

[26...Qg5 27.Rf5 Qh4 28.e6 Rxe6 29.Qxe6 fxe6 30.Rxf8+ Kg7 31.R1f4]

27.Rf6 Qd7 28.Qh5 Qe7! 29.Bd1!

Fabiano Caruana


Michael Adams

Position after 29.Bd1

29...c5 30.Bg4 cxd4 31.Rxf7 Qg5 32.Qxg5 Rxg5

The ending is slightly tricky but heading to a draw.

33.Bf5 Re8 34.e6 Nc6 35.h4 Rg7 36.Rf6 Ne5 37.Rxh6+ Kg8 38.Rh5 Ng4 39.Rf4 Ne3 40.Bh3 d3 41.Rd4 Rf8 42.Rxd3 Rf3 43.Bg2 Rxg2 44.Rxe3 Rxe3 45.Kxg2 Rxe6 46.Kf3 Re4 47.Rg5+ Kh7 48.Rg4 Rc4 49.Rg5 Rb4 50.Rxd5 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 * * 1 . ½ . . . ½ . 1 . 3 2908
2. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2716 0 . * * . . ½ . 1 . 1 . 2792
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2780 ½ . . . * * ½ . ½ . ½ . 2 2697
4. Fridman, Daniel g GER 2667 . . ½ . ½ . * * ½ . ½ . 2 2715
5. Adams, Michael g ENG 2725 ½ . 0 . ½ . ½ . * * . . 2643
6. Meier, Georg g GER 2640 0 . 0 . ½ . ½ . . . * * 1 2537
Round 4 (February 10, 2013)
Naiditsch, Arkadij - Meier, Georg 1-0 33 D12 Slav Defence
Fridman, Daniel - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 58 A33 English Symmetrical
Adams, Michael - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 50 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence

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