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6th Tal Memorial 2011 (5)

5 draws in hard fought Tal Memorial Round 5

Aronian and Nakamura drew perhaps the most interesting game of the day. Photo ©

Aronian and Nakamura drew perhaps the most interesting game of the day. Photo © | http://www.russiachess.org

The Tal Memorial goes into its only rest day on Monday with five draws in the 5th round. There was something of interest in all the games and three games went on a long time but there didn't seem to be any clear winning chances for anyone. Both Levon Aronian and his opponent Nakamura thought he was better in their draw but didn't demonstrate any missed chances afterwards. Peter Svidler was the first to finish in an exciting game against Sergey Karjakin where his novelty 9...g6 in a fashionable line of the Sicilian Kan will no doubt prove important. The game ended in perpetual check. Anand didn't get much against Kramnik and the game fairly quickly became level. Magnus Carlsen seemed to have to work hard in the opening against Vassily Ivanchuk but got a tiny edge as a reward. Never looked enough for a win and indeed Carlsen blundered the exchange right near the end but it was still drawn. Gelfand's novelty against Nepomniachtchi's Gruenfeld seemed to give the latter a tiny edge but again no clear winning chances emerged. Round 6: Tues Nov 22nd: Carlsen-Svidler, Nepomniachtchi-Karjakin, Aronian-Gelfand, Kramnik-Nakamura, Ivanchuk-Anand.

Levon Aronian against Hikaru Nakamura

Levon Aronian against Hikaru Nakamura. Photo © http://www.russiachess.org/

Levon Aronian had slightly the better of it of the black side of a Semi-Slav. Neither player liked 16.Kf2 by Nakamura but it led to really murky play. Aronian's exchange sacrifice put Nakamura under pressure but even after the game Aronian, who was somewhat unhappy with his subsequent play didn't come very close to demonstrating anything clear or even really an improvement. After 35...Bf5 "ridiculous" according to Aronian both players agreed the position was going to be a draw. But maybe Aronian slightly overestimated his chances in the first place.

Not playing too badly, just a couple of costly mistakes against Svidler and Nepo. Nevertheless, 4 more chances to get on the scoreboard!

Hikaru Nakamura on Twitter

Nakamura,Hikaru - Aronian,Levon [D31]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (5.3), 20.11.2011

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.e3 Bf5 7.g4 Be6 8.h4 Nd7 9.Bg3

[9.h5 Ngf6 (9...Nh6 10.Be2 Nb6 11.Nh3 g5 12.hxg6 hxg6 13.f3 Bh4+ 14.Nf2 g5 15.Bh2 Qe7 16.Qc2 f5 17.Be5 Rf8 18.0-0-0 Nf7 19.gxf5 Bxf2 20.fxe6 Bxe3+ 21.Kb1 Nxe5 22.dxe5 Qxe6 23.Bf1 g4 24.fxg4 0-0-0 25.Rh5 Rf2 26.Qh7 Rdf8 27.Rf5 R2xf5 28.gxf5 Qxe5 29.f6 Bd4 30.Bh3+ Kb8 0-1 Onischuk,A (2658)-Lputian,S (2607)/Poikovsky RUS 2001) 10.f3 0-0 11.Bd3 c5 12.Qc2 Kh8 13.Nge2 Rc8 14.0-0-0 h6 15.g5 hxg5 16.Bxg5 Ng8 17.Bf4 Bf6 18.Rdg1 Nh6 19.Bxh6 gxh6 20.Qd2 Rg8 21.Bc2 Bg7 22.Qd3 Nf8 23.dxc5 Rxc5 24.Nd4 Rc4 25.Nce2 Qf6 26.Kb1 Bd7 27.Nc3 Rc5 28.Bb3 Bc6 29.Rg4 b5 30.Rhg1 b4 31.Rf4 Qe5 32.Rf5 Qh2 33.Nce2 Ne6 34.Rxf7 Ng5 35.Rxa7 Qe5 36.Nf4 Be8 37.Ra8 Bf7 38.Ng6+ Bxg6 39.Rxg8+ Kxg8 40.Qxg6 Rc7 41.Qf5 Qxe3 42.Qxd5+ Nf7 43.Qd8+ Kh7 44.Rxg7+ Kxg7 45.Qxc7 Qd3+ 46.Kc1 Qe3+ 47.Kc2 Qf2+ 48.Kd3 Qf1+ 49.Ne2 1-0 Lopez Martinez,J (2378)-Sargissian,G (2470)/Yerevan ARM 1999]

9...Nb6

Levon Aronian

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Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 9...Nb6

"A very natural move. I thought for quite a bit before playing 10.f3." - Nakamura.

[9...Qb6 10.Rb1 c5 is probably unclear - Nakamura.]

10.f3

It is difficult for white to develop his pieces. So Nakamura said he needed to protect the pawns on the kingside before trying for more.

[10.Nh3 Bxh4]

10...Bd6 11.Bxd6

"I probably have to take." - Nakamura.

[11.Bf2 Ne7 12.Bd3 "Asking for too much." - Aronian. 12...h5 13.g5 Bf5; 11.Nge2 Nc4 12.Qc1 h5 13.g5 Ne7 is quite bad for white.]

11...Qxd6 12.Qc2 Ne7 13.Bd3

[13.Qh2 Qxh2 14.Rxh2 f5 15.g5 f4 Aronian.]

13...h5 14.g5 0-0-0

[14...g6 15.Qh2]

15.Nge2 Kb8 16.Kf2?!

Levon Aronian

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Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 16.Kf2?!

"Probably is in retrospect a very bad move but I figured I had to try something. The thought of 16.0-0-0 playing an equal position didn't really excite me. I had some crazy notion that I'm going to push the pawns on the queenside and mate." - Nakamura.

[16.b4 "I wasn't that concerned." - Aronian. 16...g6]

16...g6 17.a4

Now both players felt that white has to do this.

17...a5

"I was thinking you still have to transfer the queen. But now I have the sweet-spot on b4." - Aronian.

18.Ng3

[18.Nf4 "Admitting Kf2 was not a good move." - Aronian. 18...Bf5]

18...Rdf8

[18...Rhf8 "is not as good because in many cases you can play f4 somewhere." "I don't really need the rook there." - Aronian. 19.Nce2 f6 20.f4]

19.Qd2 f6 20.gxf6 Rxf6

Aronian thought "Why not?" in forcing the next sequence of play.

[20...Nf5 21.Bxf5 Nc4 22.Qd3 gxf5 which somehow Aronian did not like gxf5 "although here it might work really well." 23.Nce2 Nxb2 24.Qa3 Qxa3 25.Rxa3 Rxf6 26.Nf4 Bf7 Aronian was slightly worried by this possibility but once he got here it is clear he is better. "This was probably the motif of the game. I shouldn't have exchange the bishop." - Aronian.]

21.Nce4 dxe4 22.Nxe4 Rxf3+ 23.Kxf3 Qd5

Levon Aronian

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Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 23...Qd5

24.Qh2+

"Probably should be a draw but always I'm a little bit worse." - Nakamura.

[24.Ke2 was looked at by Nakamura for a long time. 24...Nf5 "The whole point." - Aronian. (24...Bg4+? 25.Ke1 Nf5 26.Rc1; 24...Bf5 25.Qc2 is no good for black.) 25.Rag1 (25.Raf1 Nc4; 25.Qc2 Nc4 26.Bxc4 Qxc4+ 27.Qxc4 Bxc4+; 25.Rac1 Nd6 26.Rc5 Nxe4 27.Rxd5 Bg4+ 28.Ke1 Nxd2 wins for black.) 25...Nc4 26.Bxc4 Qxc4+ 27.Qd3 Qb4]

24...Ka7 25.Qe5 Rf8+ 26.Ke2 Qxe5 27.dxe5 Nd7

"I thought this was simply losing for you but then I've started once again playing some stupid moves." - Aronian. "I'm not sure. Obviously you're better." - Nakamura.

28.Nd2 Nxe5 29.Be4 Bg4+ 30.Ke1 Nd5 31.Ra3 Rd8 32.Rh2 Nb4

Aronian was happy with his progress so far.

33.Kf1

Levon Aronian

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Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 33.Kf1

Aronian kept cycling through ideas he had in this position in the post-mortem insisting that he ought to be better. But there doesn't seem anything clear, so maybe he just wasn't better. But a position for study I guess.

33....Bd1

Aronian really thinks he should be better here but he couldn't demonstrate anything clear.

[33...Be6; 33...Nbd3 34.Nc4; 33...Ned3 34.Nc4; 33...c5 34.Rc3]

34.Rg2 Bg4 35.Rh2 Bf5

"Here I played this ridiculous move." - Aronian. "Now it should just be a draw." - Nakamura.

[35...Rg8 "I thought Rg8 might be the move." - Aronian. "Somewhere I thought this idea might be right." 36.Rc3 Seems fine for white.; 35...g5 36.hxg5 Rg8 37.g6 "There has to be a move but I didn't see it during the game." - Aronian.]

36.Bxf5 gxf5

"The rest is just a draw." - Nakamura.

37.Rg2 Ng4 38.Nc4 Re8 39.Re2 Nd5 40.Ke1 Re6 41.Rd3 f4 42.e4 Nde3 43.Nxe3 Nxe3 44.Rd7 Rxe4 45.Kf2 Rb4 46.Rh7 Rb3 47.Rxh5 Ng4+ 48.Kf1 f3 49.Rd2 Rb4 50.Rxa5+ Kb6 51.Rg5 Rxa4 52.Rxg4 Rxg4 53.Rh2 1/2-1/2

Levon Aronian

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Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 23...Qd5

Magnus Carlsen against Vassily Ivanchuk

Magnus Carlsen against Vassily Ivanchuk. Photo © http://www.russiachess.org/

Magnus Carlsen doesn't play the Gruenfeld as often as some of his rivals and seems to have been surprised by Vassily Ivanchuk's choice of 4.Bf4 as his play was quite slow in the early phase. Carlsen secured a small edge but Ivanchuk never looked like losing. Carlsen probed around for a bit and even gave up / lost (turns out to be lost see his twitter feed) the exchange none of which changed the assessment of the position being a draw. The game was the final game to finish after 74 moves

Another draw today, this time I'm quite relieved that the position was still a draw after I blundered. Much needed rest day tomorrow.

Magnus Carlsen on Twitter

Ivanchuk,V (2775) - Carlsen,M (2826) [D82]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (5), 20.11.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 c5 6.dxc5 Qa5 7.Qb3 Na6

[7...Bd7 8.Be5 dxc4 9.Bxc4 0-0 10.Nf3 Na6 11.0-0 Nxc5 12.Qc2 b5 13.Bd5 Rac8 14.a3 Bf5 15.Qd2 Nd3 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Ne4 Qxd2 18.Nxf6+ exf6 19.Nxd2 Rfd8 20.e4 Be6 21.Bxe6 fxe6 22.Nf3 e5 23.b4 Nb2 24.Rfb1 Na4 25.h4 Kf7 26.Kf1 Ke6 27.Rc1 Nc3 28.Re1 Rc4 29.Rac1 Rd3 30.Rc2 Rxe4 31.Rxe4 Nxe4 32.Rc6+ Rd6 33.Rc7 Rd7 34.Rc6+ Kd5 35.Rc8 Kd6 36.Ne1 Kd5 37.Nc2 Ke6 38.f3 Ng3+ 39.Ke1 Nf5 40.Rc5 a6 41.h5 gxh5 42.a4 bxa4 43.Ra5 Rd6 44.Rxa4 h4 45.Ra5 h5 46.Ke2 Ne7 47.Ke1 Nd5 48.Kf1 Rc6 49.Ne1 Nxb4 50.Ra4 Rb6 51.Ke2 Kf5 52.Kd2 Kg5 53.Ke2 Nd5 54.Ra5 Nf4+ 55.Kf1 Rb1 56.Kf2 h3 57.gxh3 Nxh3+ 58.Ke2 Nf4+ 59.Kf2 Rb6 60.Rc5 h4 61.Rc8 Rb2+ 62.Kf1 h3 63.Rg8+ Kf5 0-1 Lautier,J (2645)-Ivanchuk,V (2740)/Monte Carlo MON 1998]

8.cxd5 Nxc5 9.Qb5+ Qxb5 10.Bxb5+ Bd7 11.Rd1 Nh5 12.Bxd7+ Kxd7 13.Bg3

[13.Nge2 Nxf4 14.exf4 1-0 Vallin,G (2419)-Taddei,B (2340)/Evry FRA 2004/The Week in Chess 492]

13...b5 14.d6!? e6 15.Nf3 b4 16.Nb5 Nxg3 17.hxg3 Rab8 18.Nbd4 h5 19.Rh4!? f5 20.Ne2 e5 21.Rc4 Rhc8 22.Kf1 Ne4 23.Rc7+ Rxc7 24.dxc7+ Kxc7 25.Nd2 Nxd2+ 26.Rxd2 a5 27.b3 a4 28.bxa4 Ra8 29.Nc1 e4 30.Ne2 Rxa4 31.Nf4 Bc3 32.Rc2

Magnus Carlsen

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Vassily Ivanchuk

Position after 32.Rc2

Black has got a small edge but it doesn't seem to be any more than that. Carlsen tries for a long time but the assessment doesn't really change.

32...Kd6 33.Ke2 g5 34.Nxh5 Kd5 35.f3 g4 36.Nf4+ Kc4 37.Ne6 Ra6 38.Nf4 Rh6 39.fxg4 fxg4 40.Rc1 Ra6 41.Rc2 Rh6 42.Rc1 Rd6 43.Rc2 Ra6 44.Kf2 Rh6 45.Ke2 Rh1 46.Ng6 Re1+ 47.Kf2 Ra1 48.Nf4 Rb1 49.Ne6 Rd1 50.Nf4 Rd6 51.Ke2 Rc6 52.Rc1 Kb5 53.Nd5 Rc5 54.Nf4 Rc6 55.Nd5 Rc5 56.Nf4 Ka4 57.Ne6 Rd5 58.Rc2 Ka3 59.Nd4 Rc5 60.Nb3 Rd5 61.Nd4 Bxd4?!

Magnus Carlsen

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Vassily Ivanchuk

Position after 61...Bxd4

Doesn't really change anything but it seems to lose the exchange after which there definitely aren't any winning chances.

[61...Rh5]

62.Rd2 Bc3!? 63.Rxd5 Kxa2 64.Kd1 b3 65.Rb5 Kb2 66.Rb8 Bf6 67.Kd2 Bc3+ 68.Kd1 Bf6 69.Rf8 Bc3 70.Re8 Ka2 71.Ra8+ Kb1 72.Ra4

[72.Ra3 b2 73.Rxc3 Ka2 74.Rc1 bxc1Q+ 75.Kxc1 Kb3 is a vaguely amusing winning line for black.]

72...b2 73.Ra6 Ba5 74.Rxa5 1/2-1/2

Peter Svidler against Sergey Karjakin

Peter Svidler against Sergey Karjakin. Photo © http://www.russiachess.org/

Peter Svidler came up with a novelty in a line of the Sicilian Kan that has received some attention recently, especially from Baadur Jobava. 6...e5 is changes the nature of the position and after 9.Nf5 players had been choosing 9...d5 which Svidler called "horrible". Instead he played 9...g6 and the game entered original play which is bound to be seen again. Svidler's preparation ended with 12....Qd8 as he didn't predict Karjakin's 13.c3. The position became sharp after 15...Nd7 where Svidler gave up a pawn with check which was justified with the opening of the h-file. Karjakin then sacrificed a knight which almost immediately became two. Svidler was quite optimistic of the win having missed Karjakin's 22.Qg7 when he had to play 22...Bf3 to stop mate. The game then finally finished in perpetual check.

Karjakin,Sergey - Svidler,Peter [B42]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (5.5), 20.11.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.0-0 e5 7.Bg5 h6

[7...d6 1-0 De Groote,E (2208)-De Jong,M (2349)/Hoogeveen 2008/CBM 126 Extra (45)]

8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.Nf5 g6

Peter Svidler

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Sergey Karjakin

Position after 9...g6

Svidler's novelty. There has been a little interest in this unusual variation this year led by Baadur Jobava but Svidler isn't a fan of the "horrible" d5.

[9...d5 10.Nc3 d4 11.Nd5 Qd8 12.Bc4 (12.Ng3 g6 13.f4 exf4 14.Nxf4 Nc6 15.Bc4 Ne5 16.Bb3 Bg7 17.Nge2 Bg4 18.h3 Bxe2 19.Qxe2 0-0 20.Rad1 Kh7 21.Nd3 1/2-1/2 Vallejo Pons,F (2707)-Kunte,A (2526)/Pattaya THA 2011/The Week in Chess 858) 12...Nc6 13.f4 Na5 14.Qd3 Bxf5 15.exf5 Rc8 16.Bb3 Nxb3 17.Qxb3 Bc5 18.fxe5 0-0 19.Kh1 Qd7 20.f6 g5 21.Qf3 Kh7 22.c4 dxc3 23.Nxc3 Rfd8 24.Rad1 Qe6 25.Qxb7 Kg8 26.Qe4 Bf8 27.h3 Rb8 28.b3 Re8 29.Rd5 Rb4 30.Qd3 Rh4 31.Ne4 Rc8 32.Nd6 Rc3 33.Qxc3 Qxd5 34.Nf5 Re4 35.Qc8 Qb5 36.Ne7+ Kh7 37.Rg1 Bxe7 38.Qf5+ 1-0 Kosintseva,T (2557)-Hou Yifan (2575)/Hangzhou CHN 2011/The Week in Chess 871; 9...d5 10.Nc3 d4 11.Nd5 Qd8 12.Bc4 is another line in this position but it doesn't look too attractive for black.]

10.Ne3 Bc5 11.Nc3 d6 12.Ncd5

[12.Qd2 Qd8 13.Bc4]

12...Qd8

Svidler's preparation ended here.

13.c3

A slow way of playing things that wasn't predicted by Svidler.

[13.Kh1 Be6 (13...Nc6 14.f4 exf4 15.Rxf4 Ne5 16.Nf6+ Kf8 17.Ned5) 14.f4 exf4 15.Nxf4 Nc6 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Qg4 Bxe3 18.Qxe6+]

13...Be6 14.Bc2

[14.b4 Ba7 15.Be2 Nc6 16.Nc4 0-0 (16...Rc8) 17.Nxd6]

14...0-0 15.Ng4

[15.Bb3 Nd7 16.Qe2 Kg7 17.Rad1 Rc8]

15...Nd7!

Peter Svidler

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Sergey Karjakin

Position after 15...Nd7

Played quite quickly. Svidler judges the counter-play down the h-file is plenty.

[15...Kg7 16.Ngf6 Nd7 17.Nxd7 Qxd7]

16.Nxh6+ Kg7 17.Nf5+

The most critical move.

[17.Ng4 Rh8 18.h3 Rh4 and black's initiative gives him the advantage.]

17...gxf5 18.exf5 Bxd5

Peter Svidler

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Sergey Karjakin

Position after 18...Bxd5

[18...Qh4 19.fxe6 fxe6 20.Nc7 (20.Ne3 Rxf2 21.Rxf2 Bxe3 22.Qf3 Qxf2+ 23.Qxf2 Bxf2+ 24.Kxf2 equal.) 20...Bxf2+ 21.Rxf2 Qxf2+ 22.Kh1 unclear.]

19.Qg4+ Kh6 20.Qh3+ Kg5 21.Qg3+ Kh5 22.Qg7

Peter Svidler

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Sergey Karjakin

Position after 22.Qg7

Forced (other wise black is close to winning) and missed by Svidler. Fortunately Svidler has a single move that saves his king and forces the draw.

[If black tries to escape by taking the f5 pawn it seems he loses 22.Bd1+ Kh6 23.Qh3+ Kg7 24.Qg3+ Kf6 25.Qh4+ Kxf5? 26.Bg4+ Kg6 27.Qg3 Kf6 28.Qh4+ Kg7 29.Qg3 Rg8 wins for black.]

22...Bf3! 23.Qh7+ Kg5 24.Qg7+ Kh5 25.Qh7+ Kg5 26.Qg7+ Kh5 1/2-1/2

Vladimir Kramnik against Viswanathan Anand

Vladimir Kramnik against Viswanathan Anand. Photo © http://www.russiachess.org/

There were some interesting lines in the game between Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik. After the game Kramnik wanted to play 12...Rxd6 which may be a better continuation but even though the position after 12...Bxd6 wouldn't have been to everyone's taste (Kramnik had to be careful not to get his queen trapped after 18.Nc4 after 22 moves the was "nothing left" according to Anand and the game wound down to a draw.

With the World Championship more than 6 months ahead (in May) Anand denied that thoughts of that and saving ideas were having any affect on his play. It would have been a different matter if this event had been in April said Anand.

Anand,Viswanathan - Kramnik,Vladimir [D37]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (5.1), 20.11.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.Rc1 c5 7.dxc5 Qa5

Seems to be a Kramnik novelty.

[7...Bxc5; 7...dxc4 8.e4 Qxd1+ 9.Rxd1 Bxc5 10.Bxc4 Bb4 11.Bd6 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 Rd8 13.0-0 Bd7 14.Rfe1 Bc6 15.Ne5 Bxe4 16.f3 Bd5 17.Be7 Rc8 18.Bxf6 Bxc4 19.Nxc4 gxf6 20.Nd6 Rxc3 21.Ne4 Rc8 22.Nxf6+ Kg7 23.Nh5+ Kf8 24.Nf6 Kg7 25.Nh5+ Kf8 26.Nf6 1/2-1/2 Aronian,L (2802)-Radjabov,T (2781)/Porto Carras GRE 2011/The Week in Chess 887]

8.e3 Rd8 9.Bd6 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Ne4 11.0-0

Vladimir Kramnik

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Viswanathan Anand

Position after 11.0-0

"I'm willing to give up my pair of bishops as I'm much better developed." - Anand.

11...Nxd6

[11...Nxc5 12.b4 (12.Bxe7 "Is quite safe for white." - Anand. 12...Rxd1 13.Rfxd1 Nc6 14.Bd6!? "and black is going to have problems with a3 and b4." - Anand. (14.b4 is in fact possible and strong. 14...Qxb4 15.Bb5 f6 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Nb1 e5 18.Rd8+ Kf7 19.Bxc5 Qb7) ) 12...Qxb4 13.Nd5 should be great for white. 13...exd5 14.Bxe7 Nc6 15.Bxd8 (15.Bxd5 Nxe7 16.Bxf7+ Kxf7 17.Qxd8 "Looked good for white. And Vlady doesn't usually go for this kind of position." - Anand.) 15...dxc4 16.Be7 Bf5 "and black should have good compensation." according to Anand.]

12.cxd6 Bxd6

[12...Rxd6 Kramnik thought this was more exact after the game and that black would equalise more comfortably. "Which probably might even be right." according to Anand. "The point is that his pieces develop much more comfortably than in comparison with the game."]

13.Qb3 Nc6 14.Rfd1 Be7 15.Be2

Vladimir Kramnik

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Viswanathan Anand

Position after 15.Be2

[15.Bb5 Bd7]

15...h6

"Kramnik thought for a very long time and went h6" - Anand.

[15...Bd7 16.Qxb7 "I was definitely going to consider this move." - Anand. 16...Rab8 17.Rxd7 Rxb7 18.Rxb7 Both players thought this unpleaseant for black but that a computer would find a way to equalise. But white is playing without risk.]

16.Nd2

[16.h3]

16...Qb4 17.Qc2 Bd7 18.Nc4

[18.a3 Qd6 19.Nc4]

18...Bf8

[18...Bf6 would allow later Ne4 hits to the bishop.]

19.a3 Qe7

Vladimir Kramnik

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Viswanathan Anand

Position after 19...Qe7

20.Nd6

[20.b4 a6 and Anand couldn't find anything for white. (20...Be8 Kramnik's suggestion. 21.b5 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 Nd8 should be fine for black. "Even though his pieces are looking rather silly." - Anand. But black's pieces can get out eventually. Kramnik even thought that his position "Can be better one day!" smiling.) ]

20...Be8 21.Nxe8 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 Rxe8

Vladimir Kramnik

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Viswanathan Anand

Position after 22...Rxe8

"There is nothing left." - Anand.

23.Qb3 Rd8

"A draw from here. I won't bother with the rest of the game." - Anand.

24.Rxd8 Nxd8 25.Bf3 g6 26.Qa4 a6 27.g3 Bg7 28.Qc4 Qd7 29.Kg2 Be5 30.b4 Qc7 31.Qxc7 Bxc7 32.b5 axb5 33.Nxb5 Bb6 34.Nd6 Bc5 35.Nxb7 Nxb7 36.Bxb7 Bxa3 1/2-1/2

Ian Nepomniachtchi against Boris Gelfand

Ian Nepomniachtchi against Boris Gelfand. Photo © http://www.russiachess.org/

Boris Gelfand's 12.Ng5 seemed not to be much of a novelty and Ian Nepomniachtchi got something of an edge but the game looked like it would end in a draw as it did.

Gelfand,Boris - Nepomniachtchi,Ian [D80]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (5.4), 20.11.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4 5.Bh4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 dxc4 7.e3 Be6 8.Nf3 Bg7 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 c5 11.Rb1 b6 12.Ng5

Seems to be new. But doesn't seem to be good for an advantage.

[12.Qc2 Nc6 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.Ng5 Bf5 15.e4 Bd7 16.Bxc4 Ne5 17.Bd5 Bc6 18.Rfd1 Qc8 19.f4 Bxd5 20.Rxd5 Nc4 21.Qf2 Nb6 22.Rxc5 Qd7 23.e5 Qd3 24.Re1 Rac8 25.Ne4 Nd5 26.Bg3 Bh6 27.Qd4 Qxd4+ 28.cxd4 Nxf4 29.Rxc8 Rxc8 30.Nc5 e6 31.Kf2 Nd5 32.Kf3 Rb8 33.Re2 Rb1 34.Bf2 Rf1 35.Ne4 Kg7 36.Rb2 Rc1 37.Rb7 Rc7 38.Rxc7 Nxc7 39.Nd6 Bc1 40.Ke4 f6 41.a4 a6 42.Be1 Ba3 43.Nb7 Kf7 44.Kd3 fxe5 45.dxe5 Ke7 46.Kc4 Kd7 47.Bf2 Bc1 48.g3 Kc6 49.Na5+ Kd7 50.Nb7 Ba3 51.Bc5 Bb2 52.Bd6 Kc6 53.Nc5 Ba3 54.Nxa6 Nxa6 55.Bxa3 Nc7 56.a5 Nd5 57.Bc5 Kb7 58.Bf2 Ka6 59.Kc5 Nc3 60.Be3 Nd5 61.Bd2 1-0 Kazhgaleyev,M (2637)-De Jong,J (2437)/Wijk aan Zee NED 2011/The Week in Chess 846]

12...Bd5 13.e4 Bb7 14.d5 h6 15.Nf3 g5 16.Bg3 f5 17.exf5 Qxd5 18.Qa4 Qxf5 19.Bxc4+ Kh8 20.Rbe1 Nc6 21.Re3 Rad8 22.h4 e5 23.hxg5 e4 24.Nh4 Qxg5 25.Bb5

[25.Rxe4 Bxc3]

25...Na5 26.Rfe1

[26.Rxe4 a6 wins for black. 27.Be2 Bxe4 28.Qxe4 Rfe8]

26...c4

[26...a6 27.Bf1 Rd2]

27.Bxc4 Bc6 28.Qb4 Nxc4 29.Qxc4 Bd5 30.Qa4 Rf7 31.Rxe4 Bxe4 32.Rxe4 Qd5 33.Kh2 b5

[33...Qh5 34.Re8+ Rxe8 35.Qxe8+ Bf8 36.Kg1 Kg8 37.Nf3]

34.Qc2 Qh5 35.c4 bxc4

[35...Rc8 36.c5? (36.Qd3 bxc4 37.Rxc4 Rxc4 38.Qxc4) 36...Rxc5]

36.Rxc4 Rfd7 37.Rc5 Rd5 38.Rxd5 Rxd5 39.Qc8+ Kh7 40.Qc2+ Kg8 41.Qc8+ Bf8 42.Kh3 Qf7 43.Qa6 Rd4 44.Kh2 Rb4 45.a4 Re4 46.a5 Re6 47.Qc8 a6 48.Nf3 Qh5+ 49.Kg1 Qe8 50.Qc4 Qc6 51.Qb3 Bg7 52.Bf4 Kh7 53.Be3 Qe4 54.Bd4 Re7 55.Bxg7 Rxg7 56.Qc3 Qb1+ 57.Kh2 Qf5 58.Kg1 Rd7 59.Qe1 Rb7 60.Kh2 Rg7 61.Nh4 Qc2 62.Qe6 Qc7+ 1/2-1/2

6th Tal Memorial 2011 Moscow (RUS), 16-25 xi 2011 cat. XXII (2776)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2802 * ½ . . ½ 1 . ½ ½ . 3 2866
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 ½ * ½ . . ½ . ½ . 1 3 2848
3. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2763 . ½ * . ½ . ½ . ½ 1 3 2850
4. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2730 . . . * ½ ½ . 1 ½ ½ 3 2849
5. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2811 ½ . ½ ½ * . ½ ½ . . 2770
6. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2775 0 ½ . ½ . * 1 ½ . . 2782
7. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2755 . . ½ . ½ 0 * . 1 ½ 2770
8. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2800 ½ ½ . 0 ½ ½ . * . . 2 2716
9. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2758 ½ . ½ ½ . . 0 . * ½ 2 2686
10. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2744 . 0 0 ½ . . ½ . ½ * 2617
Round 5 (November 20, 2011)
Karjakin, Sergey - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 26 B42 Sicilian Paulsen
Anand, Viswanathan - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 36 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 74 D82 Gruenfeld 4.Bf4
Nakamura, Hikaru - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 53 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Gelfand, Boris - Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ 62 D80 Gruenfeld 4.Bg5

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