6th Tal Memorial 2011 (7)
Ivanchuk beats Nakamura to make it 5 leaders of Tal Memorial after 7 rounds
Mark Crowther - Wednesday 23rd November 2011
Ivanchuk beat Nakamura who seemed restless and confused at the board. Photo © | http://www.russiachess.org
Vassily Ivanchuk won the only decisive game 7th Round of the Tal Memorial when he beat Hikaru Nakamura whose strange opening idea left him with a very difficult position to play. It all seemed a bit of a self-inflicted defeat on Nakamura's part. Peter Svidler put the squeeze on Ian Nepomniachtchi who seemed to speed his way from a level position to trouble before he put the breaks on and held the game. For whatever reason Viswanathan Anand has barely contributed to the event and today his cautious approach against Magnus Carlsen's Gruenfeld led to a quick draw. Levon Aronian held Sergey Karjakin fairly comfortably in a Ruy Lopez. Boris Gelfand had something against Vladimir Kramnik but never enough to win. Round 8: Anand-Nakamura, Ivanchuk-Gelfand, Kramnik-Karjakin, Aronian-Svidler, Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi. I see some decisive results in these pairings.
Vassily Ivanchuk against Hikaru Nakamura. Photo © http://www.russiachess.org/
Quite simply, I have to play better chess.
Hikaru Nakamura seemed completely out of sorts in losing to Vassily Ivanchuk in Round 7. His 8.Nb5 looks like a beginners move. Certainly he needed to achieve something concrete with it. It may be that 11.Bd6 followed by grabbing the exchange was the logical continuation but black certainly has compensation. After this black's position was harmonious and white was left just trying to find a plan with his dark squared bishop looking especially bad in comparison to black's. It might be that Nakamura should be able to stay on the board but his position lacked any real chess logic. 29.Rd2 as both players entered time trouble may have been the decisive error, both Ivanchuk's 29. Qb4 Qxb4 30. axb4 which may have been enough to hold and Yasser Seirawan's 29. Nd1 Rd7 30. Qd2 seem much better. After 33....a4 it was clear Ivanchuk was going to win and he finished the game with a flourish on move 40.
Nakamura,Hikaru - Ivanchuk,Vassily [D83]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (7.5), 23.11.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 0-0 6.Rc1 dxc4 7.Bxc4 Nbd7 8.Nb5
A very strange idea from Hikaru Nakamura. Ivanchuk remembered the 2002 game between Karpov and Kasparov where 8.Nf3 was played instead.
[8.Nf3 c5 9.dxc5 Nxc5 10.0-0 Be6 11.Bxe6 Nxe6 12.Be5 Qxd1 13.Rfxd1 Rfd8 14.Kf1 Nd7 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Nd5 Nb6 17.Nxb6 axb6 18.a3 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Rc8 20.Ke2 Kf6 21.Ne1 Rc4 22.Rd7 Nc5 23.Rc7 b5 24.f3 e5 25.b4 Na4 26.Rxb7 Rc6 27.e4 Ke6 28.h4 h5 29.Nd3 Rc2+ 30.Ke3 f5 31.g3 fxe4 32.fxe4 Rg2 33.Rxb5 Rxg3+ 34.Kd2 Rg2+ 35.Ke1 Nc3 36.Rb6+ Ke7 37.Nxe5 Re2+ 38.Kf1 Rxe4 39.Nxg6+ Kf7 40.Kf2 Nd5 41.Rc6 Nxb4 42.axb4 Rxb4 43.Ne5+ Kg7 44.Rc4 Rb5 45.Nd3 Kf6 46.Rc5 1-0 Karpov,A (2688)-Kasparov,G (2838)/New York USA 2002/The Week in Chess 424]
[9.Nc7 Rb8 10.Bxf7+ Rxf7 11.Ne6 Qa5+ Wins for black. But it is the only move to produce a huge advantage. Qb6 is less good. (11...Qb6 12.Nxg7 Kxg7 13.Bxb8 Qa5+) ]
9...Qe8 10.Nc3 e5
[11.Bd6 Should probably have been played instead. 11...exd4 12.Bxf8 Kxf8 (12... Qxf8 13. Qxd4 Nc5 14. Qh4 b5 15. Be2 b4 16.Nd1 Nce4 Malcolm Pein) was Ivanchuk's post-game suggestion. (12...dxc3 13.Bxg7 cxb2 14.Rb1 Kxg7 15.Rxb2 is possible and about equal.) 13.Qxd4 Ne4 14.Qd1; 11.Nf3 exd4 12.Nxd4 Ne5 13.Bb3 Qe7]
11...Nxe5 12.Be2 Bf5 13.Nf3 Nxf3+
14.Bxf3 Rc8 15.Bg3 Ne4 16.Bxe4
[16.Nxe4 Bxe4 17.Bxe4 Qxe4 18.0-0 Rfd8 and black's bishop is far better than white's. 19.Qc2 (19.Qe2 Qd3 20.Rfe1; 19.Qb3 c5) 19...Qb4]
16...Bxe4 17.0-0 Rd8 18.Qa4 Bd3 19.Rfd1 b5!?
A really interesting idea that puts a lot of pressure on white.
[20.Qxa7 b4 21.Na4 Bc2 22.Rxd8 Qxd8 23.b3 Qd2 24.Rf1 Bd3 25.Qd7 Bc3]
20...Rd7 21.Rd2 Qe7
[21...Qd8 22.Qxd8 Rfxd8 23.Rcd1 Bf5 24.Rxd7 Rxd7 25.Rxd7 Bxd7 26.Bd6 a5 27.a3 with the advantage,]
22.Rcd1 Rfd8 23.a3 h5 24.h3 h4 25.Bh2
[25.Bc7 Rxc7 26.Rxd3 Rxd3 27.Rxd3 Rd7 28.Rxd7 Qxd7 29.Qb4 (29.a4 Qd2 30.axb5 Be5 31.Qa1 cxb5 32.Nxb5 Bxb2 33.Qxa7 Qe1+ 34.Kh2 Qxf2 35.Qb8+ Kg7 36.Qf4 Qxf4+ 37.exf4) 29...Qd2 30.Qxh4 Qe1+ 31.Kh2 Be5+ wins.]
Hikaru Nakamura struggling. Photo © http://www.russiachess.org/
Both sides were down to their last few minutes.
[26.e4 Bh6 27.f4 g5 is interesting and better for black.]
26...Rxc7 27.Rxd3 Rxd3 28.Rxd3 Bf6
[28...Rd7 29.Rxd7 Qxd7 30.Qb4 was what Ivanchuk didn't like. 30...Qd2 31.Qxh4+ Kg8 32.Ne4 Qd1+ 33.Kh2 Be5+ 34.g3 Bxb2 35.Qe7 Qd5 36.Nf6+ Bxf6 37.Qxf6 and black is still better.]
[29.Qb4 Qxb4 30.axb4 was definitely a possibility but it is very commital in time trouble.; 29.Nd1 Rd7 30.Qd2 was Yasser Seirawan's suggestion as to how to defend here and at first sight it seems good.]
This looks completely wrong although by this stage white's position is extremely unpleasant and alternatives don't look great either.
30...Qe6 31.Qb4 a5! 32.Qf4
[32.Qxa5 Qb3 33.Re2 Rd3 34.Ne4 Bxb2 35.Re1 will win.; 32.Qg4 Qxg4 33.hxg4 was another way to play.]
32...Kg7 33.Rc1 a4
So winning that Ivanchuk didn't discuss the rest of the game. He has everything.
[34.Ne4 Bxb2 35.Nc5 Qe7 36.Nxd7 Bxc1 37.Qd4+ f6 38.Qc3]
34...Rd3 35.Rc2 Qb3
A well calculated finish.
36.Qxb3 axb3 37.Rc1 Bxc3 38.bxc3 c5
Setting up the more attractive finish.
[38...b2 39.Rb1 Rd2 is equally winning.]
39.Kf1 c4 40.Ke2
and the b-pawn queens.
Photo © http://www.russiachess.org/
Ian Nepomniachtchi completely equalised as black almost straight out of the opening against Peter Svidler's English Opening. 14.Kc2 seems to allow 14...Bf5 15.Re1 0-0-0 is totally equal. But Nepomniachtchi seemed determined to blitz himself into trouble and after 22.Ng5 annexed his bishop suddenly he had some defending to do. Svidler put what seems to have been close to the maximum pressure on but couldn't break through, Svidler seemed to be coming close at various points and if there was anything it was probably around move 40. In the end the game drifted out to a draw.
Svidler,Peter - Nepomniachtchi,Ian [A04]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (7.4), 23.11.2011
1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Be2 d5 6.d4 exd4 7.exd4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 dxc4 9.Nxc6 Qxd1+ 10.Nxd1 bxc6 11.Bxc4 Bb4+ 12.Bd2 Bxd2+ 13.Kxd2 Ne4+
[13...0-0 14.Ne3 Re8 15.Rhe1 Be6 16.Bxe6 Rxe6 17.Nc4 Rae8 18.Rxe6 Rxe6 19.h3 Kf8 20.Rd1 1/2-1/2 Feletar,D (2391)-Sermek,D (2524)/Sibenik CRO 2010/The Week in Chess 827]
New in a rare position.
[14.Ke1 Nd6 15.Be2 Be6 16.f3 Ke7 17.Kf2 c5 18.Re1 c4 19.f4 Rab8 20.Bg4 f5 21.Bf3 Kf6 22.Re2 Nb5 23.Ne3 Nd4 24.Rd2 Nxf3 25.Kxf3 Rhd8 26.Rad1 Rxd2 27.Rxd2 h6 was fine for black but he eventualy went wrong and lost in 83 moves 1-0 Alavkin,A (2397)-Novozhenin,V (2092)/Murom 2000 (83)]
[14...Bf5 15.Re1 0-0-0 16.Bd3 Ng3 17.Bxf5+ Nxf5 18.Ne3 Nd4+ 19.Kc3 is absolutely fine for black.]
15.Re1 Nd6 16.Bd3 Nb5 17.b3 Rd8 18.Nc3 Be6
18...Bg4; 18...Ba6 both seem quicker ways to equalise.
19.Rad1 Nd4+ 20.Kb2 c5 21.Ne4 Rac8 22.Ng5!
If white is to get anything then knight vs bishop is the way to do it.
22...g6 23.Nxe6 Nxe6 24.Bc4 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Nd4
Now white is going to press for a long time in this favourable position.
[26.b4 Rb8 27.Kc3 Nb5+ is nothing.]
[26...Kf8 27.Re1 Nf5 28.Ba6 Rc6 29.Bb5 Rc8 (29...Rc7 30.Re8+ Kg7 31.Rd8 is not very much.) 30.Bd7]
Introducing direct threats. Black's position has become quite tricky.
[27.Re1 Kf8 28.Re5 f6 29.Re4 Rc7]
[28.b4 axb4+ 29.axb4 Rd8 30.bxc5? Nb5+]
28...Nf5 29.Re4 Nd6 30.Rh4 h5 31.Bd3 Ke7
[31...Ke8 32.Ra4 Ra8 33.Kd2 Rb8 (33...Rd8 34.Rxa5 c4 35.Re5+ Kf8 36.Bf1 cxb3) 34.Rxa5 Rxb3 35.Kc2]
32.Ra4 Ra8 33.Kd2 f5
Given how it works out this move seems very good. It keeps the bishop off the h1-a8 diagonal.
[33...c4 34.bxc4 Nb7 35.Be4 Nc5 36.Bxa8 Nxa4 37.Ke3]
34.h4 Kf6 35.b4 cxb4 36.axb4 Nb7
and now it seems that black has all the details worked out and he can hold.
[37.f4 Ke6 38.Bc4+ Kf6 39.bxa5 Nxa5 (39...Rxa5? 40.Rxa5 Nxa5 41.Bd5 Ke7 42.Kd3 Ke8 43.Kd4 Kd7 44.Ke5 wins for white.) 40.Bd5 Ra7 seems fine for black.]
37...g5! 38.f4 gxf4 39.gxf4 Kg6?!
39...Ke6? 40.Ke3 Kf6 41.Kf3 Rd8 42.Ba6 Nd6 43.bxa5 Rb8 44.Bd3;
39...Rd8! equalises on the spot.
[40.Ke2 Kf6 41.Kf2 Rd8 42.Ba6 wins a pawn but I'm unclear if it is enough. 42...Nd6 43.Rxa5 Rb8 44.b5 Re8 45.Ra4 Ne4+ 46.Kf3 Nd2+ 47.Kg3]
40...Kf6 41.Ra1 Ke6 42.Ra4 Kf6 43.Ra3 Ke7 44.Ke3 Kf6 45.b5
After time control Svidler tries something else but now it is clear the game should be drawn.
45...Re8+ 46.Kd4 Rd8+ 47.Kc4 Ke6 48.Be2 Rc8+ 49.Kd4 Rd8+ 50.Ke3 Rb8 51.Bxh5 Rh8 52.Bf3 Nd6 53.Be2 Rxh4 54.Rxa5 Kd5
The key, now black's King and Knight are very strong.
55.Ra6 Nc4+ 56.Kf3
[56.Bxc4+ Kxc4 57.b6 (57.Rc6+ Kxb5 58.Rf6 Kc5 59.Rxf5+ Kd6 60.Re5 is just a draw.) 57...Rh3+ 58.Kf2 Rb3]
56...Rh3+ 57.Kg2 Rb3 58.Bxc4+ 1/2-1/2
Viswanathan Anand against Magnus Carlsen. Photo © http://www.russiachess.org/
"I guess it's a kind of opening failure today." said Anand who allowed Magnus and easy draw with a Gruenfeld Defence. I'm not at all sure that Anand didn't get exactly what he wanted which was a quick draw against the World number one. I'm more and more convinced Anand thinks he is playing badly and he is just trying to get through this event without losing a lot of rating points.
"Turn your attention to the Nakamura - Ivanchuk game that's going to be a hell of a lot more interesting." - Carlsen.
Anand,V (2811) - Carlsen,M (2826) [D85]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (7), 23.11.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3 c5 8.Qd2 cxd4 9.cxd4 Nc6 10.Rd1 0-0
Anand mentioned that he remembered Aronian-Kramnik in this position.
[10...Bg4 11.Be2 Bxe2 12.Nxe2 Na5 13.Rc1 0-0 14.0-0 b5 15.Qb4 a6 16.a4 Nc4 17.axb5 Nxe3 18.fxe3 axb5 19.Qxb5 Ra3 20.Rf3 Bh6 21.Rc3 Ra1+ 22.Rf1 Rxf1+ 23.Kxf1 e6 24.g3 Qa8 25.d5 Rb8 26.Ra3 Qxa3 27.Qxb8+ Bf8 28.dxe6 fxe6 29.Kf2 Qa1 30.Qb3 Qf6+ 31.Nf4 Kf7 32.Ke2 Qe5 33.Kf3 g5 34.Qb7+ Be7 35.Nd3 Qa1 36.Nf2 Qf1 37.Qb2 g4+ 38.Kxg4 Qg2 39.Qc2 h5+ 40.Kxh5 Qxh2+ 41.Kg4 Bd6 42.Kf3 Bxg3 1/2-1/2 Kramnik,V (2785)-Aronian,L (2808)/Monaco MNC 2011/The Week in Chess 855]
"Maybe Nf3 is just inaccurate I don't know." - Anand.
11...Bg4 12.Be2 Rc8 13.0-0 Qa5 14.h3 Bxf3 15.Bxf3 Qxd2 16.Rxd2 Na5 17.e5
A novelty but not one he was ever in danger of playing in a World Championship Match.
[17.Bg5 Bf6 18.Bxf6 exf6 19.Rb1 Rfd8 20.Be2 Rc3 21.d5 b6 22.f4 Nc4 23.Rd4 Nd6 24.Ra4 Rc7 25.Bf3 Re8 26.Re1 Rce7 27.Kf2 Kg7 28.e5 fxe5 29.fxe5 Rxe5 30.Rxe5 Rxe5 31.Rxa7 Re8 32.Rd7 Ne4+ 33.Bxe4 1/2-1/2 Sokolov,I (2688)-Ehlvest,J (2600)/ Sweden SWE 2003/The Week in Chess 437]
17...Nc4 18.Rd3 Nxe3 19.fxe3
"I thought I could play for a while with this sort of thing. It's actually very difficult to do something. If I could remove a pair of rooks then obviously I'm better. But he takes the c-file and if he waits patiently I don't see anything I can do. I guess it's a kind of opening failure today." - Anand.
19...Rc7 20.Be4 Rfc8 21.Rb3 b6 22.Kf2 f6 23.exf6
[23.Bd5+ Kf8 24.Kf3 Rc2]
23...Bxf6 24.Ke2 Kg7 25.Rd1 Rc3 26.Rd3 Rc2+ 27.Rd2 R2c3 28.Rd3 Rc2+ 29.Rd2 R2c3 1/2-1/2
Levon Aronian against Sergey Karjakin. Photo © http://www.russiachess.org/
Levon Aronian seemed to have things well under control against Sergey Karjakin on the black side of a mildly diverting Ruy Lopez.
Karjakin,Sergey - Aronian,Levon [C84]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (7.3), 23.11.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 d6 7.c3 0-0 8.Re1 b5 9.Bc2 d5 10.Nbd2 dxe4 11.dxe4 Be6 12.h3
[12...Nd7 13.Nf1 Nc5 14.Ne3 Qxd1 15.Rxd1 f6 16.Nd5 Bd6 17.Be3 Nb7 18.b4 Ne7 19.a4 c6 20.Nb6 Rab8 21.Nd2 c5 22.axb5 axb5 23.c4 cxb4 24.cxb5 Bc5 25.Bb3 Bxb3 26.Nxb3 Bxe3 27.fxe3 Na5 28.Rxa5 Rxb6 29.Rd7 Nc8 30.Nc5 h5 31.Rd3 Re8 32.Na4 Rb8 33.Rb3 Nb6 34.Rxb4 Rec8 35.Nxb6 Rxb6 36.Ra6 Rc1+ 37.Kf2 Rc2+ 38.Kg3 Rxa6 39.bxa6 Ra2 40.Rb6 Kf7 41.Rb7+ Kg6 42.a7 Kh6 43.Kh2 g6 44.Kg1 Kg5 45.Rh7 f5 46.g3 Kf6 47.Kf1 fxe4 48.Ke1 Ke6 49.Rg7 Kd5 50.g4 hxg4 51.hxg4 Kc4 52.Rd7 g5 53.Kd1 Kc3 54.Ke1 Kc4 55.Kd1 Kc3 56.Ke1 1/2-1/2 Carlsen,M (2823)-Aronian,L (2807)/Sao Paulo/Bilbao BRA/ESP 2011/The Week in Chess 882]
13.a4 Ba7 14.Nf1 h6 15.Ne3 Qd6 16.Qe2 Bxe3 17.Bxe3 Bc4 18.Qd2 Rfd8 19.b4 Qe6 20.Qc1 a5 21.bxa5
[21.axb5 Bxb5 22.Qb2 axb4 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 is at least fine for black.]
21...bxa4 22.Rxa4 Bb5 23.Ra3
[23.Ra1 Rxa5 24.Qb2 Rxa1 25.Rxa1 Bd3 26.Bxd3 Rxd3 27.Nd2]
23...Rxa5 24.Rxa5 Nxa5 25.Qa3 Nc4 26.Qc5 c6 27.Qb4 Nxe3 28.Rxe3 Rd7 29.Re1 Qe7 30.Rb1 Rb7 31.c4
[31...Ba6 32.Qxe7 Rxe7 33.Rb6 Bxc4 34.Rxc6 Be2 35.Nh4]
[32.Qxb5 Rxb5 33.cxb5 c4 (33...Ne8 34.Bb3) 34.b6 Nd7 35.b7 Nb8 is probably not a risk for white but it isn't winning either.; 32.Qa5 Bc6 33.Rxb7 Bxb7 34.Qa7 g6 35.Nxe5 Qxe5 36.Qxb7]
32...Bc6 33.Qxe5 Rxb1+ 34.Bxb1 Qxe5 35.Nxe5 Bxe4 36.Bxe4 Nxe4 37.Nd3 Nd6 38.Nxc5 Nxc4
Obviously a drawn position!
Kramnik drew against Gelfand. Photo © http://www.russiachess.org/
Boris Gelfand got a little something against Vladmir Kramnik but it was never enough to win.
Gelfand,Boris - Kramnik,Vladimir [D37]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (7.2), 23.11.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Be2 dxc4 8.0-0 c5 9.dxc5 Nxc5 10.Bxc4 Qxd1
[10...a6 11.a4 1/2-1/2 Khalifman,A (2658)-Zvjaginsev,V (2649)/St Petersburg RUS 2005/The Week in Chess 554]
11.Rfxd1 b6 12.Nd4 Bb7 13.Rac1 a6 14.b4 Nce4 15.Nxe4 Bxe4 16.a3 Rfc8 17.f3 Bb7 18.e4 a5 19.Nxe6 axb4 20.axb4 b5 21.Nc7 bxc4 22.Nxa8 Bxa8 23.Bd6 Kf8 24.Bxe7+ Kxe7 25.Rd4 c3 26.Rd3
[26.Kf2 Ke6 27.Ke3 Bb7 28.Rd3 Rc4 29.Rcxc3 Rxb4 Seems fine for black.]
26...c2 27.Rd2 Nxe4!
Trades into a level ending.
[27...Rc4 28.Rdxc2 Rxb4 29.Ra2 Bb7 30.Rc7+ Kd6 31.Rxf7 is the kind of thing Kramnik was definitely wanting to avoid.]
28...Rxc2 29.Rxc2 Nd6 30.Kf2
The game will inevitably finish in a draw.
30...Kd7 31.Ke3 Nb5 32.Rc5 Bc6 33.Kd3 f6 34.Rh5 h6 35.Kc4 Nc7 36.Ra5 Kd6 37.Kd4 g5 38.Ra1 f5 39.h4 f4 40.hxg5 hxg5 41.Rh1 g4 42.fxg4 Bxg2 43.Rh6+ Ne6+ 44.Kd3 Bf3 45.Rf6 Bxg4 46.Ke4 f3 47.Ke3 Ke5 48.Rxf3 Bxf3 1/2-1/2
|6th Tal Memorial 2011 Moscow (RUS), 16-25 xi 2011||cat. XXII (2776)|
|Round 7 (November 23, 2011)|
|Karjakin, Sergey||- Aronian, Levon||½-½||38||C84||Ruy Lopez Centre Attack|
|Anand, Viswanathan||- Carlsen, Magnus||½-½||29||D85||Gruenfeld Defence|
|Svidler, Peter||- Nepomniachtchi, Ian||½-½||58||A04||Dutch System|
|Nakamura, Hikaru||- Ivanchuk, Vassily||0-1||40||D83||Gruenfeld 4.Bf4|
|Gelfand, Boris||- Kramnik, Vladimir||½-½||48||D37||QGD 5.Bf4|
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