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6th Tal Memorial 2011 (8)

Levon Aronian leads Tal Memorial after 8 Rds after beating Svidler

Levon Aronian leads alone after beating Svidler. Photo ©

Levon Aronian leads alone after beating Svidler. Photo © |

Levon Aronian takes a half point lead over Carlsen, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi (whom he plays) and Ivanchuk going into the final round of the 6th Tal Memorial 2011. Aronian beat Peter Svidler in a game where he continued to pose problems until a win emerged. Kramnik 1/2 Karjakin (Catalan small edge for white), Ivanchuk 1/2 Gelfand (interesting middle-game finishing in perpetual), Carlsen 1/2 Nepomniachtchi (Carlsen's opening wasn't the sharpest and Nepomniachtchi played well to draw comfortably). Viswanathan Anand was faced by out and out aggression from Hikaru Nakamura and probably should have obtained good winning chances but in a complex game he missed something and decided to draw by repetition. Round 9 pairings Fri 9am GMT: Nepomniachtchi-Aronian, Svidler-Kramnik, Karjakin-Ivanchuk, Gelfand-Viswanathan, Nakamura-Carlsen.

Levon Aronian takes a half point lead into the final round

Levon Aronian takes a half point lead into the final round. Photo ©

Levon Aronian didn't get much out of the opening against Peter Svidler but continued to probe on and on and eventually emerged victorious. It is hard to say when exactly Svidler was lost, that can only be established with detailed analysis. Maybe as far back as 37...Nc6 which definitely seems a better defensive idea but the lines where black counter-attacked were on a knife edge to the very end.

Aronian plays Nepomniachtchi in the final round.

Aronian,Levon - Svidler,Peter [D82]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (8.5), 24.11.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 c5 6.dxc5 Qa5 7.Rc1 dxc4 8.Bxc4 0-0 9.Nf3 Qxc5 10.Bb3 Nc6 11.0-0 Qa5 12.h3 Bf5 13.Qe2 Ne4 14.Nxe4 Bxe4 15.Rfd1 Qh5 16.Bc2 Bxc2 17.Qxc2 Qb5

[17...Rfd8 18.Qb3 Na5 19.Rxd8+ Rxd8 20.Qb4 b6 21.Qxe7 Qd5 22.e4 Qd3 23.Ne5 Bxe5 24.Bxe5 Qd2 25.Qf6 Kf8 26.Rc7 1-0 Kozhuharov,S (2404)-Atakisi,U (2384)/Konya TUR 2010/The Week in Chess 818]


[18.e4 Rfd8 19.Be3 Qxb2 20.Rxd8+ Nxd8 21.Qxb2 Bxb2 22.Rc7 Ba3 23.e5 b6 24.Rc3 Bb4 25.Rc4 Bc5 26.Bxc5 Rc8 27.Bxb6 Rxc4 28.Bxd8 Kf8 29.Ba5 Ra4 30.Bd2 Rxa2 31.Kf1 a5 32.Ke2 a4 33.Nd4 a3 34.Ke3 Rb2 35.Bc1 h5 36.h4 f6 37.exf6 exf6 38.Kd3 Rxf2 39.Bxa3+ Kf7 40.g3 g5 41.Ke3 Ra2 42.Bd6 Kg6 43.Ke4 Ra6 44.Bb4 Ra4 45.Be7 Ra1 46.Bd6 Re1+ 47.Kf3 Rh1 1/2-1/2 Kozhuharov,S (2436)-Drenchev,P (2519)/Albena BUL 2011/The Week in Chess 867]

18...Qb4 19.Ne1!?

Black looks equal but this is a tricky move to meet.

19...e5 20.Bg3 Rfd8 21.Nd3 Qe7 22.Qc5 Rd6


23.b4 Rad8 24.b5

Peter Svidler


Levon Aronian

Position after 24.b5


[24...Na5 25.Qxa7 Nb3 26.Rc3 and white wins.; 24...b6 doesn't look at good as Rd5. 25.Qxd6 Rxd6 (25...Qxd6 26.bxc6) 26.bxc6 Qc7 (26...Rd8 27.c7 Rc8 28.Nxe5 Rxc7 29.Rxc7 Qxc7 30.Nxg6 wins for white.) 27.Nb4 Rxd1+ 28.Rxd1 Bf8 29.Rd7 Qc8 30.Bh4 is winning for white.]

25.Qc2 e4 26.Nf4 Rxd1+ 27.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 28.Qxd1 Nb4 29.Qc1 Bf6 30.Qc8+ Kg7 31.Qb8 a6 32.b6 Nc6 33.Qc8 h5 34.Ne2 Nd8 35.Bc7 Qe6 36.Qb8 Qd7

[36...Qd5 37.Nf4 Qd7]


Peter Svidler


Levon Aronian

Position after 37.Be5


Black seems to, at the very least, have made life harder for himself 37...Nc6 was Levon Aronian's suggestion with 38.Bxf6+ Kxf6 39.Qf4+ Kg7 40.Nc3 Qd3 41.Nxe4 Qb1+ 42.Kh2 Qxb6 is equal.

38.Nc3 Qc6 39.a5 h4 40.Bxf6+ Kxf6 41.Qh8+ Kf5 42.Qxh4 Qxc3 43.g4+ Ke5 44.Qh8+ f6 45.Qb8+ Kd5 46.Qxb7+ Qc6 47.Qb8

[47.Qxa6 Ng5 48.Qa7 Nf3+ 49.Kg2 Ne1+ 50.Kh1 Nf3 with a draw.]


[47...Qc1+? Loses. 48.Kg2 Qd1 49.Qa8+ wins. (49.b7 Qf3+ 50.Kg1 Qd1+ (50...Ng5 51.Qg8+) 51.Kh2 Qf1 52.Qg3 Ng5 53.b8Q) 49...Ke5 50.b7 Qf3+ 51.Kg1 Qd1+ 52.Kh2 Qd6 53.b8Q]

48.Qg8+ Qe6 49.Qxg6 Kc4 50.h4 Kd3 51.h5 Ke2 52.h6

Peter Svidler


Levon Aronian

Position after 52.h6


[52...Nd3 Was the better try but I think black is now losing. 53.h7 Qc8 54.Kg2 (54.Qxe4 Nxf2 (54...Qc1+?) 55.Qg2 Qc1+ 56.Kh2 Qc8 57.h8Q Qxh8+ 58.Kg1 wins.) 54...Ne1+ 55.Kh3 Nf3 56.Qxf6 Qb8 57.Qb2+ Nd2 (57...Kd3 58.Qb3+ Kd2 59.Qb4+ Kd1 60.Qb1+ Kd2) 58.h8Q; 52...Qa2 53.h7 Nd3 54.h8Q Qa1+ 55.Kh2 Nxf2 56.Kg3 (56.Qhxf6 Qxf6 57.Qxf6 Nxg4+ 58.Kg3 Nxf6 59.Kf4 Kd3 60.Ke5 Nd7+ 61.Kd6 Nb8 62.Kc7 Kxe3 63.Kxb8 Kd4 64.b7 e3 65.Ka7 e2 66.b8Q e1Q 67.Qd6+ Kc4 68.Qxa6+ Kd5 69.Qb7+ is an amazing line that still doesn't help black.) 56...Qg1+ 57.Kf4 and white wins.]

53.h7 Ke1 54.Qxf6 1-0

Magnus Carlsen candidly admitted that his opening choice was hardly the most critical against the Sicilian but he said there was enough to play with. Ian Nepomniachtchi seems to be calculating very precisely and didn't seem to run into any serious problems and indeed saw the perpetual check that finished the game before Carlsen did.

Carlsen "So obviously this isn't the most ambitious try against this but it is not 100% harmless either."

Carlsen,Magnus - Nepomniachtchi,Ian [B52]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (8.3), 24.11.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nc6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 g6 8.Nc3 Bg7 9.Be3 Nf6 10.h3

"The modern main line, at some point people realised it was better to put a pawn on h3 than on f3." - Anand.

10...0-0 11.0-0 a6 12.a4 Rfc8

[12...Rac8 13.b3 e6 14.Rc1 d5 15.cxd5 (15.Nxc6 bxc6 16.e5 Ne8 17.Bc5 Bxe5 18.Bxf8 Kxf8 "This should be good for me." - Carlsen.) 15...exd5]

13.b3 e6 14.Rc1

[14.Qf3; 14.f4]


Ian Nepomniachtchi


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 14...d5. Carlsen was interested in various move orders here.


[15.cxd5 exd5 16.Nxd5

a) 16.exd5 Nb4;

b) 16.Nxc6 bxc6 17.Bc5 (

17.Bd4 dxe4 18.Bxf6 Qxd1 19.Rcxd1 (

19.Rfxd1 Bxf6 20.Nxe4 Be7) 19...Bxf6 20.Nxe4) ; 16...Nxd5 17.Nxc6]

15...bxc6 16.e5 Ne8 17.f4 a5

[17...Qd8 18.Ne2 May be the most accurate. (18.a5 Qxa5 19.Na4 Rcb8 20.Nc5 Qd8) ]


[18.cxd5 cxd5 19.Qd3 Nc7]

18...Bf8 19.Rf3

[19.c5 "To be honest I wanted to play c5 here." - Carlsen. 19...Qa7 20.Nf6+ Nxf6 21.exf6 Rab8 22.Bd4 Rb4 23.Rf3 Rcb8 24.h4]

19...Qd8 20.Nc5 Rcb8 21.Bf2 Nc7 22.Qe2 Rb4 23.Kh2 Be7 24.Rc2

"I'm not even sure that the rook is better on c2 than on c1." - Carlsen.


Ian Nepomniachtchi


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 26...Qf8

[24...Kg7 Ian Nepomniachtchi wondered about this move. "Then I would have had to think again." - Carlsen.]

25.Nd7 Qd8 26.Nc5 Qf8

"I don't know that I have any objective reasons to play for a win here." - Carlsen.

27.cxd5 Nxd5

[27...cxd5 "The position would be very sharp." - Carlsen. 28.Rfc3 (28.g4 would have been Carlsen's choice and "Hope for the best!".) 28...Qd8 Carlsen thought that white can easily get stuck here when Nepomniachtchi said that basically he wouldn't play this way.]

28.g3 Qc8

[28...h5 29.Na6 Rb7 30.Rxc6 Rc8 31.Rc4 and "it is not obvious why black has given up the pawn." - Carlsen.]

29.Be1 Rb6 30.Rc4

"Now at least white is in some sort of control." - Carlsen.

30...Rab8 31.Qd1

[31.Qc2 Nb4 32.Qd1]

31...Bxc5 32.Rxc5 Qf8 33.Qc2

[33.Rxa5 was a clear alternative. 33...Qa3 (33...c5 34.Qc2 c4 35.Qxc4 Qa3 "and it looks like black is fine." - Carlsen. 36.Bf2 Qa2 and it isn't obvious what to do. "This might get really unpleasant for white." - Carlsen.) 34.b4 Qa2+ 35.Rf2 Qa3 (35...Qc4 36.Rc5 Qe4 37.a5 Rb5) ]

33...Nb4 34.Bxb4

[34.Qc4 Qd8 35.Rxa5 Qd1 "and I'm probably completely lost already." - Carlsen. "Whenever I have to take on a5 with the rook I'm just too uncoordinated." - Carlsen.]

34...Rxb4 35.Rxa5

Ian Nepomniachtchi


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 35.Rxa5

"At the time I took on a5 I didn't even see that black has a draw by perpetual." - Carlsen.

[35.Rxc6 Rd4 36.Rd3 Rbd8 (36...Rxd3 37.Qxd3 Qa3 38.h4 Rxb3 39.Qd8+ Qf8 (39...Kg7 40.Qf6+ (40.h5 wins. 40...Qf8 41.h6+ Kg8 42.Rc8) 40...Kh6 41.Qg5+ Kg7 42.h5 Rb8) 40.Qxf8+ Kxf8 41.Rc5 Rb2+ 42.Kg1 (42.Kh3 Most likely will end in a draw. 42...h5 43.Rxa5 Ra2) ) ; 35.Rxc6]


[35...Rd4 36.Rc5 Rbd8 37.Rf2 and black should still make a draw.]

36.Rc5 Rxb3 37.Rxb3 Rxb3 38.Qxb3 Qd2+ 39.Kh1 Qe1+ 40.Kg2 Qe2+ 1/2-1/2

Hikaru Nakamura Against Viswanathan Anand

Hikaru Nakamura Against Viswanathan Anand. Photo ©

Hikarua Nakamura came out swinging against Viswanathan Anand playing a King's Indian come Benoni against the World Champion. At first Anand seemed to be doing well but then overlooked an important line and decided immediately to repeat the position for a draw. This tournament probably can't finish early enough for either player.

Are you going to win any games at this tournament?

Anand: What kind of question is that? You act as if I had a choice every day and I chose a draw. I keep trying. I'll try tomorrow we'll see. I liked white's position "I blew it obviously."

Anand at the press conference.

Anand,Viswanathan - Nakamura,Hikaru [E70]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (8.1), 24.11.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nge2 0-0 6.f3 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Ng3 a6 9.a4 h5 10.Bg5 exd5 11.cxd5 Qc7

[11...Qb6 12.Qd2 Nh7 13.a5 Qc7 14.Bh6 h4 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Nge2 Qe7 17.Nc1 f5 18.Be2 Ng5 19.0-0 h3 20.g3 fxe4 21.Qe3 Re8 22.f4 Nf3+ 23.Bxf3 exf3 24.Qxf3 Qe3+ 25.Qxe3 Rxe3 26.Nb3 b5 27.axb6 Nd7 28.Rfe1 Rxe1+ 29.Rxe1 Nxb6 30.Na5 Bf5 31.Re7+ Kf8 32.Rh7 Re8 33.Kf2 Kg8 34.Rb7 Nd7 35.g4 Bxg4 36.Nc4 Rf8 37.Kg3 Nf6 38.Nxd6 Bf5 39.Nxf5 gxf5 40.Re7 Rd8 41.Re5 Rb8 42.Rxf5 Kg7 43.Na4 Rb3+ 44.Kh4 Ne4 45.Re5 Rb4 46.Nc3 Nxc3 47.bxc3 Rxf4+ 48.Kg3 Rf1 49.Re7+ Rf7 50.Re3 c4 51.Re4 Rf5 52.Rd4 Kf7 53.d6 Ke8 54.Rxc4 Kd7 55.Kxh3 Kxd6 56.Kg4 Rc5 57.Rxc5 Kxc5 58.Kf3 a5 59.Ke2 Kc4 60.Kd2 Kb3 61.h4 a4 62.Kc1 Ka2 63.h5 a3 64.h6 Ka1 65.h7 a2 66.Kd2 1-0 Korchnoi,V (2561)-Trent,L (2471)/London ENG 2009/The Week in Chess 770]

12.Qd2 Nbd7 13.Be2 Rb8 14.0-0 c4 15.Be3 h4 16.Nh1 h3 17.Nf2

The best according to Anand.

[17.g3 once I weaken my kingside he can play Nc5 followed by Nxe4. 17...Nc5 18.Bxc4 Ncxe4 which is more or less equal.]

17...hxg2 18.Kxg2

"At the board it was very difficult to play." - Anand. So instant evaluations are not possible.


"I think Nh5 is a mistake because I want to do this anyway." - Anand. "But somehow the beauty of this positon is that even when you lose a pair of moves white's centre is a bit more loose - anyhow black has some counter-play." - Anand.

19.f4 Nhf6 20.Bf3 Re8 21.a5 Qd8 22.Ne2 Nh7 23.Ng3 b6 24.axb6 Nxb6 25.Bd4 Bxd4 26.Qxd4 Qf6

[26...Qh4 was talked about by the players at the end of the game.]

27.Ne2 Qxd4 28.Nxd4 Bb7 29.Ra3

"Here there are many ideas for white." - Anand.

[29.Ng4; 29.h4]


"Here I started to get excited. I'm not even sure Ra3 is correct because the whole thing is based on a bad plan."

30.Nc6 Rbc8 31.Na5

"I got excited because I thought this is very strong." - Anand.


Hikaru Nakamura


Viswanathan Anand

Position after 31...Ba8. Anand missed 32.Rc1 Nfd7 33.Rac3 f5 he still probably should have played this line but having missed something he chose to repeat.


"Once I got here I didn't see any way out. " - Anand.

[32.Rc1 Rc5 (32...Nfd7 33.Rac3 f5 "Then much too late I noticed f5." - Anand. 34.Nxc4 fxe4 "I kept missed that exf3 is check somewhere." - Anand. 35.Nxe4 Nxd5 (35...Nxc4 is the alternative with this sample line: 36.Rxc4 Rxc4 37.Rxc4 Bxd5 38.Rd4 Bxe4 39.Bxe4 Nc5 40.Bxg6 Re2+ 41.Kg3 Rxb2 42.Rxd6 a5) 36.Nexd6 "I should probably get away with this line but somehow I wasn't very keen. Maybe I missed something else. I just decided to [take the draw]" - Anand.) 33.b4]


"I can come back to d4 but I've just lost two tempi. It's the most ridiculous set of moves I've made. His Rook was on b8 and his knight was on h7 and now I place them on c8 and d7. So having done this I had no way back and I had to take the draw. But anyhow I enjoyed it because at least I played an interesting game."

33.Na5 Ba8 1/2-1/2

Vladimir Kramnik got a small and instructive edge in the Catalan against Sergey Karjakin but in the end black held securely.

Kramnik,Vladimir - Karjakin,Sergey [E06]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (8.2), 24.11.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Rd1 Bc6 10.Nc3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Nc6 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.Bg5 Rb8 14.Rac1

[14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.e3 Be7 16.Rac1 Rb7 17.Ne4 Qd5 18.Nd2 c5 19.Nxc4 cxd4 20.Rxd4 Qc5 21.Rd7 Bf6 22.b3 Rfb8 23.Nd2 Qxc2 24.Rxc2 Rd8 25.Rxd8+ Bxd8 26.Rc3 Kf8 27.Nc4 Bf6 28.Rd3 Ke8 29.Kf1 Rb8 30.Ke2 Rd8 31.Rxd8+ Kxd8 32.Kd3 Kd7 33.Nd2 Kc6 34.Kc4 Be7 35.Nf3 Bf6 36.Ne1 Be7 37.Nd3 Bd6 38.e4 Kb6 39.h3 h5 40.g4 hxg4 41.hxg4 Kc6 42.b4 Kb6 43.a5+ Kc6 44.Nc1 Kb7 45.Nb3 c6 46.Nc5+ Ka7 47.Nd3 Kb7 48.f4 g6 49.e5 Be7 50.Nc5+ Ka7 51.g5 Bf8 52.Ne4 Kb8 53.Nd6 Kc7 54.Nxf7 Bg7 55.Nd6 Kd7 56.Kc5 Bf8 57.Kb6 Be7 58.Kxa6 Kc7 59.b5 cxb5 60.Kxb5 Kb8 61.Kc6 Bd8 62.Nc4 1-0 Piket,J (2570)-Lautier,J (2630)/Monte Carlo 1996]

14...h6 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.e3 Qe7 17.Ne4 Rb4 18.Qe2 Rxa4 19.Rxc4

[19.Nc5 Ra2 (19...Rb4 20.Nxa6 Rb6) ]

19...Rxc4 20.Qxc4

Sergey Karjakin


Vladimir Kramnik

Position after 20.Qxc4

Black is a pawn up but his bishop in particular is much worse that white's knight.

20...e5 21.Qxa6

[21.Qxc6 exd4 22.Nxf6+ Qxf6 23.Qxf6 gxf6 24.Rxd4 Rb8 25.b4 and black's pawn structure on the kingside is actually ideal for stopping the four pawns.; 21.d5 cxd5 22.Rxd5 Qe6 23.Nc5 Qc6 24.Qe4 Be7 and black is more than fine.]

21...exd4 22.Nxf6+ Qxf6 23.Rxd4 Rb8

[23...c5 24.Qxf6 gxf6 25.Rd2 (25.Rc4 Rb8 26.Rxc5 Rxb2 27.Rxc7 Kg7 is again dead drawn.) 25...Rb8 26.Kf1 c4 27.Rc2 Kg7 28.Ke2 Kg6 29.Kd2 Rb3 30.Kc1 Rb4 31.Kd2 Kf5]

24.b4 Qe7

[24...Qe6 25.h4 g6 26.Qa7 Rc8 27.Qb7]


[25.Qxc6 Rxb4 26.Rd7 Qe4]


Sergey Karjakin


Vladimir Kramnik

Position after 25...Rb6. Kramnik tried a lot of lines here but he can only cause problems for black, there isn't really a winning chance.


[26.g4; 26.h4 h5; 26.Kg2 Rb5 27.e4 c5 28.bxc5 (28.Qxb5 cxd4 29.Kf3 (29.f3 g5 30.Kf2 g4 (30...Qe6 31.Qd5 Qb6) ) 29...Qd6 30.Qc5) 28...Rxc5 29.Qd3]

26...Rb8 27.Qc4 Rb6 28.Kg2 Rb5 29.e4 g5!

Bold but it seems this is an accurate defence.

30.f3 Kg7 31.Qc3 Qf6 32.Kf2 Qe5

[32...Rb6 33.Ke3 Ra6 34.Rd3 Qxc3 35.Rxc3 Ra4 36.Rb3 c5 37.bxc5 Rc4 38.Rb5 c6 39.Ra5 Rc3+ 40.Kd4 Rxf3 41.Ra6 Rf6]

33.Qd2 Qf6

[33...c5 34.Rd5 Qa1 35.Rxc5 Rxc5 36.bxc5 Kg6 was a line from Kramnik but it doesn't look in any way convincing.]

34.Rc4 Rb8 35.Ke3 Qe7

[35...Ra8 36.Qc3 Qxc3+ 37.Rxc3 Ra4 38.Rb3 Ra2 39.h4 gxh4 40.gxh4]

36.Qc3+ Kh7 37.Rc5


37...Rb6 38.Rf5

[38.f4 gxf4+ 39.gxf4 Qh4 and black has at least a draw. 40.Rf5 Kg8 41.Kd3 Qh3+ 42.Kd4 Qxh2; 38.h4 gxh4 39.gxh4 Qxh4 equal. 40.Rf5; 38.Kf2 Ra6]

38...Kg8 39.Re5

[39.Rf6 c5; 39.Ra5 Rb8 40.Rc5]

39...Qf8 40.Rc5 Qb8 41.Qf6 Qf8 42.Qc3 Qb8 43.Qf6 Qf8 44.Qc3 1/2-1/2

Gelfand against Ivanchuk

Gelfand against Ivanchuk. Photo ©

Vassily Ivanchuk and Boris Gelfand drew an interesting Slav Defence.

Ivanchuk,Vassily - Gelfand,Boris [D45]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (8.4), 24.11.2011

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.e4 e5 12.h3 exd4 13.Nxd4 Nc5 14.Rd1 b4 15.Na4 Nxd3 16.Rxd3

[16.Qxd3 Qa5 17.Nb3 Qxa4 18.Qxd6 Nxe4 19.Qd7 Bc8 20.Qd4 Bf5 21.Be3 Bg6 22.Rdc1 Rfc8 23.Qc4 c5 24.Nxc5 Nxc5 25.Bxc5 a5 26.a3 Qc6 27.axb4 axb4 28.Rxa8 Qxa8 29.Qxb4 Qd5 30.Re1 h5 31.Bd4 Kh7 32.Bc3 f6 33.Re7 Bf7 34.Kh2 Re8 35.Rc7 Re2 36.Qd4 Kg6 37.b4 Qf5 38.Rc5 Qxf2 39.Qxf2 Rxf2 40.b5 Rf5 41.Rxf5 Kxf5 1/2-1/2 Shen Yang (2420)-Wang Yu A (2364)/Xinghua Jiangsu CHN 2009/The Week in Chess 761]

16...c5 17.Nxc5 Bxc5 18.Qxc5 Bxe4 19.Rd1 Qd5 20.Qxd5 Nxd5 21.Nb3 Rfd8 22.Rd4 Bg6 23.Bd2 a5 24.Rc1 a4 25.Nc5 a3 26.b3 h6 27.Nb7 Rd7 28.Nc5 Rdd8 29.Na4 f6 30.Be1 Bf7 31.Rc5 Nf4!?

Boris Gelfand


Vassily Ivanchuk

Position after 31...Nf4

An interesting line that allows black's rooks to break through to the 7th rank and a draw.

32.Rxf4 Rd1 33.Rxb4

[33.Re4 Bxb3 34.Nb6 Ra6 35.Kh2 Rxb6 36.Rxb4 Rxb4 37.Bxb4 Bxa2 38.Bxa3]

33...Rxe1+ 34.Kh2 Re2 35.Nc3 Rxf2 36.Rc7 Rd8 37.Rbb7 Rdd2 38.Rxf7 Rxg2+ 39.Kh1 Rh2+ 40.Kg1 Rhg2+ 41.Kh1 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 1 ½ ½ 5 2874
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . 1 2815
3. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2763 ½ ½ * ½ . ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 2821
4. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2730 . ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 2822
5. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2775 0 ½ . ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 2821
6. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2811 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ . 4 2776
7. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2800 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * . ½ ½ 2733
8. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2755 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ . * 1 ½ 2733
9. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2758 ½ . ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 3 2685
10. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2744 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ . ½ ½ ½ * 3 2689
Round 8 (November 24, 2011)
Aronian, Levon - Svidler, Peter 1-0 54 D82 Gruenfeld 4.Bf4
Carlsen, Magnus - Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ 40 B52 Sicilian Rossolimo
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 41 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 33 E70 King's Indian Fianchetto
Kramnik, Vladimir - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 44 E06 Catalan

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