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6th Tal Memorial 2011 (4)

Tal Memorial Round 4 games all drawn in day of missed opportunities

Anand was very lucky not to be beaten by Aronian. Photo ©

Anand was very lucky not to be beaten by Aronian. Photo © |

The 4th round of the Tal Memorial could and probably should have seen four decisive games, instead the games were all drawn. Viswanathan Anand seems short of form and disengaged from the event. Today he got into bad trouble against Levon Aronian (who is in patchy form himself) before the latter let him off the hook. Magnus Carlsen missed a fleeting opportunity to set up a decisive advantage against Sergey Karjakin before the game entered a drawn ending. Vladimir Kramnik won the exchange against Vassily Ivanchuk when he perhaps should have just won a pawn, the resulting position was held by Ivanchuk reasonably easily. Ian Nepomniachtchi's bizarre opening play should have cost him the full point as Nakamura missed a straight forward win before first time control and then a subtle endgame win later. Boris Gelfand had the slightly better of it against Peter Svidler in spite of being a pawn down but the draw was always the most likely result. Round 5: Sun 20th Nov 11am: Karjakin-Svidler, Gelfand-Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura-Aronian, Anand-Kramnik, Ivanchuk-Carlsen.

Hikaru Nakamura let Ian Nepomniachtchi off the hook.

Hikaru Nakamura let Ian Nepomniachtchi off the hook. Photo ©

Ian Nepomniachtchi was extremely fortunate to hold the draw against Hikaru Nakamura. He really did go badly wrong in the opening going backwards with the very weird plan of 11.Nd2?! 12.Ndb1. He suggested the powerful idea of 12...a3 (to be fair that was my idea too when watching the game so it was hardly deep) and it does seem to give black a nasty initiative. As it was Nakamura didn't need this anyway as he had such a wonderful position. Nakamura's cleanest win was 38...Qc7 followed by Qxc3 which allowed a couple of scarey checks but his king is safe on h6 and white can resign. Instead his 38...Re6 lost much of his advantage. He was showing signs of indecision and nervousness at this point. Later all the resources in the Rook and Pawn ending seemed to be on Nepomniachtchi's side even though the position looked completely winning for Nakamura. Instead he would have had to find the idea of retreating his king to f8 starting with 54...Kc6 when indeed the Rook and Pawn ending looks decisive for him. As it was the game finished in an easy technical draw. Nakamura's variations didn't seem terribly impressive in the post-mortem missing several precise points, although it was mostly conducted by his opponent in Russian so perhaps this was misleading.

Hikaru Nakamura Very tough game with many opportunities, but things just did not break my way...quite a pity.

Hikaru Nakamura on Twitter

Nepomniachtchi,Ian - Nakamura,Hikaru [B70]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (4.5), 19.11.2011


Player Press confererence at 20:46.

1...c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Re1 Nc6 9.Nb3 Be6 10.Bf1 a5 11.Nd2?!

The start of a weird plan that gives black the advantage.

[11.a4 Nb4 12.Nd4 Rc8 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.Re2 d5 15.exd5 exd5 16.Nb5 Ng4 17.c3 Qb6 18.Be3 Nxe3 19.fxe3 Nc6 20.Qxd5+ Kh8 21.Qe4 Rf5 22.Rd1 Rcf8 23.Nd4 Nxd4 24.cxd4 e5 25.d5 Rf4 26.Qc2 Rb4 27.d6 e4 28.d7 Rxb2 29.Qxe4 Qf6 30.Rxb2 Qxb2 31.d8Q 1-0 Martin,A-Olesen,M/Gausdal NOR 1995]

11...a4 12.Ndb1

Hikaru Nakamura


Ian Nepomniachtchi

Position after 21.Nbd1


[12...a3 was an alternative to be considered "I saw a3 but for some reason I forgot about Bc4" - Nakamura. 13.Nxa3 (13.bxa3 d5) 13...Rxa3 14.bxa3 Ng4 15.Bd2 Bd4 16.Re2 Bc4; 12...d5 13.exd5 Nxd5 14.Nxd5 Qxd5 15.Qxd5 Bxd5 is equal.]

13.Na3 d5 14.exd5 Nxd5 15.Ncb5


15...Qc8 16.c3 Rd8 17.Qe2

[17.Qf3 Nc7 18.Bf4 Nxb5 19.Bxb5]

17...Nc7 18.Rd1

[18.Be3 Nxb5 19.Nxb5 Ne5 and black is better.]

18...Nxb5 19.Nxb5 Ne5 20.Na3

[20.Rxd8+ Qxd8 21.Bf4? (21.Na3) 21...Bc4 wins for black. 22.Qd1 Qxd1 23.Rxd1 Bxf1 24.Rd8+ Bf8 25.Bh6 Nd7 and black is better.]

20...Rad5 21.Rxd5 Rxd5 22.Be3 Ng4 23.h3

[23.Bf4 Qc5]

23...Nxe3 24.Qxe3 Qc6 25.Nc2 Qc7

Both players agreed white's position is really very unpleasant.

26.a3 Be5 27.Nb4 Rd8 28.Nd3 Bd6 29.Re1 Bf5 30.g3 Bxd3

[30...e5?! 31.g4]]

31.Bxd3 Bc5 32.Qf3 Rd6 33.Re4

Both agreed this was the correct move.

[33.Re2 Rf6 34.Qg2 Qd6 is again very unpleasant for white. 35.Bc2]

33...Rb6 34.Bc4

[34.Re2 Rf6 35.Qg2]

34...e6 35.Re2 Bxa3! 36.Bxe6 Bxb2 37.Bxf7+ Qxf7

Now this is just a technical win for black.


Hikaru Nakamura


Ian Nepomniachtchi

Position after 38.Qd3. Here 38...Qc7 followed by Qxc3 will win, white's checks don't last very long.


Throwing away most if not all of black's advantage.

[38...Qc7 39.Re8+ Kf7 (39...Kg7 may even be more accurate 40.Rd8 Qxc3 41.Qd7+ Kh6 42.Qxa4 Qe1+ 43.Kg2 Rb4) 40.Rh8 Kg7 41.Rd8 Qxc3 and although the black king is floating around black has everything under control.]

39.Qd8+ Kg7 40.Qd4+ Kg8 41.Qd8+ Qf8 42.Qd5 Qd6 43.Qxd6

[43.Qxe6+ is incredibly dangerous for white as the black pawns are very fast. 43...Qxe6 44.Rxe6 Kf8 45.Re4 b5 46.c4 "This is probably a draw I think." - Nakamura. 46...b4 47.c5 a3 48.Rxb4 a2 49.Ra4 a1Q+ is a black win.

43...Rxd6 44.Rxb2 a3 45.Ra2 Ra6 46.Kf1

[46.Kg2 Kf7 47.Kf3 Ke6 48.Ke4 Ra4+ 49.Kd3 Kd5 50.c4+ Kc5 51.Kc3 Rxc4+ (51...Ra6 52.f4 Re6 53.Rxa3 Re3+ 54.Kb2 Rxa3 55.Kxa3 Kxc4 is winning for black.) 52.Kb3]

46...Kf7 47.Ke2 Ke6 48.Kd3 Kd5 49.f4 h5 50.g4 h4 51.c4+

The only chance according to the players.

51...Kc5 52.Kc3 Re6 53.Rf2 Re3+ 54.Kc2

Hikaru Nakamura


Ian Nepomniachtchi

Position after 54.Kc2. 54...Kc6 heading for f8 stopping white's only counter-play seems to be the correct plan.


[54...Kc6 according to some computer analysis they were talking about the idea is getting the King to f8 and indeed the line does seem quite simple once the idea is known. As Nakamura put it "The problem is a check on f8 in so many lines.". 55.f5 gxf5 56.gxf5 Kd7 57.f6 Ke8 58.f7+ Kf8; 54...Kb4 was briefly suggested by Nepomniachtchi but it doesn't help. As they said afterwards who wouldn't capture the pawn on c4? or h3 but it seems the position is now a draw.]

55.f5 g5 56.f6 Re8

[56...Rb3 57.Kc1 (57.Rf4+ was a Nepomniachtchi idea that didn't work. 57...gxf4 58.f7 Rc3+ only move but winning immediately.) 57...a2 58.Rxa2 Rf3]


Now it seems white holds.

57...Rf8 58.Kb1

[58.Rf5 is also fine. 58...b5 59.Kb1]

58...Kd5 59.Rf5+ Ke6 60.Rxg5 Rxf7 61.Rh5 b5 62.Rxb5 Rf3 63.Rb6+ Ke5 64.Rb5+ Ke6 65.Rb6+ Kd5 66.g5 Rxh3 67.Rb4 Ke5 68.g6 Kf6 69.Rg4 Kg7

[69...Rh1+ 70.Ka2 Kg7 71.Kxa3 h3 72.Kb2 h2 73.Rh4 Kxg6 74.Rh8 and black can't make progress.]

70.Ka2 Kh8 71.Rf4 Kg7 72.Rg4 Rh1 73.Rb4 h3 74.Rb3 Kxg6 75.Rg3+ Kf5 76.Rc3 Ke5 77.Rxa3 Rh2+ 78.Ka1 Kf4 79.Rb3 Rh1+ 80.Ka2 Rh2+ 81.Ka1 Rh1+ 82.Ka2 Kg4 83.Rb4+ Kg3 84.Rb3+ Kg4 85.Rb4+ Kg3 1/2-1/2

Viswanathan Anand against Levon Aronian

Viswanathan Anand against Levon Aronian. Photo ©

Levon Aronian has played some very patchy chess recently and today he built up a near decisive position before just blundering it all away by allowing Viswanthan Anand's knight to get too active. However it is Anand who perhaps has the most to worry about, with his play in this and Bilbao being pretty poor. Yet again in the post-mortem (and in his actual play) he seemed very far short of his accurate best. It is entirely possible he shouldn't have been in any trouble at all as 16...Bxg5 was suggested in ICC commentary as being quite equal. Then in the line he intended he realised 19...Bd7 might lead him into trouble and so immediately bailed out into a techical ending a pawn down that I think would have been won quite easily by someone like say Kramnik. Even when he activated his rook ("I think this move is the reason I drew, because it is very exact." was Anand's claim for a sequence almost anyone would have played. Aronian could still have caused far more difficulties, instead he started losing material, after what must have been a very simple miscalculation, and even had to be careful in the end. By this stage Anand was claiming to be tired from all the effort (having barely put a shift in for any other game so far) and glad to draw. This was a very odd game altogether but seems to reflect just where both players' form actually is right now.

Aronian,Levon - Anand,Viswanathan [D37]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (4.1), 19.11.2011

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

[8.Bxc4 a6 9.a4 b6 10.0-0 Bb7 11.Qe2 c5 12.Rfd1 cxd4 13.exd4 Nd5 14.Nxd5 exd5 15.Bd3 Nf6 16.Rac1 Bd6 17.Ne5 Ne4 18.f3 Ng5 19.Bg3 Ne6 20.Bf5 Qf6 21.Qd3 Bxe5 22.Bxh7+ Kh8 23.Bxe5 Qg5 24.Bf5 Nf4 25.Bxf4 Qxf4 26.g3 Qd6 27.Qc3 Qf6 28.Bg4 Qh6 29.f4 Qg6 30.Bf3 Rac8 31.Qb4 a5 32.Qb5 Qd6 33.Bg4 Rxc1 34.Rxc1 Qe7 35.Qd3 Re8 36.Bf3 Qb4 37.b3 g6 38.Kg2 Ba6 39.Qc3 Qa3 40.Bxd5 Qa2+ 41.Kg1 Re2 42.Ra1 Qd2 43.Qxd2 Rxd2 44.Bxf7 Kg7 45.Be6 Kf6 46.d5 Bd3 47.Re1 Be2 48.Kf2 Bc4+ 49.Ke3 Rd3+ 50.Ke4 Rxb3 51.g4 Bd3+ 52.Kd4 Rb1 53.g5+ Ke7 54.Re3 1-0 Wojtaszek,R (2721)-Salgado Lopez,I (2623)/Paks HUN 2011/The Week in Chess 867]

8...Nd5 9.Bxc4 Nxf4 10.exf4 c5 11.dxc5 Qc7 12.g3 Qxc5 13.Qe2 Nb6 14.Bd3 Qh5 15.Qe3 Bf6 16.Ng5

Viswanathan Anand


Levon Aronian

Position after 16.Ng5


[16...Bxg5 was suggested on ICC as looking like quite a straight-forward way to equalise. 17.fxg5 Bd7 18.Rfd1 (18.Be4 Bc6) 18...Bc6]

17.bxc3 h6 18.Be2 Qg6 19.Nf3 Qf6

[19...Bd7 Anand said he missed that this move wasn't very convenient here. 20.Ne5 Qf6 21.Bf3 And if the bishops are exchanged the difference in the knights is too strong. (21.c4 Qe7 22.Qe4 Be8 "You don't make such moves with a lot of pleasure." - Anand.) ]

20.Ne5 Bd7 21.c4 Qe7 22.Qe4 Bc6 23.Nxc6 bxc6 24.Qxc6

"I decided to go for this quasi-fortress. It's not really a fortress of course." - Anand.

24...Rac8 25.Qe4 Rc7 26.Rfd1 Rfc8 27.Rd4 g6 28.Rad1 Qf6


29.Qc2 Rc5 30.Qb3 Qe7 31.Bf1 R5c7 32.Qb5 Rc5 33.Qb4 R5c7 34.Qxe7

"I had to go for this bad endgame. I didn't see how long I could keep putting this off." - Anand.

34...Rxe7 35.Rd8+ Rxd8 36.Rxd8+ Kg7 37.c5 Nd5

"One idea is to just play Rc7 and try to hold that." - Anand.

38.Bc4 Nf6 39.Rc8 Rd7 40.Bb5 Rd1+

"I think this move is the reason I drew, because it is very exact." - Anand.

41.Kg2 Ra1 42.a4 a6

Viswanathan Anand


Levon Aronian

Position after 42...a6

The critical position. "Even this engame I'm not completely sure is draw but of course it is very difficult technically for white. In the end I thought white was really pushing his luck but because I couldn't calculate anything more than two or three lines I decided to just take the draw." - Anand.


[43.Bxa6 Rxa4 44.Bb7 Rc4 was certainly better than the game continuation although black looks to have decent holding chances.]

43...Rc1 44.Ra8 Rxc5 45.Rxa6 Rc2 46.a5?

[46.Bf3 is certainly a much better way to continue.]


Viswanathan Anand


Levon Aronian

Position after 46...Ng4. It is impossible to speculate why Aronian allowed this.

Black is pretty close to equal.

47.Be8 Kf8 48.Ra8 Rxf2+ 49.Kg1 Ra2 50.Bb5+ Kg7 51.a6 Nxh2 52.Rc8 Nf3+ 53.Kf1 Nd4

"I didn't need to play Nd4 attacking his bishop." - Anand. "By this stage I was unable to put in any more effort."

[53...Nd2+ 54.Kg1 Ra3 55.g4 Ra2 and black is holding comfortably.]

54.Bc4 Ra3 55.Rc7 Nf5 56.Bxe6

Forcing the draw before things become worse.

56...Rxa6 57.Bxf7 Kf6 58.Bc4 Ne3+ 59.Kf2 Nxc4 60.Rxc4 1/2-1/2

Vassily Ivanchuk against Vladimir Kramnik

Vassily Ivanchuk against Vladimir Kramnik. Photo ©

Vladimir Kramnik also seems to be struggling. In a very complicated Slav Defence he could have grabbed Ivanchuk's a-pawn on move 30 or 31, as it was he chose to win the exchange and it turned out that Ivanchuk's compensation seem to be just enough to hold the game without any due alarm.

Kramnik,Vladimir - Ivanchuk,Vassily [D15]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (4.2), 19.11.2011

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 a6 5.e3 b5 6.b3 Bg4 7.Qc2 e6 8.Ne5 Bf5 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Nxd3

[10.Qxd3 Qc7 11.0-0 Nbd7 12.Nxd7 Qxd7 13.e4 b4 14.e5 bxc3 15.exf6 gxf6 16.Qf3 Be7 17.Bf4 0-0-0 18.Qxc3 Kb7 19.c5 Ra8 20.b4 Bd8 21.a4 Bc7 22.Bxc7 Kxc7 23.Rab1 Rhb8 24.Qg3+ Kd8 25.Rfc1 Ke7 26.Rb3 1/2-1/2 Dobrovolskiy,K (1892)-Neschetny,V (2123)/Yuzhny UKR 2011/The Week in Chess 881]

10...dxc4 11.bxc4 bxc4 12.Ne5 Nbd7 13.0-0 Nxe5 14.dxe5 Nd5 15.Rd1 Qa5 16.Ne4 c3 17.Rb1 Rd8 18.Rd4 Qc7 19.Qa4 a5 20.g3 Bb4

[20...Be7 and maybe the square a3 will be open to white later on for his bishop.]

21.Nd6+ Kf8 22.e4 Nb6 23.Qc2 Nd7 24.Nc4 h6 25.a3 Bc5 26.Rd3 Kg8 27.Qxc3 Kh7 28.Bf4 Rb8

[28...Qa7 29.Rbd1 Bxf2+ 30.Kg2 Bc5 31.Qxa5 is good for white.]

29.Rbd1 Rhd8

Viswanathan Anand


Levon Aronian

Position after 29...Rhd8


30.Qxa5 seems a better way of trying to win.

30...Nb6 31.Rxd8


31...Nxc4 32.Qd7 Qxd8 33.Qxd8 Rxd8 34.Rxd8

White has won the exchange but the position is far from easy.

34...Bxa3 35.Rd4 Nb6 36.Be3 c5 37.Rd1 Nc4 38.Bxc5 Bxc5 39.Rc1 Bxf2+ 40.Kxf2 Nxe5 41.Ke2 Kg6

This position should be holdable for a player of the technique of Ivanchuk.

42.Rc5 Kf6 43.Rxa5 g5 44.h3 h5 45.Rc5 Ng6 46.Kf3 Ne5+ 47.Ke3 Ng6 48.Ra5 h4 49.Kf2 hxg3+ 50.Kxg3 Ne5 51.Rb5 Nd3 52.Rb8 Kg7 53.Kg4 Nf2+ 54.Kxg5 Nxh3+ 55.Kg4 Nf2+ 56.Kf4 Nd3+ 57.Ke3 1/2-1/2

Sergey Karjakin against Magnus Carlsen

Sergey Karjakin against Magnus Carlsen. Photo ©

Magnus Carlsen allowed Sergey Karjakin quite an initiative out of the opening but things were very double edged. 25...g4 looks like a mistake but it seems like neither player too seriously the idea of 37.hxg5 allowing black a couple of checks but white to break through for what looks to me to be a winning position. After that Karjakin defended well and the game naturally concluded in a draw.

Could not make anything of a huge advantage today. Karjakin defended really well after I spoiled my position right before move 40

Magnus Carlsen on Twitter

Carlsen,Magnus - Karjakin,Sergey [E12]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (4.3), 19.11.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 0-0 8.Bg5 d6 9.Nd2 Nbd7 10.f3 Rc8 11.e4 h6 12.Bh4 c5 13.Bd3 cxd4

[13...d5 14.exd5 exd5 15.0-0 dxc4 16.Nxc4 Ba6 17.Nd6 Bxd3 18.Qxd3 Rc6 19.Nf5 Re8 20.Rad1 c4 21.Qd2 Kh7 22.g4 Rce6 23.g5 Re2 24.Qc1 g6 25.Ng3 hxg5 26.Bxg5 R2e6 27.Qxc4 Qc8 28.Qb3 Kg7 29.Rc1 Qb7 30.Qd3 Nd5 31.Ne4 f5 32.Nc3 Ne3 33.d5 Re5 34.Rfe1 Nc5 35.Qd4 Nb3 36.Qh4 Qf7 37.f4 1-0 Coursaget,N (2325) -Bogdanov,E (2250)/Lille FRA 2005/The Week in Chess 551]

14.Qxd4 Nc5 15.Be2 e5 16.Qf2 Ne6 17.0-0 g5 18.Bg3 Nd4 19.Rfd1 Nh5 20.Bd3 Nf4 21.Qf1 Qf6 22.Bf2 Nde6 23.Bc2 Qg6 24.g3 Nh5 25.Qe2 g4

[25...Nf6 would have been a completely different game.]

26.fxg4 Nf6 27.h3 Ng5 28.Kh2 d5

[28...Nfxe4 29.Be3 Nxg3 (29...Nxd2 30.Rxd2 Qxc2 31.Rxc2 Nf3+ 32.Qxf3 Bxf3 33.Bxh6 and white ends up a tiny bit better.) 30.Bxg6 Nxe2 31.Bf5]

29.Be3 d4 30.Bxg5 hxg5 31.Rf1 Kg7 32.Rf5 Rh8 33.Kg2 Nd7 34.Nf3 f6 35.h4 Qh6 36.Rf1 Rh7



Magnus Carlsen

Position after 36...Rh7


[37.hxg5 seems to be strong although it requires some precise calculation. 37...Qh3+ 38.Kf2 Qxg4 39.gxf6+ Kh8 40.Rg1 Rf8 41.Ke1 Rxf6 42.Nxd4 Qxe2+ 43.Nxe2 Rc6 44.b3]

37...Kh8 38.Rh1

[38.hxg5 Qh3+ 39.Kf2 Qxg4 40.gxf6 Rf8 41.f7 Rfxf7 42.Rxf7 Rxf7 43.Rh1+ Kg8 44.Rh4 Qg6 45.Kg2 Rg7]

38...gxh4 39.Rxh4 Qe3 40.Qxe3 dxe3 41.Bd3 Ba6 42.Rxh7+ Kxh7 43.g5 Bxc4 44.Bxc4 Rxc4 45.gxf6 e2 46.Kf2 Rxe4 47.f7 Kg7 48.Ke1 Kf8 49.Ng5 Rg4 50.Nh7+ Ke7 51.Rg5

[51.f8Q+ Nxf8 52.Nxf8 Rxg3 53.Nh7 Rxa3 is equal.]

51...Rxg5 52.Nxg5 a5 53.b5 Kf6 54.Ne4+ Kxf7 55.Kxe2 Ke6 56.g4 Kd5 57.Kd3 Nf8 58.g5 Ne6 59.Ke3 Kc4 60.g6 a4 61.Nd2+ Kd5 62.Nb1 Nd4 63.Kd3 Ke6 64.Nc3 Kf6 65.Ke4 Nc2 66.Nb1 Nd4 67.Nc3 Nc2 1/2-1/2

Svidler and Gelfand at the press conference.

Svidler and Gelfand at the press conference. Photo ©

Peter Svidler tried an idea against Boris Gelfand that Maxim Matlakov used to win twice in the first round of the Russian Cup last week against Jakov Geller. I did have the full notes of the session they had but then my computer crashed and I lost them all so there are just some brief lines below. Svidler was a pawn up but it was Gelfand who had all the play and whilst never exactly better Svidler had to be careful and steer the game to a draw.

Svidler,Peter - Gelfand,Boris [A13]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (4.4), 19.11.2011

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 dxc4 4.Qa4+ c6 5.Qxc4 b5 6.Qc2 Bb7 7.Bg2 Nd7 8.a4 a6 9.0-0 Ngf6 10.Nc3 Be7

[10...Qb6 11.d3 c5 12.axb5 axb5 13.Rxa8+ Bxa8 14.Qb3 b4 15.Nd1 Be7 16.Ne3 0-0 17.Nc4 Qb5 18.Qc2 Nb6 19.Nxb6 Qxb6 20.Ne5 Bxg2 21.Kxg2 h6 22.Nc4 Qb7+ 23.f3 Nd5 24.e4 Nb6 25.Na5 Qd7 26.Be3 Qb5 27.Nb3 Nd7 28.Rc1 Rd8 29.d4 Rc8 30.dxc5 Ne5 31.Bd4 Nc6 32.Bf2 Bf6 33.f4 e5 34.Rd1 exf4 35.gxf4 Ra8 36.e5 Be7 37.Qe4 Bf8 38.Nd4 Nxd4 39.Qxa8 Nc6 40.Rd6 Qe2 41.Qxc6 Bxd6 42.cxd6 1-0 Matlakov,M (2632)-Geller,J (2563)/ Magnitogorsk RUS 2011/The Week in Chess 888]

11.d4 0-0 12.Rd1

[12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Nd5 14.Rd1 Qb8]


[12...Rc8 13.Ne5 Qb6 14.Bg5 Rfe8 15.Nxd7 Nxd7 16.Bxe7 Rxe7 17.Ne4 c5 18.Nxc5 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Qc6+ 20.Qe4 Qxe4+ 21.Nxe4 f5 22.Ng5 h6 23.Nf3 bxa4 24.Rxa4 Rb8 25.Rd2 Rb6 26.Rc2 Kf7 27.Rc7 Kf6 28.e3 g5 29.Nd2 Rxb2 30.Nc4 Rc2 31.Rxa6 Nb8 32.Raa7 Rxc7 33.Rxc7 Na6 34.Ra7 Rxc4 35.Rxa6 Kf7 36.h3 h5 37.g4 fxg4 38.hxg4 e5 39.gxh5 exd4 40.e4 d3 41.Kf3 Rd4 42.Ra1 d2 43.Rd1 Rd3+ 44.Ke2 Rh3 45.Rxd2 Rxh5 46.Rd5 Kf6 47.Rf5+ Kg6 48.Ke3 Rh1 49.Ra5 Rb1 50.Ra6+ Kf7 51.Kf3 Rb4 52.Ra5 Kf6 53.Ra6+ Kf7 54.Ra3 Kf6 55.Ke3 Rb1 56.Rc3 Ra1 57.f3 Ra2 58.Kd4 Ra4+ 59.Kd5 Ra5+ 60.Kd4 Ra4+ 61.Ke3 Ra2 62.Rc6+ Kf7 63.Kd4 Rf2 64.Ke3 Ra2 65.e5 Ra3+ 66.Ke4 Ra4+ 67.Kd5 Ra3 68.Rf6+ Ke7 69.Ke4 Rb3 70.Rg6 Rb4+ 71.Ke3 Rb3+ 72.Kf2 Rb5 73.Rxg5 Ke6 74.f4 Rb3 75.Rg3 Rb1 76.Kf3 Kd5 77.Kg4 Ke4 78.Rg2 Rf1 79.Re2+ Kd3 80.Ra2 Ke3 81.Ra3+ 1-0 Matlakov,M (2632)-Geller,J (2563)/ Magnitogorsk RUS 2011/The Week in Chess 888]

13.axb5 axb5 14.Rxa8 Qxa8 15.Nxb5 Be4 16.Qd2 cxd4 17.Nbxd4

[17.Qxd4 Bc5 18.Qd2 Ne5]

17...Rb8 18.Nh4 Bc5 19.Qe1 h6 20.Bxe4

[20.h3 g5 21.Nhf3 e5 is better for black.]

20...Nxe4 21.Be3

[21.f3 e5 22.e3 is equal.]

21...Ndf6 22.Nc2 Rxb2 23.Bxc5 Rxc2 24.Bd4 Qa6 25.Kf1

Boris Gelfand


Peter Svidler

Position after 25.Kf1


[25...e5 26.Bxe5 Ng4 27.Nf3 Ngxf2 and if there are chances in position then they are black's although it should be more or less equal after. 28.Ra1 Qc4 29.Nd4]

26.f3 Nd6 27.Rc1 Qc4 28.Rxc2 Qxc2 29.Ng2 Nc4 30.Qa1 Nd2+ 31.Kf2 Nb3 32.Qb2 Nxd4 33.Qxd4 Qc3 34.Qxc3 Nxc3 35.Nf4 Kf8 36.Nd3 Ke7 37.e4 Kd6 38.Ke3 e5 39.Kd2 Nb5 40.Ke3 Nc7 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 . . 2898
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 ½ * . ½ . . . ½ . 1 2872
3. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2730 . . * . ½ ½ . 1 ½ . 2881
4. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2763 . ½ . * ½ . . . ½ 1 2879
5. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2811 ½ . ½ ½ * . ½ . . . 2 2762
6. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2775 0 . ½ . . * 1 ½ . . 2 2771
7. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2755 . . . . ½ 0 * . 1 ½ 2 2772
8. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2800 ½ ½ 0 . . ½ . * . . 2696
9. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2758 . . ½ ½ . . 0 . * ½ 2661
10. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2744 . 0 . 0 . . ½ . ½ * 1 2582
Round 4 (November 19, 2011)
Aronian, Levon - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 60 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Carlsen, Magnus - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 67 E12 Queens Indian Petrosian
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 85 B70 Sicilian Dragon
Svidler, Peter - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 40 A13 Reti Opening
Kramnik, Vladimir - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 57 D15 Slav Defence

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