Who Calls the Shots in Paris?

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Vachier-Lagrave takes sole lead after the first part of the Alekhine Memorial

The first half of the Alekhine Memorial in Paris has come to its end and now the players will move to St. Petersburg to continue the fight on April 28th.

Over the past four days we've had a tight group of leaders. However, towards the end, only one of them managed to break forth, and that is the French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. We asked GM Alexey Dreev to comment on Vachier-Lagrave's winning game over Peter Svidler.

"We have witnessed one of the rare high level games in which the opponents chose to play 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 e6!? It seems that the variation becomes popular, so it's not ruled out that we will see more of such games in the future. How can Black's a bit odd 3rd move be explained? First of all, not everyone who plays Grunfeld wants to go for the Samisch variation in the King's Indian. In general, there only few of players who are equally good at playing the Grunfeld and the King's Indian with Black. The structure after 3...d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 also won't suit everyone (let me remind you that there is a game Kramnik - Shirov from the Candidates match in 1998 that evolved similarly; it can be said that due to Kramnik the chess world started to pay close attention to the move 3.f3). So, the players are just trying to deviate from the theory and create an interesting play.

It's clear that Svidler has prepared for this game, since one of those two games played with this variation and available in the database belongs to Vachier-Lagrave (who had Black against Vitiugov). You should also keep in mind that Nikita was Peter's second at the recent Candidates tournament.

After 4.е4 d5 Vitiugov played 5.е5, while Svidler chose another continuation: 5.cxd5. And his preparation worked here - White got some advantage, but then something happened- something, that may happen to any other player and even to a such high level player as Svidler.


21.dxc5? A mistake based on a wrong evaluation of the position.
21...Rhf8 22.Qe5+?! The continuation of the same mistake. Perhaps, Peter was sure that the endgame would be more comfortable for White this way, otherwise why not play 22.Qc2 ?
22...Qxe5 23.Nxe5 Rfe8 In reality, the endgame that occurred is in Black's favor: the bishop is simply stronger than the knight. Here Svidler had to quickly change his play and start to look for the escape. He however couldn't do that...
Now let's get back to the 21st move. First, White should have checked 21.Qf4+! and after 21...Ka8 22.dxc5 the black bishop is under threat, which means White wins a very important tempo. In this case, White perhaps still could have fought for the advantage.
24.c6 Rd2 25.Rf5 Bd6 26.Nd7+ Kc8 27.Nf6? This mistake leaves White no chance to escape.
27...Re5!, and Black converted the advantage. 0-1
Vachier-Lagrave used his opponent's mistakes skillfully, so we can hardly doubt that this victory was deserved."

Peter Svidler wasn't the only one to lose in Round 5. Both Vladimir Kramnik and Ding Liren lost for the second time in the tournament: the first one was defeated by another French GM Fressinet, while the latter could not resist the World Champion.
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[Event "Alekhine Mem"] [Site "Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS"] [Date "2013.04.25"] [Round "5"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E60"] [Opening "King's Indian defence"] [EventDate "2013.04.21"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 e6 4. e4 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Nc3 dxe4 7. fxe4 Bb4 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Nf3 Bg4 11. Bb5+ c6 12. Be2 Nd7 13. O-O Qe7 14. Qc1 O-O-O 15. Qf4 f5 16. Nb5 cxb5 17. Rac1+ Nc5 18. exf5 Qxe2 19. Qxg4 gxf5 20. Qxf5+ Kb8 21. dxc5 Rhf8 22. Qe5+ Qxe5 23. Nxe5 Rfe8 24. c6 Rd2 25. Rf5 Bd6 26. Nd7+ Kc8 27. Nf6 Re5 28. Rxe5 Bxe5 29. Ne4 Rxb2 30. cxb7+ Kxb7 31. Nc5+ Ka8 32. Rd1 Bc7 33. Re1 a5 34. Re6 Rc2 35. Nd3 h5 36. Rh6 Rxa2 37. Rxh5 Rd2 38. Nc5 a4 39. Rh6 Rd6 40. Rh8+ Ka7 41. Kf1 Rc6 0-1[Event "Alekhine Mem"] [Site "Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS"] [Date "2013.04.25"] [Round "5"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Vitiugov, Nikita"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B40"] [Opening "Sicilian defence"] [EventDate "2013.04.21"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. Qe2 Be7 6. e5 Nd5 7. c4 Ndb4 8. d3 d6 9. a3 Na6 10. O-O dxe5 11. Nxe5 Nd4 12. Qd1 O-O 13. Nc3 Nc7 14. Nf3 Nc6 15. Bf4 g5 16. Be3 f5 17. d4 f4 18. d5 exd5 19. cxd5 fxe3 20. dxc6 Qxd1 21. Raxd1 exf2+ 22. Rxf2 bxc6 23. Ne5 Rxf2 24. Kxf2 Be6 25. Nxc6 Rf8+ 26. Kg1 Bf6 27. Rd2 a6 28. Ne4 c4 29. Nxf6+ Rxf6 30. Rd6 Kg7 31. Ne5 c3 32. bxc3 Bf5 33. Rd2 Nb5 34. c4 Nxa3 35. g4 Be6 36. Bd5 Bxd5 37. Rxd5 Rf4 38. h3 Nxc4 39. Nxc4 Rxc4 40. Rxg5+ Kf6 41. Ra5 1/2-1/2 [Event "Alekhine Mem"] [Site "Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS"] [Date "2013.04.25"] [Round "5"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Ding Liren"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B18"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "classical, 6.h4"] [EventDate "2013.04.21"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 e6 8. Ne5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Nd7 11. f4 Bb4+ 12. c3 Be7 13. Bd2 Ngf6 14. Qe2 c5 15. dxc5 Qc7 16. b4 O-O 17. O-O a5 18. a3 Nxe5 19. fxe5 Nd7 20. Ne4 axb4 21. cxb4 Qxe5 22. Bc3 Qc7 23. Rad1 Rad8 24. Qg4 g6 25. Nd6 e5 26. Qc4 Nb6 27. Qe4 Nd7 28. h5 gxh5 29. Qf5 Bf6 30. Qxh5 Qc6 31. Rxf6 Nxf6 32. Qxe5 1-0 [Event "Alekhine Mem"] [Site "Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS"] [Date "2013.04.25"] [Round "5"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Fressinet, Laurent"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "King's Indian attack (Barcza system)"] [EventDate "2013.04.21"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nc6 3. d4 Bg4 4. Nbd2 Qd7 5. h3 Bf5 6. c3 e5 7. dxe5 O-O-O 8. e3 Nge7 9. g4 Bg6 10. b4 h5 11. b5 hxg4 12. bxc6 Nxc6 13. e6 Qxe6 14. Nd4 Nxd4 15. cxd4 Be7 16. Bg2 gxh3 17. Bf3 Bf5 18. Qa4 Kb8 19. Ba3 Bh4 20. Nf1 g5 21. Rh2 g4 22. Be2 Be4 23. Rc1 Bg2 24. Qa5 Rc8 25. Rc3 Bxf2+ 26. Kxf2 Bxf1 27. Kxf1 g3 28. Bf3 gxh2 29. Ke2 Rhg8 30. Bc5 a6 31. Bh1 Rg2+ 32. Bxg2 0-1 [Event "Alekhine Mem"] [Site "Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS"] [Date "2013.04.25"] [Round "5"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D45"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [Variation "accelerated Meran (Alekhine variation)"] [EventDate "2013.04.21"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 a6 5. Nc3 e6 6. c5 Nbd7 7. Qc2 b6 8. cxb6 Nxb6 9. Bd2 c5 10. Rc1 cxd4 11. exd4 Bd6 12. Bd3 O-O 13. O-O Bb7 14. Na4 Nxa4 15. Qxa4 a5 16. Rc2 Ne4 17. Be3 f5 18. Rfc1 Rb8 19. Bd2 Nxd2 20. Nxd2 Bc8 21. Bb5 Rf7 22. Nf3 Rfb7 23. g3 h6 24. Rc6 Kh7 25. a3 Rc7 26. Rxc7 Bxc7 27. h4 Kg8 28. h5 f4 29. Kg2 fxg3 30. fxg3 e5 31. Qc2 Rxb5 32. Qxc7 Rxb2+ 33. Kg1 Qxc7 34. Rxc7 Rb1+ 35. Kf2 Rb2+ 36. Ke1 Bg4 37. Nxe5 Re2+ 38. Kf1 Re4 39. Rc5 Rxd4 40. Nxg4 Rxg4 41. Rxd5 1/2-1/2 

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