Rook Endgames Cannot Be Won, But Can Be Lost

Время публикации: 16.06.2013 16:24 | Последнее обновление: 16.06.2013 16:37

Carlsen refutes Tarrasch's theory. "Seeing too much"? 

Magnus Carlsen suffered his first defeat in the ongoing Tal Memorial in Moscow. However, a misfire in a "drawish" rook endgame did not happen to the Norwegian the first time.

Quite recently, in Stavanger, Carlsen lost to Wang Hao in a rook endgame with a pawn down. Of course, the position was somewhat more complicated than his yesterday's match against Caruana, but in fact, the leader of the world rating list has accustomed his fans to the fact that he is able to hold any questionable position a long time ago.

CARLSEN - WANG HAO (Stavanger 2013)

A draw was possible after activization 56.h5! Rg1 57.Kd4 Rxg3 58.Ke5 or after a slightly more difficult 56.Kd4 f4 57.gxf4 g3 58.Ra2 Re4+ 59.Kd3 Rxf4 60.Ke3 Rxh4 61.Kf3 Ke6 62.Kxg3 Re4 63.Kf3.
Magnus complicated his life: 56.Kd2? Rg1 57.Ra3 Rg2+ 58.Ke1 Kf6 59.Kf1 Rc2 60.Ra6+ Ke5 61.h5 Rh2 62.h6 d4 63.Kg1 Rh3.
And yet, no one has repealed Siegbert Tarrasch's famous aphorism.

The move 42.Kf2! could keep the balance, but Carlsen maked a decisive mistake: 64.Kg2? The difference now is that the king does not control the crucial e3 and e2, ang the position seems now to be lost: 64...d3 65.Ra5+ Kd4 66.Ra4+ Kc3 67.Ra6 d2 68.Rc6+ Kd3 69.Rd6+ Kc2 70.Rc6+ Kd1 71.Rd6 f4 72.gxf4 Ke2 73.Re6+ Re3 74.Rxe3+ Kxe3 75.h7 d1Q 76.h8Q Qf3+ 77.Kg1 Qf2+ 78.Kh1 Qf1+ 79.Kh2 g3+ 0-1

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However, the failure in Stavanger did not cast doubt on the outcome of the rook endgame that occurred yesterday in the game Carlsen - Caruana. It's hard to think of a more "drawish" position with a pawn down:

CARLSEN - CARUANA (Tal Memorial 2013)

The white rook, according to all canons, stood behind the black pawn b, and got only "distracted" for a check: 48.Rg8+ Kh7. It was enough to simply return: 49.Rb8. Instead of that came 49.Rf8??, and it turns out that after 49...Rxh4 50.Rxf7+ Kg6 51.Rf6+ Kxg5 52.Rxb6 Ra4 it is impossible to hold the endgame.
53.Rb8 Kg4 54.Rg8+ Kf3 55.Rf8+ Kg3 56.Rg8+ Kh2! 57.Kf5 h4 58.Rb8 h3 59.Kg5 Re4 60.Kf5 Re2 61.Rg8 Rg2 62.Rd8 Rf2+ 0-1

Anish Giri confidently declared in Twitter that Carlsen loses rook endgames because "he sees to much". Without a doubt, another participant of the Memorial Viswanathan Anand and his team have their own explanations on what's happening. What are yours? Share them in the comments below.

[Event "8th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2013.06.15"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2864"] [BlackElo "2774"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "King's Indian attack, Yugoslav variation"] [WhiteFideId "1503014"] [BlackFideId "2020009"] [EventDate "2013.06.13"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bg4 5. c4 e6 6. cxd5 Bxf3 7. Bxf3 cxd5 8. Nc3 Nc6 9. d4 Be7 10. e3 O-O 11. b3 Qa5 12. Bb2 Ba3 13. Qc1 Bxb2 14. Qxb2 Rfc8 15. Rac1 Ne7 16. Na4 Nd7 17. Nc5 Nxc5 18. dxc5 Rxc5 19. b4 Rb5 20. a3 Qd8 21. e4 a5 22. exd5 Nxd5 23. Rc5 Qb6 24. Rxb5 Qxb5 25. Bxd5 exd5 26. Rc1 Re8 27. Qd4 axb4 28. axb4 h6 29. Kg2 b6 30. Rd1 Re4 31. Qxd5 Qxd5 32. Rxd5 Rxb4 33. h4 Kf8 34. Rd7 Re4 35. Rb7 Re6 36. g4 g5 37. f4 gxf4 38. Kf3 Rf6 39. g5 Rc6 40. Kxf4 h5 41. Kf5 Kg7 42. Rb8 Rc5+ 43. Kf4 Rb5 44. Ke4 Rb1 45. Kf5 Rb2 46. Kf4 Rb4+ 47. Ke5 Kg6 48. Rg8+ Kh7 49. Rf8 Rxh4 50. Rxf7+ Kg6 51. Rf6+ Kxg5 52. Rxb6 Ra4 53. Rb8 Kg4 54. Rg8+ Kf3 55. Rf8+ Kg3 56. Rg8+ Kh2 57. Kf5 h4 58. Rb8 h3 59. Kg5 Re4 60. Kf5 Re2 61. Rg8 Rg2 62. Rd8 Rf2+ 0-1


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