Wijk aan Zee: Caruana Knocks Out Gelfand and Imprsses Seirawan

Время публикации: 11.01.2014 21:18 | Последнее обновление: 11.01.2014 23:16

First decisive game at Tata Steel Chess: Fabiano Caruana beats Boris Gelfand.

A popular line of Sicilian defence took place in the game. Italian went with a rare continuation on move 14; it almost hasn't been played on a high level before:


14.Rc1!? b6 Caruana said Gelfand's reaction here was quite interesting, he tried to break White's plan with с2-с4-с5.
15.h3. The idea wasn't too creative - just to play g2-g4. According to Fabiano here Boris could reply with 15...h4 while he could play 16.Bg5 and maintain some advantage; this, in Italian's mind, was better anyways.
15...Re8 This move stayed strange for Caruana, who noted he didn't see a single idea that could motivate to play so. 
Interestingly, computer approves this move. If considering how all turned in the end, one can say Caruana understood the position better than the machine. 
16.g4 Caruana said at this point White did what it wanted and grabbed a strong initiative. 
16...hxg4 17.hxg4 Nh7 Black is willing to push f7-f5.
18.g5 According to the Italian GM, Boris could play 18...е4 which would be followed by 19.f4. Possible was 19...Bxb2, but then comes 20.Rb1 and 21.f5 with a powerful attack.
18...f5 19.gxf6 Bxf6 20.Rf2 Bg5 21.Rg2 Bxe3+ 22.Qxe3 Ndf8 23.Bd3 Ra7

24.Rf1!? The move impressed Yasser Seirawan who was interviewing Caruana for the official webpage of the competition. There were several possibilites including taking on g6, moving the queen on h6... Fabiano didn't consider taking the pawn at all, while 24.Qh6 would apparently be the best decision as he confessed.
24...Rf7 Black prevents white f-pawn from moving, but White has other resources instead.   
25.Qh6 Kh8 26.Nd2 Rf4 27.Rg4 b5 28.Ne4 Nd7? finishes the game immediately, however, there already wasn't any satisfactory defence anyways. 
29.Rxg6 Rg8 30.Ng5 1-0

Sergey Karjakin has just defeated Loek van Wely and Hikaru Nakamura beat Arkadij Naiditsch which means Caruana wasn't the author of the only decisive game in Round 1.

Check out Fabiano's commentary for the official webpage:

[Event "76th Tata Steel Chess Masters"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2014.01.11"] [Round "1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B90"] [WhiteElo "2782"] [BlackElo "2777"] [Annotator "Robot 11"] [PlyCount "59"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. e4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} c5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 2. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} d6 {[%emt 0: 00:00]} 3. d4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} cxd4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 4. Nxd4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 5. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} a6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 6. f3 {[%emt 0:00:33]} e5 {[%emt 0:00:38]} 7. Nb3 {[%emt 0:00:08]} Be6 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 8. Be3 {[%emt 0:00:08]} h5 {[%emt 0:01:02]} 9. Nd5 {[%emt 0:02:48]} Bxd5 {[%emt 0: 01:05]} 10. exd5 {[%emt 0:00:19]} Nbd7 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 11. Qd2 {[%emt 0:00:10] } g6 {[%emt 0:00:23]} 12. Be2 {[%emt 0:00:52]} Bg7 {[%emt 0:07:04]} 13. O-O { [%emt 0:00:13]} O-O {[%emt 0:15:53]} 14. Rac1 {[%emt 0:01:01]} b6 {[%emt 0:18: 01]} 15. h3 {[%emt 0:12:22]} Re8 {[%emt 0:03:34]} 16. g4 {[%emt 0:14:35]} hxg4 {[%emt 0:19:01]} 17. hxg4 {[%emt 0:01:22]} Nh7 {[%emt 0:13:32]} 18. g5 {[%emt 0:05:02]} f5 {[%emt 0:00:38]} 19. gxf6 {[%emt 0:00:15]} Bxf6 {[%emt 0:03:29]} 20. Rf2 {[%emt 0:21:06]} Bg5 {[%emt 0:03:25]} 21. Rg2 {[%emt 0:00:13]} Bxe3+ { [%emt 0:00:36]} 22. Qxe3 {[%emt 0:00:07]} Ndf8 {[%emt 0:06:49]} 23. Bd3 {[%emt 0:04:09]} Ra7 {[%emt 0:02:26]} 24. Rf1 {[%emt 0:07:27]} Rf7 {[%emt 0:05:59]} 25. Qh6 {[%emt 0:07:45]} Kh8 {[%emt 0:01:08]} 26. Nd2 {[%emt 0:02:57]} Rf4 { [%emt 0:02:20]} 27. Rg4 {[%emt 0:05:00]} b5 {[%emt 0:04:16]} 28. Ne4 {[%emt 0: 01:22]} Nd7 {[%emt 0:00:42]} 29. Rxg6 {[%emt 0:03:22]} Rg8 {[%emt 0:00:06]} 30. Ng5 {[%emt 0:02:33]} 1-0

Caruana impressed Seirawan


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