Fear and Worry In St. Louis

Время публикации: 31.08.2014 13:59 | Последнее обновление: 31.08.2014 14:26

Caruana wins again!

Fabiano Caruana gained his fourth in a row win at the Sinquefield Cup. This time he defeated Levon Aronian in a brilliant game. Caruana leads with a perfect 4/4, his nearest rival Vachier-Lagrave is 2 points behinds, other four players have -1. The world champion noted expressed admiration with the leader's success recalling supertournament in Linares. Back then Garry Kasparov won with +5 leaving his rivals behind with -1 result. there still are six rounds ahead in St. Louis and a lot can still change, but Caruana's brilliant play impresses anyways. the question that pops up is if he is the best player in the world already now?

Spanish game
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.Nc3 d6 9.a3 Na5!? 10.Ba2 Be6 11.Bxe6 Dominguez against Aronian, Wijk ann Zee 2014, chose 11.Bg5!?. 11...fxe6 12.b4 Nc6 13.Bd2 d5 In Topalov - Kasimdzhanov encounterThessaloniki 2013 the following line took place 13...Nd4 14.Nxd4 exd4 15.Ne2 c5, but here White still has more comfortable play. 14.Re1 Qd6

15.Na2!? "A strange move, but maybe that's prepartions" - Аronian. "The move we found recently and decided to apply it today. It's not a breaking novelty but it leads to an interesting, mutually sharp play." - Caruana. White plans moving the knight on b3 through c1. Dominguez - Karjakin, Pekin 2013 finished in Black's favor after 15.h3 Nd7 16.Ne2 a5 17.Rb1 axb4 18.axb4 Rfb8 19.Ng3?! d4!. 15...Nd7 In case of 15...dxe4 16.dxe4 temprorary activity may not compensate weaknesses with the pawn structure Black are going to have in longer perspective. 16.Qe2 d4!? 17.Reb1 Nb6 White is clearly better after 17...a5 18.bxa5 Nxa5 19.Rxb5 Qxa3 20.Rbb1. 18.Nc1! Na4 19.Nb3

19...Rf7 "I wanted to play 19...Nc3 20.Bxc3 dxc3... but then I changed my mind somehow. After I didn't play Nc3, I guess he made no mistakes, he played vey well," - Aronian. 20.Rc1! Rd8 Interesting could be 20...Nc3 21.Qe1 Na4 с идеей 22.c3 (or 22.c4) 22...dxc3 23.Bxc3 Qxd3. 21.Ng5 Rf6 Visually White's position is more comfortable after 21...Bxg5!? 22.Bxg5. 22.Qh5! "He shouldn't have let Qh5, he got into trouble after that" - Caruana. 22...h6 22...Rh6 could be replied with 23.Qf7+ (alternatively - 23.Qg4) 23...Kh8 24.h4!, and White enjoys the advanatge. For example, 24...Bxg5 25.hxg5 Rf8 26.Qxf8+ Qxf8 27.gxh6 gxh6 28.c4 dxc3 29.Bxc3. 23.Nf3 Rdf8 24.Rf1 R8f7 25.Rae1 Bf8 the computer suggests 25...Rf8 with ...R6f7. 26.h3 g6 27.Qh4 Qe7 28.Qg3 Bg7

29.Na5! Both players considered 29.Nh2 plan (an obvious and mentioned as by the commentators so by Nakamura), Aronian however, didn't consider it dangerous, as long as after Ng4 Black sacrifices an exchange: ...Rf4!. 29...Nxa5 30.Nxe5! After 30.bxa5?! Rxf3 31.gxf3 Black has a comfortable compensation for the exchange. 30...Nb7 31.Nxg6! Qd8 32.e5 Rf5 33.f4 Another possibility was an immediate 33.Nh4!? Rh5 34.Nf3!. 33...c5 34.Nh4 Rh5 35.Nf3!

35...Kh7? "I blundered. I of course had to play 35...Qe8, and the position is still unclear" - Aronian. In this case after 36.Qg4 (apparently , White is confidently better after 36.Qg6!? Rf8 37.Qxe8 Rxe8 38.bxc5!) Black has 36...Rf8. 36.Qg4! Rhf5 37.Nh4! All the advantages White objectively has are supported with a formally-material advantage. 37...Kh8 38.Nxf5 Rxf5 39.Qg6 Qe7 40.g4 Rf8 41.f5

41...Qe8 a correct move - otherwise Black could resign immediately. Unfortunately for Aronian White already has a plan . 42.Qxe8 Rxe8 43.f6! Bf8 44.f7! Re7 45.Rf6 Nb6 / 45...Kh7 46.Bxh6 also doesn't help. 46.Bxh6 Nd7 47.Ref1 cxb4 48.axb4 Bxh6 49.Rxh6+ Kg7 50.Rh5 50...Rxf7 would be followed by 51.Rh7+ Kxh7 52.Rxf7+. 1–0

Vachier-Lagrave - Nakamura encounter was calm fight. In a position when the rivals agreed on a draw, French GM had a symbolic microplus, so he could continue to fight. If Nakamura hasn't played 27...с5 three moves earlier, the position would be deadly equal. 

Carlsen's encounter with Topalov lasted longer and boded a draw, which was eventually registered as the result. However, some decisions Norwegian made in the endgame could cost him the game.


Immediately after the game Carlsen shicked Topalov telling him about the opportunity Bulgarian missed: 45...Rc5! (instead of 45...Rxa5 46.Rc6+). And after 46.Rxc5 Nxc5 Black traps White knight. However, analysis finds 47.h5! (not 47.Kg3? g5!), which helps White to escape. 

47...Kc7 48.Nxa6+ Nxa6 49.Kg3 Kd6 50.Kf4 Ke6 (50...Kd5 51.Kf5) 51.Kxe4 Nc5+ 52.Kf4 и т.д.
(Mikhail Golubev's commentary)

Carlsen just told Veselin about 45...Rc5

In the last round fo the first cycle Caruana will face Nakamura, who has a positive result against Italian. Let's see how it works on the last day of summer..

[Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.30"] [Round "4"] [White "Caruana, F."] [Black "Aronian, L."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C84"] [WhiteElo "2801"] [BlackElo "2805"] [PlyCount "99"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. Nc3 d6 9. a3 Na5 10. Ba2 Be6 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. b4 Nc6 13. Bd2 d5 14. Re1 Qd6 15. Na2 Nd7 16. Qe2 d4 17. Reb1 Nb6 18. Nc1 Na4 19. Nb3 Rf7 20. Rc1 Rd8 21. Ng5 Rf6 22. Qh5 h6 23. Nf3 Rdf8 24. Rf1 R8f7 25. Rae1 Bf8 26. h3 g6 27. Qh4 Qe7 28. Qg3 Bg7 29. Na5 Nxa5 30. Nxe5 Nb7 31. Nxg6 Qd8 32. e5 Rf5 33. f4 c5 34. Nh4 Rh5 35. Nf3 Kh7 36. Qg4 Rhf5 37. Nh4 Kh8 38. Nxf5 Rxf5 39. Qg6 Qe7 40. g4 Rf8 41. f5 Qe8 42. Qxe8 Rxe8 43. f6 Bf8 44. f7 Re7 45. Rf6 Nb6 46. Bxh6 Nd7 47. Ref1 cxb4 48. axb4 Bxh6 49. Rxh6+ Kg7 50. Rh5 1-0 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.30"] [Round "4"] [White "Carlsen, M."] [Black "Topalov, V."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E21"] [WhiteElo "2877"] [BlackElo "2772"] [PlyCount "125"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 b6 5. Bd2 Bb7 6. g3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Bg2 O-O 9. O-O Be7 10. Bf4 Na6 11. Nb5 d5 12. Ne5 Nc5 13. Rc1 a6 14. Nc3 dxc4 15. Bxb7 Nxb7 16. Qxd8 Raxd8 17. Nc6 Rde8 18. Rfd1 h6 19. e4 Bc5 20. e5 Nd5 21. Nxd5 exd5 22. Rxd5 b5 23. Be3 Bxe3 24. fxe3 Re6 25. Nd4 Rb6 26. b3 Rc8 27. Kg2 Rc5 28. Rxc5 Nxc5 29. bxc4 bxc4 30. Rxc4 Nd3 31. Rc8+ Kh7 32. e6 fxe6 33. Kf3 Kg6 34. a4 e5 35. Nc6 Kf5 36. g4+ Ke6 37. a5 Rb5 38. Rd8 Nc5 39. h4 Rb1 40. Rg8 Kd6 41. Nb8 e4+ 42. Kg2 Rb2+ 43. Kf1 Rb5 44. Kf2 Ne6 45. Rc8 Rxa5 46. Rc6+ Kd5 47. Rxa6 Rxa6 48. Nxa6 Kc6 49. Nb4+ Kc5 50. Nc2 Kc4 51. Ke2 g5 52. hxg5 hxg5 53. Kd2 Nc5 54. Na3+ Kb4 55. Nc2+ Kc4 56. Na3+ Kd5 57. Nb5 Nd7 58. Nc3+ Ke5 59. Nd1 Nf6 60. Nf2 Kd5 61. Nh3 Nxg4 62. Nxg5 Nxe3 63. Nxe4 1/2-1/2 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.30"] [Round "4"] [White "Vachier Lagrave, M."] [Black "Nakamura, H."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C78"] [WhiteElo "2768"] [BlackElo "2787"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. c3 d6 8. d4 Bb6 9. Be3 O-O 10. Nbd2 h6 11. h3 Bb7 12. Re1 exd4 13. cxd4 Na5 14. Bc2 Re8 15. Qb1 Nc4 16. Nxc4 bxc4 17. Nd2 Rb8 18. Nxc4 Bxe4 19. Bxe4 Rxe4 20. Qd3 Qe8 21. f3 Re6 22. Bf2 Nd5 23. Rxe6 Qxe6 24. Re1 Nf4 25. Qc2 Qd5 26. Re4 Ne6 27. Qc3 c5 28. Nxb6 Rxb6 29. dxc5 dxc5 30. b3 Rd6 1/2-1/2 

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