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Время публикации: 03.09.2014 16:39 | Последнее обновление: 03.09.2014 16:39

St. Louis: Caruana maintains lead with 6 out of 6

The Sinquefield Cup continues in St. Louis after the free day. Caaruana continues surprising with an ubelievable result. In the 6th round he defeated Veselin Topalov to lead with 6 points out of 6!

If the competition was over now, Caruana's achievement could be easily marked as one of the most impressive in chess history. 

The winner summerized the game tо this: I got all prepared, the rival faced problems, then I developed a combination.  

Sicilian defense
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.0–0 Nf6 A lot of the strongest GMs including Anand, Ivanchuk, Svidler, Mamedyarov, played this line of Taimanov variation. But Topalov is specializing in other lines of Sicilian...  9.Re1 Be7 10.e5 Nd7 11.Qg4 Kf8 More frequent is 11...g6. Caruana himself played with the king in the encounter against Dragan solak at the recent Olympiad at Tromso. Mark Taimanov, the deevloper of the variation, also played so. 

12.Na4 This in general typical to the position move hass't been played on a top level earlier. White prepares c2-c4. 12...Qa5!? In 2007 GM Granda Zuniga preferred 12...h5 13.Qf4 Kg8. 13.Re2!? Interesting is that the rook took e2-square on an early stage of the same round game in Nakamura-Aronian encounter too. 13...h5 14.Qf4 g5 15.Bd2! As Dreev noted during his live commentary on Chess-News the piece sacrifice 15.Qf3? Qxa4 16.Bg6 doesn't work because of 16...Ke8!, and the king moves to d8.

15...Qc7? Black had to move to the complex endgame - 15...gxf4 16.Bxa5. Sooner or later Black will have problems with the f4-pawn. Topalov thought Black is just "a little worse" in this line. 16.Qg3 h4 17.Qg4 Rg8 / 17...Nxe5?? doesn't work because of 18.Rxe5 Qxe5 19.Bc3. Apparently, Balck had to try 17...h3!? 18.Bxg5 (18.g3? Nxe5 19.Rxe5 Qxe5 20.Bc3 d4! with the following idea 21.Bxd4 Qd5, and White can't take the rook because of the mate threat; 18.f4 brings to an unclear position) 18...Bxg5 19.Qxg5 hxg2, although White has better chances here too. 18.Rae1!

White has consolidated and the advantage is obvious. 18...c5 19.c4 dxc4 After 19...d4 20.Qh5 White will go with f2-f4. 20.Bxc4 Bb7 21.h3!? / 21.b3 was also possible. As Dreev said, White shouldn't hurry - Caruana was better anyways. 21...Rd8 22.Bc3 Nb8 23.Re3 Despite the advantage there still could be a fight ahead, but Topalov missed a blow. 

23...Nc6? 24.Bxe6! fxe6 25.Rf3+ Ke8 Or 25...Kg7 26.Qh5! (this is what Topalov missed, counting on only 26.Qxe6?) 26...Rdf8 27.Rf6!. 26.Qxe6 Rg7 / 26...Rf8 27.Nxc5 Rxf3 28.Qg6+ Rf7 29.e6 is not any better. 27.Qh6! Nd4 28.e6 An effective but hardly the only move leading to the win. 28...Nxf3+ 29.gxf3 Bf8 30.Qh5+ Ke7 31.Bxg7 1–0 (Mikhail Golubev's commentary)

The world champion failed to win the endgame which he described as a technically won or at least close to winning. 


(The position after 25...Kh8). One could understand Carlsen's disappointment, the world champion has won even seemingly deadly drawn endgames. 

Nakamura also losst some of his chances.


Instead of 28.Bd2 American could raise some problems for his rival with 28.Be3!

Fabiano is three points ahead of his nearest rival Carlsen. Pairings for the 7th round: Vachier-Lagrave - Caruana, Carlsen - Nakamura, Topalov - Aronian. 

[Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.02"] [Round "6"] [White "Caruana,F"] [Black "Topalov,V"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2801"] [BlackElo "2772"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] [ECO "B46"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8. O-O Nf6 9. Re1 Be7 10. e5 Nd7 11. Qg4 Kf8 12. Na4 Qa5 13. Re2 h5 14. Qf4 g5 15. Bd2 Qc7 16. Qg3 h4 17. Qg4 Rg8 18. Rae1 c5 19. c4 dxc4 20. Bxc4 Bb7 21. h3 Rd8 22. Bc3 Nb8 23. Re3 Nc6 24. Bxe6 fxe6 25. Rf3+ Ke8 26. Qxe6 Rg7 27. Qh6 Nd4 28. e6 Nxf3+ 29. gxf3 Bf8 30. Qh5+ Ke7 31. Bxg7 1-0 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.02"] [Round "6"] [White "Carlsen,M"] [Black "Vachier Lagrave,M"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2877"] [BlackElo "2768"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] [ECO "B35"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 g6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Bb3 Qa5 9. f3 e6 10. O-O d5 11. exd5 exd5 12. Qd2 Re8 13. Rad1 Bd7 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. Nxd5 Qxd2 16. Nxf6+ Bxf6 17. Bxd2 Bxb2 18. Bc3 Bxc3 19. Rxd7 Rf8 20. Rfd1 Kg7 21. Rb7 Ba5 22. Rdd7 Bb6+ 23. Kf1 Rad8 24. Rxd8 Rxd8 25. Rxf7+ Kh8 26. Ke2 Re8+ 27. Kd3 Rd8+ 28. Kc3 Ba5+ 29. Kb2 Bb6 30. g4 Rd2 31. h4 Rh2 32. Ba4 h5 33. gxh5 Rxh4 34. Bxc6 gxh5 35. Be4 Rh1 36. f4 Rh3 37. c3 h4 38. f5 Re3 39. Re7 Ba5 40. c4 h3 41. Re6 h2 42. Bd5 Rxe6 43. fxe6 Bd8 44. Kb3 Kg7 45. Kb4 Kf6 46. Kb5 h1=Q 47. Bxh1 Kxe6 48. c5 Kd7 49. Ka6 Kc7 50. Kxa7 Be7 51. c6 Bc5+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.02"] [Round "6"] [White "Nakamura,Hi"] [Black "Aronian,L"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2787"] [BlackElo "2805"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] [ECO "C67"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. Nc3 Ne8 10. Nd5 Bd6 11. Re2 c6 12. Ne3 Be7 13. Qe1 Bf6 14. Nf5 d5 15. Ne7+ Kh8 16. Nxc8 Rxc8 17. g3 Qd7 18. d3 Nc7 19. Qa5 Rfe8 20. Qe1 Rxe2 21. Qxe2 b5 22. c3 d4 23. c4 Re8 24. Qd1 bxc4 25. dxc4 Ne6 26. b4 d3 27. Rb1 Rd8 28. Bd2 Bg5 29. Rb2 Qd4 30. Rb3 Bxd2 31. Qxd2 Qxc4 32. Rxd3 Rxd3 33. Qxd3 Qxa2 34. Qd7 Kg8 35. Qxc6 g6 36. Bc4 Qb1+ 37. Kg2 Qxb4 38. Bxe6 fxe6 39. Qa8+ Qf8 40. Qxa7 h5 41. Qd7 Qf5 42. Qe8+ Kg7 43. Qe7+ Kg8 44. Qe8+ Kg7 45. Qe7+ Kg8 1/2-1/2 

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