Complicated and Simple

Время публикации: 06.09.2014 18:41 | Последнее обновление: 06.09.2014 18:43

Sinquefiled Cup: the day of missed opportunities 

All three games of the penultimate round of the sinquefiled Cup were drawn. At least two players - Caruana who already assured first place and the world champion Magnus Carlsen missed winning chances. The fatigue must be taking over the players. 

Spanish game
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0–0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 The Berlin endgame took place in the tournament for the second time and again in Nakamura's encounter. American again got tortured but this ime with an opposite color.  9.h3 Ke8 10.Nc3 h5 In the previous round Topalov played 10...Ne7 against Hikaru. 11.Bf4 Be7 12.Rad1 Be6 13.Ng5 Rh6 14.Rfe1 Bb4 15.g4 hxg4 16.hxg4 Ne7 17.Nxe6 Rxe6 18.Kg2

18...Rd8 After the game American noted more precise is 18...Bxc3 19.bxc3 Rd8 - as it was played in Anan-Karjakin encounter at the Candidates-2014 and earlier in rapid Karjakin-Grischuk. 19.Rxd8+ Kxd8 20.Rd1+ Kc8 The problem with 20...Ke8 is 21.Ne2! with the idea of 21...Ng6 22.Bg3 Nxe5 23.Nd4 (black king takes a good for the rook square) 23...Re7 24.Nf5. 21.Bg3!? Bxc3 22.bxc3 Rg6 Apparently this isn't the most precise move as long as Whte develops initiative with the next move. 23.Rd4!

23...f5!? 24.Bh4!? a more logical continuation - 24.exf6 gxf6. 24...c5 25.Rf4 Nd5 26.Rxf5 Rxg4+ 27.Bg3 Kd8!? / 27...Kd7 would be followed by 28.e6+!. 28.Kh3 / 28.e6 Nf6 29.Rxc5 c6 gives nothing =. 28...Rg6 / 28...Re4 looks risky. 29.c4!? Ne7? After some tough decisions Black blunders. Perhaps 29...Nc3! ould hold. 30.Rf8+ Kd7 31.f4! Ke6 / 31...Rh6+ 32.Kg4 g6 is refuted 33.Bh4! Nf5 34.Kg5 Rxh4 35.Rxf5. 32.Bh4 Rh6 33.Re8 g5 34.fxg5 Rg6 35.Kg4 Kf7 36.Rh8 Ra6 37.Rh7+ Kf8 38.Rh6?! Apparently 38.Bf2! would bring White decisive advantage. 38...Ng6 39.Kf5!? Kg7? Black should have played 39...Ne7+.

40.Bf2? Caruana couldn't explain why he missed such a simple win after the game: 40.Rxg6+! Rxg6 41.e6, Black is forced to play 41...Kh7 42.e7 Rg8, and any rational move wins here. 40...Ne7+ And Nakamura escaped. 41.Ke4 Ra4 42.Re6 Nc6 43.Kf5 Rxc4 44.Rg6+ Kf8 45.Rf6+ Kg8 46.g6 Rxc2 47.Be3 Nd4+ 48.Bxd4 cxd4 49.Rf7 d3 50.Rd7 Rf2+ 51.Kg5 Rg2+ 52.Kf6 Rf2+

53.Kg5 In caase of 53.Ke7? d2 54.Kd8 c5 55.e6 c4 56.e7 c3 (or 56...Re2) 57.e8Q+ Rf8 Black wins. 53...Rg2+ 54.Kf6 Rf2+ 55.Kg5 Rg2+ 1/2

The encounter between world's #1 and #2 would especially please rook engame fans.


41...h5? Most probably 41...Ra3+ 42.Ke4 Rxh3 с идеей 43.Rc6 Ra3 44.Rxc5 Kf6.. would lead to a draw. 42.gxh5 Ra3+ 43.Ke4 c4 44.Kd4 c3 45.Kd3 Kh7 / 45...Rb3 winning is 46.Kc2 Rb5 47.Rg6+! Kf7 48.a6 Rxh5 and here for instance 49.Rc6.

46.h6? GM Ben Finegold consulted the computer and showed the way to victory in the commentators' booth: 46.Kc2! Kg7 47.h6+ Kh7 48.h4 Kh8 49.Ra7 Kg8 50.a6 Kh8 51.h5 Kg8 52.Rg7+ Kh8 53.a7 Ra2+ 54.Kb1. 46...Rb3! 47.Kc2 Rb5! 48.Kxc3 Rf5

And despite three (!) extra pawns, White is not able to win. Black defends easily: a5-pawn is attacked from the side, checks don't allow white king to help the rook and if white places the rook on a8 and the pawn on a7, Black will put the rook behind (on a6). 36 more moves were made before Carlsen accepted the draw.

In Vachier-Lagrave-Topalov encounter Bulgarian GM played confidently most of the game, but closer to the time control he failed to raise all possible problems for the rival. 


Here Veselin had to play 36...Bf8!.

(Mmikhail Golubev's commentary).

[Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.05"] [Round "9"] [White "Caruana,F"] [Black "Nakamura,Hi"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2801"] [BlackElo "2787"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] [ECO "C67"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 h5 11. Bf4 Be7 12. Rad1 Be6 13. Ng5 Rh6 14. Rfe1 Bb4 15. g4 hxg4 16. hxg4 Ne7 17. Nxe6 Rxe6 18. Kg2 Rd8 19. Rxd8+ Kxd8 20. Rd1+ Kc8 21. Bg3 Bxc3 22. bxc3 Rg6 23. Rd4 f5 24. Bh4 c5 25. Rf4 Nd5 26. Rxf5 Rxg4+ 27. Bg3 Kd8 28. Kh3 Rg6 29. c4 Ne7 30. Rf8+ Kd7 31. f4 Ke6 32. Bh4 Rh6 33. Re8 g5 34. fxg5 Rg6 35. Kg4 Kf7 36. Rh8 Ra6 37. Rh7+ Kf8 38. Rh6 Ng6 39. Kf5 Kg7 40. Bf2 Ne7+ 41. Ke4 Ra4 42. Re6 Nc6 43. Kf5 Rxc4 44. Rg6+ Kf8 45. Rf6+ Kg8 46. g6 Rxc2 47. Be3 Nd4+ 48. Bxd4 cxd4 49. Rf7 d3 50. Rd7 Rf2+ 51. Kg5 Rg2+ 52. Kf6 Rf2+ 53. Kg5 Rg2+ 54. Kf6 Rf2+ 55. Kg5 Rg2+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.05"] [Round "9"] [White "Carlsen,M"] [Black "Aronian,L"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2877"] [BlackElo "2805"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] [ECO "D56"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 c6 10. Qc2 Nxc3 11. Qxc3 Nd7 12. Be2 dxc4 13. Qxc4 e5 14. O-O exd4 15. Nxd4 Nf6 16. b4 Bd7 17. Rfd1 Rfe8 18. Qc5 g6 19. a4 Qxc5 20. bxc5 a5 21. Nb3 Re5 22. Rd4 Kf8 23. Kf1 Ke7 24. Bc4 g5 25. h3 b5 26. cxb6 Rb8 27. f4 Rxe3 28. Nc5 Rxb6 29. Kf2 gxf4 30. Rxf4 Re5 31. Rxf6 Be8 32. Rf4 Rxc5 33. Re4+ Kf8 34. Rxe8+ Kxe8 35. Bxf7+ Kxf7 36. Rxc5 Rb4 37. Rxa5 c5 38. Ke3 Rd4 39. Ra6 Kg7 40. a5 Ra4 41. g4 h5 42. gxh5 Ra3+ 43. Ke4 c4 44. Kd4 c3 45. Kd3 Kh7 46. h6 Rb3 47. Kc2 Rb5 48. Kxc3 Rf5 49. Ra8 Rb5 50. Kc4 Rf5 51. Kb4 Rf4+ 52. Kc5 Rf5+ 53. Kd4 Rb5 54. Ke4 Rc5 55. Ra6 Rb5 56. h4 Rc5 57. Kd4 Rb5 58. Kc4 Rf5 59. Kb4 Rf4+ 60. Kc5 Rf5+ 61. Kb6 Rf6+ 62. Kb7 Rf7+ 63. Kc8 Rf8+ 64. Kd7 Rf5 65. Ra8 Rd5+ 66. Ke6 Rb5 67. Kf6 Rc5 68. Ra7+ Kxh6 69. Kf7 Rb5 70. a6 Rb6 71. Kg8 Rb8+ 72. Kf7 Rb6 73. Ke7 Kg6 74. Kd7 Rf6 75. Ra8 Kg7 76. Kc7 Rf7+ 77. Kd6 Rf6+ 78. Ke5 Rb6 79. Ra7+ Kg6 80. h5+ Kh6 81. Kf5 Rc6 82. Re7 Rxa6 83. Re6+ Rxe6 84. Kxe6 Kxh5 1/2-1/2 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.05"] [Round "9"] [White "Vachier Lagrave,M"] [Black "Topalov,V"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2768"] [BlackElo "2772"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] [ECO "A07"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. O-O e5 5. d3 Ne7 6. e4 O-O 7. exd5 Nxd5 8. Nc3 Nc6 9. Re1 Nde7 10. a4 h6 11. a5 a6 12. Be3 Re8 13. Qd2 Nf5 14. Bc5 Rb8 15. Ne4 b6 16. axb6 cxb6 17. Ba3 Ncd4 18. Nxd4 Nxd4 19. Qd1 Bb7 20. c3 Nb5 21. Qb3 Qd7 22. Re3 Kh7 23. Rae1 f5 24. Nd2 Bxg2 25. Kxg2 Re6 26. Nf3 Rbe8 27. Kg1 e4 28. dxe4 Rxe4 29. Rxe4 Rxe4 30. Rd1 Qe8 31. Qd5 Nxa3 32. bxa3 Qe7 33. h4 Qc5 34. h5 Qxd5 35. hxg6+ Kxg6 36. Rxd5 Bxc3 37. Rd6+ Kf7 38. Rxb6 Ra4 39. Rxh6 Rxa3 40. Nh4 Ra5 41. Rc6 1/2-1/2 



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