The Day Off Is Over, The Calm Is Not

Время публикации: 08.10.2014 03:37 | Последнее обновление: 08.10.2014 03:40

Round 5 in Baku saw no decisive games

The 1st stage of the FIDE Grand Prix 2014/15 is going on in Baku. Round 5 has taken place after the 1st day off - maybe this accounts for the fact that all the games have been drawn, most of them in a logical and balanced way.

The longest game of the round was Nakamura - Dominguez where Hikaru was trying to convert his 2 extra pawns for many moves in the opposite-coloured bishops endgame. His task wasn't easy at all, and the Cuban player managed to hold.

On the contrary, it took Alexander Grischuk and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov only a little more than an hour to sign the peace treaty, but their game was probably the most exciting one, even though the opponents were obviously demonstrating their opening preparations.

The background for this draw was quite interesting: neither Alexander nor Shakhriyar had taken part in the cultural program provided by the organizers on October 6. Having learned this, the journalists asked them how they had spent the free day.

Mamedyarov: "During the day off I did my best to stop thinking about chess. I went to marriage of the friend of mine. Besides, I had my lunch in the hotel restaurant for the first time! I had been so busy that it wasn't possible before. So far, the tournament has been unsuccessful for me. Something in my play has to be changed - I have nothing more to lose..."

Grischuk: "My game from round 4 [vs Nakamura - CN] had been quite long and not very pleasant, so I decided to sleep well, almost till the evening".  

MAMEDYAROV - GRISCHUK
Dutch Defence
1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 0–0 7.0–0 Qe8 (this line of the Leningrad Dutch started to gain its popularity in the 1980's due to efforts by Vladimir Malaniuk and some other players) 8.Re1 Qf7 9.e4!? (White is not obliged to sacrifice the pawn but this is a good test for Black) 9...fxe4 10.Ng5 Qxc4 11.Ngxe4

11...Nxe4 (if 11...c6 then 12.Ng5 is unpleasant) 12.Rxe4 Qf7 (12...d5? 13.Rxe7 c6 can be refuted by 14.Rxg7+ Kxg7 15.a3! Qa6 16.Qe1!, etc.) 13.Rf4 Bf6 14.Nd5 g5 (14...Na6 15.Qb3! gives the initiative to White as has been proven in many games) 15.Rf3 c6! (15...Nc6 16.Be3!? looks good for White) 16.Nc7 Bg4

17.d5 The Gelfand - Svidler rapid game (Jerusalem 2014) saw 17.Nxa8 Na6?! 18.d5 c5 19.Rxf6 Qxf6 20.Qd2 h6 21.f4 gxf4 22.Qxf4 Qxf4 23.Bxf4 Rxa8 with advantage for White. However, 17...Bxf3 is more interesting: 18.Qxf3 Bxd4 19.Qxf7+ Kxf7, or 18.Bxf3 Na6 19.d5 Bg7!? 20.dxc6 bxc6 21.Bxc6 Nb4!
17...cxd5! 18.Bxg5 Nd7 (more reliable than 18...Na6 19.Rxf6! exf6 20.Qxg4) 19.Nxa8 Bxf3 20.Qxf3 Bxg5 21.Qxd5 (21.Qxf7+ Kxf7 22.Nc7 isn't stronger) 21...Qxd5 22.Bxd5+ Kh8 23.Nc7

23...Rc8! (the active rook secures Black the equality) 24.Ne6 Bf6 25.Re1 Nc5! 26.Re2 Nxe6 27.Bxe6 Rc1+ 28.Kg2 Rb1 29.Bd5 Rxb2 30.Rxb2 Bxb2 31.Bxb7 1/2 (Annotated by GM M.Golubev)

After 5 rounds Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand remain in the lead with 3.5 points each. Hikaru Nakamura and Peter Svidler are half a point behind.

[Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.07"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2797"] [ECO "A86"] [Opening "Dutch"] [Variation "Leningrad variation"] [WhiteFideId "13401319"] [BlackFideId "4126025"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. Nc3 d6 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O Qe8 8. Re1 Qf7 9. e4 fxe4 10. Ng5 Qxc4 11. Ngxe4 Nxe4 12. Rxe4 Qf7 13. Rf4 Bf6 14. Nd5 g5 15. Rf3 c6 16. Nc7 Bg4 17. d5 cxd5 18. Bxg5 Nd7 19. Nxa8 Bxf3 20. Qxf3 Bxg5 21. Qxd5 Qxd5 22. Bxd5+ Kh8 23. Nc7 Rc8 24. Ne6 Bf6 25. Re1 Nc5 26. Re2 Nxe6 27. Bxe6 Rc1+ 28. Kg2 Rb1 29. Bd5 Rxb2 30. Rxb2 Bxb2 31. Bxb7 1/2-1/2 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.07"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2748"] [BlackElo "2701"] [ECO "D30"] [Opening "Queen's gambit declined"] [WhiteFideId "2805677"] [BlackFideId "4147235"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c6 4. e3 f5 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. O-O Bd6 7. b3 Qe7 8. Bb2 O-O 9. Nc3 Bd7 10. Ne5 Be8 11. Ne2 Nbd7 12. f3 c5 13. Rc1 Rd8 14. Qc2 dxc4 15. Bxc4 cxd4 16. exd4 Nb6 17. Nf4 Nxc4 18. Qxc4 Bd7 19. Nxd7 Bxf4 20. Nxf8 Bxc1 21. Nxe6 Be3+ 22. Kh1 b5 23. Qc7 Qxc7 24. Nxc7 b4 25. d5 Bb6 26. Bxf6 gxf6 27. Rc1 a5 28. g3 Bxc7 29. Rxc7 Rxd5 30. Rc2 Kf7 31. Kg2 1/2-1/2 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.07"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2726"] [BlackElo "2844"] [ECO "D56"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Lasker defence"] [WhiteFideId "13400924"] [BlackFideId "2020009"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 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. Bd3 Nxc3 11. Rxc3 dxc4 12. Bxc4 Nd7 13. O-O b6 14. Bd3 c5 15. Be4 Rb8 16. Qc2 a5 17. Rc1 Ba6 18. Bc6 Rfc8 19. Bxd7 Qxd7 20. dxc5 Rxc5 21. Rxc5 bxc5 22. b3 Rc8 23. Qc3 a4 24. Qa5 Bb7 25. Qxa4 Qxa4 26. bxa4 Ra8 27. Rxc5 Rxa4 28. Rc2 Bd5 29. Ne5 Rxa2 30. Rc8+ Kh7 31. f3 f6 32. Nd7 e5 33. e4 Bb3 34. Rc7 1/2-1/2 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.07"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Andreikin, Dmitry"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2732"] [BlackElo "2722"] [ECO "C07"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "Tarrasch, open variation"] [WhiteFideId "4102142"] [BlackFideId "4158814"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nf6 6. exd5 Qxd5 7. Nb5 Na6 8. Nc3 Qd8 9. a3 Be7 10. Qf3 Nc7 11. Bd3 Ncd5 12. Nxd5 Qxd5 13. Qxd5 Nxd5 14. Nf3 Bf6 15. c4 Ne7 16. Rb1 Bd7 17. b4 Bc6 18. Ke2 O-O-O 19. Be3 Bxf3+ 20. gxf3 Nc6 21. Be4 Nd4+ 22. Kf1 Be5 23. f4 Bb8 24. Rd1 Nf5 25. Ke2 Nxe3 26. fxe3 f5 27. Bc2 Rxd1 28. Rxd1 Rd8 29. Rxd8+ Kxd8 30. c5 b6 31. cxb6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.07"] [Round "5.5"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Dominguez Perez, Leinier"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2751"] [ECO "A37"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical, Botvinnik system reversed"] [WhiteFideId "2016192"] [BlackFideId "3503240"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. O-O Nge7 7. a3 O-O 8. Rb1 d5 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. Nxd5 Qxd5 11. d3 Qd6 12. b4 cxb4 13. axb4 Nxb4 14. Ba3 a5 15. Nd2 Be6 16. Nc4 Bxc4 17. dxc4 Qe7 18. Qb3 e4 19. Bxb4 axb4 20. Qxb4 Qxb4 21. Rxb4 f5 22. Rxb7 Rfc8 23. Rc1 Bd4 24. g4 Ra2 25. e3 Bf6 26. gxf5 Bh4 27. Bxe4 Bxf2+ 28. Kh1 gxf5 29. Bxf5 Bxe3 30. Re1 Re8 31. Rxh7 Re5 32. Bb1 Rb2 33. Rh3 Bd4 34. Rd1 Bc5 35. Rg3+ Kf8 36. Rf1+ Ke7 37. Bd3 Rf2 38. Rb1 Kd6 39. Rd1 Kc7 40. Rb1 Kd6 41. Bf1 Rd2 42. Rg8 Ke7 43. Rg4 Kf6 44. Ra1 Bd6 45. h4 Rh5 46. Ra6 Kf5 47. Rg5+ Rxg5 48. Ra5+ Be5 49. hxg5 Rh2+ 50. Kg1 Rh5 51. c5 Rxg5+ 52. Kf2 Ke4 53. Bg2+ Kd4 54. Rb5 Bg3+ 55. Kf3 Rxc5 56. Rxc5 Kxc5 1/2-1/2 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.07"] [Round "5.6"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2767"] [BlackElo "2706"] [ECO "A33"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical variation"] [WhiteFideId "14109603"] [BlackFideId "14200244"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 e6 6. a3 d5 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Bg5 Bc5 9. e3 Bxd4 10. exd4 h6 11. Be3 O-O 12. Be2 Ne4 13. Rc1 Nd6 14. Nxd5 Nf5 15. Bf3 Be6 16. Nf4 Ncxd4 17. Bxd4 Nxd4 18. O-O Bb3 19. Qd3 Qf6 20. Bd1 Qxf4 21. Bxb3 Rad8 22. Ba2 Rd7 23. Rce1 Qf6 24. Re4 g6 25. Qc3 Kg7 26. Rfe1 Rfd8 27. Kf1 Nf5 28. Qxf6+ Kxf6 29. g3 h5 30. h4 Rc7 1/2-1/2 

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