Round 9: Unpredictable Twist

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As many as six players are in the lead in Baku 2 rounds before the finish

The 1st stage of the FIDE Grand Prix 2014/15 is going on in Baku. There were as many as four decisive games in round 9 (after the second day-off), including the losses by Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand who had been in the lead. This made the tournament situation extremely intricate as no less than 6 players are tied for the 1st place after the 9th round.

Caruana - Grischuk saw a fresh opening: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 c5 4.dxc5!? e6 5.Be3 b6. In the further play, both opponents were quite imprecise. At first, it was rather White who had to care about equality; the evaluation changed by move 27, when Caruana dismissed the threefold repetition (and rightly so). However, already his 29th move was an inaccuracy, which was followed by the crucial error soon.

CARUANA - GRISCHUK

32.Kg1? (after 32.Kf1! Rd2 33.Ra2 the game would have been roughly equal) 32...Rd2 33.Ra2 Nxg2! 34.Rxd2 Nxe1 35.Rf2 Nxf3+ 36.Kg2 e4 with a winning position for Black.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov opted for a seemingly harmless line of the King's Indian Defence with e2-e3 against Boris Gelfand, avoiding the Grunfeld Defence. The Israeli GM failed to find a good way and got into a cramped position soon. Black's dubious 26th move increased his difficulties even further.

MAMEDYAROV - GELFAND

26...h6?! 27.gxh6! Nf6?! 28.Nfg5! Bxh6 29.Nxf6+ (29.Nxf7!? was fine as well: 29...Kxf7 30.Nxd6+ Kg7 31.Nxe8+ Qxe8 32.Rb2) 29...Qxf6 30.Ne4! Qf5 31.Re1 Nd7 32.Bxd6 Bg7 33.Re2 (White has got an extra pawn in the better position) 33...Bd4 34.Bc7 a4 35.b6 Kg7 36.Qf3 Bb2 37.Bf4. 1-0

The 2004 FIDE World champion lost to Hikaru Nakamura literally in one move.

NAKAMURA - KASIMDZHANOV

Black is only slightly worse, but...

22...Rxe4?? 23.Rd8! (White wins a piece) 23...Bd7 24.Re1! 1–0

Dmitry Andreikin went for an incorrect bishop sacrifice in a quite promising position against Leinier Dominguez, and surprisingly it worked.The Cuban nearly refuted White's dubious attack but started to miscalculate when it came to the 1st time control.

ANDREIKIN - DOMINGUEZ

30...Qc6?! (30...Qb7! was more precise, as after 31.e6 Nxe4 the black queen protects the f7-square) 31.e6 Qxe4!? 32.Qg3 (objectively, White had to agree for the inferior endgame - 32.exf7+ Kxf7 33.fxg6+ hxg6 34.Bd4+ Kg8 35.Re1 Qxg4 36.hxg4 Nd3 37.Rxe3 Rxe3 38.Bxe3) 32...Qd3? (instead of 32...fxe6! with the decisive advantage; neither 33.Qc7 Qb7 nor 33.fxg6 h6 work for White) 33.exf7+ Kxf7 34.fxg6+ hxg6 35.Qf3!

35...Qf5 (if 35...Kg8 then 36.Bd4!) 36.Bd4 Ne4?! (missing 36...Bxd4! 37.Qd5+ Kg7 38.Rxf5 Re1+ 39.Kh2 Bg1+ with 3 pieces for a queen and the unclear position) 37.g4! Qxf3+?! (yet another mistake in a row; after 37...Ng3+! 38.Kg2 Qxf3+ 39.Rxf3+ Nf5 40.Bxe3 Rxe3 41.gxf5 Re2+ 42.Rf2 Re3 Black keeps good drawing chances in the rook endgame due to his active pieces) 38.Rxf3+ Ke6 39.Rxe3 Kd5 40.Kg2. The first time control has left White with a healthy extra pawn in the endgame which he converted into victory slowly but surely.

The drawn games have not been as exciting as the decisive ones. Radjabov - Karjakin saw well-known theory followed by the quick simplification, while Svidler - Tomashevsky was interesting only due to the Black's 12th rare move which allowed him to equalize quickly.

After 9 rounds six players (which means literally a half of the line-up) are in the lead, namely: Caruana, Karjakin, Nakamura, Gelfand, Svidler and Radjabov. There are only 2 rounds to go.

[Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Caruana,F"] [Black "Grischuk,A"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2844"] [BlackElo "2797"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] [ECO "E60"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 c5 4. dxc5 e6 5. Be3 b6 6. Nc3 Ba6 7. cxb6 axb6 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 g5 10. Bf2 Bxc4 11. e4 Bxf1 12. Kxf1 Nc6 13. Nge2 Bc5 14. Nd4 Qe7 15. Ncb5 Kf8 16. a3 Nxd4 17. Nxd4 Kg7 18. b4 Bxd4 19. Bxd4 e5 20. Bxb6 Qe6 21. Be3 d5 22. Qb3 Rhb8 23. Ke2 Qa6+ 24. Qd3 Qe6 25. Qb3 Qa6+ 26. Qd3 Qe6 27. exd5 Nxd5 28. Kf2 Rd8 29. Qc4 Qf5 30. Rhe1 Rac8 31. Bc5 Nf4 32. Kg1 Rd2 33. Ra2 Nxg2 34. Rxd2 Nxe1 35. Rf2 Nxf3+ 36. Kg2 e4 37. Re2 Re8 38. a4 Qf4 39. Kh1 Rd8 40. Qc3+ f6 41. Qc2 Rd3 42. a5 Ne1 43. Rxe1 Rd2 44. Qxd2 Qxd2 45. Re3 f5 46. Kg1 Qa2 47. Re1 f4 48. a6 e3 49. Bd4+ Kg6 50. Ra1 Qf2+ 51. Kh1 Qf3+ 52. Kg1 Qg4+ 0-1 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Mamedyarov,S"] [Black "Gelfand,B"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2748"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] [ECO "E60"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. Be2 c5 6. d5 d6 7. O-O e6 8. Nc3 Re8 9. e4 exd5 10. exd5 Bf5 11. Bd3 Bxd3 12. Qxd3 Nbd7 13. Bf4 Qb6 14. b3 a6 15. h3 Re7 16. Rae1 Rae8 17. Rxe7 Rxe7 18. g4 Qc7 19. Kg2 Qb8 20. a3 Re8 21. b4 Bf8 22. Rb1 Qd8 23. b5 a5 24. Bh2 Nb6 25. g5 Nh5 26. Ne4 h6 27. gxh6 Nf6 28. Nfg5 Bxh6 29. Nxf6+ Qxf6 30. Ne4 Qf5 31. Re1 Nd7 32. Bxd6 Bg7 33. Re2 Bd4 34. Bc7 a4 35. b6 Kg7 36. Qf3 Bb2 37. Bf4 1-0 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Svidler,P"] [Black "Tomashevsky,E"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2732"] [BlackElo "2701"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] [ECO "C88"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 Bb7 9. d3 d6 10. Nbd2 Na5 11. Ba2 c5 12. c3 c4 13. b4 cxb3 14. Nxb3 bxa4 15. Nbd2 Bc6 16. Ba3 Rc8 17. Bb4 Bd7 18. Nf1 Nc6 19. Ba3 Na5 20. Bb4 Nc6 21. Ba3 Na5 22. Bb4 1/2-1/2 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Nakamura,Hi"] [Black "Kasimdzhanov,R"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2706"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] [ECO "C65"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. h3 Nd7 7. Be3 Bd6 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. c3 c5 11. a3 a5 12. Re1 Nf8 13. d4 cxd4 14. cxd4 exd4 15. Nxd4 Be5 16. N2f3 Bxd4 17. Bxd4 b6 18. Be5 Qxd1 19. Rexd1 Ra7 20. Rac1 c5 21. Rd6 Rb7 22. Bg3 Rxe4 23. Rd8 Bd7 24. Re1 1-0 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Radjabov,T"] [Black "Karjakin,Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2726"] [BlackElo "2767"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] [ECO "A35"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 dxc4 7. Nxc6 Qxd1+ 8. Nxd1 bxc6 9. Bg2 Nd5 10. Ne3 e6 11. Nxc4 Ba6 12. Na5 Rc8 13. Bd2 Be7 14. Rc1 c5 15. b3 O-O 16. O-O Rfd8 17. Bf3 Bf6 18. Rc2 Nb4 19. Bxb4 cxb4 20. Nc6 Bb5 21. Rfc1 Bxc6 22. Rxc6 Rxc6 23. Rxc6 a5 24. Be4 Rd1+ 25. Kg2 g6 26. Rc5 Rd2 27. Rc2 Rxc2 28. Bxc2 Kf8 29. Bd3 Ke7 30. e3 Bc3 1/2-1/2 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.12"] [Round "9"] [White "Andreikin,D"] [Black "Dominguez Perez,L"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2722"] [BlackElo "2751"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] [ECO "A45"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bf4 d5 4. e3 c5 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. Nc3 a6 7. h3 Nc6 8. Nf3 e6 9. O-O c4 10. Be2 b5 11. Ne5 Bb7 12. Bf3 Bb4 13. a4 Qb6 14. axb5 axb5 15. Rxa8+ Bxa8 16. Bg5 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Nd7 18. Nxd5 exd5 19. Bxd5 Bxd5 20. Qxd5 Nb8 21. e4 Bc5 22. Kh1 O-O 23. f4 Na6 24. c3 Nc7 25. Qd7 Ne6 26. Bh4 Be3 27. Be7 Nc5 28. Qg4 Re8 29. Bf6 g6 30. f5 Qc6 31. e6 Qxe4 32. Qg3 Qd3 33. exf7+ Kxf7 34. fxg6+ hxg6 35. Qf3 Qf5 36. Bd4 Ne4 37. g4 Qxf3+ 38. Rxf3+ Ke6 39. Rxe3 Kd5 40. Kg2 Ra8 41. h4 b4 42. h5 gxh5 43. gxh5 Ra2 44. Kf3 Ng5+ 45. Kg3 Ne4+ 46. Kf4 bxc3 47. Bxc3 Nxc3 48. bxc3 Rh2 49. Kg4 Kc5 50. Rh3 Rg2+ 51. Kh4 Kb5 52. h6 Rg8 53. h7 Rh8 54. Kg5 Ka4 55. Kg6 Kb3 56. Kg7 1-0 

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