Draws Aren't Honoured

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4 games out of 6 decisive again; Caruana and Gelfand back to the top before last round

The penultimate, 10th round of the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Baku saw 4 decisive games as the previous one and brought Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand back to the top. Let's start the review with their victories.

The Israeli GM has made brilliant use of his opponent's dubious play in the Catalan Opening.


14...Qd6?! (strangely enough, Teimour preferred this move over 14...Bd6 chosen by him vs Kramnik in Kazan 2011) 15.Nbd2! (Radjabov admitted on the press conference that he had mixed up the opening lines - the queen should go to d6 if White plays 13.Nc3, instead of 13.Rd1 as in the game) 15...Nd7 16.Rac1 Rad8 (if 16...Rac8 then 17.Qxd6! followed by 18.Ne5! is very strong - Gelfand) 17.Nb3 Bd5 18.Nfd2! Nb6 19.Rxc7 Bxb3?! (Black had to prefer 19...Qxf4!? 20.gxf4 Bd6, although he still has to struggle after 21.Ra7) 20.Nxb3 Nc4 21.Qxd6 Bxd6 22.Ra7 a5 23.Rb1 Bb4 (23...a4 24.Nc5!) 24.a3

24...Nd2? (this loses on the spot; only 24...a4 could put up some resistance) 25.axb4! Nxb1 26.bxa5 f5 27.Rc7 e5 28.Rc1 1–0

The Italian GM had the black pieces against Leinier Lominguez. According to Caruana, White's 11th move was a serious mistake; Fabiano quickly got a better position and converted it into the win relentlessly in the middlegame. Meanwhile, Dominguez has lost already three games in a row.


28...Nc6! 29.Qe1 (29.Qa3? Qf6 loses on the spot but the text move doesn't help much either) 29...e4! 30.Nb4 Ne5 31.dxe4?! (31.Qd1 was slightly more persistent although could hardly save White anyway) 31...d3 32.Bd1 Qd4+ 33.Kg2 d2 34.Qe2 Nxe4 0–1

Two other triumphers of round 10 were Russian GMs Evgeny Tomashevsky and Alexander Grischuk. The former has outplayed Dmitry Andreikin in the uncompromised battle full of mutual inaccuracies.


Black had sacrificed a pawn earlier in the game and now could obtain good counterplay by 23...Be5!. However, Andreikin chose 23...Bh5?! which led to White's advantage after 24.QeNg4 25.Nf3 Bg7 26.h3. The further play saw many adventures (well, perhaps even too many), but White has reached his goal anyway. (1-0 on move 41)

Grischuk scored a victory again as in round 9, this time against Rustam Kasimdzhanov (who in turn has lost his second game in a row).


The Moscow GM has managed to surprise his opponent (as well as the followers of the tournament) by the "extravagant" (according to Grischuk himself)  5...Nh6!?. Alexander also noted that Boris Gelfand (obviously referred to as an example of the orthodox approach to chess - CN) can be simply offended by moves like this one.

However, the idea behind this knight leap is quite clear - Black is preparing f7-f5 which doesn't work at once due to 6.exd5! exd5 7.Qxf5, or 6...cxd5 7.Nb5). Moreover, one can recall a well-known game by Morozevich vs Aronian (Tal Memorial, 2012) where a similar idea had brought success to Black: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. e3 Nd7 5. Nf3 f5 6. Bd3 Nh6!? and so on.

Back to the game, the line 6.e4!? e5! pointed out by Grischuk is quite interesting, but Kasimdzhanov chose the calmer 6.Bd2 and was securing at least equal chances for a long time in the middlegame. However, at some point Rustam started to play carelessly, allowing an advance of the black king side pawns.

On the diagram, White's problems are already very visible but he continued to go easy: 24.a3?! g3! 25.fxg3 (the other moves aren't better) 25...Nc4!, and his position started collapsing. Soon, in Kasimdzhanov's time trouble, the fight was over.

Talking about the drawn games of round 10, both of them (Nakamura - Mamedyarov and Karjakin - Svidler) were quite fighting, especially the latter which saw a fashionable line of the Ruy Lopez. On move 11, White could exchange the queens (as Carlsen had done many times with success) but Karjakin went 11.Nbd2 instead, opting for sharper play.


15.Nc4 The other possibilities are 15.Nf1 as well as 15.Qf1!? in order to meet 15...Nf4 with 16.Nc4 Qf6 17.Bxf4. According to Svidler, 15.Bd5?! Nf4 16.Qc4 Bxh3! is too dangerous for White: 17.Nb3 Bxg2!? (or 17...Nxg2) 18.Qxc5? (the only chance is 18.Nh4) 18...Qg6 19.Nh4 Qg4 20.Bxf4 exf4!.
15...Qf6 16.Ne3? (this is a mistake; 16.Be3 would have kept the position roughly equal) 16...Nf4 17.Qc4

17...Nxg2! Another tempting sacrifice 17...Bxh3 is definitely weaker due to 18.Nd5!, and if 18...Nxd5 19.exd5 Qg6? then 20.Nh4. However, 17...Nd4!? was also possible because 18.Qxc5? loses after 18...Nxf3+ (18...Nxh3+ 19.Kf1 Nxf3 20.Nd5 Nh2+ 21.Ke2 Bg4+ is also good) 19.gxf3 Nxh3+ 20.Kg2 (if 20.Kf1 then 20...Qxf3 and, for example, 21.Ng2 Nf4! 22.Bxf4 Bh3) 20...Nf4+ 21.Kg3. Svidler had come to that position in his calculations during the game but failed to find 21...h5! 22.Rh1 Qg5+ 23.Kh2 Bh3! with the decisive threat of ...Bg2!.
In case of 17...Nd4 White should probably give up a pawn in order to extinguish the attack: 18.Nxd4 Bxd4 19.Nf5 Bxf5 20.exf5 Qxf5 21.Bxf4!? Qxf4 22.Re2 (Svidler).
18.Kxg2 (18.Nxg2? Qxf3 19.Qxc5 Bxh3 20.Ne3 is no good for White - for instance, after 20...Rae8!, and if 21.Qxc6 Re6 22.Bxe6 then 22...fxe6!) 18...Bxh3+ 19.Kxh3 Qxf3+ 20.Kh2 Nd4! The best. Note that 20...Qxf2+? 21.Ng2 Nd4 is wrong due to 22.Rf1.
21.Rf1 Qh5+ 22.Kg2 Qf3+ 23.Kh2
Here Svidler had half an hour on his clock (which isn't too much for a complex position like this one) and failed to calculate the favourable lines to the end.

23...Bd6? Black wants to stop Nf5 but this is too slow.
A) The first of the aforementioned opportunities is 23...Qf4+!? Now White should refrain from 24.Kh3?! (correct is 24.Kg2 Qxe4+! 25.f3 Qg6+ and the fight goes on although Black is better)

24...Nf3! (that's what Svidler has missed during the game as well as during the press conference) 25.Rh1 (the main idea is 25.Qxc5? Qh2+ 26.Kg4 Ng5!! checkmating) 25...Rad8! 26.Qe2 (26.Qxc5? loses again, this time due to 26...Ng5+ 27.Kg2 Nxe4) 26...Qxe4 and Black is much better.
B) However, 23...Rad8! is an even more unpleasant move. The idea is that after 24.Qxc5

Black has 24...Rd6!! (Svidler saw only 24...Qh5+ 25.Kg2 Rd6 26.f3! where White holds: 26...Rg6+ 27.Ng4 Nxf3 28.Kxf3!, etc.) 25.Qxe5 (25.Qxd6 cxd6 is obviously in Black's favour) 25...Rg6. Suddenly it turns out that 2 extra pieces can't help White to find a good defence from the threats like ...Ne2-f4 or ...Rg5.

24...Qh5+ Having discovered that the initially planned 24...Rae8?! would have been met by 25.Bd1!, Svidler decided to force a draw. He was having only 5 minites vs Karjakin's half an hour, and the alternate line 24...Nxb3 25.Qxb3 Qxe4 looks very unclear. 25.Kg2 Qf3+ 26.Kh2 Qh5+ 27.Kg2 Qf3+ 1/2 (game annotated by GM M. Golubev)

Svidler has failed to find a winning way in that sideline position (picture: baku2014.fide.com).

Before the last round, Caruana and Gelfand are in the lead again with 6 points out of 10. Karjakin, Nakamura, Svidler and Tomashevsky are half a point behind the leaders.

Round 11 pairings are: Caruana - Tomashevsky, Svidler - Gelfand, Radjabov - Nakamura, Andreikin - Karjakin, Grischuk - Dominguez, Mamedyarov - Kasimdzhanov.

[Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.13"] [Round "10.1"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E06"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "closed, 5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. Bd2 Be4 11. Qc1 Bb7 12. Bf4 Nd5 13. Rd1 Nxf4 14. Qxf4 Qd6 15. Nbd2 Nd7 16. Rac1 Rad8 17. Nb3 Bd5 18. Nfd2 Nb6 19. Rxc7 Bxb3 20. Nxb3 Nc4 21. Qxd6 Bxd6 22. Ra7 a5 23. Rb1 Bb4 24. a3 Nd2 25. axb4 Nxb1 26. bxa5 f5 27. Rc7 e5 28. Rc1 1-0 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.13"] [Round "10.5"] [White "Dominguez Perez, Leinier"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A36"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "ultra-symmetrical variation"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. c4 c5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Rb1 b6 6. a3 Bb7 7. b4 d6 8. Bb2 e6 9. Nb5 Bxb2 10. Rxb2 Nge7 11. e3 O-O 12. Nf3 Ne5 13. d3 Bxf3 14. Bxf3 d5 15. Be2 d4 16. exd4 cxd4 17. a4 a6 18. Na3 a5 19. O-O axb4 20. Rxb4 Qd6 21. Nc2 Nd7 22. Qa1 e5 23. f4 f6 24. Rb5 Nc5 25. fxe5 fxe5 26. Rxf8+ Rxf8 27. a5 bxa5 28. Qxa5 Nc6 29. Qe1 e4 30. Nb4 Ne5 31. dxe4 d3 32. Bd1 Qd4+ 33. Kg2 d2 34. Qe2 Nxe4 0-1 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.13"] [Round "10.4"] [White "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Black "Andreikin, Dmitry"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D17"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "Krause attack"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 Na6 7. e3 Nb4 8. Bxc4 e6 9. O-O Bd6 10. Qe2 h6 11. e4 Bh7 12. Rd1 O-O 13. Bf4 Qe7 14. Bg3 a6 15. Bh4 g5 16. Bg3 c5 17. dxc5 Bxc5 18. Kh1 Rad8 19. f4 Bd4 20. fxg5 hxg5 21. Nf3 Nc6 22. Nxg5 Bg6 23. Rf1 Bh5 24. Qe1 Ng4 25. Nf3 Bg7 26. h3 Nge5 27. Nxe5 Nxe5 28. Be2 Nd3 29. Bxd3 Rxd3 30. Bh4 Qb4 31. Bf6 Rc8 32. Bxg7 Kxg7 33. Qh4 Bg6 34. Rf2 Qd4 35. Raf1 Qe5 36. Qe7 Qh5 37. Kg1 Qc5 38. Qxb7 Rh8 39. Qxa6 Rd2 40. Qb5 Qd4 41. Qg5 1-0 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.13"] [Round "10.6"] [White "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D31"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "semi-Slav"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. e3 Nd7 5. Qc2 Nh6 6. Bd2 f5 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Bd3 Bd6 9. O-O-O Nb6 10. h3 Be6 11. Nf3 Qe7 12. Ne2 O-O-O 13. Nf4 Bd7 14. Ba5 Kb8 15. Qb3 Bc7 16. Bc2 Nf7 17. Nd3 Bc8 18. Nc5 g5 19. Kb1 Rde8 20. Rhe1 h5 21. Nd3 g4 22. Ng1 h4 23. Ne2 Rhg8 24. a3 g3 25. fxg3 Nc4 26. Bxc7+ Qxc7 27. gxh4 Nxe3 28. Ndf4 Nxd1 29. Rxd1 Nd6 30. Ka2 Nc4 31. Rd3 Rxg2 32. Nxg2 Rxe2 33. Ne3 Qh2 0-1 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.13"] [Round "10.2"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C88"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "closed, anti-Marshall 8.a4"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 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 b4 9. d4 d6 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Nbd2 Bc5 12. a5 h6 13. h3 Qd6 14. Qe2 Nh5 15. Nc4 Qf6 16. Ne3 Nf4 17. Qc4 Nxg2 18. Kxg2 Bxh3+ 19. Kxh3 Qxf3+ 20. Kh2 Nd4 21. Rf1 Qh5+ 22. Kg2 Qf3+ 23. Kh2 Bd6 24. c3 Qh5+ 25. Kg2 Qf3+ 26. Kh2 Qh5+ 27. Kg2 Qf3+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.13"] [Round "10.3"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D10"] [Opening "QGD Slav defence"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. e3 a6 7. Bd3 Bg4 8. Nge2 e6 9. Rc1 Bd6 10. f3 Bh5 11. O-O Bg6 12. Na4 O-O 13. Bxg6 hxg6 14. Qb3 Na5 15. Qc3 Bxf4 16. Nxf4 Rc8 17. Qb4 Rc4 18. Rxc4 Nxc4 19. Qc3 g5 20. Ne2 g4 21. Nc5 gxf3 22. gxf3 Nh5 23. Nxb7 Qg5+ 24. Kf2 Qh4+ 25. Kg2 Qg5+ 26. Kf2 Qh4+ 27. Kg2 Rb8 28. b3 Qg5+ 29. Kf2 Qh4+ 30. Kg2 Qg5+ 31. Kf2 Qh4+ 1/2-1/2

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