Petrosian Memorial, Rd. 3: Fischer, Caruana, Grischuk?

Время публикации: 07.11.2014 11:58 | Последнее обновление: 07.11.2014 12:53

3/3 for the leader who continues his impressive series

Three games out of 4 have been drawn in the 3rd round of the Tigran Metrosian Memorial which is taking place in the Novotel Moscow City hotel and sponsored by the TASHIR group of companies. The only decisive outcome has taken place in the leader's game: Alexander Grischuk continued his impressive series of victories, this time by beating another Muscovite Alexander Morozevich in an impressive, very powerful manner.

Given Grischuk's three finishing victories in Baku, his encounter vs Morozevich has become his 6th winning game in a row, this all happening on the elite level. Maybe this is not as yet impressive as the recent 7-games Caruana series in Saint Louis (or, in this connection, the phenomenal series of 20 wins in a row by legendary Robert Fischer in 1970-1971), but it says a lot about the Grischuk's playing level anyway, all the more his series hasn't been interrupted yet. Only a very few GMs in the world are currently capable of performing exploits like this one. Grischuk's live rating is now equal to already 2807 points.

The 3rd round has started from the visit by President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan who made the first symbolic move in the game between his compatriot Levon Aronian and the Chinese GM Ding Liren.

Photo by Maria Emelianova

The aforementioned game has been drawn, as well as Leko - Kramnik and Inarkiev - Gelfand. All of these encounters were quite even; Aronian was trying to convert an extra pawn in the endgame but his task was too hard, given his doubled pawns and the persistent defence by the Chinese.

Now let's see the game which has been the most interesting in terms of both the sporting meaning and the chess contents.

The Slav Defence
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.Qc2!? ('This line is slightly adventurous. The main raply for Black is of course 5...dxc4' - Grischuk) 5...g6?! 6.e4! dxe4 7.Nxe4

Grischuk: 'If White is able to complete his development he'll be clearly better. The question is, whether White has enough time for it or not. In the game, I've got the time'.
7...Bg7. From now on, Black could have taken the e4-knight himself (without waiting for Nxf6+), and it looks like he had to go for this.
8.Be2 0–0 9.0–0 Bf5 (9...Nxe4 10.Qxe4 Bf5 11.Qh4 e5!? - Grischuk) 10.Nxf6+ Bxf6 11.Qb3 Qc7. This defence is very natural, but probably the position was calling for more energetic measures: 11...Nd7!? (having ...Qb6 in mind), and if 12.Qxb7 then 12...c5!. The immediate 11...c5!? was also interesting.
A seemingly modest but actually very strong move preventing Black from completing his development, as the f5-bishop will be in a kind of trouble after ...Nd7. 'Black's position is now unpleasant' - Grischuk.

12...c5?! If 12...Nd7 (12...Be4 13.Ng5!) then 13.g4 deserves attention: 13...Be6 (in case of 13...Be4? the black bishop is kind of trapped: 14.Nd2 Qf4 15.Nb1! Qd6 16.Nc3 Qe6 17.Be3!?, and it's hard for Black to untangle his pieces), and then 14.Bh6 Rfd8 15.Qe3. However, Grischuk was intending to play just 13.Be3, keeping the g2-g4 idea in stock.
13.d5 a5. 'This eccentric solution is in fact the sign that Black is not okay' - Grischuk. One can even say that this is the strategic capitulation. The alternative was 13...h5 in order to prepare ...Nd7. 14.Bh6!? Re8 15.g4!? Bc8 (15...Bd7!? with the idea of playing ...Na6 if needed) 16.Rad1 Nd7 17.Rfe1 Ra6. White could think of 18.Qa3!? here and on the next move, but Grischuk's decision to sacrifice a pawn for the attack turns out to be very promising.
18.Bf1 Rb6 19.Qe3!?

19...Bxb2. If 19...Rxb2 then the following line looks logical for White: 20.d6 Qd8 21.g5 Bh8 22.dxe7 Qc7 23.h4, intending Bh3 at some point.
20.Bf4! Qd8 21.Ng5! Bd4 22.Qg3. White's threat is now to trap the queen by 23.Bc7; another possible way was 22.Rxd4!? cxd4 23.Qxd4 f6 (23...h6 24.Bd2! with the idea of 24...hxg5 25.Bxa5) 24.Bd2.
22...e5 23.dxe6 fxe6 24.Bg2! (White's advantage is undoubted) 24...e5!?

25.Bd2!? Grischuk had a wide choise here: 25.Bxe5!?; 25.Bd5+ Kg7 26.Qh4 Nf8 27.Rxd4!; 25.Qh4!?, all these lines might be even stronger then the text move, although they require precise calculations. After some thought, he has decided to avoid forced lines in favour of the simple solution, attacking the a5-pawn. Black's position remains very difficult, even though there is not immediate threat of Bxa5 because of Qxg5.
25...Rf6. Probably 25...Kg7 was more persistent (26.Qh4? h6). Another idea was 25...Rd6!? preparing to repair the position by giving up an exchange: 26.Bd5+ Rxd5 27.cxd5 Nf6.

26...Nb6? ('if 26...Qb6!? then 27.Nxd4 cxd4 28.Bg5 with big advantage for White' - Grischuk) 27.Nxd4 (not 27.Bg5? due to 27...Rxf3!) 27...exd4 28.Bg5. Now White wins an exchange without losing his initiative. The outcome is clear.
28...Ref8 29.Qe5 Nd7

30.Bxf6 (there is no need in spectacular lines like 30.Bd5+ Kh8 31.Qe7! Qxe7 32.Rxe7 Rxf2 33.Bh6) 30...Qxf6 31.Qxf6 Nxf6 32.Rb1 Rf7?! 33.g5 Nd7 34.Re8+ Rf8 35.Bd5+ Kh8 36.Rbe1 1–0 (Annotated by GM M.Golubev).

After three rounds Alexander Grischuk is in the sole lead with the perfect score; his nearest rival is Vladimir Kramnik with 2/3 (a point behind). Today is the day-off.

Round 4 will be held on November 8th (Ding Liren - Grischuk, Kramnik - Gelfand).

The crosstable, pairings, regulations etc.

[Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.06"] [Round "3"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2795"] [BlackElo "2724"] [ECO "D15"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "4.Nc3"] [EventDate "2014.11.04"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. Qc2 g6 6. e4 dxe4 7. Nxe4 Bg7 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O Bf5 10. Nxf6+ Bxf6 11. Qb3 Qc7 12. h3 c5 13. d5 a5 14. Bh6 Re8 15. g4 Bc8 16. Rad1 Nd7 17. Rfe1 Ra6 18. Bf1 Rb6 19. Qe3 Bxb2 20. Bf4 Qd8 21. Ng5 Bd4 22. Qg3 e5 23. dxe6 fxe6 24. Bg2 e5 25. Bd2 Rf6 26. Nf3 Nb6 27. Nxd4 exd4 28. Bg5 Ref8 29. Qe5 Nd7 30. Bxf6 Qxf6 31. Qxf6 Nxf6 32. Rb1 Rf7 33. g5 Nd7 34. Re8+ Rf8 35. Bd5+ Kh8 36. Rbe1 1-0 [Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.06"] [Round "3"] [White "Leko, Peter"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2731"] [BlackElo "2760"] [ECO "D37"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "classical variation (5.Bf4)"] [EventDate "2014.11.04"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 Nh5 8. Bd3 Nxf4 9. exf4 b6 10. b4 a5 11. a3 c6 12. O-O Qc7 13. g3 Ba6 14. Bxa6 Rxa6 15. Qe2 Rfa8 16. b5 cxb5 17. c6 Qxc6 18. Nxb5 Rc8 19. Rac1 Qxc1 20. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 21. Kg2 Ra8 22. f5 Rc6 23. fxe6 fxe6 24. Ne1 a4 25. Nd3 Ra5 26. Nf4 Nf8 27. h4 Bf6 28. Kh3 g6 29. Kg2 Bg7 30. g4 h6 31. g5 h5 32. f3 Kh7 33. Kg3 Kg8 34. Kg2 Kh7 35. Kg3 Kh8 36. Kh3 Kg8 1/2-1/2 [Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.06"] [Round "3"] [White "Inarkiev, Ernesto"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2688"] [BlackElo "2759"] [ECO "E60"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "3.g3"] [EventDate "2014.11.04"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bg2 d5 6. cxd5 cxd5 7. Nc3 Ne4 8. Qa4+ Nc6 9. Ne5 Nxc3 10. bxc3 Bxe5 11. dxe5 Be6 12. Rb1 Qa5 13. Qxa5 Nxa5 14. Rb5 b6 15. Bxd5 Rc8 16. Bh6 Kd7 17. O-O Rhd8 18. e4 Nc4 19. Bf4 Ke8 20. Rd1 Rc7 21. Kg2 Rdc8 22. Rd3 a6 23. Rb3 b5 24. Rd4 Rc5 25. Bxc4 Rxc4 26. Rxc4 Rxc4 27. Ra3 Rxe4 28. Rxa6 Bd5 29. Kh3 h6 30. Bxh6 Rxe5 31. g4 Re2 32. Be3 Rxa2 33. Rxa2 Bxa2 34. Kg3 f6 35. h4 Kf7 36. f4 Bb1 37. Bd4 Bc2 38. g5 Ke6 39. Bc5 Bd1 40. Kf2 fxg5 41. hxg5 1/2-1/2 [Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.06"] [Round "3"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Ding Liren"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2797"] [BlackElo "2730"] [ECO "E60"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "3.g3"] [EventDate "2014.11.04"] 1. c4 g6 2. d4 Nf6 3. g3 c6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bg2 d5 6. cxd5 cxd5 7. Ne5 Ne4 8. Nd2 Nd7 9. Nxe4 dxe4 10. Bf4 Qa5+ 11. Bd2 Qd5 12. Bc3 f5 13. f3 O-O 14. O-O Nxe5 15. fxe4 fxe4 16. Rxf8+ Kxf8 17. dxe5 Be6 18. Qd4 Qxd4+ 19. Bxd4 Bd5 20. Rc1 Ke8 21. h4 Rd8 22. a3 e6 23. e3 Kd7 24. Rf1 Ke8 25. Rf4 Bh6 26. Rf2 a6 27. Rc2 Kd7 28. g4 Bf8 29. Rf2 Ke8 30. Rf4 Be7 31. g5 Rc8 32. Bxe4 Bxe4 33. Rxe4 Rc2 34. Rf4 b5 35. Kf1 a5 36. Ke1 b4 37. axb4 Bxb4+ 38. Kd1 Rc6 39. b3 Ra6 40. Bb2 Rc6 41. Rf2 Rc5 42. Bd4 Rc7 43. Rh2 Rc6 44. Rh1 Bc3 45. Ke2 Bb4 46. Kd3 Rc7 47. Ra1 Rc6 48. Bb2 Rc7 49. Ba3 Rc3+ 50. Kd4 Rxb3 51. Bxb4 axb4 52. Ra8+ Kf7 53. Ra7+ Kf8 54. Rxh7 Rb1 55. Rb7 b3 56. Rb4 Ke7 57. Kc3 Re1 58. Re4 Rb1 59. Kb4 Kd7 60. Rd4+ Ke7 61. Ka3 Re1 62. Re4 Rb1 63. Rb4 Kd7 64. Rxb3 Rh1 65. Kb4 Kc6 66. Rc3+ Kd5 67. Rc5+ Ke4 68. Kb5 Kf5 69. Rc4 Rh3 70. e4+ Kxe5 71. Kc6 Rxh4 72. Rc5+ Kd4 73. Kd6 Rxe4 74. Ra5 Re1 75. Ra4+ Kd3 76. Ra5 Kd4 77. Ra4+ Kd3 78. Ra5 1/2-1/2 

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