Black And White Magic

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Oparin "defeating the monster", Dreev creating a study, and other moments of the Nutcracker tournament

The battle between "Kings" and "Princes", as the Nutcracker chess tournament participants are called, has started without reconnaissance. All the four games of round 1 turned out to be uncompromising, and each of those deserves a separate analysis and close attention. 


The first move was made by Oleg Skvortsov. See Evgeny Potemkin’s video

Alexey Shirov and Daniil Dubov continued their duel that had started a year ago. The Latvian got a slight advantage in the opening. Nevertheless, Dubov managed to equalize the game, but then he overestimated his chances trying to obtain something more than that. Moves like 26...h5?! and especially 26...h4? merely destroyed his whole play.

Shirov was still talking about his success in the press center while everyone learnt that “Kings” are no longer ahead. Grigoriy Oparin managed to outplay Alexander Morozevich right in the opening. “My home analysis was quite exact” – said the young man. The Taimanov variation fans have a lot to think about after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qf3!?

This move is fashionable these days. However, Morozevich’s reaction probably isn't going to become very popular: 7...Nxd4?! 8.Bxd4 Ne7 9.Qe3! b5 10.0-0-0 Bb7 11.f4. White has an advantage and a clear plan ahead. Alexander’s move 11...f6? made the things even worse and he wasn’t able to recover.

"You defeated such a monster...", Sergei Rublevsky, the official commentator of the event, congratulated the winner.

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Dreev – Artemiev game did not go fortunately for an experienced grandmaster. In a slightly worse position, Alexey made a blunder: 27.Rb1? and was able to save the game only due to his opponent's help.

DREEV - ARTEMIEV

32...Ra1? Black is still winning but it makes his play harder. Everything would be clear after 32...Bc3+ 33.Kf1 Kf7! 34.f3 Bc6.
33.f3 Bd5 34.Nxd5 exd5 35.Rxa1 Bxa1 36.Bd1.

Different miracles can happen in an endgame with opposite-coloured bishops, and this is yet another example.
36...Kf7. Artemiev is ready to sacrifice a pawn in order to activate his king and to support his passed pawns on the queenside.  
37.Bb3 Ke6 38.e4 fxe4 39.fxe4 b5 40.Bxd5+ Kd6 41.Bg8 h6 42.Kd2 Be5 43.h4 Perhaps 43.h3 was better.

43...Kc5 44.Bf7 Kb4 45.Be8.

45...g5? Was h2-h4 good or bad, it has provoked the young GM to make an unobvious mistake. It was the last moment in the game for Black to win: 45...a6! Now Dreev manages to create a study, playing the rest of the game perfectly.
46.hxg5 hxg5 47.Bd7 a6 48.Bc8 a5 49.Bd7 a4 50.Kd3 Ka5 51.Bg4! The only move. It is important to be able to reach the е2- and d1-squares in case the pawns start to move.
51...Kb6 52.Bd7 Kc5 53.Be8 Kb4 54.Bd7. It turns out that the pawns are not going anywhere, so Artemiev played 54...Kb3 55.Bxb5 a3 56.Bc4+ Kb2 57.Bf7
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57...Bf6 58.Be6 Be5 59.Bf7 Bf6 60.Be6 Bd8 61.Kd4 a2 62.Bxa2 Kxa2 63.Kd5 Kb3 64.Kd6 Kc4 65.Kd7 Kd4 66.Kxd8 Kxe4 67.Ke7 Kf5 68.Kf7 g4 69.Kg7 Kf4 70.Kg6 Kg3 71.Kg5 Kxg2 72.Kxg4 1/2

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Vladimir Fedoseev and Peter Leko played the Queen’s Pawn Game. Black didn’t have any problems; after the time control had been over it seemed that only Leko would be able to outplay his opponent over time. However, Fedoseev ruined Peter’s plans having sacrificed an exchange for a pawn. The position was roughly equal but both grandmasters made mistakes as they were in a mutual time trouble. The evaluation went back and forth many times but Leko was the last one to make a mistake.

Below you can find all the games of the 1st round.

[Event "Nutcracker Classical 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.12.20"] [Round "1.1"] [White "Shirov, Alexei"] [Black "Dubov, Daniil"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2675"] [BlackElo "2629"] [ECO "A56"] [Opening "Benoni defence"] [EventDate "2014.12.20"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e4 O-O 6. Bd3 d6 7. h3 a6 8. a4 e6 9. Nf3 exd5 10. cxd5 Nbd7 11. O-O Qe7 12. Bf4 Nh5 13. Bh2 Bh6 14. Re1 Bf4 15. g3 Bh6 16. Bf1 Ne5 17. Nxe5 Qxe5 18. f4 Qd4+ 19. Kg2 Qb4 20. Qd2 f5 21. e5 dxe5 22. Rxe5 Bg7 23. Re7 Nf6 24. Bg1 Bd7 25. Kh2 Rad8 26. Bg2 h5 27. d6 Bc6 28. Bxc6 bxc6 29. Rd1 Rf7 30. Qe2 Bf8 31. Re5 h4 32. Bxc5 hxg3+ 33. Kxg3 Qb3 34. Rd3 Qb7 35. b4 Rh7 36. Kg2 Rh4 37. Rg3 Nh5 38. Rxg6+ Kh7 39. Rxf5 Kxg6 40. Qe6+ Kh7 41. Rf7+ Kh8 42. Bd4+ Bg7 43. Bxg7+ Nxg7 44. Qf6 1-0 [Event "Nutcracker Classical 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.12.20"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Dreev, Aleksey"] [Black "Artemiev, Vladislav"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2649"] [BlackElo "2662"] [ECO "D91"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "5.Bg5"] [EventDate "2014.12.20"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bg5 Ne4 6. Bf4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 c5 8. cxd5 Qxd5 9. e3 O-O 10. Be2 cxd4 11. cxd4 Qa5+ 12. Qd2 Qxd2+ 13. Kxd2 Nc6 14. Rhc1 Rd8 15. Rc5 Be6 16. a4 Bd5 17. Ke1 e6 18. Rcc1 Rdc8 19. Bd6 Na5 20. Bb5 Nb3 21. Rxc8+ Rxc8 22. Rb1 Na5 23. Bb4 Be4 24. Rd1 Nb3 25. Bd3 Bd5 26. Ba3 f5 27. Rb1 Rc3 28. Be2 Nxd4 29. Nxd4 Rxa3 30. Nb5 Rxa4 31. Nc7 Be4 32. Rd1 Ra1 33. f3 Bd5 34. Nxd5 exd5 35. Rxa1 Bxa1 36. Bd1 Kf7 37. Bb3 Ke6 38. e4 fxe4 39. fxe4 b5 40. Bxd5+ Kd6 41. Bg8 h6 42. Kd2 Be5 43. h4 Kc5 44. Bf7 Kb4 45. Be8 g5 46. hxg5 hxg5 47. Bd7 a6 48. Bc8 a5 49. Bd7 a4 50. Kd3 Ka5 51. Bg4 Kb6 52. Bd7 Kc5 53. Be8 Kb4 54. Bd7 Kb3 55. Bxb5 a3 56. Bc4+ Kb2 57. Bf7 Bf6 58. Be6 Be5 59. Bf7 Bf6 60. Be6 Bd8 61. Kd4 a2 62. Bxa2 Kxa2 63. Kd5 Kb3 64. Kd6 Kc4 65. Kd7 Kd4 66. Kxd8 Kxe4 67. Ke7 Kf5 68. Kf7 g4 69. Kg7 Kf4 70. Kg6 Kg3 71. Kg5 Kxg2 72. Kxg4 1/2-1/2 [Event "Nutcracker Classical 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.12.20"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Oparin, Grigoriy"] [Black "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2543"] [BlackElo "2712"] [ECO "B48"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Taimanov variation"] [EventDate "2014.12.20"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qf3 Nxd4 8. Bxd4 Ne7 9. Qe3 b5 10. O-O-O Bb7 11. f4 f6 12. Be2 Rc8 13. Rd2 h5 14. Rhd1 Bc6 15. Bf3 b4 16. Ne2 f5 17. Be5 Qb7 18. exf5 Nxf5 19. Bxc6 Qxc6 20. Qd3 Qb5 21. Qxb5 axb5 22. Rxd7 Ne3 23. R1d2 h4 24. Rb7 Nc4 25. Rd3 Nxe5 26. fxe5 Rh5 27. Rxb5 Bc5 28. Rb7 Rxe5 29. Kd1 Rf5 30. Rxg7 Bf8 31. Rh7 Rf1+ 32. Kd2 Rb1 33. Nd4 Rg1 34. Re3 Rxg2+ 35. Kd3 Rg7 36. Rxh4 Rd7 37. Rxe6+ Kf7 38. Rf4+ Kg8 39. Rg6+ Bg7 40. Rb6 Rf8 41. Rxf8+ Bxf8 42. Rg6+ Kh7 43. Rg4 Ra7 44. Nc6 Rd7+ 45. Rd4 Rb7 46. Kc4 Kg6 47. Rd7 Rb6 48. Ne5+ Kg5 49. Nd3 Rh6 50. Kb3 Rh3 51. Rd4 Be7 52. Rc4 Kf5 53. Ka4 Rxh2 54. Nxb4 Ke6 55. Kb3 Rh3+ 56. c3 Rh2 57. a4 Kd7 58. a5 Bd8 59. a6 Bb6 60. Nd5 1-0 [Event "Nutcracker Classical 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.12.20"] [Round "1.4"] [White "Fedoseev, Vladimir"] [Black "Leko, Peter"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2661"] [BlackElo "2723"] [ECO "A46"] [Opening "Queen's pawn"] [Variation "Torre attack"] [EventDate "2014.12.20"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 c5 4. e3 h6 5. Bh4 d5 6. c3 Nbd7 7. Nbd2 Bd6 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O b6 10. Re1 Bb7 11. a4 Qc7 12. Qb1 a6 13. Bg3 Bxg3 14. hxg3 e5 15. dxe5 Nxe5 16. Nxe5 Qxe5 17. Ra3 Rfe8 18. b4 c4 19. Be2 Re7 20. Nf3 Qc7 21. Nd4 Rae8 22. Bf3 Re5 23. Ra2 Bc8 24. Qd1 Bd7 25. a5 b5 26. Rd2 Qd6 27. Nc2 h5 28. Rd4 Bg4 29. Qd2 g6 30. Rd1 Qe7 31. Ne1 Kg7 32. Qb2 Qe6 33. Rc1 Rh8 34. Qd2 Re8 35. Rd1 Qe7 36. Qc1 Rh8 37. R1d2 Qe6 38. Rd1 Re8 39. Qd2 Qe7 40. Rc1 Rd8 41. Nc2 Bf5 42. Qd1 Qe6 43. Rd2 Bxc2 44. Rcxc2 g5 45. Rd4 g4 46. Be2 Ne4 47. Qe1 Rh8 48. f4 Rf5 49. Bd1 Qh6 50. Kf1 Qg6 51. Rc1 h4 52. gxh4 g3 53. Bf3 Rxh4 54. Ke2 Rh2 55. Qd1 Qe6 56. Rxe4 dxe4 57. Qd4+ Rf6 58. Bxe4 Qg4+ 59. Kd2 Qh5 60. Rf1 Rh1 61. Rxh1 Qxh1 62. Qe5 Qh4 63. Kc1 Qg4 64. f5 Qg5 65. Bc2 Qh4 66. Kb2 Kg8 67. e4 Qg5 68. Qd4 Kf8 69. Qc5+ Kg7 70. Qc7 Qg4 71. e5 Rxf5 72. e6 Qe2 73. Qxg3+ Kf8 74. Qd6+ Kg7 75. Qd4+ Rf6 76. g4 Qf2 77. Qe5 Kf8 78. Qb8+ Ke7 79. Qb7+ Kxe6 80. Qxa6+ Ke7 81. Qxb5 Qe2 82. Qc5+ Kd7 83. Qb5+ Kc7 84. a6 Rf2 85. Qa5+ Kb8 86. Qb6+ Kc8 87. Qc6+ Kd8 88. Qa4 Qe3 89. a7 Rxc2+ 90. Kxc2 Qf2+ 91. Kb1 Qe1+ 92. Kb2 1-0 


  


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