Wijk aan Zee: Ivanchuk Misses Winning Chances Against Saric But Maintains The Lead

Время публикации: 17.01.2015 02:21 | Последнее обновление: 17.01.2015 02:21

For the first time in this tournament, Vassily Ivanchuk has failed to win with White - the one to stop him was Ivan Saric.

'I had an advantage but I don't know if it was enough for the win', Ivanchuk shrugged his shoulders after the scoresheets had been signed. '27...b5 was dubious, and maybe I had to play 28.d5 at once'.  


This is correct. After 27...b5?!, 28.d5! is strong. Black has to play 28...Nb6! (after 28...exd5 29.Rxd5 b4 White has at least 30.Ra5 winning a pawn) 29.d6 Nc4 30.Rf2! (trying to stop f7-f6), and, having to struggle against the powerful d6-pawn, Black cannot feel safe, although White's win is still far from being secured.

Instead, White played 28.Bc6? b4 29.d5 Nb8! 30.Bb7 exd5 31.Rxd5 Rxd5 32.Bxd5 Nd7 33.Kf3 g5 34.fxg5 Nxe5+, and the Croatian player saved the ending without big difficulties. 1/2

Ivanchuk (4.5 out of 6) is being pursued by Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Wesley So (who inflicted another defeat on Baadur Jobava), and Magnus Carlsen (third win in a row).
All the materials on the tournament

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.16"] [Round "6.3"] [White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Black "Saric, Ivan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2715"] [BlackElo "2666"] [ECO "D11"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "4.e3"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. h3 Bh5 6. Nc3 e6 7. g4 Bg6 8. Ne5 Nbd7 9. Nxg6 hxg6 10. Bd2 Bb4 11. cxd5 Nxd5 12. e4 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Ba5 14. Bg2 c5 15. Rb1 b6 16. O-O O-O 17. f4 Rc8 18. Rc1 cxd4 19. cxd4 Bxd2 20. Qxd2 Qe7 21. e5 Qa3 22. Kh2 Rxc1 23. Rxc1 Rd8 24. Rc3 Qa5 25. Rc2 Qxd2 26. Rxd2 Kf8 27. Kg3 b5 28. Bc6 b4 29. d5 Nb8 30. Bb7 exd5 31. Rxd5 Rxd5 32. Bxd5 Nd7 33. Kf3 g5 34. fxg5 Nxe5+ 35. Ke4 Ng6 36. Bc4 a5 37. Kd4 a4 38. Kc5 b3 39. axb3 axb3 40. Bxb3 Nf4 41. h4 Ng2 42. h5 Ne3 43. Kd4 Nxg4 44. Bc2 g6 45. hxg6 fxg6 46. Bxg6 Kg7 47. Bf5 Nh6 48. Be6 Kg6 49. gxh6 1/2-1/2 


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