Wijk aan Zee, B-Group: Navara's Revolutionary Idea in Caro-Kann

Время публикации: 18.01.2015 05:56 | Последнее обновление: 24.01.2015 10:16

Two Elo favorites - David Navara (2729) and Wei Yi (2675) - are in the lead of the B-tournament in Wijk aan Zee with 5.5 points out of 7, one point ahead of Sam Shankland (2645). In the 7th round, both Wei Yi and Navara have reinforced their lead by scoring victories with Black over Jan Timman and Robin van Kampen respectively.

Commenting on the game for our website, David said that his opponent had surprised him in the opening by choosing a sideline. However, it's in fact Navara's 6th move which is the greatest surprise for those who have some idea about the Caro-Kann Defence. (Navara didn't mention that in his mini-interview.)

6...e5! The real talent lies in an ability to spot something which went unnoticed by the others but would seem 'very obvious' since the moment of discovery. After the most usual 6...e6, Black get playable positions but there is no clear recipe of equality. Quite often, Black has to play e6-e5 afterwards. So, why to waste a tempo instead of putting this pawn to e5 at once?! Black did try 6...d4 7.Ne2 e5, but why to determine the pawn structure so early?
6...e5 isn't a novelty - it had been seen in a few games, mostly old ones, played on a level much lower than Navara's. Of course it's hard to invent a novelty as early as on move 6.
There is no clear refutation, if any. If 6...e5 does work for Black it might easily be possible that the whole 2.Nf3 & 3.Nc3 line in the Caro-Kann promises White no advantage at all.
(Annotation by GM Andrey Deviatkin)

Navara: 'The game went like the Ruy Lopez reversed, which is atypical for Caro-Kann. For a long time, it was equal, but, in my opinion, 24.c3 (instead of the correct 24.Ra2) was a mistake after which the position went unpleasant for him, because he had to choose precise moves out of many possibilities. Robin failed to do that.'

The complete game can be viewed below.

The crosstable, pairings, all games and other information about Tata Steel B-tournament

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7.7"] [White "Van Kampen, Robin"] [Black "Navara, David"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2615"] [BlackElo "2729"] [ECO "B11"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "two knights, 3...Bg4"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 Nf6 6. d3 e5 7. Bd2 Bb4 8. a3 Ba5 9. b4 Bb6 10. Be2 O-O 11. Rb1 Re8 12. Bg5 Nbd7 13. O-O h6 14. Bh4 d4 15. Na4 Bc7 16. Nc5 g5 17. Nxd7 Nxd7 18. Bg3 Qf6 19. Qxf6 Nxf6 20. a4 Kg7 21. Rb3 a6 22. Rfb1 b5 23. Ra3 Bd6 24. c3 a5 25. axb5 cxb5 26. cxd4 Bxb4 27. Rab3 exd4 28. Rxb4 axb4 29. Rxb4 Nd5 30. Rxd4 Nf4 31. Bxf4 gxf4 32. Rb4 Rec8 33. g4 Ra2 34. Bf1 Rc1 0-1 [Event "77th Tata Steel GpB"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7.1"] [White "Timman, Jan"] [Black "Wei Yi"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2593"] [BlackElo "2675"] [ECO "D91"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "5.Bg5"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bg5 Ne4 6. Bf4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 dxc4 8. e3 Be6 9. Qb1 b6 10. Ng5 Bd5 11. e4 h6 12. Nf3 Be6 13. Be5 f6 14. Bg3 O-O 15. d5 f5 16. Be5 Bf7 17. Bxc4 Bxe5 18. Nxe5 Qd6 19. f4 Nd7 20. Nxd7 Qxd7 21. exf5 Bxd5 22. Qe4 Rxf5 23. O-O-O e6 24. Rhe1 Qf7 25. Qd3 Rd8 26. Qg3 Rxf4 27. Bd3 g5 28. c4 Bxc4 29. Bh7+ Kxh7 30. Rxd8 Qf6 31. Rd7+ Kg6 32. Rxc7 Qa1+ 33. Kc2 Qxa2+ 34. Kc1 Qa1+ 35. Kc2 Rf2+ 0-1


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