Is Khanty-Mansiysk Going to Become Karjakin's Favourite City?

Время публикации: 21.05.2015 14:09 | Последнее обновление: 21.05.2015 17:16

Grandmaster prepared to celebrate not just his wedding anniversary

Khanty-Mansiysk may have pleasant memories for Sergey Karjakin. In March last year, after the first round of the Candidates tournament, he dreamed of "returning the world crown to Russia", but after the first cycle, found himself at the foot of the table. But he played the second cycle better than anyone and ended up in second place overall. 

Today in the capital of Yugra the Grand Prix stage passed its halfway point and Karjakin has already started picking up speed. After beating Tomashevsky yesterday, he coped confidently today with the staggered Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, for whom this latest defeat was his third in a row.  


"Long castling" wasn't pre-planned... Photo by Kirill Mercuriev, khantymansiysk2015.fide.com

"I have no special tournament strategy, - admitted Karjakin at the press conference. - I try to make maximum use of all my chances. Why have I won two in a row since the rest day? The day before, my wife and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. Maybe that helped me?" 

So at the moment Karjakin is in third place overall. In the five remaining rounds, a lot depends not only on his rivals, but on the grandmaster himself.

Тomashevsky drew with Nakamura, and the tournament leader Caruana outplayed Alexander Grischuk in the longest game of the round. 

GRISCHUK - CARUANA

74.Rb6? After a long defence and a series of mutual mistakes, Grischuk missed the chance to establish a nice fortress: 74.Ba7! Bc4+ 75.Rxc4 Rxc4 76.Kf2, and the black king cannot get out of h1.
74...Bc4+ 75.Ke1 Rg2 0-1

Final stage of Grand Prix - all material

Games of round five:

[Event "KM FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2015.05.20"] [Round "6.4"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [EventDate "2015.05.14"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Nbd2 Ne7 8. d4 exd4 9. cxd4 Bb6 10. Re1 Bg4 11. h3 Bh5 12. a3 a6 13. Bf1 Re8 14. e5 Nfd5 15. Nc4 Ba7 16. g4 Bg6 17. Bg5 dxe5 18. dxe5 h6 19. Bh4 b5 20. Na5 Qc8 21. Rc1 c5 22. b4 c4 23. Nd4 Qc7 24. Nab3 Rad8 25. Qf3 Nxb4 26. axb4 Bxd4 27. Nxd4 Rxd4 28. e6 f6 29. Rcd1 Rxd1 30. Rxd1 c3 31. Bg3 Qc6 32. Qe2 c2 33. Rc1 Qc3 34. Bg2 Qxb4 35. Kh2 Rd8 36. Qf3 Qc4 37. Qb7 Qxe6 38. f4 Qe3 0-1[Event "KM FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2015.05.20"] [Round "6.6"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D37"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "4.Nf3"] [EventDate "2015.05.14"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 d5 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bf4 O-O 7. e3 Nbd7 8. g4 dxc4 9. Bxc4 Nb6 10. Bb3 Nfd5 11. Bg3 c5 12. Ne5 cxd4 13. Qxd4 Nxc3 14. bxc3 Nd5 15. O-O Qa5 16. Rac1 Rd8 17. Rfd1 Bd7 18. Bxd5 exd5 19. Qxd5 Qxd5 20. Rxd5 Be6 21. Rb5 Ba3 22. Ra1 b6 23. c4 f6 24. Rb3 Bf8 25. Nc6 Rdc8 26. Nd4 Bxc4 27. Rbb1 Bd5 28. a4 Rc4 29. a5 Bc5 30. axb6 axb6 31. Rxa8+ Bxa8 32. h3 Be4 33. Rd1 Bxd4 34. exd4 b5 35. Kh2 b4 36. d5 Bc2 37. Ra1 b3 38. Ra8+ Kh7 39. Rb8 Rd4 40. d6 Rd1 41. Kg2 Rd3 42. Rb6 Bd1 43. f4 h5 44. g5 Kg6 45. Bh4 Kf5 46. gxf6 gxf6 47. Rb5+ Ke4 48. Bxf6 Rxd6 49. Be5 Rd3 50. Rb4+ Kf5 51. Rb5 h4 52. Bh8+ Ke4 53. f5 Ke3 54. Re5+ Kf4 55. Rb5 Rd2+ 56. Kg1 Kg3 57. Rb4 Bc2 58. Be5+ Kxh3 59. f6 Rg2+ 60. Kf1 Rg5 61. Bd4 Kh2 62. Bb6 h3 63. Bc7+ Kh1 64. Rh4 Bd3+ 65. Kf2 Rg2+ 66. Ke3 b2 67. Rb4 Bg6 68. Be5 h2 69. f7 Bxf7 70. Bxb2 Rg5 71. Kf2 Bd5 72. Bd4 Rg2+ 73. Kf1 Rc2 74. Rb6 Bc4+ 75. Ke1 Rg2 0-1 [Event "KM FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2015.05.20"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Dominguez Perez, Leinier"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E11"] [Opening "Bogo-Indian defence, Gruenfeld variation"] [EventDate "2015.05.14"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Nbd2 O-O 5. a3 Be7 6. e4 d5 7. e5 Nfd7 8. Bd3 c5 9. O-O Nc6 10. Re1 a5 11. Bc2 Qc7 12. dxc5 Nxc5 13. Nb3 Nxb3 14. Qd3 g6 15. Bxb3 Rd8 16. Bf4 a4 17. Ba2 dxc4 18. Qxc4 b5 19. Qxb5 Ra5 20. Qf1 Nd4 21. Nxd4 Rxd4 22. Rec1 Qb8 23. Be3 Ba6 24. Qe1 Rxe5 25. Bxd4 Rxe1+ 26. Rxe1 Bb7 27. Rad1 Qf4 28. Be5 Qg5 29. Bg3 Bf6 30. Rd7 Qb5 31. Rd2 h5 32. Bb1 h4 33. Bf4 Qc4 34. g3 e5 35. Bd3 Qe6 36. Bb5 Qg4 37. Be2 Qf5 38. Bd3 Qg4 39. Be2 Bf3 40. Bxf3 Qxf3 41. Re3 Qc6 42. Bxe5 Qc1+ 43. Kg2 h3+ 44. Kxh3 Bxe5 45. Rd8+ Kg7 46. Rxe5 Qf1+ 47. Kg4 Qxf2 48. Rde8 Qxb2 49. Re2 Qxa3 50. R8e3 Qc1 51. Kf3 a3 52. Kf2 Qa1 53. Kg2 Qd1 54. Kf2 Qa1 55. Kg2 f5 56. Rf3 Kh6 57. Ref2 Kg7 58. Re2 Kh6 59. Ref2 Kh7 60. Re2 Kg7 61. Ref2 Kh6 62. Re2 Kg7 63. Ref2 Kh6 1/2-1/2 [Event "KM FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2015.05.20"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [EventDate "2015.05.14"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bf4 O-O 7. Rc1 Bf5 8. a3 Ba5 9. e3 c6 10. Be2 Nbd7 11. O-O Re8 12. b4 Bc7 13. Bxc7 Qxc7 14. b5 Qd6 15. Qb3 c5 16. dxc5 Nxc5 17. Qb4 Rac8 18. Rfd1 Be6 19. h3 Red8 20. Nd4 Qf8 21. b6 axb6 22. Qxb6 Nfd7 23. Qb2 Nf6 24. Bf3 Rd7 25. Qb4 Qd8 26. Nce2 Rdc7 27. Nf4 Bd7 28. Qa5 Ra8 29. Qb6 Ra6 30. Qb4 Ra4 31. Qb6 Ra6 32. Qb4 Ra4 33. Qb2 Ne6 34. Nxd5 Rxc1 35. Rxc1 Nxd4 36. exd4 Nxd5 37. Bxd5 b5 38. Bc6 Bxc6 39. Rxc6 h6 40. Qc2 Ra8 41. Qc5 Qf8 42. Qxb5 Qxa3 43. Qc4 Qf8 44. d5 Qe8 45. Qd4 Rd8 46. Rc7 Qf8 47. Rc3 Qd6 48. Rg3 g6 49. Rd3 Kh7 50. g3 Rd7 51. Kg2 Rd8 52. h4 h5 53. Kf3 Kg8 54. Qf4 Qa6 55. Qd4 Qd6 56. Kg2 Rd7 57. g4 hxg4 58. Qxg4 Kg7 59. h5 Re7 60. Qd4+ Qe5 61. hxg6 Qxd4 62. Rxd4 Kxg6 63. Kf3 Kf5 64. Rf4+ Kg5 65. Re4 Rd7 66. Re5+ Kf6 67. Kf4 Ra7 68. Rf5+ Ke7 69. Kg5 Ra6 70. Re5+ Kd7 71. Re2 Rg6+ 72. Kf5 Ra6 73. f4 Ra4 74. Kg5 f6+ 75. Kf5 Kd6 76. Re4 Ra8 77. Kxf6 Kxd5 78. Re5+ Kd4 79. Re6 Rf8+ 80. Kg5 Rg8+ 81. Rg6 Re8 82. f5 Ke5 83. Rg7 1-0 [Event "KM FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2015.05.20"] [Round "6.3"] [White "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E06"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "closed, 5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2015.05.14"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 Nc6 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. Nxc6 Qe8 10. Nxe7+ Qxe7 11. Qc2 e5 12. dxe5 Qxe5 13. Bf4 Qh5 14. Nc3 Nd5 15. Nxd5 Qxd5 16. Rfd1 Qc6 17. Rd4 Bh3 18. f3 Be6 19. Rad1 Qb6 20. Qc3 f6 21. Kg2 Rae8 22. R1d2 a5 23. g4 a4 24. Bg3 Qc5 25. Re4 Rf7 26. Qe3 Qxe3 27. Rxe3 Rfe7 28. Bf2 Kf7 29. Rc3 Rb8 30. Rcc2 Rb5 1/2-1/2 [Event "KM FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2015.05.20"] [Round "6.5"] [White "Jobava, Baadur"] [Black "Jakovenko, Dmitry"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A01"] [Opening "Nimzovich-Larsen attack"] [Variation "modern variation"] [EventDate "2015.05.14"] 1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 Nf6 4. h3 d5 5. Bb5 Bd6 6. Nf3 Qe7 7. d4 exd4 8. Qxd4 Bd7 9. Bxc6 Bxc6 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. O-O-O a5 12. g4 a4 13. g5 Ne8 14. Kb1 axb3 15. axb3 Bc5 16. Qe5 Bd6 17. Qxe7 Bxe7 18. Rhg1 Nd6 19. Ne5 Be8 20. h4 f6 21. Nd3 fxg5 22. hxg5 Nb5 23. Nf4 c6 24. c4 Na3+ 25. Kc1 dxc4 26. Ne4 Bg6 27. Rd7 Rf7 28. Nxg6 hxg6 29. Rxb7 cxb3 30. Rxb3 Nc4 31. Rd1 Nxb2 32. Kxb2 Ra4 33. Rb8+ Rf8 34. Rxf8+ Kxf8 35. f3 Ra3 36. Nc3 Bb4 37. Rc1 Kf7 38. f4 c5 39. e4 Ke6 40. Nd5 Rd3 41. Ra1 Rxd5 42. exd5+ Kxd5 43. Kc2 Ke4 44. Ra6 Kf5 45. Kd3 Kxf4 46. Rxg6 c4+ 1/2-1/2 


  


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