Opposite-Coloured Adventures

Время публикации: 14.06.2015 13:02 | Последнее обновление: 14.06.2015 13:05

David Navara escapes from Wesley So in game one

In Prague, the first game of the Navara-So match lasted more than five hours. 

Playing White, the home player was unable to get any advantage from the opening and, indeed, by move 21, David's position was simply worse. He had to seek salvation in an unpleasant endgame, but the American helped him: the exchange of one of his bishops 24...Bxd6?! and a pair of rooks 27...Rc4?! were at least not obligatory.

White soon achieved full equality but then Navara took a controversial decision. 


46.Rf4!? Not a mistake. Indeed, one can say that the Czech GM shows his endgame knowledge. After 46...Rxf4 47.Bg5+ Kh5 48.Bxf4 Kxh4 the position is drawn, but with the only problem being that the risk of the defender making a mistake has grown. Therefore it was more practical to play without undue flashiness. 

This was shown by the further course of the battle. One mistake could have cost Navara dearly. 

58.Kg6? It was essential first to transfer his bishop to the key diagonal: 58.Bb6! The point is that after f4-f3 the bishop must immediately come to e3, denying the enemy king the square f4.
58...Bf5+? A mistake in reply. After 58...f3! 59.Bb6 (too late!) Kf4 60.Bc7+ Ke4 61.Bg3 g4 or 60.Kh5 Be6! 61.Ba7 Bf7+ 62.Kh6 g4 David's mood could have been spoiled at the very start of the match, just as a year ago.
59.Kf6 Bd3 60.Bb6 But now we have a draw on the board! 60...Bxc4 61.Bc5 Bd3 62.Bb6 Kh4 63.Bf2+ Kh5 64.Bb6 Ba6 65.Bc5 Bc8 66.Bb6 Kg4 67.Bc5 Bd7 68.Bb6 Bf5 69.Bc5 Bc8 70.Bb6 f3 71.Be3 etc 1/2 on move 94.

The second game will be played at 17.00 Moscow time on Sunday.
All material about the match

[Event "Cez Trophy 2015"] [Site "Prague CZE"] [Date "2015.06.13"] [Round "1"] [White "Navara, David"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2751"] [BlackElo "2778"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Adams attack"] [WhiteFideId "309095"] [BlackFideId "5202213"] [EventDate "2015.06.13"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Be3 Be7 9. f4 exf4 10. Bxf4 Nc6 11. Qe2 Nd7 12. O-O-O Nce5 13. Kb1 O-O 14. g4 Rc8 15. Qe3 Re8 16. Nd4 Qa5 17. a3 Bf8 18. Nf5 Nb6 19. Qd4 Nec4 20. Bxc4 Nxc4 21. Nxd6 Nxa3+ 22. bxa3 Rxc3 23. Qb4 Qxb4+ 24. axb4 Bxd6 25. Bxd6 Rec8 26. Rh2 Re3 27. Rd4 Rc4 28. Rxc4 Bxc4 29. e5 h6 30. Kc1 Kh7 31. Kd2 Rf3 32. Bc5 h5 33. gxh5 Rf5 34. Ke3 Rxh5 35. h4 Be6 36. Bd6 b6 37. Bc7 a5 38. Bxb6 Rxe5+ 39. Kd4 Rd5+ 40. Kc3 axb4+ 41. Kxb4 Rh5 42. Bd8 Re5 43. Rf2 Re4+ 44. Kc3 Kh6 45. Kd3 Rc4 46. Rf4 Rxf4 47. Bg5+ Kh5 48. Bxf4 Kxh4 49. Be5 g5 50. Bf6 Kh5 51. Ke4 Kg6 52. Be5 f6 53. Bc7 Kh5 54. Bd8 f5+ 55. Ke5 Bc8 56. Kf6 f4 57. c4 Kg4 58. Kg6 Bf5+ 59. Kf6 Bd3 60. Bb6 Bxc4 61. Bc5 Bd3 62. Bb6 Kh4 63. Bf2+ Kh5 64. Bb6 Ba6 65. Bc5 Bc8 66. Bb6 Kg4 67. Bc5 Bd7 68. Bb6 Bf5 69. Bc5 Bc8 70. Bb6 f3 71. Be3 Bd7 72. Kg6 Be8+ 73. Kf6 Bh5 74. Bb6 Bf7 75. Bc5 Bb3 76. Be3 Bd1 77. Kg6 Bc2+ 78. Kf6 Ba4 79. Kg6 Bd7 80. Kf6 Bf5 81. Ke5 Bc8 82. Kf6 Kh5 83. Bf2 Bd7 84. Be3 Bh3 85. Bf2 Kg4 86. Be3 Bg2 87. Kg6 Bf1 88. Kf6 Bh3 89. Kg6 Bf1 90. Kf6 Bd3 91. Bb6 Bh7 92. Be3 Bf5 93. Ke5 Bc2 94. Kf6 Bd3 1/2-1/2 

See Evgeny Surov's photo-report on the opening of the festival and Wesley So's simultaneous display. 


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