Try to Beat Nakamura Before Move 15!

Время публикации: 19.06.2015 06:39 | Последнее обновление: 19.06.2015 07:16

Hikaru reminds us that not all rook endings are drawn

The central game of the third round in Stavanger was the duel of two GMs who had recently qualified to the Candidates tournament: Hikaru Nakamura was White against his now official countryman Fabiano Caruana. Two days ago, the leader of the American team had casted doubts on the ethical aspect of his colleague's decision to switch federations, although that hardly had a direct impact on their yesterday's encounter.

The game was approaching the peaceful outcome, and Caruana could have secured the equality by the simple 21...Qd5 instead of 21...Qb8. However, as soon as it entered the four-rooks ending Caruana's play lost its steadiness. Nakamura called Black's 28...Rd4 "a very big positional mistake", adding immediately that it was still a draw though.

Fabiano started to give really generous gifts to Hikaru ten moves later:

NAKAMURA - CARUANA

38...b5? Black should be able to hold even after this, but his problems are now becoming very real. Nakamura: "I was very happy to see this, of course, as he created a lot of weaknesses". Hikaru agreed with the commentators that White wouldn't have many hopes for a win if Black played 38...Kd5 followed by the sit-and-wait strategy.
39.axb5+ Kxb5 40.b3 g5? A well-known type of mistake made on the control move. Caruana had to keep the position locked by 40...h5.
"40...g5 is completely crazy" - Nakamura.

41.hxg5 hxg5 42.Rh1 Ra7 43.Rh7

43...f4?! This only helps White, as he will get an ideal d5-square for the rook. More tenacious is 43...a4 44.bxa4+ Rxa4 counting on the potential passer on the c-file: 45.Rxf7 (45.Kb3 Rb4+ 46.Kc2 Ra4 47.Kb2 Rb4+ 48.Kc1 Rb3 49.Rxf5 Ra3! might be suddenly a draw) 45...Ra3+ 46.Kd2 Ra2+ 47.Ke1 Ra1+ 48.Ke2 Ra2+ 49.Kf1 Ra1+ 50.Kg2 Rd1. However, after 51.d4! c4 52.Rxf5+ Kb4 53.Rxg5 c3 54.Rc5 Kb3 55.g4 c2 54.g5 c1=Q 55.Rxc1 Rxc1 56.f4 four connected White's pawns should defeat the rook.
44.gxf4 gxf4 45.e4 a4 46.bxa4+ Rxa4 47.Rxf7 Ra3+ 48.Kd2 Ra2+ 49.Ke1 Ra3 49...Kb4 loses due to
50.Rxf4 Kc3 51.Rf3 Kd4 52.Re3 Ke5 53.Kf1 and 54.Kg2, as Nakamura pointed out after the game.
50.Ke2 Ra2+ 51.Kf3 Rd2 52.Rd7 Kc6 53.Rd5 Kb6 54.e5 Kc6 55.Rd8 Kc7 56.Rd6. Zugzwang: if the rook leaves the d-file then 57.d4 wins. 1-0

Nakamura: “Somewhere around move 15 I wake up and start to play chess. It's been like that every day. Fabiano kind of outprepared me, as he seems to do against almost everyone, but sometimes you have to play the game as well."

When the commentators informed Nakamura that this victory brought him the second place in the live ratings, the American GM said he doesn't pay too much attention to it: "Just play good games, and good things will happen".

Now Nakamura has 2.5 points out of 3 and is tied for the first place with Veselin Topalov, who scored a surprisingly easy victory against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. In the sharp variation of the Meran Slav, the Frenchman either deviated from the most principled line (17.Nd5! instead of 17.f5?!) or simply forgot the theory, which resulted in a very comfortable position for Black. On move 22, the same knight jump already proved to be a serious error which was used by Topalov quickly and convincingly.

Magnus Carlsen was better against Anish Giri for the most part of the game but missed his chances, letting his stubborn opponent to escape. The world champion is still the last with sensational 0.5/3.

The crosstable, schedule, results and other material on the tournament

[Event "3rd Norway Chess 2015"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2015.06.18"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2802"] [BlackElo "2805"] [ECO "A35"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical, four knights system"] [EventDate "2015.06.16"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 g6 7. O-O Bg7 8. Nxd5 Qxd5 9. d3 O-O 10. Be3 Bd7 11. Nd4 Qd6 12. Nxc6 Bxc6 13. Bxc6 Qxc6 14. Rc1 Qa6 15. Qb3 b6 16. Rc4 Rfd8 17. Rfc1 Rd7 18. a3 Rad8 19. Rf4 Bf6 20. h4 Qb7 21. Rc2 Qb8 22. Rf3 Rd5 23. Bg5 Qd6 24. Bxf6 exf6 25. Qa4 a5 26. Qf4 f5 27. Qxd6 R8xd6 28. Rf4 Rd4 29. Rxd4 Rxd4 30. Kg2 Kg7 31. Rc3 Kf6 32. e3 Rd6 33. Kf3 Ke5 34. a4 Kd5 35. Ke2 Rd7 36. Kd2 h6 37. Rc1 Kc6 38. Kc3 b5 39. axb5+ Kxb5 40. b3 g5 41. hxg5 hxg5 42. Rh1 Ra7 43. Rh7 f4 44. gxf4 gxf4 45. e4 a4 46. bxa4+ Rxa4 47. Rxf7 Ra3+ 48. Kd2 Ra2+ 49. Ke1 Ra3 50. Ke2 Ra2+ 51. Kf3 Rd2 52. Rd7 Kc6 53. Rd5 Kb6 54. e5 Kc6 55. Rd8 Kc7 56. Rd6 1-0 [Event "3rd Norway Chess 2015"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2015.06.18"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Topalov, Veselin"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2723"] [BlackElo "2798"] [ECO "D47"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [Variation "Meran, Wade variation"] [EventDate "2015.06.16"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. O-O a6 10. e4 c5 11. d5 Qc7 12. dxe6 fxe6 13. Bc2 Bd6 14. Ng5 Nf8 15. f4 O-O-O 16. Qe1 e5 17. f5 h6 18. Nf3 N8d7 19. Kh1 Rhe8 20. Bd2 Qc6 21. Rd1 Nb6 22. Nd5 Nbxd5 23. exd5 Qd7 24. Ba5 e4 25. Ng1 Bc7 26. d6 Bxa5 27. Qxa5 e3 28. Ne2 Qc6 0-1 [Event "3rd Norway Chess 2015"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2015.06.18"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2876"] [BlackElo "2773"] [ECO "B51"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Canal-Sokolsky (Nimzovich-Rossolimo, Moscow) attack"] [EventDate "2015.06.16"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. c3 Nf6 5. Qe2 a6 6. Ba4 b5 7. Bc2 e6 8. d4 Bb7 9. O-O Be7 10. Re1 O-O 11. Nbd2 cxd4 12. cxd4 Rc8 13. Nf1 Re8 14. Ng3 Bf8 15. Be3 Rc7 16. Bd3 e5 17. d5 Nc5 18. Bc2 b4 19. a3 b3 20. Bxc5 Rxc5 21. Bxb3 Qb6 22. Bc4 Rec8 23. Bd3 g6 24. Nf1 Bh6 25. Ne3 a5 26. b4 axb4 27. axb4 R5c7 28. b5 Qc5 29. h3 Nh5 30. Qb2 Qb6 31. Qb4 Bxe3 32. Rxe3 Rc3 33. Rae1 f5 34. exf5 Nf4 35. Be4 R3c5 36. fxg6 hxg6 37. Bxg6 Rxb5 38. Qe4 Rf8 39. Nxe5 dxe5 40. Rg3 Rxd5 41. Qb1 Qxb1 42. Bxb1+ Kh8 43. Be4 Rd7 44. Bxb7 Rxb7 45. Rxe5 Rh7 46. Re4 Rhf7 47. Kh2 Kh7 48. Rf3 Kg6 49. h4 Nh5 50. Rxf7 Rxf7 51. Re2 Nf4 52. Rd2 Nh5 53. g3 Nf6 54. Kg2 Rd7 55. Ra2 Rd5 56. Ra4 Re5 57. g4 Re4 58. Rxe4 Nxe4 59. Kf3 Nd6 60. Kf4 Nf7 61. Ke4 Kf6 62. f4 Nd6+ 63. Kd5 Nb5 64. h5 Nc3+ 65. Kd4 Nb5+ 66. Kc4 Nd6+ 67. Kc5 Ke6 68. Kc6 Nf7 69. Kc7 Nh6 70. g5 Nf7 71. g6 Nh6 72. Kd8 Kf5 73. Ke7 Kxf4 74. Kf8 Kg5 75. g7 Kxh5 76. g8=Q Nxg8 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Norway Chess 2015"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2015.06.18"] [Round "3.4"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2780"] [BlackElo "2677"] [ECO "A29"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "four knights, kingside fianchetto"] [EventDate "2015.06.16"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. O-O Be7 8. a3 O-O 9. d3 Be6 10. Be3 Nd5 11. Bd2 f6 12. Qc2 Nb6 13. b4 Nd4 14. Nxd4 exd4 15. Na4 Bd5 16. Nxb6 cxb6 17. Bxd5+ Qxd5 18. Rfc1 Qd7 19. Qc7 Rad8 20. Rc2 Kf7 21. Rac1 g5 22. Qxd7 Rxd7 23. Rc7 Rfd8 24. g4 f5 25. h3 b5 26. Kg2 Ke6 27. Rxd7 Rxd7 28. Kf3 Kf6 29. Rg1 Bd8 30. Bc1 Kg6 31. gxf5+ Kxf5 32. Rg4 Bf6 33. Bb2 Rd8 34. Re4 h5 35. Kg3 Be5+ 36. Kg2 Bf6 37. Kf1 Rd7 38. Ke1 Rd8 39. Kd1 Rd7 40. Kc2 Rd8 41. Kb3 Kg6 42. f3 Kf5 43. a4 bxa4+ 44. Kxa4 a6 45. Kb3 b5 46. Kc2 Rc8+ 47. Kd1 Rd8 48. Bc1 Ra8 49. Bd2 Rg8 50. Bc1 Ra8 51. Bb2 Rd8 52. Kc2 Rc8+ 53. Kd2 Rd8 54. Kd1 Rd6 55. Bc1 Rd8 56. Bb2 Rd6 57. Bc1 Rd8 1/2-1/2 [Event "3rd Norway Chess 2015"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2015.06.18"] [Round "3.5"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2804"] [BlackElo "2781"] [ECO "B33"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Pelikan, Chelyabinsk variation"] [EventDate "2015.06.16"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 Bg5 12. Nc2 Rb8 13. a4 bxa4 14. Ncb4 Nxb4 15. cxb4 O-O 16. Rxa4 a5 17. h4 Bh6 18. b5 Bd7 19. Nc3 d5 20. exd5 Kh8 21. Be2 f5 22. g3 Qb6 23. O-O Rbd8 24. Kg2 Bc8 25. f4 Rfe8 26. fxe5 Rxe5 27. Qd4 Qf6 28. Rc4 Bd7 29. Rf3 Bxb5 30. Nxb5 Rxe2+ 31. Kh3 Rxb2 32. Rc6 Qxd4 33. Nxd4 Rd2 34. Ne6 Re8 35. Rxf5 g6 36. Rf6 Kg8 37. d6 Bg7 38. Nxg7 Kxg7 39. Rf4 Kg8 40. Rc7 Rxd6 41. Rff7 1/2-1/2 

The 4th round will begin today at 17.00 Moscow time.

Photo - Tarjei Svensen, twitter.com/TarjeiJS


  


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