Ningbo: Chinese Open Up a Gap

Время публикации: 17.07.2015 22:58 | Последнее обновление: 17.07.2015 23:16

The overall score after three rounds is 16-14 in favour of the hosts

The third round of the China-Russia match in Ningbo saw the hosts achieve a significant success on the men's boards 3.5-1.5, whilst the women's teams fought out a draw.  

For the men, the young talents Lu Shanglei (photo) and Wei Yi beat respectively Dubov and Vitiugov, with the other games drawn. Both victories came in the endgame. 

LU SHANGLEI - DUBOV

As a result of a somewhat surprising opening choice, the Chinese junior quickly got the better game, but then Dubov almost equalised. Now after 26.axb5 Nxb5 the position is balanced, but Lu Shanglei had prepared an excellent idea. 
26.a5! Rd2! After 26...Rxa5 27.Nd5! the main thing is not the weakness of c7 and b4, which are likely to be lost soon, but the fact that the knight does not have a single square to go. Black's problems are illustrated by the somewhat cooperative variation
27...Kf8 (the threat was 28.Ne7+ and 28.Nc6) 28.f3 (but not 28.Rxc7? Nc4) 28...Rd7 (the ending "4 v 3" after 28...c5!? 29.Rxc5 Nc4 30.Rxa5 Nxa5 31.Rxb5 Nxb3 32.Rxb4 is very nasty for Black because of the presence of knights) 29.Nxb4 Ke8 30.Ra2 Ra8 31.Nd5 Kd8 32.Rca1, and White wins.
27.Nd5 Rb2. After activating the rook, Black could already have taken the pawn - 27...Rxa5 28.Nxb4 g6!, and 29.Rxc7? even loses to 29...Nc2!, and if, eg. 29.g3, then 29...Rb2 with saving chances.
28.Rxc7 Rxb3? An oversight. Good or bad, the pawn a5 should not have been allowed to advance. 28...h6 continues resisting.
29.a6! (Black suffers from the back rank weakness after 29...Rd3 30.a7 b3 31.Rb7 and White wins) 29...h6 30.a7 Kh7 31.Nb6 Rxa7 32.Rxa7 A rook down, Black soon resigned. 1-0

VITIUGOV - WEI YI

20.Rd1?! "The Chinese Carlsen" had prepared excellently and only Black can stand better in the diagram. So it was more sensible to play to hold - 20.Qxc6 Qxd2 21.Ra1 - and then calculate a couple of variations leading to equality, eg. 21...Bf8! 22.Qxa4! Bb1!? 23.Qc6 Qd1+ 24. Bf1 Qf3 25.Bg2 Qd1+ 26.Bf1=.
20...Rc8 21.Qc5?! (21.Qb2) 21...e6! 22.Qxa5 Nxa5 (the ending clearly favours Black, mainly because of his control of the c-file) 23.Bf1 Bxf1 24.Kxf1 Bf8 25.Bxf8 (25.Rc1? loses to 25...Nc4! - maybe this is what Vitiugov had missed) 25...Kxf8 26.Rb1? He should have played 26.Nf3, and Black is better but not winning on the spot: 26...Rc2 27.Rd2 Rc1+ 28.Ne1 Nc4 29.Rc2.
26...Rc2 27. Rb5 Rxd2 28. Rxa5 Rxa2.

There are too many pawns on for the rook ending to be held in the classical manner. With an instructive plan (Black pushed the pawn to a2, then played f7-f6 and e6-e5, then brought the king to the d4-pawn) Wei Yi soon won. 0-1 (Notes by GM Andrey Deviatkin)

In the women's match, Goryachkina lost to Tan Zhongyi, but Gunina took revenge for her compatriot against Huang Qian. So the score in the men's match is 9-6 to China and in the women's 8-7 to Russia. The overall score is 16-14 to the hosts.

Two rounds remain, the next on Sunday at 10.00 Moscow time. 

All material on the match

[Event "China-RUS 2015"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2015.07.17"] [Round "3.5"] [White "Lu Shanglei"] [Black "Dubov, Daniil"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C85"] [PlyCount "73"] [EventDate "2015.07.15"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. Qe1 Nd7 8. d4 Bf6 9. Be3 exd4 10. Bxd4 Bxd4 11. Nxd4 Nb6 12. Qc3 O-O 13. a4 a5 14. Nd2 Qe7 15. Rfe1 Be6 16. N2b3 Bxb3 17. Nxb3 Qb4 18. Qxb4 axb4 19. Nc5 Nc4 20. b3 Na3 21. Rec1 b6 22. Nd3 c5 23. c3 Rfd8 24. Nf4 b5 25. cxb4 cxb4 26. a5 Rd2 27. Nd5 Rb2 28. Rxc7 Rxb3 29. a6 h6 30. a7 Kh7 31. Nb6 Rxa7 32. Rxa7 Nc2 33. Rc1 Nd4 34. Kf1 Ra3 35. Rxa3 bxa3 36. Nd5 Nb3 37. Rc2 1-0 [Event "China-RUS 2015"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2015.07.17"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Vitiugov, Nikita"] [Black "Wei Yi"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E60"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2015.07.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c6 4. Nf3 d5 5. Qb3 a5 6. cxd5 a4 7. Qd1 cxd5 8. Bg2 Bg7 9. O-O Ne4 10. Nc3 Nc6 11. e3 O-O 12. Nd2 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Qa5 14. Rb1 Bf5 15. Rxb7 Bd3 16. Re1 Rab8 17. Rxb8 Rxb8 18. Ba3 Qxc3 19. Qc1 Qa5 20. Rd1 Rc8 21. Qc5 e6 22. Qxa5 Nxa5 23. Bf1 Bxf1 24. Kxf1 Bf8 25. Bxf8 Kxf8 26. Rb1 Rc2 27. Rb5 Rxd2 28. Rxa5 Rxa2 29. g4 g5 30. Ra7 a3 31. Kg2 Ra1 32. Kg3 a2 33. Kg2 f6 34. h3 e5 35. Kf3 Ke8 36. Kg2 Kd8 37. Kf3 Kc8 38. Ke2 Kb8 39. Ra3 Kb7 40. Kf3 Kc6 0-1 [Event "China-RUS 2015"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2015.07.17"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Bu Xiangzhi"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B97"] [PlyCount "61"] [EventDate "2015.07.15"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Qb6 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O Qxd4 10. Qxd4 Nxd4 11. Rxd4 Be7 12. Na4 Nd7 13. Bxe7 Kxe7 14. Be2 b5 15. Nc3 Rb8 16. Rhd1 Rb6 17. a4 bxa4 18. Nxa4 Rc6 19. Nc3 Bb7 20. h4 Rhc8 21. R1d2 Nc5 22. Kb1 Rb6 23. Na4 Nxa4 24. Rxa4 Rc5 25. Rad4 f6 26. Bf3 e5 27. fxe5 fxe5 28. R4d3 Rc4 29. Re3 a5 30. b3 a4 31. Kb2 1/2-1/2 [Event "China-RUS 2015"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2015.07.17"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Yu Yangyi"] [Black "Matlakov, Maxim"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B48"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2015.07.15"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. O-O-O Be7 9. f3 b5 10. g4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Bb7 12. g5 Nh5 13. Bh3 Rc8 14. Bg4 b4 15. Bxh5 bxc3 16. Qxg7 cxb2+ 17. Kxb2 Rf8 18. Ka1 Bb4 19. Bd4 Bc3+ 20. Bxc3 Qxc3+ 21. Qxc3 Rxc3 22. Kb2 Rc5 23. h4 h6 24. Rhg1 Bc6 25. Rde1 Rh8 26. e5 hxg5 27. Rxg5 Rc4 28. Rh1 Ke7 29. Rh2 Rf4 30. Bg4 Bxf3 31. Bxf3 Rxf3 32. h5 Rh6 33. Rh4 1/2-1/2 [Event "China-RUS 2015"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2015.07.17"] [Round "3.4"] [White "Wang Chen"] [Black "Fedoseev, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B23"] [PlyCount "128"] [EventDate "2015.07.15"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 4. Bc4 e6 5. Nf3 Qc7 6. d3 Nc6 7. O-O a6 8. a4 Bd6 9. g3 Nge7 10. Ne1 Be5 11. Ne2 Bf6 12. f4 d5 13. Ba2 dxe4 14. dxe4 e5 15. f5 Bxf5 16. exf5 Rd8 17. Bd2 Qd7 18. Nc3 Qxd2 19. Qxd2 Rxd2 20. Ne4 Rd8 21. Nxc5 O-O 22. c3 Na5 23. b4 b6 24. Ne4 Nb7 25. Nf3 Nd6 26. Nxd6 Rxd6 27. Rae1 Nxf5 28. Nxe5 Nh6 29. Re2 Rfd8 30. Nc4 Rc6 31. b5 axb5 32. axb5 Rc5 33. Nxb6 Bxc3 34. Nd5 Bd4+ 35. Kg2 g6 36. Rd1 Rcxd5 37. Bxd5 Rxd5 38. b6 Nf5 39. b7 Rb5 40. Re8+ Kg7 41. b8=Q Rxb8 42. Rxb8 Ne3+ 43. Kf3 Nxd1 44. Rd8 Bf6 45. Rxd1 h5 46. Ke4 Bb2 47. Rb1 Bc3 48. Kd5 Bf6 49. Kd6 Bd4 50. Ke7 Bc5+ 51. Kd7 Bd4 52. Kd6 Bf6 53. Rd1 Kf8 54. Kd7 Bb2 55. Rd5 Bc3 56. Rb5 Bd4 57. Rb1 Be5 58. Rb4 Bc3 59. Rb8+ Kg7 60. Ke8 f5 61. Rb7+ Kg8 62. Ke7 Ba1 63. Ke6 Bc3 64. Rb3 Ba1 1/2-1/2 [Event "China-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2015.07.17"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Tan Zhongyi"] [Black "Goryachkina, Aleksandra"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D31"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2015.07.15"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bb4 6. e3 b5 7. Bd2 a5 8. axb5 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 cxb5 10. b3 Bb7 11. bxc4 b4 12. Bb2 Nf6 13. Bd3 O-O 14. O-O Nbd7 15. Nd2 e5 16. f4 exd4 17. exd4 Qc7 18. d5 Ra6 19. Bd4 Nc5 20. Bc2 Bc8 21. Qb1 Re8 22. Nb3 Nxb3 23. Qxb3 Bb7 24. Rae1 Rc8 25. Bd3 Qd6 26. Bf5 Rd8 27. Qh3 h6 28. Re5 Qc7 29. Bd3 Qc8 30. Qg3 a4 31. Rfe1 a3 32. Rf5 Qc7 33. Bxf6 Rxf6 34. Rxf6 a2 35. Rxh6 1-0 [Event "China-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2015.07.17"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Gunina, Valentina"] [Black "Huang Qian"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D17"] [PlyCount "103"] [EventDate "2015.07.15"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Nxc4 Nb6 8. Ne5 a5 9. g3 e6 10. Bg2 Bb4 11. O-O O-O 12. e3 h6 13. Qe2 Nbd7 14. e4 Bh7 15. Nd3 Qb6 16. Rd1 Qxd4 17. Nxb4 Qxb4 18. Be3 Qe7 19. Rd2 e5 20. Rad1 Nc5 21. Rd6 Ne6 22. f4 Rfd8 23. fxe5 Nd7 24. Bf4 g5 25. Qd2 gxf4 26. gxf4 Nef8 27. Bh3 Qh4 28. Qg2+ Bg6 29. Qg3 Qe7 30. Kh1 Kh7 31. Qf2 Nxe5 32. fxe5 Re8 33. e6 fxe6 34. e5 Qg5 35. Re1 Re7 36. Qd4 c5 37. Qxc5 Qh4 38. Qe3 Rc8 39. Rd4 Qg5 40. Rf4 Rg7 41. Rg1 Qd8 42. Ne4 Bxe4+ 43. Qxe4+ Kh8 44. Rxg7 Kxg7 45. Rg4+ Kh8 46. Rg1 Rc7 47. Qf4 Nh7 48. Bxe6 Ng5 49. Qf5 Rg7 50. Bb3 Qe8 51. Rc1 Rd7 52. Qf6+ 1-0 [Event "China-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2015.07.17"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Shen Yang"] [Black "Girya, Olga"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D12"] [PlyCount "126"] [EventDate "2015.07.15"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Qb3 Qc7 8. Nxg6 hxg6 9. g3 Nbd7 10. Bg2 Be7 11. O-O Nb6 12. cxd5 cxd5 13. e4 dxe4 14. Nxe4 Nxe4 15. Bxe4 Qd7 16. Qf3 Nd5 17. Re1 O-O 18. Bxd5 exd5 19. Bf4 Rac8 20. Re2 Rc4 21. Rd1 g5 22. b3 Rc6 23. Rde1 Re6 24. Bd2 Rxe2 25. Rxe2 Bf6 26. Bc3 Rc8 27. Kg2 g4 28. Qd3 g6 29. Bd2 Re8 30. Rxe8+ Qxe8 31. h3 gxh3+ 32. Kxh3 Qc6 33. Be3 b5 34. Kg2 a6 35. Kf1 Kg7 36. Ke2 Qe6 37. Kd2 Qd6 38. Kc2 Qa3 39. Kb1 Qb4 40. Kb2 Qe7 41. Kc2 Qd7 42. Bf4 Qa7 43. Be3 b4 44. Kd2 Qb6 45. Kc2 Kg8 46. Kb1 Kg7 47. Kc2 Kf8 48. Kb1 Ke8 49. Qe2 Kd7 50. Qg4+ Qe6 51. Qxe6+ Kxe6 52. Kc2 Be7 53. Kd3 Bd6 54. g4 f5 55. f3 Kf6 56. g5+ Ke6 57. f4 Kd7 58. Kc2 Be7 59. Kd3 Kc6 60. Kc2 Kb5 61. Kd3 a5 62. Bd2 a4 63. Be3 a3 1/2-1/2 [Event "China-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2015.07.17"] [Round "3.4"] [White "Kashlinskaya, Alina"] [Black "Lei Tingjie"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D85"] [PlyCount "85"] [EventDate "2015.07.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bb5+ c6 8. Ba4 O-O 9. Ne2 e5 10. O-O Qe7 11. Qc2 Be6 12. Be3 Bc4 13. Bb3 exd4 14. Bxd4 Bxb3 15. Qxb3 Na6 16. f3 Rfd8 17. Rab1 Nc5 18. Qc4 Bf8 19. Ng3 b5 20. Qe2 Bg7 21. Bxg7 Kxg7 22. f4 f5 23. exf5 Qxe2 24. Nxe2 gxf5 25. Nd4 Rd5 26. h3 Ne4 27. Ne6+ Kf6 28. Nc7 Rad8 29. Nxd5+ Rxd5 30. Rfc1 Rc5 31. c4 bxc4 32. Rb7 a6 33. Rxh7 c3 34. Rb7 Rc4 35. Rc2 Nd6 36. Rb3 Nb5 37. Kh2 Rxf4 38. Rcxc3 Nxc3 39. Rxc3 Ra4 40. Rxc6+ Kg5 41. Rc2 f4 42. Kg1 Ra3 43. Kf2 1/2-1/2 [Event "China-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Ningbo CHN"] [Date "2015.07.17"] [Round "3.5"] [White "Pogonina, Natalija"] [Black "Ding Yixin"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B92"] [PlyCount "79"] [EventDate "2015.07.15"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Qd3 Be6 10. Nd5 Bxd5 11. exd5 Nbd7 12. c4 b6 13. Be3 Nc5 14. Qc2 Nfd7 15. Nd2 a5 16. Bg4 Bg5 17. Bxd7 Nxd7 18. Ne4 Bxe3 19. fxe3 Qe7 20. Nc3 Nc5 21. e4 g6 22. Rf2 Rac8 23. Raf1 Kg7 24. Rf3 f6 25. Qf2 Rf7 26. Qh4 Rcf8 27. Nb5 Qd7 28. Rg3 f5 29. exf5 Rxf5 30. Rgf3 Rxf3 31. Rxf3 Rxf3 32. gxf3 Nd3 33. b3 Nf4 34. Nc3 b5 35. Nxb5 Qf5 36. Qe7+ Kh6 37. Qh4+ Kg7 38. Qe7+ Kh6 39. Qh4+ Kg7 40. Qe7+ 1/2-1/2


  


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