Breaching the Unbreachable, Missing Out in One Move, "Legalised Cheating". Russian Superfinals Round One

Время публикации: 09.08.2015 22:21 | Последнее обновление: 10.08.2015 05:51

The opening round of the Russian Superfinal was rich in incidents.


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After the ceremonial opening move had been made by the Zabaikalsky Region governor, Konstantin Ilkovsky, immediately several games could have ended decisively, but in the end, the only one of the men's games which did so was that where it was least expected - in an equal ending, Karjakin managed to outplay Khismatullin. 

"Denis is a strong and solid player", was the winner's first observation at the post-game press conference. "I have tried 1.e4 against him several times and realised he is unbreakable there. So today I played a closed opening, but I cannot say that I obtained anything special". 

Twice Khismatullin could have gone into a safe rook ending, but both times something dissuaded him from the exchange of minor pieces: 24...Rxe4!, 32...Bxg3! After this, Karjakin admitted that he had cheered up somewhat: "Not because I had any advantage, but because my opponent only had a minute or so on the clock and I had a knight against his bishop, which could suddenly jump somewhere unexpected. In a practical game, it was easier to play the ending as White..."

"Playing with fire", was how Karjakin characterised Khismatullin's actions. - which led to a difficult ending for Black, and once White obtained rook, knight and three pawns against the black queen, the outcome was practically settled. 


The king personally commands his forces. Image: ruchess.ru

Evgeny Tomashevsky played unconvincingly as White against Jakovenko, and suddenly gave his opponent a serious chance to start the event on a good note: 

TOMASHEVSKY - JAKOVENKO

35.Rc2? (35.c5 holds the balance) 35...Qa4? Dmitry misses 35...Rd3!, and after 36.Qb5 Nxf3+ 37.Rxf3 (или 37.Kg2 Qe6) 37...Qxb5 38.cxb5 Rxf3 White is busted.
But after 36.Rc3 Nxf3+ 37.Rxf3 Rxe1+ 38.Kg2 R1e2+ 39.Kh3 R2e6 40.Rf2 Qc6 41.Qxc6 Rxc6 the GMs shook hands. 1/2

Khairullin failed to realise an overwhelming advantage against Dubov.

KHAIRULLIN - DUBOV

34.Qh6 virtually ends the game, but after the "technical" 34.Qd4? White retained some advantage but Dubov managed to hold.

The game Bukavshin-Lysyj pleased fans of deep analysis, with the help of which Black managed to get away with taking his king across the centre on a full board. Some might interpret this as "legalised cheating" , an expression which became popular after our article by Alexey Dreev. 
Tables, results and all information on the tournament

In the women's event, Goryachkina, Pogonina and Girya all started with wins.    

[Event "68th ch-RUS 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1"] [White "Karjakin,Sergey"] [Black "Khismatullin,D"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2753"] [BlackElo "2642"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] [ECO "A13"] 1. c4 e6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. Qa4+ c6 6. Qxc4 b5 7. Qc2 Bb7 8. a4 Nbd7 9. O-O a6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. d4 O-O 12. Ng5 h6 13. Nge4 Nd5 14. Rd1 Qb6 15. Bf4 Nxf4 16. gxf4 Rac8 17. e3 c5 18. axb5 axb5 19. dxc5 Nxc5 20. Nxc5 Rxc5 21. Bxb7 Qxb7 22. Qe4 Qxe4 23. Nxe4 Rc4 24. Rd7 Bh4 25. Nd2 Rc2 26. b3 Rd8 27. Rxd8+ Bxd8 28. Ne4 Bh4 29. Ra8+ Kh7 30. Rb8 f5 31. Ng3 Rc5 32. Rb6 g6 33. Ne2 g5 34. fxg5 hxg5 35. Rxe6 Rc2 36. Kf1 Rb2 37. Re5 Rxb3 38. Rxf5 Kg6 39. Rc5 Rb2 40. Rd5 b4 41. Rb5 g4 42. e4 Kf6 43. Rf5+ Ke7 44. Rh5 Bf6 45. e5 Bg7 46. Nf4 Ke8 47. Rg5 Bf8 48. Rxg4 b3 49. Rg3 Bc5 50. Nd3 Rb1+ 51. Kg2 b2 52. Nxc5 Rg1+ 53. Kxg1 b1=Q+ 54. Kg2 Qc2 55. Nd3 Qc6+ 56. Kg1 Qe4 57. h3 Ke7 58. Re3 Qd5 59. Ne1 Qd1 60. Kh2 Qb1 61. Kg2 Qg6+ 62. Rg3 Qe4+ 63. Nf3 Kf8 64. Rg4 Qf5 65. Kg3 Qb1 66. h4 Qh7 67. Rf4+ Ke8 68. Rf6 Qg8+ 69. Ng5 Qb3+ 70. Kg4 Qd5 71. Re6+ Kf8 72. Kh5 Qd4 73. f4 Qd1+ 74. Kg6 Qg4 75. h5 Qg1 76. h6 Qg2 77. Rf6+ 1-0 [Event "68th ch-RUS 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1"] [White "Khairullin,I"] [Black "Dubov,Daniil"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2662"] [BlackElo "2654"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] [ECO "A59"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 g6 6. Nc3 Bxa6 7. e4 Bxf1 8. Kxf1 d6 9. Nf3 Bg7 10. g3 O-O 11. Kg2 Nbd7 12. a4 Ra6 13. Qc2 Qa8 14. Re1 Ng4 15. Nb5 Rc8 16. Bg5 Kf8 17. Bd2 c4 18. Bc3 Bxc3 19. Qxc3 Ngf6 20. Nbd4 Rc5 21. Nc6 Rxa4 22. Rxa4 Qxa4 23. Nfd4 Qa8 24. Qd2 Qe8 25. Qb4 Qa8 26. Re3 c3 27. Rxc3 Rxc3 28. Qxc3 Nc5 29. f3 Qa2 30. Qc2 Qa1 31. b4 Na4 32. Qd2 Ke8 33. Nb5 Nb6 34. Qd4 Qxd4 35. Nbxd4 Kd7 36. Kf2 e6 37. dxe6+ fxe6 38. Na5 e5 39. Ndb3 g5 40. Ke3 h5 41. Nd2 d5 42. b5 Ke6 43. exd5+ Nbxd5+ 44. Kf2 g4 45. Nac4 gxf3 46. Kxf3 Nd7 47. Ne4 Ne7 48. Nc3 Nf5 49. g4 Nd4+ 50. Kg3 hxg4 51. Kxg4 Nf6+ 52. Kg3 Nf5+ 53. Kg2 e4 54. b6 Kd7 55. Na5 Kc8 56. Nb5 Nd7 57. Na7+ Kb8 58. N7c6+ Kc8 59. Na7+ Kb8 60. N7c6+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "68th ch-RUS 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1"] [White "Artemiev,V"] [Black "Vitiugov,N"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2671"] [BlackElo "2719"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] [ECO "E10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Nbd2 dxc4 6. Bg2 b5 7. O-O O-O 8. a4 c3 9. Nb3 cxb2 10. Bxb2 bxa4 11. Ne5 Nd5 12. Rxa4 a5 13. Qa1 Ba6 14. Rc1 c6 15. Ba3 Bxa3 16. Rxa3 Bxe2 17. Rxa5 Rxa5 18. Nxa5 Bb5 19. Naxc6 Nxc6 20. Nxc6 Bxc6 21. Rxc6 Qd7 22. Ra6 Nf6 23. Ra7 Qd6 24. Ra6 Qd7 25. Ra7 Qd6 26. Ra6 1/2-1/2 [Event "68th ch-RUS 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1"] [White "Tomashevsky,E"] [Black "Jakovenko,D"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2747"] [BlackElo "2759"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] [ECO "E06"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 Nc6 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. Nxc6 Qe8 10. Nxe7+ Qxe7 11. Qc2 c5 12. Qxc4 cxd4 13. Qxd4 e5 14. Qh4 Rb8 15. b3 Qe6 16. Qc4 Qd7 17. Na3 Bb7 18. f3 Rfc8 19. Qd3 Qe6 20. Nc4 Ba6 21. Be3 e4 22. Qd2 Rd8 23. Qc1 Rd7 24. Bf2 Re8 25. Qc2 Qc6 26. Be1 exf3 27. exf3 Rde7 28. Qd3 Re2 29. Qd6 Qb7 30. Qd4 Bxc4 31. bxc4 Nd7 32. Rd1 Ne5 33. Qd5 Qa6 34. Rd2 Re3 35. Rc2 Qa4 36. Rc3 Nxf3+ 37. Rxf3 Rxe1+ 38. Kg2 R1e2+ 39. Kh3 R2e6 40. Rf2 Qc6 41. Qxc6 Rxc6 1/2-1/2 [Event "68th ch-RUS 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1"] [White "Motylev,A"] [Black "Svidler,P"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2658"] [BlackElo "2739"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] [ECO "C92"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d6 9. h3 Re8 10. d4 Bb7 11. Nbd2 exd4 12. cxd4 Nd7 13. Nf1 Na5 14. Bc2 Bf6 15. Bf4 Nf8 16. Ng3 Ne6 17. Bd2 Nc4 18. Bc3 c5 19. e5 dxe5 20. dxe5 Be7 21. b3 b4 22. bxc4 Qxd1 23. Raxd1 Bxf3 24. gxf3 bxc3 25. Ne2 Rab8 26. Nxc3 Nd4 27. Be4 Rb4 28. Bd5 Rb2 29. Rb1 Rc2 30. Rbc1 Rb2 31. Rb1 Rc2 32. Rbc1 Rb2 1/2-1/2 [Event "68th ch-RUS 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1"] [White "Bukavshin,I"] [Black "Lysyj,I"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2655"] [BlackElo "2673"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] [ECO "E53"] 1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. O-O cxd4 8. exd4 dxc4 9. Bxc4 b6 10. Bg5 Bb7 11. Ne5 h6 12. Bh4 Nbd7 13. Nxf7 Kxf7 14. Bxe6+ Kxe6 15. Qb3+ Kf5 16. Qc2+ Ke6 17. Qb3+ Kf5 18. Qc2+ Ke6 19. Qg6 Bxc3 20. bxc3 Re8 21. Rfe1+ Kd5 22. c4+ Kc6 23. Qg3 Rxe1+ 24. Rxe1 Qg8 25. Rc1 Nc5 26. dxc5 Qe6 27. Qxg7 Nd7 28. Bg3 Rg8 29. Qc3 Nxc5 30. Re1 Qf5 31. Re7 Qb1+ 32. Re1 Qf5 33. Re7 Qb1+ 34. Re1 1/2-1/2 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1.1"] [White "Kashlinskaya, Alina"] [Black "Pogonina, Natalija"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2441"] [BlackElo "2460"] [ECO "D35"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "exchange, positional line, 5...c6"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 c6 6. e3 Bf5 7. Qf3 Bg6 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 9. Qxf6 gxf6 10. h4 h6 11. Kd2 Nd7 12. h5 Bh7 13. Bd3 Bxd3 14. Kxd3 Rg8 15. g3 f5 16. Nf3 Nf6 17. Ne2 a5 18. Raf1 Ne4 19. Nh4 Nd6 20. Nf4 a4 21. Kc2 Be7 22. Nd3 Bxh4 23. Rxh4 Ke7 24. Rf4 Rg5 25. Rh1 Ne4 26. Ne5 Nd6 27. g4 fxg4 28. Nxg4 f5 29. Ne5 Rg2 30. Ng6+ Kf6 31. a3 Re8 32. Rh3 Re4 33. Rff3 Reg4 34. Nf4 Rg1 35. Ne2 Re1 36. Ng3 Kg5 37. Kd2 Ra1 38. Ne2 Ne4+ 39. Kc2 Rg2 40. Rf4 Rxf2 41. Rxf2 Nxf2 42. Rg3+ Ng4 43. Nc1 Kxh5 44. b3 axb3+ 45. Kb2 Rxc1 46. Kxc1 Kg5 47. Kd2 h5 48. Rg1 h4 49. Ke2 h3 50. Rb1 h2 51. Kf3 b2 52. a4 Kh4 53. Kg2 Nxe3+ 54. Kxh2 Nc4 55. Kg2 Kg4 56. Kf2 Kf4 57. Ke2 Ke4 0-1 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"] [Black "Bodnaruk, Anastasia"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2526"] [BlackElo "2431"] [ECO "A45"] [Opening "Queen's pawn game"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bf4 e6 4. e3 Bd6 5. Bd3 O-O 6. Nf3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. O-O Nc6 9. a3 Bd6 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 a6 12. Re1 Be7 13. Nd4 Ne4 14. Bxe7 Nxc3 15. Bxd8 Nxd1 16. Nxc6 bxc6 17. Rexd1 Rxd8 18. c4 a5 19. cxd5 exd5 20. Rac1 Bd7 21. Rd2 Rdb8 22. e4 Rb6 23. Rc5 Be6 24. f3 a4 25. Rdc2 Rb3 26. Rd2 Rb6 27. exd5 Bxd5 28. Bc4 Bxc4 29. Rxc4 Rab8 30. Rcc2 Re8 31. Kf2 Re5 32. Re2 Rd5 33. Re8+ Kh7 34. Ke1 f5 35. Re6 Rdb5 36. Ree2 Kg6 37. Kd1 Kf6 38. Kc1 Rd5 39. Rc4 Ra6 40. Rec2 Rd6 41. Rd2 Ke6 42. Re2+ Kd7 43. Rc5 g6 44. Rce5 Rf6 45. f4 Ra8 46. Re7+ Kd6 47. Rg7 Kc5 48. Rd7 g5 49. Rc2+ Kb6 50. Rc4 Re6 51. Rb4+ Kc5 52. Rf7 Re1+ 53. Kd2 Rg1 54. Rxf5+ Kd6 55. g3 Rg2+ 56. Kc3 gxf4 57. Rfxf4 Rxh2 58. Rf6+ Kc7 59. Rc4 Ra6 60. Rh4 Rg2 61. Rf7+ Kb6 62. Rg7 Ra5 63. Rb4+ Rb5 64. Rxa4 Rbxb2 65. Rb4+ Rxb4 66. Kxb4 Rb2+ 67. Kc4 Ra2 68. Kb3 Rg2 69. a4 Re2 70. Rg6 1/2-1/2 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Gunina, Valentina"] [Black "Goryachkina, Aleksandra"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2531"] [BlackElo "2474"] [ECO "A15"] [Opening "English opening"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. e3 c5 4. b3 b6 5. Bb2 Bb7 6. Be2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. d4 cxd4 9. Nxd4 a6 10. Nc3 Qc7 11. Rc1 d6 12. Bd3 Nbd7 13. Bb1 Rac8 14. Qe1 Qb8 15. f4 Rfe8 16. Qg3 Bf8 17. a4 Qa8 18. Nf3 h6 19. Rcd1 Red8 20. Nd2 Nc5 21. a5 bxa5 22. Na4 Nfe4 23. Nxe4 Nxe4 24. Qg4 Rc7 25. f5 e5 26. f6 Qc8 27. Qh5 Qe6 28. Bxe4 Bxe4 29. Qh4 Bc2 30. Rd2 Bxb3 31. Nb6 Rb8 32. Nd5 Rxc4 33. e4 g5 34. Qe1 Ra4 35. Bc3 Bxd5 36. Rxd5 Qg4 37. h3 Qxe4 38. Qd2 Rc8 39. Rd3 0-1 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1.4"] [White "Lagno, Kateryna"] [Black "Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2530"] [BlackElo "2453"] [ECO "B32"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Labourdonnais-Loewenthal (Kalashnikov) variation"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. c4 Be7 7. N1c3 a6 8. Na3 Nf6 9. Nc2 O-O 10. Be2 Be6 11. O-O Rc8 12. Be3 h6 13. Qd2 Nxe4 14. Nxe4 f5 15. f3 fxe4 16. fxe4 Qc7 17. Bxh6 gxh6 18. Qxh6 Qd7 19. Qg6+ Kh8 20. Qh6+ Kg8 21. Qg6+ Kh8 22. Qh6+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1.5"] [White "Savina, Anastasia"] [Black "Guseva, Marina"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2429"] [BlackElo "2431"] [ECO "A09"] [Opening "Reti opening"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Qc2 Nbd7 6. b3 b6 7. Bb2 Bb7 8. d4 Bd6 9. Bd3 O-O 10. O-O c5 11. cxd5 exd5 12. Rad1 Qe7 13. Bf5 Rad8 14. Rfe1 Rfe8 15. Nb5 Bb8 16. dxc5 bxc5 17. Ba3 g6 18. Bh3 Ne4 19. Nc3 Ndf6 20. Bb2 Qc7 21. Nxe4 Nxe4 22. g3 Bc8 23. Bxc8 Qxc8 24. Ba1 Qf5 25. Kg2 Rc8 26. Qb2 f6 27. Qe2 Qe6 28. h4 Bc7 29. h5 g5 30. Nh2 Ba5 31. Rf1 Bc3 32. Qg4 Bxa1 33. Qxe6+ Rxe6 34. Rxa1 c4 35. bxc4 dxc4 36. Nf3 c3 37. Rac1 Rb6 38. Rc2 Rb2 39. Rfc1 Rcb8 40. Nd4 Rxc2 41. Rxc2 Rb2 42. g4 Rxc2 43. Nxc2 Kf7 44. Kf3 Nc5 45. Ke2 Ke6 46. f3 Kd5 47. e4+ Kc4 48. Ne3+ Kd4 49. Nc2+ Kc4 50. Ne3+ Kd4 51. Nc2+ Kc4 1/2-1/2 [Event "65th ch-RUS w 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.09"] [Round "1.6"] [White "Girya, Olga"] [Black "Ovod, Evgenija"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2487"] [BlackElo "2327"] [ECO "D41"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Semi-Tarrasch, 5.cd"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 cxd4 8. cxd4 Bb4+ 9. Bd2 Bxd2+ 10. Qxd2 O-O 11. Rc1 b6 12. Bd3 Bb7 13. O-O Nc6 14. Bb1 Rc8 15. Rfd1 Qd6 16. Qe3 Rfd8 17. e5 Qe7 18. Ng5 h6 19. Ne4 Nb4 20. Nd6 Rxc1 21. Rxc1 Ba8 22. Qd2 Nd5 23. Be4 f5 24. Bf3 Kh7 25. Rc4 Kg6 26. a3 Qg5 27. Qxg5+ hxg5 28. Rc8 Rxc8 29. Nxc8 g4 30. Bxd5 Bxd5 31. Nxa7 Bc4 32. Nc8 b5 33. f4 gxf3 34. gxf3 f4 35. Nd6 Bd5 36. Nxb5 Bxf3 37. a4 Bc6 38. Kf2 Kh5 39. Nc3 g5 40. a5 Kg4 41. d5 exd5 42. Ne2 Kh5 43. a6 d4 44. Nxd4 Ba8 45. Ne6 Kg6 46. a7 Bb7 47. h3 Kf5 48. Nc7 Kxe5 49. a8=Q Bxa8 50. Nxa8 Ke4 51. Nb6 f3 52. Nd7 Kf4 53. Nf6 Kf5 54. Ng4 Kf4 55. Nh2 Ke4 56. Nxf3 Kf4 57. Nh2 1-0 


  


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