Artemiev Beats World No.12 with Black: "Kramnik also played this sideline"

Время публикации: 19.08.2015 04:50 | Последнее обновление: 19.08.2015 08:15

It's not only in the Russian women's Superfinal that the youngest participant is standing out. While Aleksandra Goryachkina has already proved to be the main contender for the overall victory, Vladislav Artemiev is also not far from the top in the men's championship. Two rounds before the finish, 17 years old GM from Omsk has advanced to the third place, which he is now tied for with Nikita Vitiugov. In the yesterday's round, Vladislav convincingly outplayed the rating favourite, Dmitry Jakovenko, with the black pieces.

Artemiev's voice is becoming louder and louder

This victory, achieved with surprising ease in a simple position (against the 12th player in the world!), makes one think about Artemiev's colossal potential. (I can't help recalling Jakovenko-Carlsen, Moscow 2007, which was quite similar. Magnus was 6 months younger and already a 2700+ player though - Andrey Deviatkin, CN editor)


In the Taimanov Sicilian, Black chose a "sideline" - as the winner himself called it, although adding immediately that Kramnik had also played 5...Ne7. Artemiev equalized the position without many troubles and even seized the initiative, but his experienced 2700+ opponent started mass simplification as he felt the danger. The draw was seeming to be very likely...
23.Qxa4?! But this is not the best. After the precise 23.Rab1! White regains the material anyway, while it would be much harder for Black to do what he did in the game, e.g.: 23...Qd3 24.Qxa4 Rfd8 25.Rfd1 Qb5 (25...Qe2 26.Re1 Qd3 27.Rd1=) 26.Qc2 Rxd1+ 27.Rxd1 (27.Qxd1?! Qa5! 28.a3 Rd8) 27...Qxb2 28.Qxc6 with equality.
23...Bxb2 24.Rab1 Be5 25.Qxc6 Qd2! The a-pawn is under attack, which allows Artemiev to occupy the central files.
26.Qc5 (26.Qa4 is a bit better) 26...Bf6 27.Qa3 Rfd8 28.Qa4 Rac8 29.Rbd1 Qe2 30.Rxd8+? White had to look for survival in the unpleasant ending after 30.Re1 Qc4.
30...Rxd8 31.Re1 Qb2 32.Qxa6 Rd2.

Even though Black has no pawns except on the kingside, White is already lost because his second rank cannot be defended. If 33.Qf1 then of course 33...Rxf2 34.Qxf2 Bd4 wins. Jakovenko's time trouble only aggravated his situation.
33. Bg3 h5! Played with surgical precision. If instead 33...Rxg2+ 34.Kh1 h5 (White still keeps minimal chances in the endgame after 34...Qxa2) then 35.Qc8+ Kg7 36.e5 Be7 37.Qc7 Bf8 38.Qd8!
34.Qc8+ (34.e5 h4!) 34...Kg7 35.Qc1 (here 35.e5 Be7 doesn't help) 35...Qd4+ 36.Kh1 h4 37.Bb8 Qf2 0-1 (Notes by GM Andrey Deviatkin)

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[Event "68th ch-RUS 2015"] [Site "Chita RUS"] [Date "2015.08.18"] [Round "9.2"] [White "Jakovenko, Dmitry"] [Black "Artemiev, Vladislav"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2759"] [BlackElo "2671"] [ECO "B42"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Kan, 5.Bd3"] [EventDate "2015.08.09"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Ne7 6. O-O Nbc6 7. Nb3 g6 8. c4 Bg7 9. Nc3 O-O 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 g5 12. Bg3 Ne5 13. Be2 N7g6 14. Qd2 b6 15. f3 Bb7 16. Bf2 Nf4 17. Na4 Nxe2+ 18. Qxe2 Nxc4 19. Qxc4 b5 20. Qb4 bxa4 21. Na5 Bc6 22. Nxc6 dxc6 23. Qxa4 Bxb2 24. Rab1 Be5 25. Qxc6 Qd2 26. Qc5 Bf6 27. Qa3 Rfd8 28. Qa4 Rac8 29. Rbd1 Qe2 30. Rxd8+ Rxd8 31. Re1 Qb2 32. Qxa6 Rd2 33. Bg3 h5 34. Qc8+ Kg7 35. Qc1 Qd4+ 36. Kh1 h4 37. Bb8 Qf2 0-1 


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