Anything Goes

Время публикации: 06.06.2012 19:15 | Последнее обновление: 07.06.2012 01:21

(Translation CN)
For better or worse, the games of basically any competition look interesting in comparison to the match for the classical crown. It would be wrong to completely deny joy to the ardent admirers of such matches (...it would be good if they followed the same principle too); therefore in the collection of fragments from rounds 3-5 of the French League, there is the continuation of the opening debate from one of the fighting games of the painful Moscow struggle.

NAVARA - MEIER

White managed to win this typical "French" endgame in a highly complex battle.
14...Nc5 15.0-0-0 Bd7 16.Bg2 g6 17.g4 h5 18.h3 Rh6 19.f5 gxf5 20.gxf5 Rg8 21.f6+ Kd8 22.Bf3 Rg5 23.Rde1 h4 24.Rhg1 Rg3 25.Bg4 Ne4 26.Ne2 Re3 27.Nf4 Rg3 28.Ne2 Re3 29.Nf4 Rg3 30.Rxg3
After 30.Ne2 Black would have probably repeated the position with a draw: there's no reason to go for 30...Rxg1 31.Rxg1 Rg6 32.Bh5.
30...hxg3 31.Rg1 Bc6!? 32.Nh5

And here instead of
32...Rg6 33.Nxg3 Rg5 34.Nxe4 dxe4 35.h4
Black should have tried 32...Nc5!? (wanting to put the e5 pawn under siege) 33.Rxg3 Nd7 34.Re3 Rg6. For example, in the variation 35.Nf4!? Rg5 36.Bxe6 Rg1+ 37.Kd2 fxe6 38.Nxe6+ Ke8 White is still playing for a win, but, according to electronic friends, he won't find success.

FELLER - SALGADO

Yes, it's the Grunfeld Defence (3.f3 d5), the position from the game 3 of the match Anand - Gelfand, where the following was played 17.Bd4 Na4 18.Nge2 Qa5 19.Nxe4 Qxd2 20.Nxf6+ Rxf6 21.Rxd2 Rf5 and Black, objectively, has sufficient resources for equalising the position. Note that 19.d6 would have led to the game from the French league that is being analysed here.
17.d6 Na4 18.Nge2 Qa5N 19.Bd4

19...Nc5?!
It looks like Black holds the balance in the complications after 19...Nxc3 20.Bxc3 (or 20.Nxc3 Be6! 21.a3 Rfd8) 20...Qa4 21.b3 Qc6 22.Bb2, and now 22...exf3!? or 22...Qc5.
20.Nc1 Ne6 21.Nb3 Qb4? 22.Bxf6 Bxf6

Here, instead of 23.Nxe4?! White could have achieved a decisive advantage: 23.Qh6! Bg7 (23...Rf7 24.Nd5) 24.Qxh7+ Kf7 25.Qh4! (an important move with the main idea of 25...Bxc3?? 26.Qe7+ Kg8 27.Qh7# - on the third move the queen returns to the same square with the checkmate, wonderful) 25...Rxc3 26.Qe7+ Kg8 27.Qxd7 Nc5 28.Qb5! Qxb5 29.Bxb5 Rc2 30.Nd4, and Black is doomed.

LE QUANG LIEM - NAVARA

Black used a novelty a move earlier, in one of the "anti-Grunfeld" systems, and here could have played 16...Qxb5 17.Nxb5 Nb6 with quite an acceptable endgame. Instead of that Navara rushed into complications, but was ruthlessly crushed:
16...Na3?! 17.Qxb7 Nb4 18.Ne1 Bf5?! 19.g4! Nac2 20.Nxc2 Bxc2 21.Nb5 Nxa2 22.Nxa7 Qd2 23.Re1 Rce8 24.Qb2 Nc3 25.Bf3 e5 26.Bxe5 Rxe5 27.dxe5 Bxe5 28.Nc6 Rb8 29.Qc1 Bxh2+ 30.Kg2 1-0

BROCHET - NAIDITSCH

It may seem that Black is suffering, but the counterplay resources turn out to be sufficient.
30...Qc2! 31.Ba1?!
He should have sustained the equilibrium by 31.Qh3 dxe5 32.Bxe5+.
31...d5?!
Nicely played, but it was possible to allow White to open the diagonal: 31...Kh6! 32.exd6 Bg5 33.Qh3 Rb1 34.Bc3 Qxe4 with an advantage.

After Naiditsch's move, White should have gone for 32.exd5! Qd2 33.Rf1 Qe3+ 34.Kg2! = (34.Kh1?? Qe4+ 35.Kg1 Bg5). These were the last inaccuracies in the game, which was won by Black at the end.

MEIER - FELLER

16.Ba5!
It's the currently popular variation of the King's Indian Defence, which lately has almost no draws in it. Black has problems, but occasionally "bites" successfully; that didn't work out this time:
16...b6 17.cxd6 cxd6 18.Bb4 Ne8 19.Rc6 Bf8 20.a4 a6 21.Na3 Bd7 22.Rc1 h5 23.Be1N Rg7?! 24.Nb4! g4 25.fxg4 Qg5 26.Nc4 hxg4 27.Nxb6 f3 28.Bd3 g3 29.Rxf3 gxh2+ 30.Kh1 Bg4 31.Rg3, and White achieved success.

FEDORCHUK - BAUER

Clearly not on his best day, the French grandmaster was struck by the famous chess blindness. And we have nothing against it.
25...Bf6? 26.Ba3! Be7 27.Bc5!, and everything became clear.

SVETUSHKIN - FRESSINET

Here, spirit will triumph over matter:
15...Nf6N 16.axb5 axb5 17.c4 b4 18.Ne4 Qc7 19.Bc2 Nxe4 20.dxe4 Bf6 21.Qh5 Re6 22.Rb1?! b3! 23.Bd3 Rd8 24.Qf3 Qd7 25.Bf1 Rde8 26.Qxb3 Bxe4 27.Rd1 Bd4

Black has the advantage. Soon after, the spirit completed its triumph. 

VACHIER-LAGRAVE - LAZAREV

It seems White mistakenly exchanged on d5 earlier, and now risking to get a worse position.
16.Nb5!?
Now Black should have decided to go for 16...axb5! 17.Bxf6.
An then, first of all, there doesn't seem to be anything better for White than a draw in case of 17... c4: 18.Bxh7+ Kxh7 19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Rxe7 (the standard attempt 20.Bxg7? Kxg7 21.Rf3 is refuted by getting the rook to defend the sixth rank: 21...Ra6!) 20...Rxe7 21.Qg5 Kf8 22.Qh4! Kg8! =.
An secondly, there's even stronger 17...Bf8! 18.Be5 Qb6,and now it's difficult for White to tolerate the b5 pawn, but 19.Bxb5 distracts him from playing on the kingside and Black takes the initiative: 19...Re7 20.Qd3 Ra3! with the threat of c4!.
However, there followed
16...Qd7?! 17.Nc7!! Qxc7 18.Bxf6 Bf8 19.Be5
White is a bit better; he managed to win after a long and difficult struggle.

Here is an example from the later part of the same game:

31...Bh5! should have been played. After that, the strongest reply is 32.Qg5! h6 (32...d2? 33.Rxe4 d1Q+ 34.Re1 h6 35.Qe5!) 33.Qxh5 Rxf4 34.Qd5 with the idea 34...Rxh4 35.g3!! Rxh3 36.Kg2 (the h6 pawn took the rook's square!!), but 34...d2! 35.Qxd2 Rxh4 36.Qd5! Rf4! 37.с6 Rf1+! 38.Kh2 R1xf6 39.c7 Bd6+ leads to equality.

[Event "TCh-FRA Top 12 2012"] [Site "Belfort FRA"] [Date "2012.06.02"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Navara, David"] [Black "Meier, Georg"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C11"] [PlyCount "115"] [EventDate "2012.05.31"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bc5 9. Qd2 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Bxd4 11. Qxd4 Qb6 12. Nb5 Qxd4 13. Nxd4 Ke7 14. g3 Nc5 15. O-O-O Bd7 16. Bg2 g6 17. g4 h5 18. h3 Rh6 19. f5 gxf5 20. gxf5 Rg8 21. f6+ Kd8 22. Bf3 Rg5 23. Rde1 h4 24. Rhg1 Rg3 25. Bg4 Ne4 26. Ne2 Re3 27. Nf4 Rg3 28. Ne2 Re3 29. Nf4 Rg3 30. Rxg3 hxg3 31. Rg1 Bc6 32. Nh5 Rg6 33. Nxg3 Rg5 34. Nxe4 dxe4 35. h4 Rxe5 36. h5 e3 37. h6 Be4 38. Be2 Rc5 39. c4 Kd7 40. Rg3 Rc8 41. Rxe3 Bh7 42. Kd2 Rh8 43. Bf3 Kc7 44. Re2 b6 45. Ke3 e5 46. Rh2 Kd6 47. Bd5 Bg6 48. b4 Rh7 49. a4 a5 50. bxa5 bxa5 51. Be4 Bxe4 52. Kxe4 Ke6 53. Rh5 Kxf6 54. Rf5+ Kg6 55. Kxe5 Kxh6 56. Kf6 Rg7 57. Rxa5 Rg4 58. c5 1-0 [Event "TCh-FRA Top 12 2012"] [Site "Belfort FRA"] [Date "2012.06.02"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Feller, Sebastien"] [Black "Salgado Lopez, I."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D70"] [BlackElo "2623"] [PlyCount "130"] [EventDate "2012.05.31"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 e5 9. d5 c6 10. h4 cxd5 11. exd5 N8d7 12. h5 Nf6 13. hxg6 fxg6 14. O-O-O Bd7 15. Kb1 Rc8 16. Ka1 e4 17. d6 Na4 18. Nge2 Qa5 19. Bd4 Nc5 20. Nc1 Ne6 21. Nb3 Qb4 22. Bxf6 Bxf6 23. Nxe4 Qxd2 24. Nxf6+ Rxf6 25. Nxd2 Ng5 26. Bc4+ Kg7 27. Bd5 Rxd6 28. Nc4 Rf6 29. Bxb7 Rc7 30. Bd5 h5 31. b3 Bc8 32. Kb2 Re7 33. Rhe1 Kf8 34. Rxe7 Kxe7 35. Re1+ Kd8 36. Re5 Ne6 37. Bxe6 Bxe6 38. Ra5 Bxc4 39. bxc4 Re6 40. Kc3 Re2 41. Rg5 Rxa2 42. Rxg6 h4 43. Kd4 a5 44. f4 a4 45. Rg4 a3 46. Rxh4 Rxg2 47. Rh8+ Kc7 48. Ra8 a2 49. f5 Rf2 50. Ke5 Kc6 51. f6 Kc5 52. Ra4 Re2+ 53. Kf5 Rf2+ 54. Ke6 Re2+ 55. Kd7 Rf2 56. Ke7 Re2+ 57. Kf8 Rf2 58. f7 Re2 59. Kg8 Rg2+ 60. Kh7 Rf2 61. Kg6 Rg2+ 62. Kf6 Rf2+ 63. Ke6 Re2+ 64. Kd7 Rf2 65. Ke8 Re2+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "TCh-FRA Top 12 2012"] [Site "Belfort FRA"] [Date "2012.06.03"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Le Quang, Liem"] [Black "Navara, David"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A15"] [WhiteElo "2703"] [PlyCount "59"] [EventDate "2012.05.31"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Qb3 Nb6 6. d4 Bg7 7. Bf4 Be6 8. Qa3 c5 9. Qxc5 Nc6 10. e3 Rc8 11. Qa3 O-O 12. Be2 Nc4 13. Qa4 Nxb2 14. Qb5 Nc4 15. O-O Qa5 16. Rfc1 Na3 17. Qxb7 Nb4 18. Ne1 Bf5 19. g4 Nac2 20. Nxc2 Bxc2 21. Nb5 Nxa2 22. Nxa7 Qd2 23. Re1 Rce8 24. Qb2 Nc3 25. Bf3 e5 26. Bxe5 Rxe5 27. dxe5 Bxe5 28. Nc6 Rb8 29. Qc1 Bxh2+ 30. Kg2 1-0 [Event "TCh-FRA Top 12 2012"] [Site "Belfort FRA"] [Date "2012.06.03"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Brochet, P."] [Black "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B23"] [WhiteElo "2383"] [PlyCount "134"] [EventDate "2012.05.31"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. Nf3 Nge7 5. O-O a6 6. Bxc6 Nxc6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 d6 9. Re1 Be7 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Qg4 Kf8 12. Be3 Rb8 13. Na4 h5 14. Qf3 e5 15. Bd2 g6 16. c4 Kg7 17. Bc3 f6 18. Qe3 Bd7 19. b3 h4 20. Rad1 c5 21. f4 Rh5 22. Rd3 Bxa4 23. bxa4 Qe8 24. fxe5 fxe5 25. Qh3 Rh8 26. Qe6 Rf8 27. Rf3 Rxf3 28. gxf3 Rb7 29. f4 Qxa4 30. fxe5 Qc2 31. Ba1 d5 32. Qxd5 h3 33. e6+ Kh7 34. e5 Rb1 35. Bc3 Bg5 36. Qf3 Rxe1+ 37. Bxe1 Qxc4 38. Qg3 Qd4+ 39. Kf1 Qc4+ 40. Kg1 Qd4+ 41. Kf1 Be7 42. Qxh3+ Kg7 43. Qb3 Qe4 44. Bf2 c4 45. Qb6 Qd3+ 46. Kg2 Qd5+ 47. Kf1 Kh6 48. Be3+ Kh5 49. Qd4 Qf3+ 50. Kg1 Bh4 51. Qf4 Qxf4 52. Bxf4 Kg4 53. Bd2 Kf5 54. Bc3 Kxe6 55. Kg2 Bd8 56. Kf3 Kf5 57. Ke3 Bb6+ 58. Bd4 Bc7 59. Kd2 Ke6 60. a4 Kd5 61. e6 Kxe6 62. h3 Kd5 63. Bg7 Be5 64. Bf8 Bf6 65. Bb4 Ke4 66. Ke2 c3 67. Ba5 Kd4 0-1 [Event "TCh-FRA Top 12 2012"] [Site "Belfort FRA"] [Date "2012.06.04"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Meier, Georg"] [Black "Feller, Sebastien"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E98"] [PlyCount "79"] [EventDate "2012.05.31"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. d4 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7 10. Nd3 f5 11. f3 f4 12. Bd2 Nf6 13. Rc1 g5 14. c5 Ng6 15. Nb5 Rf7 16. Ba5 b6 17. cxd6 cxd6 18. Bb4 Ne8 19. Rc6 Bf8 20. a4 a6 21. Na3 Bd7 22. Rc1 h5 23. Be1 Rg7 24. Nb4 g4 25. fxg4 Qg5 26. Nc4 hxg4 27. Nxb6 f3 28. Bd3 g3 29. Rxf3 gxh2+ 30. Kh1 Bg4 31. Rg3 Nf6 32. Nxa8 Nf4 33. Qd2 N6h5 34. Rc2 Nxg3+ 35. Bxg3 Bh3 36. Bxf4 Bxg2+ 37. Qxg2 Qxf4 38. Rf2 Qe3 39. Qf3 Qc1+ 40. Bf1 1-0 [Event "TCh-FRA Top 12 2012"] [Site "Belfort FRA"] [Date "2012.06.04"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Fedorchuk, Sergey"] [Black "Bauer, Christian"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B01"] [PlyCount "59"] [EventDate "2012.05.31"] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. Be2 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qa5 6. h3 Bh5 7. Rb1 e6 8. a3 Bxf3 9. Bxf3 Nge7 10. b4 Qe5+ 11. Ne2 O-O-O 12. O-O Qd6 13. g3 h5 14. b5 Nd4 15. Bg2 Nef5 16. a4 Qb6 17. Kh1 Nxe2 18. Qxe2 Rd4 19. Ra1 a5 20. c3 Rd7 21. d4 Be7 22. Bb2 Kb8 23. Rad1 g6 24. Rd3 Rhd8 25. Rfd1 Bf6 26. Ba3 Be7 27. Bc5 Bxc5 28. dxc5 Rxd3 29. Rxd3 Rxd3 30. cxb6 1-0 [Event "TCh-FRA Top 12 2012"] [Site "Belfort FRA"] [Date "2012.06.04"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Svetushkin, Dmitry"] [Black "Fressinet, Laurent"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C88"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2012.05.31"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9. d3 d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxe5 Nxe5 12. Rxe5 Qd6 13. Re1 Rae8 14. Nd2 c5 15. a4 Nf6 16. axb5 axb5 17. c4 b4 18. Ne4 Qc7 19. Bc2 Nxe4 20. dxe4 Bf6 21. Qh5 Re6 22. Rb1 b3 23. Bd3 Rd8 24. Qf3 Qd7 25. Bf1 Rde8 26. Qxb3 Bxe4 27. Rd1 Bd4 28. Ra1 Qc7 29. Be3 Rb8 30. Qa3 Bxe3 31. fxe3 h6 32. Qc3 Rg6 33. Rd2 Qg3 34. Rf2 Re8 35. Ra7 f6 36. Qa3 Re5 37. Rc7 Rh5 38. Bd3 Qxh3 39. Kf1 Qxe3 0-1 [Event "TCh-FRA Top 12 2012"] [Site "Belfort FRA"] [Date "2012.06.04"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Vachier Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Lazarev, Vladimir"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B47"] [PlyCount "105"] [EventDate "2012.05.31"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qc7 5. Nc3 e6 6. f4 a6 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. Bd3 d5 9. O-O Nf6 10. Kh1 Be7 11. b3 Bb7 12. Bb2 c5 13. exd5 exd5 14. Qe2 O-O 15. Rae1 Rfe8 16. Nb5 Qd7 17. Nc7 Qxc7 18. Bxf6 Bf8 19. Be5 Qc6 20. Qg4 Rad8 21. c4 d4 22. f5 f6 23. Be4 Qxe4 24. Rxe4 Bxe4 25. Bxf6 Rd7 26. Bh4 Rf7 27. h3 Re5 28. f6 Bg6 29. b4 d3 30. bxc5 Re4 31. Rf4 Rxf4 32. Qxf4 Bxc5 33. Qb8+ Bf8 34. Qd8 h5 35. c5 Kh7 36. c6 Bf5 37. Qd5 Bg6 38. Qd8 Bf5 39. Bg5 gxf6 40. Bd2 Bg7 41. c7 Rf8 42. g4 hxg4 43. hxg4 Bxg4 44. Qxd3+ Kh8 45. Qxa6 Bc8 46. Qc6 Kh7 47. a4 f5 48. Bf4 Rf6 49. Qe8 Rf8 50. Qd8 Kg6 51. Qd5 Re8 52. Kg2 Re4 53. a5 1-0 


  


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