It was Scary

Время публикации: 16.06.2012 23:47 | Последнее обновление: 15.12.2012 17:43

McShane beat Kramnik and the number of leaders increased to 5

McShane - Kramnik encounter turned out to be the most spectacular one in Round 7 of the Tal Memorial and lasted for almost 6 and a half hours. We've already reported about Kramnik's unsuccessful play in the decisive part of the game. He started to mistake from approximately Move 41. However, McShane got nervous after getting a winning position and experiencing some time trouble. He missed several forced wins, which made the game even longer.

The position when Luke played 61.Kg2?? instead of a check from е7. If Kramnik would have played 61...Qf6!, the outcome of the game would be unclear. But after 61...Qb3?? Black's position was again hopelesss. 

Probably Ilya Smirin's comment on the last stage of the game is the best description for it: "Luke is a bit disappointing. On the other hand, he can be understood: it's scary, isn't it?"

Unfortunately for Kramnik, his position, despite the rival's mistakes, stayed hopeless; it was almost unreal to hold the game for the former world champion. However, he felt Englishman's diffidence and continued looking for an escape. 

"So who has chosen McShane for participation in the tournament?.."

Two rounds before the finish the number of leaders increased to 5. 

Two rounds before the finish the number of leaders increased to 5. Kramnik and Morozevich have been caught by Teimour Radjabov and Fabiano Caruana (as we've already reported Azerbaijani got an advantage in the opening, but he didn't manage to convert it and drew), as well as by Carlsen, who managed to hold against Hikaru Nakamura.

Another result of McShane's victory: despite Tomashevsky's success against Morozevich, Evgeny is still at the bottom of the table. 

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Our followers on Twitter were getting a detailed information about the games:

Rd 7 of Tal Memorial has started. Tomashevsky-Morozevich: King's Indian with 5.Nf3/6.h3 It's called Bagirov/Krasenkow System.

McShane-Kramnik: the Spanish, Anti-Berlin. 15.Bg5. They are repeating the 2012 game between grandmasters Najer and Bacrot.

Nakamura-Carlsen 8...b6. It's a very well-known variation of the Catalan Opening/Queen's Indian Defence.

Radjabov-Caruana: the Grunfeld. 10...Qa5+ 11.Qd2. White more often defends against check with the bishop, but queen's move's also well-known.

Aronian-Grischuk: Queen's Indian. On move 9, White sacrificed a pawn, which happened in thirty games. 11.Ng5 c5: two games.

McShane-Kramnik: White deviated from Najer-Bacrot with 18.Qe4, then Kramnik responded with f5 and standing a bit worse.

...Black has an extra pawn, but his pawn structure on the kingside is a bit spoilt, while White's pieces are a lot more active in general.

Aronian-Grischuk: 14...f5 (D). This sharp endgame happened before in game Saric-Riazantsev, 2009. The players must know

Nakamura-Carlsen 15...Rad8. It's still a well-known variation branch (Kamsky - Leko, 2011 and many other games).

Aronian-Grischuk: 15.Nxe6 was played (novelty; obvious move) Kf7, & now positionally 16.Nxf4! (D) with White's pressure

Nakamura-Carlsen: White's move 16.Rd2 (D) is unlikely to be bad, but it's rare. Rac1 or a3 is played more often instead

Radjabov-Caruana: 13...Na6!?. It's very rare position, which was defended by Semen Dvoirys with Black a couple of times

Aronian-Grischuk: 18...e3 The question is, can Black lose a pawn for nothing?...

Tomashevsky-Morozevich: 11...Ng8. Position's almost unknown. As usual for King's Indian, Black's position's suspicious.

Nakamura-Carlsen: 20.Bxd5 (D). The position has equalised. Carlsen has played 20...g6!?, positioning pawns expertly.

Aronian-Grischuk: in an important variation 19.Nd3 Rhe8 it's unlikely that 20.Nxc5 is dangerous...

... as Black has activity and choice (...Rd2; e2; almost Bxc4)

(...continuing with variation for game Aronian-Grischuk) 20...e2 21.Nxa6 Re3+ 22.Kc2 Red3! 23.Rae1 Rd2+ 24.Kc1 Ra2 25.f4 Rdd2 = and a draw.

Aronian-Grischuk: 19.Nd3 Rhe8! has been played. The impression is that, of course: 1) Black is ok; 2) Grischuk prepared all this.

Grischuk's unlikely to be afraid: 20.f4!? e2 21.Bd5+ Rxd5! (already stated) 22.cxd5 Re3 23.dxc6 Rxd3+, and pawn e2 is strong.

McShane-Kramnik: the Englishman thought for very long time; didn't allow the queen to f6... .

(McShane-Kramnik) ... 19.Qe3 Be6 20.Qe3+ and Qс3 (D); he's standing better.

Nakamura-Carlsen: 26.Nd7 (D) it's deep in the endgame. Looks like Q+N isn't stronger than Q+B here. Can't take on b2.

Kramnik positioned his king in the centre, on e7, which is ok in this case. It doesn't look like big advantage for White yet.

Tomashevsky-Morozevich 14...Nc5 (D). It's a typical-looking position, which is new, however. Possibly Black is ok.

Aronian-Grischuk are following variation highlighted earlier, almost certainly drawn 22...Red3! was played. Looks like good prep by Grischuk.

Aronian-Grischuk: 24.Kc1 (D) Black's attack's enough for draw, there's probably no more. He can take on a2 or play f4!?

Aronian-Grischuk: after 24...Rxa2 the only move is 25.f4!, but it's hard not to find it. ...It's played already! It will soon be a draw.

Aronian-Grischuk 1/2 Instead of 25...Rdd2 with draw, there was 25...Nd4!? & game continues there. But probably it isn't promising for Black.

Aronian, "The moral of the story: there's no point going to where you are awaited."

The Tal Memorial: Grischuk Demonstrated Good Preparation and a Forced Draw to Aronian |

Radjabov-Caruana 16...Kh8 (D). Caruana allowed White to move forward in the centre during earlier moves and now at risk

McShane-Kramnik: 29.Qh4 (D). The grandmaster Smirin thinks that McShane is better, but there are also other assessments

Nakamura-Carlsen: after unconvincing manoeuvre 27...Bc3 Black started experiencing problems. It's yet hard to say how serious they are.

Tomashevsky-Morozevich 21...Qe7. Black is under strategic pressure; but maybe able to hold this position.

Morozevich's move 42...b6 isn't much liked by Houdini ... Caruana's position after 18...f4, is probably just bad.

Nakamura-Carlsen: 35.Qxe5+. Black has counterplay in the queen endgame; the computer assesses the position serenely

Radjabov-Caruana: White exchanged on a6 and played 20.Ba5! (D). Black shouldn't hold here.

Nakamura-Carlsen: 38.Ke4. It's completely equal according to the computer although, it may seem that Black has something to worry about

Carlsen found a good idea 38...Qb1+, and if 39.Ke5, then Qd3!. Nakamura moved the king to f3; it should be a draw soon.

Tomashevsky-Morozevich 26...Ne8 (D). Black is holding so far; he's worse, but at least he has no weaknesses.

Nakamura-Carlsen 1/2. It was quite a level game; perhaps, it had small inaccuracies.

Radjabov-Caruana: Teimour didn't go for 21.Rc7! g4 22.Nh4 Bxe5 23.Rxe7 Bf6 24.Rf7 where Black's position would have been completely hopeless.

Radjabov-Caruana: in the game after 24.Nh4 (D) It's very difficult for Black, but White still has to win this.

The Tal Memorial: Nakamura Wasn't Able to Pose Big Problems for Carlsen |

McShane-Kramnik: 37.c5 (D). Objectively, neither of the sides has problems, especially Black.

McShane-Kramnik 37...d5 (D) was played, after which Luke found (although not that difficult) good move 38.Rd1 & holding

Radjabov with Caruana are both in time-trouble; both sides are making mistakes. It's hard to say how it will all end.

After 33...Bb3 the conclusion seems to be that Radjabov messed it up and seriously risking not to win.

McShane-Kramnik: 40.Qa4! (D). The Englishman has come out of time-trouble and confidently holding. Morozevich has lost a pawn.

Kramnik played 40...Rb5. Now McShane should go in from the other side - 41.Qh4! Rxc and this position is no worse for White.

Tomashevsky-Morozevich (D). 41.b4 - after exchanging, the king can go to c6. There are good winning chances.

Radjabov-Caruana 40...h4 (D). The time-trouble has ended, White has lost most of his big advantage

McShane has played 41.Qh4, which is probably quite right.

Morozevich played 41...a4 after a long think; he doesn't want to allow the king to с6. But, straight away the result appeared:  1-0

Tomashevsky won his first game in the tournament and, probably, won't be in sole last place any more.

Tomashevsky: after 41.b4 black hasa completely hopeless position, hasn't got any chance, any counterplay. Sasha played a4 and resigned immediately. 

Kramnik's move 44...e4 against McShane isn't liked by Houdini, it thinks that White is better.

The likelihood of a draw in Radjabov-Caruana is about 99% at the moment.

McShane-Kramnik: after Rc3 (which is, probably, also inaccurate) 46.Qe5+! Black's difficulties are clearly visible.

After 48.Qe7+ Kramnik will soon have to give up pawn (e4-e3), but if McShane goes into the rook endgame 48.Qxb2!? - the win isn't guaranteed.

Rook endgame was won: White moves pawns to h6, g7 (Black puts his king on f7), then Rc1 (Black plays Rb6) and Rc5! But Luke didn't play that.

Luke rightfully returned the queen to e7 with the check, but he didn't play h5-h6! for the second time, which looked like winning.

Radjabov-Caruana 1/2. Teimour was standing to win from the opening, then he messed up in the time-trouble...

Kramnik, probably, made a mistake as well by moving the king to b7 when the White queen was on e8...

...(He could put the king on с7 instead, with the idea Qf6, Rb8). Now he's unlikely to survive, h6! has been played.

The important resource is Qa3+! in the variation which, it seems McShane just can't calculate to the end.

McShane-Kramnik: the variation chosen by Luke 59.Rc1 is also objectively winning, but he still has to make precise moves there.

McShane-Kramnik: 60.h7 Rh6 (D). After Qe7+! and rook's retreat, Black is almost in zugzwang

After McShane's move 61.Kg2? fight could have started again if Kramnik played Qf6!. But Qb3?, White wins. Too many mistakes!

Does McShane see the winning variation after Rxc6+, where White promotes to a queen and defends with the other on h3?

White wins like this: 65.Rxc6+ Rxc6 66.h8Q Qf3+ 67.Kh2 Qxf2+ 68.Kh3 Qf1+ 69.Kh4 Qh1+ 70.Qh3!.

Tal Memorial: Tomashevsky Overplayed Morozevich, Who Avoided the Repetition of Moves

McShane-Kramnik: 81.Kd5 was enough to win.

Kramnik resigned.

[Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.16"] [Round "7"] [White "McShane, Luke J"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C67"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence, open variation"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [Board "1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Re8 11. Bf4 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8 13. Nc3 Bxd4 14. Nd5 d6 15. Bg5 Bf6 16. Nxf6+ Nxf6 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. Qe4 f5 19. Qe3 Be6 20. Qg3+ Kf8 21. Qc3 Ke7 22. Re1 Kd7 23. Bc4 Qh8 24. Bxe6+ fxe6 25. Qb3 Re8 26. Qxb7 Rb8 27. Qxa7 Qxb2 28. Qa4+ Qb5 29. Qh4 Qa5 30. Qxh7+ Kc6 31. Rc1 Qxa2 32. Qh5 Qb2 33. Qd1 Kd7 34. g3 e5 35. c4 Ke7 36. Qe1 Rb3 37. c5 d5 38. Rd1 c6 39. Qa5 Kd7 40. Qa4 Rb5 41. Qh4 Rxc5 42. Qh7+ Kd6 43. Qg6+ Kc7 44. Qxf5 e4 45. h4 Rc3 46. Qe5+ Kb7 47. h5 Rb3 48. Qe7+ Kb6 49. Qd8+ Kb7 50. Qd7+ Kb6 51. Qd8+ Kb7 52. Qe7+ Kb6 53. Qe8 Kb7 54. h6 Rf3 55. Qe7+ Ka6 56. Qc5 Kb7 57. Qe7+ Ka6 58. Qc5 Kb7 59. Rc1 Rf6 60. h7 Rh6 61. Kg2 Qb3 62. Qe7+ Kb6 63. Qd8+ Kb7 64. Qd7+ Kb6 65. Rxc6+ Rxc6 66. Qd8+ Ka7 67. Qd7+ Kb6 68. Qd8+ Ka7 69. h8=Q Qf3+ 70. Kh3 Rh6+ 71. Qxh6 Qh1+ 72. Kg4 Qxh6 73. Qxd5 Qf6 74. Qf5 Qd4 75. Qf4 Kb7 76. Kf5 Qd5+ 77. Qe5 Qf7+ 78. Qf6 Qd5+ 79. Kf4 Qd2+ 80. Kxe4 Qe2+ 81. Kd5 Qa2+ 82. Kd6 Qa3+ 83. Ke6 Qa2+ 84. Ke7 Qe2+ 85. Kf7 Qh5+ 86. Kg7 Qg4+ 87. Qg6 Qd4+ 88. Qf6 Qg4+ 89. Kh6 Qe2 90. Kg5 Kc7 91. f4 Qf3 92. Qe5+ Kd7 93. f5 Qf1 94. f6 1-0 


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