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  1. I decided to take a look at this game rather accidentally. I think It was one of those days when the big boys were playing in the world blitz championship, and I was curious to see if the quality of the games played by the young minds would be any better (it definitely was!). When I came across this game, my first impression was: oh my god, this was a HUGE swindle! However, the more I studied it, the more I realised how wrong I was: it was not a swindle at all, it was an incredible masterpiece! Lukasz Jarmula is a young (17) International Master from Poland. What I find incredible about this game is his ability to sense (by means of intuition) that he had enough compensation for the pawns he was giving up. I'm not exagerating here: not even the strongest chess engines can come close to guessing the validity of those pawns sacs (!!). [Event "WYCC Open U18 Porto Carras "] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.10.26"] [Round "?"] [White "Jarmula"] [Black "Garriga Cazorla, Pere"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B94"] [WhiteElo "2321"] [BlackElo "2422"] [Annotator "M.I. Javier Gil"] [PlyCount "41"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] [SourceDate "2016.02.22"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 {An Increasingly unusual move in the third millenium, everyone is afraid of "your opening preparation". Carl sen's 3. Bb5+ or the more modern tries 3.c3, 3.a3, 3.g3 and 3.b3 are gaining ground. but 3.c4 is the future. (lol). Seriously though, "being afraid of your opponent's computer preparation" actually favours strong lazy players who don't like to study opening theory, so the trick is to play some deeply studied book line every now and then so that you earn the reputation of a ruthless theoretician. After that you never study theory again, and people will try all kinds of weird stuff against you. Job done!} cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 {If Najdorf earned a cent each time someone had played this, his Grand Children would be quite well off now. (hey, maybe they are, just trying to be funny!)} 6. Bg5 Nbd7 {This is far more unusual than 6...e6, but Na kamura, Anan d, Navar a and Domingue z, amongst others, have tried it successfully.} (6... e6 7. f4 {And then we have the classic 7...Be7, 7...Qb6 poisoned pawn, Polugayevsky's 7...b5 and also the very interesting but heavily analysed 7... Nc6.}) 7. Qe2 g6 {In most games where this position was reached, black prefers to go 7...h6 first. If then 8. Bh4, then 8...g6 and the move which white played in this game wouldn't be possible. By the way, what is this called, a Najdragon? A Dragorf?} 8. O-O-O Bg7 9. h4 $1 {White feels no need to camouflage his not very peaceful intentions... 9.f4 has also been tried here.} h5 (9... h6 {Unfortunately, it's a little late for this.} 10. Bxf6 $1 Bxf6 (10... Nxf6 11. e5 $1) 11. Nd5 Bg7 12. h5 g5 13. Nf5 $18) 10. Kb1 Qc7 (10... b5 $4 {This would be a blunder.} 11. Nc6 $1 Qb6 {11...Qc7 leads to the same thing.} 12. Nxe7 $1) 11. g4 $5 {Why prepare it when you can play it now?} (11. f4 Nb6 12. f5 Ng4 13. Rh3 Qc5 { This happened in Solak-Nakamura, which eventually ended in a draw. Solak played 14.Nb3.14.Nd5!? was very intersting.} 14. Nd5 Nxd5 $1 (14... Bxd4 $2 15. b4 Qc6 16. Nxe7 {Wins for white.}) 15. exd5 O-O $1 {And black's bishops are beginning to display a certain fury.}) 11... hxg4 (11... Nxg4 $2 12. Nd5 Qc5 13. b4 $18) 12. h5 {Very impressive!} Rxh5 (12... gxh5 13. Nf5 Bf8 14. f4 gxf3 15. Qxf3 Ne5 16. Qf4 $1 $44 {And the threat of Bxf6 is quite annoying.} Neg4 $2 17. Bxf6 Nxf6 18. Nxd6+ exd6 19. Qxf6 $16) 13. Rxh5 gxh5 14. Nf5 Bf8 15. Bg2 $1 {A cold blooded positional move, played as if white hadn't given up anything! it's moves like this that make this game so special. Lukasz sensed the difficulties that black was facing here.} e6 16. e5 $3 {Another pawn sacrifice, freeing the e4 square for his pieces.} dxe5 (16... Nxe5 17. Bxf6 exf5 18. Nd5 $18) 17. Ng3 {White's 3 pawns down(!). What's surprising is that he doesn't seem to have any immediate threats, but if you look closely, black can barely move any of his pieces or pawns!} Be7 (17... Nh7 18. Bh4 f5 19. Nxh5 Bh6 20. Ne4 $3 $16 {And black's pawn mass seems incredibly useless! Taking the N would lead to a devastating attack after 21.Bxe4.} fxe4 $2 21. Bxe4 Nhf8 22. Qxg4 $18 ) 18. Qd2 Nc5 {This seems to lose pretty quickly, but it wasn't easy to find a move for black.} (18... Bb4 19. Bxf6 Nxf6 20. Qh6 Bxc3 (20... Be7 21. Qh8+ Bf8 22. Qxf6 $18) 21. Qxf6 Qb6 (21... Bd4 22. Nxh5) 22. b3 $18 Bb4 (22... Bd4 23. Nxh5 $18) 23. Nxh5 $18) (18... Qb6 19. Nge4 $5 (19. Bxf6 {This is interesting also, but probably not as good.} Nxf6 20. Qh6 Nd7 (20... Bd7 $2 21. Qh8+ $18) ( 20... Ba3 $2 21. Qh8+ Ke7 22. Na4 Qc7 23. bxa3 $18) 21. Qh8+ Nf8 22. Nce4 Bd7 23. Nf6+ Bxf6 24. Qxf6 Nh7 25. Qh8+ (25. Qh4 $2 Qxf2) 25... Nf8 26. Qf6 $11) 19... Nxe4 20. Nxe4 f6 21. Bh4 $1 {And this positions looks really difficult for black.} Ba3 (21... f5 22. Bxe7 fxe4 (22... Kxe7 23. Qg5+ $18) 23. Qg5 Qxf2 24. Bxe4 $18) 22. c3 $1 (22. Qxd7+ {This is a flash queen sacrifice, but I think a draw is the most white can get.} Bxd7 23. Nxf6+ Kf7 $8 24. Rxd7+ Kf8 $8 (24... Kg6 $4 25. Be4+ Kh6 26. Rh7#) 25. Rxb7 Qd4 26. Nh7+ Kg8 27. Nf6+ Kf8 28. bxa3 Qd1+ 29. Kb2 Rc8 {White doesn't have time for the final stab.} 30. Be4 Qd4+ 31. Kb1 Qd1+ 32. Kb2 Qd4+ 33. Kc1 Qa1+ 34. Kd2 Qd4+ 35. Ke2 Qc4+ 36. Ke1 Qc3+ 37. Ke2 Qc4+ 38. Bd3 Qc6 39. Be4 $11) 22... f5 23. b3 f4 (23... fxe4 $2 24. Qg5 $18) 24. Qc2 Kf8 (24... f3 25. Nf6+ $1 Nxf6 26. Qg6+ $18) 25. Ng5 $18 { With a winning attack for white.}) 19. Bxf6 $1 Bxf6 20. Nxh5 Be7 (20... Nd7 21. Qh6 Ke7 22. Nxf6 Nxf6 23. Qg5 $18 {Winning, as 24. Ne4 can't be stopped.}) 21. Ng7+ {Black resigned. He's getting checkmated.} (21. Ng7+ Kf8 22. Qh6 Bd6 23. Qh8+ Ke7 24. Qe8+ Kf6 25. Nh5+ Kg5 26. Qg8+ Kf5 27. Qh7+ Kg5 28. Qg7+ Kf5 29. Qf6#) 1-0 Link to Jarmula's FIDE card: https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=1160664
  2. What books for me?

    Yes, I think that book is definitly too advanced for a beginner... I'd go for "My System" or "Logical chess move by move" or other beginner manuals.
  3. The two knights defence

    Well, I guess there's some truth in that, but there some new books out there which can be considered "jewels".
  4. Setting up the pieces (Quiz)

    That is indeed a typo. Thanks for pointing it out! Quizzes will be upgraded at some point, as flash is slowly dying out.
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  8. Wishlist for version 2

    Hi Franks, thanks for your comments. Unfortunately, Adobe made some decisions which have resulted in a major slow-down of educational books: They gave up on further development of Flash and, more importantly, they never allowed animated gifs on their pdf files, which would have solved may of the problems. Thus, we have a scenario where it is possible to develop an application which will allow what you're requesting BUT: it will only be compatible with *some* operating systems and not others, which is the major issue. So at present I'm leaning towards pdf (without animations) and then have some tutorials (both video + html) on my site. Cheers.
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  13. Carlsen has won Zurich 2014 (which was really not the strongest tournament in history, as it wasn't a double round robin and some of the worls's best players were not there. I mean, just 5 rounds of slow chess, it's not serious!). Magnus was 2 points ahead of Aronian before the rapid games began, and most GMs thought he wouldn't have any problems keeping his advantage. But they were wrong! Magnus lost 2 games, against his toughest opponents, Aronian and Caruana, and only managed to score 40% (2 points out of 5, with a rating performance of 2713 compared to a rating performance of +3000 in the slow games). However, Nakamura managed to defeat Aronian in his game and put a stop to the Armenian's hopes. Caruana won the rapid tournament with 4 out of 5 (and a rating performance of +3000 also) It must be said, however, that 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment is not really considered a rapid game (which is 25 minutes + 10). Aronian commented: "it was something kind of in between a blitz game and a rapid game. But I guess it was entertaining" . Meanwhile American GM Nakamura (3.5/5) reflected on a somewhat chilling fact: If only he'd defeated Carlsen in "that game" (which was totally winning for him), he would have ended up on 9.5 instead of 7.5, winning the tournament. (don't forget that the slow games score double) . Perhaps these little details will decide the tournaments of this decade? perhaps! The quality of the rapid games was below what we expected. Combined final standings: Carlsen 10, Caruana , Aronian 9, Nakamura 7.5, Anand 5, Gelfand 4.5 [Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "1.1"][White "Gelfan d, Boris"][black "Carlse n, Magnus"][Result "0-1"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2761"][blackElo "2872"][ECO "A58"][Opening "Benko gambit accepted"][WhiteFideId "2805677"][blackFideId "1503014"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 g6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. e4 O-O 8. Nf3Qa5 9. Bd3 Nxd5 10. exd5 Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 Qxc3+ 12. Qd2 Qxa1 13. O-O Bxa6 14. Bb2Qxa2 15. Ra1 Qb3 16. Be4 d6 17. Rb1 f6 18. Bxf6 Qc4 19. Bb2 Qxe4 20. Re1 Qd3 21.Qxd3 Bxd3 22. Rxe7 Rxf3 23. gxf3 Na6 0-1[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "1.2"][White "Anan d, Viswanathan"][black "Aronia n, Levon"][Result "0-1"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2773"][blackElo "2826"][ECO "A56"][Opening "Czech Benoni defence"][WhiteFideId "5000017"][blackFideId "13300474"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e5 4. Nc3 d6 5. e4 Nbd7 6. Nf3 Be7 7. g3 O-O 8. Bd3 Nh59. Qe2 a6 10. Bd2 g6 11. Kd1 Kh8 12. h3 Ndf6 13. Kc2 Bd7 14. a4 Qc8 15. g4 Ng716. Nh2 Ng8 17. f4 exf4 18. Bxf4 f6 19. Nf1 Rf7 20. Ne3 Qf8 21. h4 Bd8 22. Qh2Bc7 23. h5 g5 24. h6 Ne8 25. Bg3 Ne7 26. Nf5 Ng6 27. a5 Ne5 28. Be2 Bxf5 29.exf5 Qe7 30. Be1 Qd8 31. Ne4 Re7 32. Qg2 b6 33. Bc3 b5 34. cxb5 axb5 35. Bxb5Bxa5 36. Bc6 Raa7 37. Bxe5 Rxe5 38. Ra4 Nc7 39. Rha1 Na6 40. Nd2 Nb4+ 41. Rxb4cxb4 42. Nc4 b3+ 43. Kxb3 Ree7 44. Qg3 Qb8+ 0-1[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "1.3"][White "Caruan a, Fabiano"][black "Nakamur a, Hikaru"][Result "1-0"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2781"][blackElo "2776"][ECO "A62"][Opening "Benoni"][Variation "fianchetto variation"][WhiteFideId "2020009"][blackFideId "2016192"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. g3 e6 7. Bg2 exd5 8. cxd5d6 9. O-O Re8 10. Bf4 a6 11. a4 h6 12. Qc1 Kh7 13. Re1 Bf5 14. Nh4 Bc8 15. Qc2Nh5 16. Bd2 Nd7 17. Nf5 Bf8 18. Ne3 Rb8 19. a5 b5 20. axb6 Nxb6 21. Na4 Nxa4 22.Rxa4 Ng7 23. Be4 Be7 24. Ba5 Qd7 25. Bc3 Qd8 26. Nc4 Bd7 27. Ra3 Bb5 28. Na5 Qd729. Nc6 Rbc8 30. h4 Bf8 31. Bg2 Nh5 32. Kh2 Bg7 33. Bh3 f5 34. e4 Kh8 35. exf5Rxe1 36. Bxe1 Nf6 37. fxg6 Ng4+ 38. Kg1 Qe8 39. Bc3 Bxc6 40. dxc6 h5 41. Bxg4hxg4 42. Qf5 Bxc3 43. Rxc3 Qe1+ 44. Kh2 1-0[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "2.1"][White "Caruan a, Fabiano"][black "Gelfan d, Boris"][Result "1/2-1/2"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2781"][blackElo "2761"][ECO "B52"][Opening "Sicilian"][Variation "Canal-Sokolsky attack, 3...Bd7"][WhiteFideId "2020009"][blackFideId "2805677"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. O-O Nc6 6. c4 Nf6 7. Nc3 g6 8.d4 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Bg7 10. Nde2 Qe6 11. Nd5 Qxe4 12. Nc7+ Kd7 13. Nxa8 Qxc4 14.Nb6+ axb6 15. b3 Qd5 16. Be3 Qxd1 17. Raxd1 b5 18. a4 b4 19. f3 e6 20. Nf4 Ke721. Rfe1 g5 22. Ne2 h6 23. Nd4 Kd7 24. Nb5 Nd5 25. Bf2 Be5 26. Bg3 Bf4 27. Bxf4gxf4 28. Re4 f5 29. Rc4 Rg8 30. Rxd5 exd5 31. Rxf4 Ke6 32. Rh4 Rg6 33. Nd4+ Ke534. Nc2 d4 35. Ne1 Kd5 36. Nd3 Rf6 37. Kf2 Ne5 38. Ke2 Nxd3 39. Kxd3 Kc5 40.Rxd4 d5 41. Rf4 Rg6 42. g3 Re6 43. Rxf5 Re1 44. Rf8 Rd1+ 45. Kc2 Rf1 46. Kd3Rd1+ 47. Ke3 Re1+ 48. Kd2 Rb1 49. Kc2 Rf1 50. Kd3 Rd1+ 51. Kc2 Rf1 1/2-1/2[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "2.2"][White "Nakamur a, Hikaru"][black "Anan d, Viswanathan"][Result "1-0"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2776"][blackElo "2773"][ECO "A01"][Opening "Nimzovich-Larsen attack"][Variation "modern variation"][WhiteFideId "2016192"][blackFideId "5000017"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 d6 3. e3 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. Qxd4 Nc6 6. Qd2 Be7 7. Nc3 O-O 8.O-O-O a6 9. f3 b5 10. g4 b4 11. Nce2 a5 12. Ng3 Ne8 13. Qd5 Bb7 14. Bb5 Ne5 15.Qxb7 Rb8 16. Qd5 Nf6 17. Qxe5 dxe5 18. Rxd8 Rfxd8 19. Bd3 Bc5 20. Bxe5 Bxe3+ 21.Kb1 Nd5 22. Nf5 Bd2 23. Bxg7 Nf4 24. Ne2 Nxd3 25. cxd3 Rxd3 26. Kc2 1-0[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "2.3"][White "Aronia n, Levon"][black "Carlse n, Magnus"][Result "1-0"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2826"][blackElo "2872"][ECO "E06"][Opening "Catalan"][Variation "closed, 5.Nf3"][WhiteFideId "13300474"][blackFideId "1503014"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. d4 O-O 6. Qc2 c5 7. O-O cxd4 8. Nxd4e5 9. Nf5 d4 10. Nxe7+ Qxe7 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Nd2 Bf5 14. Qb3 Nd7 15.Qa3 Qb6 16. Rfc1 Rfc8 17. b4 a5 18. c5 Qa6 19. Nc4 Be6 20. Nd6 axb4 21. Qxa6bxa6 22. Nxc8 Rxc8 23. c6 Nb6 24. Rab1 a5 25. a3 b3 26. c7 Bc4 27. Bb7 Rxc7 28.Rxb3 Rxb7 29. Rxc4 Nxc4 30. Rxb7 Nxa3 31. Kg2 Nc4 32. g4 Nd6 33. Ra7 f6 34. Rxa5Ne4 35. h4 h5 36. gxh5 Kh7 37. Ra8 Nd6 38. Kf3 Nf5 39. Kg4 Nh6+ 40. Kh3 Nf5 41.Rd8 Nh6 42. f4 exf4 43. Rxd4 Nf7 44. Rxf4 Kh6 45. Rf5 Nd6 46. Rd5 Nc4 47. Kg3Ne3 48. Rc5 Nf1+ 49. Kf4 Nd2 50. e3 Nb3 51. Rc3 Na5 52. Rc8 Kh7 53. Kf5 1-0[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "3.1"][White "Gelfan d, Boris"][black "Aronia n, Levon"][Result "1/2-1/2"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2761"][blackElo "2826"][ECO "E06"][Opening "Catalan"][Variation "closed, 5.Nf3"][WhiteFideId "2805677"][blackFideId "13300474"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. Nc3 Nbd7 7. b3 Nb6 8. Ne5Bb4 9. Bb2 Ne4 10. Qd3 f6 11. Nf3 e5 12. a3 Bxc3+ 13. Bxc3 Nxf2 14. Kxf2 e4 15.Qc2 Bf5 16. Qa2 exf3 17. exf3 dxc4 18. bxc4 Be6 19. d5 Bf7 20. Rhe1 c6 21. Bb4Re8 22. Rxe8+ Qxe8 23. Re1 Qd8 24. f4 cxd5 25. cxd5 Nxd5 26. Bxd5 Bxd5 27. Qd2Qb6+ 28. Qe3 Qa6 29. g4 Bf7 30. Qd4 h6 31. Re7 Qc6 32. Kg3 Re8 33. Rxe8+ Qxe834. Qxa7 Bd5 35. Qc5 Qe6 36. Qe7 Qb6 37. Qc5 Qe6 38. Qe7 Qb6 39. Qc5 1/2-1/2[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "3.2"][White "Carlse n, Magnus"][black "Nakamur a, Hikaru"][Result "1/2-1/2"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2872"][blackElo "2776"][ECO "B51"][Opening "Sicilian"][Variation "Canal-Sokolsky (Nimzovich-Rossolimo, Moscow) attack"][WhiteFideId "1503014"][blackFideId "2016192"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. O-O a6 5. Bd3 Ngf6 6. Re1 b5 7. c4 Ne5 8. Bf1Nxc4 9. a4 Bd7 10. d4 cxd4 11. Nxd4 e5 12. axb5 exd4 13. Bxc4 axb5 14. Rxa8 Qxa815. Bb3 Be7 16. Qxd4 O-O 17. Nc3 b4 18. Qxb4 Rb8 19. Qc4 Be6 20. Nd5 Bd8 21. h3h6 22. Bf4 Qb7 23. Bc2 Ba5 24. Rd1 Bxd5 25. exd5 Rc8 26. Qb3 Qxb3 27. Bxb3 Rb828. Bc4 Rxb2 29. Bxd6 Bb6 30. Be5 Rxf2 31. Kh2 Rf5 32. Bg3 h5 33. d6 Rc5 34. Be2Ne4 35. d7 Bd8 36. Bb8 Nf6 37. Bf3 Kh7 38. Bf4 g5 39. Be3 Rb5 40. Bc6 Ra5 41.Bd4 Kg6 42. Kh1 Ra6 43. Rc1 h4 44. Kg1 Be7 45. Bb5 Rd6 46. Bc5 Rxd7 47. Bxd7Bxc5+ 48. Rxc5 Nxd7 49. Rc6+ f6 50. Kf2 Ne5 51. Rc3 Kf5 52. Ke3 Nd7 53. Rb3 Nf854. Rb5+ Kg6 55. Ke4 Ne6 56. Rb2 Nf4 57. Ra2 Ne6 58. Kd5 Nf4+ 59. Kd6 g4 60.hxg4 Kg5 61. Ke7 Kxg4 62. Kxf6 Kg3 63. Kf5 Nxg2 64. Ra3+ Kf2 65. Kg4 Ne3+ 66.Kxh4 Kf3 67. Ra4 Nf5+ 68. Kg5 Ne3 69. Ra3 Ke4 70. Rxe3+ Kxe3 1/2-1/2[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "3.3"][White "Anan d, Viswanathan"][black "Caruan a, Fabiano"][Result "0-1"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2773"][blackElo "2781"][ECO "B41"][Opening "Sicilian"][Variation "Kan variation"][WhiteFideId "5000017"][blackFideId "2020009"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Be2 Nf6 6. Nc3 Qc7 7. O-O Bc5 8. Bg5Nc6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Kh1 d5 11. Bd3 Be7 12. f4 Bb7 13. Qe1 h6 14. Bh4 O-O 15. e5Ne8 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Ne2 c5 18. c3 a5 19. Ng1 Ba6 20. Bxa6 Rxa6 21. c4 Nc7 22.b3 a4 23. Nf3 Rfa8 24. Rb1 axb3 25. axb3 Ra2 26. Rf2 Qd7 27. Rxa2 Rxa2 28. h3Na6 29. Ra1 Rxa1 30. Qxa1 Nb4 31. Qa8+ Kh7 32. Qf8 Nd3 33. f5 exf5 34. Qd6 Qa735. Qxd5 Nf4 36. Qd2 Ne6 37. Kh2 Qb7 38. Qd3 g6 39. Kg1 Kg7 40. Kf2 Qa8 41. Qc2Qa1 42. Qd2 Qb1 43. Qc3 Kg8 44. Ne1 Ng5 45. Qc2 Qa1 46. Nd3 Ne4+ 47. Ke3 Qg1+48. Kf3 Qh2 49. Ne1 Qxe5 50. Ke2 Qg3 51. Qd3 Qf2+ 52. Kd1 Qb2 53. Qc2 Qd4+ 54.Ke2 h5 55. Qd3 Qe5 56. Kf1 Qf4+ 57. Ke2 Kg7 58. Qe3 Qe5 59. Nd3 Qh2 60. Nxc5Qxg2+ 61. Ke1 Ng5 62. h4 Nf3+ 63. Kd1 Qg4 64. Kc2 f4 65. Qe7 Qf5+ 66. Kc3 Ne567. Qg5 Qxg5 68. hxg5 h4 69. Ne4 Ng4 70. Kd4 0-1[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "4.1"][White "Anan d, Viswanathan"][black "Gelfan d, Boris"][Result "1/2-1/2"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2773"][blackElo "2761"][ECO "B92"][Opening "Sicilian"][Variation "Najdorf, Opovcensky variation"][WhiteFideId "5000017"][blackFideId "2805677"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Be3Be6 9. Nd5 Nbd7 10. Qd3 Bxd5 11. exd5 O-O 12. O-O Nc5 13. Qd2 Nfe4 14. Qb4 a515. Qc4 Rc8 16. Qb5 b6 17. f3 Nf6 18. Rfd1 Nh5 19. g3 g6 20. Nxc5 bxc5 21. Bd2Ra8 22. f4 Ng7 23. fxe5 dxe5 24. Be3 Rb8 25. Qc4 Nf5 26. Bf2 Rxb2 27. Rab1 Rb428. Rxb4 cxb4 29. Qc6 Bd6 30. c4 bxc3 31. Qxc3 e4 32. Bg4 Bb4 33. Qb3 e3 34.Bxe3 Nxe3 35. Qxe3 Re8 36. Qd4 Bd6 37. Kg2 Qc7 38. Rd2 h5 39. Re2 Rxe2+ 40. Bxe2Qc2 41. Qc4 Qd2 42. a4 Qe3 43. Qd3 Qe5 44. Bf3 Kg7 45. Bd1 h4 46. Qf3 hxg3 47.hxg3 Qd4 48. g4 Qd2+ 49. Kf1 Bc5 50. Bb3 Qc1+ 51. Ke2 Qb2+ 52. Kd1 Bb4 53. Qe3Bd6 54. Bc2 Qa1+ 55. Ke2 Qh1 56. Qc3+ Kg8 57. Qc8+ Kg7 58. Qc3+ Kg8 59. Qc8+ Kg760. Qc3+ Kh7 61. Qf3 Qh2+ 62. Kd3 Kg8 63. Qe4 Bb4 64. Kc4 Qc7+ 65. Kb5 Qb7+ 66.Kc4 Qc8+ 67. Kd3 Qc3+ 68. Ke2 Qe1+ 69. Kf3 Qf1+ 70. Ke3 Bd6 71. Kd4 Qf2+ 72. Kd3Bb4 73. Qe3 Qg2 74. Qe4 Qd2+ 75. Kc4 Qc3+ 76. Kb5 Qc5+ 77. Ka6 Qc8+ 78. Kb5 Bd679. Bd1 Qc5+ 80. Ka6 Qc8+ 81. Kb5 Kh7 82. Bc2 Qc5+ 83. Ka6 Bc7 84. Kb7 Qb6+ 85.Kc8 Bd6 86. Qc4 Qb8+ 87. Kd7 Qf8 88. Qe4 Qb8 89. Qc4 Qf8 90. Qe4 Qb8 91. Qc4 1/2-1/2[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "4.2"][White "Caruan a, Fabiano"][black "Carlse n, Magnus"][Result "1-0"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2781"][blackElo "2872"][ECO "A05"][Opening "Reti opening"][WhiteFideId "2020009"][blackFideId "1503014"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bf5 5. d3 e6 6. c4 Nbd7 7. cxd5 cxd5 8. Be3Bc5 9. Bxc5 Nxc5 10. Nc3 O-O 11. Qd2 h6 12. Rfc1 Rc8 13. b4 Ncd7 14. a4 Qe7 15.Nb5 a6 16. Nbd4 Bg6 17. Nb3 e5 18. Nh4 Bh7 19. Bh3 d4 20. Nf3 Rxc1+ 21. Rxc1 Nb622. a5 Nbd5 23. Rc5 Rd8 24. Na1 e4 25. Nxd4 exd3 26. exd3 Bxd3 27. Qxd3 Nxb4 28.Qc3 Ne4 29. Nf5 Qf8 30. Qxb4 Nxc5 31. Nc2 Nd3 32. Qc3 g6 33. Nfd4 Nc5 34. Bg2Qd6 35. h4 h5 36. Qe3 Qf6 37. Nf3 Qf5 38. Nfd4 Qf6 39. Kh2 Kg7 40. Qc3 Nd7 41.f4 b5 42. Nb4 Nb8 43. Nd5 b4 44. Nf5+ 1-0[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "4.3"][White "Nakamur a, Hikaru"][black "Aronia n, Levon"][Result "1-0"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2776"][blackElo "2826"][ECO "A01"][Opening "Nimzovich-Larsen attack"][Variation "classical variation"][WhiteFideId "2016192"][blackFideId "13300474"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. b3 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. Bb2 Bf5 4. h3 h6 5. Nf3 e6 6. c4 Be7 7. g4 Bh7 8. Rg1 Nbd79. cxd5 exd5 10. h4 Ne4 11. g5 hxg5 12. hxg5 O-O 13. d3 Bb4+ 14. Nbd2 Nxd2 15.Nxd2 c5 16. a3 Bxd2+ 17. Qxd2 Re8 18. f4 Qb6 19. Kf2 Qxb3 20. g6 Bxg6 21. f5 d422. e4 Bxf5 23. exf5 Re3 24. Rb1 Qd5 25. Rxg7+ Kf8 26. Rg2 Ne5 27. Qd1 Re8 28.Bc1 b6 29. Qh5 Qf3+ 30. Qxf3 Rxf3+ 31. Kg1 Rxf5 32. Rf2 Rh5 33. Bf4 Re6 34. Be2Rh3 35. Rd1 Ke7 36. Kg2 Rh8 37. Bh2 Rg6+ 38. Kf1 f6 39. Ke1 Ng4 40. Bxg4 Rxg441. Kd2 Rg6 42. a4 Rhg8 43. Re1+ Kd7 44. Ree2 Kc6 45. Kc2 f5 46. Kb3 Rf8 47. Re7f4 48. Rxa7 Re6 49. Kc4 Re1 50. Bxf4 Rc1+ 51. Bxc1 Rxf2 52. Kb3 Rf3 53. Kc2 c454. dxc4 Rc3+ 55. Kb2 Rxc4 56. Bd2 d3 57. Kb3 Rc2 58. Bf4 Rf2 59. Rc7+ Kd5 60.Rd7+ Kc6 61. Rc7+ Kd5 62. Be3 Rf1 63. Rd7+ Ke4 64. Bxb6 Rb1+ 65. Kc4 Rxb6 66.Rxd3 Ra6 67. Ra3 Ra5 68. Kb4 Ra8 69. Kc5 Rc8+ 70. Kb6 Kd5 71. a5 Kd6 72. Rd3+Ke7 73. a6 Rb8+ 74. Kc7 Rb1 75. Re3+ Kf7 76. Ra3 Rc1+ 77. Kb6 Rb1+ 78. Ka5 1-0[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "5.1"][White "Gelfan d, Boris"][black "Nakamur a, Hikaru"][Result "0-1"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2761"][blackElo "2776"][ECO "A80"][Opening "Dutch"][WhiteFideId "2805677"][blackFideId "2016192"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. d4 f5 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bf4 Nf6 4. e3 a6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bd3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. O-ONc6 9. Ne2 O-O 10. c4 Nb4 11. Nc3 Nxd3 12. Qxd3 dxc4 13. Qxc4 Qe7 14. Rac1 Bd715. Ne5 b5 16. Qb3 Rfc8 17. Nxd7 Qxd7 18. Rfd1 Qf7 19. a4 b4 20. Ne2 a5 21. h3h6 22. Be5 Nd7 23. Bg3 Bf8 24. Nd4 e5 25. Qxf7+ Kxf7 26. Rxc8 Rxc8 27. Nxf5 Ke628. e4 Rc2 29. Rd5 Rc5 30. Ne3 Nb6 31. Rd8 Be7 32. Re8 Kf7 33. Rb8 Nxa4 34. Nd5Bf6 35. Rb7+ Kg6 36. f4 exf4 37. Nxf4+ Kh7 38. Ne6 Rc6 39. e5 Bg5 40. Nxg7 Nc541. Ra7 Kg6 42. Ne8 a4 43. h4 Be3+ 44. Kh2 a3 45. bxa3 b3 46. h5+ Kxh5 47. e6Nxe6 48. Rb7 Rb6 49. Rxb6 0-1[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "5.2"][White "Aronia n, Levon"][black "Caruan a, Fabiano"][Result "1/2-1/2"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2826"][blackElo "2781"][ECO "A04"][Opening "Reti opening"][WhiteFideId "13300474"][blackFideId "2020009"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]1. Nf3 d6 2. d4 f5 3. Bf4 Nf6 4. e3 g6 5. h3 Bg7 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O e6 8. Bh2 Nc69. Nbd2 Qe7 10. c3 b6 11. b4 a5 12. Qb3 Bb7 13. a3 h6 14. c4 Nd8 15. c5 axb4 16.axb4 Nf7 17. Nh4 Kh7 18. cxd6 cxd6 19. Nc4 Bd5 20. Qb2 Ne4 21. Nf3 Qb7 22. b5Rfc8 23. Rxa8 Rxa8 24. Ra1 Rxa1+ 25. Qxa1 Qc7 26. Nfd2 Nxd2 27. Nxd2 e5 28. Bf3Bxf3 29. Nxf3 Qc4 30. Qf1 Qb4 31. Kh1 Ng5 32. Nxg5+ hxg5 33. dxe5 dxe5 34. f3 e435. fxe4 Qxe4 36. Qc1 Be5 37. Qc6 Qb1+ 38. Bg1 Bg3 39. Qd7+ Kh6 40. Qd4 Kh7 41.Qd7+ Kh6 42. Qd4 Kh7 1/2-1/2[Event "Zurich CC Rapid 2014"][site "Zurich SUI"][Date "2014.02.04"][Round "5.3"][White "Carlse n, Magnus"][black "Anan d, Viswanathan"][Result "1/2-1/2"][WhiteTitle "GM"][blackTitle "GM"][WhiteElo "2872"][blackElo "2773"][ECO "C67"][Opening "Ruy Lopez"][Variation "Berlin defence, open variation"][WhiteFideId "1503014"][blackFideId "5000017"][EventDate "2014.02.04"]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. c3 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8 13. Bf4 d5 14. Bd3 g615. Nd2 Ng7 16. Nf3 Bf5 17. Bxf5 Nxf5 18. Qe2 c6 19. Re1 Ng7 20. Be5 Ne6 21.Bxf6 Qxf6 22. Ne5 Re8 23. Ng4 Qd8 24. Qe5 Ng7 25. Qxe8+ Nxe8 26. Rxe8+ Qxe8 27.Nf6+ Kf8 28. Nxe8 Kxe8 29. f4 f5 30. Kf2 Kf7 31. b4 b5 32. g3 Kf6 33. Kf3 Ke634. Ke3 Kf6 35. Kf3 Ke6 1/2-1/2
  14. Aronian's defeat against Caruana in the fifth round of the Zurich tournament could have a consequence: less people will be inclined to try something other than the ugly Berlin defence against the Ruy Lopez! Truth be told, however, Levon's defeat had little to do with the opening, as he had equalized. The endgame does seem a little more comfortable for Fabiano... It is a little surprising that Aronian's loss should happen in the last round of the tournament, just like it happened in the recent Tata Steel tournament. Does he tend to relax a little in the last rounds? Carlsen played a Berlin against Anand and Vishy achieved very little. They only played on to avoid having to play a blitz game. This is not Nakamura┬┤s tournament, so his draw offer on move 21 against Gelfand did not come as much of a surprise. 5 rapid games will now follow (with reversed colours), the 5 games being played in one day. It will be hard to catch Magnus, as he's on 8 points, the slow games being worth double points...
  15. No draws today in Zurich. Carlsen played an amazing game and defeating Caruana very convincingly (from a rather insipid opening position, as usual!). See analysis below. Anand played his best game so far and managed to beat Gelfand. Nakamura hasn't fully recovered from yesterday's dramatic loss against Carlsen and it showed in his game against Aronian, who got a very good game out of the opening. [pgn][Event "Zurich Chess Challenge 2014"] [site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2014.02.02"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Carlse n, Magnus"] [black "Caruan a, Fabiano"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C65"] [WhiteElo "2872"] [blackElo "2782"] [Annotator "I.M. Javier Gil"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "2014.01.30"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 {Javier: Could this be the new weapon against the Berlin defence? It didn't end too well for Anan d against Nakamura in round 2, but white did seem a little better out of the opening in that game, a detail that probably didn't scape Carlse n's attention!} Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 { Javier: White's basically playing an delayed exchange variation of a Ruy Lopez where black's pieces are not ideally posted as the N on f6 isn't doing much and, as the above mentioned game between Anan d and Nakamura showed, neither is the c5 B doing that much.} 6. h3 Nd7 {Javier: Nakamura chose 6...Be6 followed by Qd6.} 7. Be3 Bd6 (7... Bxe3 8. fxe3 {Javier: With some play along the f-file later on. White's pawns control important central squares also.}) 8. Nc3 c5 9. O-O Nf8 10. Nd2 {Heading for c4 and preparing f4 later.} Ng6 11. Nc4 Be6 12. Ne2 {Javier: White isn't worried about black taking on c4 because that would leave black with an awful B.} Qd7 {Javier: Both Caruan a and Carlse n were critical of this move in analysis room, but I pretty much doubt that this move would make much difference in a position like this, which is basically equal. Carlse n mentioned that 12...0-0 seemed more natural.} 13. Nxd6+ cxd6 (13... Qxd6 $5 14. f4 exf4 15. Nxf4 Nxf4 16. Bxf4 Qd7 (16... Qe7 17. Qf3 O-O-O { Javier: This is possible also.}) 17. Qh5 b6 18. Be5 O-O-O (18... O-O 19. Qg5 $1 ) 19. Bxg7 Rhg8 {Javier: Black gets play along the g-file.} 20. Bf6 (20. Qxh7 $4 f6 $19) (20. Qh6 $2 f5 $1 $17) 20... Bxh3 21. Rf2 Rde8 22. Kh1 Bg4 (22... Be6 {Javier: Perhaps this is a better square for the B, as f7 might need protection later.}) 23. Qxh7 Rg6 $44 {Javier: Black has compensation.}) 14. f4 exf4 15. Nxf4 Nxf4 16. Rxf4 b6 (16... O-O $11 {Javier: This seems like a most reasonable alternative.} 17. Qh5 f5) 17. Qh5 d5 (17... O-O-O 18. a4 $14 {Would be slightly uncomfortable for black.}) 18. d4 c4 (18... cxd4 19. Bxd4 O-O-O 20. Bxg7 Rhg8 21. Bf6 Bxh3 22. Bxd8 {Javier: And black doesn't have enough.}) 19. b3 Qc6 (19... cxb3 $2 20. axb3 $16 {Javier: This would be just bad for black as now exd followed by c4 will be hard to stop.}) (19... Rc8 {Javier: This was a reasonable alternative. Black will castle short.}) 20. Raf1 O-O-O 21. bxc4 Qxc4 22. Rxf7 $3 {Javier: A powerful exchange sacrifice. In Carlse n's words, "it was always going to be quite difficult for the black K"} Bxf7 23. Rxf7 Rd7 24. Rxd7 Kxd7 25. exd5 $16 {Javier: Black's K is vulnerable indeed. Qf7 is the immediate threat.} g6 26. Qg4+ Kc7 27. Qe6 Kb7 28. Qe7+ (28. Qf6 $5 {Javier: This was, perhaps, stronger.} Qe2 $5 (28... Rc8 29. d6 Qc6 30. Qe7+ $18) 29. Bf2 Rc8 30. d6 Rxc2 31. Qf7+ $1 (31. d7 Qd1+ 32. Kh2 Rxf2 33. Qxf2 Kc7 34. Qh4 $16) 31... Ka6 32. d7 $18) 28... Qc7 29. Qe4 Qd7 30. d6+ Ka6 31. Bf4 Rc8 32. Kh2 {Javier: The basic problem for black is that his pieces can never become active, as they have to keep an eye on the d-pawn. This gives white enough time to maneuver.} Rc4 33. Bg3 (33. Qe7 $6 Qxe7 34. dxe7 Rc8 35. d5 Kb7 $1 { Javier: And the ending is not so clear now as white can't advance his PP.} ( 35... Kb5 $4 36. Be3 $1 $18 {Javier: And c4! is next no matter what black does. })) 33... Rc8 34. Qd3+ Kb7 35. c4 {Javier: Black can only wait.} Qc6 36. Qb3 Ka8 (36... Qxc4 $2 37. d7 $18) 37. a4 Re8 38. a5 Kb7 (38... bxa5 39. c5 h5 40. Qc4 Rc8 41. Qe6 a4 42. d5 $1 Qxc5 43. d7 Rd8 44. Qc6+ Qxc6 45. dxc6 $18) 39. c5 Kc8 40. axb6 axb6 41. d5 $1 Qxc5 42. Qa4 Re3 (42... Rd8 43. Qa8+ Kd7 44. Qb7+ Ke8 45. Qe7#) 43. Qa8+ Kd7 44. Qb7+ Ke8 45. d7+ Kd8 46. Bh4+ Re7 47. Qc8+ { Javier: Black resigned. A truly impressive victory by Carlse n.} 1-0 [Event "Zurich Chess Challenge 2014"] [site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2014.02.02"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [black "Anan d, Viswanathan"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [blackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2777"] [blackElo "2773"] [ECO "D11"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "4.e3"] [WhiteFideId "2805677"] [blackFideId "5000017"] [EventDate "2014.01.30"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Nc3 e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. g4 Bg6 8. Nh4 Bb4 9. Qb3 Qe7 10. Bd2 a5 11. Nxg6 hxg6 12. cxd5 exd5 13. f3 a4 14. Qc2 a3 15. b3 Nbd7 16. O-O-O O-O 17. Kb1 Rfc8 18. h4 Nb6 19. g5 Nh5 20. Bh3 Re8 21. Rhe1 Rad8 22. Bg4 Qd6 23. Ne2 Bxd2 24. Qxd2 Nd7 25. Nf4 Nxf4 26. exf4 f5 27. gxf6 Nxf6 28. Re5 Nxg4 29. fxg4 Rxe5 30. fxe5 Qe7 31. Rh1 Rf8 32. h5 Qf7 33. h6 Qf3 34. Re1 gxh6 35. e6 Re8 36. g5 Qf5+ 0-1 [Event "Zurich Chess Challenge 2014"] [site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2014.02.02"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [blackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2812"] [blackElo "2789"] [ECO "E63"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "fianchetto, Panno variation"] [WhiteFideId "13300474"] [blackFideId "2016192"] [EventDate "2014.01.30"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. g3 d6 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O Nc6 7. d4 a6 8. h3 Rb8 9. e4 b5 10. d5 b4 11. Ne2 Na5 12. Qc2 c6 13. Nfd4 cxd5 14. exd5 Qc7 15. b3 e5 16. dxe6 fxe6 17. a3 bxa3 18. Bd2 Nb7 19. Rxa3 e5 20. Nc6 Ra8 21. Nb4 a5 22. Qa2 Bf5 23. Nd5 Nxd5 24. Bxd5+ Kh8 25. b4 Bxh3 26. Rb1 Bf5 27. Rb2 Bd7 28. bxa5 Bc6 29. Nc3 Nc5 30. Be3 e4 31. a6 Nd3 32. Rb7 Qc8 33. Nxe4 Bxd5 34. cxd5 Qg4 35. Rxd3 Qxe4 36. Rdb3 Qxd5 37. Qe2 Qc6 38. a7 d5 39. Rxg7 Kxg7 40. Bd4+ Kh6 41. Qe3+ Kh5 42. g4+ Kh4 43. Qh6+ Kxg4 44. Qh3+ Kf4 45. Rf3+ 1-0[/pgn]
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