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Javier

Biel round 4, all games annotated!

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This was a really hard fought round.

Bologan's creative play was "awarded" with a most undeserved defeat.

Giri's opening preparation seemed rather poor and he was soon worse against Wang's convincing play.

Carlsen played a Bogo-Indian and came out of the opening quite well (unusual in recent times!). Did he miss a win on move 44? maybe...

 

[pgn][Event "45th Biel GM"]

[site "Biel SUI"]

[Date "2012.07.26"]

[Round "4"]

[White "Bologan, Viktor"]

[black "Nakamura, Hikaru"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D20"]

[Annotator "I.M. Javier Gil"]

[PlyCount "162"]

[EventDate "2012.07.23"]

 

1. d4 {I think Bologan is more of a King Pawn player.} d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 Nf6

4. e5 Nd5 5. Bxc4 Nb6 6. Bb3 Nc6 7. Be3 Bf5 8. Ne2 e6 9. Nbc3 Qd7 10. a3 O-O-O

11. Rc1 Kb8 12. O-O Qe8 13. Ba4 (13. Ng3 $5 Nxe5 14. Nxf5 exf5 15. Re1 $44) (

13. Na4 $2 Nxe5 14. Nxb6 axb6 15. Bf4 Nc6 16. Ng3 Bg6 $17) 13... Nxa4 14. Qxa4

Bd3 15. d5 $5 {An interesting try, but it doesn't seem to work. There was

nothing wrong with the "usual" 15.Rfd1} (15. Rfd1 Bxe2 16. Nxe2 Ne7 17. Qa5 Nd5

18. Rc4) 15... exd5 16. Rfd1 Bxe2 17. Nxe2 {For his P, white's pieces

definitely look more threatening. a7 is under pressure.} Be7 {Most humans

would rather play 17...a6 here. Apparently, Hikaru was quite happy with the

position after the sacrifice on c6.} (17... a6) 18. Rxc6 Qxc6 19. Qxa7+ Kc8 20.

Nd4 Qa6 21. Qxa6 bxa6 22. Nc6 Rd7 23. b4 (23. Rxd5 $2 {I'm pretty sure

Nakamura had seen this.} Rhd8 $1 $17) 23... Kb7 {Objectively, white doesn't

have enough compensation for the exchange.} 24. Rc1 d4 (24... Re8 25. f4 g6 26.

Kf2) 25. Bxd4 f6 26. f4 (26. e6 Rd6 27. Nxe7 Rxd4 28. Nf5 Re4 29. Nxg7 Rg8 30.

Nf5 Rxe6 $17) 26... fxe5 27. fxe5 (27. Bxe5 Bd6) 27... Bg5 28. Rc4 Re8 29. Kf2

Rf7+ 30. Ke2 Re6 31. Na5+ Kc8 32. g3 Rh6 33. h4 Bd8 34. Be3 Re6 35. Bf4 Bf6 36.

Re4 Rfe7 37. Nc4 g6 38. Re3 Bg7 39. Kf3 Rc6 40. Na5 Rce6 41. Nc4 h6 42. g4 Rd7

43. Ke4 Bf8 44. Rf3 Rf7 45. Rc3 Rd7 46. Be3 Kd8 47. Rb3 Ke8 48. h5 {I'm not

sure about this, as now h5 is a target.} (48. b5 axb5 49. Rxb5 Ra6 {And

white's a P is more of a weakness than an asset.}) 48... gxh5 49. gxh5 Rc6 50.

Nb2 Rc2 {...Rh2 is a threat now.} 51. Bf4 Rf7 52. a4 Re2+ 53. Be3 Rf1 (53...

Rh2 $1) 54. Nd3 Be7 55. Nf4 Ra2 56. Nd5 Bd8 57. a5 (57. Bxh6 {I think it was

important to get rid of black's h P. White's drawing chances improve

considerably, as all of black's PP are on the same side now.} Rxa4 58. Nc3 (58.

Bg7 a5 59. h6 Rh1 {And black threatens ...c6.}) 58... Raa1 59. Bd2 {Covering

the e1 square. I think white should be able to draw this.}) 57... c6 58. Nf4

Rh2 59. Ne6 Rh4+ 60. Kd3 Rd1+ 61. Kc2 Re1 $6 (61... Rd5 $1) 62. Rd3 Bg5 (62...

Rxh5 $4 63. Ng7+ $18) 63. Nc7+ Ke7 64. Bc5+ Kf7 65. Nxa6 {Black's taking too

many risks!} Rh2+ 66. Kb3 Rb1+ (66... Rxe5 $4 67. Bd6) 67. Kc4 Rh4+ 68. Kc3 Ra1

69. Kb2 Rhh1 70. Nb8 Rhb1+ 71. Kc3 Rc1+ 72. Kd4 Ke6 73. Nxc6 {It's black who's

fighting for a draw now!} Rc2 74. Ke4 Re1+ 75. Kf3 Rf1+ 76. Kg4 (76. Ke4 $4

Rf4+ 77. Ke3 Rxb4+ 78. Kf3 Rf4+ 79. Kg3 Rxc5 $19) 76... Rg2+ 77. Kh3 Ra2 78. a6

$2 (78. Nd4+ {It was important to prevent ...Kf5.}) 78... Kf5 $1 {Suddenly

black is threatening mate, starting with ...Rh1.} 79. Nd4+ $2 (79. a7 $4 Rh1+

80. Kg3 Bf4+ 81. Kf3 Rh3#) (79. Ne7+ $1 Bxe7 80. Bxe7 Kf4 81. Rd4+ Kxe5 82. Rc4

Rxa6 $15) 79... Ke4 80. Rf3 (80. Rb3 Rh1+ 81. Kg3 Bf4+ 82. Kg4 Rg2+ 83. Rg3

Rxg3#) 80... Rh1+ 81. Kg3 Bh4+ {A sad end to a hard fought game. I feel white

deserved a lot better than a loss...} (81... Bh4+ 82. Kg4 Rg2+ 83. Rg3 Rxg3#)

0-1

 

 

[Event "45th Biel GM"]

[site "Biel SUI"]

[Date "2012.07.26"]

[Round "4"]

[White "Giri, Anish"]

[black "Wang Hao"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "E84"]

[Annotator "I.M. Javier Gil"]

[PlyCount "114"]

[EventDate "2012.07.23"]

 

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Nge2 a6 8. Qd2

Rb8 9. Rc1 {This move has become quite popular.} (9. Rb1 {With the idea of b4,

is a strong alternative.}) 9... Bd7 (9... e5 {This looks like the standard

reply here, but white's well prepared to meet it.} 10. d5 Na5 11. Nd1 $1 c5 12.

b4 $1 cxb4 13. Qxb4 b6 (13... b5 $6 14. Nec3 $16) 14. Nec3 Re8 15. Na4 Nd7 16.

Nxb6 (16. Rb1 $5) 16... Nxc4 17. Qxc4 (17. Rxc4 Nxb6 18. Rc6 Nd7 19. Qxd6 Qa5+

(19... Bf8 20. Qc7 Bb4+ 21. Kf2 $16) 20. Bd2 Qxa2 21. Rxc8 $2 (21. Bxa6 Bf8 22.

Bc4 Qb1 23. Qc7 Bb4 {With some compensation, not sure if it's enough though.})

21... Rexc8 22. Qxd7 Rc2 $17) 17... Nxb6 18. Qc7 Nd7 19. Qxd6 Qa5+ (19... Bf8

20. Qc7 Bb4+ 21. Kf2 Qe7 $16) 20. Bd2 Qxa2 21. Nc3 (21. Rxc8 $2 Rexc8 22. Qxd7

Rc2 $17) 21... Qb2 {This happened in the game Rowson - Mestel, West Bromwich

2005, which eventually ended in a draw. Instead of Rowson's 22.Qc7, 22.Rb1

looks better for white now.}) 10. Nd1 Re8 (10... b5 $6 {is now strongly met by}

11. c5 $1 e6 12. Nf2 Qe7 (12... b4 $6 13. g3 Na5 14. Nd3 dxc5 15. Nxc5 $16 {

Black's << is in ruins.} Bb5 16. Nf4 g5 17. Nfd3 Nc6 18. Ne5 g4 $4 19. Bxb5 {

1-0 Nenashev-Gadjily, Dubai 2000}) 13. cxd6 cxd6 14. g3 {/\ Bg2} Qd8 15. Bg2

Qa5 16. Qxa5 Nxa5 17. b3 Rfc8 18. Kd2 $14 {and White has a strong P [+],

therefore the space advantage as well, Conquest-Kindermann, Germany 2000.}) (

10... e6 $5 {is an interesting, unusual plan.} 11. g3 Ne8 12. Bg2 f5 13. O-O

Nf6 14. Nf2 Qe7 15. f4 (15. b4 $5) 15... fxe4 16. d5 Nd8 17. Nc3 Nf7 18. Ncxe4

Nxe4 19. Nxe4 e5 20. Rfe1 Bf5 $13 {Hertneck-Schmaltz, Germany 1998}) (10... e5

11. d5 Ne7 12. c5 $5 {White has the same reaction, as in case of 10...b5.} (12.

g3 Ne8 13. Bg2 c5 14. b4 b6 15. O-O f5 16. Nf2 {1/2-1/2 Bischoff-Nunn,

Paignton 2000}) (12. b4 $5) 12... Ne8 (12... dxc5 13. Bxc5 Ne8 {/\ Nd6 is a

possibility transposing after} 14. Nec3 {to the game continuation.}) 13. b4 {

against 13...dxc5} (13. Nec3 dxc5 $5 {vacating the d6 square for the

blockading N comes into consideration.} (13... f5 14. Bd3 (14. b4 {- 13.b4})) (

13... c6 14. cxd6 Nxd6 15. Bc5 $14) 14. Bxc5 Nd6 15. Bd3 f5 16. O-O Kh8 {/\

Ng8, Bh6}) 13... f5 14. Nec3 (14. Ndc3 Nf6) 14... Nf6 15. Be2 {Finally White

can finish his development.} Kh8 16. Nb2 {/\ Nc4 improving the N and waiting

with 0-0.} (16. O-O {castles into Black's standard ->.} f4 17. Bf2 g5) 16...

Nc8 {If this is necessary, then White's advantage is undisputable in the

opening. He has a strong pressure on the <<, while Black's chances for a >> ->

are problematic.} (16... f4 17. Bf2 g5 18. Nc4 {and White's K may remain in

the [+] because of the closed character of the position.}) 17. Nc4 (17. O-O {

now comes into consideration, after one of Black's pieces has left the >>.} f4

18. Bf2 g5 19. Qd1 $1 {against g4.} (19. Nc4 g4)) 17... fxe4 18. fxe4 Ng4 (

18... Nh5 19. Bxh5 Qh4+ 20. Bf2 Qxh5 21. O-O g5 22. Be3 h6 23. Rxf8+ Bxf8 24.

Rf1 Be7 25. Ne2 Qg6 26. Ng3 $16 {Graf-Mamedov, Dubai 2002}) 19. Bg5 ({or simply

} 19. Bxg4 Bxg4 20. Bf2 $16 {/\ 0-0}) 19... Bf6 20. O-O Kg7 21. Rxf6 Nxf6 22.

Bh6+ Kg8 23. Bxf8 Qxf8 24. Qe3 $16 {Graf-Nunn, BL 2001 CBM 82}) 11. Nf2 b5 (

11... e6 $5) 12. c5 dxc5 13. Rxc5 e5 14. d5 Ne7 15. g3 {A strange new move. 15.

Qc2 is the main line.} (15. Qc2 c6 (15... Rc8 {I think Wang would have gone fo

this instead.} 16. Ng3 $1 {This is probably the critical position in this line.

Balck needs a good idea, but it's not easy to find!} (16. Nd3 $2 Nexd5 $3 17.

exd5 e4 18. fxe4 Nxe4 {With excellent compensation for the piece.}) 16... h5 (

16... c6 $2 17. d6) 17. Bd3 $16 {And white will castle and put his other R on

c1. It looks pretty bad for black.}) 16. dxc6 Nxc6 17. Rxc6 Bxc6 18. Qxc6 $16 {

This happened in Graf,A (2635)-Nunn,J (2611)/Germany 2003. The game ended in a

draw but black struggled...}) 15... c6 16. dxc6 Nxc6 17. Rc1 Rc8 18. Bg2 Be6 {

Is this Giri's home preparation? because black seems a little better already!}

19. b3 {a2 needs protection.} (19. O-O Qxd2 20. Bxd2 Bxa2 $17) 19... Qxd2+ 20.

Bxd2 Red8 $15 21. Bg5 Nb4 22. Nc3 Rd7 23. Ke2 Rdc7 24. Bd2 Bf8 (24... Nc6 $5 {

This looks very strong also, eyeing the d4 square.}) 25. Bh3 Nc6 26. Nd5 {

Giving up a P, but white's position was very difficult already.} (26. Bxe6 Nd4+

27. Kd1 fxe6 $1 {And white's in trouble.}) 26... Nxd5 27. exd5 Nd4+ 28. Ke3

Rxc1 29. Rxc1 (29. Bxc1 Rc3+ $19) 29... Rxc1 30. Bxc1 Bxd5 $17 31. Ne4 Bg7 32.

g4 f5 33. gxf5 gxf5 34. Nd2 Kf7 35. Bb2 Kg6 36. Bg2 (36. Bxd4 exd4+ 37. Ke2 Be5

$19) 36... Ne6 37. Kf2 Kf6 38. a4 Bf8 39. axb5 axb5 40. Bf1 Bb4 41. Nb1 Bc5+

42. Kg3 Bd4 (42... f4+ $1 43. Kg2 b4 44. Bc4 Bxc4 45. bxc4 Bd4 $19) 43. Bxd4

Nxd4 44. Nc3 Bxf3 45. Nxb5 f4+ 46. Kf2 Nxb5 47. Kxf3 Nd4+ 48. Kg4 Nxb3 $19 49.

Bd3 h6 50. Bb5 Nd2 51. Bc6 Ke6 52. Bb7 Kd6 53. h4 Kc5 54. Kh5 f3 55. Kxh6 e4

56. h5 f2 57. Ba6 Nc4 {A most convicing win by Wang Hao and rather poor

opening play by Giri.} 0-1

 

 

[Event "45th Biel GM"]

[site "Biel SUI"]

[Date "2012.07.26"]

[Round "4"]

[White "Bacrot, Etienne"]

[black "Carlsen, Magnus"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "A40"]

[Annotator "I.M. Javier Gil"]

[PlyCount "111"]

[EventDate "2012.07.23"]

 

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Bb4+ {Bogo-Indian.} 3. Bd2 Bxd2+ 4. Qxd2 d5 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Nf3

O-O 7. e3 Qe7 8. Rc1 Rd8 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Bd3 Nc6 {This looks kind of odd, but

it's actually a pretty good move here. Black prevents Ne5 and prepares ...Bg4

or even ...Ne4.} 11. Bb5 $1 {Against 11.0-0 both 11...Bg4 or 11...Ne4 look

strong.} (11. O-O) 11... Rd6 12. Bxc6 $1 (12. O-O Bf5 13. Qd1 Bg4 14. Be2 {1/

2-1/2 Shishkin,V (2532)-Kosic,D (2489) Bijelo Polje 2005}) 12... Rxc6 13. Ne5

Re6 {Blocking the B's diagonal, but black doesn't have anything better as 13...

Rd6 would be met by 14.Nb5.} 14. f3 (14. O-O Ne4 15. Nxe4 dxe4 16. Qc2 c6)

14... b6 15. O-O Bb7 16. Rfe1 h6 (16... c5) 17. Ne2 c5 18. Nf4 Rd6 19. dxc5

bxc5 20. Ned3 {This forces the weakening of the d4 square, and d5 becomes

backward. But black has a little more space and can play along the e and b

files.} c4 21. Nb4 Rad8 22. Nc2 Nd7 23. Nd4 Ne5 24. Rc3 (24. Nf5 Qg5 {And the

N has to retreat to d4, as ...Nxf3 is a thret.}) 24... Ra6 25. b3 Rb6 26. Rd1

Re8 27. Nc2 {Attacking d5.} Qf6 28. Ne1 (28. Nxd5 $4 Bxd5 (28... Nxf3+ $5 29.

gxf3 Qxf3 $19) 29. Qxd5 Nxf3+ 30. Qxf3 Qxc3 $19) 28... a5 29. Qd4 Rb5 30. Nh5

Qg5 31. Ng3 Nc6 32. Qf4 (32. Qd2 d4 33. Rxc4 dxe3 $15) 32... Qxf4 33. exf4 Nb4

34. bxc4 dxc4 35. Rxc4 Nxa2 {Black gets a passed P on the a file, but is it

enough?} 36. Ne4 Bd5 37. Rc5 Rxc5 38. Nxc5 Nc3 39. Ra1 a4 40. Ned3 Bb3 41. Ra3

Nb5 42. Ra1 Nd4 43. Nb2 a3 44. Nbd3 Ra8 $2 (44... Nc2 $1 {I think this move

would have given Carlsen real winning chances.} 45. Rc1 (45. Rxa3 Nxa3 46. Nxb3

$17) (45. Nxb3 $2 Nxa1 46. Nxa1 Re3 $19) 45... Re3 46. Nxb3 (46. Kf2 Rxd3 47.

Nxd3 a2) 46... Rxd3 47. Rxc2 Rxb3 48. Rc8+ Kh7 49. Ra8 Kg6 50. Ra5 Rb1+ 51. Kf2

Rb2+ 52. Ke3 a2 {And I doubt that white can hold this ending...}) 45. Nxb3 Nxb3

46. Ra2 Rd8 47. Ne1 Rd1 48. Kf2 Ra1 49. Rxa1 Nxa1 50. Ke2 a2 51. Kd3 Nb3 52.

Nc2 f5 (52... a1=Q 53. Nxa1 Nxa1 54. Kc3) 53. Kc3 Nc1 54. Kd2 (54. g3 Kf7 55.

Kb2 Ne2 56. Kxa2 Ke6 57. Kb3 Kd5 {And it is white who has to play with care.})

54... Nb3+ 55. Kc3 Nc1 56. Kd2 1/2-1/2

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