Jump to content
Slate Blackcurrant Watermelon Strawberry Orange Banana Apple Emerald Chocolate Marble
Slate Blackcurrant Watermelon Strawberry Orange Banana Apple Emerald Chocolate Marble
Sign in to follow this  
Javier

Zurich, Round 2. Anand loses again...

Recommended Posts

It's sad to see Anand losing 2 games in a row. His next tournament will be the candidates and if he scores badly for the rest of the tournament (he still has to play against Carlsen!), I doubt he'll be able to recover psychologically for that event. Vishy had doubts about taking part in it to begin with, although he did confirm that he'd be taking part.

Truth be told, Nakamura played a formidable game against him...

Meanwhile Carlsen didn't get much out of the opening against Aronian and had to fight for the draw.

Gelfand-Nakamura was a very interesting draw. Gelfand seemed a little worse at several points, but ended up a pawn up, although Fabiano was never in serious danger or losing.

First game is annotated. You can view the other games by clicking on the menu above the little board.

 

 

[pgn][Event "Zurich Chess Challenge 2014"]
[site "Zurich SUI"]
[Date "2014.01.31"]
[Round "2.2"]
[White "Anan d, Viswanathan"]
[black "Nakamur a, Hikaru"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C65"]
[WhiteElo "2773"]
[blackElo "2789"]
[Annotator "I.M. Javier Gil"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[EventDate "2014.01.30"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 {Javier: I guess Anan d is keeping his
anti-Berlin preparation for the candidates...} Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. h3 (6. Nxe5
$4 Qd4 7. Be3 Qxe5 8. d4 Qxe4 9. dxc5 Qxg2 10. Rf1 Bh3 11. Nd2 O-O-O $19) 6...
Be6 7. Nc3 {Javier: A new move in this position, but it's unlikely to catch on
given the result this game...} Qd6 8. O-O O-O-O 9. a3 Nh5 10. Na4 Bb6 11. Nxb6+
axb6 12. a4 {Javier: White's position looks a little bit more comfortable to
play.} f6 13. Be3 (13. Ng5 fxg5 (13... g6 14. Nxe6 Qxe6 15. Be3 Nf4 16. a5 b5
17. a6 b6 18. Bxf4 exf4 {Javier: And although the chess engines give white the
advantage here (+0.89), I very much doubt this will amount to anything serious.
}) 14. Qxh5 h6 $11) 13... Nf4 {Javier: If white keeps still, black will play ..
.g5 and things could get nasty for white on the Kside.} 14. a5 b5 15. d4 $2 {
Javier: Missing an excellent opportunity with 15.a6!.} (15. a6 $1 b6 (15...
bxa6 16. Rxa6 g5 17. Qd2 Rhg8 18. Rfa1 g4 19. hxg4 Rxg4 20. g3 $16 {Javier:
And white's attack is far more dangerous than black's.}) (15... g5 $2 16. a7
Kd7 17. d4 $1 $18) 16. Bxf4 exf4 17. Re1 {Javier: White's got better chances
here.} Kb8 18. e5 fxe5 19. Nxe5 $16) 15... Nxh3+ $1 16. gxh3 Bxh3 17. dxe5 (17.
Re1 Qd7 $1 18. Nd2 exd4 19. Bf4 g5 20. Bh2) 17... Qe6 (17... Qb4 18. Nd2 Bxf1
19. Kxf1 fxe5 20. a6 b6 $13) 18. Nd2 Bxf1 19. Qxf1 Qxe5 {Javier: Objectively,
white's still doing ok here, but the position is unbalanced and black's not
without chances on the Kside.} 20. c3 Kb8 21. a6 b6 22. Qg2 Rd6 23. Nf1 $2 {
Javier: Too passive.} (23. Qxg7 {Javier: This daring move is perhaps not as
risky as it seems, as white's King will be pretty safe on f1.} Rdd8 24. Kf1
Rhg8 25. Qh6 Rxd2 $5 {Javier: Makes sense, as white's N is what's keeping
white's position together.} (25... Qd6 26. f3 Qd3+ 27. Kf2 Qc2 28. Rg1 Rxd2+
29. Bxd2 Rd8 30. Ke1 Qb1+ 31. Bc1 Qc2 32. Bd2 Qb1+ 33. Bc1 $11) 26. Bxd2 Qxe4
27. a7+ Ka8 28. Re1 Qd3+ 29. Re2 Re8 30. Be3 Rg8 {Javier: And black will have
no trouble getting a draw here, as Qb1+ and Qd3+ is basically unstoppable.} 31.
Qxf6 Qb1+ 32. Re1 Qd3+ $11) 23... f5 $1 {[%cal Gd6g6] Javier: Threatening Rg6.
Yes, white will block on g3 with his N later, but then black will advance his
h P and white's going to need to start defending, which is not a good sign...}
24. exf5 Qxf5 25. Ng3 Qd7 26. Qe4 Ka7 27. Kg2 h5 $1 28. Qf5 Qe8 {Javier: Black
avoids the exchange of QQ, as white's K is vulnerable and he'll need all his
pieces to attack.} 29. Qe4 Qf7 30. Kh1 h4 31. Ne2 Re8 32. Qg4 Rg6 33. Qh3 $2 (
33. Qf4 Qd5+ 34. f3 Qd7 {Javier: Protecting c7 and threatening ...Qh3.} 35. Ng1
{Javier: This was white's best chance, but I doubt he can survive here.}) 33...
Qd5+ 34. Kh2 Rxe3 $1 35. fxe3 Qd2 36. Qf1 Rf6 {Javier: And Anan d resigned. A
mighty exhibition of strength by Nakamura...} (36... Rf6 37. Qg2 Qxe3 38. Rf1
h3 $1 $19) 0-1

[Event "Zurich Chess Challenge 2014"]
[site "Zurich SUI"]
[Date "2014.01.31"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Gelfan d, Boris"]
[black "Caruan a, Fabiano"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[blackTitle "GM"]
[WhiteElo "2777"]
[blackElo "2782"]
[ECO "A88"]
[Opening "Dutch"]
[Variation "Leningrad, main variation with c6"]
[WhiteFideId "2805677"]
[blackFideId "2020009"]
[EventDate "2014.01.30"]

1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 f5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. g3 Bg7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. b4 e5
9. dxe5 dxe5 10. e4 Be6 11. exf5 gxf5 12. Nxe5 Qxd1 13. Rxd1 Nfd7 14. Nxd7 Nxd7
15. Bb2 Nb6 16. Rac1 Bxc4 17. Ba1 Rad8 18. Rxd8 Rxd8 19. Bh3 Bd3 20. Nd1 Nc4 21.
Bxg7 Kxg7 22. Bf1 Bxf1 23. Kxf1 Rd4 24. Ke2 Kf6 25. f3 Na3 26. Rc3 Nb5 27. Rb3
Rc4 28. Kd3 Rc1 29. Nc3 Rf1 30. Ke3 Re1+ 31. Kd3 Rf1 32. Ke3 Re1+ 33. Kd3 a6 34.
a4 Nd6 35. Rb1 Rxb1 36. Nxb1 b5 37. axb5 axb5 38. Kd4 Nc4 39. Kc5 Ne5 40. Nd2 h5
41. f4 Nd3+ 42. Kxc6 Nxb4+ 43. Kxb5 Nd3 44. Nf3 Nf2 45. Kc6 Ng4 46. Kd6 h4 47.
gxh4 Ne3 48. Ne5 Ng2 49. Nd7+ Kg7 50. Ke5 Nxh4 51. h3 Kf7 52. Nb8 Kg6 53. Nc6
Nf3+ 54. Ke6 Ng1 55. Ne5+ Kh5 56. Kxf5 1/2-1/2

[Event "Zurich Chess Challenge 2014"]
[site "Zurich SUI"]
[Date "2014.01.31"]
[Round "2.3"]
[White "Carlse n, Magnus"]
[black "Aronia n, Levon"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[blackTitle "GM"]
[WhiteElo "2872"]
[blackElo "2812"]
[ECO "A29"]
[Opening "English"]
[Variation "four knights, kingside fianchetto"]
[WhiteFideId "1503014"]
[blackFideId "13300474"]
[EventDate "2014.01.30"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. O-O Be7 8. a3
O-O 9. d3 Re8 10. b4 Bf8 11. Rb1 a5 12. b5 Nd4 13. e3 Nxf3+ 14. Bxf3 a4 15. Qe2
Ra7 16. Bb2 Be6 17. Rfc1 Qd7 18. Ne4 Ba2 19. Ra1 Bd5 20. Bg4 Qd8 21. Bc3 Nd7 22.
Bf3 b6 23. Bb4 Bxb4 24. axb4 Qe7 25. Nc3 Bxf3 26. Qxf3 Nf6 27. Rxa4 Rxa4 28.
Nxa4 Qxb4 29. Nc3 Qb2 30. Qd1 Rd8 31. Kg2 h6 32. h3 Rxd3 33. Qxd3 Qxc1 34. Qd8+
Kh7 35. Qxc7 Ne4 36. Qxe5 Nxc3 37. Qf5+ Kg8 38. Qc8+ Kh7 39. Qf5+ Kh8 40. Qc8+
Kh7 1/2-1/2[/pgn]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...