Grand Prix, Tashkent, Rd. 9: Andreikin Gets Ahead

Время публикации: 01.11.2014 02:18 | Последнее обновление: 01.11.2014 02:36

The Russian player has defeated one of his main rivals two rounds before the end

The 9th round of the FIDE Grand Prix tournament has been played in Tashkent, its highlight being the duel between two leaders (of the three ones). As a result, Dmitry Andreikin of Russia have scored a very important victory with the black pieces over Baadur Jobava of Georgia. The poor opening by the latter allowed Dmitry to occupy the first position in the current crosstable.


Despite the g4-pawn looking strange, this position from the Veresov opening is still roughly equal. However, Jobava made a mistake: 7.Bd3? (better is, for example, 7.Bb5!? a6 8.Bxd7+ Qxd7 9.Ne5 Bxe5 10.Bxe5 as suggested by Andreikin afterwards) 7...Bxd3 8.Qxd3 Bxf4 9.exf4 h5! (a very typical method of weakening opponent's pawn structure, known since Capablanca's reign) 10.gxh5. If 10.g5 then Black is just better after 10...g6!, but, objectively speaking, the most safe was already aiming at a draw: 10.f5 hxg4 11.fxe6 gxf3 12.exd7+ Qxd7 13.Qxf3 0-0 14.0-0-0 and White can hold (Jobava).
10...Rxh5 11.Rg1 Qf6 12.Ne5

12...c6!? (Jobava was counting on 12...0-0-0 13.Nb5 which is in fact also in Black's favour after 13...a6!; now he "would be very happy to get a  Caro-Kann structure like this one in his own game") 13.Na4?! Qxf4 (Jobava: "13.Na4 was crazy; I've missed that after 14.Nxd7 Black has 14...Rxh2 after which I could resign), and the rest of the game was just Black's realization of his material advantage. Andreikin went on to win gradually but smoothly.

Another decisive outcome was the Jakovenko's failure against Mamedyarov despite the Russian GM having been much better after the opening. After the game, Shakhriyar was very critical upon his decisions 6...e5 and 8...dxe5, admitting that he had missed 10.e4!. Probably Black's play can be improved as well by 12...a6!? instead of 12...Be6.


This was the key moment; 16.exf5 gxf5 17.Ne3! was very strong, for example: 17...Qg6 18.Nxf7 Rxf7 19.Bf3!? and White's advantage is quite serious. However, Jakovenko loosened his grip and a dozen moves later offered his opponent the a2-pawn for free, being not accurate enough even for a draw in the end.

Four other games of round 9 were drawn. The encounter between two chess leaders of their countries, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) and Anish Giri (the Netherlands) was curious due to some opportunities missed by both opponents.


The sudden 16...Bxf2+! (17.Kxf2 Qb6+ 18.Be3 Qxb5 19.Qxb5 Nxb5) would have lead to approximate equality. The same move was also possible after 16...Qb6 17.Rd5; the line 17...Bxf2!? 18.Rxf2 hxg5 19.Rxe5 Rad8 20.Ba4 was evaluated in favour of White by the opponents on the press conference, but in fact it's not so clear due to 20...Nf4!. The game saw 17...c6 18.Qxc5 Qxb5 19.Qxf8+ Rxf8 20.Rxb5 and soon transposed into an endgame slightly better for White, where the Frenchman hasn't made use of all his resources.

The Fischer-Sozin Attack which can be seen at the top level quite rarely has taken place in the game between the two outsiders - Kasimdzhanov and Gelfand. For the first 18 moves, the Israeli GM was repeating his blitz game vs Ivanchuk (2008) being true to his Najdorf variation concepts.


It might be in fact that the latest move by Black, 18...Ne8-g7, wasn't the most precise one. The game continued: 19.Qb6 Rfc8 20.Rf2 ("the best" - Kasimdzhanov) 20...a5 (20...Rab8!?) 21.a4! bxa4 22.Bxa4 Rab8 23.Qxa5 Bxa4 24.Nxa4 Qb7 25.Re2!? Rc6 26.b3

Kasimdzhanov has demonstrated the engine-style way to equality during the press conference: 26...Rbc8 27.Nb2 Rxc2! 28.Rxc2 Rxc2 29.Qd8+ Ne8 30.Qxe8+ Kg7, etc. It appeared to be that all this had been analysed at home (!) by the 2004 FIDE world champion. The game saw 26...f5?! 27.e5! with the initiative for White; however, Kasimdzhanov failed to keep being precise in the further play, and Gelfand was able to equalize. Moreover, it was Black who started to play for a win after White had rejected the drawing 40.Qf6+. Anyhow, the peace treaty was signed soon.

The Karjakin - Nakamura game was a short draw in the King's Indian Defence (both opponents decided not to take risks in a complicated position), while Radjabov - Caruana (calm draw in 36 moves) can be probably interesting to the Berlin Wall admirers and explorers.

The tournament situation 2 rounds before the finish is very tense. As many as 8 players are able to fight for the highest places: 1. Andreikin - 6 points out of 9; 2-3. Nakamura, Mamedyarov - 5.5; 4-5. Jobava, Vachier-Lagrave - 5; 6-8 Caruana, Radjabov, Karjakin - 4.5, etc.

All the information about the Grand Prix tournament in Tashkent

 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.31"] [Round "9.3"] [White "Jobava, Baadur"] [Black "Andreikin, Dmitry"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2717"] [BlackElo "2722"] [ECO "D00"] [Opening "Queen's pawn"] [Variation "Chigorin variation"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 Bf5 3. Bf4 e6 4. e3 Bd6 5. g4 Bg6 6. Nf3 Nd7 7. Bd3 Bxd3 8. Qxd3 Bxf4 9. exf4 h5 10. gxh5 Rxh5 11. Rg1 Qf6 12. Ne5 c6 13. Na4 Qxf4 14. Nf3 e5 15. Rxg7 O-O-O 16. Qe3 Qf6 17. Rg3 exd4 18. Qxd4 Qxd4 19. Nxd4 Rxh2 20. Nf3 Rh1+ 21. Rg1 Rxg1+ 22. Nxg1 d4 23. b3 Ngf6 24. Nf3 c5 25. Nb2 Kc7 26. a4 Re8+ 27. Kf1 Ne4 28. Nd3 b6 29. a5 Kb7 30. b4 Nc3 31. axb6 axb6 32. bxc5 bxc5 33. Nd2 Re2 34. Nb3 Kb6 35. Ra8 Rxc2 36. Ndxc5 Nxc5 37. Nxd4 Rc1+ 38. Kg2 Nd5 39. Rf8 Ne6 0-1 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.31"] [Round "9.1"] [White "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2726"] [BlackElo "2844"] [ECO "C67"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence, open variation"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 h5 11. Bf4 Bb4 12. Ne4 Be6 13. c3 Be7 14. Rfe1 Rd8 15. Neg5 Bxg5 16. Nxg5 Ke7 17. Ne4 Rd5 18. Rad1 b6 19. b3 h4 20. c4 Rd4 21. g4 hxg3 22. fxg3 c5 23. h4 Rxd1 24. Rxd1 Nd4 25. Kf2 Bf5 26. Nc3 Ke6 27. Rd2 Rc8 28. Ne2 Nc6 29. Bg5 Bg4 30. Nf4+ Kxe5 31. Nd5 Ke4 32. Bf4 Ne5 33. Nc3+ Kf5 34. Nd5 Ke4 35. Nc3+ Kf5 36. Nd5 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.31"] [Round "9.2"] [White "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2706"] [BlackElo "2748"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Lipnitzky attack"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. Bb3 b5 9. Qf3 Qc7 10. Qg3 O-O 11. Bh6 Ne8 12. Rad1 Bd7 13. f4 Nc6 14. Nxc6 Bxc6 15. f5 Kh8 16. f6 gxh6 17. fxe7 Qxe7 18. Qf2 Ng7 19. Qb6 Rfc8 20. Rf2 a5 21. a4 bxa4 22. Bxa4 Rab8 23. Qxa5 Bxa4 24. Nxa4 Qb7 25. Re2 Rc6 26. b3 f5 27. e5 d5 28. Rf1 h5 29. Rff2 h4 30. Qd2 Qe7 31. Qh6 Kg8 32. h3 Rb4 33. Nb2 Re4 34. Nd3 Qc7 35. Qg5 Rxe2 36. Rxe2 Rxc2 37. Rxc2 Qxc2 38. Ne1 Qxb3 39. Qd8+ Kf7 40. Nf3 Qe3+ 41. Kf1 h6 42. Qxh4 Kg6 43. Qf6+ Kh7 44. Qd8 Qa7 45. Qh4 Qd7 46. Kg1 Qe8 47.Kh2 Nh5 48.Qb4 Qg6 49.Qe7+ Qg7 50.Qh4 Qf7 51.Nd4 Qg6 52.Qe7+ Ng7 53.g3 Qg5 54.Qxg5 hxg5 55.g4 fxg4 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.31"] [Round "9.4"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2757"] [BlackElo "2758"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 d5 6. Nbd2 dxe4 7. dxe4 O-O 8. Qe2 a5 9. O-O Qe7 10. Nh4 Bg4 11. Ndf3 Nh5 12. Qc4 Na7 13. Bg5 Qd6 14. Nf5 Bxf5 15. exf5 h6 16. Rad1 Qb6 17. Rd5 c6 18. Qxc5 Qxb5 19. Qxf8+ Rxf8 20. Rxb5 cxb5 21. Be3 Nc6 22. Rd1 Nf6 23. h3 Rc8 24. g4 Kf8 25. Bc5+ Kg8 26. Be3 Kf8 27. Kf1 Ke8 28. Ke2 Rc7 29. Bc5 Ne4 30. Rd5 Nf6 31. Rd1 Ne4 32. Rd5 Nf6 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.31"] [Round "9.5"] [White "Jakovenko, Dmitry"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A04"] [WhiteElo "2747"] [BlackElo "2764"] [PlyCount "72"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. Nf3 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. g3 g6 4. b4 d6 5. d4 Bg7 6. Bb2 e5 7. dxe5 Nfd7 8. Bg2 dxe5 9. O-O Qe7 10. e4 O-O 11. b5 Nc5 12. Nc3 Be6 13. Nd5 Qd6 14. Ng5 Nbd7 15. Ba3 Bf7 16. Qc2 c6 17. Nb4 a5 18. Rad1 Qf6 19. Nd3 Qxg5 20. Nxc5 Nxc5 21. Bxc5 Rfd8 22. Bb6 Rdc8 23. exf5 Qxf5 24. Be4 Qe6 25. bxc6 bxc6 26. c5 Qxa2 27. Qxa2 Bxa2 28. Rd6 Bc4 29. Rb1 a4 30. Rxc6 a3 31. Rxc8+ Rxc8 32. c6 a2 33. Ra1 Bf8 34. c7 Bd6 35. Bb7 Bxc7 36. Bxc8 Bxb6 0-1 [Event "Tashkent FIDE GP 2014"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2014.10.31"] [Round "9.6"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2767"] [BlackElo "2764"] [ECO "E90"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2014.10.21"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. d4 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. h3 e5 7. d5 Nh5 8. g3 Na6 9. Be3 f5 10. exf5 gxf5 11. Ng5 Qe8 12. Be2 Nf6 13. Qd2 Qg6 14. O-O-O Bd7 15. h4 Ng4 16. h5 Qe8 17. Bxg4 fxg4 18. Qe2 h6 19. Nge4 Qf7 20. a3 Bf5 21. Rh4 Qd7 22. Qd2 Kh7 23. Qc2 Kh8 24. Qd2 Kh7 25. Qc2 Kh8 26. Qd2 1/2-1/2 

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