Moscow: Morozevich Saves The Kings

Время публикации: 24.12.2014 12:00 | Последнее обновление: 25.12.2014 06:38

The classical duel between the Kings and the Princes has finished in Moscow. The young grandmasters started the match tournament with a victory, but more experienced players managed to equalise the score and then to seize the lead. However, yesterday the young talents outplayed their opponents again.

Alexey Dreev failed to put up resistance against Daniil Dubov who chose the 5.g3 variation in the Slav defense. Some time ago, Dreev commented on-line the bright game between Kramnik and Giri, in which this line has also happened. With Black, Alexey chose another development pattern without sticking to the c4-pawn but nevertheless couldn’t solve the opening problems either.

Alexey Shirov looked clearly best among the Kings during the classical tournament, and seemingly had all chances to score the best performance among all the participants. 'I haven't managed to equalise with White', was Vladimir Fedoseev's brief comment about the opening. At some point, Shirov started to play for a win which 'wasn't quite reasonable', according to Fedoseev. Experts might doubt that, but after a mistake on move 31 Black’s position started to collapse like a house of cards. 


31...Bc3? The bishop blocked the с-file not only for the opponent’s pieces but for his own pieces as well. The white rook couldn’t go to d7 because of the thematic sacrifice Qxd7. Black still could be slightly better had he played 31...Rg6 immediately.
32.Qh4! Rg6 33.Rd7 Qxc6 34.Qe7. The heavy pieces battery on the 7th rank decides the outcome.
34...Kh8? The only hope was to play an exchange down: 34...Rf8 35.Bc5, etc.
35.Qxf7 Rg7 36.Qxg7+ Bxg7 37.Rxc6 Rxc6 38.Rd8+ Bf8 39.Rxf8+ Kg7 40.Ra8 1-0

However, the Kings were saved by Alexander Morozevich who outplayed Vladislav Artemiev in calm but poisonous exchange variation of the Slav defense.

All the four classical rounds saw the minimum score 5-3, and the total score is even: 16-16. The match will continue with the double round robin rapid tournament today and tomorrow. The players will get twice less points for the win, returning to the habitual system, but this is no longer relevant because the rapid match is going to start from scratch.

Crosstable, schedule, results, all the games and other information about the tournament

[Event "Nutcracker Classical 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.12.23"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Fedoseev, Vladimir"] [Black "Shirov, Alexei"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2661"] [BlackElo "2675"] [ECO "D45"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [Variation "Stoltz variation"] [EventDate "2014.12.20"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O dxc4 9. Bxc4 b5 10. Be2 Bb7 11. Rd1 Qc7 12. Bd2 b4 13. Na4 c5 14. Rac1 Rfc8 15. Be1 Qa5 16. dxc5 Nxc5 17. Nxc5 Rxc5 18. Bc4 Bxf3 19. gxf3 Qc7 20. f4 a5 21. b3 Rc8 22. Qe2 g5 23. f3 gxf4 24. e4 Nd7 25. Qg2+ Kf8 26. Qh3 Ne5 27. Bf2 Nxc4 28. bxc4 Rg5+ 29. Kh1 Kg8 30. c5 Be5 31. c6 Bc3 32. Qh4 Rg6 33. Rd7 Qxc6 34. Qe7 Kh8 35. Qxf7 Rg7 36. Qxg7+ Bxg7 37. Rxc6 Rxc6 38. Rd8+ Bf8 39. Rxf8+ Kg7 40. Ra8 1-0 [Event "Nutcracker Classical 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.12.23"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Dubov, Daniil"] [Black "Dreev, Aleksey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2629"] [BlackElo "2649"] [ECO "D43"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [EventDate "2014.12.20"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. g3 Nbd7 6. Bg2 dxc4 7. O-O Be7 8. e4 O-O 9. Bf4 Re8 10. a4 Nf8 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. e5 Be7 14. Qe2 a5 15. Rfd1 Nd7 16. Nd2 Nb6 17. Nce4 Bb4 18. Qg4 Be7 19. h4 Bd7 20. Bf1 Rb8 21. Nxc4 Nxc4 22. Bxc4 b5 23. Bd3 bxa4 24. Nc3 Rb4 25. Qe4 g6 26. h5 c5 27. hxg6 f5 28. exf6 Bxf6 29. g7 Bxg7 30. Qh7+ Kf8 31. Bg6 Rxd4 32. Ne2 e5 33. Nxd4 exd4 34. Bxe8 Qxe8 35. Re1 Qf7 36. Qe4 Kg8 37. Ra3 Bf5 38. Qc6 Bc2 39. Rf3 Qg6 40. Re6 Qg5 41. Rf7 1-0 [Event "Nutcracker Classical 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.12.23"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Black "Artemiev, Vladislav"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2712"] [BlackElo "2662"] [ECO "D14"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "exchange, Trifunovic variation"] [EventDate "2014.12.20"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bf4 Bf5 7. e3 e6 8. Qb3 Bb4 9. Ne5 Qb6 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Be2 Ne4 12. f3 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Be7 14. O-O O-O 15. c4 c5 16. cxd5 exd5 17. Qxd5 Be6 18. Qe4 cxd4 19. exd4 Bf6 20. Be5 Bxe5 21. Qxe5 Rfd8 22. Rfd1 g6 23. Rab1 Qd6 24. Qxd6 Rxd6 25. a4 Rad8 26. Rb7 a5 27. Ra7 Rxd4 28. Rxd4 Rxd4 29. Rxa5 Bc4 30. Bxc4 Rxc4 31. g4 Rc2 32. Rb5 Ra2 33. a5 h6 34. h4 Kg7 35. Kf1 Kf6 36. Ke1 Ke6 37. Kd1 Kd6 38. h5 Kc7 39. Ke1 Kd7 40. Rb7+ Ke8 41. Rb8+ Ke7 42. hxg6 fxg6 43. Ra8 g5 44. a6 Kf7 45. Kd1 Kg7 46. Kc1 Ra3 47. Kb2 Rxf3 48. Rb8 Rf2+ 49. Kb3 Rf3+ 50. Kb4 1-0 [Event "Nutcracker Classical 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.12.23"] [Round "4.4"] [White "Leko, Peter"] [Black "Oparin, Grigoriy"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2723"] [BlackElo "2543"] [ECO "E01"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "closed"] [EventDate "2014.12.20"] 1. c4 e6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. d4 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Qc2 b6 9. Rd1 Bb7 10. b3 Na6 11. Nc3 c5 12. cxd5 Nb4 13. Qb2 Nbxd5 14. dxc5 Bxc5 15. Nxd5 Bxd5 16. Bc3 Ne4 17. Bd4 Qe7 18. b4 Bxd4 19. Nxd4 Rac8 20. Rac1 Qf6 21. e3 h6 22. a3 Rfd8 23. h4 Qe5 24. Rxc8 Rxc8 25. Rc1 Rd8 26. Re1 Nd6 27. Qe2 Rc8 28. Rd1 Ne4 29. Re1 Rc3 30. Qb2 Rc4 31. Re2 Qc7 32. Rc2 Nd6 33. Bxd5 exd5 34. Kg2 Qe7 35. Kg1 Qe4 36. Rd2 Rc8 37. Rc2 Nc4 38. Qc1 a5 39. b5 a4 40. Rc3 Rc5 41. Rc2 Qd3 42. Rc3 Qe4 43. Rc2 Qd3 44. Rc3 1/2-1/2 


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