What Was This King-March All About?

Время публикации: 24.07.2015 11:31 | Последнее обновление: 29.07.2015 01:59

The hero of the day, David Navara, gives his version of events

In Biel, we have seen another remarkable round in the main event of the annual chess festival and once again, it was David Navara who drew all attention on himself. You will recall that the Czech GM started with a loss, since which he has now won three games in a row and is sole leader. Each of these wins has been different and each deserves its own story. But today's king march to h8 is certainly special. 

In his recent book "My Chess World" (alas, currently only available in Czech), the author annotates one of his games in poetry. Maybe it is time to compose some new verses for the new, expanded edition. 

Biel 2015, 4th round

Sicilian Defence
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.h3 Be7 9.g4 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Bg2 Nxe3 12.Qxd8+ Bxd8 13.fxe3 Bh4+ 14.Kf1 Nc6 15.Nc5 Bc4+ The database shows that this is technically a novelty, but the players had both reserached the position further. Navara: "I decided to play this line of the Najdorf, because previously I had only used it in training games with Pentala Harikrishna".
16.Kg1 0-0-0 17.b3 Bg5 18.Re1 Bh4 19.Rb1 Bg5

20.Kf2 "I did not want to repeat moves, so I decided to advance my king. Analysis with the computer showed that White is not worse, although he does have to find some only moves". 
20...Bh4+ 21.Kf3 e4+ 22.Kf4 g5+ 23.Kf5 Rhe8 24.Rhd1 Re5+ 25.Kf6
Navara: "Up to here was all preparation..." The spectators must have suspected this, because Navara was playing very quickly and was well ahead of his opponent on the clock. 
25...Rg8!? Black is ready to invite the enemy king into a mating net in his own camp. 
Navara: "During preparation, I joked that if the game ended in a quick draw, I would be disqualified for pre-arranging it, and if it was not drawn I'd be disqualified for following computer help..."
26.bxc4 Rg6+ 27.Kxf7 Re7+ 28.Kf8 Rf6+ 29.Kg8 Rg6+

30.Kh8!! There are many GMs who would prefer to repeat moves and go home, especially given the sad fact that home analysis ended some moves ago. David Navara is always a fighting player, and remains true to himself. 
Navara: "However, I should add that I would not have played this in a team event..."
30...Rf6 On 30...Bg3? (threatening mate in one) White not only saves himself, but even wins with 31.Rd5! Be5+ 32.Rxe5 Nxe5 33.Rxb7! (The last rook is sacrificed; White dominates on account of his minor pieces) 33...Rxb7 34.Nxb7 Nxc4 (34...Kxb7 35.Bxe4+) 35.Nxe4.
31.Rf1 Bf2 32.Rxf2 Rxf2 33.Rf1 Rxg2? The first serious mistake. He should occupy the eighth rank: 33...Re8! 34.Kxh7 Rxg2 with rough equality.
34.Rf8+ Kc7

35.Nd5+?! If David had found 35.N5xe4!!, White would have won cleanly. The point is that he takes another pawn and retains all his threats. Black has to return the exchange anyway - eg. 35...Kd7 36.Nf6+ Ke6 37.Ncd5 Rf7 38.Re8+ Kd6 39.Kg8 Rxf6 40.Nxf6 Rxc2 41.Nxh7, with a difficult endgame.
35...Kd6 36.Nxe7 Kxc5 37.Rf5+ Kxc4 38.Nxc6 bxc6 39.Rxg5

39...Rg3?! This is probably the moment Wojtaszek will regret most of all. 39...Rxc2 gave a simple draw: 40.Kxh7 Kd3, and in all variations, the passed e-pawn equalises the chances.
Navara: "After 39...Rxc2 I did not see anything convincing at the board, although there are many ideas. Yesterday I had dinner with the Poles and pointed out that previously, I had only beaten Radoslaw twice, both in drawn rook endings. So, that means today is the third..." 

40.h4 h6? The difference in clock times shows itself. Wojtaszek makes what could be the decisive mistake. There is a draw with 40...Rxe3 41.Kxh7 Rg3 42.h5 e3 43.h6 Kc3! 44.Kg6 e2 45.h7 e1Q 46.h8Q+ etc.
41.Rg6! Navara thought for about 50 (!) minutes on this move. "Although there are not many variations, they are quite complicated. - he explained. - The rook moves to g6 and g8 each have their plusses and minuses and the difference could have cost me half a point. ..."
Indeed, 41.Rg8? misses the win, since it is important to keep attacking the c6-pawn.
41...Rxe3 42.Kg7 Rg3 43.Kxh6 e3

44.Kg5? He wins at once with 44.g5! Kd5 (44...Kd4 eventually leads to the same position) 45.Rg8 Ke6 46.Rf8 Rg4 47.h5 Re4 48.g6 e2 49.Re8+ Kf5 50.Rxe4 Kxe4 51.g7 e1Q 52.g8Q, and the h-pawn wins it for White.
44...Kd5? Returning the favour. There is a draw after 44...Kc3! The key variation is 45.Kf4 Rh3 46.h5 e2 47.Rxc6+ Kd2 48.Re6 e1Q 49.Rxe1 Kxe1 50.Kg5 (No better is 50.c4 Kf2 51.c5 Rc3 52.g5 Rc4+ 53.Kf5 Rxc5+ with equality) 50...Kd2 51.h6 Kxc2 52.Kg6 Kd3 53.g5 (or 53.h7 Ke4 54.Kg7 Kf4) 53...Ke4 54.Kg7 Kf5 55.g6 Rg3.
But this was not the last chance...
45.Kf4 Rh3? This is also a mistake. After the correct 45...e2! Black can save half a point, by serious work and finding some only moves, many far from obvious: 46.c4+ Kxc4 47.Re6 Rh3 48.Rxe2 Rxh4 49.Rc2+ Kd5 50.Kf5 Kd6! 51.g5

51...c5 (He also preserves saving chances after 51...Rh1 52.g6 Ke7! 53.Kg5 Rg1+ 54.Kh6 Kf8 55.Rxc6 Rh1+ 56.Kg5 Rg1+ 57.Kf6 Rf1+ 58.Ke5 Re1+ 59.Kd6 a5 60.Ra6 Rg1 61.Kc7 Rg5) 52.g6 Ke7 53.Kg5 Ra4 54.Rf2, and here there are two possible variations:
a) 54.Rxc5 Kf8 55.Kf6 Rf4+ 56.Ke6 Ra4 57.Rc2 Kg7 58.Rg2 Ra5, and Black holds simply;
b) 54.Rf2 Ra3! 55.g7 Rg3+ 56.Kh6 c4 57.Kh7 Rh3+ 58.Kg8 c3!. It is almost impossible to imagine such defensive accuracy in a game. Hence Wojtaszek should have sought an easier path earlier on. 

46.h5 c5 47.Rg5+ Kd4 48.Re5 1-0

Navara: "After losing, Radek behaved impeccably and even took part in a post-mortem".

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What does this king march remind you of? What do you think of when looking at this diagram? 

Each of us can have his own version. "Perhaps it was a trek after goods in short supply? - ran David Navara's original thought. - True, there was nothing on the h8-square. But maybe under socialism there would be?.."

[Event "48th Biel GM 2015"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2015.07.23"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Navara, David"] [Black "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Byrne (English) attack"] [EventDate "2015.07.20"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. h3 Be7 9. g4 d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Bg2 Nxe3 12. Qxd8+ Bxd8 13. fxe3 Bh4+ 14. Kf1 Nc6 15. Nc5 Bc4+ 16. Kg1 O-O-O 17. b3 Bg5 18. Re1 Bh4 19. Rb1 Bg5 20. Kf2 Bh4+ 21. Kf3 e4+ 22. Kf4 g5+ 23. Kf5 Rhe8 24. Rhd1 Re5+ 25. Kf6 Rg8 26. bxc4 Rg6+ 27. Kxf7 Re7+ 28. Kf8 Rf6+ 29. Kg8 Rg6+ 30. Kh8 Rf6 31. Rf1 Bf2 32. Rxf2 Rxf2 33. Rf1 Rxg2 34. Rf8+ Kc7 35. Nd5+ Kd6 36. Nxe7 Kxc5 37. Rf5+ Kxc4 38. Nxc6 bxc6 39. Rxg5 Rg3 40. h4 h6 41. Rg6 Rxe3 42. Kg7 Rg3 43. Kxh6 e3 44. Kg5 Kd5 45. Kf4 Rh3 46. h5 c5 47. Rg5+ Kd4 48. Re5 1-0 [Event "48th Biel GM 2015"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2015.07.23"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D10"] [Opening "QGD Slav defence"] [Variation "exchange variation"] [EventDate "2015.07.20"] 1. c4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. e3 Bg4 7. Qb3 Na5 8. Qa4+ Bd7 9. Qc2 e6 10. Nf3 Be7 11. Bd3 Nc6 12. a3 Nh5 13. Be5 f6 14. Bg3 f5 15. Be5 O-O 16. h3 Nf6 17. Bf4 Ne4 18. O-O Rc8 19. Rfc1 Bf6 20. Qb3 Na5 21. Qa2 Nxc3 22. bxc3 b5 23. Nd2 Nc4 24. a4 a6 25. axb5 axb5 26. Bxc4 dxc4 27. Nf3 Bc6 28. Qe2 Qd5 29. Qf1 Ra8 30. Ne5 Bb7 31. f3 Be7 32. Bg3 Bg5 33. Qe1 Ra4 34. Rxa4 bxa4 35. Ra1 Ra8 36. Bh4 Bh6 37. Be7 Bc6 38. h4 Be8 39. Rb1 a3 40. e4 Qa5 41. exf5 a2 42. Ra1 exf5 43. Nxc4 Qb5 44. Nd6 Qd5 45. Qe2 Bf4 46. Nxe8 Rxe8 47. Rxa2 Kf7 48. Ra7 Bb8 49. Qa2 Qxa2 50. Rxa2 Bg3 0-1 [Event "48th Biel GM 2015"] [Site "Biel SUI"] [Date "2015.07.23"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Rapport, Richard"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A15"] [Opening "English opening"] [EventDate "2015.07.20"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Qxd1+ 7. Kxd1 f6 8. h4 h5 9. e5 Nc6 10. Bd3 Kf7 11. Re1 Bf5 12. Bxf5 gxf5 13. e6+ Kg6 14. Ng1 Bh6 15. Ne2 Rad8+ 16. Kc2 Rd6 17. Nf4+ Bxf4 18. Bxf4 Ne5 19. Bxe5 fxe5 20. Rxe5 Rhd8 21. Re2 Kf6 22. Rae1 Ra6 23. Re5 Rdd6 24. Rc5 Rac6 25. Ra5 a6 26. Ra4 Rxe6 27. Rxe6+ Rxe6 28. Kd2 Rd6+ 29. Ke2 e5 30. Rc4 c6 31. a4 a5 32. b4 Rd5 33. bxa5 Rxa5 34. Rb4 Ra7 35. f3 f4 36. Kd3 Kf5 37. a5 Kf6 38. Ke4 Rxa5 39. Rxb7 Ra4+ 40. Kd3 Ra2 41. Rh7 Rxg2 42. Rh6+ Kf5 43. Rxh5+ Kf6 1/2-1/2 

Round five begins as usual at 15.00 Moscow time. 
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