FIDE World Cup: Guseinov Defeats Navara Who Misevaluated the Position. "David Thought His Compensation Was Enough"

Время публикации: 14.09.2015 21:15 | Последнее обновление: 14.09.2015 21:53

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The first games of the second round are over at the World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. To the pleasure of the local audience, Gadir Guseinov defeated David Navara, whom he had never faced over the board before. 

The turning point of the game occurred practically in the very opening, the classical system of the Caro-Kann Defence. 


Black has just castled - 17...0-0? (17...Qd5! was better, as in Naroditsky - So, 2012), which was followed by 18.Bxh6! The pseudo-sacrifice had already been played in Kokarev - Gavrilov, 2014. Moreover, it turned out the Czech GM knew about the move and consciously made a decision to proceed with the variation.  
18....gxh6 19.Qg3+ Kh8 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Rxd8 Raxd8 22.Qe3 Ng8 23.Qxa7 Bf6 24.f3 Ne7 25.Qe3 Bg7 26.Qxe6. White has too many extra pawns, and the game ended in his favour on move 51.

"David evaluated the position as playable and thought his compensation was enough, - Guseinov told Chess-News. - The computer gives +2 to White, but it is not that easy to convert the advantage for the human player. Nonetheless, the fight was only for two results which is the best you can get with White at the World Cup. I wouldn't say it was an easy win - David is a strong player and he defended pretty well..."

The commentary by the winner at full (in Russian) is available in the audio player.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.14"] [Round "2.1"] [White "Guseinov, Gadir"] [Black "Navara, David"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B19"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "classical, Spassky variation"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [Board "25"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bd2 Ngf6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. Qxe4 Nf6 15. Qd3 c5 16. Kb1 cxd4 17. Nxd4 O-O 18. Bxh6 gxh6 19. Qg3+ Kh8 20. Nxe6 fxe6 21. Rxd8 Raxd8 22. Qe3 Ng8 23. Qxa7 Bf6 24. f3 Ne7 25. Qe3 Bg7 26. Qxe6 Nd5 27. c3 Rfe8 28. Qf5 Re2 29. Rc1 Rxg2 30. a3 b5 31. Qf7 Nf6 32. Qb7 Rd5 33. f4 Kh7 34. Re1 Rdd2 35. Qxb5 Nd5 36. Ka1 Rgf2 37. Qe8 Nxf4 38. Qe4+ Kh8 39. Qa8+ Kh7 40. Qe4+ Kh8 41. Qf5 Rd8 42. Qb5 Rd5 43. Re8+ Kh7 44. Qc4 Rxh5 45. Qg8+ Kg6 46. Re7 Rh1+ 47. Ka2 Nh5 48. Qe6+ Nf6 49. Qf7+ Kf5 50. Qxg7 Rhh2 51. Rb7 1-0

More about the round 2.1 to follow later tonight. 


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