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Monday, April 20, 2009

FIDE Grand Prix:Nalchik:round 5 comments about the openings used in the decisive games of the round

According to my research in round 5 the following happened in these games at Nalchik:

(1)Ivanchuk-Kasimdzhanov: The two players followed the moves played in the game Khenkin (2644)-Korneev (2606) from 2003, (Queen's Gambit Declined:exchange variation) until move 13 when Ivanchuk played the theoretical novelty 13.Bd4. According to the program Deep Rybka 3, the position was equal until Ivanchuk played 22.Bf1? (better was 22.Rf1). After 23...Ng4 Kasimdzhanov gained a triple-attack against Ivanchuk f-pawn, and then Ivanchuk blundered when he played 24.Rdc2??. (Instead he could have tried 24.f3 after which this continuation is possible: 24...Nxe3 25.Bd3 e5 26.Qxf7 Rxf7, however Ivanchuk would lack sufficient compensation for the pawn. ) Ivanchuk resigned the game after Kasimdzhanov played 25...Na5 (however 25...Nd4! would have been stronger after which 26.exd4 Qf4 27.g3 Qxd4+ 28.Kh1 Rxc2 29.Qxc2 Nf2+ is decisive). The reason Ivanchuk resigned after 25...Na5 is due to the following continuation (found using Rybka 3): 26.Qd3 Rxc2 27.Qxc2 Nb3 28.Bd3 Nxe3 29.Qe2 Qf4 30.Qf3 Qxf3 31.gxf3 Nxc1 which would leave GM Kasimdzhanov with a decisive material advantage.

(2)Akopian-Kamsky:The two players followed the moves played in the game Geller (2620)-Vaganian (2550) played in 1976, until move 13 when Kamsky played the theoretical novelty 13...Rd8. The opening was a French Defense:Tarrasch variation. On move 49 Akopian won a pawn which Kamsky regained on move 51. Akopian won another pawn on move 54 which Kamsky could not regain. Akopian advanced a passed a-pawn to the sixth rank on move 59, and then was able to advance this pawn to the seventh rank on move 61.Although Kamsky was able to blockade the passed pawn by playing his rook to a8,Kamsky blundered on move 65 when he played 65...Rg8?? (which hung an entire piece,his knight!). Instead, Kamsky could have played 65...Nd6 and after 66.Rb8 Rxa7! + 67.Bxa7 Nc8 with a theoretical drawn position would have been reached. You may recall Kamsky relied on the French Defense against Topalov in their recent match. We must speculate that Kamsky was in severe time trouble when he played the piece-hanging move 65...Rg8??

You can play through the moves of all the games from round 5 by going to: http://chessbase.com/news/2009/fide/games/nalchik05.htm In addition GM Sergei Shipov offers his analysis of the games from round 5 at this link: http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5357 Enjoy!

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