1. e4 Magnus Carlsen is once again ahead of Viswanathan Anand on the 2700 live rating list, but today's task to keep up the pace is not easy at all. He is facing Ivanchuk, who defeated him twice in rapid chess in Monaco. An exciting fight awaits us today, Ivanchuk opening with 1.e4 and showing that this will be a great fight!
1... e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Queen's Gambit proved to be very solid during the Candidates matches, but yesterday Carlsen and Nakamura showed exactly the opposite - it can be exciting! (video part 1 here and part 2 here). Today, however, we have Ruy Lopez, a Spanish game on the board. Having two fans of Real Madrid in direct match, let's see who is better prepared for the match:) 4.d3 - not the most popular line, White avoid Berlin.
4... d6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 O-O 7. c3 a6 8. Ba4 b5 This position has already appeared in games of strong players. For example,in the game Morozevich-Anand,2005.
9. Bc2 Morozevich and Anand continued 9....Re8 10.Nbd2 Bf8 11.Nf1 h6 12.d4 g6 and Black step by step equalized the game. The alternatives to 9....Re8 are : 9....Bg4,9....Bb7 and 9...d5. Of course, the most agressive option for Black is 9....d5
9... d5 The most aggressive reply is on the board! Exciting game ahead, just as expected! It is obvious Magnus is seeking for a full point after the 2-0 loss in Monaco from Ivanchuk.
10. Nbd2 White is just keeping the centre in pressure, now Black has to choose between simplify the play after 10...dxe4, to close it after 10...d4, or keep it after 10...Re8
10... dxe4 Magnus preffers to simplify. 10....d4 was also possible like in the game Efimenko-Onischuk, 2009 where Black even won. Now White will have to close e-file and the pressure on e5 pawn will be not possible anymore. For example, after immediate 11.dxe4 or after 11.Nxe4 Nxe4 and then 12.dxe4. The following play will be going around d-file and central squares control. White's typical manouvers is Nd2-f1-e3(g3) to move the Knight on d5 or f5, while Black sometimes moves the Knight on f4 via h5.
11. dxe4 Be6 the symmetrical position doesn't mean equality,White will keep a slight advantage as he controls d4 square from Nc6-d4 while Black has to think about defending d5 square. Ivanchuk takes on e4 with the pawn to have a manouver Nd2-f3-e3(g3) in the future. Magnus immediately replies with 11...Be6 taking the control over d5 square and developing a piece
12. Bb3 As mentioned before, the fight will be going around d5 square and d-file so the idea of 12.Bb3 is to exchange Be6 which defends d5 square. The minus of 12.Bb3 is that now d3 square has weakened and Black has at his disposal ideas like Qd3 and Rfd8. Become fan of the facebook chess videos page for daily reports and grandmaster analysis from around the world.
12... Bxb3 13. axb3 After 13.axb3 the Rook a1 entered the play without moving as now it's pressuring a6 pawn. The next move White will play Qc2 or Qe2 preparing Nd2-f1-e3(g3) manouver so it's reasonable for Black to prevent it with 13...Qd8-d3
13... Qd3 14. b4 the idea behind 14.b4 is to fix a weakness on a6 and liberate b3 square for pieces. Also it prevents Black´s Bishop activization Be7'c5
14... Rfd8 15. Qb3 Qd7 Black equalized the game, as now White can´t prevent 16....a5. I doubt that Ivanchuk will risk in this position, probably he will try to press without agressive moves. I think for White is good to exchange Bc1 for Nf6 as then d5 square will be weaker and Nd2-f1-e3-d5 will look strong Today's commentary is reaching you thanks to ChessFriends and ChessEvolution
16. Qc2 Qe6 There is a repetition possible at this moment 17.Ng5 Qd7 18.Nf3,etc , but also defending the e pawn looks like the game will go on with the mentioned plans.
17. Qb3 Qd7 18. Qc2 Qe6 19. h3 Ivanchuk avoids all repetitions, he wants to win today! But still it's not clear how does he wants to play for win, as Black´s only weakness is a6 pawn and Carlsen can exchange it now
19... a5 20. bxa5 Rxa5 21. Rxa5 Nxa5 Black doesn´t have any problems as all his pieces are developed and placed on active squares while White still has problems with Bc1 development, but probably White is going to keep the Bishop on c1 defending b2 and d2 squares and play with other pieces. 22.Nf1-g3(e3) looks logical to improve the position of the Knight
22. b4 Nb7 It is difficult to progress in this position for both sides,but Black can think about c7-c5. The logical continuation could be "b" and "c" exchange and a draw
23. Qb3 Ivanchuk wants to excanges a Queen to minimize the risk to lose somehow and to press on e5 pawn as well. Now Black can defend e5 pawn with by Nd7 and f7-f6
23... Qxb3 24. Nxb3 Nd7 25. Be3 Nd6 the position is totally equal as any side has a break here. Probably White can put the Knight on a5 to prevent Nd6-c4 by Black and with the idea to invade Na5-c6, but it also doesn't look so promising as White has to think about e4 defence
26. Nfd2 Defending e4 pawn and c4 square but now Black controls a-file. But Black can't take any advantage from controlling a-file as there are any square to invade
26... Ra8 27. Kf1 Ivanchuk wants to centralize the King which is always good in the endgames.
27... f6 So magnus also preffers to centralize the King to e6
28. Ke2 Kf7 29. Kd3 Ke6 30. f3 Probably, the Bishop e3 is slightly more active than one on e7 but Black's Rook on a8 is more active than Rook on e1,so chances are equal
30... Ra2 31. Ra1 will force the exchange of rooks.
31. Ra1 Rxa1 32. Nxa1 Nb7 33. Nab3 And a logical draw was agreed. Fine game for both players, where they looked for advantage, but precise moves on either side led to a draw. Thank you for following with me GM Ipatov. Expect videos later today from GM Danielsen. See you tomorrow for more live analysis on ChessBomb.com and Chessdom.com! ½-½
Nakamura,Hikaru (2774) - Nisipeanu,Liviu-Dieter (2659) [C96]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Nd7 12. d5 Nb6 13. Nbd2 g6 14. b4 Nb7 15. Nf1 a5 16. Bh6 Re8 17. a3 Bd7 18. Ng3 Qc7 19. Bd3 axb4 20. axb4 Rxa1 21. Qxa1 Ra8 22. Qb1 c4 23. Bc2 f6 24. Be3 Nd8 25. Nd2 Nf7 26. f4 exf4 27. Bxf4 Ne5 28. Be3 Ra3 29. Ne2 Na4 30. Bd4 Bf8 31. Rf1 Qd8 32. Qc1 Ra2 33. Nf3 Bg7 34. Nxe5 fxe5 35. Be3 Nb6 36. Kh2 Be8 37. Ng1 h6 38. Bb1 Ra1 39. Qb2 Ra8 40. Bc2 Nd7 41. Ra1 Rxa1 42. Qxa1 Nf6 43. Qa6 Bf8 44. Nf3 Bd7 45. Nd2 Nh5 46. Nf3 Nf6 47. Kg1 Qc8 48. Qa1 Qb8 49. Kf1 Nh5 50. g4 Nf4 51. Bxf4 exf4 52. e5 dxe5 53. Qa6 Qd6 54. Qxd6 Bxd6 55. Bxg6 Kg7 56. Be4 h5 57. Nh2 Kh6 58. Kg2 hxg4 59. hxg4 Kg5 60. Kh3 f3 61. Kg3 f2 62. Nf3+ Kh6 63. g5+ Kh5 64. Kxf2 Be8 65. Ke3 Bf7 66. g6 Bxg6 67. Bxg6+ Kxg6 68. Ke4 Kf6 69. Nd2 Bf8 70. Nb1 Bh6 71. Na3 Bc1 72. Nxb5 Bd2 73. Nd6 Bxc3 74. b5 Ke7 75. Nxc4 Be1 76. Kxe5 Bg3+ 77. Kd4 Bf2+ 78. Kc3 1-0
Radjabov,Teimour (2744) - Karjakin,Sergey (2776) [D12]
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c6 3. d4 d5 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Be2 Nbd7 8. O-O Bd6 9. g3 Qe7 10. b3 Ne4 11. Bb2 Nxc3 12. Bxc3 Bb4 13. Bxb4 Qxb4 14. c5 O-O 15. a3 Qa5 16. Nxg6 hxg6 17. b4 Qc7 18. f4 a6 19. Bd3 f5 20. Qe2 Nf6 21. Kg2 Qe7 22. a4 Ne4 23. h4 Ra7 24. Rh1 Nf6 25. Qb2 Rfa8 26. Be2 Qf8 27. Qc2 Kf7 28. Rab1 Qe7 29. Rb3 Rh8 30. Bf3 Rha8 31. Qe2 Rh8 32. Rhb1 Ne4 33. Qe1 Nf6 34. R1b2 Rha8 35. Qb1 Qd8 36. Ra2 Ng8 37. Qb2 Ne7 38. Be2 Qd7 39. Ra1 Ng8 40. Rba3 Ne7 41. Rh1 Ng8 42. Bd3 Nf6 43. Rha1 Ng8 44. Kf3 Ne7 45. Ke2 Ng8 46. b5 axb5 47. axb5 Rxa3 48. Rxa3 Rxa3 49. Qxa3 cxb5 50. Qa5 Ne7 51. Bxb5 Nc6 52. Qa4 Qc8 53. Kd3 Ke7 54. Kc3 Kd8 55. Kb3 Kc7 56. Kb2 Kb8 57. Kc3 Kc7 58. Kd2 Kd8 59. Kd3 Ke7 60. Ke2 Kf7 61. Ke1 Ke7 62. Kf2 Kf7 63. Be2 Qd8 64. Bb5 Qc8 65. Kf3 Ke7 66. Kg2 Kf7 67. Be2 Qd8 68. Qb5 Qc7 69. Bd3 Kf6 70. Kh3 Kf7 71. Qa4 Qc8 72. Be2 Kf6 73. Kh2 Kf7 74. Kg1 Kf6 75. Kf1 Kf7 76. Ke1 Ke7 77. Kd2 Kd7 78. Qa1 Kc7 79. Bd3 Qd8 80. Bb5 Qc8 81. Kc3 Qb8 82. Qa4 Qc8 83. Bxc6 bxc6 84. Qa5+ Kd7 85. Qa7+ Qc7 86. Qa8 Qc8 87. Qxc8+ Kxc8 88. Kb4 Kb7 89. Ka5 Ka7 90. Kb4 ½-½