5th Norway Chess 2017 / Round 1

 by National Life Master Loal Davis

 

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Super GM Tournament

Players : 
Carlsen, So, Kramnik, Caruana, 
Vachier-Lagrave,  Nakamura, 
Aronian, Anand, Giri, Karjakin

No draw offers are allowed !

Stavanger, Norway
6 – 16 June 2017

9 Rounds – 10 Player Round Robin

Rate of play: 
100 minutes in 40 moves + 
50 minutes in 20 moves + 
15 minutes all moves + 
30 seconds for each move 
starting from move 61

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)

06.06 2017 - Round  01  - 16:00
07.06 2017 - Round  02  - 16:00
08.06 2017 - Round  03  – 16:00
               REST DAY
10.06 2016 – Round  04  – 16:00
11.06 2016 – Round  05  – 16:00
12.06 2016 – Round  06  – 16:00
               REST DAY
14.06 2016 – Round  07  – 16:00
15.06 2016 – Round  08  – 16:00
16.06 2016 – Round  09  – 16:00

* Play-Off (In case of a tie for first): As soon as possible after Round 9,
subject to minimum 30 minute interval.

 

There was a single decisive game in Round 1; Nakamura’s win over Giri.

 

5th Norway Chess 2017
Round “1″
White “Nakamura, Hikaru (USA)”
Black “Giri, Anish (NED)”

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Ne4 5. Bh4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 dxc4

Nakamura, Hikaru (USA) vs. Giri, Anish (NED),  ?,  2017.06.06,  Round 1

Of course White could regain this Pawn with Qa4+, but picking it up with the f1 Bishop seems desirable; this takes some effort.

7. e3 Be6 8. Qb1

Now  8. Qa4+ Qd7 or  8… c6  (b5) doesn’t work.

8… b6 9. Nh3

Angling for Nf4.

Bh6  10. Bg5 Bxg5 11. Nxg5 Qd5 12. Nxe6 Qxe6 13. Qb4

Nakamura, Hikaru (USA) vs. Giri, Anish (NED),  ?,  2017.06.06,  Round 1

OK – regaining the Pawn. White also gets a better center and Bishop versus Knight in a relatively open position. All in all, White appears a little better.

Qd5 14. Qxc4 Qxc4 15. Bxc4 e6 16. Be2 Nd7 17. a4 Ke7 18. a5 c6 19. Kd2 b5 20. Rab1 Rab8 21. Rb2 f5 22. Rhb1

Nakamura, Hikaru (USA) vs. Giri, Anish (NED),  ?,  2017.06.06,  Round 1

A nice minority attack with Black under pressure.

Kd6 23. f3 e5 24. c4 exd4 25. cxb5 cxb5 26. Bxb5 dxe3+ 27. Kxe3 Nf6 28. Bc4 Rxb2 29. Rxb2 Re8+ 30. Kd4 Re7 31. Rb8 Rd7 32. Rc8 Rb7 33. a6 Rb4 34. Kc3 Ra4 35. Kb3 Nd7 36. Bb5

Nakamura, Hikaru (USA) vs. Giri, Anish (NED),  ?,  2017.06.06,  Round 1

36. Kxa4 Nb6+

36… Ra5 37. Kb4 Ra1 38. Rd8 Rb1+ 39. Ka5 Ra1+ 40. Kb4 Rb1+ 41. Ka4 Ra1+ 42. Kb3 Rb1+ 43. Kc4 Rc1+ 44. Kd3 Rc7 45. Kd4 Ke7 46. Ra8 Kd6 47. h4

Nakamura, Hikaru (USA) vs. Giri, Anish (NED),  ?,  2017.06.06,  Round 1

No clear cut win but the pressure continues.

Ke7

Black may hang on with  47… Nc5

48. Bxd7 Rxd7+ 49. Ke5 Kf7

Nakamura, Hikaru (USA) vs. Giri, Anish (NED),  ?,  2017.06.06,  Round 1

Black appears lost. That Rook turning maneuver (Rb8/Rb7) and advanced/centralized King spell doom.

50. Rb8 Re7+ 51. Kd5 Kf6 52. Rb7 Re5+ 53. Kd4 Ra5

Nakamura, Hikaru (USA) vs. Giri, Anish (NED),  ?,  2017.06.06,  Round 1

At least the Rook is behind the Pawn; giving some drawing chances.

54. Rxa7 f4 55. Kc4 Ra2 56. Kc5 h5 57. Ra8 Rc2+ 58. Kb6 Rb2+ 59. Kc5 Rc2+ 60. Kb6 Rb2+ 61. Ka7 Rxg2 62. Rb8 Rf2 63. Rb6+ Kg7 64. Kb7 Rxf3 65. a7 Ra3 66. Ra6

Nakamura, Hikaru (USA) vs. Giri, Anish (NED),  ?,  2017.06.06,  Round 1

That’s all she wrote.

Rb3+ 67. Kc6 1-0  

 

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