Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017 / Rounds 4 & 5

by National Life Master Loal Davis.

All images courtesy of Derrick Bartotto.

 

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There were two decisive games in round 4 and 3 in round 5  –  Good/Strong/Fighting chess.

 

Anand versus Oparin – sledge hammer blows in a Breyer variation of the Ruy Lopez.

[Event “Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2017.04.15”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Anand, Viswanathan (IND)”]
[Black “Oparin, Grigoriy (RUS)”]
[Result “1-0”]
[PlyCount “83”]
[EventDate “2017.04.14”]
[SourceDate “2017.04.15”]

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 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 g6 15. a4 c5 16. d5 c4 17. Bg5 h6 18. Be3 Nc5 19. Qd2 h5 20. Kh1 Qc7 21. Ng5 Bg7 22. Nf1 bxa4 23. Qe2 a5 24. Nd2 Ba6 25. Bxc5 Qxc5 26. Bxa4 Reb8 27. Bc6 Ra7 28. Ra2 Bh6 29. Ngf3 Nd7 30. Bxd7 Rxd7 31. Rea1 Rb5 32. Qxc4 Qxf2 33. Qc6 Ra7 34. b4 Bxd2 35. Nxd2 Qe3 36. Nc4 Qxe4 37. Nxd6 Qxd5 38. Qxd5 Rxd5 39. Ne4 Kg7 40. Rxa5 Bd3 41. Rxa7 Bxe4 42. Re1 1-0

 

Neopomiachtchi versus Gelfend – Opening the position for the Two Bishops.

[Event “Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2017.04.15”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS)”]
[Black “Gelfand, Boris (ISR)”]
[Result “1-0”]
[PlyCount “73”]
[EventDate “2017.04.14”]
[SourceDate “2017.04.15”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Qd3 Be6 10. Bd2 Nbd7 11. Nd5 Bxd5 12. exd5 Nc5 13. Nxc5 dxc5 14. c4 Qc7 15. Rae1 Bd6 16. Qh3 Rfe8 17. Bc3 g6 18. Bd3 Nh5 19. g3 Re7 20. Re2 Rf8 21. Rfe1 f5 22. f3 Nf6 23. Qh4 Nd7 24. Qg5 Ref7 25. Qd2 Qd8 26. Kh1 Re8 27. a4 h5 28. a5 Kh7 29. Bc2 b5 30. axb6 Nxb6 31. Qd3 Qb8 32. g4 Nd7 33. gxf5 gxf5 34. f4 e4 35. Qh3 Kh6 36. Rg2 Bxf4 37. Bd1 1-0

 

Gelfand versus Anand – Good central play leading to a crushing ending with a strong centralized King.  

[Event “Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2017.04.15”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Gelfand, Boris (ISR)”]
[Black “Anand, Viswanathan (IND)”]
[Result “0-1”]
[PlyCount “72”]
[EventDate “2017.04.14”]
[SourceDate “2017.04.15”]

1. c4 c5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. d4 Nxd4 7. Bf4 Ne7 8. Nxd4 cxd4 9. Nb5 e5 10. Nd6+ Kf8 11. Bd2 Qb6 12. Nxc8 Rxc8 13. Qb3 f5 14. Bxb7 Rc7 15. Bg2 e4 16. O-O Kf7 17. Rfc1 Rhc8 18. Bf4 Qxb3 19. axb3 Rb7 20. Bd6 Ke6 21. c5 Rxb3 22. Rxa7 Nc6 23. Ra2 Be5 24. Bxe5 Kxe5 25. f3 d3 26. exd3 Nb4 27. d4+ Kxd4 28. Ra7 d5 29. fxe4 fxe4 30. Rd1+ Rd3 31. Rda1 Rxc5 32. Bf1 Rd2 33. Rxh7 Nd3 34. b4 Rcc2 35. b5 Ne5 36. Ra4+ Kc5 0-1

 

Nakamura versus Nepomniachtchi – Calm/Tame opening, strong middlegame and safer King.

[Event “Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2017.04.15”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru (USA)”]
[Black “Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS)”]
[Result “1-0”]
[PlyCount “69”]
[EventDate “2017.04.14”]
[SourceDate “2017.04.15”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. e3 Bg7 4. c4 O-O 5. Be2 b6 6. O-O Bb7 7. Nc3 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Bd2 Nd7 10. Nxd5 Bxd5 11. Bc3 c5 12. Rc1 e6 13. Qa4 a6 14. Qa3 Qb8 15. dxc5 Bxc3 16. Qxc3 bxc5 17. Nd2 a5 18. a4 Qb7 19. e4 Bc6 20. b3 Rfb8 21. Qe3 Qc7 22. Rfd1 Rb4 23. Nc4 Rab8 24. Rc3 Nf6 25. f3 Nd7 26. Qd2 Nb6 27. Qg5 Nxc4 28. Bxc4 e5 29. h4 Kg7 30. h5 h6 31. Qe3 Rd8 32. Rxd8 Qxd8 33. hxg6 fxg6 34. Qxc5 Qb6 35. Bb5 1-0

 

Oparin versus Svidler – Dubious h4 in the Sicilian opening, but definitely better if not winning by move 27 – IF he had played Qd2 (centralizing) before taking the Pawn on h5. Around move 30 Black was better and probably winning. 

[Event “Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2017.04.15”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Oparin, Grigoriy (RUS)”]
[Black “Svidler, Peter (RUS)”]
[Result “0-1”]
[PlyCount “80”]
[EventDate “2017.04.14”]
[SourceDate “2017.04.15”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h4 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f4 g6 9. Be2 Nbd7 10. g4 h5 11. g5 Ng4 12. Rf1 exf4 13. Bxf4 Nde5 14. Qd2 Qc7 15. O-O-O Rd8 16. Nd5 Bxd5 17. Qxd5 Bg7 18. Nd4 O-O 19. Kb1 Rfe8 20. c3 Rc8 21. Bxg4 hxg4 22. h5 gxh5 23. Nf5 Re6 24. Rh1 Ng6 25. Bg3 Qb6 26. Nxg7 Kxg7 27. Rxh5 Qe3 28. Bxd6 Qxe4+ 29. Qxe4 Rxe4 30. Rhh1 Nf4 31. Rdf1 Nh3 32. Rf5 Rc6 33. Rd1 Re6 34. Bg3 Kg6 35. Rff1 Re3 36. Bb8 Rf3 37. Rxf3 gxf3 38. Rf1 f2 39. Bg3 Rc5 40. Kc2 Rxg5 0-1 

 

 

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