Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 2

by National Life Master Loal Davis

 

Wesley So

 

There were three decisive games in the 2nd Round of the Sinquefield Tournament 2017.

 

I might say that Wesley So “bounced” back from his loss yesterday, but it would be more accurate to say that he “rolled over” and picked up the pieces of a game where Nepomniachtchi just died for him.  Under other circumstances this would not be so interesting, but it is instructive to see good technique in putting away an opponent who, from what I’ve been able to gather, was playing very quickly to get into a lost position.

Magnus Carlsen won as Black against his previous World Champion challenger Sergey Karjakin – a very convincing game.

Fabiano Caruana won as Black against Levon Aronian in a super long game (110 Moves); this was a Rook and Bishop versus Rook ending.  What a fight.

 

Click on any Diagram to step through the Annotated Game (PGN).

Also all decisive games (PGN) are within the Comments below the post.

 

Sinquefield Cup 2017
Round “2”
White “Nepomniachtchi, Ian”
Black “So, Wesley”

1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 c5 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nf6 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. Qd2 d6 7. e4 Bg7 8. Bd3 Ne5 9. Nge2 Nh5 10. Be3 Ng4 11. Bg5

I don’t think anyone is going to be following in White’s footsteps anytime soon.  Since this “good” Bishop is going to be exchanged anyway, perhaps  11. O-O  and just let it go.

11… h6 12. Bh4 g5 13. Bg3 Be6 14. h3 Ne5 15. Bxe5 Bxe5 16. g3 Qa5 17. f4 Bxc3 18. bxc3 Qc7 19. fxg5 hxg5 20. Qxg5 Bxc4 21. Bxc4 Qxc4 22. Qd5 Qxd5 23. exd5

This endgame is horrible for White; multiple Pawn islands and weak targets left/right/center.

Rc8 24. Rb1 b6 25. Rb3 Nf6 26. Ra3 a5 27. Nf4 Rg8 28. c4

(28. g4 Rc4 29. Rf1 a4  and the Rook on a3 is choking.)

28… Rxc4 29. Ke2 Ne4 30. g4 f5 31. Rg1

(31. gxf5 Ng3+)

31… fxg4 32. hxg4 Nc3+ 33. Kd3 Rxf4 34. Rxc3 Rgxg4 35. Rc8+ Kf7 36. Rb1 Rd4+ 37. Ke3 Rxd5 38. Rxb6 Rg2 39. a4 Rg4

This game was over a long time ago.

0-1

 

 

 

Magnus Carlsen

 

Sinquefield Cup 2017
Round “2”
White “Carlsen, Magnus”
Black “Karjakin, Sergey”

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O e5 5. e4 d6 6. d3 g6 7. a3 Bg7 8. c3 O-O 9. b4 a6 10. Nbd2 b5 11. Rb1 Nd7 12. Nb3 cxb4 13. axb4 Nb6 14. Be3 Be6 15. Qd2 Rc8 16. Rfc1 Re8 17. h4 Na4 18. c4 h5 19. Kh2 Bg4 20. cxb5 axb5 21. Na5 Nd4 22. Rxc8 Qxc8 23. Rc1 Qd7 24. Nxd4 exd4 25. Bh6 Bh8 26. Rc6 Nc3 27. f3 Be6 28. Bf4 Be5 29. Bxe5 dxe5 30. f4 Qe7 31. Rc5 Rc8 32. Rxc8+ Bxc8 33. Nc6 Qd6 34. Nxe5 Qxb4

A nice maneuvering game has resulted in even material, but multiple Pawn islands for Black. This leads to the possibility of multiple targets for White.

35. f5

Oh yes – and an exposed King.

Qd6 36. Nf3 gxf5 37. Qg5+

Black’s Pawns are shattered and he has to watch the dangling Bishop.

Kh7 38. e5 Qg6 39. Qd8 Be6 40. Ng5+ Kg7 41. Qxd4 Na4 42. Nh3

Final Position

1-0

 

Images below courtesy of Derrick Bartotto.

 


 

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3 Comments

  1. [Event “Sinquefield Cup 2017”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2017.08.03”]
    [Round “2”]
    [White “Nepomniachtchi, Ian”]
    [Black “So, Wesley”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [Annotator “Loal Davis”]
    [PlyCount “78”]
    [EventDate “2017.08.03”]

    1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 c5 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nf6 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. Qd2 d6 7. e4 Bg7 8. Bd3 Ne5 9. Nge2 Nh5 10. Be3 Ng4 11. Bg5 {I don’t think anyone is going to be following in White’s footsteps anytime soon.} ({Since this “good” Bishop is going to be exchanged anyway, perhaps} 11. O-O {and just let it go.}) 11… h6 12. Bh4 g5 13. Bg3 Be6 14. h3 Ne5 15. Bxe5 Bxe5 16. g3 Qa5 17. f4 Bxc3 18. bxc3 Qc7 19. fxg5 hxg5 20. Qxg5 Bxc4 21. Bxc4 Qxc4 22. Qd5 Qxd5 23. exd5 {This endgame is horrible for White; multiple Pawn islands and weak targets left/right/center.} Rc8 24. Rb1 b6 25. Rb3 Nf6 26. Ra3 a5 27. Nf4 Rg8 28. c4 (28. g4 Rc4 29. Rf1 a4 {and the Rook on a3 is choking.}) 28… Rxc4 29. Ke2 Ne4 30. g4 f5 31. Rg1 (31. gxf5 Ng3+) 31… fxg4 32. hxg4 Nc3+ 33. Kd3 Rxf4 34. Rxc3 Rgxg4 35. Rc8+ Kf7 36. Rb1 Rd4+ 37. Ke3 Rxd5 38. Rxb6 Rg2 39. a4 Rg4 {This game was over a long time ago.} 0-1

  2. [Event “Sinquefield Cup 2017”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2017.08.03”]
    [Round “2”]
    [White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
    [Black “Karjakin, Sergey”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [Annotator “Loal Davis”]
    [PlyCount “83”]
    [EventDate “2017.08.03”]
    [SourceDate “2017.08.03”]

    1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O e5 5. e4 d6 6. d3 g6 7. a3 Bg7 8. c3 O-O 9. b4 a6 10. Nbd2 b5 11. Rb1 Nd7 12. Nb3 cxb4 13. axb4 Nb6 14. Be3 Be6 15. Qd2 Rc8 16. Rfc1 Re8 17. h4 Na4 18. c4 h5 19. Kh2 Bg4 20. cxb5 axb5 21. Na5 Nd4 22. Rxc8 Qxc8 23. Rc1 Qd7 24. Nxd4 exd4 25. Bh6 Bh8 26. Rc6 Nc3 27. f3 Be6 28. Bf4 Be5 29. Bxe5 dxe5 30. f4 Qe7 31. Rc5 Rc8 32. Rxc8+ Bxc8 33. Nc6 Qd6 34. Nxe5 Qxb4 {A nice maneuvering game has resulted in even material, but multiple Pawn islands for Black. This leads to the possibility of multiple targets for White.} 35. f5 {Oh yes – and an exposed King.} Qd6 36. Nf3 gxf5 37. Qg5+ { Black’s Pawns are shattered and he has to watch the dangling Bishop.} Kh7 38. e5 Qg6 39. Qd8 Be6 40. Ng5+ Kg7 41. Qxd4 Na4 42. Nh3 1-0

  3. [Event “Sinquefield Cup 2017”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2017.08.03”]
    [Round “2”]
    [White “Aronian, Levon”]
    [Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [PlyCount “220”]
    [EventDate “2017.08.03”]
    [SourceDate “2017.08.03”]

    1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 dxc4 4. e3 e6 5. Bxc4 c5 6. O-O a6 7. Be2 cxd4 8. exd4 Nc6 9. Nc3 Be7 10. Be3 Ng4 11. Bf4 Nf6 12. Rc1 O-O 13. Na4 Nd5 14. Bg3 Bd6 15. Bd3 Nce7 16. Qb3 b6 17. Be4 Rb8 18. Rfe1 Bb7 19. Nc3 Nxc3 20. Bxb7 Nxa2 21. Qxa2 Rxb7 22. Qxa6 Rc7 23. b3 Nf5 24. Rxc7 Qxc7 25. Qb5 h6 26. d5 exd5 27. Qxd5 Nxg3 28. hxg3 Rd8 29. Qb5 g6 30. Ne5 Qc5 31. Qxc5 Bxc5 32. Kf1 Kg7 33. Ke2 Bb4 34. Rc1 Re8 35. f4 f6 36. Rc7+ Kh8 37. Rc6 fxe5 38. Rxb6 exf4+ 39. Kf3 Re3+ 40. Kxf4 Bd2 41. Rxg6 Kh7 42. Kf5 Rxb3 43. Rd6 Bg5 44. Rd7+ Kg8 45. Kg4 Bf6 46. Kf5 Bg7 47. g4 Rb2 48. g3 Rb5+ 49. Ke4 Bf6 50. Rd3 Rb4+ 51. Kf3 Bg5 52. Rd5 Rb3+ 53. Kg2 Kf7 54. Rd6 Ke7 55. Rc6 Rd3 56. Ra6 Rd6 57. Ra3 Ke6 58. Kf3 Ke5 59. Ra5+ Rd5 60. Ra3 Kd4 61. Ra4+ Kd3 62. Ra3+ Kd2 63. Ra1 Rc5 64. Kf2 Rc2 65. Rb1 Bf6 66. Kg2 Ke3+ 67. Kh3 Kf2 68. Rb5 Re2 69. Rb6 Bg5 70. Rb5 Bd2 71. Kh2 Kf1+ 72. Kh1 Re4 73. Rf5+ Ke2 74. Kg2 Rxg4 75. Rf2+ Kd3 76. Rf6 Rd4 77. Rf1 Ke4 78. Rf8 Bg5 79. Rf1 Be3 80. Rf8 Rd2+ 81. Kh3 Bg1 82. Kg4 Ke5 83. Rf5+ Ke6 84. Rf1 Bd4 85. Rh1 Bg7 86. Kf3 Kf5 87. Rh5+ Kg6 88. Rb5 Rd3+ 89. Kf4 Bf8 90. Rb6+ Bd6+ 91. Ke4 Rd1 92. Kf3 Kf5 93. Rb5+ Be5 94. Rb6 h5 95. Rh6 Kg5 96. Re6 Bd6 97. Re8 Rc1 98. Re6 Rd1 99. Re8 Rg1 100. Kf2 Rc1 101. Kf3 Kf5 102. Re3 Bc5 103. Rd3 Ke5 104. Rd2 Rc3+ 105. Kg2 Ke6 106. Kh3 Bd6 107. Kh4 Bxg3+ 108. Kxh5 Kf5 109. Rd5+ Be5 110. Kh4 Rc4+ 0-1

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