Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 5

 

by National Life Master Loal Davis

 

There were two decisive games in the 5th round of the Sinqfield Cup 2017.  Two American players went down to World Champions.

 

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 “5”
White “Anand, Viswanathan (IND)”
Black “Caruana, Fabiano (USA)”

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Bc5 7. O-O O-O 8. d3 Bb6 9. Bd2 Bg4 10. Rc1 Nxc3 11. Bxc3 Re8 12. b4 Qd6 13. Nd2 Qh6 14. Nc4 Qh5 15. Rc2 Rad8 16. Nxb6 cxb6 17. f3 Be6 18. Qd2 b5 19. f4

Black To Play

Bg4

This may be a miss-appraisal or an oversight. It looks like Black is not paying attention to the center.   19… Bd5 20. Bxd5 Rxd5 21. e4 Rd7 22. fxe5 Red8  

Analysis Diagram

appears to equalize.

20. Bxc6

Removal of the Guard.

bxc6 21. fxe5 f6

This was Black’s idea; opening up the file for a triple battery on the e2 square.

22. exf6

I believe Caruana may have not thought this possible.  (22. Qe3  is simple but may be “dead” equal.)

22… Rxe2 23. f7+ Kf8

White To Play

24. Bxg7+

Tactics.

Kxg7 25. Qc3+ Re5

White To Play

26. Qd4 !

A Killer Shot.  Caruana said that he completely missed this move.

Qg5 27. Rc5 Rxd4 28. f8=Q+ Kg6 29. Qf7+

Final Position

1-0

 

Image Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto.

 

 

 

 

Sinquefield Cup 2017
Round “5”
White “So, Wesley (USA)”
Black “Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)”

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bb4+

A rather innocuous line of the Scotch, but it serves Carlsen well in that it may well knock So out of any prepared line.

5. c3 Be7 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d6 8. O-O Nf6 9. Re1 O-O 10. Nd2 Re8 11. Nf3 Nd7 12. Bf4 Nc5 13. Bc2 Bg4 14. h3 Bh5 15. Be3 Nd7 16. Ba4 c5

“Out Of Book” or not, I don’t trust this line. White is definitely better here.

17. g4 Bg6 18. e5

No.    18. Bc6  is crying to be played.

18… Rb8 19. Bf4

(19. b3)

19… Rxb2 20. exd6

This does not work out.

Bxd6 21. Rxe8+ Qxe8 22. Bxd6 cxd6 23. Qxd6 Qe2

And White has pie in his face.

24. Qg3 Nf8 25. Re1 Rb1 26. Rxb1 Bxb1

27. Bc6

(27. a3 Be4) (27. Bb3 c4)

27… Bxa2 28. Qd6 Qc4 29. Ne5 Qxc3

Final Position

0-1

 

Image (and those below) Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. [Event “Sinquefield Cup 2017”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2017.08.06”]
    [Round “5”]
    [White “Anand, Viswanathan (IND)”]
    [Black “Caruana, Fabiano (USA)”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [ECO “A29”]
    [Annotator “Loal Davis”]
    [PlyCount “57”]
    [EventDate “2017.08.03”]
    [SourceDate “2017.08.06”]

    1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Bc5 7. O-O O-O 8. d3 Bb6 9. Bd2 Bg4 10. Rc1 Nxc3 11. Bxc3 Re8 12. b4 Qd6 13. Nd2 Qh6 14. Nc4 Qh5 15. Rc2 Rad8 16. Nxb6 cxb6 17. f3 Be6 18. Qd2 b5 19. f4 Bg4 {This may be a miss-appraisal or an oversight. It looks like Black is not paying attention to the center.} (19… Bd5 20. Bxd5 Rxd5 21. e4 Rd7 22. fxe5 Red8 {appears to equalize.}) 20. Bxc6 {Removal of the Guard.} bxc6 21. fxe5 f6 {This was Black’s idea; opening up the file for a triple battery on the e2 square.} 22. exf6 {I believe Caruana may have not thought this possible.} (22. Qe3 {is simple but may be “dead” equal.}) 22… Rxe2 23. f7+ Kf8 24. Bxg7+ {Tactics.} Kxg7 25. Qc3+ Re5 26. Qd4 {A Killer Shot. Caruana said that he completely missed this move.} Qg5 27. Rc5 Rxd4 28. f8=Q+ Kg6 29. Qf7+ 1-0

  2. [Event “Sinquefield Cup 2017”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2017.08.06”]
    [Round “5”]
    [White “So, Wesley (USA)”]
    [Black “Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [ECO “C45”]
    [Annotator “Loal Davis”]
    [PlyCount “58”]
    [EventDate “2017.08.03”]
    [SourceDate “2017.08.06”]

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bb4+ {A rather innocuous line of the Scotch, but it serves Carlsen well in that it may well knock So out of any prepared line.} 5. c3 Be7 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d6 8. O-O Nf6 9. Re1 O-O 10. Nd2 Re8 11. Nf3 Nd7 12. Bf4 Nc5 13. Bc2 Bg4 14. h3 Bh5 15. Be3 Nd7 16. Ba4 c5 {“Out Of Book” or not, I don’t trust this line. White is definitely better here. } 17. g4 Bg6 18. e5 {No.} (18. Bc6 {is crying to be played.}) 18… Rb8 19. Bf4 (19. b3) 19… Rxb2 20. exd6 {This does not work out.} Bxd6 21. Rxe8+ Qxe8 22. Bxd6 cxd6 23. Qxd6 Qe2 {And White has pie in his face.} 24. Qg3 Nf8 25. Re1 Rb1 26. Rxb1 Bxb1 27. Bc6 (27. a3 Be4) (27. Bb3 c4) 27… Bxa2 28. Qd6 Qc4 29. Ne5 Qxc3 0-1

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