Sinquefield Cup 2017 / Round 7

 

by National Life Master Loal Davis

 

Viswanathan Anand

 

It is now a three way tie (Vachier-Lagrave / Anand / Aronian) for first place (see score table below) and two more rounds to go.

 

Sinquefield Cup 2017
Round “7”
White “Anand, Viswanathan (IND)”
Black “Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS)”

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5

An “aggressive” stab, but just keep an eye on the hole on d5.  Wilhelm Steinitz (1st World Champion) labeled a chess “hole” as a strategically important square, generally a central square, that can no longer be protected by Pawns.

7. Nde2

Yes – This has more to do with d5 than does an f3 Knight. From e2, it takes two moves to control d5 and on f3 it takes four.

h5 8. Bg5

This also has to do with d5 as it removes a defender of the square.

Be6 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Nd5 Qd8 11. Qd3

This prepares a Rook to d1; also aiming at the hole.

Nd7 12. O-O-O g6 13. Kb1 Nc5 14. Qf3 Bg7 15. Nec3 b5 16. Ne3

As Black contemplates b4, White prepares to take the hit Knight on c3 and enter the hole.

O-O 17. Rg1 Bh6 18. Ncd5 Bxe3 19. Qxe3

White has kept pieces in control of d5; the thing you generally do not want to do is to move a Pawn to the hole. Weaknesses in your opponent’s position should be occupied by mobile units (pieces) and not blocked by Pawns.

Rc8 20. Be2 Kg7 21. f4

This is OK but I prefer  21. Rd2   and getting the other Rook to d1.

21… Bxd5 22. Rxd5

Yes – a mobile piece; not a Pawn.

exf4 23. Qxf4 Re8 24. Rxd6

And here  24. Bf3  followed by the remaining Rook (passive) to the d file.

24… Qe7 25. e5 Qxe5 26. Qxe5+ Rxe5 27. Bf3 Ne4

Nonsense.  (27… Rce8)

28. Bxe4 Rxe4 29. Rxa6 Re2 30. c3 h4 31. Ra5 b4 32. cxb4 Rcc2 33. b3 Rb2+ 34. Ka1 Rxg2 35. Rxg2 Rxg2 36. b5

And it’s off to the races.

Re2 37. b6 Re8 38. b7 Rb8 39. Rb5 f5 40. Kb2

Final Position

White’s King is within the Pawn square (f5/b1 diagonal defining b5/f5/f1/b1) and White rolls with the a Pawn.

1-0

 

[Event “Sinquefield Cup 2017”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2017.08.09”]
[Round “7”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru (USA)”]
[Black “Aronian, Levon (ARM)”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “A29”]
[PlyCount “108”]
[EventDate “2017.08.03”]
[SourceDate “2017.08.09”]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bb4 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O e4 7. Ng5 Bxc3 8. bxc3 Re8 9. f3 e3 10. d3 d5 11. Qa4 h6 12. cxd5 Nxd5 13. Ne4 f5 14. Nc5 f4 15. Ne4 Rb8 16. Qa3 Re6 17. c4 Nde7 18. Bb2 Nf5 19. d4 Ncxd4 20. Bxd4 Nxd4 21. Qxa7 Nc6 22. Qa3 Qf8 23. Qxf8+ Kxf8 24. Rfd1 g5 25. Nc3 Re7 26. Nd5 Rf7 27. h4 Ra8 28. a4 Na5 29. gxf4 gxf4 30. Kh2 Nxc4 31. Rac1 Nd2 32. Nxc7 Rxa4 33. Bh3 Nxf3+ 34. exf3 Ra2+ 35. Bg2 Rg7 36. Rg1 Rg3 37. Kh1 Bh3 38. Bf1 e2 39. Bxe2 Rxe2 40. Nd5 Rxf3 41. Rg6 Re6 42. Rcg1 Rxg6 43. Rxg6 Bd7 44. Kg2 Rg3+ 45. Rxg3 fxg3 46. Kxg3 Kf7 47. Kf4 Ke6 48. Nb4 Be8 49. Nd3 Kd5 50. Nf2 Bd7 51. Ke3 Ke5 52. Ne4 Bc6 53. Ng3 Bd5 54. Kd3 Kf4 0-1

Final Position

 

Images Below Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto

 

 

# Name Pts SB
1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 4.5 15
  Anand, Viswanathan 4.5 14.75
  Aronian, Levon 4.5 13.75
4 Carlsen, Magnus 4 12.75
5 Caruana, Fabiano 3.5 13
  Karjakin, Sergey 3.5 12.75
7 Svidler, Peter 3 10.25
8 Nakamura, Hikaru 2.5 9.25
  Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2.5 7.5
  So, Wesley 2.5 7

 

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