Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 2

by National Life Master Loal Davis

 

 

 

Day Two – and three more excellent wins – Two Black wins and One White.

 

 

 

There was a commentator on this Carlsen game (move 23) who was talking about the fact that Magnus likes to take chances/risks to keep the fighting chances alive.  Be that as it may, I’d like to ask – “What Risk?”  Black is (rather easily) chewing through on the Queenside to penetrate with his Rook and/or getting the central Pawns rolling.  This is not only a simple game, but I suspect rather easy for Carlsen as well.

 

[Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.01.14”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Adhiban, B. (IND)”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)”]
[Result “0-1”]
[PlyCount “72”]
[EventDate “2018.01.14”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8. exd5 O-O 9. O-O cxd5 10. Bg5 c6 11. Qf3 Bd6 12. Rae1 Rb8 13. b3 a5 14. h3 h6 15. Bxf6 Qxf6 16. Qxf6 gxf6 17. Ne2 c5 18. Ng3 Rd8 19. Nf5 Bf8 20. Ne7+ Bxe7 21. Rxe7 Be6 22. Rd1 c4 23. Be2 a4 24. bxa4 Bf5 25. Bf3 d4 26. a5 Bxc2 27. Rc1 Rb1 28. Rxb1 Bxb1 29. Rc7 c3 30. Bd1 Ra8 31. Rc5 Bxa2 32. Bc2 Be6 33. Kf1 Rc8 34. Rxc8+ Bxc8 35. Ke2 Ba6+ 36. Kf3 d3 0-1

 

 

 

In the Giri game Kramnik stumbled on move 28 for Black.  Ra3 was flat equal; Black even being slightly better.  Vladimir’s offer of a Queen exchange enabled Anish to trap the Black Rook.  Sad – as Black had the better of the opening as well and showed good Nimzo-Indian consciousness.  

 

[Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.01.14”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Giri, Anish (NED)”]
[Black “Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS)”]
[Result “1-0”]
[PlyCount “69”]
[EventDate “2018.01.14”]
[SourceDate “2018.01.14”]

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. Qb3 Ba5 4. Nf3 c5 5. d4 Nf6 6. dxc5 Na6 7. Be3 Ne4 8. g3 Naxc5 9. Qc2 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 b6 11. Bg2 Bb7 12. O-O O-O 13. Rfd1 Qe7 14. a4 d6 15. a5 f5 16. axb6 axb6 17. Nd4 Nf6 18. Bxb7 Nxb7 19. Rxa8 Rxa8 20. Nb5 Rc8 21. Qa2 d5 22. Bg5 Rxc4 23. Qa8+ Kf7 24. Ra1 Na5 25. Qb8 Rc6 26. Nd4 Rxc3 27. Qxb6 Nc4 28. Qb8 Nd7 29. Bxe7 Nxb8 30. Bb4 e5 31. Ra7+ Kg8 32. Bxc3 exd4 33. Bxd4 Nc6 34. Rxg7+ Kf8 35. Bf6 1-0

 

 

 

The Mamedyarov game was my favorite of the round.  It was a Winawer French that quickly entered the Exchange Variation.  Hou’s 9th move showed poor understanding as ‘f6’ is exactly what Black wants here to control the ‘e5’ square.  Black correctly exchanges his Bad Bishop for White’s Good Bishop and conducted the Good Knights versus Knight and Bad Bishop ending very well.

 

[Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.01.14”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Hou, Yifan (CHN)”]
[Black “Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)”]
[Result “0-1”]
[PlyCount “96”]
[EventDate “2018.01.14”]
[SourceDate “2018.01.14”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. a3 Ba5 7. Nge2 Nge7 8. O-O O-O 9. Bg5 f6 10. Be3 Bf5 11. Nf4 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Qd7 13. c4 Bxd3 14. Qxd3 Rad8 15. Rab1 b6 16. Rb5 dxc4 17. Qxc4+ Rf7 18. Rd1 Na5 19. Qd3 c6 20. Rbb1 Qf5 21. a4 g5 22. Nh5 Qxd3 23. Rxd3 Nd5 24. Bd2 Nc4 25. Re1 h6 26. h4 Kh7 27. g4 gxh4 28. Re6 Rd6 29. Rxd6 Nxd6 30. f3 f5 31. Be1 a5 32. Bxh4 b5 33. Ra3 Nc4 34. Ra1 fxg4 35. fxg4 Nde3 36. Nf6+ Kg6 37. d5 cxd5 38. axb5 Rxf6 39. Bxf6 Kxf6 40. c3 Ke6 41. b6 Kd7 42. Rb1 Kc8 43. b7+ Kb8 44. Kf2 a4 45. Ke2 a3 46. Kd3 Nxg4 47. Kd4 Nd2 48. Rb4 a2 0-1

 

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One Comment

  1. “In the Giri game Kramnik stumbled on move 28 for Black. Ra3 was flat equal; Black even being slightly better.”

    In retrospect – not so flat. Kramnik had a beautiful opening and early middlegame. By move 28 it is not easy to play – but the Queen exchange was not well thought out.

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