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Kevin Bonham
27-11-2014, 02:12 AM
Big swiss with Giri, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave and quite a few 2700+s.

I mention it because Kramnik was just held to a round one draw by GM Stelios Halkias (Greece, 2519) who chose to draw-bully him with ...

... the Evans Gambit!

lost
27-11-2014, 02:26 AM
Big swiss with Giri, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave and quite a few 2700+s.

I mention it because Kramnik was just held to a round one draw by GM Stelios Halkias (Greece, 2519) who chose to draw-bully him with ...

... the Evans Gambit!

....and to add even further to this our very own IM Rishi Sardana is playing in the event and has GM Samuel Shankland of the USA in the first round. Results can be seen at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr153113.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=1&flag=30&wi=821

lost

MichaelBaron
27-11-2014, 09:30 AM
Kramnik escaped by the skin of his teeth in round 1. Jobava and Naidich got smashed.

Kevin Bonham
27-11-2014, 12:32 PM
Kramnik escaped by the skin of his teeth in round 1. Jobava and Naidich got smashed.

Jobava - Khotenashvili

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Bf4 Nf6 5.e3 0-0 6.a3 Nbd7 7.Nb5 Ne8 8.Nf3 c6 9.Nc3 f5 10.h4 Nd6 11.Nd2 Nf6 12.g3 Nxc4 13.Nxc4 dxc4 14.Bxc4 Nd5 15.Ne2 b5 16.Bxd5 Qxd5 17.0-0 Bb7 18.Nc3 Qd7 19.b4 a5 20.Rb1 axb4 21.axb4 Ra3 22.Qc1 Rfa8 23.Re1 Qd8 24.Re2 Qf8 25.Reb2 Qf7 26.Be5 Qh5 27.Rb3 Rxb3 28.Rxb3 Qf3 29.e4 fxe4 30.Nd5 Qxb3 31.Nxe7+ Kf7 32.d5 e3 33.dxc6 exf2+ 34.Kg2 Ra2 35.Bb2 Kxe7 36.Qg5+ Ke8 37.Qh5+ Kd8 38.cxb7 f1=Q+ 39.Kxf1 Qd3+ 40.Ke1 Qe4+ 0-1

Neat queen manouvre by black but I cannot see what Jobava thought he was doing by taking on d5.

Naiditsch - Ankit

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Ne7 6.0-0 Bg6 7.Nbd2 Nf5 8.c4 Be7 9.g4 Nh6 10.h3 Ng8 11.Ne1 h5 12.Ng2 hxg4 13.hxg4 dxc4 14.Nxc4 Be4 15.f3 Bd5 16.Nce3 c5 17.Nf4 Bc6 18.d5 exd5 19.Nfxd5 Bh4 20.Kg2 Bg3 21.Kxg3 Qh4+ 22.Kf4 Qh2+ 23.Ke4 Nd7 24.Kd3 0-0-0 25.Kc2 Nxe5 26.Qd2 Nf6 27.Ne7+ Kb8 28.Nxc6+ Nxc6 29.Bd3 Nb4+ 30.Kb1 Qc7 31.g5 Rxd3 32.Qe1 Nfd5 33.Ng4 Nb6 34.Qe5 Qxe5 35.Nxe5 Rd4 36.Nxf7 Rh2 37.Be3 Nd3 38.Bc1 Nc4 39.Rd1 Nxc1 0-1

Naiditsch missed the refutation with 21.Nf6+! gxf6 22.Qxd8+ Kxd8 23.Kxg3 fxe5. White loses a pawn but has massive compensation and is probably winning. After 21.Kxg3 the rest was very ugly.

Good reward for a startling try by black even if it was unsound.

Geelong Grizzle
28-11-2014, 01:16 AM
Nice kinda artificial castling by White - up to the 4th rank then back down the diagonal. 33.Nd1 would have been prettier ......

MichaelBaron
28-11-2014, 09:10 AM
Round 2...Kramnik's struggles continue

that Caesar guy
28-11-2014, 10:36 AM
And Naiditsch lost again!

pax
01-12-2014, 10:26 AM
Rishi Sardana is having a superb tournament so far, with three draws with top GMs in the last three rounds.
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr153113.aspx?lan=1&art=9&fed=AUS&flag=30&wi=821&snr=108

Kevin Bonham
01-12-2014, 12:52 PM
Rishi Sardana is having a superb tournament so far, with three draws with top GMs in the last three rounds.
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr153113.aspx?lan=1&art=9&fed=AUS&flag=30&wi=821&snr=108

The pace of Rishi's progress in the last year is really impressive. If he can beat one of them he might get a norm out of this.

pax
01-12-2014, 01:04 PM
The pace of Rishi's progress in the last year is really impressive. If he can beat one of them he might get a norm out of this.

It will be interesting to see whether he continues to represent Australia in the future. I found this article, where he seems to imply that he represents Australia because the Indian authorities do not recognise him due to his Australian citizenship: http://tadpoles.in/readhtqtexhsa-few-steps-to-stardom/

I hope he is encouraged to continue his association with Australia when he comes for the Australian Open.

MichaelBaron
01-12-2014, 02:54 PM
It will be interesting to see whether he continues to represent Australia in the future. I found this article, where he seems to imply that he represents Australia because the Indian authorities do not recognise him due to his Australian citizenship: http://tadpoles.in/readhtqtexhsa-few-steps-to-stardom/

I hope he is encouraged to continue his association with Australia when he comes for the Australian Open.

Another interesting endgame by Kramnik (Vovk-Kramnik)
Also, Giri appears to be on fire

siow, weng nian
02-12-2014, 07:55 AM
[Event "Qatar Masters Open"]
[Site "Doha"]
[Date "2014.12.01"]
[Round "6.46"]
[White "Sardana, Rishi"]
[Black "Gabuzyan, Hovhannes"]
[Result "0-1"]
[BlackElo "2565"]
[WhiteElo "2415"]
[LiveChessVersion "1.4.4"]
[ECO "B90"]

1. e4 {[%clk 1:30:55]} c5 {[%clk 1:30:42]} 2. Nf3 {[%clk 1:31:11]} d6
{[%clk 1:31:08]} 3. d4 {[%clk 1:31:31]} cxd4 {[%clk 1:31:34]} 4. Nxd4
{[%clk 1:31:50]} Nf6 {[%clk 1:31:57]} 5. Nc3 {[%clk 1:32:15]} a6 {[%clk 1:32:22]}
6. h3 {[%clk 1:32:30]} e5 {[%clk 1:32:42]} 7. Nde2 {[%clk 1:32:48]} h5
{[%clk 1:32:59]} 8. g3 {[%clk 1:33:02]} Be6 {[%clk 1:32:39]} 9. Bg2
{[%clk 1:31:32]} Nbd7 {[%clk 1:32:59]} 10. O-O {[%clk 1:29:21]} Rc8
{[%clk 1:33:10]} 11. Bg5 {[%clk 1:26:05]} b5 {[%clk 1:30:50]} 12. Qd2
{[%clk 1:23:33]} Be7 {[%clk 1:30:40]} 13. a3 {[%clk 1:23:54]} Qb6
{[%clk 1:26:21]} 14. b3 {[%clk 1:16:21]} O-O {[%clk 1:24:17]} 15. Kh1
{[%clk 1:13:23]} a5 {[%clk 1:09:07]} 16. f4 {[%clk 1:07:24]} b4 {[%clk 1:08:27]}
17. axb4 {[%clk 1:07:05]} axb4 {[%clk 1:08:53]} 18. Na4 {[%clk 1:04:18]} Qb5
{[%clk 1:09:17]} 19. f5 {[%clk 0:57:36]} Nxe4 {[%clk 1:09:33]} 20. Bxe4
{[%clk 0:57:04]} Bxg5 {[%clk 1:09:59]} 21. Qxg5 {[%clk 0:52:52]} Qxe2
{[%clk 1:10:24]} 22. Rae1 {[%clk 0:51:13]} Qxe4+ {[%clk 1:10:49]} 23. Rxe4
{[%clk 0:50:19]} Bd5 {[%clk 1:11:17]} 24. f6 {[%clk 0:39:05]} Bxe4+
{[%clk 1:11:15]} 25. Kg1 {[%clk 0:36:46]} Bg6 {[%clk 1:11:27]} 26. fxg7
{[%clk 0:37:05]} Kxg7 {[%clk 1:11:46]} 27. Qe7 {[%clk 0:36:40]} Rfd8
{[%clk 1:05:48]} 28. Qxd6 {[%clk 0:36:01]} e4 {[%clk 1:05:09]} 29. Rd1
{[%clk 0:28:51]} e3 {[%clk 1:05:21]} 30. Qd4+ {[%clk 0:16:33]} Kh7
{[%clk 1:02:49]} 31. Qxe3 {[%clk 0:16:51]} Re8 {[%clk 1:03:14]} 32. Qf4
{[%clk 0:16:04]} Rxc2 {[%clk 1:03:22]} 33. Rd2 {[%clk 0:03:40]} Rc1+
{[%clk 1:02:50]} 34. Kg2 {[%clk 0:02:51]} Ree1 {[%clk 1:02:02]} 35. Rxd7
{[%clk 0:01:40]} Rg1+ {[%clk 1:00:35]} 36. Kf2 {[%clk 0:02:01]} Rgf1+
{[%clk 1:00:23]} 37. Kg2 {[%clk 0:01:38]} Rxf4 {[%clk 0:58:44]} 38. gxf4
{[%clk 0:02:06]} h4 {[%clk 0:59:06]} 39. f5 {[%clk 0:01:27]} Rc2+
{[%clk 0:58:49]} 40. Kg1 {[%clk 0:31:21]} Bxf5 {[%clk 1:28:51]} 41. Rd4
{[%clk 0:31:28]} Kg6 {[%clk 1:29:16]} 42. Rxh4 {[%clk 0:31:20]} Kg5
{[%clk 1:29:43]} 43. Rxb4 {[%clk 0:31:19]} Bxh3 {[%clk 1:30:10]} 44. Rc4
{[%clk 0:27:00]} Rg2+ {[%clk 1:30:17]} 45. Kh1 {[%clk 0:27:18]} f5
{[%clk 1:30:41]} 46. Nc5 {[%clk 0:18:48]} Re2 {[%clk 1:28:51]} 47. Nd3
{[%clk 0:15:47]} Rd2 {[%clk 1:28:42]} 48. Ne5 {[%clk 0:14:49]} Bg2+
{[%clk 1:28:57]} 49. Kg1 {[%clk 0:14:55]} Bd5 {[%clk 1:29:14]} 50. Rc3
{[%clk 0:11:14]} Ra2 {[%clk 1:28:08]} 51. Nd3 {[%clk 0:08:45]} Kh4
{[%clk 1:26:39]} 52. Nb4 {[%clk 0:07:18]} Rg2+ {[%clk 1:26:19]} 53. Kf1
{[%clk 0:07:44]} Be4 {[%clk 1:26:44]} 54. Re3 {[%clk 0:05:07]} Rb2
{[%clk 1:23:21]} 55. Rc3 {[%clk 0:03:42]} f4 {[%clk 1:22:43]} 56. Nd3
{[%clk 0:03:25]} Rc2 {[%clk 1:22:55]} 57. Nf2 {[%clk 0:00:52]} Rxc3
{[%clk 1:23:19]} 58. Nxe4 {[%clk 0:01:19]} Rxb3 {[%clk 1:23:24]} 59. Kf2
{[%clk 0:01:44]} Re3 {[%clk 1:23:44]} 60. Nf6 {[%clk 0:02:06]} Re6
{[%clk 1:23:34]} 61. Nd5 {[%clk 0:02:30]} Kg4 {[%clk 1:23:57]} 62. Nc3
{[%clk 0:02:41]} f3 {[%clk 1:24:19]} 63. Nd1 {[%clk 0:03:02]} Re2+
{[%clk 1:24:43]} 64. Kf1 {[%clk 0:03:27]} Kg3 {[%clk 1:25:07]} 65. Nc3
{[%clk 0:03:48]} Re8 {[%clk 1:25:24]} 66. Nd1 {[%clk 0:04:08]} Ra8
{[%clk 1:25:49]} 0-1


According to Stockfish running on Chess24, after Black's 27Rfd8, White is winning. Stockfish keep recommending Qe7 after 28e4 to pick up the pawn. Is this a difficult move to "see"? What do you all think?
I think Stockfish gives White as better earlier after 21Qxe2.

But final turning point was move 32. What would you play as White? Where would you pout the Q? Rishi played 32 Qf4 after 77 secs which meant he had time to think. 'cos on following move, after Black's reply which equalised according to Stockfish, he spent nearly 13 mins on move 33.
BTW, SF recommended 32 Qa7 (+2.13), 32 Qd4 (+1.85), 32 Qd2 (+1.41).

Re Rishi's future plans, the idea when I spoke with them in Dec 2013 at WYCC Al Ain is for Rishi to move back to do uni studies in Australia but not 100% sure. Yes, there are some estrangement between Rishi and family and chess admin in the state in India where Rishi is studying high school.

pax
02-12-2014, 11:52 AM
Gee, lose to Gabuzyan and get the relief of black vs Sargissian!

Kevin Bonham
02-12-2014, 12:03 PM
According to Stockfish running on Chess24, after Black's 27…Rfd8, White is winning. Stockfish keep recommending Qe7 after 28…e4 to pick up the pawn. Is this a difficult move to "see"? What do you all think?

I think the reason it recommends Qe7 is not to pick up the pawn if it moves again (as it turns out the pawn was picked up anyway) but because if the pawn doesn't move again (and the queen stays on e7) then Rd1 pinning the knight is a big threat. If black deals with this by ...Nf8 then this liberates white's knight.

Unlucky mini-tactic at the end with 56.Nd3?? Rc2! The position was otherwise probably objectively holdable but with a high chance of having to defend KR vs KRB which is quite often in practice lost.

MichaelBaron
03-12-2014, 02:54 AM
Kramnik won 5th in a row! Good to see him playing such great chess after mediokre start.