Games
[Event "FIDE Candidates Tournament"] [Site "?"] [Date "2020.03.17"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A33"] [WhiteElo "2763"] [BlackElo "2774"] [Annotator "Bojkov,Dejan"] [PlyCount "146"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] {[%evp 0,146,19,29,18,2,27,26,26,-10,-10,11,18,6,-1,-7,-28,-58,-53,-24,6,0,0, 42,11,-32,-19,-66,33,33,-38,4,-143,-151,-85,-217,-190,-190,-189,-219,-48,-44, -48,-48,-40,-42,-19,-27,-21,-73,-85,-94,-39,-20,-36,-27,-49,-92,-83,-91,-103, -102,-99,-99,-106,-107,-113,-113,-109,-107,-115,-114,-128,-137,-136,-134,-139, -144,-143,-144,-124,-143,-140,-161,-127,-119,-161,-156,-108,-276,-271,-291, -291,-398,-322,-322,-308,-414,-427,-427,-444,-432,-444,-462,-459,-482,-459, -484,-444,-489,-444,-459,-459,-459,-459,-459,-459,-459,-459,-488,-459,-459, -459,-491,-459,-459,-459,-459,-459,-459,-467,-480,-491,-491,-491,-491,-491, -491,-491,-491,-491,-493,-493,-494,-494,-494,-494,-494,-494]} 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 e6 6. g3 Qb6 7. Ndb5 Ne5 8. Bf4 ({In an earlier game of his the Russian GM did more than well after:} 8. Bg2 a6 9. Qa4 Rb8 10. Na3 Bc5 11. O-O O-O 12. Rb1 Qb4 {Wei,Y (2725)-Nepomniachtchi,I (2767) Jerusalem 2019, eventually winning a long and tough game.}) 8... Nfg4 9. e3 a6 10. h3 axb5 11. hxg4 Nxc4 12. Rc1 $6 {A surprise for Black. [#]} ({"I knew: "涅波姆尼亚奇认为后b3会获得均势!} 12. Qb3 d5 13. Bxc4 dxc4 14. Qxb5+ $11 {"is just draw." (Nepomniachtchi)}) 12... d5 $5 {N After thinking for 11 minutes Nepomniachtchi fires a novelty, but Giri is not impressed at all and keeps blitzing on! 涅波姆尼亚奇这步棋考虑了11分钟才走出来!} ({An email game saw:} 12... Qa5 13. b3 Ba3 14. bxc4 Bxc1 15. Qxc1 bxc4 16. e4 {and apparently this was not completely satisfying for Black, Sedlacek,P (2478) -Suarez Sedeno, M (2426) ICCF email 2004}) 13. b3 Bb4 $1 {After another lenghty thought by the Russian GM. 弃马!涅波姆尼亚奇这步棋非常积极主动!} 14. bxc4 Ra3 $1 {黑方尽管少子,但是攻势旺盛!} 15. Be5 f6 16. Bd4 Qa5 17. Be2 Bxc3+ 18. Rxc3 Rxc3 19. Kf1 $1 ({Of course not:} 19. Bxc3 $2 Qxc3+ 20. Kf1 bxc4 {when White has neither compensation, nor pawns...}) 19... b4 $1 {The mark comes predominately for the practical strenght of the move. But having a strong passer on c3 does not look bad either! Giri knew this move too, but he believed it to be highly unlikely to be played as both the c4 captures look logical and are in fact good too.} ({Apparently, the Dutch GM spent most of his time analyzing the complications after the obvious capture:} 19... bxc4 { Then:} 20. g5 {seems like the way to proceed, with a mess, in which the active white pieces might easily find a way to the enemy king.}) 20. g5 {Finally, some thought by Giri.} e5 {The point behind Black's last move. Nepomniachtchi secures his king and himself from any homemade bombs.} ({Yuffa on the official site gave the following logical line:} 20... Qxa2 21. gxf6 gxf6 22. Kg2 { and Black's king is in danger, but with a timely queen trade offer he can maintain the balance:} Qc2 23. Bh5+ Ke7 24. Qg4 Qe4+ {with approximate equality.}) 21. Bxc3 bxc3 22. gxf6 gxf6 23. Qb1 {Giri is still playing for more than the position offers him and will be soon sorry.} ({It was time to go for some equality like:} 23. cxd5 Qc5 24. Bd3 Ke7 25. Qb3) 23... Qc7 ({After:} 23... dxc4 {White can continue the attack with:} 24. Bxc4 ({Rather than:} 24. Rxh7 $2 Rxh7 25. Qxh7 Be6 {when the black king is happy to stay in the center and the c-passers would tell.})) 24. Qd3 {Nepomniachtchi did not like this.} ({ He suggested instead both:} 24. Qb4 $5) ({and} 24. Qb5+ $5 {in order to take the pawn back.}) 24... b5 $1 {A strong move! Black is playing for the win.} ({ Good enough for the draw was:} 24... Qxc4 25. Rxh7 $1 Rg8 26. Qxc4 dxc4 27. Ke1 $1 b5 28. a4) ({White also has sufficient compensation after:} 24... dxc4 25. Qxc3 Be6) 25. Qxc3 bxc4 26. e4 dxe4 27. Rh4 {"Maybe this is just unpleasant for White." (Nepomniachtchi)} Be6 28. Rxe4 O-O ({The computer believes that it is more accurate to keep the rook on h8 just in case:} 28... Kf7 29. Rh4 Kg7) 29. Bxc4 {Finally, Giri took his pawn back, but allowed a nasty little pin.} ({ As now the machine suggests the defense:} 29. Rh4 Kg7 30. a4 {I suspect that in some lines the h7 pawn might suffer.}) 29... Kg7 $1 {Mounting more pressure against the pinned pin is a threat, therefore:} 30. Qb3 Rb8 31. Bxe6 {The Dutchman is looking for a fortress.} ({Against:} 31. Qa4 {Best seems:} Rb1+ ({ Or:} 31... Bd7 $1 32. Qd1 {that might even better for Black on the account of:} Bf5 33. Rh4 $2 Rb1) 32. Kg2 Bd7 33. Qc2 Qb7 34. Bd3 Rb2 35. Qc3 Bc6 {With another nasty pin which wins the exchange.}) 31... Rxb3 32. Rg4+ Kf8 $1 ({ After:} 32... Kh6 {White can keep on checking:} 33. Rh4+ Kg5 34. Rg4+ Kh5 35. Rh4+) 33. Bxb3 ({Alas:} 33. Rg8+ Ke7 34. Rg7+ Kd6 35. Rxc7 {does not work due to:} Rb1+ 36. Kg2 Kxc7 {and Black should win this endgame.}) 33... Qc1+ { Another good maneuver. The queen is placed superbly after the in-between checks.} 34. Kg2 Qc6+ 35. Kg1 h5 {Black won a queen, but since there are only few pawns left on the board this might well be a fortress.} 36. Rg8+ {But this move probably just misses the correct idea. In the short post-mortem Giri mentioned that the correct idea would be to try and stay on the fourth rank with the rook and hold this way, but he was not sure how exactly to do it.} ({ I believe he needed to try and bring his bishop on the kingside as in the line: } 36. Rh4 $1 Qf3 37. Bc4 $1 f5 38. Bf1 $1 {Now the only dangerous advance is:} f4 {to which White should hold with:} 39. gxf4 exf4 40. Bg2 {It seems like a fortress to me.}) 36... Ke7 37. Rg7+ Kd6 38. Rh7 Qf3 39. Rh8 e4 {Creating the mortal threat e4-e3!} 40. Rd8+ ({As if:} 40. Re8 h4 $1 41. gxh4 Qg4+ 42. Kf1 Qxh4 {followed by the advance of teh f-pawn should win for Black.}) 40... Ke7 41. Bd1 Qc3 42. Rd5 h4 $1 43. gxh4 f5 44. Rxf5 ({Unfortunately for White he can never bring the bishop back to the kingside:} 44. Be2 Qg7+ $1 45. Kf1 f4) 44... Qe1+ 45. Kg2 Qxd1 46. Rg5 ({Somebody suggested:} 46. Re5+ Kf6 47. Rxe4 Qd5 48. f3 {as the best defense for White, adding "with mate in 72 moves according to the Lomonosov tablebases". Not quite a happy end of a game.}) 46... Qa1 47. Rg4 Qb1 48. Rg3 Qxa2 49. Rh3 Qd5 50. Kf1 Qd1+ 51. Kg2 Qg4+ 52. Rg3 Qh5 $1 (52... Qxh4 {would allow} 53. Kf1 $1 {and with the king on e2 White can draws this!}) 53. Ra3 Qd5 54. Kg1 Kf6 {Black is winning. Had the black pawn be a g4 or the white pawn on h3 instead of h4 this would have been a fortress, but not this one. The Russian GM technically proves the win.} 55. Rg3 Qd1+ 56. Kg2 Kf5 57. Rg5+ Kf4 58. Rg3 Qd5 59. Kf1 Qd2 60. Kg2 Qd1 61. Re3 Kf5 62. Rg3 Kf6 63. Rh3 Kg6 64. Rg3+ Kh5 65. Rh3 Qb1 66. Re3 Kxh4 67. Rg3 Kh5 68. Rh3+ Kg4 69. Rg3+ Kf4 70. Re3 Qd1 71. Ra3 ({After:} 71. Rg3 {the win would be similar:} Ke5 72. Re3 Kd4 73. Rg3 Qd3 $1) 71... Ke5 72. Rg3 Kd4 73. Re3 Qd3 $1 {The point. White can no longer shuffle his rook left and right. As Giri admitted as well, excellent game by Nepomniachtchi!} 0-1 [Event "FIDE Candidates 2020"] [Site "Yekaterinburg RUS"] [Date "2020.03.17"] [Round "1"] [White "Grischuk, A.."] [Black "Alekseenko, K.."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A20"] [WhiteElo "2777"] [BlackElo "2698"] [Annotator "chessvibes"] [PlyCount "82"] [EventDate "2020.03.15"] 1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 Bc5 4. d3 (4. Nc3 c6 5. Nf3 e4 6. Nh4 d5 7. cxd5 cxd5 8. d3 Ng4 9. O-O g5 10. dxe4 gxh4 11. Bf4 hxg3 12. Bxg3 Bd6 {Caruana,F (2822) -Van Foreest,J (2644) Wijk aan Zee 2020}) 4... d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Nc3 Nxc3 7. bxc3 O-O 8. Qc2 Nc6 9. Nf3 h6 10. O-O Rb8 {N} (10... Re8 11. Rd1 Bf5 12. Qb3 Bb6 13. Bb2 Rb8 14. Nd2 a6 15. Ne4 Qc8 16. Rac1 Be6 {Mrakovcic,K (1685) -Detelic,M Bjelolasica 2008}) 11. Bb2 b6 12. Rad1 Qe8 13. e4 Bd6 14. Nh4 Bg4 15. f3 Bd7 16. f4 exf4 17. gxf4 Na5 18. Rde1 Qd8 19. Qf2 Nc4 20. Bc1 Bc5 21. d4 Be7 22. Nf3 f5 23. Qe2 Nd6 24. e5 Ne4 25. Nd2 Nxd2 26. Bxd2 Be6 27. Qd3 Qd7 28. Be3 c6 29. a4 a6 $5 {An interesting pawn sacrifice that tries to solve the positional problems right away. The treat is 30...b5 and White's center is "fixed" forever.} 30. Qxa6 Ra8 31. Qxb6 Bd5 $1 {An important point. Black gains control over the light squares while pawn a4 is doomed.} 32. Qb2 ({ Perhap better was} 32. Bxd5+ Qxd5 33. Qb1 Rxa4 34. Qd3 {but also here Black has good compensation.}) 32... Rxa4 33. Ra1 Rfa8 34. Rxa4 Rxa4 35. Ra1 Rxa1+ 36. Qxa1 Bxg2 37. Kxg2 Qd5+ 38. Kf2 Bh4+ 39. Ke2 Qg2+ 40. Kd3 Qe4+ 41. Kd2 Qg2+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tournament"] [Site "?"] [Date "2020.03.17"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Ding, Liren"] [Black "Wang, Hao"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A22"] [Annotator "chessvibes"] [PlyCount "90"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] 1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 Bc5 4. d3 O-O 5. Nc3 c6 6. Nf3 d6 7. O-O Re8 (7... a5 8. b3 Re8 9. e3 Bf5 10. h3 h6 11. Bb2 Bb6 12. Kh2 Nbd7 13. Qd2 Nc5 14. e4 Bd7 { Giri,A (2776)-Anand,V (2757) Kolkata 2019}) 8. Na4 Bb4 {N} (8... Na6 9. Nxc5 Nxc5 10. d4 exd4 11. Nxd4 Bg4 12. Re1 Qd7 13. Qc2 Bh3 14. Bh1 Qg4 {Sucikova,S (1934)-O'Donnell,D England 2013}) 9. a3 Ba5 10. b4 Bc7 11. e4 a5 12. Bb2 Na6 13. b5 cxb5 14. cxb5 Nc5 15. Nxc5 dxc5 16. a4 Bg4 17. Ra3 Nd7 18. h3 Bh5 19. Qb1 b6 20. Nd2 Nf8 21. Bf3 Qg5 22. h4 Qg6 23. Qd1 Bxf3 24. Qxf3 h5 25. Qf5 Rad8 26. Qxg6 Nxg6 27. Kg2 f6 28. Nc4 Kf7 29. Bc1 Rd7 {A mistake according to Wang.} 30. f4 $6 (30. Kf3 Nf8 {preparing ...g6 and ...f5 is probably equal. "White should have enough resources to defend." - Wang}) 30... exf4 31. Bxf4 Nxf4+ 32. gxf4 f5 33. e5 Re6 {"He's in some slight trouble," said Wang. "The knight is no longer strong, and it's not attacking my position, and I have some plan: Rg6-g4, Rd4, Ke6. Suddenly White needs to be very careful here."} 34. Kf3 Rg6 35. Ne3 Ke6 36. Rd1 Bd8 37. Ra2 $6 ({Wang mentioned} 37. d4 cxd4 38. Rad3 Bxh4 39. Rxd4 Rxd4 40. Rxd4 Rg3+ ({The engine likes Black a lot after} 40... Be7 $5) 41. Ke2 Be7 42. Rc4 {and said, "I am not sure if I can still win this position. "} Bc5 43. Rxc5 bxc5 44. b6 Rg1 45. Nd1 Rg3 46. Ne3 Rg1 47. Nd1 Rg2+ 48. Nf2 Rg3 49. Nd3 {=}) 37... Rd4 ({Wasn't sure about} 37... Bxh4 38. Rh2 Rg4 39. Nxg4 hxg4+ 40. Ke3 {probably still winning after} g5) 38. Nc2 Rd5 39. Ne3 Rd7 $2 40. Rdd2 $2 ({Missing} 40. d4 $1 Rxd4 (40... cxd4 $2 41. Rc2 $1) 41. Rxd4 cxd4 42. Nc2 Kd5 43. Nxd4 $1 Kxd4 44. Rd2+ Kc5 45. Rxd8 Rg1 46. Rd2 {=}) 40... Bxh4 41. Rg2 Rg4 42. Rh2 g6 43. Nxg4 fxg4+ 44. Ke3 Be7 45. Rac2 h4 0-1 [Event "FIDE Candidates 2020"] [Site "Yekaterinburg RUS"] [Date "2020.03.18"] [Round "2"] [White "Wang Hao"] [Black "Giri, A.."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A37"] [WhiteElo "2762"] [BlackElo "2763"] [Annotator "chessvibes"] [PlyCount "121"] [EventDate "2020.03.15"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. h4 (6. O-O Nge7 7. d3 O-O 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bd2 d5 10. Qc1 Kh7 11. Rd1 b6 12. h4 Bb7 13. Rb1 Qd7 {Dubov,D (2690)-Cheparinov,I (2687) Moscow 2019}) 6... h6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nb5 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. O-O Nf6 11. Bf4 O-O 12. Qc1 {N} (12. Nfxd4 a6 13. Nxc6 bxc6 14. Nd4 Qb6 15. Nb3 Ng4 16. Bd6 Re8 17. Bc5 Qb5 {Sandipan,C (2575)-Leenhouts,K (2486) Dieren 2017}) 12... a6 $6 ({After} 12... Kh7 {Wang probably would have repeated with} 13. Nc7 Rb8 14. Nb5) 13. Nbxd4 Nxd4 14. Nxd4 Kh7 15. Rd1 Re8 16. Qc7 Qxc7 17. Bxc7 Bg4 18. f3 Rac8 19. Ba5 Bd7 20. Kf2 h5 21. Bf1 Ng8 22. Bc3 Bh6 23. Rd3 Ne7 24. Rad1 Bg7 25. e3 Kg8 26. R3d2 Ba4 27. Re1 Bd7 28. Ne2 Rc7 29. Bxg7 Kxg7 30. Nc3 Be6 31. Red1 b5 32. a3 Rb8 33. Ne2 a5 34. Nd4 Bd7 35. b4 axb4 36. axb4 Ra8 37. Rb2 Ra4 38. Rdb1 Rb7 39. Rc1 Rba7 40. Nxb5 Bxb5 41. Bxb5 Ra3 42. Be2 Rb7 43. b5 Rb6 44. Rd1 Kf6 45. Rdd2 Rb7 46. Bd3 Nc8 47. e4 dxe4 48. Bxe4 Rb6 49. Rd7 Rc3 50. Rb7 Rxb7 51. Bxb7 Nb6 52. Be4 Ke5 53. Rd2 $6 ({ White is probably still winning after} 53. Re2 $1 Kd4 (53... Rb3 $2 54. Bc2+) ( 53... Kf6 54. Rc2 $1) 54. Bc6 {followed by 55.Re7.}) 53... Rb3 54. Bc6 (54. Bd3 $5) 54... Nc4 55. f4+ Kf6 {Now it's very hard to convert.} 56. Rd8 Rb2+ 57. Kf3 Nd2+ 58. Ke3 Nf1+ 59. Kf3 Nd2+ 60. Ke2 Ne4+ 61. Kf3 1/2-1/2 [Event "Tournament"] [Site "?"] [Date "2020.03.18"] [Round "2.4"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Ding, Liren"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C88"] [Annotator "chessvibes"] [PlyCount "73"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9. d3 d6 10. a3 Qd7 11. Nc3 Rfe8 12. Bd2 (12. Ne2 Nd8 13. Ng3 Ne6 14. Nf5 Bd8 15. Ng5 c5 16. Qf3 d5 17. exd5 Bxd5 18. Bxd5 Nxg5 19. Bxg5 Qxd5 {Shankland, S (2705)-Ding,L (2811) chess.com INT 2019}) 12... Nd8 13. Nd5 Nxd5 14. exd5 c5 15. a4 f5 {N} (15... f6 $1 16. axb5 axb5 17. Rxa8 Bxa8 18. c4 Rf8 19. cxb5 Qxb5 20. Bc4 Qb7 21. b4 cxb4 22. Qb3 Nf7 23. Ra1 f5 24. Ra4 Qd7 25. Rxb4 Bf6 26. Bc3 h6 {1/2-1/2 (26) Zeihen,P (2315)-Schulz,R (2263) ICCF email 2019}) 16. axb5 axb5 17. Rxa8 Bxa8 18. c4 $1 {"Thematic" - MVL} (18. Nxe5 dxe5 19. d6+ c4 20. dxe7 cxb3 {"and I might end up being worse"} 21. exd8=Q Rxd8 22. Rxe5 Qc6) 18... Nf7 (18... Rf8 19. cxb5 Qxb5 20. Nxe5 $1 dxe5 21. d6+ $18 {wins on the spot. 得子了!}) ({MVL expected} 18... Bf6 {but then he noticed} 19. cxb5 Qf7 20. Bg5 $1 Bxd5 21. Bxd5 Qxd5 22. Bxf6 gxf6 23. Nh4 $18 {is very strong - a line Anand had also shown in the live broadcast. 黑方阵地弱点明显,白方胜势。}) 19. cxb5 g5 {"He went kind of fast but I think that was not a good idea." MVL} 20. Nh2 $1 Kg7 21. Bc4 { "The bishop on a8 is dead for the remainder of the game, his knight on f7 is not great because e4 never works..."} Kg6 22. g4 Nh6 23. Qf3 Bd8 24. Qg2 f4 { Missed by MVL. He was briefy worried Black's knight would go to f6 but then he noticed... 黑方的反击看起来很凶狠,不过,这不是丁立人的风格。} 25. b4 $1 $18 Bb6 ({If} 25... cxb4 26. Qe4+ Kg7 27. Nf3 Ng8 28. Nd4 $1 { (the point of b4)} Nf6 29. Qf5 $1 $18) 26. Qe4+ Kg7 27. bxc5 dxc5 {"An admission that things are still terrible." MVL} (27... Bxc5 28. d4 $1 Bxd4 29. Nf3 {MVL} Bb6 30. Nxg5 Kh8 31. Bxf4) 28. Nf3 Nf7 29. Bc3 Bc7 30. b6 Bb8 31. Qf5 Qxf5 32. gxf5 Kf6 33. Nd2 {现在黑方太郁闷了,两个落后兵。} ({ MVL couldn't find a clear win after} 33. Bb5 Re7 34. Bc6 Bb7 35. Nd2 Kxf5 36. Ne4 Nd8 37. d6 Rf7 $18) 33... Rd8 {Missed by MVL, who was not very happy with how he converted. "I thought it was resignable and now I had to switch my mind back."} 34. d6 $1 {绝妙的弃兵!} (34. b7 $2 Bxb7 35. Rb1 Bxd5 36. Bxd5 Rxd5 37. Rxb8 Rxd3 $16 {"and I'm not sure if this is winning or better at all. " - MVL}) (34. Ne4+ $5 Kxf5 35. Nxc5 Bxd5 36. Na6 Bxc4 37. dxc4 $18 {felt less certain to MVL.}) 34... Rxd6 (34... Nxd6 35. Rxe5 Nxc4 36. Re8+ {MVL}) 35. Rb1 Nd8 (35... Bb7 36. Ne4+ Bxe4 37. dxe4 {"is clear domination again." MVL}) 36. b7 Bxb7 37. Ba5 1-0 [Event "FIDE Candidates Tournament"] [Site "?"] [Date "2020.03.18"] [Round "2.1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Alekseenko, Kirill"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E20"] [WhiteElo "2842"] [BlackElo "2698"] [Annotator "Bojkov,Dejan"] [PlyCount "67"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 {"A sharp line that is also very risky for White. I have never played this before." (Caruana)} d5 5. a3 Be7 6. e4 dxe4 7. fxe4 c5 8. d5 ({The interesting, double-edged endgame:} 8. e5 Nfd7 9. dxc5 Nxe5 10. Qxd8+ Bxd8 11. Be2 Bd7 12. Nf3 Nxf3+ 13. Bxf3 Bc6 14. Ne4 {happened in Firouzja,A (2723)-Anand,V (2758) Wijk aan Zee 2020 and was annotated for the Chess.com members here.}) 8... exd5 9. exd5 O-O 10. Be2 Re8 11. Nf3 Bg4 { "An extremely decent plan for Black." (Caruana)} 12. O-O Nbd7 {[%tqu "En", "White to move","","","d5d6","N A sharp move and a novelty. White wants to immediately profit from his space advantage. 非常积极!还是体现了现代国际象棋理念!",10,"c1g5","",0]} 13. d6 $1 {N A sharp move and a novelty. White wants to immediately profit from his space advantage. 非常积极!还是体现了现代国际象棋理念!} ({An earlier game saw} 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bh4 Bd6 15. Qc2 Qb8 16. Kh1 Bh5 17. Nb5 Bf4 {with reasonable play for Black, Lombaers,P (2383)-Schoppen,C (2489) Leiden 2020}) 13... Bf8 {至此白方获得巨大局面优势!} 14. h3 Bh5 15. Nb5 Re6 {"This move looked unusual to me as I want to bring my bishop to f4. It's very sharp and concrete so even unusual moves might not be bad." (Caruana)} ({Instead, the American GM suggested two other possibilities:} 15... Rb8 {which is an obvious and useful move with the idea to meet:} 16. Bf4 a6 17. Nc7 ({Therefore, in this line White might need to choose instead:} 17. Nc3 { when Black is OK after say:} Ne4 $5) 17... Re4) ({Another reasonable option is: } 15... Qb6 {with the idea to sacrifice the exchange:} 16. Nc7 Bxd6 17. Nxa8 Rxa8 {wehn Black gets the bishop pair and a pawn as a compensation.}) 16. Bf4 $1 ({Another plausible idea according to White was:} 16. g4 $5 { 也是一个有趣的想法!} a6 ({However Caruana was not certain about the consequences of:} 16... Bg6 17. Ng5 Re8 18. Nc7 Rxe2 19. Qxe2 Rc8 { 黑方少半子但是局面不错!}) 17. Ng5 $1 {"Looked good (for White), but it was very messy." (Caruana)白方局面主动。}) 16... a6 ({To the same would lead:} 16... Re4 17. Bh2 a6 18. Nc7 $11) 17. Nc7 Re4 {This was Alekseenko's point. Now the white pieces are hanging, and he may get a chance to go for Re4-d4 after the trade on f3.} 18. Bh2 ({White correctly refrains of: } 18. Nxa8 $6 {接受弃车也不好} Rxf4 19. Nc7 Nb6 20. Qd2 Qxd6 21. Qxd6 Bxd6 22. Nd5 Nfxd5 23. cxd5 c4 {when Black does not have any problems. 大致均势。}) ({However, the central reinforcement with:} 18. Qd2 $5 Rc8 19. Rad1 {made a lot of sense too.}) 18... Rc8 {This also seems like an inaccuracy.} ({Stronger was:} 18... Rb8 $5 {as in comparison to the line that occured in the game:} 19. g4 Bxg4 20. hxg4 Nxg4 21. Bd3 Nxh2 22. Bxe4 Nxf1 23. Qxf1 {The rook will not be hanging in the line:} Nf6 24. Bf5 ({True, White preserves the advantage after:} 24. Ng5)) 19. g4 $1 {Now a forcing sequence follows.} Bxg4 $1 {黑方弃象换两个兵} ({There is no way back:} 19... Bg6 {差一些,白方较为主动。} 20. Bd3 {drops the exchange without any compensation.}) ({The other sacrifice:} 19... Nxg4 20. hxg4 Rxg4+ 21. Kh1 Rg6 { would not provide Black enough compensation after something solid like:} 22. Rf2 {[%cal Gd1d2,Ga1g1] 白方较为主动!}) 20. hxg4 Nxg4 21. Bd3 Nxh2 22. Bxe4 ({Of course not:} 22. Nxh2 $2 Rd4) ({And even worse:} 22. Kxh2 $4 Bxd6+) 22... Nxf1 23. Qxf1 {"It was a comfortable situation for me. I had a lot of time, my position is kind of good and very safe."(Caruana) Furthermore, the American GM underlined the importance of the d5 outpost for his advantage.} Bxd6 (23... Nf6 {"The only chance to fight." (Caruana) The point is to deprive the white pieces of the d5 outpost, or at least to make it harder for them to operate around it. Then he intended to proceed with:} 24. Re1 (24. Bf5 Rb8) 24... Qxd6 25. Nd5 {With the tactical point:} Nxe4 26. Rxe4 Qg6+ 27. Qg2 Qxe4 $4 ({Therefore Black must try the endgame after:} 27... Qxg2+ 28. Kxg2 { where the strongly cemented knight on d5 would spell trouble for Black.}) 28. Nf6+ {(Caruana)}) 24. Nd5 {It is amazing to see now how quickly White organizes a decisive attack.} g6 ({Against:} 24... Ne5 {White planned:} 25. Nxe5 Qg5+ 26. Qg2 Qxe5 27. Qh3 Qd4+ 28. Kf1 f5 29. Bxf5 Qxc4+ 30. Kg1 {winning. }) (24... h6 {would not stop the attack after:} 25. Qh3) 25. Qh3 {The threat is Qxd7 followed by Nf6+, winning a piece.} Kg7 ({But there are some other forks there too, like this one:} 25... Ne5 $2 26. Nxe5 Bxe5 27. Qxc8 Qxc8 28. Ne7+ $18 {(Caruana)}) 26. Kh1 Ne5 27. Nh4 $1 {"It all comes and all tactics are working in my favor." (Caruana)} h5 ({Since:} 27... f5 {would not close the files due to:} 28. Nxf5+ $1 gxf5 29. Bxf5) 28. Rg1 Bf8 ({White saw the beautiful line:} 28... Ng4 29. Nf5+ Kg8 30. Rxg4 hxg4 31. Qh6 Bf8 32. Nde7+ { Which forces Black to part with his queen:} Qxe7 (32... Bxe7 33. Qg7#) 33. Nxe7+ Bxe7 $18 {(Caruana)}) 29. Nf4 Ng4 30. Nxh5+ $3 {The end is near.} gxh5 31. Bf5 Be7 32. Bxg4 hxg4 33. Qxg4+ Bg5 34. Qh5 $1 (34. Qh5 {The most accurate move, after which mate is inevitable:} f6 35. Nf5+ Kf8 36. Qh8+ Kf7 37. Qh7+ Ke6 38. Re1+ Be3 39. Rxe3#) 1-0 [Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Game of the Week 404"] [Black "Wang Hao vs Giri"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A37"] [Annotator "Merijn van Delft"] [PlyCount "121"] 1. c4 (1. e4) (1. d4) 1... c5 2. Nc3 g6 (2... Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7) 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. h4 (6. O-O) 6... h6 (6... h5) 7. d4 (7. h5 g5) 7... cxd4 8. Nb5 d5 (8... Nge7 9. Nd6+ Kf8) 9. cxd5 exd5 10. O-O Nf6 11. Bf4 O-O 12. Qc1 (12. Rc1) (12. Nfxd4) 12... a6 (12... Ne4) (12... Qb6 13. Nc7 Rb8) (12... Bg4 13. Nbxd4 (13. Bxh6 Qb6 14. Bxg7 Kxg7) 13... Nxd4 14. Nxd4 Rc8) (12... d3 13. exd3 Bf5 14. Qd2 Kh7 15. Nbd4) 13. Nbxd4 Nxd4 14. Nxd4 Kh7 15. Rd1 Re8 ( 15... Bg4) 16. Qc7 (16. f3 Nh5) 16... Qxc7 17. Bxc7 Bg4 18. f3 Rac8 19. Ba5 Bd7 20. Kf2 h5 21. Bf1 Ng8 22. Bc3 Bh6 23. Rd3 Ne7 24. Rad1 Bg7 25. e3 Kg8 26. R3d2 Ba4 27. Re1 Bd7 28. Ne2 (28. Bd3) 28... Rc7 (28... Bh6 29. Nf4) 29. Bxg7 Kxg7 30. Nc3 Be6 31. Red1 b5 32. a3 Rb8 33. Ne2 a5 (33... b4 34. Nd4 (34. a4) 34... bxa3 35. bxa3 Rc3) 34. Nd4 Bd7 35. b4 axb4 36. axb4 Ra8 37. Rb2 Ra4 38. Rdb1 Rb7 39. Rc1 Rba7 40. Nxb5 (40. Bxb5 Bxb5 41. Nxb5 Rb7) 40... Bxb5 41. Bxb5 Ra3 42. Be2 (42. Bc6 Nxc6 43. Rxc6 Re7) 42... Rb7 43. b5 (43. Rc5) 43... Rb6 44. Rd1 Kf6 45. Rdd2 Rb7 46. Bd3 (46. e4 dxe4 47. fxe4 Ke5 48. b6 Ra5 49. Rd8 Kxe4 (49... Rc5 50. Ba6) 50. Bf3+) (46. g4 hxg4 47. fxg4 Ke5 48. b6 (48. Ra2) (48. h5) (48. Rd1)) 46... Nc8 47. e4 dxe4 48. Bxe4 Rb6 49. Rd7 Rc3 50. Rb7 (50. Bb7 Nd6) (50. Bd3) 50... Rxb7 51. Bxb7 Nb6 52. Be4 (52. Bc6) 52... Ke5 53. Rd2 (53. Re2 Kd4 54. Bc6) (53. Rc2 Rb3 54. Bc6) 53... Rb3 54. Bc6 (54. Bd3) 54... Nc4 55. f4+ Kf6 56. Rd8 Rb2+ 57. Kf3 Nd2+ 58. Ke3 Nf1+ 59. Kf3 (59. Kd4 Rd2+) 59... Nd2+ 60. Ke2 Ne4+ 61. Kf3 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE Candidates Tournament"] [Site "Yekaterinburg"] [Date "2020.03.19"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Ding, Liren"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D17"] [WhiteElo "2805"] [BlackElo "2842"] [Annotator "Bojkov,Dejan"] [PlyCount "117"] [EventDate "2020.??.??"] [WhiteTeam "China"] [BlackTeam "United States"] [WhiteTeamCountry "CHN"] [BlackTeamCountry "USA"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 {[%cal Ra4b5,Rc3b5,Gc6b5]} Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. f3 {[%cal Gf3e4,Gf3g4,Ge2e4]} Bb4 8. Nxc4 {The first moment in which the Chinese GM used some time on his clock.} O-O {A classical opening like this Slav is about to get funky sooner than expected.} 9. Kf2 {Caruana now uncorks a thoroughly prepared novelty. The predecessor was the extremely complicated game:} ({Still, the main line remains:} 9. Bg5 h6 10. Bh4 c5 11. dxc5 Qxd1+ 12. Kxd1 Nc6 13. e4 Bh7 14. Bf2 Rfd8+ 15. Kc2 Nd7 {Mamedyarov,S (2731)-Solak,D (2595) Dresden 2008}) 9... e5 $5 {[%cal Re5e4] N 黑方弃兵,意图是什么?} ({Relevant:} 9... Nd5 10. Na2 b5 11. Nxb4 bxc4 12. Na2 c5 13. e4 cxd4 14. Bxc4 Nb6 15. Be2 Bg6 16. a5 {Anton Guijarro,D (2674)-Hovhannisyan,R (2639) Isle of Man 2019, that has been already annotated for the Chess.com readers.}) 10. Nxe5 ({The capture:} 10. dxe5 {can be met with:} Nfd7 11. Bf4 Qh4+ 12. g3 Qe7 $16) 10... Bc2 $1 {The main point behind the idea. 弃象!白方能接受吗?} 11. Qd2 {Ding accepts the sacrifice.} ({A more careful, Karpov-style player would have chosen the save track:} 11. Qxc2 Qxd4+ 12. e3 Qxe5 13. g3 $17 {making sure that he would not lose straight in the opening, without any fight. 至此,黑方吃回弃子,白方阵地坚固。}) 11... c5 {A fierce attack is the only way to get to the enemy king. Otherwise the solid pawn center will give White a chance to hide his king nicely. 我个人