Baku Finals:Tiebreaks will decide it

Baku Finals:Tiebreaks will decide it

CM vinniethepooh
Oct 4, 2015, 7:41 AM |

The interesting thing is that there were 4 decisive games!2 in the favour of Svidler,two in the favour of Karjakin.I will be bringing the games with analyse soon.Till then,decide whom you think will win the tiebreaks and the World Cup!

The first game was very well played by Svidler.Or maybe it was just flawless.Svidler went for King's Indian Attack.He had a lot of patience.He showed some very great ideas with 16.d4!and 22.Rec1!.With d4 one might say that it was impatience.But that was absoloutely the correct moment for opening the center.22.Rce1 was a great show of patience.He didn't rush for material,knew that Black can do nothing about it,and simply placed his rook on an open file.

In the next game Svidler had the Black pieces.Karjakin tried and tried but could not crack the Breyer.It is now one of the most solid Spanish set ups.    But then disaster struck.Karjakin did two blunders in a row and simply resigned.37...Kh8!was a classy move by Svidler.He then had a 2 point lead.He needed a draw in two games.Karjakin was just a hair's breath of booking his ticket home but...

[Event "Baku World Cup"]

[Date "2015.10.03"]

[Round "7.3"]

[White "Svidler"]

[Black "Karjakin"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B53"]

[WhiteElo "2727"]

[BlackElo "2762"]

[Annotator "vinniethepooh"]

[PlyCount "60"]

[SourceDate "2015.10.03"]


1. e4 c5 {Having need to win,Karjakin goes for the sicillian.} 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4

$5 {Svidler needed just a draw to win Baku World Cup 2015.Yet he goes for the

open sicillian.I expected the Bb5+ sicillian which is known for its drawish

tendencies.} (3. Bb5+ {is usually played when one wants a draw with White

pieces.But if Black palys Nd7 then there are chances of a imbalanced poition.})

3... cxd4 4. Qxd4 {This might be a good way of stopping all the complications

that come in the open sicillian.But still the imbalances are not over.} (4.

Nxd4 {is the main move and leads to high complications after} Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 $5

{This is the sicillian dragon.It is considered one of the most sharp lines in

chess nowadays.This might have been the thing Karjakin was looking forward to.

Another option was the bit less complicated najdorf,which starts with} (5... a6

)) 4... a6 $6 {I don't understand this move.It makes no plan or threat.} (4...

Nc6 {gains a tempo and shows why Qxd4 is not as popular as Nxd4.}) 5. c4 $1 {

Setting up the maroczy bind.Svidler is really good at playing openings.} Nc6 6.

Qe3 $1 {A little awkward square for the queen,don't you agree?But this is a

good place for the queen.I can prove it by other variations.} (6. Qd1 $5 Nf6 7.

Nc3 g6 $11 {Black will have some pressure along the h8-a1 diagonal.}) (6. Qd3

Nf6 7. Be2 g6 8. O-O Bg7 $11 {No problems here.}) 6... Nf6 7. h3 g6 $1 {g7

will be the best place for the bishop,so g6 is of course the best move.} 8. Nc3

Bg7 9. Be2 Nd7 $1 {Karjakin plays another strong move,he is now close to

opening equality.} 10. Rb1 $6 ({Better was a natural ,simple move:} 10. O-O)

10... Nde5 11. O-O O-O 12. Rd1 Nxf3+ 13. Bxf3 f5 $6 {Not a good idea to open

like this in the kingside,the king can get exposed!} (13... Be6 $1 {The best

one.Black develops and gains a tempo.} 14. Nd5 Bxd5 $1 15. exd5 Ne5 $13 {White

has a queenside majority,Black has a central majority.Hmmm.....unclear

position.}) 14. exf5 Bxf5 15. Be4 Qd7 16. Nd5 $6 {This is an aggresive move.

Solid moves are better:} (16. f3 $14) (16. Qe2 {No idea why this is solid,

computer suggests it!}) 16... Qe6 17. Bxf5 Qxf5 (17... Qxe3 {might be good

enough if you want to draw,but Karjakin was in a must-win situation!}) 18. Bd2

Rae8 19. Bc3 e6 $1 {The tide is shifting towards Karjakin.} 20. Nb6 d5 $1 {

Very good move by Karjakin.The comeback master is showing his own self.} 21.

Bxg7 Kxg7 22. Qc5 $1 {Confusing match,not understanding:Sometimes I am telling

White is better and sometimes the other way round!:D} Rf6 23. b4 $1 {Wow!White

is back to better.Haha.} Ne5 24. cxd5 Nd3 25. Qe3 Nxf2 $2 {And here the

blunderfest starts....Did you think after so good 23 moves,there will be a

blunderfest?:C} (25... Qxf2+ $1 26. Qxf2 Nxf2 $11 {Objectively this was best...

but Karjakin was in do or die situation...So did he play Nxf2 to muddy the

waters?}) 26. Rf1 Qe4 27. Rbe1 $2 $16 {Still good for White.But it is much

more harder.} (27. Rfe1 $1 $18 {This is proved as winning in many articles.})

27... exd5 $4 $18 {Blunder!First one!Now Black has to rely on White....} (27...

Ref8 $1 $16 {But Karjakin would still mostly lose,but he won't win.And then

this is again to muddy the island?}) 28. Rxf2 $4 $11 {Wh...Wha...What??} (28.

Qc3 $1 $18 {No doubt about the win.}) 28... Qh4 29. Qd2 $4 Rxf2 30. Qc3+ d4 {

Black wins.Svidler missed this??Unbelievable.} 0-1

 Karjakin won on luck....

The 4th game was a really good one and played very well by both players.Karjakin however,slowly converted his advantage after a little mistake by Svidler.I am simply not able to give any comments-I haven't studied the whole game yet....