Tomashevsky Wins Unique Ending, Increases Lead Again In Tbilisi

Tomashevsky Wins Unique Ending, Increases Lead Again In Tbilisi

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GM Evgeny Tomashevsky increased his lead to a full point again at the Tbilisi Grand Prix by winning the rare NBB vs R ending against GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

One more game ended decisively in round eight: GM Baadur Jobava defeated GM Peter Svidler as Black.

All photos courtesy of FIDE.

Who is going to stop GM Evgeny Tomashevsky? Three more players have a chance: Radjabov, Kasimdzhanov and Andreikin. But after another win, against GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the 27-year-old Russian grandmaster is now pretty close to tournament victory.

In today's round he won a unique ending: that of R vs NBB. When it appeared on the board the tablebase said “mate in 57”! (The 50-move rule wouldn't be a problem there since the rook would most probably be captured in time.)

What exactly happened in that ending, and before? Don't miss the annotations by GM Dejan Bojkov:

Tomashevsky-MVL, the game of the tournament. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

Meanwhile GM Baadur Jobava is on a roll. It took him some time (and points) to get into shape, but after his 0.5/4, he scored 3.5/4! Today's victim was GM Peter Svidler, who is not having his best tournament.

In an Advance Caro-Kann, Svidler focused on maintaining the initiative, even though he had to make some positional concessions. The whole concept was fine, but he should have played 16.g4. He did see it, but missed an important detail.

From that point Jobava was more than fine — especially after castling queenside, also missed by Svidler. Another fine game by the Georgian!

Yet another win for Baadur Jobava. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

The press conference with GM Anish Giri and GM Alexander Grischuk lasted less than 10 minutes. Still it was more interesting than the game itself (which took 39 moves), especially for everyone who was aware of the game Tomashevsky-Grischuk, Baku 2014. The first 28 moves were the same!

Grischuk said:

“I don't really understand the young generation. I'm playing terribly here, blundering left and right and instead of going for the big battle Anish just went for the long line, which even I had in my game which leads to a drawish endgame.

Anish really has to win on the finish, I don't understand. I really didn't want to play some sh...[bleep] lines, I wanted White to do something to get a battle. It was really unexpected.”

Giri and Grischuk before the game. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

Not amused, Giri started by saying: “I don't understand the older generation. Their time is ticking but they're still not world champion.”


The Dutch GM quickly continued: “But OK basically, it's clear something went wrong in my preparation; I didn't have any chance to win. It was not part of the plan to follow the game of Tomashevsky, but that's what happened.”

GM Dmitry Jakovenko, who was trailing the leader by half a point, drew his black game with GM Leinier Dominguez. In a 4.d3 Berlin he modestly developed his bishop to e7 when the flavor of the game became more like a Closed Spanish.

Dominguez's plan of b2-b4 and a4-a4 was interesting; White let go of the bishop pair in return for strong pressure along the a-file. He won a pawn there, but Jakovenko managed to win it back and swap everything on the queenside.

Jakovenko and Dominguez at the press conference. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov kept his “plus one” score with a draw against tail-ender GM Dmitry Andreikin. The Russian GM played the Chebanenko Slav, an opening that was all the rage a few years back. Kasimdzhanov didn't choose one of the most critical lines, and by move 20 Black had equalized.

Kasimdzhanov and Andreiking chatting before the game. That camera
isn't hanging straight by the way... | Photo Maria Emelianova.

GM Teimour Radjabov and GM Shakhiyar Mamedyarov played their usual quick draw, this time in a Cambridge-Springs where a piece sac provided a nice and quick perpetual.

The two Azerbaijani stars (and stripes), with peaceful minds. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

2015 Tbilisi FIDE Grand Prix | Round 8 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf Pts SB
1 Tomashevsky,Evgeny 2716 2945 6.0/8
2 Jakovenko,Dmitry 2733 2835 5.0/8
3 Radjabov,Teimour 2731 2786 4.5/8 17.25
4 Kasimdzhanov,Rustam 2705 2802 4.5/8 16.00
5 Dominguez Perez,Leinier 2726 2729 4.0/8 15.50
6 Jobava,Baadur 2696 2751 4.0/8 15.25
7 Giri,Anish 2797 2739 4.0/8 14.75
8 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2759 2738 4.0/8 13.75
9 Grischuk,Alexander 2810 2691 3.5/8
10 Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime 2775 2651 3.0/8 11.25
11 Svidler,Peter 2739 2647 3.0/8 11.25
12 Andreikin,Dmitry 2737 2619 2.5/8

The third FIDE Grand Prix runs February 15-27 in Tbilisi, Georgia. It is a round robin, with 11 rounds in total. There are two rest days, on February 19 and 24.

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