79th Tata Steel Masters / Round 3

 by National Life Master Loal Davis

  

Sergey-KarjakinSergey Karjakin

 

Karjakin played the White pieces against Van Wely’s Pirc Defense arriving at a position where White was slightly better, but then made a very interesting move of maintaining the tension on the e5 square instead of exchanging.  This was rife with tactical opportunities and not easy for Black to play against at all.

Karjakin, Sergey (RUS) vs. Van Wely, Loek (NED),  ?,  Source2017.01.16,  Round 3White (Karjakin) To Play

Eventually Van Wely chose to dive into the tactics and sacrifice his Queen for some “compensation”.  It never really looked like enough.

Karjakin, Sergey (RUS) vs. Van Wely, Loek (NED),  ?,  Source2017.01.16,  Round 3Black (Van Wely) To Play 

The position eventually evolved into two passed Pawns versus a Rook.  They were too far advanced and Black’s King and Rook too far away to resist.

Karjakin, Sergey (RUS) vs. Van Wely, Loek (NED),  ?,  Source2017.01.16,  Round 3Final Position

 

 

wesley-so-smallerWesley So

 

Wesley So versus Richard Rapport was a hard fight where Black essayed a trick Bishop infiltration; not to be taken (Royal Fork).

So, Wesley (USA) vs. Rapport, Richard (HUN),  ?,  Source2017.01.16,  Round 3Black (Rapport) To Play

Black actually ended up better, maybe even winning.  However Rapport fell into a Knight fork around move 34 and White went on to win the game.

So, Wesley (USA) vs. Rapport, Richard (HUN),  ?,  Source2017.01.16,  Round 3Final Position

 

 

weiYi Wei

 

Yi Wei versus Ian Nepomniachtchi was a very hard fought and long affair eventually ending up with a Rook versus Bishop ending winning for White.

Wei, Yi (CHN) vs. Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS),  ?,  Source2017.01.16,  Round 3Final Position

 

All Round 3 Images Below Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto.

 

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  1. [Event “Tata Steel Masters 2017”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2017.01.16”]
    [Round “3”]
    [White “Karjakin, Sergey (RUS)”]
    [Black “Van Wely, Loek (NED)”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [PlyCount “99”]
    [EventDate “2017.01.15”]
    [SourceDate “2017.01.16”]

    1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Bd3 O-O 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. e5 dxe5 8. fxe5 Nd5 9. Nxd5 Qxd5 10. c3 Bg4 11. Qe2 Rad8 12. Be4 Qd7 13. Be3 f6 14. O-O-O fxe5 15. Qc4+ Kh8 16. dxe5 Nxe5 17. Nxe5 Qxd1+ 18. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 19. Kc2 Bxe5 20. Bxg6 Rd6 21. Qxg4 Rxg6 22. Qe4 Bxh2 23. Qxb7 a6 24. a4 Bf4 25. Bd4+ e5 26. Bc5 Re8 27. Qxc7 Rxg2+ 28. Kb1 Rg6 29. Qf7 Ra8 30. b4 Bh6 31. b5 axb5 32. axb5 Rc8 33. Qd5 Bf8 34. Bxf8 Rxf8 35. Qxe5+ Kg8 36. Kc2 h6 37. c4 Rg5 38. Qe6+ Kg7 39. Kc3 Rf7 40. b6 h5 41. Kb4 h4 42. c5 Rf1 43. Qe4 Rgf5 44. Qxh4 R5f4+ 45. Qxf4 Rxf4+ 46. Kb5 Rf1 47. b7 Kf6 48. c6 Rb1+ 49. Ka6 Rc1 50. Kb6 1-0

  2. [Event “Tata Steel Masters 2017”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2017.01.16”]
    [Round “3”]
    [White “So, Wesley (USA)”]
    [Black “Rapport, Richard (HUN)”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [PlyCount “82”]
    [EventDate “2017.01.15”]
    [SourceDate “2017.01.16”]

    1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 b6 3. d4 Bb7 4. c4 e6 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 Ne4 8. Bd2 Bf6 9. Rc1 Nxd2 10. Qxd2 d6 11. d5 e5 12. e4 Nd7 13. h4 a5 14. Bh3 Nc5 15. Kg2 Bc8 16. Rh1 Bxh3+ 17. Rxh3 Qd7 18. Nh2 h5 19. f3 g6 20. g4 Kh7 21. Rh1 Rg8 22. Qd1 Bg7 23. Nf1 Bh6 24. Kf2 Bc1 25. Ng3 Bxb2 26. Nb5 Bc1 27. gxh5 Bf4 28. Nc3 f5 29. hxg6+ Rxg6 30. Nxf5 Rag8 31. Kf1 b5 32. cxb5 Rg2 33. Qb1 Qf7 34. Ne2 Qg6 35. Ne7 Rf2+ 36. Kxf2 Qg2+ 37. Ke1 Rg3 38. Rxg3 Qxh1+ 39. Rg1 Qxf3 40. Nxf4 Qe3+ 41. Ne2 Nd3+ 1-0

  3. [Event “Tata Steel Masters 2017”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2017.01.16”]
    [Round “3”]
    [White “Wei, Yi (CHN)”]
    [Black “Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS)”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [PlyCount “149”]
    [EventDate “2017.01.15”]
    [SourceDate “2017.01.16”]

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 h6 8. Bh4 Qb6 9. a3 Nbd7 10. Be2 e5 11. Nf5 g6 12. Bf2 Nc5 13. b4 gxf5 14. O-O Nfxe4 15. Nxe4 fxe4 16. bxc5 dxc5 17. fxe5 Be6 18. Rb1 Qc6 19. Bg4 b5 20. Bh4 Rg8 21. Bxe6 Qxe6 22. Rf6 Qg4 23. Qd2 Be7 24. Rf4 Qd7 25. Qxd7+ Kxd7 26. e6+ fxe6 27. Rf7 Rg5 28. Rd1+ Ke8 29. Rh7 b4 30. a4 c4 31. Bxg5 hxg5 32. Rh8+ Bf8 33. Rf1 Ke7 34. Rh7+ Kd6 35. Rh8 Ke7 36. Rh7+ Kd6 37. Rhf7 Bh6 38. Rd1+ Ke5 39. Rc7 c3 40. Kf2 g4 41. Rc5+ Kf6 42. Ke2 Rb8 43. Rb1 Rd8 44. Rf1+ Ke7 45. Rc7+ Kd6 46. Rc4 Ke7 47. Rd1 Rb8 48. Rdd4 b3 49. cxb3 Rxb3 50. Rc7+ Kf6 51. Rxe4 Rb2+ 52. Kd3 Rd2+ 53. Kxc3 Kf5 54. Re1 Rxg2 55. Rc5+ Kf6 56. Re4 Rxh2 57. Rxg4 a5 58. Kd3 Rd2+ 59. Ke4 Re2+ 60. Kf3 Re3+ 61. Kf2 Re5 62. Rg6+ Kxg6 63. Rxe5 Bd2 64. Rxe6+ Kf7 65. Re4 Kf6 66. Ke2 Bc3 67. Rc4 Be5 68. Rc5 Ke6 69. Rxa5 Bc7 70. Rb5 Kd6 71. Kd3 Kc6 72. Kc4 Bb6 73. a5 Ba7 74. a6 Bb6 75. Rb3 1-0

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