Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 10

by National Life Master Loal Davis

 

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

 

Super WOW ! for Mamedyarov.  He may well have played THE game of the tournament.  Certainly it was THE attacking/smashing game of the tournament – and with the Black pieces against a formidable Russian GM Peter Svidler.  I can’t say enough about this game – annotations below.  To sum up – There is a BIG difference between “Developing” moves that “look good” but do little – verus – Good/Strong Developing moves that control the center, apply pressure and attack.  This is a Great Game.

 

Tata Steel Masters 2018
Date “2018.01.24”
Round “10”
White “Svidler, Peter (RUS)”
Black “Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)”

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. d4 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bf4

This “Develops”, but 6. Bg5 develops and puts pressure on the center.

6… Ne4 7. Qa4+ Nc6 8. Rc1 O-O 9. g3

White hopes for peaceful development – but

g5

Black is attacking.

10. Be3 f5 11. Bg2

More peaceful moves – now Black strikes.

f4 12. gxf4 Bxc3+ 13. bxc3 gxf4 14. Bd2 Kh8

Rook on the g file. Where does White put his King?

15. Qb3 Na5 16. Qc2 Nc4

A beautiful set of Black Knights.

17. Rd1 Rg8

One can see the difference between peaceful “development” and good central control, pressure, and attack.

18. Ne5

A nice try – however – tactics in inferior positions seldom succeed.

Nxe5 19. Bxe4 Qg5

Ouch – mate on the horizon.

20. Bxf4 Qxf4 21. Bxd5 Bf5

Final Position

What a smash. Bravo Mamedyarov !

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Tata Steel Masters 2018
Date “2018.01.24”
Round “10”
White “Jones, Gawain C B (ENG)”
Black “Anand, Viswanathan (IND)”

1. e4 c5 2. c3

The Alapin Variation of the Sicilian.

Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nf3

(4. d4)

4… Nc6 5. Bc4 Nb6 6. Bb3 c4 7. Bc2 d6 8. exd6 Qxd6 9. O-O

(9. d4   If White doesn’t get this move in soon – he is playing with fire.)

9… Bg4 10. h3 Bh5 11. Re1 O-O-O

Oh no – How does White get his pieces out?

12. Be4 e6 13. b3 f5 14. Bc2 g6 15. bxc4 e5 16. d4 exd4 17. Bg5 Bg7

The Exchange? Anand doesn’t care. Black dominates the center.

18. Bxd8 Rxd8 19. Qd3 Qf4 20. Qd2 Qxd2 21. Nbxd2 dxc3 22. Nb3 Bxf3 23. gxf3 Nb4 24. Re2 Nxc4

This is really ugly for White.

25. Rc1 b5 26. Na1 Bh6 27. Rb1 a5

A formidable Pawn Roller. Notice the difference between the minor pieces and the Rooks.

28. Kg2 Nd2 29. Rbe1 Bf4 30. Re7 Rd7 31. Re8+ Kc7 32. Ra8 a4 33. Re6 Kb7 34. Rae8 Bd6 35. Bd1 Nd5 36. Re1 Nf4+

Oh my goodness.

37. Kh1 Bc5 38. Be2 Nxe2 39. R1xe2 b4 40. R2e5 Rc7

Final Position

A resignation that could have come much sooner.

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[Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.01.24”]
[Round “10”]
[White “Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS) “]
[Black “Matlakov, Maxim (RUS)”]
[Result “1-0”]
[PlyCount “77”]
[EventDate “2018.01.14”]
[SourceDate “2018.01.24”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 O-O 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 Be7 8. Nbd2 d6 9. Bb3 Nh5 10. Bxe7 Qxe7 11. Nc4 Qf6 12. Ne3 Nf4 13. Bc2 Ne7 14. g3 Nh3 15. Qe2 c5 16. O-O-O Be6 17. d4 cxd4 18. cxd4 Rac8 19. Kb1 Rc7 20. Rd2 Rfc8 21. dxe5 dxe5 22. Rhd1 g6 23. Rd6 Rc6 24. Bb3 Rf8 25. R1d3 Rfc8 26. Rd1 Rf8 27. a3 h5 28. Bxe6 fxe6 29. Rd7 Nc8 30. Nc4 Nxf2 31. Ncxe5 Nxd1 32. Qxd1 Rc5 33. Qd4 Nb6 34. Rxb7 Rb5 35. Rxa7 Rd8 36. Qc3 Rc8 37. Rc7 Rd8 38. Qc6 Rb3 39. Rf7 1-0

 

 

 

[Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.01.24”]
[Round “10”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)”]
[Black “So, Wesley (USA)”]
[Result “1-0”]
[PlyCount “149”]
[EventDate “2018.01.14”]
[SourceDate “2018.01.24”]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. Bf4 Bf5 4. e3 e6 5. c4 Bxb1 6. Qxb1 Bb4+ 7. Kd1 Bd6 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. cxd5 exd5 11. e4 Be7 12. Bb5+ c6 13. e5 Qf4 14. Bd3 c5 15. dxc5 Nc6 16. Qc1 Qb4 17. a3 Qxc5 18. Ke2 Nd4+ 19. Nxd4 Qxd4 20. f4 O-O 21. Qd2 Qb6 22. Rhe1 f6 23. e6 Qxe6+ 24. Kf3 Qd7 25. Rad1 Rad8 26. Qe3 Bd6 27. Bg6 f5 28. Qe6+ Qxe6 29. Rxe6 Bc5 30. Re5 Rf6 31. Bxf5 Bd6 32. Rdxd5 Kf7 33. Re4 g6 34. Bg4 h5 35. Bh3 Re8 36. Red4 Be5 37. Rb4 g5 38. g3 b6 39. Rd7+ Kf8 40. Rh7 g4+ 41. Bxg4 hxg4+ 42. Kxg4 Bd6 43. Rc4 a5 44. Rc6 Kg8 45. Rb7 Be5 46. Rcxb6 Rxb6 47. Rxb6 Bd4 48. Rb5 Re2 49. b3 Rxh2 50. Rxa5 Re2 51. Rd5 Bb2 52. a4 Bc3 53. Kf5 Re8 54. g4 Rf8+ 55. Ke4 Rb8 56. Rb5 Re8+ 57. Kd3 Be1 58. a5 Bf2 59. b4 Re3+ 60. Kc4 Re4+ 61. Kb3 Kf7 62. Re5 Rd4 63. b5 Rd3+ 64. Kc2 Rg3 65. g5 Bd4 66. Rd5 Be3 67. Rd3 Rg2+ 68. Kb3 Bc1 69. b6 Ke6 70. Rd4 Rb2+ 71. Ka4 Kf5 72. Rb4 Ra2+ 73. Kb5 Bxf4 74. Rxf4+ Kxf4 75. b7 1-0

 

My Thanks To Derrick Bartotto For The Images Below.

 

 

 

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