Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 13 / Final

by National Life Master Loal Davis

 

The Final Results

Carlsen & Giri tied for first place. 

Carlsen won the Blitz playoff although they both split the money.

 

 

Wesley So

 

Wesley So won a smashing victory in the last round of the Tata Steel Masters 2018 Tournament.  Yifan Hou looked as though she was never really in the game, although to make that statement Wesley had to play some very fine/direct/stabbing moves.  It was really a sight to see.

 

Tata Steel Masters 2018
Date “2018.01.28”
Round “13”
White “So, Wesley (USA)”
Black “Hou, Yifan (CHN)”

1. c4 e6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. d4 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Bd6 6. Nc3 O-O

This may well be someone’s “Book” but Black’s position gives me an artificial impression.  That Bishop, which has lost time by the way, should really be sitting on ‘e7’.  Hou probably thought she had a tactical trick for regaining the hanging Pawn on ‘d5’, but executing that tactic brought with it positional repercussions that lasted through the end of the game.  

7. cxd5

Wesley takes the Pawn.

exd5 8. Nxd5 Nxd5 9. Bxd5 Bxg3

Yifan’s trick.

10. Qb3

White now has good pressure, control of the center, open ‘g’ file, and is ahead in development.

Bd6 11. Nf3 c6 12. Bc4 Bf5 13. Ng5 Qe7 14. Qf3 Bg6 15. h4

There has been a simple/logical flow from the last diagram.  White has built up good pressure against ‘f7’ and is prepared to oust the defending Bishop with ‘h5’.  Black is sorely pressed to stay in the game.

Bb4 16. O-O-O Bxd2+

Black has made how many moves with the Bishop? (6).  It now exchanges itself and in the process feeds White’s development.

17. Rxd2 h5 18. Rg1

White’s last piece is into the game.  What a discrepancy in the development of the two forces.

Nd7 19. Qg3

And now tactics.  White threatens to take on ‘f7’ as the Bishop will be left hanging, or if moving, exposing the mate on ‘g7’.

Nb6 20. Bb3 Qf6 21. e4

Ah yes – the center.  Black’s Queen is the primary defending piece and as such is the principle target in the position.

Rae8 22. e5 Qf5 23. Bc2 Qg4 24. Bxg6

Notice that an immediate recapture on ‘g6’ drops the Black Queen.  Qb3+ exposes the Rook on the ‘g’ file.

Qxg3 25. Bh7+ Kh8 26. Rxg3 f6 27. Bg6 fxg5 28. Bxe8 gxh4 29. Rg5 Rxe8 30. Rxh5+

Final Position

A beautiful crush.

1-0

 

 

 

[Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.01.28”]
[Round “13”]
[White “Adhiban, B. (IND)”]
[Black “Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS)”]
[Result “0-1”]
[PlyCount “110”]
[EventDate “2018.01.14”]
[SourceDate “2018.01.28”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bc5 4. Bg2 c6 5. Nge2 d5 6. exd5 cxd5 7. d4 exd4 8. Nxd4 O-O 9. O-O Bg4 10. Nde2 Qc8 11. Bg5 d4 12. Na4 Be7 13. Qd3 h6 14. Bxf6 Bxf6 15. Nf4 Nc6 16. Nd5 Be5 17. Qb5 Bd6 18. Nc5 Bxc5 19. Qxc5 Re8 20. b4 Kh8 21. Rfe1 Qf5 22. Nc7 Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 Rd8 24. Ne8 Qxc5 25. bxc5 Be6 26. Nd6 Rd7 27. a3 Rc7 28. Nb5 Rc8 29. Nd6 Rc7 30. f4 g6 31. Nb5 Rd7 32. Nd6 Na5 33. Rb1 Rc7 34. Rb5 b6 35. Rxa5 bxa5 36. c6 a6 37. Kf2 Re7 38. a4 Kg8 39. Ne4 Kf8 40. Nd6 Bg4 41. Be4 h5 42. h4 f6 43. Bxg6 Re2+ 44. Kf1 Re6 45. Nb7 Rxc6 46. Nxa5 Rc3 47. Nb3 Rc4 48. Bd3 Rxa4 49. Kf2 a5 50. Ke1 Be6 51. Nc5 Ra1+ 52. Kf2 Bf7 53. Kf3 a4 54. Ke4 a3 55. Kxd4 Rd1 0-1

 

 

 

 

Images Below Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto.

 

 

 

 

[Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.01.28”]
[Round “14”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)”]
[Black “Giri, Anish (NED)”]
[Result “1-0”]
[PlyCount “109”]
[EventDate “2018.01.14”]
[SourceDate “2018.01.28”]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. b3 d5 4. Bb2 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nc3 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Nxd5 exd5 9. d4 Qa5+ 10. Qd2 Qxd2+ 11. Kxd2 Nc6 12. dxc5 Bxc5 13. Bb5 Bb4+ 14. Ke2 Be6 15. Rac1 Rac8 16. Rhd1 Be7 17. h3 a6 18. Bd3 Nb4 19. Bb1 Rxc1 20. Rxc1 Rc8 21. Rd1 Nc6 22. g4 h6 23. Nd4 Nxd4+ 24. Bxd4 Ba3 25. f4 f6 26. Bg6 Kf8 27. Kf3 Ke7 28. h4 Bb4 29. Bd3 Bd7 30. e4 Bc3 31. Bf2 Bc6 32. exd5 Bxd5+ 33. Be4 Bxe4+ 34. Kxe4 Ke6 35. f5+ Ke7 36. Rc1 Rc6 37. Kd3 Bb4 38. Rxc6 bxc6 39. Kc4 Bd6 40. Bc5 Kd7 41. h5 Bf4 42. Bf8 Ke8 43. Bc5 Kd7 44. Kb4 Bd2+ 45. Ka4 Kc7 46. b4 Bf4 47. Bf8 Kb6 48. Bxg7 Bg5 49. Bf8 Bf4 50. Be7 Bg5 51. Kb3 Kc7 52. Kc4 Kd7 53. Bc5 Kc7 54. Kd3 Kd7 55. Be3 1-0

 

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