Tata Steel 2018 / Masters / Round 8

by National Life Master Loal Davis

 

 

Three wins today marked the 8th round of the Tata Steel 2018 Masters’ Tournament.

 

 

Anish Giri took out the tournament leader with a nice positional win.

 

[Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.01.21”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Giri, Anish (NED)”]
[Black “Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar “]
[Result “1-0”]
[PlyCount “63”]
[EventDate “2018.01.14”]
[SourceDate “2018.01.21”]

1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. e3 Nf6 5. d4 cxd4 6. exd4 d5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Qb3 e6 9. Bb5 Bg7 10. O-O O-O 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. Re1 Qd6 13. Ne4 Qb4 14. Qc2 a5 15. a3 Qb6 16. Nc5 Re8 17. Ne5 f6 18. Nc4 Qc7 19. Bd2 e5 20. dxe5 fxe5 21. Qa4 Nb6 22. Nxb6 Qxb6 23. Qc4+ Kh8 24. Bc3 Bf5 25. g4 Bc8 26. Re4 Qb5 27. Rae1 Qxc4 28. Rxc4 Rb8 29. h3 h5 30. gxh5 gxh5 31. Rh4 Kh7 32. Ne4 1-0

 

 

 

Carlsen’s 17th move was a real lemon. Black won a piece fairly easily and should have won this game.
Black could have locked things up on move 22 with g5. But even after his Qb6 he was still winning.
White’s 23rd move was sheer desperation hoping that something/anything would turn up.
Instead of the rather obvious 25th move of gxh5, Black elected to play the meaningless retreat of Qd8.
After this things got messy, which helped Carlsen; messy instead of a flat loss is usually better.
By move 29 White is in command. A sad game.

 

[Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.01.21”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)”]
[Black “Jones, Gawain C B (ENG)”]
[Result “1-0”]
[PlyCount “83”]
[EventDate “2018.01.14”]
[SourceDate “2018.01.21”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. O-O-O d5 10. Qe1 e5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. exd5 Nxd5 13. Bc4 Be6 14. Kb1 Re8 15. Ne4 f5 16. Ng5 Bc8 17. g4 f4 18. h4 fxe3 19. Qxe3 h6 20. Qc5 Bb7 21. Ne4 Re6 22. h5 Qb6 23. g5 hxg5 24. Qa3 Rb8 25. b3 Qd8 26. Qxa7 gxh5 27. Rxh5 Rg6 28. Rxg5 Rxg5 29. Nxg5 Qc8 30. Rg1 Ra8 31. Qb6 Ra6 32. Qc5 Qd7 33. Ne4 Kh8 34. Qf2 Qe7 35. Bxa6 Bxa6 36. Qh2+ Kg8 37. Qh6 Qa7 38. Qe6+ Kf8 39. Rg5 Ne3 40. Qd6+ Kf7 41. Nc5 Bc8 42. Rxg7+ 1-0

 

 

 

Fabiano Caruana finally got a win in his defeat of Yifan Hou.

 

[Event “Tata Steel Masters 2018”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2018.01.21”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Hou, Yifan (CHN)”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano (USA)”]
[Result “0-1”]
[PlyCount “116”]
[EventDate “2018.01.14”]
[SourceDate “2018.01.21”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Nd7 12. d5 Nb6 13. Nbd2 Bd7 14. Nf1 Nb7 15. b3 a5 16. Rb1 c4 17. bxc4 Nxc4 18. a4 Qc7 19. axb5 Nb6 20. Be3 Rfc8 21. Bd3 Nc5 22. Re2 a4 23. Ra2 Bd8 24. Bc2 Nc4 25. N3d2 Nxe3 26. Nxe3 Rcb8 27. c4 Qc8 28. Ra3 Ba5 29. Ndf1 Bb6 30. Ng3 Qd8 31. Nef5 g6 32. Nh6+ Kg7 33. Qd2 Qh4 34. Ng4 Bxg4 35. hxg4 Qxg4 36. Kf1 Qh4 37. Ke2 h5 38. Kf1 Rh8 39. Rba1 Qf6 40. Rf3 Qe7 41. Ne2 Nb3 42. Bxb3 axb3 43. Ra6 Rxa6 44. bxa6 Ra8 45. Rxb3 Rxa6 46. g3 h4 47. gxh4 Qxh4 48. Ng3 Bxf2 49. Qxf2 Qh3+ 50. Ke2 Ra2+ 51. Ke1 Rxf2 52. Nf5+ Qxf5 53. exf5 Rxf5 54. Rb6 Rf4 55. Rc6 g5 56. Ke2 Rd4 57. Kf3 f6 58. Rxd6 Rxc4 0-1

 

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