Tata Steel Masters 2019 / Round 6

by National Life Master Loal Davis

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There were three decisive games in the 6th round of Tata Steel 2019. There are now four players tied for the lead.

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Black must have thought that opposite colored Bishops would give him little to worry about, but too many unnecessary (and bad) exchanges coupled with not paying enough attention to King Safety brought him down.

Tata Steel Masters 2019
Date “2019.01.18”
Round “6”
White “Van Foreest, Jorden (NED) “
Black “Fedoseev, Vladimir (RUS)”

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. a3 Nc6 6. Nf3 O-O 7. Be2 d5 8. e5 Ne4 9. Bd3 f5 10. O-O e6 11. Be3 b6 12. Ng5 Nxg5 13. fxg5 f4 14. Rxf4 Rxf4 15. Bxf4 Nxd4 16. Bxg6 hxg6 17. Qxd4 Ba6 18. Qa4 Bb7 19. Bg3 Qxg5 20. Qd7 Qg4 21. Nb5 Rf8 22. Nxc7 Bc8 23. Qe7 Qf5 24. Qd6 Bh6

After a very uneven scramble Black has an advantage here.

25. h3 Be3+ 26. Kh2 Bc5 27. Qc6 Qxc2 28. Qb5 Be7 29. Na6

And here – What on earth is wrong with exchanging that bad Bishop on ‘c8’, capturing the ‘b2’ Pawn and later the ‘a3’ Pawn?

d4 ?!

Black is still better here, but gave up a lot by letting the Knight back into the game.

30. Nb4 Bxb4 ?!

And now you give up your good Bishop? Capturing on ‘b2’ is the way to go.

31. Qxb4 Bb7 32. Rg1

And here centralizing with the Queen to ‘e4’ still grants Black a slight edge.

d3 ?! 33. Qg4

Now White is on top of this position.

d2 34. Qxe6+ Kg7 35. Qd7+ Rf7 36. Qd4 Kg8 37. e6 Rf8 38. e7 Re8 39. Rd1

Not a blunder. Should Black capture the Rook on ‘d1’ White crashes through with ‘Qc4+’.

Qc6 40. Rxd2 Rxe7 41. Qg4

Opposite colored Bishops will not hold here. It is King Safety, or the lack of it, that dominates the remainder of the game.

Qe4 42. Qg5 Rd7 43. Rf2 Rf7 44. Qd8+ Kg7 45. Bf4 Qd5 46. Qb8 1-0

Final Position

With all due respect this game smacks of skittles play with a time scramble. I don’t know what the time/clock situation was with this game, but if lack of time was a factor, then as Alekhine said:
The fact that a player is very short of time is, to my mind, as little to be considered as an excuse as, for instance, the statement of the law-breaker that he was drunk at the moment he committed the crime.

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Image Courtesy of Derrick Bartotto

Tata Steel Masters 2019
Date “2019.01.18”
Round “6”
White “Duda, Jan-Krzysztof (POL)”
Black “Giri, Anish (NED)”


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. g3 Nf6 4. d3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. c4 d6 7. h3 O-O 8. Nc3 Nd7 9. Bg5 f6 10. Be3 f5 11. exf5 gxf5 12. Qd2 Nc5 13. O-O Ne6 14. Nd5 f4 15. gxf4 Ncd4 16. Bxd4 exd4 17. Qa5 b6 18. Qe1 c6

Yes – White is getting outplayed and there is problem with the Pawn weaknesses down the ‘f’ file, but that does not mean that the game is lost.

19. Ng5 ?!

Highly questionable; maybe even losing.

Re8 20. Qd1 Nxg5 21. fxg5 cxd5 22. Bxd5+ Be6 23. Bxa8 Qxa8

Well – That blew up all over the place.

24. Qh5 Bf5 25. Rad1 Re5 26. Rd2 Qd8 27. h4 Bh3 28. Qf3 Bxf1 29. Kxf1 h6 30. gxh6 Bxh6 31. Re2 Qe7 32. Qg4+ Kf7 33. Qf3+ Kg7 34. Qg4+ Kf7 35. Qf3+ Qf6 36. Qb7+ Kg6 37. Rxe5 dxe5 38. Ke2 Qf4 39. Kf1 Kh5 40. b4 Qc1+ 41. Kg2 Kxh4 42. Qxa7 Qg5+ 43. Kf1 Kh3 44. Qh7 Qh5 0-1

Final Position

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Images Courtesy of Derrick Bartotto

Tata Steel Masters 2019
Date “2019.01.18”
Round “6”
White “Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)”
Black “Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)”


1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 dxc4 4. e3 e6 5. Bxc4 c5 6. O-O a6 7. b3 b6 8. dxc5 Qxd1 9. Rxd1 Bxc5 10. Bb2 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Be2 O-O 13. Nc4 Rfd8 14. Ne1 Bd5 15. Rac1 Rac8 16. Nd3 Be7 17. Nce5 Bb7 18. Nc4 Bd5 19. Nd2 Bb7 20. Kf1 h6

It’s amazing to me that Carlsen can win from a position like this – Flat Equal with a symmetrical Pawn Structure.

21. Bf3 Nd5 22. Nc4 b5 23. Na5 Ba8 24. a3 g5 25. h3 f5 26. b4 Kf7 27. Nb3 Bf6 28. Bxf6 Kxf6 29. Nbc5 N5b6 30. Be2 Nc4 31. a4

Here either ‘Bd5’ or exchanging Knights still puts the game on an even keel.

Ndb6 ?! 32. a5 Nd5 33. Nxa6 Ndxe3+

This appears to be Black’s questionable idea.

34. fxe3 Nxe3+ 35. Kg1

Putting the King on ‘f2’ appears better.

Nxd1 36. Rxd1 Rc2 37. Bf3 Be4 38. Nac5 Bxd3 39. Rxd3 Rxd3 40. Nxd3 e5 41. Bb7 e4 42. Nc5

Back to maybe equal.

Ke5

Playing either ‘Rc1+’ and/or ‘e3’ would keep Black swinging with good prospects of a draw.

43. a6 Ra2 44. Bc6 h5 ?!

And here ‘e3’ would at least be swinging in the right direction. I don’t see how Black can survive after this Pawn move.

45. Bxb5 g4 46. hxg4 hxg4 47. Bc4 Ra1+ 48. Kh2 f4 49. b5 f3 50. b6 Kf4 51. Nxe4

Not allowing any counter play.

1-0

Final Position

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3 Comments

  1. [Event “Tata Steel Masters 2019”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2019.01.18”]
    [Round “6”]
    [White “Van Foreest, Jorden (NED) “]
    [Black “Fedoseev, Vladimir (RUS)”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [PlyCount “91”]
    [EventDate “2019.01.12”]
    [SourceDate “2019.01.18”]

    1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. a3 Nc6 6. Nf3 O-O 7. Be2 d5 8. e5 Ne4 9. Bd3 f5 10. O-O e6 11. Be3 b6 12. Ng5 Nxg5 13. fxg5 f4 14. Rxf4 Rxf4 15. Bxf4 Nxd4 16. Bxg6 hxg6 17. Qxd4 Ba6 18. Qa4 Bb7 19. Bg3 Qxg5 20. Qd7 Qg4 21. Nb5 Rf8 22. Nxc7 Bc8 23. Qe7 Qf5 24. Qd6 Bh6 25. h3 Be3+ 26. Kh2 Bc5 27. Qc6 Qxc2 28. Qb5 Be7 29. Na6 d4 30. Nb4 Bxb4 31. Qxb4 Bb7 32. Rg1 d3 33. Qg4 d2 34. Qxe6+ Kg7 35. Qd7+ Rf7 36. Qd4 Kg8 37. e6 Rf8 38. e7 Re8 39. Rd1 Qc6 40. Rxd2 Rxe7 41. Qg4 Qe4 42. Qg5 Rd7 43. Rf2 Rf7 44. Qd8+ Kg7 45. Bf4 Qd5 46. Qb8 1-0

  2. [Event “Tata Steel Masters 2019”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2019.01.18”]
    [Round “6”]
    [White “Duda, Jan-Krzysztof (POL)”]
    [Black “Giri, Anish (NED)”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [PlyCount “88”]
    [EventDate “2019.01.12”]
    [SourceDate “2019.01.18”]

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. g3 Nf6 4. d3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. c4 d6 7. h3 O-O 8. Nc3 Nd7 9. Bg5 f6 10. Be3 f5 11. exf5 gxf5 12. Qd2 Nc5 13. O-O Ne6 14. Nd5 f4 15. gxf4 Ncd4 16. Bxd4 exd4 17. Qa5 b6 18. Qe1 c6 19. Ng5 Re8 20. Qd1 Nxg5 21. fxg5 cxd5 22. Bxd5+ Be6 23. Bxa8 Qxa8 24. Qh5 Bf5 25. Rad1 Re5 26. Rd2 Qd8 27. h4 Bh3 28. Qf3 Bxf1 29. Kxf1 h6 30. gxh6 Bxh6 31. Re2 Qe7 32. Qg4+ Kf7 33. Qf3+ Kg7 34. Qg4+ Kf7 35. Qf3+ Qf6 36. Qb7+ Kg6 37. Rxe5 dxe5 38. Ke2 Qf4 39. Kf1 Kh5 40. b4 Qc1+ 41. Kg2 Kxh4 42. Qxa7 Qg5+ 43. Kf1 Kh3 44. Qh7 Qh5 0-1

  3. [Event “Tata Steel Masters 2019”]
    [Site “?”]
    [Date “2019.01.18”]
    [Round “6”]
    [White “Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)”]
    [Black “Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [PlyCount “101”]
    [EventDate “2019.01.12”]
    [SourceDate “2019.01.18”]

    1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 dxc4 4. e3 e6 5. Bxc4 c5 6. O-O a6 7. b3 b6 8. dxc5 Qxd1 9. Rxd1 Bxc5 10. Bb2 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Be2 O-O 13. Nc4 Rfd8 14. Ne1 Bd5 15. Rac1 Rac8 16. Nd3 Be7 17. Nce5 Bb7 18. Nc4 Bd5 19. Nd2 Bb7 20. Kf1 h6 21. Bf3 Nd5 22. Nc4 b5 23. Na5 Ba8 24. a3 g5 25. h3 f5 26. b4 Kf7 27. Nb3 Bf6 28. Bxf6 Kxf6 29. Nbc5 N5b6 30. Be2 Nc4 31. a4 Ndb6 32. a5 Nd5 33. Nxa6 Ndxe3+ 34. fxe3 Nxe3+ 35. Kg1 Nxd1 36. Rxd1 Rc2 37. Bf3 Be4 38. Nac5 Bxd3 39. Rxd3 Rxd3 40. Nxd3 e5 41. Bb7 e4 42. Nc5 Ke5 43. a6 Ra2 44. Bc6 h5 45. Bxb5 g4 46. hxg4 hxg4 47. Bc4 Ra1+ 48. Kh2 f4 49. b5 f3 50. b6 Kf4 51. Nxe4 1-0

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