Candidatos R6: Anand derrota a Svidler

por Sagar Shah
17/03/2016 – Vishy ganó su segunda partida en el torneo con un ataque devastador sobre Peter Svidler. Karjakin sobrevivió milagrosamente a una preparación de Caruana. Topalov y Giri lucharon a brazo partido por las tablas. Nakamura perdió a manos de Aronian por un error a la hora de asir la pieza correcta. Aronian y Karjakin lideran con 4/6 y Anand está con medio punto menos. El viernes es día sin partidas. Reportaje...

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Torneo de Candidatos 2016

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La partida del día por Daniel King

Ronda 6 - 17.03.2016 - 14:00
Vishy Anand 1-0 Peter Svidler
Veselin Topalov ½-½ Anish Giri
Levon Aronian 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura
Fabiano Caruana ½-½ Sergey Karjakin

Viswanathan Anand – Peter Svidler 1-0

Anand ganó su segunda partida en el Torneo de Candidatos 2016. Fue en un ataque fulgurante contra Peter Svidler. En una Ruy Lopez, Anand empleó un sistema anti-Marshall para evitar el ataque Marshall. Vishy parecía evolucionar lentamente, cuando de pronto rompió por el centro con d4. Pronto continuó ofreciendo un sacrificio de calidad en e4, que Svidler rehusó. Entonces Anand lanzó un ataque relámpago por el flanco de rey, apoyado por la torre en la cuarta fila. Svidler no tenía esperanzas de poder resistir y se rindió tras solo 24 movimientos. Una victoria para la posteridad.

[Event "Candidates 2016"] [Site "?"] [Date "2016.03.17"] [Round "6"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C88"] [WhiteElo "2762"] [BlackElo "2757"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "47"] {An emphatic victory for Anand. Let's have a look at the game to see what really went right for him and wrong for Svidler.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 ({The following game between Anand and Svidler with the inclusion of h3 and h6 is very similar to what we saw today. And Svidler played much better back then.} 8. h3 Bb7 9. d3 Re8 10. a4 h6 11. Nbd2 Bf8 12. c3 Na5 13. Bc2 c5 14. d4 cxd4 15. cxd4 exd4 16. e5 Nd5 17. Nxd4 Nb4 18. axb5 Nxc2 19. Qxc2 axb5 20. Nxb5 Qb6 $15 {1/2-1/2 (47) Anand, V (2779)-Svidler,P (2728) Morelia/Linares 2007}) 8... Bb7 {[%cal Gc8b7] Although this is the main move in the position, Anand thought for a good ten minutes. Why? Because Svidler has got the position 13 times in his games and all the times he has chosen b4.} (8... b4 {is Svidler's move.}) 9. d3 Re8 10. Nbd2 Bf8 11. c3 Na5 12. Bc2 c5 {This is all very standard Ruy Lopez stuff. Now White must remain consistent and break in the centre with d4.} 13. d4 exd4 { This came as a bit of a surprise to Anand. But Peter was mainly trying to play very concrete chess.} 14. cxd4 d5 $6 {Although this is very thematic. It is extremely dangerous. The main reason being that the two bishops on c1 and c2 are opened up against the black king.} (14... cxd4 {looks like the best way for Black to proceed.} 15. e5 Nd5 16. axb5 axb5 17. Nxd4 Nb4 18. Bb1 $13 { is an interesting game.}) 15. e5 Ne4 {This was a critical position where Anand took a lot of time. There are a lot of captures. As Anand correctly pointed out, the main question to him was whether to take on b5 or not. On one hand keeping the a-file closed keeps the rook on the back rank safeguarding it. On the other hand the rook doesn't take part in the game. It is a very difficult decision to make and almost impossible to see what possibilites may arise after say eight to ten moves. But this is where intuition comes into picture and Anand felt that bringing the a1 rook into the game was more important and that explains his next move.} 16. axb5 (16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. Rxe4 {Now this exchange sacrifice is not as effective as in the game.} (17. Bxe4 Bxe4 18. Rxe4 Qd5 $1 {Important to blockade the d-pawn before attacking it.} 19. Re3 (19. Qe2 Nb3 $17) 19... Nc6 $15) 17... Nb3 $1 18. Ng5 (18. Rh4 Bxf3 19. Bxh7+ Kh8 20. Rh3 Bxd1 21. Bg6+ $11 {All of these analyses lead us to the fact that Anand's decision of taking axb5 was better than not taking.}) 18... Nxa1 19. Qh5 Qxg5 $1 20. Bxg5 g6 (20... Nxc2 21. Rh4 h6 22. Bxh6 g6 23. Rg4 Nxd4 24. Rxg6+ fxg6 25. Qxg6+ Kh8 $11) 21. Qd1 Nxc2 22. Qxc2 Bxe4 23. Qxe4 cxd4 $15 {Only Black can be better here.}) 16... axb5 (16... Nxd2 $2 17. Bxd2 axb5 18. Bxh7+ $1 { wins! It's a standard Greek Gift!} Kxh7 19. Ng5+ Kg8 (19... Kg6 20. Qg4 $18) 20. Qh5 $18) (16... cxd4 $6 17. bxa6 Rxa6 18. Nxe4 dxe4 19. Bxe4 Bxe4 20. Rxe4 Bc5 21. b4 $1 Bxb4 22. Rxd4 Qb8 23. Qd3 $18) 17. Nxe4 dxe4 18. Rxe4 $1 { This move might be natural for a player like Anand, but for us who are taught about the relative value of the pieces since a young age, it is not easy to consider a such a move. Once you see it, though, and you realize that the bishop on e4 will be a complete monster, breathing fire in both directions, you make this move!} (18. Bxe4 Bxe4 19. Rxe4 Qd5 $11 {gives Black excellent chances to hold.}) 18... Nb3 (18... Bxe4 19. Bxe4 {[%cal Ge4a8,Ge4h7]} Ra7 ( 19... Rb8 20. Bxh7+ Kxh7 21. Ng5+ Kg8 22. Qh5 $18) (19... g6 20. Bxa8 Qxa8 21. Bd2 b4 22. Qa4 $18) 20. Bxh7+ Kxh7 21. Ng5+ $18) 19. Rxa8 Bxa8 {[%cal Gb7a8] At this point I went to tournament hall to check out what exactly was going on. I expected Anand to be looking happy while Svidler would be on the board with his head in his hands. But the scene I saw was completely opposite. Peter had just captured the rook on a8 and was moving around confidently. Anand on the other hand was nervous, fidgety, biting his nails and looked as if he was the one on the back foot. But it was clear that Vishy was calculating the details of his final attack, anxious to make sure that his opponent had no defensive resources. And in the above position he picked up his knight and made the best move 20.Ng5!} 20. Ng5 $1 {Svidler came back and saw this move. I thought that the Russian would think for a while before he would make his move but he blitzed it out. He was showing that he had it under control.} (20. Rh4 Bxf3 21. Bxh7+ Kh8 22. Rh3 Bxd1 23. Bg6+) 20... Nxc1 21. Qh5 $1 {[%csl Rf7,Rh7] Once again the only move. There is an attack on both the h7 and f7 pawns.} h6 { This move was also made quickly.} (21... Qxg5 {was a way to avoid an immediate defeat, but doesn't really serve any purpose as after} 22. Qxg5 Bxe4 23. Qxc1 $1 Bxc2 24. Qxc2 $18 {the position is technically winning. It won't be so difficult for a player of Anand's calibre to turn this into a win.}) (21... Bxe4 22. Bxe4 h6 23. Qxf7+ Kh8 24. Qg6 $18) 22. Qxf7+ Kh8 {At this point Peter once again stood up from the board and started walking around. Anand was making his final calculations, the other players were all coming to the board and making faces of disbelief. Nakamura stood right next to Svidler's seat for almost a minute. He just didn't want to leave. He checked the scoresheet, then the board and couldn't believe that Anand was just winning. He went back to his board, Anand lifted his hand and once again made the only winning move in the position.} 23. Rg4 $1 {The rook defends the knight and now the threat is Qg6. Black doesn't really have a way to stop the attack.} (23. Rf4 Ne2+ $19) 23... Qa5 {And once again Anand has the only move to win.} (23... Ne2+ 24. Kf1 $1 {wins!} (24. Kh1 $4 {however loses in an amazing fashion.} Qa5 $3 {Suddenly the back rank weakness turns out to be the critical factor in the game.} 25. h4 Qe1+ 26. Kh2 Qg1+ 27. Kh3 Qh1#)) 24. h4 $1 {Svidler resigned as he saw no point in continuing. His bluff of playing quickly had not worked. Many of you might be wondering why this is the only move. Wouldn't h3 also win? The point is subtle. The h3 square has to be kept for the knight to control g1.} (24. h3 Qe1+ 25. Kh2 Ne2 26. Nf3 Bxf3 27. gxf3 Nxd4 $17) (24. h4 Qe1+ 25. Kh2 Ne2 26. Nh3 $18 {Like a gentleman he analyzed the game with Anand, kept a very calm face in the press conference and showed great sportsman spirit.}) 1-0

Veselin Topalov – Anish Giri 0.5-0.5

Topalov ensayó la agresiva jugada de café 3.h4. Ya se había jugado antes e incluso algunos fuertes jugadores la recomendaron como arma sorpresa, pero Giri no es un jugador normal. Respondió derivando la apaertura hacia un gambito Benko, en el que la jugada 3. h4 no era necesariamente buena. La partida se convirtió en una lucha de desgaste en la que Giri gradualmente se infiltraba en la posición de Topalov. No obstante, cada vez que parecía que iba a sucumbir, Topalov encontraba un recurso. A la postre perdió un peón en el final, pero quedaba tan poco material sobre el tablero que daba igual y Giri finalmente permitiño a Topalov sacrificar su última pieza para eliminar sus últimos peones y sellar las tablas.

[Event "Candidates 2016"] [Site "?"] [Date "2016.03.17"] [Round "6"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A00"] [WhiteElo "2780"] [BlackElo "2793"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "135"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. h4 $5 {[%cal Gh2h4]} (3. Nc3 d5 4. h4 {is not so great due to} c5 $1) 3... c5 (3... Bg7 4. Nc3 {is now a better version because Black cannot play the d5 followed by c5 line.}) (3... d5 $6 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 $14) 4. d5 b5 {As Anish explained, the Benko is a very sound opening, it is just that Black doesn't have the time in the opening to execute it well. But if White wastes time with 3.h4 then the same Benko Gambit can be employed.} 5. cxb5 a6 6. bxa6 Bg7 7. Nc3 O-O 8. e4 d6 9. Nf3 Qa5 {Anish had got the same position against Adrien Demuth a few months ago but with the pawn on h4. He managed to win that game. This explains why Anish was so positive about his position. The move h4 doesn't make much sense here.} 10. Bd2 Bxa6 11. Qc2 Nbd7 12. Ne2 $6 (12. Na4 $5 Bxf1 $5 (12... Qc7 13. Bxa6 Rxa6 14. O-O $14) 13. Bxa5 Bxg2 14. Nd2 Bxh1 15. Bc3 Bh6 {gives Black some compensation, but maybe it is not enough.}) 12... Qb6 13. Bc3 h5 $6 {A critical waste of time by Anish. He could have snatched the initiative without worrying about the h-file.} (13... Rfb8 $1 14. Ng3 Ng4 $1 15. h5 Bxc3+ 16. bxc3 Qb2 $17) 14. Ng3 Ng4 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Bxa6 Qxa6 17. Ne2 Nge5 18. Nxe5 Nxe5 19. O-O Qd3 {This position is a dream for any Benko player, but objectively this should be around equal.} 20. Qxd3 ( 20. Rfc1 Rfb8 21. Nf4 Qxc2 22. Rxc2 Ra4 23. f3 f5 $1 $132) 20... Nxd3 21. b3 Rfb8 (21... Ra3 $5) 22. Rfd1 Ne5 23. f3 Ra3 24. Kh2 Rba8 25. Nc1 f5 26. exf5 gxf5 27. Rb1 Rb8 28. Rb2 Rb4 29. Kh3 c4 30. Re2 cxb3 31. Nxb3 Ng6 32. Kg3 Raa4 33. Red2 Kf6 34. Kf2 Rb5 {Black is surely the one who is pressing, in spite of being a pawn down, mainly because his pieces are more active and there are more targets to attack.} (34... Rxh4 35. Nd4 Ra5 $17) 35. Rh1 Rxh4 36. Rxh4 Nxh4 {White's task has eased a bit, due to the exchange of a pair of rooks, but there should still be some suffering.} 37. f4 Ng6 38. g3 h4 39. Rd3 hxg3+ 40. Kxg3 Nf8 41. Kf3 Nd7 42. a4 Rb4 43. a5 Nf8 $1 {Anish really liked this move transferring his knight to g6.} 44. Nd4 Ng6 45. a6 Ra4 46. Ne2 Rxa6 { And as is typical in Benko, from being a pawn down, Black is now a pawn up.} 47. Nd4 Nf8 48. Nc2 Nd7 49. Ne3 Ra2 50. Rd1 Rh2 51. Rg1 Rh3+ ({An interesting variation that Anish showed in the press conference went something like this} 51... Rh5 52. Rg3 Nf8 53. Rg1 Rh4 54. Rg5 $2 Rxf4+ $1 55. Kxf4 e5+ $3 $19) 52. Rg3 Rxg3+ 53. Kxg3 {Although Botvinnik said that knight endgames are like pawn endgames, this one cannot be won.} Nc5 54. Kf3 e6 55. dxe6 Kxe6 56. Nc2 Kd5 57. Ne3+ Ke6 58. Nc2 Nb3 59. Ne3 Nd4+ 60. Kf2 Nc6 61. Ke2 Nb4 62. Kd2 Nd5 63. Ng2 Ne7 64. Kd3 Nc6 65. Nh4 Nb4+ 66. Kd4 Nc6+ 67. Kc4 Nb8 68. Nxf5 $1 {and the game ends in an instant draw.} (68. Nxf5 Kxf5 69. Kd5 $11) 1/2-1/2

Levon Aronian – Hikaru Nakamura 1-0

La partida comenzó como un debate teórico sobre la defensa India de Dama en la que Aronian sacrificó un peón por la iniciativa y presión en el centro. Ambos jugadores siguieron un camino conocido durante un rato. Nakamura parecía navegar bien entre los escollos, pero terminó en un final en el que estaba un poco peor. Siguieron una serie de cambios que parecían colocar a Aronian firmemente en el asiento del conductor, pero jugó mal el final de torre y peón. permitiendo a Nakamura lograr una posición de tablas. Con los relojes de ambos agotándose, Nakamura inexplicablemente asió su rey cuando debía mover la torre y terminó de nuevo en posición perdedora. Esta vez Levon no falló y se une a Karjakin en el liderato.

[Event "Candidates 2016"] [Site "?"] [Date "2016.03.17"] [Round "6"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E15"] [WhiteElo "2786"] [BlackElo "2790"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "166"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Qc2 c5 6. d5 exd5 7. cxd5 Bb7 8. Bg2 Nxd5 9. O-O Nc6 10. Rd1 Be7 11. Qa4 Nf6 12. Nh4 O-O 13. Nc3 $146 {A new move by Aronian. Previously only Nf5 had been played.} g6 14. Bg5 Rb8 {Here Aronian's opening knowledge came to an end.} 15. Bf4 $5 Rc8 16. Bh6 {The idea with this Bg5-f4-h6 is to lure the rook to c8 before bringing the queen to f4 so that Qb8 is not possible.} Re8 17. Qf4 Na5 (17... Nh5 {was definitely what Levon was waiting for.} 18. Qxf7+ $1 Kxf7 19. Bd5+ Kf6 20. Ne4+ Ke5 21. f4+ Nxf4 22. gxf4#) 18. Nf5 (18. Bxb7 Nxb7 19. Nf5 Bf8) 18... Bxg2 (18... Bf8 19. Bxf8 Rxf8 20. Nd6 $16) 19. Nxe7+ $6 (19. Kxg2 {was better according to Levon.}) 19... Qxe7 20. Kxg2 Qe5 21. e3 d5 22. Bg5 Ne4 $6 (22... Kg7 $11) 23. Rxd5 Qxf4 24. gxf4 Nxc3 25. bxc3 {Around here Aronian was pleased with his position. He has the open d-file in his control and a more active king. This should mean something.} Kg7 26. Rd7 h6 27. Be7 Nc4 28. Rad1 a5 29. R1d5 Rc6 30. Ra7 Re6 31. Rdd7 Kg8 32. h4 Kg7 33. Bd8 Kg8 34. Be7 Kg7 35. Rab7 Kg8 36. Rbc7 Na3 37. Bd8 Nc4 38. Be7 Na3 39. Rb7 Nc4 40. Kf3 a4 41. Rbc7 Nd2+ 42. Rxd2 R6xe7 43. Rc6 Re6 44. Rxe6 Rxe6 45. c4 {White has a small edge but Black can hold with accurate play.} Kg7 46. e4 Re8 47. e5 Rb8 48. Rd7 Kf8 49. f5 gxf5 50. Kf4 b5 51. cxb5 Rxb5 52. Kxf5 a3 (52... Ke8 53. Rc7 (53. Ra7 c4 {and Black has better drawing chances.}) 53... Rb2 54. f4 Rxa2 55. Kf6 $18) 53. f4 $6 (53. Kf6 $1 Rb6+ 54. Rd6 $18 Rb8 (54... Rxd6+ 55. exd6 {The pawn ending is just lost.}) 55. f4 $18 Rc8 56. f5 c4 57. Rd7 c3 58. Rxf7+ Ke8 59. e6 c2 60. Rh7 $18) 53... Rb4 54. Ra7 c4 55. Rxa3 Rb2 56. Ra6 Kg7 57. a4 c3 58. Ra7 c2 59. Rc7 Rb4 60. a5 Ra4 61. Rxc2 Rxa5 {This is the endgame position which Aronian thinks that he was winning even if Nakamura didn't blunder. In the game he moved around a bit with his pieces. In the analysis he began with h5 as the right way for White to proceed.} 62. Rc4 (62. h5 Rb5 63. Rc8 Ra5 64. Rd8 Ra4 65. Kg4 Rb4 66. Kf3 { [%cal Gf4f5] This is all still main line of the analysis. According to Levon White threatens f5 here and it is a deadly idea.} Rb3+ 67. Ke4 {And now Kosteniuk played Rb1. Instead Rh3 can be a strong move.} Rb1 {Even this is not so clear as after} (67... Rh3 $1 68. f5 Rh4+ 69. Kd5 Rxh5 70. f6+ Kg6 $11) 68. Rd7 Rb4+ (68... Rb5) 69. Rd4 Rb1 70. f5 {Aronian felt that this position is winning, but after} Re1+ 71. Kd5 Rf1 72. f6+ Kf8 73. Kc6 Ke8 74. Rb4 Rc1+ 75. Kd5 Rd1+ 76. Rd4 Rc1 $11 {It is just a draw.}) 62... Ra1 63. Rc7 Kf8 {is not yet a mistake because Kf6 is met with Ra6+ and there is no Rd6 yet.} ({Also possible was} 63... Ra4 64. e6 Ra5+ 65. Ke4 Ra4+ 66. Kf3 Kf6 67. exf7 (67. e7 Ra8 $11) 67... Kg7 $11) 64. Rd7 Ra4 65. Rd3 Rc4 66. Re3 Ke7 67. Re4 Rc1 68. Rb4 Kf8 69. Rb6 Kg7 70. Rb7 Kf8 71. Rb8+ Kg7 72. Rb4 Ra1 73. Rd4 Ra2 74. Rd7 Kf8 $4 {Nakamura made this move and this led to the j'adoube controversy. Maybe Naka didn't realise that Kf6 Ra6+ can now be met with Rd6. When he touched the king he must have realized it. Or else he could have just played Ra4.} (74... Ra4 75. Rd8 (75. e6 Ra5+ 76. Ke4 Ra4+ 77. Ke3 Kf6 $1 $11) 75... Rb4 76. h5 Ra4 77. Kg4 Rb4 78. Kf3 Rb1 79. Ke4 Re1+ 80. Kf5 Rh1 $11) 75. Kf6 {Now it is all over.} Ra6+ 76. Rd6 Ra8 77. h5 Kg8 78. f5 Rb8 79. Rd7 Rb6+ 80. Ke7 Rb5 81. Rd8+ Kh7 82. Kf6 Rb6+ 83. Rd6 (83. Kxf7 Rf6+ 84. Ke8 Rxf5 85. e6 $18) 83... Rb7 { Nakamura made this move and resigned. e6 followed by e7 just wins.} 1-0

Fabiano Caruana – Sergey Karjakin 0.5-0.5

Si Karjakin gana el Torneo de Candidatos 2016 esta será una de las partidas que todo el mundo considerará como crucial y no por haberla ganado, sino por no haberla perdido. Conduciendo las negras contra Caruana, Sergey se metió en una línea bien preparada por Fabiano. Con problemas ya nada más terminar la apertura, se sumió en una larga meditación y entonces decidió que su mejor opción era sacrificar la dama a cambio de una torre, un caballo y un peón pasado. Mientras la posición estuvo lejos de ser clara, parecía que Caruana debería encontrar una forma de penetrar en la posición del rival. No obstante, la defensa de Karjakin aguantó y entonces encontró una idea sorprendente, sacrificando un caballo para hacer avanzar a su peón y luego pillar al rey de Caruana en una desagradable posición en la esquina. Como consecuencia, Caruana tuvo que devolver la dama para lograr una posición en la que en realidad posiblemente estaba un poco peor al final, pero se acordaron las tablas. Sin duda, Karjakin estaba emocionado con el resultado, mientras que para Caruana tuvo que ser una gran decepción.

[Event "Candidates 2016"] [Site "?"] [Date "2016.03.17"] [Round "6"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A00"] [WhiteElo "2794"] [BlackElo "2760"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "72"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Nc3 d5 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Bg2 O-O 10. O-O Re8 11. a3 $5 {[%cal Ga2a3] While Topalov wanted to enforce b4 with the move Rb1, Caruana went for a3. But this move has a deeper point which is to use the safer square a2 to lift the rook rather than the b2 square.} c5 12. dxc5 bxc5 13. Ne5 Bb7 14. Bf4 Nbd7 (14... Bf8 {was played by Karjakin against Topalov, and when Topalov had responded with Rb2, the bishop came back to d6 as in many lines the rook was hanging on b2. Here Caruana can avoid all of that with the move Ra2!} 15. Ra2 $1 Bd6 $2 16. Nxd5 $1 $18) 15. Nc4 $5 (15. Nxf7 $6 Kxf7 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 17. Bxd5+ Bxd5 18. Qxd5+ Kf8 $15) 15... Nb6 16. Na5 Ba6 17. b4 $5 (17. Nc6 Qd7 18. Nxe7+ Qxe7 $11 {should be around equal.}) 17... cxb4 {This move was not expected by Caruana. It is really not the best, but to prove an advantage against it is not an easy task.} ({Better was} 17... Bd6) ({or} 17... Qd7) 18. axb4 Bxb4 19. Nc6 Bxc3 20. Nxd8 Bxe2 21. Qb3 (21. Qc2 {was also possible.} Bxa1 22. Rxa1 Raxd8 (22... Rexd8 23. Qxe2 $18 ) 23. Rxa7 $16) 21... Bxa1 22. Rxa1 Raxd8 {Karjakin didn't want to allow the manoeuvre Be5-d4 and hence took with this rook. But this means that the a7 pawn falls.} (22... Rexd8 23. Bc7 Rdc8 24. Bxb6 axb6 25. Rxa8 Rxa8 26. Bxd5 $16 ) 23. Rxa7 Nc4 {This is critical for assessing the quality of Karjakin's sacrifice. It must be said that over the board this position is not so easy to win for White. Black hardly has any weaknesses. The pawns are all on one side, which greatly reduces White's chances. Caruana tried hard but couldn't crack through Karjakin's defences.} 24. h3 Bh5 25. Bg5 Bg6 26. Bxf6 gxf6 27. g4 Kg7 28. Qc3 d4 $1 {This was truly a study-like finish by Karjakin. His defensive capabilities are truly fantastic.} 29. Qxc4 d3 30. g5 {This looks like the most natural way to force events, but better could have been} (30. Kh2 d2 31. Bf3 d1=Q 32. Bxd1 Rxd1 $16 {when White can keep trying. Whether he can win or not is a different question, but he has some chances.}) 30... d2 (30... fxg5 $2 31. Bd5 $1 d2 32. Qd4+ Kg8 33. Qxd2 $18) 31. gxf6+ Kh8 (31... Kxf6 32. Qc3+ Kg5 33. Bf3 {and the king on g5 doesn't really feel safe.} d1=Q+ 34. Bxd1 Rxd1+ 35. Kh2 Kh6 36. Qf6 Re6 37. Qf4+ Kg7 38. Rxf7+ Bxf7 39. Qg4+ Kf8 40. Qxd1 {and although White is up a lot of material this might well be a theoretical draw.}) 32. Bf3 Be4 $1 {A very strong move that had to be accurately calculated.} 33. Kh2 (33. Qxf7 $2 d1=Q+ (33... Rg8+ 34. Qg7+ Rxg7+ 35. fxg7+ Kg8 36. Bd1 $11) 34. Bxd1 Rxd1+ 35. Kh2 Rg8 36. Qxg8+ Kxg8 $19) (33. Bg4 Rg8 34. Ra1 d1=Q+ 35. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 36. Kh2 Bd5 $11) 33... Bd5 $1 34. Qg4 (34. Qh4 Rg8 $1 35. Rxf7 (35. Bxd5 d1=Q) 35... Bxf7 36. Be4 Bg6 37. f7 d1=Q 38. Qf6+ Rg7 39. f8=Q+ Rxf8 40. Qxf8+ Rg8 41. Qf6+ $11) 34... Rg8 35. Bd1 Rxg4 36. hxg4 h6 {A brilliant defensive effort by Sergey.} 1/2-1/2

Fuente: World Chess Flash Report
Fotografías por Amruta Mokal de ChessBase India


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Los detalles sobre el Torneo de Candidatos 2016

El Torneo de Candidatos es un torneo de ajedrez, organizado por la FIDE desde el año 1950 con el fin de determinar cuál jugador será el retador oficial de cada campeón mundial de ajedrez. Así, el ganador del "Torneo de Candidatos" será quien tenga el derecho de desafiar al campeón vigente a un duelo para disputar el título mundial, a celebrar en Nueva York (EE.UU.) en noviembre.

En el Torneo de Candidatos de este año participarán 8 jugadores, entre ellos los seis de los diez mejores jugadores del mundo según el escalofón FIDE, representado a 6 países:

  • Sergey Karjakin (Rusia)
  • Peter Svidler (Rusia)
  • Hikaru Nakamura (EE.UU.)
  • Fabiano Caruana (EE.UU.)
  • Viswanathan Anand (India)
  • Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria)
  • Levon Aronian (Armenia)
  • Anish Giri (Holanda)

Según las reglas de la FIDE, los jugadores participantes deben incluir a:

  • Los dos mejores clasificados en el Grand Prix de la FIDE 2014-2015: Hikaru Nakamura y Fabiano Caruana (ambos de EE.UU.)
  • El ganador y el subcampeón de la Copa del Mundo 2015: Sergey Karjakin y Peter Svidler (ambos de Rusia)
  • El perdedor del último duelo por el título mundial: Vishy Anand (India)
  • Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) y Anish Giri (Holanda) participarán por sus valoraciones Elo FIDE en 2015
  • Levon Aronian (Armenia) ha sido designado por los organizadores.

El control de tiempo será de 100 minutos para los primeros 40 movimientos, 50 minutos para los siguientes 20 movimientos y a continuación 15 minutos para el resto de la partida, con un incremento de 30 segundos por movimiento, desde el primero.

La bolsa de premios totaliza 450.000 dólares estadounidenses.

El 29 de marzo se llevará a cabo la ceremonia de clausura.

Programa y emparejamientos

Las rondas comienzan a las 15:00 hora local de Moscú (14:00 CET)

Ronda 1 - 11.03.2016 - 14:00
Sergey Karjakin ½-½ Peter Svidler
Hikaru Nakamura ½-½ Fabiano Caruana
Anish Giri ½-½ Levon Aronian
Vishy Anand 1-0 Veselin Topalov
Ronda 8 - 20.03.2016 - 14:00
Peter Svidler   Sergey Karjakin
Fabiano Caruana   Hikaru Nakamura
Levon Aronian   Anish Giri
Veselin Topalov   Vishy Anand
Ronda 2 - 12.03.2016 - 14:00
Peter Svidler ½-½ Veselin Topalov
Levon Aronian ½-½ Vishy Anand
Fabiano Caruana ½-½ Anish Giri
Sergey Karjakin 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura
Ronda 9 - 21.03.2016 - 14:00
Veselin Topalov   Peter Svidler
Vishy Anand   Levon Aronian
Anish Giri   Fabiano Caruana
Hikaru Nakamura   Sergey Karjakin
Ronda 3 - 13.03.2016 - 14:00
Hikaru Nakamura ½-½ Peter Svidler
Anish Giri ½-½ Sergey Karjakin
Vishy Anand ½-½ Fabiano Caruana
Veselin Topalov 0-1 Levon Aronian
Ronda 10 - 23.03.2016 - 14:00
Peter Svidler   Hikaru Nakamura
Sergey Karjakin   Anish Giri
Fabiano Caruana   Vishy Anand
Levon Aronian   Veselin Topalov
Ronda 4 - 15.03.2016 - 14:00
Peter Svidler ½-½ Levon Aronian
Fabiano Caruana ½-½ Veselin Topalov
Sergey Karjakin 1-0 Vishy Anand
Hikaru Nakamura ½-½ Anish Giri
Ronda 11 - 24.03.2016 - 14:00
Levon Aronian   Peter Svidler
Veselin Topalov   Fabiano Caruana
Vishy Anand   Sergey Karjakin
Anish Giri   Hikaru Nakamura
Ronda 5 - 16.03.2016 - 14:00
Anish Giri ½-½ Peter Svidler
Vishy Anand ½-½ Hikaru Nakamura
Veselin Topalov ½-½ Sergey Karjakin
Levon Aronian ½-½ Fabiano Caruana
Ronda 12 - 25.03.2016 - 14:00
Peter Svidler   Anish Giri
Hikaru Nakamura   Vishy Anand
Sergey Karjakin   Veselin Topalov
Fabiano Caruana   Levon Aronian
Ronda 6 - 17.03.2016 - 14:00
Vishy Anand 1-0 Peter Svidler
Veselin Topalov ½-½ Anish Giri
Levon Aronian 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura
Fabiano Caruana ½-½ Sergey Karjakin
Ronda 13 - 27.03.2016 - 14:00
Peter Svidler   Vishy Anand
Anish Giri   Veselin Topalov
Hikaru Nakamura   Levon Aronian
Sergey Karjakin   Fabiano Caruana
Ronda 7 - 19.03.2016 - 14:00
Peter Svidler   Fabiano Caruana
Sergey Karjakin   Levon Aronian
Hikaru Nakamura   Veselin Topalov
Anish Giri   Vishy Anand
Ronda 14 - 28.03.2016 - 14:00
Fabiano Caruana   Peter Svidler
Levon Aronian   Sergey Karjakin
Veselin Topalov   Hikaru Nakamura
Vishy Anand   Anish Giri


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