GRENKE Rd6: Anand only win

by Alejandro Ramirez
2/8/2015 – A relatively quiet round before the big finale tomorrow in Baden-Baden. The monster match up of Caruana-Carlsen was a bit of a disappointment as Carlsen forced a quick draw with a clever perpetual in a Berlin defense. Bacrot and Naiditsch played a very dry game, while Adams could not convert his advantage against Aronian. The only winner today was Anand who beat Baramidze.

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Round 06 - February 08, 2015, 15:00
Anand Viswanathan 2797
1-0
Baramidze David 2594
Caruana Fabiano 2811
½-½
Carlsen Magnus 2865
Bacrot Etienne 2711
½-½
Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
Aronian Levon 2777
½-½
Adams Michael 2738

Daniel King shows the game Anand vs Baramidze

Round six under way

The Frieder Burda museum in Baden-Baden, host of the event

Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 Baramidze, David
Baramidze has shown excellent level here in Baden-Baden, despite his results not living up to his positions. This time, however, it was clear that Anand was the better player:

1.0/6 is surely not what Baramidze was
hoping to score, despite the rating difference

[Event "3rd GRENKE Chess Classic"] [Site "Baden Baden GER"] [Date "2015.02.08"] [Round "6.4"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Baramidze, David"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C95"] [WhiteElo "2797"] [BlackElo "2594"] [PlyCount "129"] [EventDate "2015.02.02"] 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 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 g6 15. a4 Bg7 16. Bd3 {Baramidze is faithful to the variation that gave him a good position against Carlsen, even if he lost that game at the end.} c6 17. Be3 { Already a different approach from 17.Bg5. The structure is typical for the Breyer: Black will try to break on d5 at some point, but it isn't always easy to achieve and it doesn't always give full equality. On the other hand it isn't entirely clear what White is doing to improve his own position.} Qc7 18. Qd2 exd4 19. cxd4 c5 {This entire plan of playing c5, though common for the structure, is probably dubious at this point. White is very well placed for it. } 20. d5 c4 21. Bc2 Rec8 22. axb5 c3 {This is the start of a combination that doesn't work.} (22... axb5 23. Nd4 {looks pretty bad for Black as b5 is hard to defend in a natural way.}) 23. bxc3 Nxd5 24. exd5 Bxc3 25. Qd1 Bxa1 26. Qxa1 axb5 27. Qd4 {Black doesn't have the time to take on c2.} Qc3 (27... Qxc2 28. Bh6 f6 29. Re7 {Black is too weak along the 7th rank and his defenses simply collapse.}) 28. Ne4 Qxd4 29. Nxd4 Bxd5 30. Nxd6 Rc5 31. N6xb5 {White has consolidated his extra material. The two pieces will overpower the rook, even if it is a slow process.} Ra2 32. Bh6 Ra8 33. Bd3 Rd8 34. Bg5 Ra8 35. Be7 Rcc8 36. Nd6 Rc7 37. N4b5 Rc6 38. Bf1 Kg7 39. g4 f6 40. g5 Rb8 41. h4 h5 42. Bh3 f5 43. Bf1 Kg8 44. Rd1 Bf3 45. Ra1 Bd5 46. f4 Nc5 47. Rd1 Bf3 48. Bc4+ Kh7 49. Rf1 Be4 50. Ra1 Nd3 51. Nd4 Rc7 52. Nxe4 fxe4 53. Bf6 Rcb7 54. Ne6 Rb1+ 55. Rxb1 Rxb1+ 56. Kg2 Rb8 57. Kf1 Rc8 58. Bd5 Re8 59. Be5 Rc8 60. Ke2 Nc5 61. Nxc5 Rxc5 62. Bxe4 Ra5 63. Ke3 Ra3+ 64. Kd4 Ra5 65. f5 1-0

Anand scored the only win today in Baden-Baden

Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ Naiditsch, Arkadij
Basically nothing happened but lots of trades in this version of the Bogo-Indian defense.

Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ Carlsen, Magnus
The only interesting moment of this duel between the top two players in the World came with the perpetual that arose at the end:

A Berlin... fascinating

The face of intelligence: World Champion Magnus Carlsen

[Event "3rd GRENKE Chess Classic"] [Site "Baden Baden GER"] [Date "2015.02.08"] [Round "6.3"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C67"] [WhiteElo "2811"] [BlackElo "2865"] [PlyCount "52"] [EventDate "2015.02.02"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 h6 10. Rd1+ Ke8 11. Nc3 Ne7 12. Bf4 Ng6 13. Bh2 Bb4 14. Ne2 Be7 15. Nfd4 Nf8 16. g4 h5 17. Nf5 Ne6 18. Kg2 b6 19. f3 c5 20. Bg3 Bg5 (20... Bb7 {was also perfectly possible.}) 21. h4 hxg4 {and now the draw is forced} 22. hxg5 gxf3+ 23. Kxf3 Nxg5+ 24. Kf4 (24. Kg4 Nh3 {is risky for White:} 25. e6 Bxe6 26. Nf4 g6 27. Nxe6 gxf5+ 28. Kxf5 fxe6+ 29. Kg4 e5 $1 {with this key move the knight from h3 is rescued and Black remains out a pawn, though probably one that is very hard to convert.} 30. Bxe5 (30. Rd5 Ke7 $15) (30. Re1 Kd7 $1 $17) 30... Nf2+ $17) 24... Nh3+ 25. Ke4 Ng5+ 26. Kf4 Nh3+ 1/2-1/2

Aronian, Levon ½-½ Adams, Michael
Adams obtained a very clear advantage with the opposite colored bishop situation, as his king was perfectly save while Aronian's felt very uncomfortable. He was able to transform this into an extra pawn, but not a win as Aronian clung for his life and most endgames ended up being draws.

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Standings

Tomorrow will be the last round of the event. Since Caruana is playing against Baramidze both Naiditsch and Carlsen will have to be very careful about not losing their lead. The World Champion faces Bacrot, who has neither won nor lost a game so far in this tournament, while Naiditsch battles Aronian who is unbelievably dangerous even when he is not in shape.

Photos today by Andre Schulz

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Schedule

Round 01 - February 02, 2015, 15:00
Caruana Fabiano 2811 ½-½ Anand Viswanathan 2797
Bacrot Etienne 2711 ½-½ Baramidze David 2594
Aronian Levon 2777 ½-½ Carlsen Magnus 2865
Adams Michael 2738 ½-½ Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
Round 02 - February 03, 2015, 15:00
Anand Viswanathan 2797 ½-½ Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
Carlsen Magnus 2865 1-0 Adams Michael 2738
Baramidze David 2594 ½-½ Aronian Levon 2777
Caruana Fabiano 2811 ½-½ Bacrot Etienne 2711
Round 03 - February 04, 2015, 15:00
Bacrot Etienne 2711
½-½
Anand Viswanathan 2797
Aronian Levon 2777
0-1
Caruana Fabiano 2811
Adams Michael 2738
1-0
Baramidze David 2594
Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
1-0
Carlsen Magnus 2865
Round 04 - February 06, 2015, 15:00
Anand Viswanathan 2797
0-1
Carlsen Magnus 2865
Baramidze David 2594
0-1
Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
Caruana Fabiano 2811
½-½
Adams Michael 2738
Bacrot Etienne 2711
½-½
Aronian Levon 2777
Round 05 - February 07, 2015, 15:00
Aronian Levon 2777
1-0
Anand Viswanathan 2797
Adams Michael 2738
½-½
Bacrot Etienne 2711
Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
½-½
Caruana Fabiano 2811
Carlsen Magnus 2865
1-0
Baramidze David 2594
Round 06 - February 08, 2015, 15:00
Anand Viswanathan 2797
1-0
Baramidze David 2594
Caruana Fabiano 2811
½-½
Carlsen Magnus 2865
Bacrot Etienne 2711
½-½
Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
Aronian Levon 2777
½-½
Adams Michael 2738
Round 07 - February 09, 2015, 15:00
Adams Michael 2738 - Anand Viswanathan 2797
Naiditsch Arkadij 2706 - Aronian Levon 2777
Carlsen Magnus 2865 - Bacrot Etienne 2711
Baramidze David 2594 - Caruana Fabiano 2811

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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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