Tbilisi Rd5: Three wins

by Alejandro Ramirez
2/20/2015 – Three decisive games today in Tbilisi. Both Jobava and Dominguez earned their first scalps today in very different methods. Jobava wildly sacrificed a piece, which didn't quite work, but it confused Mamedyarov enough to give the Georgian a winning attack. A blunder gave Mamedyarov a draw, but it was blundered right back! Kasimdzhanov also won against a luckless Peter Svidler.

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The third stage of the 2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia. The tournament will run from February 14th to February 28, 2014. Some of the strongest players in the world will compete in a Round Robin event. The winner and runner-up of the Grand Prix series will earn their spot at the 2016 Candidate's Tournament.

Round Five

Round 05 –February 20, 2015 - 15:00
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2731
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
1-0
Svidler, Peter 2739
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
0-1
Dominguez, Leinier 2726
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
½-½
Giri, Anish 2797
Jobava, Baadur 2696
1-0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
½-½
Grischuk, Alexander 2810

Rustam Kasimzdhanov sharing a joke with Anish Giri and his girlfriend, Sopiko Guramashvili, who is Georgian!

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ Radjabov, Teimour
The poisoned pawn French! It is so satisfying to see this sharp and aggressive opening being used at the top level. The games are always difficult to explain and very tactical. White's plan of pushing the kingside pawns is his only resource to stop Black's initiative in the center.

Today the players followed the game Kokarev-Nepomniachtchi from 2013. Radjabov deviated with the new idea 18...Qd5 (thought technically not a novelty... a 2200 had played it before once). Unfortunately for the spectators this led to a high amount of trades, and although White had a slight edge in the endgame it was nothing Radjabov couldn't handle.

Facing any poisoned pawn over the board is not easy, in the Najdorf or the French!

Kasimdzhzanov, Rustam 1-0 Svidler, Peter

[Event "Tbilisi FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2015.02.20"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D85"] [WhiteElo "2705"] [BlackElo "2739"] [PlyCount "57"] [EventDate "2015.02.15"] [SourceDate "2015.02.07"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bd2 Nb6 6. e3 Bg7 7. f4 {An interesting and recent approach to battling the Grunfeld. White prevents e5 at all costs, but he is of course still vulnerable to c5.} O-O 8. Nf3 Bg4 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 N8d7 11. O-O-O $5 {A great decision. This allows White to play a quick h4-h5 to attack the kingside if he wants, so it pushes Black to activate his pieces immediately.} e6 12. Kb1 c5 13. dxc5 Nxc5 14. e4 Qe7 15. Be2 Rad8 16. Rhe1 Rd4 17. e5 f6 $1 {Of course Black has to keep creating threats.} 18. Nb5 Rd5 19. Bb4 fxe5 20. Qa3 $1 {A nice sacrifice. White has multiple threats, especially on the a3-f8 diagonal, and Black has to be careful of opening the center too quickly as well as the a7 pawn.} Nbd7 21. Bg4 Rxf4 $6 (21... Rxd1+ 22. Rxd1 h5 23. Bf3 exf4 24. Nd6 $13) 22. Rxd5 exd5 23. Nc3 {Black's center cannot be held. The threat is Bxd7.} (23. Bxd7 {doesn't work yet} Qxd7 24. Bxc5 Qxb5 {this is why Kasimdzhanov moved his knight.}) 23... Rf7 $2 {This, though, is a serious mistake.} (23... Rc4 $1 24. Nxd5 Qf7 { now the knight on c5 is defended} 25. Ne3 Rxb4 26. Qxb4 Nd3 27. Qxb7 Nxe1 28. Bxd7 $14) 24. Nxd5 Qd6 25. Rd1 b6 26. Qxa7 {Now Black is very tied down and he cannot hold all of his pieces together.} e4 27. Bxd7 e3 {desperation} (27... Rxd7 28. Bxc5 bxc5 29. Qxd7 Qxd7 30. Nf6+ $18) 28. Nxe3 $1 Qe5 (28... Rxd7 29. Rxd6 Rxa7 30. Nc4 {was also hopeless.}) 29. Qa8+ (29. Qa8+ Rf8 30. Qd5+ { forces the trade of queens and White remains up a piece.}) 1-0

Peter Svidler suffered a loss to Rustam Kasimzdhanov, who is having a great event

Andreikin, Dmitry 0-1 Dominguez, Leinier
Andreikin certainly over extended in this game. He declined a three-fold repetition to attack on the kingside, but there wasn't enough fuel in his initiative. Black maneuvered his pieces beautifully, attacking the weak f5 pawn while repelling all the threats. Andreikin over extended and was forced to sacrifice a piece, which simply didn't work. Dominguez made it a bit hard on himself by missing a direct win under time pressure, but he had no real problems converting.

A beautifully example of how to maneuver your pieces in this line of the Spanish from Leinier Dominguez

Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ Grischuk, Alexander
Needing a rest day after the rest day, Jakovenko and Grischuk found a repetition in only fourteen moves.

Alexander Grischuk didn't have to think that hard today

Tomashevsky, Evgeny ½-½ Giri, Anish
There is noting as reliable as the King's Indian Defense to create complications, and this game was rather interesting. The murky position had artificial castling, isolated pawns, pair of bishops against knights...

A tough game, but a draw at the end: Anish Giri

Jobava, Baadur 1-0 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

[Event "Tbilisi FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2015.02.20"] [Round "5.6"] [White "Jobava, Baadur"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A01"] [WhiteElo "2696"] [BlackElo "2759"] [Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"] [PlyCount "54"] [EventDate "2015.02.15"] [SourceDate "2015.02.07"] 1. b3 Nf6 2. Bb2 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. d4 c5 5. e3 cxd4 6. exd4 d5 7. Qd2 Nc6 8. O-O-O {A Jobava opening leading to a Jobava position. What a strange situation! White has castled queenside, fianchettoed, but hasn't touched his kingside pieces.} Qa5 9. f3 h5 (9... O-O {was another way of playing, no worrying about h4-h5.}) 10. Kb1 Bf5 11. Bd3 $5 {An interesting pawn sacrifice. The point is that White gets several tempi to develop while Black's king remains in the center.} Nxd4 12. Nge2 Nxe2 13. Qxe2 Bd7 14. Rhe1 (14. Bb5 $5 Bxb5 15. Qxb5+ Qxb5 16. Nxb5 {gives White a slight edge as he will regain the d5 pawn, but it's rather close to equal and way too normal for a player like Jobava.}) 14... e6 15. Bxg6 $5 {Does this work? Who cares! Practically speaking White will have a lot of compensation, but objectively it shouldn't be sufficient.} fxg6 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 {forced} (16... O-O 17. Nxf6+ Bxf6 18. Bxf6 Rxf6 19. Rxd7 $18) 17. Bxg7 Rg8 18. Qe5 Rxg7 $6 (18... Qc7 $1 {is a beautiful resource that would have parried most threats.} 19. Qd4 (19. Qxd5 Rxg7) (19. Rxd5 Qxe5 20. Rdxe5 Rxg7 $19) 19... O-O-O $17) 19. Rxd5 Qb4 20. Rd6 {Now White has a huge attack against the uncastled king position.} Kf8 $18 {The rook lift is deadly.} (20... O-O-O 21. Re4 $18 {The rook lift is deadly.}) 21. Red1 Bc6 22. R1d4 $2 {losing a crucial tempo.} (22. Rd8+ Rxd8 23. Rxd8+ Be8 (23... Kf7 24. a3 $1 {removing the defense of f4. The queen has no square to keep it under control} (24. Qc7+ $4 Kf6 $19) 24... Qh4 (24... Qe7 25. Qf4+ Qf6 26. Rf8+ ) 25. Qc7+ Kf6 26. Rf8+ $18) 24. Qf6+ Rf7 25. Qh8+) 22... Qb5 23. Rd8+ Rxd8 24. Rxd8+ Ke7 25. Qd6+ Kf6 26. Qd4+ Kf7 $4 {Returning the favor!} (26... Ke7 $11) 27. Qf4+ {Black is now hopelessly lost. Ke7 runs into Qf8 mate, while Qf5 into Qc7+ followed by Rf8.} Ke7 1-0

A much needed win for Georgia's Baadur Jobava

Standings

Round Five Games

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Photos from the official website by Maria Emelianova

Schedule

Round 01 – February 15, 2015 - 15:00
Dominguez, Leinier 2726
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2731
Svidler, Peter 2739
0-1
Giri, Anish 2797
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
0-1
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
0-1
Grischuk, Alexander 2810
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
1-0
Jobava, Baadur 2696
Round 02 –February 16, 2015 - 15:00
Radjabov, Teimour 2731
½-½
Jobava, Baadur 2696
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
Grischuk, Alexander 2810
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
0-1
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
Giri, Anish 2797
½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
Dominguez, Leinier 2726
½-½
Svidler, Peter 2739
Round 03 –February 17, 2015 - 15:00
Svidler, Peter 2739
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2731
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
½-½
Dominguez, Leinier 2726
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
½-½
Giri, Anish 2797
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
0-1
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
1-0
Grischuk, Alexander 2810
Jobava, Baadur 2696
0-1
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
Round 04 –February 18, 2015 - 15:00
Radjabov, Teimour 2731
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
Grischuk, Alexander 2810
1-0
Jobava, Baadur 2696
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
0-1
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
Giri, Anish 2797
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
Dominguez, Leinier 2726
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
Svidler, Peter 2739
½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
Round 05 –February 20, 2015 - 15:00
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2731
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
1-0
Svidler, Peter 2739
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
0-1
Dominguez, Leinier 2726
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
½-½
Giri, Anish 2797
Jobava, Baadur 2696
1-0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
½-½
Grischuk, Alexander 2810
Round 06 –February 21, 2015 - 15:00
Radjabov, Teimour 2731   Grischuk, Alexander 2810
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
Giri, Anish 2797   Jobava, Baadur 2696
Dominguez, Leinier 2726   Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
Svidler, Peter 2739   Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
Round 07 –February 22, 2015 - 15:00
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705   Radjabov, Teimour 2731
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716   Svidler, Peter 2739
Jobava, Baadur 2696   Dominguez, Leinier 2726
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733   Giri, Anish 2797
Grischuk, Alexander 2810   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
Round 08 –February 23, 2015 - 15:00
Radjabov, Teimour 2731   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
Giri, Anish 2797   Grischuk, Alexander 2810
Dominguez, Leinier 2726   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
Svidler, Peter 2739   Jobava, Baadur 2696
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775   Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705   Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
Round 09 –February 25, 2015 - 15:00
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737   Radjabov, Teimour 2731
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
Jobava, Baadur 2696   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733   Svidler, Peter 2739
Grischuk, Alexander 2810   Dominguez, Leinier 2726
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759   Giri, Anish 2797
Round 10 –February 26, 2015 - 15:00
Radjabov, Teimour 2731   Giri, Anish 2797
Dominguez, Leinier 2726   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
Svidler, Peter 2739   Grischuk, Alexander 2810
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705   Jobava, Baadur 2696
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737   Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
Round 11 –February 27, 2015 - 13:00
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716   Radjabov, Teimour 2731
Jobava, Baadur 2696   Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
Grischuk, Alexander 2810   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759   Svidler, Peter 2739
Giri, Anish 2797   Dominguez, Leinier 2726

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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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