Baku 08: Svidler saves the day

by Alejandro Ramirez
10/10/2014 – Let's face it: we were spoiled terribly with the recent Sinquefield Cup and its high percentage of decisive results. Perhaps the most important lesson was that chess needn't be a drawfest at the highest echelons, with the only exceptions coming at the cost of embarrassing blunders. The only player to stand out today was Peter Svidler with his win over Dominguez. Round eight report.

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The first stage of the 2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The tournament will run from October 1st to October 15, 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 Eight

Round 08 – October 10 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
0-1
Svidler, Peter 2732
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764

A young spectator taking notes!

Kasimdzhanov, Rustam ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano
A million moves of theory left the players in an equal endgame. Caruana draws with ease in his Grunfeld.

Kasimdzhanov didn't surprise anyone. Easy to draw for Caruana.

Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ Andreikin, Dmitry
The Berlin Endgame rears its ugly head once more. The opposite colored bishops gave Grischuk some winning chances since Black's pawn structure was very accessible and hard to defend. That being said, once he did win a pawn, it was almost impossible to convert. After a long defense Andreikin held the draw.

Andreikin had to endure significant torture, but he held

Dominguez, Leinier 0-1 Svidler, Peter
The Cubans opening was bad and Svidler's position was strong and dangerous. This cost Dominguez a pawn, and in the double rook endgame it was White's turn to suffer. Dominguez did not defend the best, and after a very, very long game Svidler managed to convert his pawn into a win. A decisive game, even if it wasn't thrilling.

Svidler saved the tournament from the second all-draw round in a row

Tomashevsky, Evgeny ½-½ Radjabov, Teimour
The most exciting game of the round. Tomashevsky sacrificed a piece for initative. The two pawns combined with White's piece activity and Black's awkward and weak king gave him more than enough compensation, and Radjabov was in real problems. Tomashevsky cashed in his chips way too early. And although he got his piece back, his attack evaporated and Radjabov escaped to a draw.

Tomashevsky fell for materialistic temptation and lost the thread of the attack

Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Kajrakin's slight edge persisted through-out the game. Mamedyarov's d-pawn was always weak, and it needed consistent defending, but that was the only problem in his position. In the moment they agreed to a draw White had an edge, but it seemed very hard to do anything with it.

Mamedyarov's isolated pawn was the only problem he had in the game

Gelfand, Boris ½-½ Nakamura, Hikaru
Gelfand put strong pressure on Nakamura's Dutch defense. He was positionally better as his central pressure was undisputed and Black was somewhat passive. However, kind of like Tomashevsky, he cashed in his chips too early and instead of obtaining long-lasting positional pressure he allowed Nakamura to simplify to a draw.

Nakamura has reverted to the Dutch, but it has not been impressive this tournament

Round Eight Games

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Standings

Schedule

Round 01 – October 02 2014, 15:00h
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
½-½
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
0-1
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Gelfand, Boris 2748
1-0
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
½-½
Svidler, Peter 2732
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Round 02 – October 03 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Svidler, Peter 2732
1-0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
0-1
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
½-½
Gelfand, Boris 2748
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
Round 03 – October 04 2014, 15:00h
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
1-0
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
Gelfand, Boris 2748
1-0
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
½-½
Svidler, Peter 2732
Round 04 – October 05 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
½-½
Svidler, Peter 2732
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
1-0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
½-½
Gelfand, Boris 2748
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Round 05 – October 07 2014, 15:00h
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
½-½
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
½-½
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Svidler, Peter 2732
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Round 06 – October 08 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
1-0
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
1-0
Svidler, Peter 2732
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
0-1
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
½-½
Gelfand, Boris 2748
Round 07 – October 09 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
0-1
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
½-½
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
Svidler, Peter 2732
½-½
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
1-0
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Round 08 – October 10 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
0-1
Svidler, Peter 2732
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Round 09 – October 12 2014, 15:00h
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764   Gelfand, Boris 2748
Radjabov, Teimour 2726   Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Svidler, Peter 2732   Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722   Dominguez, Leinier 2751
Caruana, Fabiano 2844   Grischuk, Alexander 2797
Round 10 – October 13 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706   Grischuk, Alexander 2797
Dominguez, Leinier 2751   Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701   Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Karjakin, Sergey 2767   Svidler, Peter 2732
Gelfand, Boris 2748   Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Round 11 – October 14 2014, 13:00h
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Radjabov, Teimour 2726   Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Svidler, Peter 2732   Gelfand, Boris 2748
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722   Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Caruana, Fabiano 2844   Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
Grischuk, Alexander 2797   Dominguez, Leinier 2751

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Topics: Baku, Grand Prix

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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nginX nginX 10/11/2014 05:52
Ke5... agreed draw, since it's a legal move, it register's on DGT boards, the arbiter put it there :) both colors of the king on opposite color :) see?


drawjakin :)
Van Phanel Van Phanel 10/10/2014 10:53
What's with 39... Ke5 in Karjakin - Mamedyarov?

Must be either horrible timetrouble for both players or a mistake in the notation, right?
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