Tashkent 06: Naka shares lead with Andreikin

by Alejandro Ramirez
10/27/2014 – Original and creative play was rewarded today in Tashkent. Andreikin and Mamedyarov were the winners of today's round and both used very unorthodox openings in to their games. Andreikin vanquished Karjakin in an unusual d4 opening where Black was too optimistic about his chances on the kingside, falling to a counter-attack. With this win Andreikin joins Nakamura at the top.

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The second stage of the 2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The tournament will run from October 20th to November 3rd, 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 Six

Round 06 – October 27 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Jobava, Baadur 2717
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
1-0
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Giri, Anish 2768
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
1-0
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844

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Gelfand, Boris ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
A very sharp and complicated Grunfeld. Both players missed some key chances in what would be a position much better handled by computer than by humans. At the end of the first tactical melee Gelfand emerged up a pawn and with a good position, but it was difficult to find the path to consolidation. MVL kept putting hurdles on White's position until he slipped and fell, having too many pieces hanging. This time it was MVL that missed a good resource and Gelfand's passed pawns were sufficient for a draw despite being down a piece.

MVL's prep in the Grunfeld looked shaky two days in a row, but today he survived with a draw

Jobava, Baadur ½-½ Jakovenko, Dmitry
An entertaining game in which Jobava kept trying to put pressure at the cost of a pawn. Jakovenko was unable to keep it for too long and the resulting endgame was drawn. Truly a lot of cool resources were left off the board and in the players analysis.

Jakovenko came in with as much fighitng spirit as Jobava,
but the simplifications caused the game to go into a drawn endgame

Andreikin, Dmitry 1-0 Karjakin, Sergey
With a very strange opening a strange position was on the board. White's pair of bishops were not terribly powerful but Black's king never felt comfortable stuck in the center. Karjakin was a little too optimistic about his possibilities for kingside expansion, and it was precisely on this flank that Andreikin counter-attacked and opened files and diagonals. Karjakin's king could not stand the attack and was mated.

Karjakin was the victim of his own confidence today

Giri, Anish ½-½ Radjabov, Teimour
Another novelty on move 25 in the Berlin, another draw.

Giri looks pretty pleased, he still has like 12 moves to go until he has to start to think

Radjabov seems to be playing the Berlin with both colors now

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam
A very aggressive game! Mamedyarov played a strange opening while sacrificing all the pawns that he possessed! Kasimdzhanov graciously accepted all the gifts. The Azerbaijani had some piece compensation and some open lines in the kingside to attack with, but it just did not seem enough. However Kasimdzhanov was unable to find the precise continuation and he allowed Mamedyarov's activity to keep growing until an exchange sacrifice was forced. In a complicated but equal position, but in time pressure, Kasimdzhanov dropped a pawn of paramount importance and his position collapsed like a house of cards.

Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano
Something went wrong in Nakamura's opening as he found himself in an inferior position going into the middlegame. Caruana kept improving his position little by little when the American decided to sacrifice a pawn and liberate his pieces. Caruana was on the driver's seat, but it was never clear. Nakamura's activity eventually got him a good passed pawn and Caruana had to force a perpetual.

A little suffered, but Nakamura retains his lead

Photos by Yulia Manakova and Anastasiya Karlovich from the official website

Standings

Round Six Games

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Schedule

Round 01 – October 21 2014, 15:00h
Giri, Anish 2768
½-½
Gelfand, Boris 2748
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
0-1
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
1-0
Jobava, Baadur 2717
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
0-1
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Round 02 –October 22 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
1-0
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Jobava, Baadur 2717
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Giri, Anish 2768
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Round 03 – October 23 2014, 15:00h
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
1-0
Gelfand, Boris 2748
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
½-½
Giri, Anish 2768
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
0-1
Jobava, Baadur 2717
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
1-0
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Round 04 – October 24 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Jobava, Baadur 2717
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Giri, Anish 2768
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Round 05 – October 26 2014, 15:00h
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
1-0
Gelfand, Boris 2748
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
½-½
Giri, Anish 2768
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
0-1
Jobava, Baadur 2717
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
1-0
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Round 06 – October 27 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Jobava, Baadur 2717
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
1-0
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Giri, Anish 2768
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
1-0
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Round 07 – October 28 2014, 15:00h
Caruana, Fabiano 2844   Gelfand, Boris 2748
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706   Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Radjabov, Teimour 2726   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Karjakin, Sergey 2767   Giri, Anish 2768
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747   Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757   Jobava, Baadur 2717
Round 08 – October 29 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748   Jobava, Baadur 2717
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Giri, Anish 2768   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764   Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764   Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Caruana, Fabiano 2844   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Round 09 – October 31 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706   Gelfand, Boris 2748
Radjabov, Teimour 2726   Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Karjakin, Sergey 2767   Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757   Giri, Anish 2768
Jobava, Baadur 2717   Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Round 10 – November 01, 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748   Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Giri, Anish 2768   Jobava, Baadur 2717
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Caruana, Fabiano 2844   Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706   Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Round 11 – November 02, 2014, 13:00h
Radjabov, Teimour 2726   Gelfand, Boris 2748
Karjakin, Sergey 2767   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747   Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757   Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Jobava, Baadur 2717   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722   Giri, Anish 2768

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Topics: Grand Prix, Tashkent

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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Captain Picard Captain Picard 10/28/2014 03:08
Petrosianic - that was one article! lol
caparoja caparoja 10/27/2014 10:41
completely agree with Petrosianic.
caruana is human.
no doubt about it....forza Fabiano!!!
I really like this tournement.
specially Jobava's attitude.
he represent a fresh wind for chess.
Petrosianic Petrosianic 10/27/2014 08:05
The one silver lining for Caruana is that hopefully, Chessbase will stop running referendums on his humanity. It was getting creepy during his high, whenever somebody would score off him, the articles would proclaim "He's human!" Hopefully that's now settled once and for all.
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