Tbilisi Rd11: Peaceful end

by Alejandro Ramirez
2/27/2015 – The last round of the tournament saw another six draws, same as yesterday, with some of the games still being hard-fought draws while a couple of others were barely a game. With these series of results Tomashevsky finished first with his 1.5 point lead, while Jakovenko claimed second. On third place Radjabov was able to take it cleanly, being just half a point behind.

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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.

Final Round

Round 11 –February 27, 2015 - 13:00
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2731
Jobava, Baadur 2696
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
Grischuk, Alexander 2810
½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
½-½
Svidler, Peter 2739
Giri, Anish 2797
½-½
Dominguez, Leinier 2726

Shhhhhhhh!

Tomashevsky, Evgeny ½-½ Radjabov, Teimour
Another h3 King's Indian with opposite side castling. These types of positions are still difficult to understand, and it is not always clear if Black has enough counterplay for some of his positional weaknesses. Today Radjabov seemed to have just enough with his central control to fight the powerfully placed white knights and a repetition finished the game.

Anastasiya Karlovich and Evgeny Tomashevsky
on the tournament winner's last postmortem

Everyone is tired by the end of the tournament

Jobava, Baadur ½-½ Andreikin, Dmitry

Jobava chose a risky last round approach. What else could we expect?

[Event "Tbilisi FIDE GP 2015"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2015.02.27"] [Round "11.4"] [White "Jobava, Baadur"] [Black "Andreikin, Dmitry"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D15"] [WhiteElo "2696"] [BlackElo "2737"] [Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"] [PlyCount "87"] [EventDate "2015.02.15"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 a6 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. a4 h6 7. Bxf6 exf6 8. e3 b5 $1 {This type of exchange sacrifices have been known for some time. Black secures his pawn on c4 and is able to give a very uncomfortable check on b4 while accelerating his development. One of the best games of this style was Aronian-McShane from a few years ago in London.} 9. axb5 cxb5 10. Nxb5 axb5 11. Rxa8 Bb7 12. Ra1 Bb4+ 13. Nd2 Qd6 {Black's superior development and powerful bishops provide good compensation for the exchange. Usually White players don't like getting into these type of situations. But since when does the norm apply to Jobava?} 14. f3 O-O 15. Kf2 f5 16. g3 Bxd2 $6 {This very tempting move might not be as strong as simply developing.} (16... Re8 17. Bg2 g5 { threatening to crash through with f4. Way riskier than the game continuation, but maybe also stronger.}) 17. Qxd2 Bxf3 18. Kxf3 (18. Bg2 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Qd5+ 20. Kf2 Nd7 {looks a bit more pleasant for Black since his knight is headed to e4, but White should be ok.}) 18... Qd5+ 19. Kf2 Qxh1 20. Qa5 {Black recovered his pawn but it is now White that is better developed. For now the threat is Bg2 and trap the queen with Rh1. Also, b5 is weak.} Nc6 (20... Qd5 21. Bg2 Qd7 22. Qb6 $14) 21. Bg2 Qxg2+ 22. Kxg2 Nxa5 23. Rxa5 {Black is up a pawn, but with White's very active rook and well placed king he will have no problems holding.} Rb8 24. Kf3 b4 25. Ke2 g6 26. Kd2 Rc8 27. Rb5 c3+ 28. bxc3 bxc3+ 29. Kc2 Kf8 30. Rc5 Ra8 (30... Rxc5 31. dxc5 Ke7 32. Kxc3 Kd7 33. Kd4 {leads to a white win with the known properties of the outside passed pawn.}) 31. Kb3 Ra1 32. Rxc3 Rh1 33. Rc2 Re1 34. Kc4 Rxe3 35. Kc5 g5 36. d5 f4 37. gxf4 gxf4 38. Kd4 Ke7 39. Rf2 Rh3 40. Ke4 f3 41. Rxf3 Rxh2 42. d6+ Ke6 43. d7 Rd2 44. Rh3 1/2-1/2

With the tournament over with, it is time to sign autographs!

Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ Kasimdzhanov, Rustam
Jakovenko's minimal edge from the opening didn't promise anything special. Kasimzdhanov was able to trade the correct pieces and secure a draw.

Jakovenko only won two games, but with no losses that was good enough for clear second

Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Grischuk saw himself in a slightly uncomfortable position. This reverse Sicilian didn't bring him much, and when MVL put a knight on d4 it was clear that only Black could be better. However the opposite colored bishops gave Grischuk all the resources he needed to hold the draw in the endgame.

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ Svidler, Peter
Another Grunfeld, this time the repetition was found as early as move ten.

The press conference lasted longer than the game

Giri, Anish ½-½ Dominguez, Leinier
One of the hardest fought games of the day, a closed Bogo-Indian position that left Giri with some advantage on the queenside. Despite the lack of space, Dominguez was quite successful at turtling in and trying to defend his position. Giri maneuvered left and right and tried to break through, but never found a way to do so.

A hard-fought game

The commentary team of Tornike Sainkidize and Keti Tsatsalashvili have finished their job

Finally, can you guess which player wasn't so respectful of his opponent's side of the table?

Look forward tomorrow to a recap of the tournament, pictures from the closing ceremony and an overview of how this affects the Grand Prix standings going into Khanty-Mansiysk, the final GP venue.

Standings

Final Round 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
1-0
Grischuk, Alexander 2810
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
Giri, Anish 2797
½-½
Jobava, Baadur 2696
Dominguez, Leinier 2726
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
Svidler, Peter 2739
1-0
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
Round 07 –February 22, 2015 - 15:00
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2731
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
½-½
Svidler, Peter 2739
Jobava, Baadur 2696
1-0
Dominguez, Leinier 2726
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
1-0
Giri, Anish 2797
Grischuk, Alexander 2810
0-1
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
Round 08 –February 23, 2015 - 15:00
Radjabov, Teimour 2731
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
Giri, Anish 2797
½-½
Grischuk, Alexander 2810
Dominguez, Leinier 2726
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
Svidler, Peter 2739
0-1
Jobava, Baadur 2696
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
Round 09 –February 25, 2015 - 15:00
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2731
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
1-0
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
Jobava, Baadur 2696
0-1
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
½-½
Svidler, Peter 2739
Grischuk, Alexander 2810
½-½
Dominguez, Leinier 2726
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
½-½
Giri, Anish 2797
Round 10 –February 26, 2015 - 15:00
Radjabov, Teimour 2731
½-½
Giri, Anish 2797
Dominguez, Leinier 2726
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
Svidler, Peter 2739
½-½
Grischuk, Alexander 2810
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
½-½
Jobava, Baadur 2696
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
Round 11 –February 27, 2015 - 13:00
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2731
Jobava, Baadur 2696
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2737
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705
Grischuk, Alexander 2810
½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759
½-½
Svidler, Peter 2739
Giri, Anish 2797
½-½
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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baddass baddass 3/1/2015 02:29
"Finally, can you guess which player wasn't so respectful of his opponent's side of the table?"---so, I solved the riddle. It's Giri. Reason, your later article wrapping up Tiblisi Closing has a picture of all the players...Giri wears sneakers.
Far_Bridge19 Far_Bridge19 2/28/2015 12:09
None of these Candidates is a real threat for Carlsen!
Wallace Howard Wallace Howard 2/28/2015 12:06
An undefeated 2900 elo performance by Tomashevsky. Very Carlsen-like.
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