Comments by Sergey Zagrebelny. Round 6

The report of the most brilliant games of the sixth round is proposed to the attention of the readers by GM Sergey Zagrebelny.

Adams (2728 England) - Carlsen (2826 Norway)

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.e5 Nh5 Looks very provocative, but actually this is theory.4.Be2 d6 5.Nf3 On 5.Bxh5 gxh5 6.Qxh5 Black plays 6…dxe5 7.dxe5 (or 7.Qxe5) 7...Rg8 with a good position. 5...Nc6 6.exd6 exd6 Before this game Black usually took with the queen or by 6...cxd6. 7.d5 Ne7

8.c4. The Englishman obtains a somewhat better game by simple positional means. 8...Bg7 9.Nc3 0–0 10.0–0 Bg4 11.Re1 Re8 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Nf6 14.Bf4 Nd7 15.Rc1 Ne5 16.b3 a6 17.g3 Nf5 18.Bg2 

18...g5?! This move is strategically risky as it weakens the light squares. 19.Bxe5 Bxe5 20.Ne4 Ng7 21.Qd2 h6 22.f4 gxf4 23.gxf4 Bf6 24.Kh2

24...Nh5?! Wrong way! The knight must be close to its monarch. Better is the natural 24...Bh4 25.Rg1 f5. 25.Rg1! Black is not threatening to take on f4. 25…Kh7. After25...Nxf4? 26.Nxf6+ Qxf6 27.Rcf1 Black loses a knight. 26.Rcf1 Rg8 27.Qe2 Ng7 28.Qd3 Kh8 29.Bf3! Of course! The bishop finds a better occupation rather than supporting the d5-pawn. 29...b5 30.Bd1 bxc4 31.bxc4 Bh4 32.Bc2. White skilfully exploits disadvantages of 18...g5. 

32...f5 This doesn't help either. 33.Rg6! Kh7 34.Rfg1 Qe7 35.Ng3 Bxg3+ 36.Qxg3 Qf7 More stubborn is 36...Nh5 37.Qf3 Rxg6 38.Bxf5 Ng7 39.Bxg6+ Kg8, although it shouldn't affect the outcome. 37.Bd1! Rae8 38.Rxh6+! A brilliant finale. Black resigned, so the spectators couldn't see the beautiful 38...Kxh6 39.Qg5+ Kh7 40.Qh4+ Nh5 41.Bxh5.

Jakovenko (2726 Russia 3) - Papaioannou (2622 Greece)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.Nc3 exd5 6.cxd5 g6 7.Bf4 a6 8.a4 Bg7 9.h3 0–0 10.e3 Re8

A typical position for the Benoni. 11.Nd2 Nbd7 12.Be2 Ne5 13.0–0 Nfd7 14.Bg3 f5 15.Qc2 Kh8 16.b3 Rb8 17.Nc4 Qf6 18.Rac1 b6 19.Qd2 Qe7 20.Rfe1 

20...Nxc4. A demanding move that gives White some play against the b6-pawn. 21.bxc4 Ne5 22.Bf1 Bd7 23.Rb1 Qf6 24.Rb3 g5!? 25.Reb1 Ng6 26.Ne2

26...b5. Black doesn't want to defend theb6-pawn passively. 27.axb5 axb5 28.cxb5 c4. This is Black's main hope! 29.Ra3 f4 30.exf4 gxf4 31.Nxf4 c3 32.Nxg6+ Qxg6 33.Qa2 Rec8.

Black obtained certain counterplay, but White acts very accurately. 34.Bf4 h6 35.Ra6 c2 36.Rc1 Bxb5 37.Bxb5 Rxb5 38.Rc6 Rc5 39.Be3. The greedy 39.Rxd6!? Qd3 40.Be3 is stronger. 

 

39...Qd3? This mistake is decisive. The game after 39...Rc3! is completely unclear. 40.Bxc5 Rxc6 41.dxc6 Qd1+ 42.Kh2 Qxc1 43.c7 Be5+.43...Qf4+ 44.g3 Qf8 45.Be3 does not save, just as 43...Qg1+ 44.Kxg1 c1Q+ 45.Kh2 Be5+ 46.g3 Qxc5 47.Qf7! 44.g3 Bxg3+. 

45.Kg2! White wins.45…Qg1+ 46.Kxg1 c1Q+ 47.Kg2 Qxc5 48.Qf7! Bxf2 49.Qf8+ Black resigns.

Pavasovic (2586 Slovenia) - Kopylov (2438 Russia 5)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.d4 Nf6 6.Be3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nc6 8.Nc3 Qd6 9.a3 Be7 10.Bd3 0–0 11.0–0 b6 12.Qe2 Bb7 13.Rad1 Rac8

14.Bb1. A typical isolated pawn position. White now prepares to attack against the king. 14…Rfd8 15.Rfe1 Qc7 16.Bg5 Nd5 17.Qe4 g6 18.Qh4! A novelty. Black has no problems after 18.Nxd5 Rxd5 19.Qh4 Qd8!= Szabo,G -Burnoiu,N Baile Tusnad 2000. 18...h5. This allows a powerful blow…

19.Bxg6! fxg6? The losing move. The only defense is 19...Bxg5 20.Bxf7+ Qxf7 21.Nxg5 Qg6 22.Rxe6 Qg7, although White enjoys a nice advantage. 20.Rxe6 Kf7 21.Rde1 Bf8 22.Qe4.22.Bh6! is even stronger – 22...Bxh6 23.Nxd5 Rxd5 24.Qf6+ Kg8 25.Re8+ Rxe8 26.Rxe8+ Kh7 27.Rh8#.  22...Nce7

23.Rxe7+ Nxe7. 23...Bxe7 leads to mate: 24.Ne5+ Kf8 25.Bh6+ Ke8 26.Qxg6#. 24.Qe6+ Kg7 25.Bf6+ Kh6 26.Qe3+ g5 Or 26...Kh7 27.Ng5+ Kh6 28.Ne6+ Kh7 29.Nxc7. 27.Qxg5+ Kh7 28.Rxe7+ Black resigns.