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Thursday, May 21, 2009

MTel-Chess Tournament: Round 7 game between Carlsen and Dominiguez: html version

Here is some analysis of the 7th round game between GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Leinier Dominguez Perez, from the 2009 MTel Masters Chess Tournament. I have posted these moves below at the bottom of the first page of my blog using the iChess viewer so you can play through this game move by move. Enjoy!

Carlsen,Magnus (2770) - Dominguez Perez ,Leinier (7) [D97]
MTel Tournament, 20.05.2009
[Analyzed with the help of Zappa Mexico II,Deep Rybka 3 Human]

D97: Grünfeld: Russian System: 7 e4, replies other than 7...Bg4 D97: Grünfeld: Russian System: 7 e4, replies other than 7...Bg4 Opening:Grunfeld Defense:Russian System 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 The Grunfeld Defense, a hypermodern approach to contesting the Queen's Gambit. Black allows White to set up a large pawn center, which the black player will try to exploit with his pieces. 4.Nf3 [Analysis:the more popular continuation is 4.cxd5 which is known as the Exchange variation.] 4...Bg7 The most popular continuation for Black, catching up in minor piece development. 5.Qb3 This move is the one which characterizes the opening as the "Russian System". Carlsen does this to support his QBP and avoid the exchange of Black's KKt which happens in the "exchange variation" (so that it will block Black's intended ..B-Kt2 diagonal). 5...dxc4 The most popular continuation, forcing the white queen to move a second time in the opening. 6.Qxc4 0-0 The most popular continuation for Black at this stage of the game. 7.e4 Gaining a larger pawn center, allowing for the development of his queen's bishop, and also creating the thereat of e4-e5. 7...Nc6 The Cuban GM choses a less popular continuation on this move. He develops another minor piece and in the process tempts Carlsen to advance his d-pawn to d5. 8.Be2 ?! The most-often played continuation, simply developing another minor piece.Dominguez has a cramped position how would you go about changing this? 8...e5?! A rarely-played-continuation, and one in which black has had little success.That is why I assign this move the ?!. According to my large database of games on my computer's hard drive, this move was first played by Wolfgang Uhlmann in a game against Shamkovich in 1965. Shamkovich Uhlmann went on to win this game I mention..This move has only been played in 8/224 which reached this stage in my database. Dominguez threatens to win material by playing ...e5xd4 [Analysis:The main line is: 8...Bg4 9.d5 Na5 10.Qb4 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 c6 12.0-0 Qb6 13.Qa4 Nd7] 9.d5 Carlsen decides to close the center. This has a number of effects. Firstly, the black bishop on g7 is now very passive, blocked in my its own knight and e-pawn.In addition Carlsen forces the black knight on c6 to move, which will allow Carlsen to target Dominiguez's c-pawn using the half-open c-file in the future. [Analysis: (a)The move 9.dxe5 was tried in the game Simic-Spassov, 1984 draw.; (b)Another idea is to play 9.Nxe5 ie: 9.Nxe5 Nxd4 10.0-0 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 Be6-+ (11...Nxe2+?! 12.Qxe2 Bxe5 13.Bg5-/+) ; (c)Playing the capture 9.dxe5?! is viewed as being dubious by the chess program Zappa Mexico II: 9...Ng4 10.0-0 Ncxe5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5=] 9...Nd4 Creating the threat of 10....Nc2+ winning the exchange. [Analysis:The move 9...Na5 was played in the game Mecking-Yepez, 1970 draw.] 10.Nxd4 exd4 By playing this move Dominguez now will have two half-open files in his position (the e- and d-files). 11.Qxd4 c6 Only six games in my Megadatabase have been played in this position. Dominguez threatens to simply the position by playing 12...cxd6 and if 13.exd6 then Carlsen's passed d-pawn would be isolated. 12.d6!?N This move appears to be a theoretical novelty for the position.Carlsen decides to gain a protected-passed pawn. [Analysis:In my database only the moves: (a) 12.Qc4 ; and (b) 12.Qd1 had been played before by White in this position.] 12...Nd5!? Attacking Carlsen's queen winning a tempo. This move will also allow the Black dark-squared bishop to gain more play.. White has an active position [Analysis:The program Deep Rybka 3 Human gave a better evaluation to the move 12...Re8 with a possible continuation being: 13.Bg5 Nxe4!? 14.Qxg7+!? Kxg7 15.Bxd8 Nxc3 16.bxc3 Rxd8 17.0-0-0 Be6 18.c4 b5 19.c5!? Bxa2© with sufficient compensation for the pawn.] 13.Qd3 The square Deep Rybka 3 was also going to move the queen to. 13...Nxc3 [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3 Human:The program preferred to play: 13...Nb4!? with a possible continuation being: 14.Qd1 Be5 15.a3 Na6 16.0-0 Bxd6 17.Bxa6 bxa6 18.Be3 Qe7 +=] 14.bxc3 Qf6 The Cuban GM activates his queen. By playing his queen to the f6-square he ties down Carlsens' queen to defend both the white d-pawn and the white c-pawn. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3 Human:The program gave a better evaluation to the move 14...f5 with a possible continuation being: 15.0-0 ((b)Another idea is to play 15.Be3 with this continuation possible:) Zappa Mexico II program analysis: 15...fxe4 16.Qc4+ Kh8 17.Rd1 Bd7 18.Be3 Qa5 19.Rac1 Rae8+/=] 15.Bb2!? Carlsen overprotects his c-pawn, in an interesting way, which frees up his queen from having to do so. In addition now Carlsen can create a discovered attack against the black queen by advancing his c-pawn one square in the future.Of course the drawback of playing the bishop to b2 is that it is very passive on b2 until the white c-pawn is advanced up the board. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:The program gave a better evaluation to the move 15.O-O: 15.0-0 Qxc3 16.Qxc3 Bxc3 17.Rb1 b5 18.Rd1 Bd7 19.Be3 Rae8 20.Rbc1 Bg7 21.Bf3!? Be5+/=; 15.0-0 Qxc3 16.Qxc3 Bxc3+/=] 15...Rd8 Dominquez places the rook on the d-file which creates a double-attack against Carlsen's d-pawn. This wins a tempo. In addition now Carlsen is now unable to play d6-d7 in the future (once he plays his rook to d1) as this would lose the pawn due to ...Rxd7.. Black threatens to win material: Rd8xd6 [Rybka 3 Human 32-bit: 15...Rd8 16.Rd1 Qe5 17.0-0 Qa5 18.a4 Be6 19.Qc2 Qb6 20.Rd2 Bb3 21.Qd3 Be5 22.Ba3 Bxa4 23.Bd1 Bxd1 24.Rfxd1 Rd7=] 16.Rd1 The lost tempo. 16...Qe6 [Analysis:The program Deep Rybka 3 gave a better evaluation to the move 16...Qe5 with a possible continuation being: 17.0-0 Qc5 18.Qc4 Qxc4 19.Bxc4 Be5 20.Ba3 b5 21.Bb3 Bxc3 22.Bc5 a5 23.Rd3 b4+/=; 16...Qe5 17.0-0+/=] 17.f4!?+/= Carlsen leaves his a--pawn enprise in order to gain another pawn in the center of the board. 17...Qxa2 This move also wins a tempo, as now Carlsen's bishop is enprise. 18.Rd2 The lost tempo. 18...Qa5 Dominguez creates a double-attack against Carlsen's c-pawn which ties down Carlsen's queen and dark-squared bishop to defend this pawn. [Analysis:Zappa Mexico II:Better is 18...a5 with a possible continuation being: 19.0-0 Qb3 20.e5 (20.Ra1 Be6 21.e5 a4 22.Ba3 f6 23.Rb2 Qd5) 20...Be6 21.Ba1 b5 22.Qd4 Bh6 23.Qc5 Ra6+/-] 19.Qe3 This move was also suggested by the program Zappa Mexico II in its analysis of the position.By playing the queen to e3 this suggests Carlsen is interested in playing the advance e4-e5 in the near future. [Analysis:Deep Rybka: 19.e5 Be6 20.Qd4 Qb6 21.c4 c5 22.Qd3 Qb4 23.Ba3 Qa4+/-] 19...Bd7?! Dominquez develops his last minor piece,which results in Carlsens' d-pawn being blockaded. The chess program Zappa Mexico II gave this move an evaluation of ?! (dubious). [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:(a)Better is >=19...Qb6 with a possible continuation being: 20.Kf2 Qxe3+ 21.Kxe3 f6 22.Rhd1 Bd7 23.c4 c5 24.Bf3 Re8+/-; (b)Zappa Mexico II pointed out in its analysis that the move 19....g5 is also better than the move Dominguez chose (19...Bd7?!). 19...g5 20.g3 Qb6 21.Qxb6 axb6 22.Kf2 Be6 23.Rhd1 Ra4 24.Ke3 f5+/-] 20.Kf2+/- Carlsen places his king in a safer location and connects his two rooks in the process.The program Deep Rybka 3 Human also suggested this move in its evaluation. [Analysis:Zappa Mexico II: The program gave a better evaluation to the move 20.e5 with a possible continuation being: 20.e5 Re8 21.0-0 Qd8 22.c4 b6 23.Bd3 Bh6 24.Qf2 Be6 25.c5 b5+/-] 20...Re8 Dominguez centralizes his rook, which creates a pin against Carlsen's e-pawn. [Analysis:(a)Zappa Mexico II: The program gave a better evaluation to the move 20...Qa2 then it provided this long possible continuation: >=20...Qa2 21.Ra1 (21.e5 Qe6 (21...Qb3 22.c4 Qxe3+ 23.Kxe3 Re8 24.Kf2 Bh6 25.g3 g5 26.Rg1 Kf8+/-) ) 21...Qe6 22.c4 Re8 23.Bd3 (23.Bxg7 Kxg7 24.c5 f6 25.Bf3 Qf7 26.Qd4 Be6+/-) 23...Bxb2 24.Rxb2 b5!? 25.e5 a6+/-; (b)Deep Rybka 3 Human:The program gave a better evaluation to the move 20...b5 with a possible continuation being: >=20...b5 21.c4 Bxb2 22.Rxb2 Rab8 23.Rhb1 Re8 24.cxb5 cxb5 25.e5 b4+/-] 21.Ra1 Attacking the black queen winning a tempo. [Analysis:(a)Zappa Mexico II: 21.e5 Qd8 22.c4 f6 23.Rhd1 fxe5 24.Bxe5 Qh4+ 25.Kg1 Rxe5!? 26.fxe5 Bh6 27.Qd4 Qxd4+ 28.Rxd4 Be3+ 29.Kf1 Bxd4 30.Rxd4 Rf8++/-; (b)The program Deep Rybka 3 Human was also going to play the move 21.Ra1 in this position with a possible continuation being: 21.Ra1 Qb6 22.Qxb6 axb6 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 24.c4 Ra2 25.e5 h5 26.g3 Be6 27.Bd3 Bd7+/-] 21...Qd8 The lost tempo. [Analysis:Zappa Mexico II and Deep Rybka 3 Human:The programs gave a better evaluation to the move 21...Qb6 with a possible continuation being: >=21...Qb6 22.c4 (Deep Rybka 3 Human: 22.Qxb6 axb6 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 24.c4 f6 25.Rd3 Kf7 26.Rb3 Ra6 27.h4 Bf8 28.e5 h5+/-) 22...Bxb2 23.Qxb6 axb6 24.Rxa8 Bd4+ 25.Rxd4 Rxa8+/-] 22.c4 Carlsen offers to exchange dark-squared bishops on b2.In addition, bBy advancing his c-pawn he threatens to play c4-c5 in the future. 22...Bxb2 [Analysis:Zappa Mexico II and Deep Rybka 3 Human: The programs evaluated that the move 22..b5 was a better idea that the move Dominguez chose (22...Bxb2) and these programs gave these possible continuations: (a) >=22...b5 (b)(i) 23.Bxg7 ((b)(ii) 23.Rxa7? Qh4+ 24.g3 Qxh2+ 25.Ke1 Rxa7 26.Qxa7 (26.Bxg7?? Qh1+ 27.Kf2 Rxe4 28.Qf3 Qh2+ 29.Qg2 Qxg2+ 30.Kxg2 Kxg7-+) 26...Bxb2 27.Rxb2 Qxg3+ 28.Qf2 (28.Kd1 Rxe4-+) 28...Qc3+ 29.Rd2 Rxe4 30.cxb5 cxb5 31.Qa7 Qc1+ 32.Rd1 Rxe2+! 33.Kxe2 Bg4+-+) (b)(iii):Better than 23...Rxa7? is 23...Kxg7: 23...Kxg7 24.Rb1 (24.cxb5 cxb5 25.Rc2 a5 26.e5 Qh4+ 27.Kg1 Rec8+/-) 24...Rb8 25.Rdb2 a6 26.e5 Kg8 27.cxb5 cxb5 28.Kg1 Qa5+/-; (b)Another possible continuation involving 22...b5 and 23.Bxg7 is ((b)(iii)If instead of 23.Bxg7 he were to play 23.Rxa7 this would be a blunder as these continuations show: 23.Rxa7?? Qh4+ 24.Kf1 (24.g3 Qxh2+ 25.Ke1 Rxa7 26.Qxa7 (26.Bxg7 Rb7-+ (26...Kxg7?! 27.Qd4+ Kg8 28.Qxa7-+) ) 26...Bxb2 27.Rxb2 Qxg3+ 28.Qf2 Qc3+ 29.Rd2 Rxe4 30.Qg2 Qxc4 31.Qf3 Qc1+ 32.Rd1 Qxf4-+) 24...Bxb2 25.Rxd7 Bc1 26.Re7 Red8 27.Qf2 Qxf2+ 28.Kxf2 Bxd2-+) continuing with the line (b)(iii) from above: 23...Kxg7 24.cxb5 (24.Rb2 Qh4+ 25.Kg1 Qf6 26.Rab1 a6 27.Bf3 h6 28.c5 a5+/-) 24...cxb5 25.Rc2 a5 26.Rc7 b4 27.e5 Rc8 28.Ra7 Be6+/-] 23.Rxb2 Now the black b-pawn is enprise so Dominguez must do something about this fact, he chose to play: 23...b6 Also suggested by Deep Rybka 3 and Zappa Mexico II. 24.Bf3 Carlsen spends a tempo to free up his queen from having to defend his e-pawn. Now Carlsens' queen can be used for other purposes. [Analysis:Zappa Mexico II and Deep Rybka 3 Human:Another idea these programs examined in this position was to play the pawn advance 24.e5 with this continuation possible: 24.e5 f6 25.Bd3 (25.Bd1 fxe5 26.fxe5 Bf5 27.c5 bxc5 28.Bb3+!? Kg7 29.Qxc5 Qb6 30.Qxb6 axb6 31.Rxa8 Rxa8+-) 25...fxe5 26.fxe5 a5 27.Bc2 Rb8+/-] 24...Qh4+ [Analysis:Another idea Zappa Mexico II brought forth was to play 24...g5 in this position, with a possible continuation being: 24...g5 25.fxg5 Re5 26.h4 Rc5 27.Qd4 Qe8 28.Rba2 a5 29.Rb1 Qd8 30.Rab2 Ra6 And according to the evaluation of the program Black would lack sufficient compensation for the pawn.] 25.Kg1 Qf6 Dominguez simultaneously attacks Carlsen's rook on b2 and Carlsen's pawn on d6...what to do? 26.Qd2 Carlsen spends a tempo to protect both his d-pawn and his rook on b2. 26...g5 By playing this pawn advance Dominguez creates a double-attack against Carlsen's f-pawn threatening to win a pawn next move. 27.g3 Preventing the loss of a pawn. [Analysis:The program Zappa Mexico II gave a better evaluation to the more forceful move 27.e5 with a possible continuation being: 27.e5 Qf5 28.g4!? Qxf4 29.Qxf4 gxf4 30.Kf2 Rxe5 31.Rxb6 Rc5 32.Rb7 Rd8 33.Rbxa7 Rxc4 34.Rd1 Rc2+ 35.Kg1 Rc3© with sufficient compensation for the pawn.] 27...gxf4 Dominguez creates a half-open g-file for himself. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3 Human:The program gave a better evaluation to the move 27...Qe6 with a possible continuation being: 28.Rc2 a5 29.c5 Qb3 30.Rc3 Qb4 31.cxb6 Qxb6+ 32.Kh1 Qb4 33.e5 Rab8+/-] 28.gxf4 Kh8 Dominguez clears the g8-square for his rook on e8. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3 Human:The program gave a better evaluation to the move 28...Qh4 with a possible continuation being: 29.Kh1 Kh8 30.Rba2 a5 31.c5!? bxc5 32.Rxa5 Rxa5 33.Rxa5 c4 34.Rc5 Ra8 35.Rxc4 Be6 36.Rb4 f6© and black would have enough compensation for the pawn.] 29.Kh1 Carlsen also places his king in a more secure location, freeing up the g1 square a for rook. 29...Rg8 Gaining control of an important file,however this move is suspiciously dubious due to the continuation Carlsen plays. [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3 Human:Better is 29...Qh6 with a possible continuation being: 30.Ra6 Bc8 31.Ra3 Bd7 32.c5 f6 33.Rba2 bxc5 34.Rxa7 Rxa7 35.Rxa7 c4!? 36.Be2 Rb8+/=] 30.e5 Attacking his opponents' queen threatening to win a tempo. [Analysis:Zappa Mexico II: 30.e5 Qh4 31.Qd4 Be6 32.Rg2 c5 33.Qf2 Qxf2 34.Rxf2 Rab8 35.Rxa7 Bxc4 36.Rd2 Rg7 37.Rc7 Be6+/-] 30...Qh4 The lost tempo, however now Carlsens' queen is forced to defend his attacked f-pawn. 31.Qd4 Rg7? The program Zappa Mexico II assigned this move the mistake symbol (?). [Analysis:Zappa Mexico II and Deep Rybka 3 Human:Better is: 31...Be6!?+/- with a possible continuation being: 32.Rg2 (32.Bxc6 Rac8 33.Bd5 Rg7 (33...Rg4 34.Rf2 Rg7 35.Rf3 Bxd5 36.Qxd5 Qg4 37.Rff1 a5 38.Rab1 Rcg8 39.Qf3 Qf5 and black lacks sufficient compensation for the pawn.) 34.Rd2 Rg4 35.Qf2 Qh6 and black has insufficient compensation for the pawn.) 32...c5 33.Qf2 Qxf2 34.Rxf2 Rab8 35.Rxa7 Bxc4 36.Rc7 Rgc8 37.Rd2 Kg7 38.f5+-] 32.Rg2 Carlsen offers to exchange rooks on g2. [Analysis:(a)Zappa Mexico II: According to the analysis of this program Carlsen missed a better continuation in this position, that being the move 32.e6 with this continuation being possible: 32.e6 Bxe6 33.Rg2 Rag8 34.Rxg7 Rxg7 35.Bxc6 Qh3 36.d7 Bxd7[] the only move 37.Qxd7 Qxd7 38.Bxd7 Rg6 39.Rxa7 Kg8+- with a decisive advantage!; (b)Deep Rybka 3 Human preferred to play: 32.Rxb6 Rag8 33.Rb7 c5 (33...Rg3?? 34.e6+ f6 35.exd7 Rh3 36.Qg1 Rd8 37.Qg2+-) 34.Qe3 Be6 35.Rbxa7 Bxc4 36.Ra8 and black has insufficent compensation for the pawn.] 32...Rag8 Pressuring Carlsen's rook on g1 and forcing Carlsen to keep his bishop on f3 to protect his double-attacked rook. [Analysis:Zappa Mexico II and Deep Rybka 3 Human::Better is 32...c5 with a possible continuation being: 33.Qf2 Qxf2 34.Rxf2 Rag8 35.Rfa2 (35.Bd5 Bf5 36.Rfa2 a5 37.Rb2 Rg4 38.Rxb6 Rxf4 39.Rb7 Rxc4 40.Rxf7 Rd4 41.Bf3 Be6 42.Re7 Bf5+/-) 35...a5 36.Rb2 Be6 37.Rxb6 Bxc4 38.Rc6 Rg4!? 39.f5 (39.Bxg4? Bd5+ 40.Kg1 Bxc6=) 39...Rf4 40.Rg1 Rd8+-] 33.e6 Carlsen offers to exchange pawns. 33...Bxe6 [Analysis:Deep Rybka 3 Human worse is: 33...fxe6?? 34.Qe5 a5 35.c5 Be8 36.cxb6 Bg6 37.Bxc6 Qh3 38.d7 Qb3 39.Qc7+-] 34.Rxg7 Reducing the rook battery Dominguez had at his disposal. 34...Rxg7 35.Bxc6 Regaining his pawn. 35...f6 By advancing his pawn to f6 Dominguez prevents Carlsen from creating a double-attack against the black rook via 36.Rg1. [Analysis:Zappa Mexico II: (a)The program evaluated the move 35...h5 and found it to be inferior to the move 35...f6. If Dominguez had played 35...h5 then a possible continuation is: 35...h5 36.d7 Bxd7 37.Bxd7+- (37.Qxd7?! Qxf4 38.Qxa7 Qxc4 39.Qxb6 Qf4+-) 37...Qe7 38.Bf5 Kg8 39.Qd5 Kh8 40.Be4 h4 41.Qd4+-; (b)Zappa Mexico II: A better idea for Dominguez in this position was to play 35...Qh3 with a possible continuation being: 36.d7 Bxd7 37.Qxd7 Qxd7 38.Bxd7 Rg6 39.Rxa7 Kg8 40.f5 Rf6 41.Kg2 Kf8 42.Kf3 Rh6 43.Kg3 Rd6+- however this position is won for Carlsen.; (c)Rybka 3 Human:Better is 35...a5 with a possible continuation being: 36.d7 Qd8[] 37.Re1 h6 38.f5 Bxd7 39.Bxd7 Kh7 40.f6 Rg6 41.Qd5 Qxf6 42.Bf5 h5 43.Qe5 Kh6 44.Bxg6 Qf3+ 45.Kg1[] Qg4+ 46.Kf2 Qh4+ 47.Kg2 Qg4+ 48.Qg3 Kxg6 49.Qxg4+ hxg4+-] 36.d7 Forcing Dominguez to give up a piece for Carlsen's d-pawn. 36...Bxd7 37.Bxd7 Re7 [Analysis:Zappa Mexico II and Deep Rybka 3:Better is: >=37...Qh5 38.Bc6 Qg6 39.Qd8+ Rg8[] 40.Qc7 f5 41.Bd5 Qg7 42.Qxa7 Rd8 43.Qxg7+ Kxg7+-] 38.Be6! A Discovered attack: Carlsen now threatens to play 39.Rg1 followed by 40.Rg8 checkmate. 38...Rxe6?? A blunder. [Note the following continuation: 38...Rxe6 39.Qd8+ Double attack (39.f5 Discovered attack) ; /\38...-- 39.Rg1 Mate threat; Analysis:Deep Rybka 3:Dominuguez had to play the move 38...Re8 in this position with a possible continuation being: 38...Re8 39.Qd7 Ra8 40.Bd5 Rb8 41.Rg1 (threatening Qg7 checkmate next move) 41...Qh6 42.Qf7 (threatening 43.Qg8+ Rxg8 (the only move) 44.Rg8# checkmate 42...Qf8 43.Qxa7 Rd8 44.Rg8+ Qxg8 (the only move) 45.Bxg8 Kxg8 46.Qxb6+-] 39.Qd8+ Now Carlsen has a forced checkmate in 13 according to my tablebases. 39...Kg7[] 40.Rg1+ Kf7 [40...Qg5 doesn't change anything anymore 41.fxg5 Kf7 42.gxf6 Re8 43.Rg7+ Ke6 44.Qxe8+ Kxf6 45.Rf7+ Kg6 46.Qg8+ Kh6 47.Rxh7#] 41.Qg8+ Ke7 42.Rg7+ Kd6 43.Qf8+ [43.Qf8+ Kc6 44.Qc8+ Kd6 45.Rd7#; 43.Qf8+ Kc6 44.Qc8+ Kd6 45.Qc7#] 1-0

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