GM Tournament Round - 2

Grandmaster Tournament Round 2

Siddharth and James flashed out 14 moves of The Queen’s Gambit Declined, Semi Tarrasch 5…cxd4 theory and on the next move, they split the point.

IM Siddharth Jagadeesh – IM Morris James Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Professor Lim Kok Ann Grandmaster Tournament 14.06.2022

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c5 5.cxd5 cxd4 6.Qxd4 exd5 7.e4 dxe4 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Ng5 Be6 10.Nxe6+ fxe6 11.Bg5 Nc6 12.Bc4 Ke7! 13.Nxe4 Kf7 14.Bxf6 gxf6

 

In the last 6 months, world class GMs have failed to make headway for White from this position and so…

 

15.0–0N

A draw was offered and accepted here.

 

½–½

Likewise, IM Wynn and GM Nguyen, who had teamed up for the Rotational Simultaneous Exhibition yesterday, decided on a truce early after 11 moves.

IM Wynn Zaw Htun - GM Nguyen Anh Dung Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Professor Lim Kok Ann Grandmaster Tournament, 14.06.2022

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb7 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.0–0 d5 9.Qc2 Nbd7 10.Bf4 Rc8

11.Rd1 0–0

 

½–½

Irene managed to extract a slight edge in the Scotch Four Knights against Jingyao and her Queenside knight dance (Na4-c5-b3-d4) nibbled away at his position but the Singaporean GM-elect decided to counter vigorously with a double pawn sacrifice to get a dangerous passed e-pawn. In time trouble, Irene missed a rook trade and a desperado bishop sacrifice and Jingyao joins Oliver in the lead with 2/2.

IM Sukandar Irine Kharisma - IM Tin Jingyao Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Professor Lim Kok Ann Grandmaster Tournament, 14.06.2022

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 0–0 8.0–0 d5 9.exd5 cxd5 10.h3 c6 11.Qf3 Rb8 12.Re1 Bd6 13.b3 Rb7 14.Bf4 Re7 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.Rxe7 Qxe7

 

In a typical Four Knights Scotch, Irine tries to create a little imbalance by establishing the c5–square for her knight.

 

17.Na4N

A standard motif to soften the Black center with …c2–c4.

 

17…Qe5!

 

Nixing White’s plan.

 

18.Rd1 Re8 19.Nc5 h5 20.Qg3!?

An interesting idea to trade queens and subsequently make use of the d4 square (much harder with queens on) to create some tension.

 

20…Qxg3 21.fxg3 Kf8 22.b4 Re5 23.Nb3 Ke7 24.Nd4 Kd6 25.Rb1 Ne4 26.b5

A clever idea, forcing Black to isolate his d-pawn or to accept a knight on c6 (hitting a7).

 

26…Bd7 27.bxc6 Bxc6 28.Rf1!

 

Initial mission accomplished, Irine now tries to make inroads on the kingside.

 

28…f6!

A double pawn sacrifice to get his center pawn rolling down. Jingyao is really in fine form for the past month and the confidence clearly shows.

 

29.Nf5+ Kc5 30.Nxg7 Bd7 31.Bxe4 dxe4 32.Rxf6 e3 33.Kf1 Kb4 34.Ke1 Kc3?

 

Risking too much in an attempt to win. 34…a5= and Black is okay.

 

35.Rf7!+– Ba4

36.Rc7+?

 

With time trouble lurking, Irine misses her way. White should try 36.Rf5! Rxf5 37.Nxf5 Bxc2 38.Nxe3 and only White can win.

 

36…Kb2 37.Rxa7 Bxc2 38.Ke2?

 

 

As Li Yang pointed out, White has to find 38.Ra6

 

38…Bd3+!–+

Ouch…and with this desperado bishop offer, Jingyao clinches the win..

 

39.Kd1 e2+! 40.Ke1 Rc5 41.Rb7+ Ka1 42.Re7 Rc1+ 43.Kd2 Rd1+ 44.Kc3 Ba6 45.Nxh5 e1Q+ 46.Rxe1 Rxe1 47.Kd4 Bb7 48.Nf4 Kxa2 49.h4 Kb3 50.h5 Re8 51.Kd3 Bc8 52.Kd4 Bg4 53.Kd5 Kc3 54.Kd6 Kd4 55.h6 Rh8 56.Ke7 Rxh6 57.Kf7 Ra6

 

0–1

Oliver took advantage of Qianyun’s reluctance to play the counter-attacking …b5 move until it was way too late and the Filipino IM rallied his pieces to start an irresistible kingside attack.

IM Dimakiling Oliver - WGM Gong Qianyun Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Professor Lim Kok Ann Grandmaster Tournament, 14.06.2022

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 d5 3.g3 c6 4.Bg2 Bf5 5.Nh4 Bg6 6.Nxg6 hxg6 7.Nd2 Nbd7 8.c4 e6 9.0–0 Qb6 10.e3 Be7

11.Qe2 0–0 12.Rd1 Rfe8 13.Rb1 Bf8 14.b4 a6 15.f4 Qc7 16.e4

16…dxe4

 

Dragon 3.0 recommends the counter-intuitive 16…dxc4! 17.Nxc4 b5! 18.Ne5 a5 19.a3 axb4 20.axb4 Ra4 and Black has managed to put sufficient pressure to deflect White from focusing on the weak c6–pawn.

 

17.Nxe4 Nxe4 18.Qxe4 Nf6 19.Qe2 Rad8

Now we get the type of play akin to the Fort Knox Attack in the French where Black gradually gangs up on the d4–pawn and look for flank breaks in the process.

 

20.Be3 Rd7 21.Bf3 Red8 22.Kg2

Inexplicably, Qianyun eschews the standard …b5 hit over many moves, which will either isolate the White d4–pawn or force it to become a backward pawn after c4–c5.

 

22…Be7

 

22…b5=

 

23.Qf2 Qc8 24.a4 Ne8

 

24…b5!=

 

25.  g4

 

Maybe now is a good time for 25.d5 but Oliver probably realized, Qianyun won’t play for ..b5 anyway since she hasn’t shown any inclination to do so.

 

25…Qb8

 

25…b5!=

 

26.  a5

And now, there’s no such break to play.

 

26…Bd6 27.Be2 Nf6 28.Qf3 Qc8 29.Rb3 Bc7 30.Rbd3 Bd6 31.Bd2 Bc7 32.Bc3 Qb8

 

33.Rf1

 

With the d-pawn safe, White switches his attention to the kingside.

 

33…b5

 

Too little, too late.

 

34.axb6!+– Bxb6 35.g5

White has a powerful attack.

 

35…Nh5 36.Qe4 Re7 37.Bxh5 gxh5 38.f5 Ree8 39.g6 f6 40.Qf3

 

1–0

 

Daniel got a little too creative with his flank pawn breaks and it resulted in Adhiban getting an awesome advanced pawn center. The English-Singaporean GM had to jettison a piece to break the initiative and took the opportunity of the wayward Black minor pieces to make forays onto the Black kingside. Adhiban systematically traded pieces into a won ending but an erroneous knight move in the intricate ending allowed Daniel to force a draw.

GM Fernandez Daniel Howard - GM Adhiban B. Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Professor Lim Kok Ann Grandmaster Tournament, 14.06.2022

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 d5 6.Bg2 e5 7.Nc2 d4 8.0–0 Nc6 9.b4

Not a move you would expect a GM to punt but Daniel routinely goes 1 b4 so this is just par for the course.

 

9…Be7

 

You won’t expect a Grandmaster to fall for 9…Nxb4? 10.Nxb4 Bxb4 11.Qa4+

 

10.f4

 

Right up Daniel’s alley as he tries to make the Indian GM work hard in the opening.

 

10. 0–0 11.b5 Na5 12.Nba3?

OK this is way too provocative and the dark-squares are awaiting for Black’s bishop.

 

Better is 12.fxe5 Ng4 13.Bb2

 

12…Bc5!–+

 

The threat of …d3 forces White to tuck his king away, giving Black an ultra-strong mobile centre.

 

13.Kh1 e4 14.Qd2 Bf5 15.Bb2 e3 16.Qd1 d3!

Freeing up the e-pawn which is closer to the promised land.

 

17.exd3 Re8 18.Qe1 Bxd3 19.Bxf6 gxf6 20.Rf3 Be4 21.Rd1 Qc7 22.Qe2 Bxa3

 

Black has the easier task after 22…Bxf3 23.Bxf3 Bxa3 24.Nxa3 Qc5

 

23.Rxe3 Bxg2+ 24.Kxg2 Rxe3 25.Nxe3

Black has a piece for a pawn but his king isn’t quite secure with that tattered abode and his pieces strewn on the queenside.

 

25…Kh8 26.Qd3 Bf8 27.Qf5 Qe7

 

White bags a draw after 27…Nxc4 28.Nxc4 Qxc4 29.Qxf6+ Kg8 30.Qg5+ Bg7 31.Rd8+ Rxd8 32.Qxd8+ Bf8 33.Qg5+ Bg7 34.Qd8+ Bf8 35.Qg5+ Bg7 36.Qd8+=

 

28.Nd5 Qe2+ 29.Kh3 Nxc4

 

Of course, not 29…Qxd1? 30.Nxf6 Qf1+ 31.Kh4+–

 

30.Rd4

 

A try as good as any. White is toast anyway after 30.Nxf6 Qg2+ 31.Kxg2 Ne3+ 32.Kf3 Nxf5

 

30…Bg7 31.Nxf6 31…Qg2+!

Adhiban spotted the trading combination.

 

32.Kxg2 Ne3+ 33.Kh3 Nxf5 34.Rd7 Bxf6 35.Rxf7 Nd6! 36.Rxf6 Nxb5 37.Rf7 b6?!

A glimmer of hope for White since the knight isn’t going to snag the a-pawn, giving Black a runner on the a-file. 37…Nc3 38.Rxb7 Nxa2 should clinch the game.

38.Kh4!

 

Daniel is short of a piece but now his king gets in the act!

38…Rc8 39.g4 Rc7 40.Rf8+ Kg7 41.Rd8 h6 42.Kh5!

42…Nc3 43.Rd6

Now Black misses his way…

 

43…Ne4?

 

Black wins after 43…Ne2 44.Rg6+ Kf8 45.Kxh6 Nxf4 46.Rf6+ Rf7 but it is far easier to spot it with your engines showing you the way.

 

44.Rg6+!=

 

The win is gone with the wind.

 

44…Kf7 45.Kxh6 Rc8 46.Rg7+ Kf6 47.Rg6+

 

A well-deserved draw which is the result of the resistance and pressure Daniel put up after getting outplayed in the opening.

 

½–½