GRENKE Rd6: Anand only win

A relatively quiet round before the big finale Monday in Baden-Baden. The monster match up of Caruana-Carlsen was a bit of a disappointment as Carlsen forced a quick draw with a clever perpetual in a Berlin defense. Bacrot and Naiditsch played a very dry game, while Adams could not convert his advantage against Aronian. The only winner today was Anand who beat Baramidze.

 

Round 06 – February 08, 2015, 15:00
Anand Viswanathan 2797
1-0
Baramidze David 2594
Caruana Fabiano 2811
½-½
Carlsen Magnus 2865
Bacrot Etienne 2711
½-½
Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
Aronian Levon 2777
½-½
Adams Michael 2738

Round six under way

 

Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 Baramidze, David
Baramidze has shown excellent level here in Baden-Baden, despite his results not living up to his positions. This time, however, it was clear that Anand was the better player:

1.0/6 is surely not what Baramidze was hoping to score, despite the rating difference

 Anand, Viswanathan2797Baramidze, David25941–0C953rd GRENKE Chess Classic6.408.02.2015
1.e4 e5 2.f3 c6 3.b5 a6 4.a4 f6 5.0-0 e7 6.e1 b5 7.b3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 b8 10.d4 bd7 11.bd2 b7 12.c2 e8 13.f1 f8 14.g3 g6 15.a4 g7 16.d3 Baramidze is faithful to the variation that gave him a good position against Carlsen, even if he lost that game at the end. c6 17.e3 Already a different approach from 17.Bg5. The structure is typical for the Breyer: Black will try to break on d5 at some point, but it isn’t always easy to achieve and it doesn’t always give full equality. On the other hand it isn’t entirely clear what White is doing to improve his own position. c7 18.d2 exd4 19.cxd4 c5 This entire plan of playing c5, though common for the structure, is probably dubious at this point. White is very well placed for it. 20.d5 c4 21.c2 ec8 22.axb5 c3 This is the start of a combination that doesn’t work. 22…axb5 23.d4 looks pretty bad for Black as b5 is hard to defend in a natural way. 23.bxc3 xd5 24.exd5 xc3 25.d1 xa1 26.xa1 axb5 27.d4 Black doesn’t have the time to take on c2. c3 27…xc2 28.h6 f6 29.e7 Black is too weak along the 7th rank and his defenses simply collapse. 28.e4 xd4 29.xd4 xd5 30.xd6 c5 31.6xb5 White has consolidated his extra material. The two pieces will overpower the rook, even if it is a slow process. a2 32.h6 a8 33.d3 d8 34.g5 a8 35.e7 cc8 36.d6 c7 37.4b5 c6 38.f1 g7 39.g4 f6 40.g5 b8 41.h4 h5 42.h3 f5 43.f1 g8 44.d1 f3 45.a1 d5 46.f4 c5 47.d1 f3 48.c4+ h7 49.f1 e4 50.a1 d3 51.d4 c7 52.xe4 fxe4 53.f6 cb7 54.e6 b1+ 55.xb1 xb1+ 56.g2 b8 57.f1 c8 58.d5 e8 59.e5 c8 60.e2 c5 61.xc5 xc5 62.xe4 a5 63.e3 a3+ 64.d4 a5 65.f5 1–0

Anand scored the only win today in Baden-Baden

Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ Naiditsch, Arkadij
Basically nothing happened but lots of trades in this version of the Bogo-Indian defense.

Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ Carlsen, Magnus
The only interesting moment of this duel between the top two players in the World came with the perpetual that arose at the end:

A Berlin… fascinating

The face of intelligence: World Champion Magnus Carlsen

 Caruana, Fabiano2811Carlsen, Magnus2865½–½C673rd GRENKE Chess Classic6.308.02.2015
1.e4 e5 2.f3 c6 3.b5 f6 4.0-0 xe4 5.d4 d6 6.xc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 f5 8.xd8+ xd8 9.h3 h6 10.d1+ e8 11.c3 e7 12.f4 g6 13.h2 b4 14.e2 e7 15.fd4 f8 16.g4 h5 17.f5 e6 18.g2 b6 19.f3 c5 20.g3 g5 20…b7 was also perfectly possible. 21.h4 hxg4 and now the draw is forced 22.hxg5 gxf3+ 23.xf3 xg5+ 24.f4 24.g4 h3 is risky for White: 25.e6 xe6 26.f4 g6 27.xe6 gxf5+ 28.xf5 fxe6+ 29.g4 e5! with this key move the knight from h3 is rescued and Black remains out a pawn, though probably one that is very hard to convert. 30.xe5 30.d5 e7 30.e1 d7! 30…f2+ 24…h3+ 25.e4 g5+ 26.f4 h3+ ½–½

Aronian, Levon ½-½ Adams, Michael
Adams obtained a very clear advantage with the opposite colored bishop situation, as his king was perfectly save while Aronian’s felt very uncomfortable. He was able to transform this into an extra pawn, but not a win as Aronian clung for his life and most endgames ended up being draws.

The commentary being done, of course, on playchess!

Standings

Tomorrow will be the last round of the event. Since Caruana is playing against Baramidze both Naiditsch and Carlsen will have to be very careful about not losing their lead. The World Champion faces Bacrot, who has neither won nor lost a game so far in this tournament, while Naiditsch battles Aronian who is unbelievably dangerous even when he is not in shape.

Photos by Andre Schulz

Aronian, Levon2777Adams, Michael2738½–½A293rd GRENKE Chess Classic6.108.02.2015

1.c4 e5 2.c3 f6 3.f3 c6 4.g3 b4 5.g2 0-0 6.0-0 e4 7.g5 xc3 8.bxc3 e8 9.f3 exf3 10.xf3 d5 11.d4 h6 12.cxd5 xd5 13.e3 f5 14.d2 d7 15.b3 e4 16.c4 b6 17.f4 ad8 18.f1 g6 19.a3 a5 20.b4 xb3 21.axb3 c5 22.xe4 xe4 23.xe4 xe4 24.c3 c2 25.b4 cxb4 26.xb4 a5 27.c3 c8 28.c1 b3 29.c5 e6 30.f4 a4 31.e4 bxc5 32.d5 d7 33.h4 f6 34.g4 e8 35.e1 c2 36.g5 hxg5 37.hxg5 fxg5 38.xg5 xe4 39.xe4 xe4 40.d6 a3 41.xc5 g4+ 42.f2 f3+ 43.e1 g3+ 44.d2 d3+ 45.e1 a2 46.d4 g3+ 47.d2 g2+ 48.e3 f3+ 49.d2 g2+ 50.e3 f5 51.d7 g3+ 52.e2 g4+ 53.f1 h3+ 54.e2 g2+ 55.e1 g3+ 56.e2 g2+ ½–½

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Schedule

Round 01 – February 02, 2015, 15:00
Caruana Fabiano 2811 ½-½ Anand Viswanathan 2797
Bacrot Etienne 2711 ½-½ Baramidze David 2594
Aronian Levon 2777 ½-½ Carlsen Magnus 2865
Adams Michael 2738 ½-½ Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
Round 02 – February 03, 2015, 15:00
Anand Viswanathan 2797 ½-½ Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
Carlsen Magnus 2865 1-0 Adams Michael 2738
Baramidze David 2594 ½-½ Aronian Levon 2777
Caruana Fabiano 2811 ½-½ Bacrot Etienne 2711
Round 03 – February 04, 2015, 15:00
Bacrot Etienne 2711
½-½
Anand Viswanathan 2797
Aronian Levon 2777
0-1
Caruana Fabiano 2811
Adams Michael 2738
1-0
Baramidze David 2594
Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
1-0
Carlsen Magnus 2865
Round 04 – February 06, 2015, 15:00
Anand Viswanathan 2797
0-1
Carlsen Magnus 2865
Baramidze David 2594
0-1
Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
Caruana Fabiano 2811
½-½
Adams Michael 2738
Bacrot Etienne 2711
½-½
Aronian Levon 2777
Round 05 – February 07, 2015, 15:00
Aronian Levon 2777
1-0
Anand Viswanathan 2797
Adams Michael 2738
½-½
Bacrot Etienne 2711
Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
½-½
Caruana Fabiano 2811
Carlsen Magnus 2865
1-0
Baramidze David 2594
Round 06 – February 08, 2015, 15:00
Anand Viswanathan 2797
1-0
Baramidze David 2594
Caruana Fabiano 2811
½-½
Carlsen Magnus 2865
Bacrot Etienne 2711
½-½
Naiditsch Arkadij 2706
Aronian Levon 2777
½-½
Adams Michael 2738
Round 07 – February 09, 2015, 15:00
Adams Michael 2738 Anand Viswanathan 2797
Naiditsch Arkadij 2706 Aronian Levon 2777
Carlsen Magnus 2865 Bacrot Etienne 2711
Baramidze David 2594 Caruana Fabiano 2811

 

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