Zurich Round six: The forecast comes true


 

Almost as if by agreement, the Three (experienced) Musketeers allowed the youngster, this time an Italian, to the front of the tournament table. Unburdened with concerns about the Candidates tournament, and having no reason to husband his strength, Fabiano confidently outstripped his rivals, with two consecutive wins in the final two rounds. Kramnik's thoughts about the upcoming London event contributed in a major way to Caruana's victory: 

Anand - Kramnik

21…Qb8?? (Qxd5 22.exd5 Re7 23.d6 cxd6 24.Rxd6 f5 25.Nb3 Bc4 26.Nd2 Ba6 27.Nb3; Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64 Depth: 20 with 300.323 kN in 112s; http://zurich2013.live.whychess.com/) 22.Rxa6 Rxa6 23.Qxd3 Qxb2 24.Rb1 Rd6 25.Qxe2 Qa2 26.Qb5 c6 27.Qb2 Black resigns (1:0). An almost unique case of chess blindness in Kramnik's career. Many strange things also happened in the otehr game: :

Caruana - Gelfand

First Boris Abramovich dropped a pawn:22…Rc7 (22... e4 23.Qb3 Qa7 24.Qa4 Nb6 25.Qb5 Rc7 26.Rc6 Rxc6 27.Qxc6 g628.Rc1 Kg7 29.b3 Rb8 30.Rc2 Nfd7 31.Bxd7 Qxd7 32.Qxd7; Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64 Depth: 20 with 300.323 kN in 112s; http://zurich2013.live.whychess.com/) 23.Bxd7 Nxd7 24.dxe5 Nxe5 25.Qxd5


25…Rfc8 26.Nb3 Nc4 27.Rd4 Qa6 28.Rf4 Bf6 29.Qd3 Qe6 30.Re4 Qd6? (... Ne5 31.Rxc7 Rxc7 32.Qb5 Rc8 33.Kg2 Qf5 34.Nd2 h6 35.g4 Qe6 36.Nf3 Qd7 37.Qxd7 Nxd7 38.b3 Kf8 39.Rc4 Rxc4 40.bxc4; Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64  Depth: 20 with 300.323 kN in 112s; http://zurich2013.live.whychess.com/)

Now White simplifies the position favourably: 31.Re8+ Rxe8 32.Qxd6 Nxd6 33.Rxc7 a4 34.Ncb3 35.axb3 axb3 36.Rc6   Bxb2 37.Nxb3 Ne4 38.Kg2 h5 39.f3 Ng5 40.Bf2 g6 41.Nc5 Ne6 42.Ne4 Bg7 43.     Rb6 Ra8 44.h3 Ra2 45.f4 Ra5 46.Kf3 g5 47.Rb8+ Kh7 48.Nd6 f5 49.Rb6 g4+ 50.hxg4 fxg4+ 51.Kg2 Nc5 52.Nb7 Nxb7 53.Rxb7 Ra4 54.Rb6 Re4 55.Kf1


 

55…h4?? – an incomprehensible decision to part with a second pawn. 56.gxh4  g3 57.Bg1 Bh6 58.Kg2 Black resigns (1:0). In his  recent interview with our site, Kramnik expressed his confidence that, despite his poor play in Wijk, Caruana would soon return to the top ten. But he could hardly have expected that this would happen so quickly, nor that he himself would play such a significant role in this. .

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 Text: Sergey Kim