The participants at Wijk decided today to show their youthful prowess. And they started! To the delight of the spectators, there were highlights in all three tournaments. We will start with a look at the games of the main event. .
From the time of the last world championship match, there has bene talk that Anand has lost his sporting and creative drive and is almost in some sort of coma. In the third round, the Indian "fakir" demonstrate dthe worth of these rumours.
In an unhurried manner, Vishy gradually pushed his young opponent to the edge of the precipice. The collapse was far from forced, of course, but all the same, it happened. .
Anand - Caruana
The world champion was delighted with his 31st move, Kg1-h1,preparing the entry of his queen to c6. Maybe. But to the modern sp[ectator, armed to the teeth with various strong programmes, the question arises as to how much White really has after 31…Сf4? But that is again academic, as in the game there followed 31…Be7 32.Qc7 Re6 33.Qb8+ Kh7 34.Rc8 – and the white heavy artillery had penetrated decisively into the rear of black's position and the blakc king was hard to look at. .
34…Bd6, мThis move is the main mistake, according to the computer spectator (Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64; http://tatasteel2013.live.whychess.com/) 35.Rh8+ Kg6 36.Qg8 Kf6 37.Rh7 Ke7 38.Qxg7 Qh5 39.Bg5+! Аfter a few more moves, Black resigned. (1:0).
"Birthday celebrations" continue
The Russian GM retained the sole lead. For a long time, Wang hao's position looked OK, and in search of some initiative, Sergey decided on the eccentric 27.g2-g4!?
Karjakin - Wang Hao
Such a sharp demonstration of aggressive intentiosn shocked the outwardly calm Chinese and he, rather discouraged, played 27… Ne4 (27…Qh6!?) 28.Bxe4 fxe4 29.Qg3 Rf8 30.Ref2 Qe7 31.Kg2 Rxf2+ 32.Rxf2 Kg7 33.g5 Even here it is far from clear, although White has a large space advantage.
And suddenly – 33…a5?! Wang decided to open a second front!! 34.bxa5 Rxa5 35.h4 Ra8 36.Qd6 Qxd6 37.cxd6 Rf8 38.Rf4 Ra8 39.Kg3 Rxa2 – He is lured away by the useless a2 pawn.
Meanwhile, an unwelcome guest breaks into the black king's home: 40.Rf6 Ra8 41.Re6 Rd8 42.Re7+ As well as all the otehr unpleasantnesses (the loss of b7 or h7), the white king will march in on the dark squares «g3-f4-e5-d6». Black resigned (1:0).
Magnus doesn't always frown
The King's Indian dispute, begun by van Wely two days ago, was continued.
This time, Loek got it wrong. Some 30 years ago, the inventive Kirghiz GM Leonid Yurtaev playe dthe piece sacrifice 14...Qxd2 15.Kxd2 Bxd5 16.cxd Re8 here (Zaichik - Yurtaev, Volgodonsk 1983). But that was in pre-computer days. What Loek was hoping for is not clear. After 14…Bf5 15.Nxf5 gxf5 16.Qxb2 Bxb2 17.Rb1 Bc3+18.Kd1 Re8 19.Rxb7 Magnus may already have thought it was all over. How many thousands of such games has he already won?
ВLoek can also have hardly had any great doubts over the outcome. On the 33rd move, he resigned. (1:0).
There was also much interest in the B group. Было на что подивиться и в турнире "B". The deputy leaderr of the Olympic champions created some bright brushstrokes, in collaboration with Predrag Nikoloc:
Movsesian - Nikolic
23.с5-с6! «I need some air!" The rest of Movsesian's play is based on the cramped position of the black forces.23…Bc8 24.Bb2 Nd5 25.Rdf1 Nxh1 26.Bxh1 a5 27.a3 Re6 28.Nf7 h6 29.Ne5 Ka7 30.Rf7 – When will the rook on a8 see the light of day? – 30…Rf6 31.Bxe4 Rxf7 32.Nxf7
Sometime later, Nikolic finally managed to get the rook out, but at what cost! The scattered position of the black forces creates a pitiful impression. Holding such a position is too much for any human.
45…Rd8 46.Be7 Rd1 47.Bxg5 – (1:0). The work of the white minor pieces in this game creates an aesthetic appearance.
His setback in round 2 clearly inspired Arkady Naiditsch.
Turov - Naiditsch
16.Qb3? – a serious mistake, handing the initiative to his opponent. 16…a4 17.Qxa4 e4 18.Ne1 Nxb5 19.Qb3 Na7 20.f3 Nc6 21.Bd5 f5 22.f4 Ra5 23.Bc3 Rc5 24.a4 Na5 – The white pieces roam the board, constantly under open and masked attacks.
25.Bxa5 Rxa5 26.Qxb7 Bb5 27.Rf2 Qf6 and Maxim could not stand the pressure:
28.Ra2? – Now the volcano erupts – 28… Ba6 29.Qb3 Rc5 30.Rc2 Qa1 – 0:1. A sever punishment for White's inaccuracies!
The C group was also extremely bloody in this round (just one draw!). The Dutch masters did all they could to ensure that the public were not disappointed. Here is an example of the "Terminator" genre: :
Van Der Werf, Mark- Burg, Twan
31… bxc6 32.Qf7 h6?! Playing like this needs great strength. Both players are tired, and now Blakc could keep a large advantage with 32…Bf5. 33.Rab1? – White collapses – 33…e4! 34.Bxg4еxd3+ 35.Kxd3 Qe3+ 36.Kc2 d3+ 37.Kb2 dxe2 38.Rfe1 Qd4+ 39.Ka3 Qxg4 – and the rest is clear. (0:1)
Text: Sergey Kim
Wijk aan Zee round 3.