Norway Chess 5: Caruana stops Karjakin
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Fabiano Caruana beat Sergey Karjakin in Altibox Norway Chess Round 5 to return to 50% while dragging his opponent down to the same level. That was good news for Magnus Carlsen, whose somewhat shaky draw against Vishy Anand meant he restored a one-point lead, since Mamedyarov-Nakamura and MVL-Aronian also ended in relatively uneventful draws. Ding Liren is out of the event after understandably deciding he needs to focus on recovering from hip surgery.
It was an achievement to make the time control, but Karjakin had no choice but to concede victory to Caruana | photo: Lennart Ootes, Altibox Norway Chess
And then there were nineâ¦ Ding Liren will miss the remainder of the tournament, with the results of the three games he played discarded. No-one will replace him, so in Round 5 it was Wesley So who got an extra rest day while the other players were in action:
After the GrÃ¼nfeld-themed Round 4 it was the Nimzo-Indian that took centre stage in Round 5, meaning Jan was the man (check out his 4.Qc2 against the Nimzo-Indian and A repertoire against 1.d4 | Part 3: Nimzo-Indian Defence) as he again teamed up with Peter Svidler for live commentary on all the action:
Three quick draws
It's been all draws so far for Hikaru Nakamura | photo: Lennart Ootes, Altibox Norway Chess
Letâs first take a look at the draws in the order in which the players shuffled into the commentary room to explain themselves. First up were Shakhriyar Mamedyaro v and Hikaru Nakamura, who served up a dish of Candidates Tournament leftovers. Shak played the 4.Qc2 Nimzo-Indian, as he had against Magnus in Wijk aan Zee, against Aronian and So in the Berlin Candidates and against Karjakin in Shamkir Chess. All those games had ended in draws, and Jan Gustafsson wondered if the opening really suits Mamedyarovâs chess strengths.
Shak said heâd prepared the line that occurred in the game for the Candidates, but it turned out Hikaru Nakamura had as well â" just for the 2016 Candidates in Moscow! Otherwise he might have hesitated before playing 16...g5!
Shak said he was surprised by that âstrong moveâ, and concluded, âhe understands everything - for me itâs better to make a draw and go to sleep!â Heâd been talking previously about how his toothache had gone but heâs now having issues with sleeping too much.
17.Nxg5 is playabl e, but just a draw, and there was also just a draw in the game after 17.Bg3 Qxc5 18.Qd8+ Kg7 19.Be5 Qc1+ 20.Ke2 Qc4+ and perpetual check. The players shook hands after 24 moves.
"I can promise people that I cook better dishes for myself than I did that day" said MVL of his "mutual failure" day's cooking with Levon on the first rest day | photo: Lennart Ootes, Altibox Norway Chess
MVL-Aronian lasted just one move longer, but seemed to have the potential for more when Maxime Vachier-Lagrave mixed something up in a 4.Nf3 Nimzo-Indian. He was clearly surprised by Levonâs 11â¦Rb8 and after 12.Qc2 Ba6 13.Rd1 his position didnât inspire confidence:
Levon was able to gain a bind on the position with 13â¦Bxc3 14.bxc3 Qa5 15.Bb2 Bc4. It wasnât that Maxime hadnât prepared, butâ¦
I need to apologise to my helpers. It doesnât matter if they do a good or a bad job if I donât remember the lines I had on the computer this morningâ¦ I knew basically all the candidate moves, but I couldnât remember which is good!
It was White on the defensive, but things came to an abrupt end after 21.Bh3:
Maximeâs dream scenario here would be for Aronian to blunder with 21â¦Ba6? 22.c4!, when the threat of 23.Bc3 is no laughing matter. That was spotted by Jan and Peter commentating and also by the players, who instead repeated moves with 21â¦Nc8 22.Rd2 Nb6 23.Rd6 and so on.
It was perhaps a half-chance missed for Levon, but the players clearly have a healthy respect for each other â" or at least Levon was only half-joking when he said of one option:
I have to play so me unnatural moves, which is a bad idea against such a talented natural player as Maxime.
Shortly afterwards he added that, âeven with a big talent you cannot win without a queen.â
It's already four years since Magnus and Vishy last played a match | photo: Lennart Ootes, Altibox Norway Chess
Carlsen-Anand, the third draw, stretched all the way to move 45, but the real action was over much sooner. In fact it seemed as though 8â¦Qa5 from Vishy might equalise almost on the spot:
Blackâs plan is to follow up with d5, and here, although the position had been seen a couple of dozen times before, Magnus thought for 14 minutes. In the confessional booth he explained why his knowledge was a little rusty:
The black breakthrough did follow with 9.Bd2 Qh5 10.Be2 d5, but after 11.cxd5 exd5 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.0-0 Vishy saw something he disliked in the mass exchanges that would follow 13â¦Rd8 14.Nd4 Nxc3 and, in his words, âblunderedâ 13â¦Nf6?!
This move was the product of trying to be âreally preciseâ, but Vishy soon realised that after 14.Nd4 his planned 14â¦Ng4 runs into 15.Bf4! and suddenly the position gets extremely sharp. He said, âI really wanted to kick myselfâ, but although things were getting uncomfortable after 14â¦Qc5 15.Nxc6 Nxc6 16.Bf3 Qa6!? the tension dropped shortly afterwards when queens were exchanged on e2. It was still not an ideal situation for Vishy, who lamented:
Itâs exactly his type of position. Of all the guys to get this position, why do I do it today?
A few moves later, though, and it was clear the outcome of the game was going to be peace ful â" the only problem was getting there. Draw offers are completely banned and the remainder of the game had a somewhat comic quality â" it could almost have become tragi-comic after Magnus was a little careless â" but the players finally found the sought-after repetition:
Luckily those somewhat underwhelming draws were just the warm-up act for the main game of the day.
Caruana 1-0 Karjakin: Fabianoâs revenge
Sergey Karjakin dashed Caruanaâs hopes in the final round of the 2016 Candidates Tournament, and he almost repeated the trick earlier this year in Berlin when he beat Caruana to take the lead with just two rounds to go. Karjakin was on a roll there, and it seemed he might also be building up momentum in Stavanger after his win over MVL. In Round 5, however, he suffered an almost complete reversal of fortune.
Karj akin has only ever finished first or last in Stavanger but he's back on 50% | photo: Lennart Ootes, Altibox Norway Chess
While Karjakin had come armed with an opening surprise against MVL this time it was Fabiano who went for the deceptively innocuous-looking 7.b3.
To see the kind of madness that can ensue check out one of its most recent outings when Wouter Spoelman took on Lev Yankelevich in a wild Bundesliga game earlier this year. Spoelman didnât think for over a minute on any move until he had a winning position by move 15.
Sergey spent 15 minutes and played not Yankelevichâs 7â¦d5 but 7â¦0-0, after which he seemed to get stuck in two minds. On the one hand he went for 10â¦b6, which Fabiano criticised as too slow, while on the other he then played some hyper-aggressive moves until heâd planted his queen on g3. This was a key position that arose after
It was dÃ©jÃ vu all over again of the way MVL had played against Karjakin the day before. The computer insisted that White was close to winning, while the Norway Chess players were much less convinced. Nakamura repeated almost verbatim what heâd said the day before about Maximeâs position â" âI like Karjakinâs position. Itâs easier to play with Blackâ. Caruana himself said, âI thought what he did was more clever,â and he called the queen on g3 âvery irritatingâ. Caruana felt putting the knight on f6 here was a âpanicky decisionâ, though, and decided to remove it from the board with 20.Bxf6 gxf6:
I didnât think I was forced to take, but I thought, if I donât take and he equalises, Iâll really regret it!
Still, even after this point Vishy Anand was commenting that, âonce you get past these doubled pawnsâ Blackâs position wasnât necess arily so bad. For a long time Black continued to pose problems, and Fabiano said it was only when Karjakin started just to shuffle his king around that he felt he would be able to break through. The final act came when Whiteâs queen infiltrated on a8:
There was still some hope for Black here, since after 35â¦Bd7 Caruanaâs main plan was to play 36.Qd8, which at first sight seems to win on the spot, but in fact can be met with 36â¦Ng6! White is still on top after 37.Bxg6 or 37.Qxd7! (based on a knight fork on f5), but the game would have gone on. Instead Karjakin clearly realised he was doomed as he let his time almost run out before blitzing out 35â¦Bxh3 36.gxh3 Qxh3+ 37.Kg1 Rxd4:
38.exd4? Qg3+ isnât so clear, but unfortunately for Sergey his opponent had plenty of time to calmly calculate that 38.Bg2! ends all the fun. The game finished 38â¦Qg3 39.Rxd4
Karjakin plays 39...Ng4 | photo: Lennart Ootes, Altibox Norway Chess
39...Ng4 40.Rf3 Qe1+ 41.Bf1 Black resigns
Peter Svidler will be producing a video on the game on Sunday, while for now check out Fabianoâs own comments afterwards (and marvel, once again, at how much he sees):
Fabiano was far from getting carried away with returning to 50%, but commented that, âmy last two games were a clear improvement on my first two, so Iâm happy with thatâ. 50% is the place to be in this tournament, with six players there (note the table now doesnât include Ding Lirenâs games, so five of the players have played one game less). Only Magnus Carlsen is on a plus score, a point ahead of the field:
On Sunday we have So-Carlsen, which frankly might not entertain:
Thereâs plenty of potential in the other games, though, with Aronian-Caruana, Nakamura-MVL and Anand-Mamedyarov all heavyweight clashes. Sergey Karjakin will have two rest days before he gets a chance to bounce back, since he was paired to play Ding Liren on Sunday and Monday is the final rest day for all the players.
Donât miss our live coverage with Peter Svidler and Jan Gustafsson!
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