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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tashkent Chess Grand Prix R9: Dmitry Andreikin in Lead

Hello chess blog friends, the FIDE Tashkent Chess Grand Prix has Dmitry Andreikin in the lead after ninth rounds. He beat Baadur Jobava. who misplayed the opening. In another decisive game Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won against Dmitry Jakovenko, who blundered in time trouble. After 9 rounds Shakhriyar shares the second place together with Hikaru Nakamura, who drew with Sergey Karjakin. Teimour Radjabov keeps on playing Berlin Defence with both colors but the outcome remains the same so far - draw against Fabiano Caruana today. Vachier-Lagrave-Giri and Kasimdzhanov-Gelfand were draws.
Photo: Official website

Dmitry Jakovenko managed to get clear advantage in strategically risky variation of Dutch defence, played by Shakhriyar. Inaccurate choices 8...de5?! ( 8...Nc6 ) and 9...Qe7?! ( 9...0-0! when 10. Qd5+ Kh8 11. Ne5? doesn't work in view of 11...c6! ) brought Black in a very difficult position.

Trying to surprise his opponent, Baadur played 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3!? It's not surprising that Baadur plays risky chess but some of his decisions turned to be too risky today. After 10.gh5?! and 13.Na4? it was only Black, who was fighting for victory in that game.

Rustam's preparation at his best! The opponents followed the game Ivanchuk-Gelfand, 2008, and 19.Qb6! was White's improvement. Boris spent a lot of time, trying to solve new problems and ended up with 10 minutes for 15 moves! Newertheless, with energetic play Boris created serious counterplay and after some simplifications this exciting game ended in a draw.
In King's Indian defence Hikaru chose with 7...Nh5!?, which is not a main line here. A very complex and hard-to-play position arised from the opening and Sergey Karjakin spent too much time trying to find a good plan for White. Perhaps, White could have tried to advance on the Queenside with a3 and b4, but this plan was obviously considered as too risky by Sergey. (A detailed report is available at the official website)

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