Chess Siberia
Home page News Openings Best players/games Software Donate Video Philosophy Interviews Reviews Literature Music Cinema FIDE Answers Old newspapers Correspondence Chess Downloads Links Chess


Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (2654) - Caruana, Fabiano (2805) [C52]
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund (7) 2015

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4








   
4...Bxb4
The Evans Gambit. White sacrifices a pawn to seize the centre, Black takes it. William Davies Evans beat Alexander McDonnell in 20 moves in London 1829 after 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. O-O Nf6 7. d4.
5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 d6 7. Qb3 Qd7 8. dxe5 Bb6 9. a4
A rare bird (a hawk, or a rook?). Usually White plays 9. Nbd2.
9...Na5 10. Qa2 Nxc4 11. Qxc4








   
11...Ne7
In the game Galje, H - Van Geemen, J, the Netherlands 1987, Black blundered the dark-squared bishop, but White did not see it: 11...dxe5? 12. Nxe5? (Oh my gods, 12. a5 wins a piece) 12...Qe6 13. Qxe6+ Bxe6 14. O-O?! (14. a5 is better, 14...Bc5 15. Ba3, with counterplay) 14...Nf6 15. Re1, and Black could have played 15...Ba5! 16. f3 O-O-O, with a clear edge.
12. Ba3?
A bad novelty, a mistake. White can continue 12. a5 Bc5 13. exd6 cxd6 14. O-O O-O 15. Nbd2 to activate the knights with Nb3 or Nd4, with equality. Also playable is 12. exd6 cxd6, 13. O-O O-O 14. Qd3 Ng6 (14...d5 15. a5 Bc7 16. Ba3 Re8 17. Rd1 Ng6 18. Qxd5 Qg4 19. h3 Qxe4 20. Qxe4 Rxe4 21. Bd6=) 15. a5 Bc5 16. Be3 Re8 17. Nbd2 Bxe3 (17...Qc7!?) 18. Qxe3 d5 19. Rfe1, with equality in Nakamura, H - Anand, V, London 2014. Or 13. a5 Bc7 (13...Bc5!?=) 14. O-O O-O 15. Rd1 Nc6 16. Be3 Re8, with equality in Spiegel, W - Koegeler, A, ICCF email 2010.
12...O-O
12...d5!? is also interesting, 13. exd5 Qxd5 14. Nbd2 Qxc4 15. Nxc4 Nc6 16. O-O Be6, and Black has the bettter chances in the endgame thanks to weak white pawns.
13. O-O Re8
Here 13...Ng6! is stronger, 14. exd6 cxd6 15. Nbd2 Rd8, with a small edge to Black.
14. exd6 cxd6 15. Rd1








   
15...Qc6!
In the endgame Black can easily attack White's pawns on the queen's wing.
16. Nbd2 Be6 17. Qxc6?!
17. Qd3 is better, 17...Rac8 18. Nd4 Qxc3 19. Qxc3 Rxc3 20. Nxe6 fxe6 21. Bxd6 Nc6 22. Rac1 Rxc1 23. Rxc1, with more or less equal play. But White plans to grab a pawn.
17...Nxc6 18. Bxd6 Rad8 19. Bb4 Rd3 20. a5
Or 20. Nf1 Bc4 21. Rxd3 Bxd3 22. N1d2 Bxe4 23. Re1 f5, with a small edge to Black.
20...Bc7 21. Nf1 Rxd1 22. Rxd1 Nxa5 23. Nd4 Nc4 24. Nxe6 Rxe6 25. Rd7?!
25. Bc5 is more precise, though after 25...b6 26. Ne3 bxc5 27. Nxc4 Rxe4 28. Ne3 Black has an extra pawn in the ending.









   
25...Rc6!
A powerful move. Black defends two pieces and plans to push the passed a-pawn. After 25...Bb6 26. Rxb7 h5 27. g3 Rxe4 28. Rb8+ Kh7 29. Rc8 Ne5 30. Ne3 Nd3 31. Bd6 Re6 32. Bf4 Nxf4 33. gxf4 Bxe3 34. fxe3 Rxe3 Black has only a small advantage in the rook endgame.
26. Ng3 g6 27. Ne2 a5 28. Nd4
Or 28. Be7 a4 29. Nd4 Rb6 30. Bb4 Bd6 31. Rd8+ Kg7 32. Nc2 Bxb4 33. cxb4 Rc6, and Black is better.









   
28...axb4!!
A gorgeous move!
29. Nxc6 b3!
Fabiano Caruana brilliantly sacrifices the rook in the endgame!
30. Rxc7
After 30. Na7 Nd6 Black wins too.









   
30...Nd6!
White has an extra rook, but cannot stop the b3-pawn. A fabulous win by Fabiano Caruana!
White resigned. 0-1










Move
   

Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (2654) - Caruana, Fabiano (2805) [C52]
Sparkassen Chess Meeting/Dortmund (7) 2015

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 d6 7. Qb3 Qd7 8. dxe5 Bb6 9. a4 Na5 10. Qa2 Nxc4 11. Qxc4 Ne7 12. Ba3 O-O 13. O-O Re8 14. exd6 cxd6 15. Rd1 Qc6 16. Nbd2 Be6 17. Qxc6 Nxc6 18. Bxd6 Rad8 19. Bb4 Rd3 20. a5 Bc7 21. Nf1 Rxd1 22. Rxd1 Nxa5 23. Nd4 Nc4 24. Nxe6 Rxe6 25. Rd7 Rc6 26. Ng3 g6 27. Ne2 a5 28. Nd4 axb4 29. Nxc6 b3 30. Rxc7 Nd6 0-1


Top

© 2015 Boris Schipkov