Comments by Sergey Zagrebelny. Round 5

The report of the most brilliant games of the fifth round is proposed to the attention of the readers by GM Sergey Zagrebelny. 


 Short, Nigel(2690 England) - Fressinet, Laurent(2718 France)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0–0 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4 8.fxg7 Rg8.


You rarely come across such weird-looking positions these days. 9.Bg5 f6 Yet this is all theory. 10.Re1+ Kf7 11.Bh6 Kg6. This natural move is a novelty. EarlierBlackplayed11...Ne7 and11...Bf5.  It is interesting to test 11...Rxg7!?, immediately solving the problem with the g7-pawn.

12.Qc1 Qd5 13.Nh4+.

13...Kf7 The computer suggests the insane 13...Kh5!? with the inhuman idea  14.Qd2 Kxh4 15.Nc3 Qd8 16.Qe2 Bg4 17.Qxc4. 14.Nd2 Qh5 15.Ne4 Qxh4 16.Nxc5 Kg6 17.Bf4 Rxg7 18.c3 d3 

19.b3! White undermines Black’s pawn center.19...b6 20.Ne6 Bxe6 21.Rxe6 Ne7 22.Qe3 Re8 23.Qe4+ Kf7 24.g3 d2 25.Qxc4.

Black’s position is miserable. The end is near...25...Kf8 26.Rd1 b5 27.Qe4 Rd8 28.Rxe7 Qh5. Or 28...Rxe7 29.Qxe7+ Kxe7 30.gxh4. 29.Qe2! Black resigns

 Carlsen, Magnus  (2826 Norway) - Vallejo Pons,Francisco  (2697 Spain)

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 a6 3.Nge2  d6 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 g6 6.d3. Carlsen just plays chess, leaving more principled variations for other occasions.  6...Bg7 7.Be3 Nf6 8.h3 Bd7 9.Qd2 b5 

10.Bh6. In such structures the play normally develops on opposite sides of the board. 10...Bxh6  11.Qxh6 Nd4 12.Nxd4 cxd4 13.Ne2 e5 14.0–0 Ng8 15.Qd2 Ne7


16.f4 0–0 17.g4. White’s attack does not look lethal, but Magnus wins with amazing ease. 17...f6 18.Rf2 Nc6 19.Raf1 Qa5?! The queen is clearly misplaced here.  20.c3 Qxa2.

21.g5 fxg5 22.f5! Veryenergetic! White does not count his pawns. 22...Qf7 23.cxd4 Rae8?! Better is 23...exd4 24.Qxg5 or 23...Qf6.  24.d5 Nd4 25.Nxd4 exd4 26.f6!


26...g4 27.hxg4 Bxg4 28.Qf4 h5 29.Qxd6 Black resigns

 Efimenko, Zahar (2683 Ukraine) - Stojanovich, Dalibor (2496 Bosnia)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.a4 Rb8 8.0–0 d6 9.c3 0–0 10.Nbd2 Na5 11.Ba2 c5.

The players went for a typical unhurried Ruy Lopez. 12.Re1 Qc7 13.Nf1 c4 14.axb5 axb5 15.Bg5 Be6 16.Ne3 Rfc8 17.d4 Bd8 18.Bb1 Nb3 19.Ra6 Ra8?! To my surprise, this natural-looking move leads to problems. Better is 19...h6 or 19...b4 20.Rxa8 Rxa8. 

21.dxe5 dxe5 22.Nd5! Qb8 White has a clear advantage after 22...Bxd5 23.exd5. The most tenacious is 22...Qb7!? 23.Nxe5 Nxd5 24.exd5 Bxd5, and the outcome of the game remains unclear. 23.Nxe5! A stunning resource! The point is that after 23...Qxe5 24.Bf4 Qh5? (the lesser of evils is 24...Bg4 25.Bxe5 Bxd1 26.Rxd1) 25.Nxf6+ Black loses a queen. 23...Bxd5 24.exd5 h6 25.Bxf6 Bxf6 26.Qc2 Black resigns

Gonzalez  Zamora, Juan (Mexico) - Laznichka, Viktor (Czech Republic) 

1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Qb3 c4 7.Qc2 Bf5 8.Qc1. White did not demonstrate any ambition in the opening and got a slightly worse game.

8...Nh5 9.Bg3 f6 10.Nbd2 e5 11.dxe5 Nxg3 12.hxg3 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 fxe5 14.e4?! White plays with fire. Opening the game with the king stuck in the center is definitely ill-advised. 14...Bg6 15.exd5 Bc5. Black develops a very powerful attack.

16.Nxc4 Bxf2+ 17.Ke2 Qf6 18.Nxe5 0–0 19.Nxg6 Rae8+. The king becomes an easy target. 20.Kd3 Qxg6+ 21.Kc4 Re4+.

22.Kb3 Qb6+ 23.Kc2 Be3 24.Qe1 Rf2+ 25.Qxf2 Bxf2 26.Rd1 Bxg3 27.Bd3 Rh4 28.Rxh4 Bxh4, and Black eventually won.