Tournoi des Candidats au titre mondial 2014
Candidates Round 4 :
It's always interesting to observe how a player reacts after a rest day. For the players leading the tournament, the rest day can be used firstly to rest (a little obvious, isn't it ? ), secondly to analyze new ideas with one's second but can also somewhat stop the positive dynamics enhanced until then. For the players who had bad results before the rest day, they can take this time to think about something else, or unfortunately think about what went wrong over and over.
Back to the highlits of this round :
The « clash of the Titans » between Anand (2.5/3) and Kramnik (2/3) was really important from a theoretical point of view, but leaves one question without an answer : how much did the two players prepared and knew this line ?
Seeing how fast they played their moves, it's likely that both of them did already know the outcome of this game.
What was then the point of Anand playing this line ? Did he want to test his opponent's preparation and grant himself another rest day if Vladimir did prepared it well ? This is an enigma !
The second game to end was the Karjakin – Topalov one. The young Russian surprised Topalov by playing the english opening ! The Bulgarian player is the first one to deviate from the main lines with 10...Re8. Even though by intervention of the moves we fall back into a game between Grischuk and Mamedyarov, played in 2013 (among others).
Even if Topalov refused this more or less forced draw, it didn't allow Karjakin to create many threats. It's even Topalov that takes the initiative after 26...Rd4 leading to a position with unbalanced material : a queen + 1 pawn vs. 2 rooks. The position cooled down and Topalov had to accept taking the draw by a repetition of moves.
The third game to finish was the Mamedyarov – Andreikin one. These two players occupied the last two places of the tournament so far, and they needed to win quite badly. Mamedyarov took an interesting decision of playing 6.a3 which is a sideline.
Andreikin introduced a new move already on move 7...Qc7 ! In order to counter the e4 push by trading pawns in the center and then playing c5 ! The game entered in a technical area in which Andreikin gets a position close to equality after the beautiful 18...gxf6 that weakens his king but on the other hand secures the center.
At the beginning of the zeitnot there's a great tension in the position and Andreikin will commit the first serious mistake :
The 4th game of the round, between Aronian and Svidler, has been annotated by Chess Anyone.
To see the annotated game : click here.