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Candidates Day 5: Preventing Tooth and Draw

Candidates Day 5: Preventing Tooth and Draw


The fifth spherical of the Candidates Match in Madrid has concluded with 4 attracts — some fairly fast and painless, others extra hard-fought and drawn out.

Every day, Lichess is offering a broadcast of the video games performed in real-time. We even have a choice of annotated video games by GM Nijat Abasov and video recaps by WGM-elect Jesse February, additional under.


One of many extra thrilling video games of immediately, the gamers opened with a Taimanov Sicilian earlier than going a bit of off the crushed observe once more. By transfer 6 the gamers had been getting into “right here be dragons” territory of the opening on the grasp degree, and utterly arrived in uncharted territory (on the grasp degree) by transfer 9. Caruana took some dangers with 13. g5 adopted by 14. f5 risking attainable overextension or over-aggression afterward within the sport. The gamble presumably didn’t repay for Caruana, who could have needed to press a bit of extra with the white items, however ended up in a congested place with a caught queen. With a threefold, the sport got here to a reasonably cold and peaceable finish by transfer 24. 

Credit: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

Radjabov opened with a Catalan, making an attempt to get an edge in opposition to Ding, well-known for his frequent use of the Catalan. Ding seemed to be extra in type than he had been in different video games of the event thus far, growing a small however constant benefit in opposition to Radjabov and capitalising on Radjabov’s small errors. Making incremental progress and slowly enhancing the place, it was wanting decidedly in Ding’s favour by transfer 39, with Stockfish giving him a positional benefit equal to a knight or bishop. However tragically for Ding, on transfer 40 — with solely 5 minutes left on his clock, he performed the seemingly protected 40… g6, probably assuming that it adjustments little within the place and would enable him extra time to calculate extra bold traces. However this was a blunder, 40… Bxd4 was required to maintain his edge though the continuations for why are troublesome to see. Though Ding performed this shortly after, it was too late, permitting white to flee from the menace, and transition to a really equal-looking place. On transfer 50, the gamers agreed on a draw, to Ding’s apparent frustration. 

Credit: FIDE/Stev Bonhage

This encounter on paper appeared prefer it could possibly be significantly thrilling, with Firouzja’s head-to-head document in opposition to Duda being 4 wins and one draw (+4 =1 -0). In concept, it appeared this could be a ripe sport for Firouzja to push a bit of, however after a barely stunning loss in opposition to Nepomniachtchi yesterday, maybe Firouzja most popular to not take any dangers to forestall a second loss and tilting. Duda performed his standard Petrov Defence in opposition to Firouzja’s 1. e4 and each gamers went down a strong line of the Petrov which as soon as once more proved its reliability once more immediately. Neither performed was capable of create an imbalance or exploit a weak point from their opponent (as none had been made!) so with a symmetrical pawn construction on the kingside and only a queen on the board by transfer 32, the gamers drew by threefold repetition shortly after. 

One other encounter with a number of explosive potential was this match-up. Much like sport three we noticed one other Petrov Defence, a gap Nepomniachtchi employed in opposition to Wang Hao within the 2020 Candidates Match, and in addition within the 2021 World Championship match (with blended outcomes). The gamers went down a mainline performed by Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik, Ivanchuk, and Leko amongst others, so a well-tested and reliable line. The primary deviation got here on transfer 14 with Ra2, which Nakamura had beforehand performed with, and received in opposition to his opponent, in 2016. Nonetheless, Nepomniachtchi discovered a greater transfer 14… Bf8 which compatriot Kirill Alekseenko had confronted in opposition to in 2017 (and went on to win). While the place out of the opening appeared fairly equal, Nepomniachtchi performed the dangerous chess he’s recognized for with a collection of inaccurate and imbalancing strikes that Nakamura seized upon. Nepomniachtchi, on the again foot, defended tenaciously. A gentle draw supply with a place repeated two instances was made round transfer 22, however Nakamura finally determined to press on. Just a few strikes later, the place now seemed to be extra in Nepomniachtchi’s favour and Nakamura was in time hassle with six minutes to make six strikes to succeed in the extra time management. Consequently, a repetition was made once more with each gamers choosing it this time.



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