EChess is easy when Carlsen plays like Carlsen. His plays are transparent, easy to see, available to almost any good fan, But the reality is different. A chess that applies as a leitmotiv the principle of simplicity of “Ockham’s razor” as Capablanca, Karpov do …
On the fourth day of the 8 Altaway Norway Chess, the world champion beat the American in this way. Fabiano Caruana, runner-up in the world and second in the world charts, in 51 movements. A triumph that allows the Norwegian lead the ranking alone with 9 points, followed by Armenian Levon Aronian (8) and iran Alireza Firouzja (7).
Rivals make more mistakes than usual when facing Carlsen. Caruana had better options in the game to fight for the tables, but those are a posteriori considerations.
Feeling the world champion playing 99% demoralizes anyone, even if this is number two on the world charts. And today, Carlsen drew the hatchet at the expense of Caruana’s slight inaccuracies.
He got a slight lead in the opening, then a pen lead and with patient maneuvers ended up achieving an important victory.
The young star based in France, Firouzja, 17, is one of the few elite players who has in his repertoire the solid defense Caro-Kann, as Karpov had in his day. Today he held up well to the pressure of Aronian, who in the game at normal pace (120 minutes plus an additional 10 seconds per move from move 40) achieved only a slight initiative insufficient to aspire to victory.
The tables in 31 moves gave way to sudden death (Armageddon). It started badly and with anger for Firouzja, who He was two minutes late – his mistake or in the referee’s communication of the start time – and he only had 5 against 10 of his rival, with the white pieces.
Aronian had a decisive advantage, however, he missed it on several occasions and ended up losing. The luck that Firouzja did not have with Carlsen in the second round tiebreaker, was favorable today against a first level opponent.
The Iranian based in France and playing under the FIDE flag once again showed his great self-confidence, as it is signed with two victories in two days against the second and ninth in the world charts.
In the last game of the day, the local Ayran Tari imposed himself in sudden death, after having been very inferior, to the Polish Jan Krzysztof Duda. Tari’s first victory that allows him to leave the last place of the classification at the expense of an unknown Duda, who seems to have entered into a spin.
The games of this tournament can be followed every day on the MARCA channel on YouTube, starting at 5:00 p.m., with images and comments from Chess24.com and the great masters Jos Cuenca, Eduardo Iturrizaga, Alan Pichoy and Miguel Santos.
Friday is the day of rest and on Saturday 10 the fifth and last day of the first round of the tournament will be played.
Results of the fourth round: Carlsen-Caruana, 3-0; Aronian-Firouzja (draw in the first game and Firouzja win in the tiebreaker); 1-1.5; Tari-Duda (draw in the first game and Tari’s victory in the tiebreaker), 1.5-1.
Classification after matchday four: 1, Carlsen (Norway), 9; 2, Aronian (Armenia), 8; 3, Firouzja (Irn) and Caruana (United States), 7; 5, Tari (Norway), 1.5. 6, Duda (Poland), 1.
Break October 9, 2020.
5th round (October 10, 2020): Duda-Carlsen, Firouzja-Tari and Caruana-Aronian.
6th round (October 11, 2020): Carlsen-Duda, Tari-Firouzja and Aronian-Caruana.
Round 7 (October 12, 2020): Caruana-Carlsen, Firouzja-Aronian and Duda-Tari.
Round 8 (October 13, 2020): Carlsen-Tari, Aronian-Duda and Caruana-Firouzja.
Break: October 14, 2020.
Round 9 (October 15, 2020): Firouzja-Carlsen, Duda-Caruana and Tari-Aronian.
10th round (October 16, 2020): Carlsen-Aronian, Caruana-Tari and Firouzja-Duda.
1.d4 Cf6 2.c4 e6 3.Cc3 Ab4 4.Dc2 0-0 5.a3 Axc3 + 6.Dxc3 d5 7.Ag5 dxc4 8.Dxc4 b6 9.Td1 Aa6 10.Da4 h6 11.Ah4 Dd7 12.Dc2 Dc6 13.Dxc6 Cxc6 14.Axf6 gxf6 15.e3 Axf1 16.Rxf1 Ca5 17.Cf3 Cc4 18.Tb1 c5 19.Re2 Tfc8 20.Thc1 Cd6 21.dxc5 bxc5 22.Tc2 Rf8 23.Cd2 c4 24.Tbc1 Tab8 25. Rf3 c3 26.bxc3 Tc5 27.c4 f5 28.Re2 Re7 29.Rd3 Rd7 30.Tc3 Tc6 31.c5 Ce8 32.Cf3 Ta6 33.Ce5 + Re7 34.Re2 Cf6 35.T1c2 Cd5 36.Td3 Tc8 37.Tb3 Tc7 38.Tc4 Ta5 39.Cd3 e5 40.Cxe5 Taxc5 41.Txc5 Txc5 42.Tb7 + Re6 43.Cxf7 Ta5 44. CD8 + Rd6 45.Tb3 Ta6 46.Cf7 + Rc5 47.Ce5 h5 48.Rd2 h4 49.Cd3 + Rc4 50. Rc2 Td6 51.Cf4, rinden. (1-0).
4 round. 2 game (tiebreaker).
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Cd2 dxe4 4.Cxe4 Af5 5.Cg3 Ag6 6.h4 h6 7.Cf3 Cd7 8.Ad3 Axd3 9.Dxd3 e6 10.Af4 Cgf6 11.0-0-0 Ae7 12.Cf1 Da5 13.Rb1 Td8 14.Ac1 Cc5 15.De2 Ca4 16.c4 0-0 17.Dc2 c5 18.Ad2 Da6 19.b3 Cb6 20.Ac3 cxd4 21.Cxd4 Cbd7 22.Ce3 Cc5 23.g4 Cfe4 24.Ab2 Cd6 25.g5 h5 26.De2 Cce4 27.Thg1 Da5 28.Td3 Cc5 29.Td2 Cce4 30.Tc2 Tfe8 31.Dxh5 Cd2 + 32.Rc1 C6e4 33.c5 g6 34.Dh8 + Rxh8 35.Cc6 + Rg8 36.Cxa5 Cf3 37. Td1 Cxc5 38.Txd8 Txd8 39.Af6 Axf6 40.gxf6 b6 41.Cc6 Td7 42.Tc4 Rh7 43.Rb2 Cd2 44.Td4 Txd4 45.Cxd4 Cde4 46.Cg4 Cd3 + 47.Rc2 Cdxf2 Cxf6 48.Cx 50.Cxa7 Cxf6 51.a4 Cd5 52.Cc6 f6 53.b4 g5 54.hxg5 fxg5 55.Rd3 g4 56.a5 Cxb4 +, rinden. (0-1).
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