LYesterday’s painful defeat by time of the young talent Iran based in France Alireza Firouzja, from 17 to, before the world champion, the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, I was forgotten with him win against American Fabiano Caruana, second in the world charts, in the tiebreaker game (sudden death) of their confrontation on the third day of the 8 Altaway Norway Chess. Armenian Levon Aronian and Caruana lead the classification with 7 points, one more than Carlsen, third, of the tournament held in Stavanger (Norway).
Players who want to become the best must quickly forget about poor results. Firouzja has that virtue – today he showed that he is a great teacher who is gaining maturity day by day – and what better way to do it with a player as patient as Caruana. The game at normal pace (120 minutes per player plus 10 additional seconds from move 40), concluded in a draw in 36 movements by triple repetition of positions.
The position was balanced and there was a lot of play, but the two great masters preferred not to risk and risk victory in the sudden death (Armageddon) in which White has to win by force, but in return he has 10 minutes against 8.
Firouzja was not under the pressure of having to achieve victory at any cost. He chose a sharp continuation in the Colle System in which he managed two passed pawns on the queenside in exchange for worse development. Her strategy was successful against a Caruana who could not find a way to get counterplay. With a bishop down in a rook ending, the American’s only option was for Firouzja to lose again on time. But this time there was no miracle and the Iranian who plays with the flag of the International Federation (FIDE) managed to tip the enemy king.
The world champion is so confident in his superiority that he does not mind being in lower positions if they are complicated and double-edged. His rival in the third round, his compatriot Ayran Tari, achieved a clear advantage with the white pieces against the Sicilian defense of the world champion. However, just as it was due to begin, he began to play hesitantly and Carlsen went on the counterattack against the enemy castling. A brilliant rook sacrifice on move 26 was the beginning of the end for Tari. From that moment on, Carlsen played in world champion mode and gave no options until the abandonment of his rival on move 45.
In the last game of the day, Aronian beat Polish Jan Krzysztof Duda with black. This, unknown chess player so far, did not achieve anything with the white pieces. Far from aiming for a draw, he reached a lower rook finish in which he did not find the best defense and had to abandon on move 61.
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Results of the third round: Firouzja-Caruana (draw in the first game and victory for Firouzja in the tiebreaker); Doubt-Aronian, 0-3; Tari-Carslen, 0-3.
1, Aronian (Armenia) and Caruana (United States), 7; 3, Carlsen (Norway), 6; 4, Firouzja (Irn, FIDE), 5.5; 5, Duda (Poland) and Tari (Norway), 0.
4th round (October 8, 2020): Carlsen-Caruana, Aronian-Firouzja and Tari-Duda.
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.
7th round (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.
3 round. 2 game (sudden death).
1.Cf3 d5 2.d4 Cf6 3.e3 c5 4.dxc5 e6 5.b4 a5 6.c3 axb4 7.cxb4 b6 8.Ab5 + Ad7 9.Axd7 + Dxd7 10.a4 bxc5 11.b5 Ad6 12.Ab2 0-0 13.Cbd2 c4 14.Dc2 Dc7 15.0-0 Cbd7 16.Ac3 Cc5 17.a5 Cfe4 18.b6 Db7 19.Ad4 Cxd2 20.Cxd2 Cd3 21.Tfb1 Ta6 22.Tb5 Tc8 23.Tab1 h6 24.g3 Ae7 25. e4 e5 26.Ac3 Ac5 27.Txc5 Cxc5 28.exd5 Dxd5 29.Df5 Td8 30.Tb5 f6 31.b7 Dd6 32.Dc8 Cxb7 33.Dxb7 Dc6 34.Dxc6 Txc6 35.Tb6 Tc7 36.a6 Ta8 37.Ce4 38.Cc5 Tc8 39.Tb5 h5 40.h4 Rh7 41.Rg2 Rg6 42.Rf3 Rf5 43.Re3 Tc6 44.Ab4 c3 45.Axc3 Rg6 46.Ab4 Taxa6 47.Cxa6 Txa6 48.Tb7 Ta8 49.Re4 Td8 50. Ac5 Ta8 51.Rd5 Ta5 52.Ta7 Tb5 53.Rc6 Tb2 54.Rd5 Tb5 55.Rc4 Tb8 56.Tc7 Ta8 57.Rd5 Ta2 58.Re6 Ta6 + 59.Re7 Rf5 60.Rf7 g5 61.Ae3 gxh4 62.gxh4 Rg4 63.Tc4 + Rf3 64.Rg6 e4 65.Rxh5 f5 66.Rg5 Ta5 67.Af4 Rxf2 68.Tc2 + Rf3 69.Tc3 + Re2 70.h5 Ta1 71.h6 Th1 72.Rxf5 Rf2 73.Rxe4, rinden. (1-0).
1.e4 c5 2.Cf3 Cc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Cxd4 Cf6 5.Cc3 d6 6.Ag5 Ad7 7.Dd2 a6 8.0-0-0 e6 9.f4 Ae7 10.Cf3 b5 11.Axf6 gxf6 12.Rb1 Db6 13.f5 0-0-0 14.Ad3 Rb8 15.Ce2 Ac8 16.Cf4 Ce5 17.Ae2 d5 18.exd5 exf5 19.Cd4 Ac5 20.Thf1 The8 21.a3 Ra8 22.h3 Ad7 23.Ch5 Cc4 24. Axc4 bxc4 25.Dc3 Tb8 26.Tf3 Te1 27.Txe1 Axd4 28.Db4 Dc7 29.d6 Dc6 30.Da5 Axb2 31.Ra2 Ae5 32.Tb1 Txb1 33.Rxb1 Dxd6 34.Rc1 Dd4 35.Dxa6 + Rb8 36.c3 Dg 37.Rd2 Dxg2 + 38.Re3 f4 + 39.Cxf4 Axf4 + 40.Txf4 Dg3 + 41.Tf3 De1 + 42.Rd4 De5 + 43.Rxc4 De4 + 44.Rc5 Dxf3 45.Rd6 Ac8, y las blancas abandonaron. (0-1).
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