Hikaru Nakamura és Maxime Vachier-Lagrave játssza a Grand Chess Tour döntöjét

London Classic: Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave advance to Final

Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are considered two of the best rapid chess and blitz chess players in the world. In rapid Nakamura is rated number two and Vachier-Lagrave number six, while in blitz, ‘MVL’ is now number one — surpassing Magnus Carlsen — and Nakamura is number three. They will meet in the London Chess Classic finals after defeating Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian respectively. Here’s how day 3 unfolded. | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour


Hikaru Nakamura és Maxime Vachier-Lagrave játssza a Grand Chess Tour döntöjét

Londonban a Grand Chess Tour 2018 döntőjét az amerikai Hikaru Nakamura és a francia Maxime Vachier-Lagrave játssza. Az elődöntőben Nakamura honfitársát, Fabiano Caruanát 18-10-re győzte le. Vachier-Lagrave nyert Levon Aronján ellen. A pénteki pihenőnap után két klasszikus játszmával folytatódnak a párharcok. A győztes jutalma 120 ezer dollár, a vesztes 80 ezret kap. A harmadik helyért Caruana és Aronjan küzd meg, 60, illetve 40 ezer dollárt nyernek.

A Grand Chess Tour 2018 sorozat négy versenye után dőlt el, hogy az összetett pontverseny első négy helyezettje játszhatja a londoni finálét. Ez a londoni verseny Különleges a pontozás miatt is, hisz a két klasszikus, két rapid és négy villámpartival zajlik a verseny.

Érdekesség, hogy az idei év leggyorsabb körével, az épp a Londoni tornán játszó francia Vachier-Lagrave vezeti a blítz listát a pillanatnyi helyzetkép alapján.

A Grand Chess Tour 2018 döntője: Fabiano Caruana (amerikai, 2832) – Hikaru Nakamura (amerikai, 2746)  10 – 18 Fabiano Caruana – Hikaru Nakamura döntetlen (Vezércsel, 51) Hikaru Nakamura – Fabiano Caruana döntetlen (Orosz huszárjáték, 33) Hikaru Nakamura – Fabiano Caruana döntetlen (Angol megnyitás, 64) Fabiano Caruana – Hikaru Nakamura 0 – 1 (Vezércsel, 54) Hikaru Nakamura – Fabiano Caruana 0 – 1 (Angol megnyitás, 47) Fabiano Caruana – Hikaru Nakamura 0 – 1 (Vezércsel, 50)

Hikaru Nakamura – Fabiano Caruana 1 – 0 (Angol megnyitás, 52) Fabiano Caruana – Hikaru Nakamura 0 – 1 (Királyindiai védelem, 39)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (francia, 2781) – Levon Aronjan (örmény, 2765) 18 – 10 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Levon Aronjan döntetlen (Spanyol megnyitás, 74) Levon Aronjan – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave döntetlen (Angol megnyitás, 58)

Levon Aronjan – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave döntetlen (Grünfeld védelem, 47) Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Levon Aronjan 1 – 0 (Spanyol megnyitás, 49)

Levon Aronjan – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  0 – 1 (Szicíliai védelem, 55) Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Levon Aronjan 1 – 0 (Modern védelem, 52) Levon Aronjan – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 1 – 0 (Szicíliai védelem, 38)

Nakamura & MVL will battle it out for the $120,000 #GrandChessTour top prize, with Maxime also claiming the world blitz no. 1 spot during his win over Aronian!

Round 1 of 10th LCC GCT Finals 2018, London

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The rapid games

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.3”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “A20”]
[WhiteElo “2746”]
[BlackElo “2832”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “127”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. c4
e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c6 4. Nf3 e4 5. Nd4 Qb6 6. Nc2 {A20: English Opening: 1…
e5} d5 7. O-O dxc4 8. Nc3 {LiveBook: 3 Games} Na6 $146 ({Predecessor:} 8… Be6
9. Nxe4 Nxe4 10. Bxe4 Nd7 11. Bg2 h5 12. d4 cxd3 13. Qxd3 O-O-O {1-0 (51)
Jobava,B (2713)-Mastrovasilis,D (2580) Minsk 2017}) 9. d3 exd3 10. exd3 Be7 11.
Re1 Be6 (11… Bg4 $15 12. Qd2 cxd3 13. Qxd3 Rd8) 12. dxc4 O-O (12… Rd8 {
is more complex.} 13. Qe2 Nc5 14. Rd1 Rxd1+ 15. Nxd1 Bg4) 13. Be3 Qa5 14. Bd2
Qb6 15. Na4 Qd8 16. b3 Re8 17. Bc3 Nc5 18. Bxf6 Qxd1 $1 19. Raxd1 {[#] Black
must now prevent Bxe7.} gxf6 20. Nc3 {[%cal Ba4c3,Bc3e2,Be2d4][%mdl 32]} f5 21.
Ne2 Bf6 22. Ned4 Rad8 23. Bh3 f4 (23… Kf8 {feels hotter.} 24. Nxf5 a5 25.
Nce3 Bc3 26. Rxd8 Rxd8 27. Rc1 Bf6) 24. Nxe6 Rxd1 25. Rxd1 Nxe6 26. Bxe6 Rxe6
$14 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRB-KRN} 27. Kf1 b5 28. cxb5 cxb5 29. gxf4 Re4 30. f5
Kg7 31. Rd5 a6 32. Rd6 Rh4 33. Ne3 a5 34. Ra6 a4 35. bxa4 bxa4 36. Kg2 Rd4 37.
Kf3 h5 38. Ra5 Rh4 39. Kg2 Rf4 40. Kg3 Rb4 41. Nd5 Bh4+ 42. Kg2 Rd4 43. f6+ Kg6
44. Kf3 Bg5 45. h3 h4 46. Rb5 Bxf6 47. Ke3 Rd1 48. Nf4+ Kg7 49. Ra5 Rh1 50. Kf3
Rh2 51. Nh5+ Kg6 52. Nf4+ Kg7 53. Rxa4 Be5 54. Kg4 Rxf2 {The position is equal.
} 55. Nd3 Rg2+ 56. Kf5 Bg3 $1 57. Nf4 Rf2 58. Kg4 Bxf4 59. Rxf4 Rxa2 60. Kxh4
$11 {KR-KR} Ra6 61. Rg4+ Kh7 62. Rf4 Kg7 63. Rg4+ Kh7 64. Rf4 {Accuracy: White
= 51%, Black = 57%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.4”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “D37”]
[WhiteElo “2832”]
[BlackElo “2746”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “108”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 20,108,12,4,12,12,15,5,0,0,17,9,10,16,37,37,31,31,51,60,78,80,73,78,53,
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-5193]} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 b6 7. cxd5
Nxd5 8. Nxd5 {D37: Queen’s Gambit Declined: 5 Bf4} Qxd5 9. Bd3 (9. Be2 Bb7 10.
Bxc7 Qa5+ 11. Kf1 Nd7 12. h4 Rac8 13. Bf4 Rfd8 14. Kg1 Bxf3 15. Bxf3 e5 {
1/2-1/2 (31) Ding,L (2769)-So,W (2799) Berlin 2018}) 9… Qa5+ 10. Kf1 Ba6 11.
Bxc7 {LiveBook: 3 Games} Bxd3+ 12. Qxd3 Na6 {[%cal Bb8a6,Ba6b4,Bb4a2,Ba2c1]
[%mdl 32]} 13. Bg3 Nb4 14. Qe2 Rfc8 $146 ({Predecessor:} 14… Rac8 15. Ne1 Rc6
{0-1 (32) Shishkin,V (2513)-Thesing,M (2425) Baia Sprie 2010}) 15. a3 Qa4 16.
Kg1 $36 {[%mdl 2048] White has the initiative.} Na2 17. h3 (17. Rxa2 $2 Rc1+
18. Ne1 Qc2 $19) 17… Nc1 18. Qf1 Qc2 19. Kh2 {[%cal Ra1c1]} Ne2 20. Be5 $1 {
Black must now prevent Re1.} Qxb2 {[#]} 21. d5 $1 {[%mdl 512]} Nc3 (21… exd5
22. Bxb2) 22. dxe6 fxe6 23. Rd1 ({White should try} 23. Nd4 $1 $16) 23… Qxa3
$11 24. Rd7 Nd5 $1 25. Nd4 (25. Qa1 $11 Nf6 26. Rb7 (26. Bxf6 gxf6 27. Qd4 Qb4
$11)) 25… Bf6 $17 26. Bg3 (26. Bxf6 $1 $15 Nxf6 27. Rb7) 26… Bxd4 27. exd4
Qa4 28. Rd6 Rc6 ({But not} 28… Qxd4 29. Rxe6 Nf4 30. Re7 $11) 29. Rd7 {
Strongly threatening Be5.} Rcc8 ({Stronger than} 29… Qxd4 30. Qa6 $11) ({
Better is} 29… Rc2 $1 $17 30. Rd6 Qe8) 30. Rd6 $15 Qe8 31. Qa6 (31. Qe2 $15)
31… Rc6 $1 $17 32. Ra1 Rxd6 33. Bxd6 Qd7 $1 {[%cal Rd7d6]} 34. Be5 {[#]} Nb4
$1 {[%cal Rb4a6]} 35. Qe2 Nc6 36. Bg3 Qd5 37. Qa6 Nxd4 38. Rc1 Nf5 39. Rc8+ (
39. Rc7 $17) 39… Rxc8 $19 40. Qxc8+ Kf7 41. Qc7+ Kf6 42. Bf4 (42. Qxa7 $17 {
is a better defense.} Nxg3 43. fxg3) 42… e5 43. Bc1 h6 (43… Qd6 $19 44.
Qxa7 Qc5) 44. Bb2 $17 Qc5 45. Qb8 (45. Qd8+ $17 Kg6 46. Qd7) 45… a5 $19 {
[%cal Ba7a5,Ba5a4][%mdl 32]} ({Don’t take} 45… Qxf2 46. Bxe5+ Ke6 47. Bf4 $17
) 46. f4 {[#]} Kg6 (46… Nd4 $1 $19 {Hoping for …Kf5.} 47. Qe8 Qb5 48. Qd8+
Kg6 49. Bxd4 exd4 50. Qxd4 Qc6) 47. Bxe5 $17 Qc6 {And now …Ne3 would win.}
48. Qa7 h5 49. h4 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (49. Qa6 $17) 49… a4 $19 50. Qa6 Kh7 51.
Qd3 Qg6 52. g3 (52. Bd4 $142 Nxh4 53. Qe2) 52… Nh6 53. Qc4 Ng4+ 54. Kh3 Qb1 {
Accuracy: White = 49%, Black = 77%.} 0-1


The blitz games

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.5”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “A06”]
[WhiteElo “2746”]
[BlackElo “2832”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “94”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]
1. Nf3 d5 2.
e3 Nf6 3. b3 e6 4. c4 Be7 5. Bb2 O-O 6. Nc3 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Be2 {A13:
English Opening: 1…e6} (8. h4 b6 9. Qb1 h6 10. g4 Bb7 11. Rh3 Nd7 12. g5 h5
13. Bd3 Nb4 14. Bh7+ Kh8 15. Be4 Nd5 {1-0 (24) Nepomniachtchi,I (2768)-Bacrot,
E (2678) Batumi 2018}) 8… b6 9. Nxd5 exd5 {LiveBook: 4 Games} 10. d4 {
The position is equal.} a5 $146 ({Predecessor:} 10… Be6 11. O-O Nd7 12. Rc1
Rc8 13. h3 Rc7 14. Rc2 Qa8 15. dxc5 bxc5 {1-0 (72) Papin,V (2475)-Kotanjian,T
(2481) Tashkent 2018}) 11. dxc5 bxc5 12. O-O Be6 13. Bb5 Qb6 14. Qe2 Nc6 15.
Rac1 Rac8 16. Ne5 Nxe5 17. Bxe5 Rfd8 18. Rfd1 h6 19. h3 Bf8 20. Bd3 g6 21. Bf6
Rd7 22. Bb5 Ra7 23. Ba1 Bg7 24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. Qb2+ Kg8 26. Be2 a4 27. Bf3 Rd8
28. Qf6 axb3 29. axb3 {aiming for Rxd5!} Rad7 30. Qc3 Rc8 31. Ra1 d4 32. exd4 {
[#] d5 is the strong threat.} Rxd4 33. Rab1 Rb4 {Hoping for …c4.} 34. Bd5 (
34. Qf6 $11 {remains equal.}) 34… Bxd5 $17 35. Rxd5 c4 36. Rbd1 Rxb3 37. Qe5
{intending Rd6.} c3 (37… Rb2 $17 38. Qf4 Rb1) 38. Qe7 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (38.
Rd6 $15 c2 39. Rc1) 38… Rb1 $19 {And now …c2 would win.} 39. Kh2 {Black
must now prevent Rd8+.} Rxd1 40. Rxd1 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KQR-KQR} c2 41. Rd7
Qb8+ {Black mates.} 42. g3 Qb3 43. Rd8+ Rxd8 44. Qxd8+ Kg7 45. Qd4+ {[#]} Kh7
$1 46. Qf4 Kg8 47. Qd2 Qb2 {Accuracy: White = 44%, Black = 64%.} 0-1

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.6”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “D37”]
[WhiteElo “2832”]
[BlackElo “2746”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “100”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 14,100,40,24,48,47,39,32,40,33,44,37,33,42,49,44,55,67,66,-15,77,81,87,
-211,-194,-198,-5,-11,-5,-7,-6,-54,-46,-39,-56,-49,-49,-113,-110,-120,-120,
-121,-116,-119,-98,-118,0,-121,-102,-129,-129,-130,-131,-175,-173,-197,-193,
-177,-121,-126,-102,-102,-102,-121,-90,-90,-92,-92,-82,-98,-89,-86,-78,-586,
-575,-579,-589,-831,-811,-711,-583,-578,-562,-780,-772,-1184,-1162,-29987,
-2444]} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 b6 7. Rc1 Ba6
{D37: Queen’s Gambit Declined: 5 Bf4} (7… Bb7 8. Bd3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 a6 10. O-O
b5 11. Bd3 Nbd7 12. a4 b4 13. Nb1 c5 14. Nbd2 cxd4 15. Bc7 Qe8 16. exd4 {
1-0 (57) Lalith,B (2575)-Melkumyan,H (2650) Abu Dhabi 2016}) 8. Qa4 {LiveBook:
3 Games} dxc4 9. Bxc4 Bb7 $146 {White is slightly better.} ({Predecessor:} 9…
Bxc4 10. Qxc4 Bd6 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bh4 Nbd7 13. Qc6 Rc8 14. Ne4 g5 15. Nxf6+ Nxf6
{1-0 (70) Malakhatko,V (2543)-Tilicheev,V (2389) St Petersburg 2011}) 10. O-O
a6 {Black wants to play …b5.} 11. Be2 Nbd7 12. Rfd1 b5 13. Qc2 Rc8 14. Ne5 c5
15. dxc5 Rxc5 16. Qb1 (16. b4 $14 Rc8 17. Qb3) 16… Qe8 (16… Qc8 $11 {
keeps the balance.} 17. Nd3 Rc4) 17. Nxd7 $1 $16 Nxd7 18. Ne4 $2 {[%mdl 8192]}
(18. b4 $16 Rc8 19. Nxb5 $1 {[%mdl 512]} axb5 20. Bxb5) 18… Rxc1 $19 19. Rxc1
Qa8 $2 ({Black should play} 19… e5 $1 $19 {[%cal Re5f4]} 20. Bg3 f5) 20. Bf3
$11 Rc8 {White must now prevent …Rxc1+.} 21. Rd1 Nf6 {[%cal Rb7e4]} 22. Ng5
h6 $36 {[%mdl 2048] Black fights for an advantage.} 23. Bxb7 Qxb7 24. Nf3 Qe4
25. Be5 ({White should try} 25. Qxe4 $15 Nxe4 26. Ne1) 25… Qxb1 $1 $17 26.
Rxb1 Ne4 27. Ne1 f6 28. Bg3 Rd8 29. Nf3 Rc8 30. Ne1 $1 e5 31. f3 Nd2 32. Rd1 {
[#]} Nc4 $1 33. Rd7 Bc5 34. b3 Nxe3 ({Much less strong is} 34… Bxe3+ 35. Bf2
$15) 35. Bf2 Nf5 ({Better is} 35… Bd4 $19 {Strongly threatening …Rc1.} 36.
Bxe3 Bxe3+ 37. Kf1 Rc1) 36. g4 Nd4 37. Kf1 Ne6 38. h4 Bxf2 39. Kxf2 {[%mdl
4096] Endgame KRN-KRN} Nf4 40. Rd6 a5 41. Ra6 {[#]} Rd8 $1 {[%cal Rd8d2] …
Rd2+ is the strong threat.} 42. Rxa5 Rd2+ 43. Kf1 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (43. Kg1 $17
{keeps fishing.}) 43… Nh3 $19 {[%csl Gh3][%cal Rd2f2]} 44. Nd3 Rxd3 45. Rxb5
Rxf3+ {KRN-KR} 46. Ke1 Rf2 47. a4 Ra2 48. a5 Nf4 49. Kd1 e4 {( -> …e3)} 50.
Kc1 e3 {Accuracy: White = 44%, Black = 48%.} (50… Ne2+ $142 51. Kd1 Nc3+ {
[%mdl 64] Double Attack} 52. Kc1 Nxb5 53. a6 e3 54. a7 Nxa7 55. Kb1 Rd2 56. Kc1
g5 57. b4 Nb5 58. hxg5 hxg5 59. Kb1 e2 60. Kc1 e1=Q#) 0-1

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.7”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A06”]
[WhiteElo “2746”]
[BlackElo “2832”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “103”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 12,103,8,9,13,16,16,16,18,8,81,92,129,137,137,132,132,131,132,139,133,
142,138,139,165,169,174,164,171,179,197,196,351,262,470,450,441,449,529,529,
703,714,683,625,610,584,575,475,466,436,480,286,285,259,272,258,477,484,465,
438,420,361,521,395,378,306,369,248,222,229,260,150,312,316,309,301,302,306,
749,733,958,837,1338,808,29992,29974,29974,29975,29972,29972,29987,29988,29988,
29989]} 1. Nf3 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. b3 Bf5 5. Bb2 e6 6. Nc3 {A12: English
Opening: 1…c6 with b3 by White} h6 7. d4 {LiveBook: 4 Games} (7. Be2 Be7 8.
O-O O-O 9. d3 Bh7 10. Qc2 a5 11. Rad1 Na6 12. a3 {1/2-1/2 (45) Vachier Lagrave,
M (2793)-Aronian,L (2797) Caleta 2018}) 7… Be7 8. Bd3 {The position is equal.
} O-O $146 ({Predecessor:} 8… Bxd3 9. Qxd3 Nbd7 10. O-O O-O 11. e4 dxe4 12.
Nxe4 Nxe4 13. Qxe4 Nf6 14. Qe2 a5 15. Ne5 a4 16. Qc2 Nd7 17. Nxd7 Qxd7 18. bxa4
Ra7 {0-1 (36) Kupfner,F (2200)-Schmidlechner,A (2217) Austria 2015}) 9. O-O
Nbd7 10. Qc2 Bg4 (10… Bxd3 $11 11. Qxd3 Bb4) 11. Ne5 $16 Nxe5 12. dxe5 Nd7 {
[#]} 13. h3 $1 {[%cal Rh3g4]} Bh5 14. g4 Bg6 15. Bxg6 fxg6 16. Qxg6 Rf7 17. Ne2
(17. Qxe6 $2 Nf8 $19) 17… Nf8 18. Qc2 Rc8 19. Rad1 Bc5 20. Kg2 Qh4 21. Bd4
Be7 $2 (21… Bxd4 22. Nxd4 dxc4 23. Qxc4 a6) 22. f4 {[%cal Bf2f4,Bf4f5][%mdl
32]} ({Not} 22. Bxa7 Ra8 $16) 22… Bb4 $2 (22… dxc4 23. Qxc4 (23. bxc4 Bb4
$18) 23… b5) 23. cxd5 $18 exd5 24. f5 h5 25. Rf4 Nh7 {If Black can now play .
..Ng5 this consolidates a bit.} 26. Ng3 c5 27. gxh5 Qd8 28. Bb2 d4 29. e6 Rfc7
30. Qc4 {Black must now prevent e7+.} b5 31. e7+ (31. Qxb5 $142 Nf6 32. Rf3)
31… bxc4 32. exd8=Q+ ({Resist} 32. exd8=B Rxd8 33. bxc4 Nf6 $18) (32. exd8=N
$6 c3 $18) 32… Rxd8 33. bxc4 d3 $2 {[#]} (33… Nf6 {was called for.} 34.
exd4 cxd4 35. Rfxd4 Rxd4 36. Rxd4 Be7) 34. h6 $1 gxh6 35. Rg4+ Kf8 36. Ne4 Ng5
(36… d2 $142 37. a3 Ba5) 37. Nxg5 hxg5 38. Rxg5 d2 39. Kf3 Rh7 40. Rg3 Rdd7
41. Be5 (41. Ke2 $18) 41… Rh5 $2 (41… Rh4 $16 {is a better defense.} 42.
Bf4 Kf7) 42. Kg4 Rdh7 43. Bf6 R5h6 44. Bg5 Ra6 $2 (44… Rd6 45. h4 Rd3) 45. e4
Rxa2 46. Rd3 Rc2 47. Bxd2 {White threatens Bh6+! and mate.} Rxc4 48. Rd8+ {
White mates.} Kf7 49. Bxb4 Rxe4+ 50. Kf3 Re7 51. Bxc5 Rxh3+ 52. Kg4 {Accuracy:
White = 81%, Black = 29%.} 1-0

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.8”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “E71”]
[WhiteElo “2832”]
[BlackElo “2746”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “78”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 23,78,54,74,37,91,78,88,81,98,97,140,81,143,81,174,153,214,223,215,217,
212,164,1452,1453,1350,1322,1133,0,0,-30,-69,-46,-54,-287,-270,-359,-280,-369,
-102,-85,-91,-328,-316,-569,-288,-487,-350,-444,-444,-865,-876,-1232,-1224,
-1164,-1303,-2464,-2406]} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. h3 O-O 6.
Be3 e5 7. d5 a5 8. g4 {E71: King’s Indian: 4 e4 d6 5 h3} Na6 9. Nge2 Nd7 (9…
c6 10. Ng3 Nc5 11. g5 Nfd7 12. h4 cxd5 13. Nxd5 Nb6 14. Nc3 Be6 15. b3 a4 {
1-0 (36) Ding,L (2777)-Amonatov,F (2636) Riadh 2017}) 10. Qd2 Ndc5 11. Ng3 c6
12. Be2 cxd5 {LiveBook: 3 Games} 13. cxd5 a4 (13… Nc7 $14) 14. h4 $16 {
[%cal Bh3h4,Bh4h5][%mdl 32]} Bd7 15. h5 Rc8 $146 ({Predecessor:} 15… a3 16.
bxa3 f6 17. hxg6 hxg6 18. Rb1 Kf7 19. Nb5 Qe7 {1-0 (19) Gholami,A (2295)
-Makhnev,D (2449) Hamedan 2018}) 16. Kf1 a3 17. b3 (17. bxa3 $142 Qa5 18. Rb1)
17… Qa5 (17… Qb6 $142) 18. Rc1 ({Better is} 18. Nb5 Qxd2 19. Bxd2) 18… f6
(18… Qb4 $16 {was necessary.}) 19. Kg2 Nb4 (19… Qb4 $16 {might work better.
} 20. f3 Rc7) 20. hxg6 hxg6 21. Bh6 {Black must now prevent Bxg7.} Rf7 22. Rh2
(22. Bxg7 $6 Rxg7 23. Rh2 (23. Qh6 Nbd3 $17) 23… Kf7 $16) 22… Bxh6 $2 (
22… Re8 23. Rch1 (23. Bxg7 Rxg7 24. Qe3 Kf7 $16) 23… Bh8) 23. Qxh6 $18 {
[%csl Gh2][%cal Rh6h8]} Rg7 24. Rch1 {Qxg7+! would kill now.} Rf8 25. Qc1 $2 (
25. g5 $18 Qd8 {[#]} 26. Nf5 $1 {[%mdl 512]} Bxf5 27. exf5) 25… Nbd3 $11 26.
Qd2 Nf4+ 27. Kg1 Kf7 {aiming for …Nxb3!} 28. Rh7 $2 (28. Rh8 $15) 28… Rc8 {
…Nxb3! is the strong threat.} 29. Bc4 b5 (29… Bxg4 30. Rh8 $17) 30. Nge2 g5
$2 (30… bxc4 31. Rxg7+ Kxg7 32. Nxf4 $19) (30… Rxh7 $19 31. Rxh7+ Kg8) 31.
Nxf4 $17 gxf4 32. g5 $2 (32. Rxg7+ $17 {was the only defense.} Kxg7 33. f3)
32… Rcg8 $19 ({But not} 32… bxc4 33. Qd1 $19) ({Weaker is} 32… fxg5 33.
Qe2 $11) 33. Be2 $2 (33. Bd3 b4 34. Ne2) 33… Kf8 34. Kf1 $2 ({Not} 34. Rxg7
Rxg7 35. Rh8+ Ke7 $17) (34. Qc2) 34… fxg5 35. f3 b4 {Black is clearly
winning.} 36. Nd1 {[#]} (36. Na4 $142 Bxa4 37. Rxg7 Kxg7 38. bxa4) 36… Nxb3
$1 {[%mdl 512]} 37. Qc2 (37. axb3 a2) 37… Nd4 38. Qc1 b3 39. axb3 a2 {
Precision: White = 39%, Black = 43%.} 0-1



Semifinal 2: Levon Aronian vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.3”]
[White “Aronian, Levon”]
[Black “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “A34”]
[WhiteElo “2765”]
[BlackElo “2781”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “94”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5
4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e3 Nxc3 6. bxc3 g6 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. Be2 Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. d4 Nc6
11. Rb1 Qc7 12. e4 Bg4 13. d5 {D85: Exchange Grünfeld: Unusual White 7th moves
and lines with 7 Nf3} Ne5 14. c4 b6 $146 ({Better is} 14… e6 $14) ({
Predecessor:} 14… Bxf3 15. gxf3 g5 16. Bxg5 Ng6 17. Kh1 Kh8 18. Rg1 b6 19.
Be3 Be5 20. Qd2 Bxh2 {1-0 (31) Ostenstad,B (2492)-Madsen,D (2287) Trondheim
2004}) 15. Nxe5 {White is better.} (15. Ng5 {is more complex.} Bxe2 16. Qxe2 h6
17. Nh3 Nd7 18. f4) 15… Bxe2 16. Qxe2 {[#] aiming for Nc6.} Bxe5 17. f4 Bd4+
18. Kh1 e6 19. e5 exd5 20. cxd5 Qd7 21. Qc4 (21. d6 $14) 21… Rad8 (21… Rfe8
$11) 22. d6 $14 Rfe8 23. Bb2 $1 {[%cal Rb2d4]} Bxb2 24. Rxb2 Qe6 25. Qa4 Qd7
26. Qa6 f6 27. Re2 $1 ({Much weaker is} 27. exf6 Rf8 $15) 27… Re6 ({Black
should play} 27… b5) 28. a4 (28. Qc4 $142 Kh8 29. Rfe1) 28… Qf7 (28… g5
$142) 29. Rd2 fxe5 30. fxe5 Qg7 {[#]} 31. d7 (31. Rdd1 $1 $16 Rxe5 32. Qc4+ Kh8
33. Rf7) 31… Rxe5 (31… Qxe5 $11 32. Rdd1 (32. Qxa7 Rd6 $11) 32… Re7) 32.
Qxa7 Qf6 {[%cal Rf6f1]} 33. Kg1 (33. Rxf6 $2 {is a self mate.} Re1+ 34. Rf1
Rxf1#) (33. Qa6 $14 Rf5 34. Rfd1) 33… Qc6 $11 {The position is equal.} 34.
Rb1 Re7 35. Qxb6 Qxb6 36. Rxb6 Rexd7 37. Rxd7 Rxd7 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KR-KR}
38. a5 c4 39. a6 {Threatens to win with Rb8+.} c3 40. Rc6 Ra7 41. h3 (41. g4 {
looks sharper.} c2 42. Kg2 Rxa6 43. Rxc2 Kg7 44. Rc7+) 41… c2 42. Rxc2 {
Strongly threatening Rc6.} Rxa6 43. Kh2 Ra7 44. Rc1 Kg7 45. Rc2 Kg8 46. Rc1 Kg7
47. Rc2 Kg8 {Accuracy: White = 70%, Black = 56%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.4”]
[White “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Black “Aronian, Levon”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C67”]
[WhiteElo “2781”]
[BlackElo “2765”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “97”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 21,97,16,10,0,0,-49,0,0,0,0,0,-46,0,0,0,0,0,-8,0,-7,19,25,26,20,16,0,58,
0,18,19,52,43,100,95,81,73,118,111,119,108,107,107,112,112,108,104,118,126,140,
138,208,131,133,113,153,158,156,162,139,139,351,323,355,352,325,336,487,436,
556,603,759,750,837,825,866,935,871,842]} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O
Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Be7 {C67: Ruy
Lopez: Berlin Defence: 4 0-0 Nxe4} 10. Nc3 Nh4 11. Nxh4 Bxh4 {LiveBook: 20
Games. The position is equal.} 12. Re1 (12. Be3 h5 13. Ne2 Be7 14. f4 f5 15.
exf6 gxf6 16. Rad1+ Ke8 17. f5 {1/2-1/2 (32) Vachier Lagrave,M (2780)-Karjakin,
S (2760) Batumi 2018}) 12… b6 $146 ({Predecessor:} 12… h6 13. b3 Bf5 14.
Bb2 Bxc2 15. e6 Ke8 16. Na4 Rg8 17. Nc5 Rc8 {0-1 (62) Liepold,S (2168)-Londyn,
R (2426) Germany 2017}) 13. g4 Be7 14. Be3 Bd7 15. Rad1 Kc8 16. Ne2 Re8 17. Nf4
Bf8 18. Bc1 g6 19. Re2 Bg7 20. Rde1 Kb7 21. e6 fxe6 22. Nxe6 Bf6 23. c3 c5 ({
Better is} 23… Bh4 $11) 24. Bf4 ({White should try} 24. g5 $1 $14 Bh8 25. Bf4
) 24… Bxe6 (24… Bh4 {looks sharper.} 25. Kg2 Bb5 26. Re5 Bc6+ 27. Kg1 Rac8)
25. Rxe6 Rf8 26. R1e4 $36 {[%mdl 2048] Strongly threatening Bh6. White fights
for an advantage.} Rf7 {[#]} (26… g5 $14 27. Be5 Bh8) 27. g5 $1 $16 {[%cal
Rg5f6]} Bd8 28. h4 b5 29. c4 bxc4 30. Be3 Rb8 31. Bxc5 Kc8 32. Bd4 Rb5 33. Rc6
Kd7 34. Rxc4 c6 35. a4 Rb3 (35… Rb7 $16 36. b4 Re7) 36. Bxa7 Rxb2 37. Bd4 Rd2
38. Be3 Rd5 39. Rb4 Bc7 40. Kg2 Rf8 $2 {[#]} (40… Re7 $16 41. Rec4 Re6) 41.
Rb7 $18 c5 42. a5 Kc6 43. a6 Ra8 (43… Rc8 $142 44. Re6+ Rd6) 44. Re6+ {
White is clearly winning.} Bd6 45. Rxh7 Rxa6 46. Rxg6 c4 47. Rg8 Rf5 48. g6 {
[%cal Bg5g6,Bg6g7][%mdl 32]} Be5 49. g7 {Precision: White = 65%, Black = 47%.}
1-0


The blitz games

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.5”]
[White “Aronian, Levon”]
[Black “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B51”]
[WhiteElo “2765”]
[BlackElo “2781”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “110”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3.
Bb5+ Nd7 {[%cal Bb8d7,Bd7e5,Be5f3][%mdl 32]} 4. c3 Ngf6 5. Bd3 (5. Qe2 a6 6.
Ba4 b5 7. Bc2 Bb7 8. d4 e6 9. O-O Be7 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. e5 Nd5 12. Ne4 Qc7 13.
exd6 Bxd6 14. Nxd6 Qxd6 15. dxc5 Qxc5 {1/2-1/2 (58) Kovalev,V (2648)
-Grandelius,N (2652) Sharjah 2018}) 5… Ne5 {LiveBook: 3 Games} 6. Be2 $146 {
B51: Sicilian: Moscow Variation (3 Bb5+) without 3…Bd7} ({Predecessor:} 6.
Nxe5 dxe5 7. Be2 Bd7 8. d3 e6 9. O-O Bc6 10. Na3 b5 11. Be3 Be7 12. Nc2 O-O {
0-1 (41) Macovei,A (2343)-Harsha,B (2445) Tarvisio 2017}) 6… Nxf3+ 7. Bxf3 e5
8. d4 {White is slightly better.} Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Be3 b6 11. Nd2 Qc7 12. Re1
Bd7 13. a4 a6 14. b4 cxd4 15. cxd4 Rfc8 16. h3 b5 17. axb5 Bxb5 18. Nb3 {
[%cal Bd2b3,Bb3a5,Ba5c6][%mdl 32]} Qc2 19. d5 Qxd1 20. Rexd1 Rc4 21. Na5 Rxb4
22. Rdc1 Ra4 23. Nc6 Rxa1 24. Rxa1 Kf8 25. g3 Bd3 26. Bg5 h6 (26… Nxd5 $5 27.
Nxe7 Nxe7 $15) 27. Bxf6 $1 Bxf6 28. Ra3 Bb5 29. Bg4 Bd8 30. h4 Bb6 31. Rf3 $2 {
[#]} (31. Kg2 $17) 31… Be2 $19 32. Rb3 Bxf2+ 33. Kxf2 Bxg4 {[%mdl 4096]
Endgame KRB-KRN} 34. Ra3 (34. Na5 $17) 34… Bd7 35. Na5 Ke7 36. Rc3 Rc8 37.
Rb3 Bb5 38. Rb2 Rc3 39. Nb3 g6 40. g4 Rh3 {[#] White must now prevent …Rh2+.}
41. Nd2 Rxh4 42. Kg3 Rh1 43. Rc2 Kd7 44. Nf3 Rb1 45. Nd2 Rb4 46. Kf3 a5 {
[%cal Ba6a5,Ba5a4][%mdl 32]} 47. Ke3 a4 48. Ra2 Ke7 49. Ra1 Bd7 50. Kf3 h5 51.
gxh5 gxh5 52. Ra3 f5 53. exf5 Bxf5 54. Nf1 Be4+ (54… Rb3+ $142 55. Rxb3 axb3
56. Kg2 b2 57. Nd2 b1=Q 58. Nxb1 Bxb1 59. Kh3 Bd3 60. Kg2 e4 61. Kg3 e3 62. Kf4
e2 63. Ke3 e1=Q+ 64. Kxd3 h4 65. Kd4 h3 66. Kd3 h2 67. Kd4 h1=Q 68. Kc4 Qd2 69.
Kb3 Qhxd5+ 70. Ka4 Q2a5#) 55. Ke2 Bxd5 {Accuracy: White = 27%, Black = 67%.}
0-1

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.6”]
[White “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Black “Aronian, Levon”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B06”]
[WhiteElo “2781”]
[BlackElo “2765”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “103”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 19,103,27,35,21,55,39,50,57,64,71,132,58,53,28,33,29,39,27,8,8,37,7,20,
14,43,48,77,53,56,78,85,62,264,135,135,125,137,132,129,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
0,0,0,7,0,15,24,16,6,20,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,-89,0,-33,0,0,0,0,72,46,
1231,1221]} 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d6 4. Bc4 e6 5. Bb3 Ne7 6. c3 {B06:
Modern Defence} (6. O-O O-O 7. Re1 Nd7 8. c3 a6 9. Nbd2 b5 10. Nf1 c5 11. Ng3
Bb7 12. Bf4 e5 13. Be3 exd4 14. cxd4 {0-1 (40) Grandelius,N (2653)-Dubov,D
(2677) Germany 2017}) 6… b6 7. O-O Bb7 8. Re1 Nd7 9. Nbd2 {[%cal Bb1d2,Bd2f1,
Bf1g3][%mdl 32]} O-O 10. Nf1 c5 {LiveBook: 13 Games} 11. Ng3 Qc7 12. Bg5 Nc6
$146 ({Predecessor:} 12… Rae8 13. Qd2 {1/2-1/2 (42) Muse,M (2391)-Michna,M
(2376) Germany 2018}) 13. Qd2 Rac8 14. Bh6 Na5 {[#]} (14… Qd8 $142) 15. Bxg7
(15. Nh5 $1 $16 {[%mdl 512]} Bh8 (15… gxh5 16. Qg5) 16. Bxf8 Rxf8 17. Ng3)
15… Kxg7 $14 16. Rad1 Nxb3 17. axb3 Nf6 18. e5 dxe5 19. dxe5 Ng8 20. Ng5 Rcd8
21. Qf4 $36 {[%mdl 2048] White has the initiative.} Rd5 22. c4 Rd7 23. h4 ({
Of course not} 23. Rxd7 Qxd7 24. Qc1 Qc7 $11) 23… Rfd8 24. Rd6 $1 Rxd6 25.
exd6 Rxd6 $2 {[#]} (25… Qd7 $1 $14) 26. Nxf7 (26. Nh5+ $1 $18 {[%mdl 512]}
gxh5 27. Qg3) 26… Rd7 $16 27. Ne5 Rd4 {[#]} 28. Qg5 $1 Qe7 {[#]} 29. Nf3 ({
White must play} 29. Nh5+ $1 $16 Kf8 30. Nf4) 29… Qxg5 $11 30. Nxg5 Bc8 31.
Nxe6+ Bxe6 32. Rxe6 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRN-KRN} Kf7 33. Re4 Rd1+ 34. Kh2 Rd2
35. Re2 Rd3 36. Re3 Rd2 37. Re2 Rd4 38. Ne4 h6 39. Kg3 Ne7 40. Kf3 Nf5 41. g3 {
[%cal Bg2g3,Bg3g4][%mdl 32]} Rd3+ 42. Kf4 Rxb3 43. g4 Nxh4 {Threatens to win
with …Rd3.} 44. Nd6+ Kf6 {And now …Rf3+ would win.} 45. Ne8+ Kf7 46. Nd6+
Kf8 47. Ke5 (47. g5 $11 Rf3+ 48. Kg4 hxg5 49. Kxg5) 47… Ke7 (47… Rf3 $17
48. Rd2 g5) 48. f4 Nf3+ (48… Rd3 $5 {[%cal Rd3d6]} 49. Nb5 Kf7 $15) 49. Kd5+
Kd7 50. Nf7 Nd4 (50… h5 $11) 51. Rh2 {[%mdl 1024] White has strong
compensation.} Rd3 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (51… Nc6 $14) 52. Ne5+ {[%mdl 64] Double
Attack. Accuracy: White = 51%, Black = 48%.} 1-0

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.7”]
[White “Aronian, Levon”]
[Black “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B51”]
[WhiteElo “2765”]
[BlackElo “2781”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “75”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 9,75,19,24,17,35,38,35,34,39,35,32,29,46,31,29,33,45,45,41,44,63,37,54,
62,58,62,57,37,42,20,27,13,14,6,7,14,0,10,14,7,0,0,21,23,70,69,75,75,169,187,
237,242,396,388,390,389,381,383,957,933,1568,1395,29982,29983,29989,29990,
29991,29992]} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 {[%cal Bb8d7,Bd7e5,Be5f3][%mdl 32]
} 4. c3 Ngf6 5. Bd3 (5. Qe2 a6 6. Ba4 b5 7. Bc2 Bb7 8. d4 e6 9. O-O Be7 10.
Nbd2 O-O 11. e5 Nd5 12. Ne4 Qc7 13. exd6 Bxd6 14. Nxd6 Qxd6 15. dxc5 Qxc5 {
1/2-1/2 (58) Kovalev,V (2648)-Grandelius,N (2652) Sharjah 2018}) 5… Ne5 {
LiveBook: 3 Games} 6. Be2 $146 {B51: Sicilian: Moscow Variation (3 Bb5+)
without 3…Bd7} ({Predecessor:} 6. Nxe5 dxe5 7. Be2 Bd7 8. d3 e6 9. O-O Bc6
10. Na3 b5 11. Be3 Be7 12. Nc2 O-O {0-1 (41) Macovei,A (2343)-Harsha,B (2445)
Tarvisio 2017}) 6… Nxf3+ 7. Bxf3 e5 8. d4 {White is slightly better.} Be7 9.
dxe5 dxe5 10. Qxd8+ Bxd8 11. Nd2 Be6 12. Be2 Bc7 13. f3 Ke7 14. a4 h5 15. h4
Rhd8 16. Nc4 Ne8 17. Be3 b6 18. Bf2 f6 {[%cal Bf7f6,Bf6f5][%mdl 32]} 19. O-O g6
20. Rfc1 Nd6 21. Ne3 f5 22. Nd5+ Bxd5 23. exd5 c4 24. Be3 Kd7 25. Rab1 Rf8 26.
b3 {[%cal Bb2b3,Bb3c4,Bc4c5,Bc5c6,Bc6c7][%mdl 32]} f4 27. Bf2 e4 28. fxe4 Rae8
(28… Nxe4 $16 {might work better.} 29. Bxc4 Bd8) 29. bxc4 $18 Nxe4 {[#]} 30.
c5 $1 {[%mdl 512] Black must now prevent Bb5+.} Nxc3 $2 (30… Nxf2 {was worth
a try.} 31. Bb5+ (31. Kxf2 Re3 $16) 31… Kd8) (30… bxc5 31. Bb5+) 31. Rxc3
Rxe2 {[#]} 32. d6 $1 {[%cal Rd6c7]} Bd8 {[#]} 33. c6+ $1 Kc8 $2 {[#]} (33…
Kxd6 34. c7 Bxc7) 34. a5 $1 {[%cal Ba4a5,Ba5b6][%mdl 544]} Rxf2 (34… bxa5 35.
c7) 35. Kxf2 Rf5 36. c7 {White mates.} Bxh4+ 37. Kf3 Rd5 38. axb6 {Accuracy:
White = 68%, Black = 40%.} 1-0

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.8”]
[White “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Black “Aronian, Levon”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C02”]
[WhiteElo “2781”]
[BlackElo “2765”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “131”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 19,131,0,-4,-1,-4,-3,0,0,0,0,0,-10,-10,-10,-10,-8,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,2,
0,18,15,16,18,21,21,21,14,16,19,17,25,38,40,84,75,99,87,97,107,135,135,153,151,
158,145,202,170,170,179,346,346,346,346,346,346,339,339,318,325,530,522,497,
488,516,500,468,302,449,285,195,143,143,143,143,143,165,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,333,330,
313,327,303,296,361,312,29968,29970,29970,29971,29971,29971,29969,29971,29962,
29966,8204,7560,29962,12851]} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Bd7 5. Nf3 Qb6
6. a3 Bb5 7. dxc5 {C02: French: Advance Variation} Bxc5 8. Bxb5+ Qxb5 9. b4 Bb6
10. a4 Qc4 {LiveBook: 3 Games} (10… Qd7 11. O-O Ne7 12. a5 Bc7 13. Bf4 O-O
14. Re1 Nbc6 {1-0 (29) Areshchenko,A (2709)-L’Ami,E (2634) Legnica 2013}) 11.
a5 Qe4+ 12. Qe2 Qxe2+ 13. Kxe2 Bc7 14. c4 $146 ({Predecessor:} 14. Be3 Nc6 {
0-1 (51) Tokhirjonova,G (2115)-Nodirjanova,N (2140) Tashkent 2014}) 14… Ne7
15. Bg5 Nbc6 16. Bxe7 Kxe7 17. cxd5 exd5 18. Nc3 Rhd8 19. Rhd1 d4 20. Nb5 Bxe5
21. Nxe5 Nxe5 22. Nxd4 {White wants to play a6.} Rac8 23. a6 bxa6 24. Rxa6 Ke8
25. Ra5 f6 26. f4 Ng6 27. g3 $36 {[%mdl 2048] White has the initiative.} Rd7
28. Nf5 {Nd6+ is the strong threat.} Rc2+ 29. Ke1 {Strongly threatening Rxd7.}
Rdc7 30. Rd2 Rc1+ 31. Ke2 Ne7 32. Nd6+ Kf8 33. Nb5 $1 {[%cal Rb5c7]} Rc8 34.
Rxa7 {aiming for Rdd7.} Nc6 {And now …Rb8 would win.} 35. Rb7 $1 Re8+ 36. Kf3
$1 Nd8 (36… Re7 $16 37. Rb6 g6) 37. Rc7 Rf1+ 38. Kg2 Rb1 $2 (38… Rfe1 {
was worth a try.} 39. Nc3 Rc1) 39. Nd6 $18 Re7 40. Rxe7 Kxe7 {[%mdl 4096]
Endgame KRN-KRN} 41. Nf5+ {[%mdl 64] Double Attack} Ke8 42. Nxg7+ Ke7 43. Nf5+
Ke8 $2 (43… Ke6 {might work better.} 44. g4 (44. Rxd8 Kxf5 45. Rd5+ Ke4 $18)
44… Nb7) 44. Re2+ Kf8 45. Nd6 Nc6 46. b5 Nd4 47. Re8+ Kg7 48. Re7+ Kg6 49. g4
(49. f5+ $18 Nxf5 50. Nxf5 Kxf5 51. Rxh7) 49… Rb2+ $16 50. Kf1 {Threatens to
win with h4.} h5 51. h3 $1 Nf3 52. Nf5 $2 ({Better is} 52. gxh5+ $18 Kxh5 53.
Re2) 52… hxg4 $11 53. hxg4 {[%csl Gf5][%cal Re7g7]} Nh2+ 54. Ke1 {[%csl Gf5]
[%cal Re7g7]} Nxg4 55. Nd6 Nh2 $2 {[%mdl 8192] [#]} (55… f5 $11 {and Black
has nothing to worry.}) 56. Re2 $1 $18 {[%cal Re2b2]} Rb1+ {[#]} 57. Kd2 $1
Nf3+ 58. Kc3 Kh5 59. Rb2 Rxb2 $2 (59… Rc1+ $18 60. Kb3 Nd4+ 61. Ka2 Kg4) 60.
Kxb2 {KN-KN} Kg4 61. b6 Nd4 62. Kc3 Nc6 63. f5 Kf4 64. Kc4 Ke5 65. Kc5 Nd8 {[#]
} 66. Nf7+ $1 {[%mdl 576] Promotion. Accuracy: White = 75%, Black = 45%.} 1-0


Semifinal 2: Levon Aronian vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.5”]
[White “Aronian, Levon”]
[Black “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B51”]
[WhiteElo “2765”]
[BlackElo “2781”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “110”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3.
Bb5+ Nd7 {[%cal Bb8d7,Bd7e5,Be5f3][%mdl 32]} 4. c3 Ngf6 5. Bd3 (5. Qe2 a6 6.
Ba4 b5 7. Bc2 Bb7 8. d4 e6 9. O-O Be7 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. e5 Nd5 12. Ne4 Qc7 13.
exd6 Bxd6 14. Nxd6 Qxd6 15. dxc5 Qxc5 {1/2-1/2 (58) Kovalev,V (2648)
-Grandelius,N (2652) Sharjah 2018}) 5… Ne5 {LiveBook: 3 Games} 6. Be2 $146 {
B51: Sicilian: Moscow Variation (3 Bb5+) without 3…Bd7} ({Predecessor:} 6.
Nxe5 dxe5 7. Be2 Bd7 8. d3 e6 9. O-O Bc6 10. Na3 b5 11. Be3 Be7 12. Nc2 O-O {
0-1 (41) Macovei,A (2343)-Harsha,B (2445) Tarvisio 2017}) 6… Nxf3+ 7. Bxf3 e5
8. d4 {White is slightly better.} Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Be3 b6 11. Nd2 Qc7 12. Re1
Bd7 13. a4 a6 14. b4 cxd4 15. cxd4 Rfc8 16. h3 b5 17. axb5 Bxb5 18. Nb3 {
[%cal Bd2b3,Bb3a5,Ba5c6][%mdl 32]} Qc2 19. d5 Qxd1 20. Rexd1 Rc4 21. Na5 Rxb4
22. Rdc1 Ra4 23. Nc6 Rxa1 24. Rxa1 Kf8 25. g3 Bd3 26. Bg5 h6 (26… Nxd5 $5 27.
Nxe7 Nxe7 $15) 27. Bxf6 $1 Bxf6 28. Ra3 Bb5 29. Bg4 Bd8 30. h4 Bb6 31. Rf3 $2 {
[#]} (31. Kg2 $17) 31… Be2 $19 32. Rb3 Bxf2+ 33. Kxf2 Bxg4 {[%mdl 4096]
Endgame KRB-KRN} 34. Ra3 (34. Na5 $17) 34… Bd7 35. Na5 Ke7 36. Rc3 Rc8 37.
Rb3 Bb5 38. Rb2 Rc3 39. Nb3 g6 40. g4 Rh3 {[#] White must now prevent …Rh2+.}
41. Nd2 Rxh4 42. Kg3 Rh1 43. Rc2 Kd7 44. Nf3 Rb1 45. Nd2 Rb4 46. Kf3 a5 {
[%cal Ba6a5,Ba5a4][%mdl 32]} 47. Ke3 a4 48. Ra2 Ke7 49. Ra1 Bd7 50. Kf3 h5 51.
gxh5 gxh5 52. Ra3 f5 53. exf5 Bxf5 54. Nf1 Be4+ (54… Rb3+ $142 55. Rxb3 axb3
56. Kg2 b2 57. Nd2 b1=Q 58. Nxb1 Bxb1 59. Kh3 Bd3 60. Kg2 e4 61. Kg3 e3 62. Kf4
e2 63. Ke3 e1=Q+ 64. Kxd3 h4 65. Kd4 h3 66. Kd3 h2 67. Kd4 h1=Q 68. Kc4 Qd2 69.
Kb3 Qhxd5+ 70. Ka4 Q2a5#) 55. Ke2 Bxd5 {Accuracy: White = 27%, Black = 67%.}
0-1

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.6”]
[White “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Black “Aronian, Levon”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B06”]
[WhiteElo “2781”]
[BlackElo “2765”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “103”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 19,103,27,35,21,55,39,50,57,64,71,132,58,53,28,33,29,39,27,8,8,37,7,20,
14,43,48,77,53,56,78,85,62,264,135,135,125,137,132,129,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
0,0,0,7,0,15,24,16,6,20,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,-89,0,-33,0,0,0,0,72,46,
1231,1221]} 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d6 4. Bc4 e6 5. Bb3 Ne7 6. c3 {B06:
Modern Defence} (6. O-O O-O 7. Re1 Nd7 8. c3 a6 9. Nbd2 b5 10. Nf1 c5 11. Ng3
Bb7 12. Bf4 e5 13. Be3 exd4 14. cxd4 {0-1 (40) Grandelius,N (2653)-Dubov,D
(2677) Germany 2017}) 6… b6 7. O-O Bb7 8. Re1 Nd7 9. Nbd2 {[%cal Bb1d2,Bd2f1,
Bf1g3][%mdl 32]} O-O 10. Nf1 c5 {LiveBook: 13 Games} 11. Ng3 Qc7 12. Bg5 Nc6
$146 ({Predecessor:} 12… Rae8 13. Qd2 {1/2-1/2 (42) Muse,M (2391)-Michna,M
(2376) Germany 2018}) 13. Qd2 Rac8 14. Bh6 Na5 {[#]} (14… Qd8 $142) 15. Bxg7
(15. Nh5 $1 $16 {[%mdl 512]} Bh8 (15… gxh5 16. Qg5) 16. Bxf8 Rxf8 17. Ng3)
15… Kxg7 $14 16. Rad1 Nxb3 17. axb3 Nf6 18. e5 dxe5 19. dxe5 Ng8 20. Ng5 Rcd8
21. Qf4 $36 {[%mdl 2048] White has the initiative.} Rd5 22. c4 Rd7 23. h4 ({
Of course not} 23. Rxd7 Qxd7 24. Qc1 Qc7 $11) 23… Rfd8 24. Rd6 $1 Rxd6 25.
exd6 Rxd6 $2 {[#]} (25… Qd7 $1 $14) 26. Nxf7 (26. Nh5+ $1 $18 {[%mdl 512]}
gxh5 27. Qg3) 26… Rd7 $16 27. Ne5 Rd4 {[#]} 28. Qg5 $1 Qe7 {[#]} 29. Nf3 ({
White must play} 29. Nh5+ $1 $16 Kf8 30. Nf4) 29… Qxg5 $11 30. Nxg5 Bc8 31.
Nxe6+ Bxe6 32. Rxe6 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRN-KRN} Kf7 33. Re4 Rd1+ 34. Kh2 Rd2
35. Re2 Rd3 36. Re3 Rd2 37. Re2 Rd4 38. Ne4 h6 39. Kg3 Ne7 40. Kf3 Nf5 41. g3 {
[%cal Bg2g3,Bg3g4][%mdl 32]} Rd3+ 42. Kf4 Rxb3 43. g4 Nxh4 {Threatens to win
with …Rd3.} 44. Nd6+ Kf6 {And now …Rf3+ would win.} 45. Ne8+ Kf7 46. Nd6+
Kf8 47. Ke5 (47. g5 $11 Rf3+ 48. Kg4 hxg5 49. Kxg5) 47… Ke7 (47… Rf3 $17
48. Rd2 g5) 48. f4 Nf3+ (48… Rd3 $5 {[%cal Rd3d6]} 49. Nb5 Kf7 $15) 49. Kd5+
Kd7 50. Nf7 Nd4 (50… h5 $11) 51. Rh2 {[%mdl 1024] White has strong
compensation.} Rd3 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (51… Nc6 $14) 52. Ne5+ {[%mdl 64] Double
Attack. Accuracy: White = 51%, Black = 48%.} 1-0

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.7”]
[White “Aronian, Levon”]
[Black “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B51”]
[WhiteElo “2765”]
[BlackElo “2781”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “75”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 9,75,19,24,17,35,38,35,34,39,35,32,29,46,31,29,33,45,45,41,44,63,37,54,
62,58,62,57,37,42,20,27,13,14,6,7,14,0,10,14,7,0,0,21,23,70,69,75,75,169,187,
237,242,396,388,390,389,381,383,957,933,1568,1395,29982,29983,29989,29990,
29991,29992]} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 {[%cal Bb8d7,Bd7e5,Be5f3][%mdl 32]
} 4. c3 Ngf6 5. Bd3 (5. Qe2 a6 6. Ba4 b5 7. Bc2 Bb7 8. d4 e6 9. O-O Be7 10.
Nbd2 O-O 11. e5 Nd5 12. Ne4 Qc7 13. exd6 Bxd6 14. Nxd6 Qxd6 15. dxc5 Qxc5 {
1/2-1/2 (58) Kovalev,V (2648)-Grandelius,N (2652) Sharjah 2018}) 5… Ne5 {
LiveBook: 3 Games} 6. Be2 $146 {B51: Sicilian: Moscow Variation (3 Bb5+)
without 3…Bd7} ({Predecessor:} 6. Nxe5 dxe5 7. Be2 Bd7 8. d3 e6 9. O-O Bc6
10. Na3 b5 11. Be3 Be7 12. Nc2 O-O {0-1 (41) Macovei,A (2343)-Harsha,B (2445)
Tarvisio 2017}) 6… Nxf3+ 7. Bxf3 e5 8. d4 {White is slightly better.} Be7 9.
dxe5 dxe5 10. Qxd8+ Bxd8 11. Nd2 Be6 12. Be2 Bc7 13. f3 Ke7 14. a4 h5 15. h4
Rhd8 16. Nc4 Ne8 17. Be3 b6 18. Bf2 f6 {[%cal Bf7f6,Bf6f5][%mdl 32]} 19. O-O g6
20. Rfc1 Nd6 21. Ne3 f5 22. Nd5+ Bxd5 23. exd5 c4 24. Be3 Kd7 25. Rab1 Rf8 26.
b3 {[%cal Bb2b3,Bb3c4,Bc4c5,Bc5c6,Bc6c7][%mdl 32]} f4 27. Bf2 e4 28. fxe4 Rae8
(28… Nxe4 $16 {might work better.} 29. Bxc4 Bd8) 29. bxc4 $18 Nxe4 {[#]} 30.
c5 $1 {[%mdl 512] Black must now prevent Bb5+.} Nxc3 $2 (30… Nxf2 {was worth
a try.} 31. Bb5+ (31. Kxf2 Re3 $16) 31… Kd8) (30… bxc5 31. Bb5+) 31. Rxc3
Rxe2 {[#]} 32. d6 $1 {[%cal Rd6c7]} Bd8 {[#]} 33. c6+ $1 Kc8 $2 {[#]} (33…
Kxd6 34. c7 Bxc7) 34. a5 $1 {[%cal Ba4a5,Ba5b6][%mdl 544]} Rxf2 (34… bxa5 35.
c7) 35. Kxf2 Rf5 36. c7 {White mates.} Bxh4+ 37. Kf3 Rd5 38. axb6 {Accuracy:
White = 68%, Black = 40%.} 1-0

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.8”]
[White “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Black “Aronian, Levon”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C02”]
[WhiteElo “2781”]
[BlackElo “2765”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “131”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 19,131,0,-4,-1,-4,-3,0,0,0,0,0,-10,-10,-10,-10,-8,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,2,
0,18,15,16,18,21,21,21,14,16,19,17,25,38,40,84,75,99,87,97,107,135,135,153,151,
158,145,202,170,170,179,346,346,346,346,346,346,339,339,318,325,530,522,497,
488,516,500,468,302,449,285,195,143,143,143,143,143,165,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,333,330,
313,327,303,296,361,312,29968,29970,29970,29971,29971,29971,29969,29971,29962,
29966,8204,7560,29962,12851]} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Bd7 5. Nf3 Qb6
6. a3 Bb5 7. dxc5 {C02: French: Advance Variation} Bxc5 8. Bxb5+ Qxb5 9. b4 Bb6
10. a4 Qc4 {LiveBook: 3 Games} (10… Qd7 11. O-O Ne7 12. a5 Bc7 13. Bf4 O-O
14. Re1 Nbc6 {1-0 (29) Areshchenko,A (2709)-L’Ami,E (2634) Legnica 2013}) 11.
a5 Qe4+ 12. Qe2 Qxe2+ 13. Kxe2 Bc7 14. c4 $146 ({Predecessor:} 14. Be3 Nc6 {
0-1 (51) Tokhirjonova,G (2115)-Nodirjanova,N (2140) Tashkent 2014}) 14… Ne7
15. Bg5 Nbc6 16. Bxe7 Kxe7 17. cxd5 exd5 18. Nc3 Rhd8 19. Rhd1 d4 20. Nb5 Bxe5
21. Nxe5 Nxe5 22. Nxd4 {White wants to play a6.} Rac8 23. a6 bxa6 24. Rxa6 Ke8
25. Ra5 f6 26. f4 Ng6 27. g3 $36 {[%mdl 2048] White has the initiative.} Rd7
28. Nf5 {Nd6+ is the strong threat.} Rc2+ 29. Ke1 {Strongly threatening Rxd7.}
Rdc7 30. Rd2 Rc1+ 31. Ke2 Ne7 32. Nd6+ Kf8 33. Nb5 $1 {[%cal Rb5c7]} Rc8 34.
Rxa7 {aiming for Rdd7.} Nc6 {And now …Rb8 would win.} 35. Rb7 $1 Re8+ 36. Kf3
$1 Nd8 (36… Re7 $16 37. Rb6 g6) 37. Rc7 Rf1+ 38. Kg2 Rb1 $2 (38… Rfe1 {
was worth a try.} 39. Nc3 Rc1) 39. Nd6 $18 Re7 40. Rxe7 Kxe7 {[%mdl 4096]
Endgame KRN-KRN} 41. Nf5+ {[%mdl 64] Double Attack} Ke8 42. Nxg7+ Ke7 43. Nf5+
Ke8 $2 (43… Ke6 {might work better.} 44. g4 (44. Rxd8 Kxf5 45. Rd5+ Ke4 $18)
44… Nb7) 44. Re2+ Kf8 45. Nd6 Nc6 46. b5 Nd4 47. Re8+ Kg7 48. Re7+ Kg6 49. g4
(49. f5+ $18 Nxf5 50. Nxf5 Kxf5 51. Rxh7) 49… Rb2+ $16 50. Kf1 {Threatens to
win with h4.} h5 51. h3 $1 Nf3 52. Nf5 $2 ({Better is} 52. gxh5+ $18 Kxh5 53.
Re2) 52… hxg4 $11 53. hxg4 {[%csl Gf5][%cal Re7g7]} Nh2+ 54. Ke1 {[%csl Gf5]
[%cal Re7g7]} Nxg4 55. Nd6 Nh2 $2 {[%mdl 8192] [#]} (55… f5 $11 {and Black
has nothing to worry.}) 56. Re2 $1 $18 {[%cal Re2b2]} Rb1+ {[#]} 57. Kd2 $1
Nf3+ 58. Kc3 Kh5 59. Rb2 Rxb2 $2 (59… Rc1+ $18 60. Kb3 Nd4+ 61. Ka2 Kg4) 60.
Kxb2 {KN-KN} Kg4 61. b6 Nd4 62. Kc3 Nc6 63. f5 Kf4 64. Kc4 Ke5 65. Kc5 Nd8 {[#]
} 66. Nf7+ $1 {[%mdl 576] Promotion. Accuracy: White = 75%, Black = 45%.} 1-0


Round 1 of 10th LCC GCT Finals 2018, London

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[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.11”]
[Round “1.1”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D37”]
[WhiteElo “2832”]
[BlackElo “2746”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “102”]
[EventDate “2018.12.09”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1.
d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 b6 7. Qc2 Bb7 8. Rd1 {
LiveBook: 14 Games. D37: Queen’s Gambit Declined: 5 Bf4} (8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Nxd5
Qxd5 10. Bd3 h6 11. e4 Qa5+ 12. Bd2 Bb4 13. Rc1 c5 14. dxc5 Nd7 15. c6 Rac8 16.
Bxb4 Qxb4+ {1/2-1/2 (55) Nepomniachtchi,I (2705)-Nakamura,H (2816) Baku 2015})
8… Bd6 9. Bg3 $146 ({Predecessor:} 9. Bg5 Nbd7 10. cxd5 exd5 11. Bd3 h6 12.
Bh4 a6 13. Bf5 Qe8 14. Qb3 b5 15. O-O Be7 {1/2-1/2 (98) Kveinys,A (2545)-Xu,Y
(2518) Reykjavik 2017}) 9… Nbd7 10. cxd5 {White has an edge.} Nxd5 11. e4 (
11. Nxd5 {looks sharper.} Bxd5 12. Bd3 f5 13. Bc4 Nf6 14. Be5) 11… Nxc3 12.
bxc3 Bxg3 13. hxg3 e5 14. Bb5 c6 15. Be2 Qc7 16. g4 {[%cal Bg3g4,Bg4g5][%mdl
32]} Rfe8 17. g5 Rad8 18. Kf1 b5 19. Rh4 a6 20. a4 Qa5 21. g6 hxg6 22. Ng5 Nf8
(22… Qxa4 $2 23. Qxa4 bxa4 24. Bc4 $18) (22… c5 $1 $11 {remains equal.})
23. Rd3 $16 Bc8 (23… Qxa4 $2 24. Qxa4 bxa4 25. Rdh3 $18) 24. Qb3 {[%csl Gg5]
[%cal Rb3f7]} Qc7 ({Don’t blunder} 24… Ne6 $2 25. Rdh3 $18) 25. axb5 axb5 26.
Rf3 (26. g4 $1 $14 Ne6 27. Rdh3) 26… Be6 $1 $11 {[%cal Re6b3]} 27. d5 cxd5
28. exd5 Rxd5 {And now …Rd4 would win.} ({Wrong is} 28… Bxd5 $2 {[#]} 29.
Rfh3 $1 $18 {[%mdl 512]}) 29. Nxe6 fxe6 30. Rfh3 {[%cal Bf3h3,Bh3h4,Bh4e4]
[%mdl 32] [#]} e4 $1 31. Rxe4 ({Avoid the trap} 31. Bxb5 $2 Rb8 $19) 31… Ra8
{aiming for …Ra1+.} 32. g3 {Threatening Rxe6!} Qc5 {Strongly threatening …
Rf5.} 33. Re3 Ra3 34. Qb2 Qd6 35. Rh4 {The position is equal.} Ra4 $132 {
[%mdl 2048] Black puts up resistance} 36. Rhe4 Qa3 37. Qxa3 (37. Qb1 {is
interesting.} Qa1 38. Rb4 Qxb1+ 39. Rxb1 Ra5 40. c4) 37… Rxa3 38. Bg4 Rc5 39.
Bxe6+ Nxe6 40. Rxe6 Raxc3 41. Rxc3 Rxc3 42. Rxg6 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KR-KR} b4
43. Rb6 b3 44. Kg2 Kf7 45. f4 g5 46. fxg5 Rc2+ 47. Kf3 b2 48. Kg4 Kg7 49. Rb7+
Kg6 50. Rb6+ Kg7 51. Rb7+ Kg6 {Accuracy: White = 69%, Black = 71%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.11”]
[Round “1.1”]
[White “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Black “Aronian, Levon”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “C88”]
[WhiteElo “2781”]
[BlackElo “2765”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “147”]
[EventDate “2018.12.09”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 22,147,16,0,9,18,28,13,15,1,43,10,36,0,0,-4,0,0,0,-27,-15,-53,-48,-45,
-33,-94,-91,-67,-47,-62,-62,-62,-62,-69,-62,-87,-62,-66,-76,-77,-63,-63,-64,
-65,-48,-65,-51,-36,-38,-30,-1,-2,-2,-2,-2,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
0,8,0,8,0,8,0,8,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,8,0,8,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
0,0,0,0,0,0,8,8,8,0,8,0,0,0,8,0]} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 {[%cal Bf1b5,
Bb5a4,Ba4b3][%mdl 32]} a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 b4
9. a5 d6 10. d3 Be6 11. Bxe6 {C88: Closed Ruy Lopez: Anti-Marshall Systems} (
11. Nbd2 Qc8 12. h3 Rb8 13. Nc4 h6 14. Be3 Rd8 15. Qe2 Bf8 16. Nfd2 g6 17. Ba4
Qb7 18. Qf3 Nh7 {1-0 (92) Karjakin,S (2760)-Sevian,S (2634) Douglas 2018})
11… fxe6 12. Nbd2 {LiveBook: 14 Games} Qb8 13. Nb3 $146 ({Predecessor:} 13.
c3 Nd7 14. d4 Qb5 15. c4 Qb7 16. d5 Nd8 17. Nf1 c6 18. Ng3 cxd5 19. cxd5 exd5
20. exd5 {1/2-1/2 (42) Bernal Varela,N (2376)-Biedermann,T (2433) ICCF email
2017}) 13… Nd8 14. d4 exd4 15. Qxd4 c5 16. Qc4 Nd7 17. Be3 Bf6 $36 {[%mdl
2048] Black fights for an advantage.} 18. Ra2 Re8 19. Nbd2 Nf7 20. Qb3 Qb5 21.
Rd1 Nde5 22. Nxe5 Nxe5 23. Qa4 ({White should play} 23. h3 $15) 23… Qxa4 $17
24. Rxa4 Rac8 25. h3 g5 26. c3 d5 27. exd5 exd5 {[#] And now …Nd3 would win.}
28. cxb4 Nd3 29. Bxc5 $1 Nxb2 ({Of course not} 29… Nxc5 $6 30. bxc5 Rxc5 31.
Nf3 $14) 30. Raa1 Nxd1 31. Rxd1 Bc3 32. Nf3 d4 33. Nxg5 Rb8 34. Nf3 Bxb4 35.
Bb6 $1 Re4 36. Nxd4 {The position is equal.} Re1+ 37. Rxe1 Bxe1 $11 {[%mdl
4096] Endgame KRB-KBN} 38. Ne6 Re8 39. Nc5 Rc8 40. Nxa6 {[#] Black must now
prevent Nc7.} Bxa5 41. Bxa5 Ra8 42. Bd2 {Nc5 is the strong threat.} Rxa6 {KR-KB
} 43. g4 Kf7 44. Kg2 Kg6 45. Be3 h5 46. f4 hxg4 47. hxg4 Rf6 48. Kf3 Rf7 49.
Bc5 Rf6 50. Bb4 Rf7 51. Ke4 Rb7 52. Bc5 Rb3 53. Be3 Rb4+ 54. Ke5 Kf7 55. Kf5
Rb5+ 56. Ke4 Kf6 57. Bd2 $1 Rc5 58. Be1 Rc4+ 59. Kf3 Rc5 60. Bh4+ Kg6 61. Be7
Ra5 62. Kg3 Kf7 63. Bd6 Kg6 64. Kh4 Ra1 65. Bc5 Rd1 66. f5+ Kf6 67. Be3 Rh1+
68. Kg3 Rb1 69. Bc5 Rb5 70. Bd4+ Kg5 71. Be3+ Kf6 72. Bd4+ Kg5 73. Be3+ Kf6 74.
Bd4+ {Precision: White = 63%, Black = 67%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.12”]
[Round “1.2”]
[White “Aronian, Levon”]
[Black “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “A34”]
[WhiteElo “2765”]
[BlackElo “2781”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “115”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 15,115,0,18,17,12,15,15,15,15,22,14,17,18,18,45,34,49,49,62,61,66,63,65,
59,67,74,74,67,72,65,64,62,62,58,55,53,93,100,105,100,105,105,99,97,99,105,105,
103,104,103,102,50,25,32,28,28,33,39,89,49,85,66,66,66,66,66,66,66,66,66,66,66,
66,66,66,66,73,73,60,61,61,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0]} 1. Nf3
c5 2. c4 Nf6 {[%cal Bg8f6,Bf6d5,Bd5b4,Bb4d3][%mdl 32]} 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5
5. e4 Nb4 6. Bc4 Nd3+ 7. Ke2 Nf4+ {A34: Symmetrical English: 2 Nc3, lines with
…d5} 8. Kf1 Ne6 {LiveBook: 164 Games} 9. d4 (9. h4 Nd4 10. Nb5 Be6 11. d3
Nbc6 12. Nbxd4 Bxc4 13. dxc4 cxd4 14. Bf4 e6 15. Rh3 {0-1 (35) Dominguez Perez,
L (2739)-Vachier Lagrave,M (2779) Saint Louis 2018}) 9… cxd4 10. Bxe6 Bxe6
11. Nxd4 Nc6 $146 ({Predecessor:} 11… Bc4+ 12. Ke1 Qd7 13. Be3 e5 14. Nb3 Bb4
15. Rc1 {0-1 (51) Karpeshov,O (2323)-Shomoev,A (2553) Kazan 2016}) 12. Nxe6
Qxd1+ 13. Nxd1 fxe6 14. Bd2 e5 15. f3 e6 16. Be3 Bb4 17. Nf2 Ba5 18. Ke2 Bb6
19. Rhd1 Bxe3 20. Kxe3 Ke7 21. Rac1 Rhd8 22. Rxd8 Rxd8 $16 {[%mdl 4096]
Endgame KRN-KRN} 23. Nd3 Kd6 24. Nc5 Rb8 25. h4 Nb4 26. a3 b6 27. Nxe6 $1 ({
Of course not} 27. axb4 bxc5 28. bxc5+ Kc6 $14) 27… Na2 28. Ra1 Kxe6 29. Rxa2
{KR-KR} Rc8 30. Kd2 Rd8+ 31. Ke2 Rc8 32. b3 Rc1 33. Rd2 (33. Kd3 $16) 33… Ra1
$14 34. a4 Rb1 35. Rd3 Rb2+ 36. Kf1 a6 37. Kg1 b5 38. Rd8 bxa4 39. bxa4 Ra2 40.
Rh8 h6 41. Re8+ Kf6 42. Rb8 Rxa4 43. Rb6+ Kf7 44. h5 a5 45. Ra6 Ra2 46. Kh2 a4
47. Kh3 a3 48. g3 (48. Ra7+ $14 Kf6 49. Kg3) 48… Ra1 $1 $11 {The position is
equal.} 49. Kg4 a2 $1 50. Kf5 {Strongly threatening Ra7+.} Rf1 51. Rxa2 {
[#] Ra3 is the strong threat.} Rxf3+ 52. Kxe5 Rxg3 53. Ra7+ Kg8 54. Kd6 g6 55.
Ra8+ Kf7 56. Ra7+ Kg8 57. Ra8+ Kf7 58. Ra7+ {Accuracy: White = 77%, Black =
67%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.12”]
[Round “1.2”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “C42”]
[WhiteElo “2746”]
[BlackElo “2832”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “66”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 22,66,7,8,20,20,20,16,22,19,22,22,22,22,22,22,22,22,24,18,22,24,22,10,
14,10,17,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0]} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5
d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 {C42: Petroff Defence:
3 Nxe5 and unusual White 3rd moves} Nd7 9. O-O-O c6 10. h4 d5 11. Kb1 Re8 12.
Bd3 {LiveBook: 4 Games} Bc5 13. Bd4 Bxd4 14. cxd4 Nf6 15. Rde1 Ne4 {[#]} 16.
Qf4 $146 {[%cal Rd3e4]} Qf6 17. Qxf6 Nxf6 18. Kc1 Rxe1+ 19. Rxe1 Kf8 20. Kd2 h6
21. Ne5 Ng4 22. Nxg4 {The position is equal.} Bxg4 $11 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame
KRB-KRB} 23. c3 Re8 24. Rxe8+ Kxe8 {KB-KB} 25. Ke3 g5 26. hxg5 hxg5 27. f3 {
[%cal Bf2f3,Bf3f4][%mdl 32]} Be6 28. f4 f6 29. g3 Ke7 30. a3 Bd7 31. Bc2 Be6
32. Bd3 Bd7 33. Bc2 Be6 {Precision: White = 82%, Black = 75%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.3”]
[White “Aronian, Levon”]
[Black “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “A34”]
[WhiteElo “2765”]
[BlackElo “2781”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “94”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 23,94,28,35,34,39,31,93,76,60,76,62,77,66,58,53,6,50,47,63,0,58,62,68,
76,72,76,76,68,68,76,69,85,151,88,155,116,166,150,133,0,57,52,63,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0]} 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5
4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e3 Nxc3 6. bxc3 g6 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. Be2 Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. d4 Nc6
11. Rb1 Qc7 12. e4 Bg4 13. d5 {D85: Exchange Grünfeld: Unusual White 7th moves
and lines with 7 Nf3} Ne5 14. c4 b6 $146 ({Better is} 14… e6 $14) ({
Predecessor:} 14… Bxf3 15. gxf3 g5 16. Bxg5 Ng6 17. Kh1 Kh8 18. Rg1 b6 19.
Be3 Be5 20. Qd2 Bxh2 {1-0 (31) Ostenstad,B (2492)-Madsen,D (2287) Trondheim
2004}) 15. Nxe5 {White is better.} (15. Ng5 {is more complex.} Bxe2 16. Qxe2 h6
17. Nh3 Nd7 18. f4) 15… Bxe2 16. Qxe2 {[#] aiming for Nc6.} Bxe5 17. f4 Bd4+
18. Kh1 e6 19. e5 exd5 20. cxd5 Qd7 21. Qc4 (21. d6 $14) 21… Rad8 (21… Rfe8
$11) 22. d6 $14 Rfe8 23. Bb2 $1 {[%cal Rb2d4]} Bxb2 24. Rxb2 Qe6 25. Qa4 Qd7
26. Qa6 f6 27. Re2 $1 ({Much weaker is} 27. exf6 Rf8 $15) 27… Re6 ({Black
should play} 27… b5) 28. a4 (28. Qc4 $142 Kh8 29. Rfe1) 28… Qf7 (28… g5
$142) 29. Rd2 fxe5 30. fxe5 Qg7 {[#]} 31. d7 (31. Rdd1 $1 $16 Rxe5 32. Qc4+ Kh8
33. Rf7) 31… Rxe5 (31… Qxe5 $11 32. Rdd1 (32. Qxa7 Rd6 $11) 32… Re7) 32.
Qxa7 Qf6 {[%cal Rf6f1]} 33. Kg1 (33. Rxf6 $2 {is a self mate.} Re1+ 34. Rf1
Rxf1#) (33. Qa6 $14 Rf5 34. Rfd1) 33… Qc6 $11 {The position is equal.} 34.
Rb1 Re7 35. Qxb6 Qxb6 36. Rxb6 Rexd7 37. Rxd7 Rxd7 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KR-KR}
38. a5 c4 39. a6 {Threatens to win with Rb8+.} c3 40. Rc6 Ra7 41. h3 (41. g4 {
looks sharper.} c2 42. Kg2 Rxa6 43. Rxc2 Kg7 44. Rc7+) 41… c2 42. Rxc2 {
Strongly threatening Rc6.} Rxa6 43. Kh2 Ra7 44. Rc1 Kg7 45. Rc2 Kg8 46. Rc1 Kg7
47. Rc2 Kg8 {Accuracy: White = 70%, Black = 56%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.3”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “A20”]
[WhiteElo “2746”]
[BlackElo “2832”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “127”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 14,127,0,0,0,-25,-11,-20,0,-39,14,-12,22,10,14,-3,6,8,17,2,17,16,17,0,0,
0,0,0,10,7,10,8,12,12,37,33,30,29,32,21,15,20,26,25,41,38,46,45,43,42,47,45,38,
24,27,18,18,18,22,18,13,10,12,0,5,0,4,0,6,0,23,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,34,34,27,30,
31,17,37,55,50,0,0,0,50,52,46,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0]} 1. c4
e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c6 4. Nf3 e4 5. Nd4 Qb6 6. Nc2 {A20: English Opening: 1…
e5} d5 7. O-O dxc4 8. Nc3 {LiveBook: 3 Games} Na6 $146 ({Predecessor:} 8… Be6
9. Nxe4 Nxe4 10. Bxe4 Nd7 11. Bg2 h5 12. d4 cxd3 13. Qxd3 O-O-O {1-0 (51)
Jobava,B (2713)-Mastrovasilis,D (2580) Minsk 2017}) 9. d3 exd3 10. exd3 Be7 11.
Re1 Be6 (11… Bg4 $15 12. Qd2 cxd3 13. Qxd3 Rd8) 12. dxc4 O-O (12… Rd8 {
is more complex.} 13. Qe2 Nc5 14. Rd1 Rxd1+ 15. Nxd1 Bg4) 13. Be3 Qa5 14. Bd2
Qb6 15. Na4 Qd8 16. b3 Re8 17. Bc3 Nc5 18. Bxf6 Qxd1 $1 19. Raxd1 {[#] Black
must now prevent Bxe7.} gxf6 20. Nc3 {[%cal Ba4c3,Bc3e2,Be2d4][%mdl 32]} f5 21.
Ne2 Bf6 22. Ned4 Rad8 23. Bh3 f4 (23… Kf8 {feels hotter.} 24. Nxf5 a5 25.
Nce3 Bc3 26. Rxd8 Rxd8 27. Rc1 Bf6) 24. Nxe6 Rxd1 25. Rxd1 Nxe6 26. Bxe6 Rxe6
$14 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRB-KRN} 27. Kf1 b5 28. cxb5 cxb5 29. gxf4 Re4 30. f5
Kg7 31. Rd5 a6 32. Rd6 Rh4 33. Ne3 a5 34. Ra6 a4 35. bxa4 bxa4 36. Kg2 Rd4 37.
Kf3 h5 38. Ra5 Rh4 39. Kg2 Rf4 40. Kg3 Rb4 41. Nd5 Bh4+ 42. Kg2 Rd4 43. f6+ Kg6
44. Kf3 Bg5 45. h3 h4 46. Rb5 Bxf6 47. Ke3 Rd1 48. Nf4+ Kg7 49. Ra5 Rh1 50. Kf3
Rh2 51. Nh5+ Kg6 52. Nf4+ Kg7 53. Rxa4 Be5 54. Kg4 Rxf2 {The position is equal.
} 55. Nd3 Rg2+ 56. Kf5 Bg3 $1 57. Nf4 Rf2 58. Kg4 Bxf4 59. Rxf4 Rxa2 60. Kxh4
$11 {KR-KR} Ra6 61. Rg4+ Kh7 62. Rf4 Kg7 63. Rg4+ Kh7 64. Rf4 {Accuracy: White
= 51%, Black = 57%.} 1/2-1/2

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.4”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “D37”]
[WhiteElo “2832”]
[BlackElo “2746”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “108”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 20,108,12,4,12,12,15,5,0,0,17,9,10,16,37,37,31,31,51,60,78,80,73,78,53,
68,87,0,0,0,0,-77,-52,-139,-128,-134,-134,-133,-153,-156,0,-49,-52,-151,-145,
-156,-119,-129,-127,-124,-121,-122,-119,-129,-122,-109,-119,-120,-103,-166,
-150,-154,-168,-178,-141,-198,-193,-189,-104,-100,-95,-170,-175,-162,-100,-115,
-114,-139,-135,-439,-439,-430,-429,-416,-402,-650,-554,-29977,-29978,-6295,
-5193]} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 b6 7. cxd5
Nxd5 8. Nxd5 {D37: Queen’s Gambit Declined: 5 Bf4} Qxd5 9. Bd3 (9. Be2 Bb7 10.
Bxc7 Qa5+ 11. Kf1 Nd7 12. h4 Rac8 13. Bf4 Rfd8 14. Kg1 Bxf3 15. Bxf3 e5 {
1/2-1/2 (31) Ding,L (2769)-So,W (2799) Berlin 2018}) 9… Qa5+ 10. Kf1 Ba6 11.
Bxc7 {LiveBook: 3 Games} Bxd3+ 12. Qxd3 Na6 {[%cal Bb8a6,Ba6b4,Bb4a2,Ba2c1]
[%mdl 32]} 13. Bg3 Nb4 14. Qe2 Rfc8 $146 ({Predecessor:} 14… Rac8 15. Ne1 Rc6
{0-1 (32) Shishkin,V (2513)-Thesing,M (2425) Baia Sprie 2010}) 15. a3 Qa4 16.
Kg1 $36 {[%mdl 2048] White has the initiative.} Na2 17. h3 (17. Rxa2 $2 Rc1+
18. Ne1 Qc2 $19) 17… Nc1 18. Qf1 Qc2 19. Kh2 {[%cal Ra1c1]} Ne2 20. Be5 $1 {
Black must now prevent Re1.} Qxb2 {[#]} 21. d5 $1 {[%mdl 512]} Nc3 (21… exd5
22. Bxb2) 22. dxe6 fxe6 23. Rd1 ({White should try} 23. Nd4 $1 $16) 23… Qxa3
$11 24. Rd7 Nd5 $1 25. Nd4 (25. Qa1 $11 Nf6 26. Rb7 (26. Bxf6 gxf6 27. Qd4 Qb4
$11)) 25… Bf6 $17 26. Bg3 (26. Bxf6 $1 $15 Nxf6 27. Rb7) 26… Bxd4 27. exd4
Qa4 28. Rd6 Rc6 ({But not} 28… Qxd4 29. Rxe6 Nf4 30. Re7 $11) 29. Rd7 {
Strongly threatening Be5.} Rcc8 ({Stronger than} 29… Qxd4 30. Qa6 $11) ({
Better is} 29… Rc2 $1 $17 30. Rd6 Qe8) 30. Rd6 $15 Qe8 31. Qa6 (31. Qe2 $15)
31… Rc6 $1 $17 32. Ra1 Rxd6 33. Bxd6 Qd7 $1 {[%cal Rd7d6]} 34. Be5 {[#]} Nb4
$1 {[%cal Rb4a6]} 35. Qe2 Nc6 36. Bg3 Qd5 37. Qa6 Nxd4 38. Rc1 Nf5 39. Rc8+ (
39. Rc7 $17) 39… Rxc8 $19 40. Qxc8+ Kf7 41. Qc7+ Kf6 42. Bf4 (42. Qxa7 $17 {
is a better defense.} Nxg3 43. fxg3) 42… e5 43. Bc1 h6 (43… Qd6 $19 44.
Qxa7 Qc5) 44. Bb2 $17 Qc5 45. Qb8 (45. Qd8+ $17 Kg6 46. Qd7) 45… a5 $19 {
[%cal Ba7a5,Ba5a4][%mdl 32]} ({Don’t take} 45… Qxf2 46. Bxe5+ Ke6 47. Bf4 $17
) 46. f4 {[#]} Kg6 (46… Nd4 $1 $19 {Hoping for …Kf5.} 47. Qe8 Qb5 48. Qd8+
Kg6 49. Bxd4 exd4 50. Qxd4 Qc6) 47. Bxe5 $17 Qc6 {And now …Ne3 would win.}
48. Qa7 h5 49. h4 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (49. Qa6 $17) 49… a4 $19 50. Qa6 Kh7 51.
Qd3 Qg6 52. g3 (52. Bd4 $142 Nxh4 53. Qe2) 52… Nh6 53. Qc4 Ng4+ 54. Kh3 Qb1 {
Accuracy: White = 49%, Black = 77%.} 0-1

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.4”]
[White “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Black “Aronian, Levon”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C67”]
[WhiteElo “2781”]
[BlackElo “2765”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “97”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 21,97,16,10,0,0,-49,0,0,0,0,0,-46,0,0,0,0,0,-8,0,-7,19,25,26,20,16,0,58,
0,18,19,52,43,100,95,81,73,118,111,119,108,107,107,112,112,108,104,118,126,140,
138,208,131,133,113,153,158,156,162,139,139,351,323,355,352,325,336,487,436,
556,603,759,750,837,825,866,935,871,842]} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O
Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Be7 {C67: Ruy
Lopez: Berlin Defence: 4 0-0 Nxe4} 10. Nc3 Nh4 11. Nxh4 Bxh4 {LiveBook: 20
Games. The position is equal.} 12. Re1 (12. Be3 h5 13. Ne2 Be7 14. f4 f5 15.
exf6 gxf6 16. Rad1+ Ke8 17. f5 {1/2-1/2 (32) Vachier Lagrave,M (2780)-Karjakin,
S (2760) Batumi 2018}) 12… b6 $146 ({Predecessor:} 12… h6 13. b3 Bf5 14.
Bb2 Bxc2 15. e6 Ke8 16. Na4 Rg8 17. Nc5 Rc8 {0-1 (62) Liepold,S (2168)-Londyn,
R (2426) Germany 2017}) 13. g4 Be7 14. Be3 Bd7 15. Rad1 Kc8 16. Ne2 Re8 17. Nf4
Bf8 18. Bc1 g6 19. Re2 Bg7 20. Rde1 Kb7 21. e6 fxe6 22. Nxe6 Bf6 23. c3 c5 ({
Better is} 23… Bh4 $11) 24. Bf4 ({White should try} 24. g5 $1 $14 Bh8 25. Bf4
) 24… Bxe6 (24… Bh4 {looks sharper.} 25. Kg2 Bb5 26. Re5 Bc6+ 27. Kg1 Rac8)
25. Rxe6 Rf8 26. R1e4 $36 {[%mdl 2048] Strongly threatening Bh6. White fights
for an advantage.} Rf7 {[#]} (26… g5 $14 27. Be5 Bh8) 27. g5 $1 $16 {[%cal
Rg5f6]} Bd8 28. h4 b5 29. c4 bxc4 30. Be3 Rb8 31. Bxc5 Kc8 32. Bd4 Rb5 33. Rc6
Kd7 34. Rxc4 c6 35. a4 Rb3 (35… Rb7 $16 36. b4 Re7) 36. Bxa7 Rxb2 37. Bd4 Rd2
38. Be3 Rd5 39. Rb4 Bc7 40. Kg2 Rf8 $2 {[#]} (40… Re7 $16 41. Rec4 Re6) 41.
Rb7 $18 c5 42. a5 Kc6 43. a6 Ra8 (43… Rc8 $142 44. Re6+ Rd6) 44. Re6+ {
White is clearly winning.} Bd6 45. Rxh7 Rxa6 46. Rxg6 c4 47. Rg8 Rf5 48. g6 {
[%cal Bg5g6,Bg6g7][%mdl 32]} Be5 49. g7 {Precision: White = 65%, Black = 47%.}
1-0

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.5”]
[White “Aronian, Levon”]
[Black “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B51”]
[WhiteElo “2765”]
[BlackElo “2781”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “110”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 9,110,18,30,13,29,33,37,31,39,41,28,13,46,16,30,26,27,20,38,0,8,13,8,6,
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-779,-1233,-1216,-1318,-1255,-29980,-1137,-992,-954]} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3.
Bb5+ Nd7 {[%cal Bb8d7,Bd7e5,Be5f3][%mdl 32]} 4. c3 Ngf6 5. Bd3 (5. Qe2 a6 6.
Ba4 b5 7. Bc2 Bb7 8. d4 e6 9. O-O Be7 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. e5 Nd5 12. Ne4 Qc7 13.
exd6 Bxd6 14. Nxd6 Qxd6 15. dxc5 Qxc5 {1/2-1/2 (58) Kovalev,V (2648)
-Grandelius,N (2652) Sharjah 2018}) 5… Ne5 {LiveBook: 3 Games} 6. Be2 $146 {
B51: Sicilian: Moscow Variation (3 Bb5+) without 3…Bd7} ({Predecessor:} 6.
Nxe5 dxe5 7. Be2 Bd7 8. d3 e6 9. O-O Bc6 10. Na3 b5 11. Be3 Be7 12. Nc2 O-O {
0-1 (41) Macovei,A (2343)-Harsha,B (2445) Tarvisio 2017}) 6… Nxf3+ 7. Bxf3 e5
8. d4 {White is slightly better.} Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Be3 b6 11. Nd2 Qc7 12. Re1
Bd7 13. a4 a6 14. b4 cxd4 15. cxd4 Rfc8 16. h3 b5 17. axb5 Bxb5 18. Nb3 {
[%cal Bd2b3,Bb3a5,Ba5c6][%mdl 32]} Qc2 19. d5 Qxd1 20. Rexd1 Rc4 21. Na5 Rxb4
22. Rdc1 Ra4 23. Nc6 Rxa1 24. Rxa1 Kf8 25. g3 Bd3 26. Bg5 h6 (26… Nxd5 $5 27.
Nxe7 Nxe7 $15) 27. Bxf6 $1 Bxf6 28. Ra3 Bb5 29. Bg4 Bd8 30. h4 Bb6 31. Rf3 $2 {
[#]} (31. Kg2 $17) 31… Be2 $19 32. Rb3 Bxf2+ 33. Kxf2 Bxg4 {[%mdl 4096]
Endgame KRB-KRN} 34. Ra3 (34. Na5 $17) 34… Bd7 35. Na5 Ke7 36. Rc3 Rc8 37.
Rb3 Bb5 38. Rb2 Rc3 39. Nb3 g6 40. g4 Rh3 {[#] White must now prevent …Rh2+.}
41. Nd2 Rxh4 42. Kg3 Rh1 43. Rc2 Kd7 44. Nf3 Rb1 45. Nd2 Rb4 46. Kf3 a5 {
[%cal Ba6a5,Ba5a4][%mdl 32]} 47. Ke3 a4 48. Ra2 Ke7 49. Ra1 Bd7 50. Kf3 h5 51.
gxh5 gxh5 52. Ra3 f5 53. exf5 Bxf5 54. Nf1 Be4+ (54… Rb3+ $142 55. Rxb3 axb3
56. Kg2 b2 57. Nd2 b1=Q 58. Nxb1 Bxb1 59. Kh3 Bd3 60. Kg2 e4 61. Kg3 e3 62. Kf4
e2 63. Ke3 e1=Q+ 64. Kxd3 h4 65. Kd4 h3 66. Kd3 h2 67. Kd4 h1=Q 68. Kc4 Qd2 69.
Kb3 Qhxd5+ 70. Ka4 Q2a5#) 55. Ke2 Bxd5 {Accuracy: White = 27%, Black = 67%.}
0-1

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.5”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “A06”]
[WhiteElo “2746”]
[BlackElo “2832”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “94”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 17,94,12,16,9,30,0,9,-23,0,0,0,0,0,-7,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,3,3,9,4,0,0,0,
0,0,0,0,0,0,-8,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,-25,-8,-12,-10,-23,-30,-89,-81,-81,-85,-103,-101,
-140,-58,-562,-560,-5687,-5808,-1083,-837,-29983,-29980,-29980,-29981,-29981,
-29982,-29982,-29982,-29982,-29981,-29983,-29984,-29981,-29981]} 1. Nf3 d5 2.
e3 Nf6 3. b3 e6 4. c4 Be7 5. Bb2 O-O 6. Nc3 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Be2 {A13:
English Opening: 1…e6} (8. h4 b6 9. Qb1 h6 10. g4 Bb7 11. Rh3 Nd7 12. g5 h5
13. Bd3 Nb4 14. Bh7+ Kh8 15. Be4 Nd5 {1-0 (24) Nepomniachtchi,I (2768)-Bacrot,
E (2678) Batumi 2018}) 8… b6 9. Nxd5 exd5 {LiveBook: 4 Games} 10. d4 {
The position is equal.} a5 $146 ({Predecessor:} 10… Be6 11. O-O Nd7 12. Rc1
Rc8 13. h3 Rc7 14. Rc2 Qa8 15. dxc5 bxc5 {1-0 (72) Papin,V (2475)-Kotanjian,T
(2481) Tashkent 2018}) 11. dxc5 bxc5 12. O-O Be6 13. Bb5 Qb6 14. Qe2 Nc6 15.
Rac1 Rac8 16. Ne5 Nxe5 17. Bxe5 Rfd8 18. Rfd1 h6 19. h3 Bf8 20. Bd3 g6 21. Bf6
Rd7 22. Bb5 Ra7 23. Ba1 Bg7 24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. Qb2+ Kg8 26. Be2 a4 27. Bf3 Rd8
28. Qf6 axb3 29. axb3 {aiming for Rxd5!} Rad7 30. Qc3 Rc8 31. Ra1 d4 32. exd4 {
[#] d5 is the strong threat.} Rxd4 33. Rab1 Rb4 {Hoping for …c4.} 34. Bd5 (
34. Qf6 $11 {remains equal.}) 34… Bxd5 $17 35. Rxd5 c4 36. Rbd1 Rxb3 37. Qe5
{intending Rd6.} c3 (37… Rb2 $17 38. Qf4 Rb1) 38. Qe7 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (38.
Rd6 $15 c2 39. Rc1) 38… Rb1 $19 {And now …c2 would win.} 39. Kh2 {Black
must now prevent Rd8+.} Rxd1 40. Rxd1 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KQR-KQR} c2 41. Rd7
Qb8+ {Black mates.} 42. g3 Qb3 43. Rd8+ Rxd8 44. Qxd8+ Kg7 45. Qd4+ {[#]} Kh7
$1 46. Qf4 Kg8 47. Qd2 Qb2 {Accuracy: White = 44%, Black = 64%.} 0-1

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.6”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “D37”]
[WhiteElo “2832”]
[BlackElo “2746”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “100”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 14,100,40,24,48,47,39,32,40,33,44,37,33,42,49,44,55,67,66,-15,77,81,87,
-211,-194,-198,-5,-11,-5,-7,-6,-54,-46,-39,-56,-49,-49,-113,-110,-120,-120,
-121,-116,-119,-98,-118,0,-121,-102,-129,-129,-130,-131,-175,-173,-197,-193,
-177,-121,-126,-102,-102,-102,-121,-90,-90,-92,-92,-82,-98,-89,-86,-78,-586,
-575,-579,-589,-831,-811,-711,-583,-578,-562,-780,-772,-1184,-1162,-29987,
-2444]} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 b6 7. Rc1 Ba6
{D37: Queen’s Gambit Declined: 5 Bf4} (7… Bb7 8. Bd3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 a6 10. O-O
b5 11. Bd3 Nbd7 12. a4 b4 13. Nb1 c5 14. Nbd2 cxd4 15. Bc7 Qe8 16. exd4 {
1-0 (57) Lalith,B (2575)-Melkumyan,H (2650) Abu Dhabi 2016}) 8. Qa4 {LiveBook:
3 Games} dxc4 9. Bxc4 Bb7 $146 {White is slightly better.} ({Predecessor:} 9…
Bxc4 10. Qxc4 Bd6 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bh4 Nbd7 13. Qc6 Rc8 14. Ne4 g5 15. Nxf6+ Nxf6
{1-0 (70) Malakhatko,V (2543)-Tilicheev,V (2389) St Petersburg 2011}) 10. O-O
a6 {Black wants to play …b5.} 11. Be2 Nbd7 12. Rfd1 b5 13. Qc2 Rc8 14. Ne5 c5
15. dxc5 Rxc5 16. Qb1 (16. b4 $14 Rc8 17. Qb3) 16… Qe8 (16… Qc8 $11 {
keeps the balance.} 17. Nd3 Rc4) 17. Nxd7 $1 $16 Nxd7 18. Ne4 $2 {[%mdl 8192]}
(18. b4 $16 Rc8 19. Nxb5 $1 {[%mdl 512]} axb5 20. Bxb5) 18… Rxc1 $19 19. Rxc1
Qa8 $2 ({Black should play} 19… e5 $1 $19 {[%cal Re5f4]} 20. Bg3 f5) 20. Bf3
$11 Rc8 {White must now prevent …Rxc1+.} 21. Rd1 Nf6 {[%cal Rb7e4]} 22. Ng5
h6 $36 {[%mdl 2048] Black fights for an advantage.} 23. Bxb7 Qxb7 24. Nf3 Qe4
25. Be5 ({White should try} 25. Qxe4 $15 Nxe4 26. Ne1) 25… Qxb1 $1 $17 26.
Rxb1 Ne4 27. Ne1 f6 28. Bg3 Rd8 29. Nf3 Rc8 30. Ne1 $1 e5 31. f3 Nd2 32. Rd1 {
[#]} Nc4 $1 33. Rd7 Bc5 34. b3 Nxe3 ({Much less strong is} 34… Bxe3+ 35. Bf2
$15) 35. Bf2 Nf5 ({Better is} 35… Bd4 $19 {Strongly threatening …Rc1.} 36.
Bxe3 Bxe3+ 37. Kf1 Rc1) 36. g4 Nd4 37. Kf1 Ne6 38. h4 Bxf2 39. Kxf2 {[%mdl
4096] Endgame KRN-KRN} Nf4 40. Rd6 a5 41. Ra6 {[#]} Rd8 $1 {[%cal Rd8d2] …
Rd2+ is the strong threat.} 42. Rxa5 Rd2+ 43. Kf1 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (43. Kg1 $17
{keeps fishing.}) 43… Nh3 $19 {[%csl Gh3][%cal Rd2f2]} 44. Nd3 Rxd3 45. Rxb5
Rxf3+ {KRN-KR} 46. Ke1 Rf2 47. a4 Ra2 48. a5 Nf4 49. Kd1 e4 {( -> …e3)} 50.
Kc1 e3 {Accuracy: White = 44%, Black = 48%.} (50… Ne2+ $142 51. Kd1 Nc3+ {
[%mdl 64] Double Attack} 52. Kc1 Nxb5 53. a6 e3 54. a7 Nxa7 55. Kb1 Rd2 56. Kc1
g5 57. b4 Nb5 58. hxg5 hxg5 59. Kb1 e2 60. Kc1 e1=Q#) 0-1

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.6”]
[White “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Black “Aronian, Levon”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B06”]
[WhiteElo “2781”]
[BlackElo “2765”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “103”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 19,103,27,35,21,55,39,50,57,64,71,132,58,53,28,33,29,39,27,8,8,37,7,20,
14,43,48,77,53,56,78,85,62,264,135,135,125,137,132,129,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
0,0,0,7,0,15,24,16,6,20,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,-89,0,-33,0,0,0,0,72,46,
1231,1221]} 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d6 4. Bc4 e6 5. Bb3 Ne7 6. c3 {B06:
Modern Defence} (6. O-O O-O 7. Re1 Nd7 8. c3 a6 9. Nbd2 b5 10. Nf1 c5 11. Ng3
Bb7 12. Bf4 e5 13. Be3 exd4 14. cxd4 {0-1 (40) Grandelius,N (2653)-Dubov,D
(2677) Germany 2017}) 6… b6 7. O-O Bb7 8. Re1 Nd7 9. Nbd2 {[%cal Bb1d2,Bd2f1,
Bf1g3][%mdl 32]} O-O 10. Nf1 c5 {LiveBook: 13 Games} 11. Ng3 Qc7 12. Bg5 Nc6
$146 ({Predecessor:} 12… Rae8 13. Qd2 {1/2-1/2 (42) Muse,M (2391)-Michna,M
(2376) Germany 2018}) 13. Qd2 Rac8 14. Bh6 Na5 {[#]} (14… Qd8 $142) 15. Bxg7
(15. Nh5 $1 $16 {[%mdl 512]} Bh8 (15… gxh5 16. Qg5) 16. Bxf8 Rxf8 17. Ng3)
15… Kxg7 $14 16. Rad1 Nxb3 17. axb3 Nf6 18. e5 dxe5 19. dxe5 Ng8 20. Ng5 Rcd8
21. Qf4 $36 {[%mdl 2048] White has the initiative.} Rd5 22. c4 Rd7 23. h4 ({
Of course not} 23. Rxd7 Qxd7 24. Qc1 Qc7 $11) 23… Rfd8 24. Rd6 $1 Rxd6 25.
exd6 Rxd6 $2 {[#]} (25… Qd7 $1 $14) 26. Nxf7 (26. Nh5+ $1 $18 {[%mdl 512]}
gxh5 27. Qg3) 26… Rd7 $16 27. Ne5 Rd4 {[#]} 28. Qg5 $1 Qe7 {[#]} 29. Nf3 ({
White must play} 29. Nh5+ $1 $16 Kf8 30. Nf4) 29… Qxg5 $11 30. Nxg5 Bc8 31.
Nxe6+ Bxe6 32. Rxe6 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRN-KRN} Kf7 33. Re4 Rd1+ 34. Kh2 Rd2
35. Re2 Rd3 36. Re3 Rd2 37. Re2 Rd4 38. Ne4 h6 39. Kg3 Ne7 40. Kf3 Nf5 41. g3 {
[%cal Bg2g3,Bg3g4][%mdl 32]} Rd3+ 42. Kf4 Rxb3 43. g4 Nxh4 {Threatens to win
with …Rd3.} 44. Nd6+ Kf6 {And now …Rf3+ would win.} 45. Ne8+ Kf7 46. Nd6+
Kf8 47. Ke5 (47. g5 $11 Rf3+ 48. Kg4 hxg5 49. Kxg5) 47… Ke7 (47… Rf3 $17
48. Rd2 g5) 48. f4 Nf3+ (48… Rd3 $5 {[%cal Rd3d6]} 49. Nb5 Kf7 $15) 49. Kd5+
Kd7 50. Nf7 Nd4 (50… h5 $11) 51. Rh2 {[%mdl 1024] White has strong
compensation.} Rd3 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (51… Nc6 $14) 52. Ne5+ {[%mdl 64] Double
Attack. Accuracy: White = 51%, Black = 48%.} 1-0

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.7”]
[White “Aronian, Levon”]
[Black “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B51”]
[WhiteElo “2765”]
[BlackElo “2781”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “75”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 9,75,19,24,17,35,38,35,34,39,35,32,29,46,31,29,33,45,45,41,44,63,37,54,
62,58,62,57,37,42,20,27,13,14,6,7,14,0,10,14,7,0,0,21,23,70,69,75,75,169,187,
237,242,396,388,390,389,381,383,957,933,1568,1395,29982,29983,29989,29990,
29991,29992]} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 {[%cal Bb8d7,Bd7e5,Be5f3][%mdl 32]
} 4. c3 Ngf6 5. Bd3 (5. Qe2 a6 6. Ba4 b5 7. Bc2 Bb7 8. d4 e6 9. O-O Be7 10.
Nbd2 O-O 11. e5 Nd5 12. Ne4 Qc7 13. exd6 Bxd6 14. Nxd6 Qxd6 15. dxc5 Qxc5 {
1/2-1/2 (58) Kovalev,V (2648)-Grandelius,N (2652) Sharjah 2018}) 5… Ne5 {
LiveBook: 3 Games} 6. Be2 $146 {B51: Sicilian: Moscow Variation (3 Bb5+)
without 3…Bd7} ({Predecessor:} 6. Nxe5 dxe5 7. Be2 Bd7 8. d3 e6 9. O-O Bc6
10. Na3 b5 11. Be3 Be7 12. Nc2 O-O {0-1 (41) Macovei,A (2343)-Harsha,B (2445)
Tarvisio 2017}) 6… Nxf3+ 7. Bxf3 e5 8. d4 {White is slightly better.} Be7 9.
dxe5 dxe5 10. Qxd8+ Bxd8 11. Nd2 Be6 12. Be2 Bc7 13. f3 Ke7 14. a4 h5 15. h4
Rhd8 16. Nc4 Ne8 17. Be3 b6 18. Bf2 f6 {[%cal Bf7f6,Bf6f5][%mdl 32]} 19. O-O g6
20. Rfc1 Nd6 21. Ne3 f5 22. Nd5+ Bxd5 23. exd5 c4 24. Be3 Kd7 25. Rab1 Rf8 26.
b3 {[%cal Bb2b3,Bb3c4,Bc4c5,Bc5c6,Bc6c7][%mdl 32]} f4 27. Bf2 e4 28. fxe4 Rae8
(28… Nxe4 $16 {might work better.} 29. Bxc4 Bd8) 29. bxc4 $18 Nxe4 {[#]} 30.
c5 $1 {[%mdl 512] Black must now prevent Bb5+.} Nxc3 $2 (30… Nxf2 {was worth
a try.} 31. Bb5+ (31. Kxf2 Re3 $16) 31… Kd8) (30… bxc5 31. Bb5+) 31. Rxc3
Rxe2 {[#]} 32. d6 $1 {[%cal Rd6c7]} Bd8 {[#]} 33. c6+ $1 Kc8 $2 {[#]} (33…
Kxd6 34. c7 Bxc7) 34. a5 $1 {[%cal Ba4a5,Ba5b6][%mdl 544]} Rxf2 (34… bxa5 35.
c7) 35. Kxf2 Rf5 36. c7 {White mates.} Bxh4+ 37. Kf3 Rd5 38. axb6 {Accuracy:
White = 68%, Black = 40%.} 1-0

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.7”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A06”]
[WhiteElo “2746”]
[BlackElo “2832”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “103”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 12,103,8,9,13,16,16,16,18,8,81,92,129,137,137,132,132,131,132,139,133,
142,138,139,165,169,174,164,171,179,197,196,351,262,470,450,441,449,529,529,
703,714,683,625,610,584,575,475,466,436,480,286,285,259,272,258,477,484,465,
438,420,361,521,395,378,306,369,248,222,229,260,150,312,316,309,301,302,306,
749,733,958,837,1338,808,29992,29974,29974,29975,29972,29972,29987,29988,29988,
29989]} 1. Nf3 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. b3 Bf5 5. Bb2 e6 6. Nc3 {A12: English
Opening: 1…c6 with b3 by White} h6 7. d4 {LiveBook: 4 Games} (7. Be2 Be7 8.
O-O O-O 9. d3 Bh7 10. Qc2 a5 11. Rad1 Na6 12. a3 {1/2-1/2 (45) Vachier Lagrave,
M (2793)-Aronian,L (2797) Caleta 2018}) 7… Be7 8. Bd3 {The position is equal.
} O-O $146 ({Predecessor:} 8… Bxd3 9. Qxd3 Nbd7 10. O-O O-O 11. e4 dxe4 12.
Nxe4 Nxe4 13. Qxe4 Nf6 14. Qe2 a5 15. Ne5 a4 16. Qc2 Nd7 17. Nxd7 Qxd7 18. bxa4
Ra7 {0-1 (36) Kupfner,F (2200)-Schmidlechner,A (2217) Austria 2015}) 9. O-O
Nbd7 10. Qc2 Bg4 (10… Bxd3 $11 11. Qxd3 Bb4) 11. Ne5 $16 Nxe5 12. dxe5 Nd7 {
[#]} 13. h3 $1 {[%cal Rh3g4]} Bh5 14. g4 Bg6 15. Bxg6 fxg6 16. Qxg6 Rf7 17. Ne2
(17. Qxe6 $2 Nf8 $19) 17… Nf8 18. Qc2 Rc8 19. Rad1 Bc5 20. Kg2 Qh4 21. Bd4
Be7 $2 (21… Bxd4 22. Nxd4 dxc4 23. Qxc4 a6) 22. f4 {[%cal Bf2f4,Bf4f5][%mdl
32]} ({Not} 22. Bxa7 Ra8 $16) 22… Bb4 $2 (22… dxc4 23. Qxc4 (23. bxc4 Bb4
$18) 23… b5) 23. cxd5 $18 exd5 24. f5 h5 25. Rf4 Nh7 {If Black can now play .
..Ng5 this consolidates a bit.} 26. Ng3 c5 27. gxh5 Qd8 28. Bb2 d4 29. e6 Rfc7
30. Qc4 {Black must now prevent e7+.} b5 31. e7+ (31. Qxb5 $142 Nf6 32. Rf3)
31… bxc4 32. exd8=Q+ ({Resist} 32. exd8=B Rxd8 33. bxc4 Nf6 $18) (32. exd8=N
$6 c3 $18) 32… Rxd8 33. bxc4 d3 $2 {[#]} (33… Nf6 {was called for.} 34.
exd4 cxd4 35. Rfxd4 Rxd4 36. Rxd4 Be7) 34. h6 $1 gxh6 35. Rg4+ Kf8 36. Ne4 Ng5
(36… d2 $142 37. a3 Ba5) 37. Nxg5 hxg5 38. Rxg5 d2 39. Kf3 Rh7 40. Rg3 Rdd7
41. Be5 (41. Ke2 $18) 41… Rh5 $2 (41… Rh4 $16 {is a better defense.} 42.
Bf4 Kf7) 42. Kg4 Rdh7 43. Bf6 R5h6 44. Bg5 Ra6 $2 (44… Rd6 45. h4 Rd3) 45. e4
Rxa2 46. Rd3 Rc2 47. Bxd2 {White threatens Bh6+! and mate.} Rxc4 48. Rd8+ {
White mates.} Kf7 49. Bxb4 Rxe4+ 50. Kf3 Re7 51. Bxc5 Rxh3+ 52. Kg4 {Accuracy:
White = 81%, Black = 29%.} 1-0

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.8”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “E71”]
[WhiteElo “2832”]
[BlackElo “2746”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “78”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 23,78,54,74,37,91,78,88,81,98,97,140,81,143,81,174,153,214,223,215,217,
212,164,1452,1453,1350,1322,1133,0,0,-30,-69,-46,-54,-287,-270,-359,-280,-369,
-102,-85,-91,-328,-316,-569,-288,-487,-350,-444,-444,-865,-876,-1232,-1224,
-1164,-1303,-2464,-2406]} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. h3 O-O 6.
Be3 e5 7. d5 a5 8. g4 {E71: King’s Indian: 4 e4 d6 5 h3} Na6 9. Nge2 Nd7 (9…
c6 10. Ng3 Nc5 11. g5 Nfd7 12. h4 cxd5 13. Nxd5 Nb6 14. Nc3 Be6 15. b3 a4 {
1-0 (36) Ding,L (2777)-Amonatov,F (2636) Riadh 2017}) 10. Qd2 Ndc5 11. Ng3 c6
12. Be2 cxd5 {LiveBook: 3 Games} 13. cxd5 a4 (13… Nc7 $14) 14. h4 $16 {
[%cal Bh3h4,Bh4h5][%mdl 32]} Bd7 15. h5 Rc8 $146 ({Predecessor:} 15… a3 16.
bxa3 f6 17. hxg6 hxg6 18. Rb1 Kf7 19. Nb5 Qe7 {1-0 (19) Gholami,A (2295)
-Makhnev,D (2449) Hamedan 2018}) 16. Kf1 a3 17. b3 (17. bxa3 $142 Qa5 18. Rb1)
17… Qa5 (17… Qb6 $142) 18. Rc1 ({Better is} 18. Nb5 Qxd2 19. Bxd2) 18… f6
(18… Qb4 $16 {was necessary.}) 19. Kg2 Nb4 (19… Qb4 $16 {might work better.
} 20. f3 Rc7) 20. hxg6 hxg6 21. Bh6 {Black must now prevent Bxg7.} Rf7 22. Rh2
(22. Bxg7 $6 Rxg7 23. Rh2 (23. Qh6 Nbd3 $17) 23… Kf7 $16) 22… Bxh6 $2 (
22… Re8 23. Rch1 (23. Bxg7 Rxg7 24. Qe3 Kf7 $16) 23… Bh8) 23. Qxh6 $18 {
[%csl Gh2][%cal Rh6h8]} Rg7 24. Rch1 {Qxg7+! would kill now.} Rf8 25. Qc1 $2 (
25. g5 $18 Qd8 {[#]} 26. Nf5 $1 {[%mdl 512]} Bxf5 27. exf5) 25… Nbd3 $11 26.
Qd2 Nf4+ 27. Kg1 Kf7 {aiming for …Nxb3!} 28. Rh7 $2 (28. Rh8 $15) 28… Rc8 {
…Nxb3! is the strong threat.} 29. Bc4 b5 (29… Bxg4 30. Rh8 $17) 30. Nge2 g5
$2 (30… bxc4 31. Rxg7+ Kxg7 32. Nxf4 $19) (30… Rxh7 $19 31. Rxh7+ Kg8) 31.
Nxf4 $17 gxf4 32. g5 $2 (32. Rxg7+ $17 {was the only defense.} Kxg7 33. f3)
32… Rcg8 $19 ({But not} 32… bxc4 33. Qd1 $19) ({Weaker is} 32… fxg5 33.
Qe2 $11) 33. Be2 $2 (33. Bd3 b4 34. Ne2) 33… Kf8 34. Kf1 $2 ({Not} 34. Rxg7
Rxg7 35. Rh8+ Ke7 $17) (34. Qc2) 34… fxg5 35. f3 b4 {Black is clearly
winning.} 36. Nd1 {[#]} (36. Na4 $142 Bxa4 37. Rxg7 Kxg7 38. bxa4) 36… Nxb3
$1 {[%mdl 512]} 37. Qc2 (37. axb3 a2) 37… Nd4 38. Qc1 b3 39. axb3 a2 {
Precision: White = 39%, Black = 43%.} 0-1

[Event “10th LCC GCT Finals 2018”]
[Site “London”]
[Date “2018.12.13”]
[Round “1.8”]
[White “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime”]
[Black “Aronian, Levon”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C02”]
[WhiteElo “2781”]
[BlackElo “2765”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “131”]
[EventDate “2018.12.11”]
[EventType “k.o.”]
[EventCountry “ENG”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

{[%evp 19,131,0,-4,-1,-4,-3,0,0,0,0,0,-10,-10,-10,-10,-8,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,2,
0,18,15,16,18,21,21,21,14,16,19,17,25,38,40,84,75,99,87,97,107,135,135,153,151,
158,145,202,170,170,179,346,346,346,346,346,346,339,339,318,325,530,522,497,
488,516,500,468,302,449,285,195,143,143,143,143,143,165,8,8,8,8,8,8,8,333,330,
313,327,303,296,361,312,29968,29970,29970,29971,29971,29971,29969,29971,29962,
29966,8204,7560,29962,12851]} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Bd7 5. Nf3 Qb6
6. a3 Bb5 7. dxc5 {C02: French: Advance Variation} Bxc5 8. Bxb5+ Qxb5 9. b4 Bb6
10. a4 Qc4 {LiveBook: 3 Games} (10… Qd7 11. O-O Ne7 12. a5 Bc7 13. Bf4 O-O
14. Re1 Nbc6 {1-0 (29) Areshchenko,A (2709)-L’Ami,E (2634) Legnica 2013}) 11.
a5 Qe4+ 12. Qe2 Qxe2+ 13. Kxe2 Bc7 14. c4 $146 ({Predecessor:} 14. Be3 Nc6 {
0-1 (51) Tokhirjonova,G (2115)-Nodirjanova,N (2140) Tashkent 2014}) 14… Ne7
15. Bg5 Nbc6 16. Bxe7 Kxe7 17. cxd5 exd5 18. Nc3 Rhd8 19. Rhd1 d4 20. Nb5 Bxe5
21. Nxe5 Nxe5 22. Nxd4 {White wants to play a6.} Rac8 23. a6 bxa6 24. Rxa6 Ke8
25. Ra5 f6 26. f4 Ng6 27. g3 $36 {[%mdl 2048] White has the initiative.} Rd7
28. Nf5 {Nd6+ is the strong threat.} Rc2+ 29. Ke1 {Strongly threatening Rxd7.}
Rdc7 30. Rd2 Rc1+ 31. Ke2 Ne7 32. Nd6+ Kf8 33. Nb5 $1 {[%cal Rb5c7]} Rc8 34.
Rxa7 {aiming for Rdd7.} Nc6 {And now …Rb8 would win.} 35. Rb7 $1 Re8+ 36. Kf3
$1 Nd8 (36… Re7 $16 37. Rb6 g6) 37. Rc7 Rf1+ 38. Kg2 Rb1 $2 (38… Rfe1 {
was worth a try.} 39. Nc3 Rc1) 39. Nd6 $18 Re7 40. Rxe7 Kxe7 {[%mdl 4096]
Endgame KRN-KRN} 41. Nf5+ {[%mdl 64] Double Attack} Ke8 42. Nxg7+ Ke7 43. Nf5+
Ke8 $2 (43… Ke6 {might work better.} 44. g4 (44. Rxd8 Kxf5 45. Rd5+ Ke4 $18)
44… Nb7) 44. Re2+ Kf8 45. Nd6 Nc6 46. b5 Nd4 47. Re8+ Kg7 48. Re7+ Kg6 49. g4
(49. f5+ $18 Nxf5 50. Nxf5 Kxf5 51. Rxh7) 49… Rb2+ $16 50. Kf1 {Threatens to
win with h4.} h5 51. h3 $1 Nf3 52. Nf5 $2 ({Better is} 52. gxh5+ $18 Kxh5 53.
Re2) 52… hxg4 $11 53. hxg4 {[%csl Gf5][%cal Re7g7]} Nh2+ 54. Ke1 {[%csl Gf5]
[%cal Re7g7]} Nxg4 55. Nd6 Nh2 $2 {[%mdl 8192] [#]} (55… f5 $11 {and Black
has nothing to worry.}) 56. Re2 $1 $18 {[%cal Re2b2]} Rb1+ {[#]} 57. Kd2 $1
Nf3+ 58. Kc3 Kh5 59. Rb2 Rxb2 $2 (59… Rc1+ $18 60. Kb3 Nd4+ 61. Ka2 Kg4) 60.
Kxb2 {KN-KN} Kg4 61. b6 Nd4 62. Kc3 Nc6 63. f5 Kf4 64. Kc4 Ke5 65. Kc5 Nd8 {[#]
} 66. Nf7+ $1 {[%mdl 576] Promotion. Accuracy: White = 75%, Black = 45%.} 1-0


A Grand Chess Tour 2018 sorozat négy versenye után dőlt el, hogy az összetett pontverseny első négy helyezettje játszhatja a londoni finálét.
Ez a londoni verseny Különleges a pontozás miatt is, hisz a két klasszikus, két rapid és négy villámpartival zajlik a verseny.

A FIDE (Nemzetközi Sakkszövetség) is igyekszik a jövőben látványosá tenni a sakkversenyeket, másfelől a computerizált gépi sakk miatt is,ami sok döntetlent eredményez.Ennek konkrét döntései még nem ismertek, de tény :a felgyorsult COMPUTER világ a sakkot is elérte.

MVL has snatched the no. 1 spot on the blitz live rating list!

13 December 2018, 19:41 GMT

# Name Classic +/− Rapid Blitz Age
6 Vachier-Lagrave 2780.6

−0.4 2796.8 2948.2 28
1 Carlsen 2835.0 0.0 2903.0 2939.0 28
16 Nakamura 2748.4 +2.4 2849.6 2895.4 31
13 Nepomniachtchi 2763.0 0.0 2782.6 2846.0 28
10 Aronian 2765.4 +0.4 2791.2 2846.8 36
35 ↑2 Artemiev 2709.0 0.0 2775.0 2839.4 20
8 Anand 2773.0 0.0 2723.0 2832.0 49
9 Grischuk 2771.0 0.0 2732.0 2825.0 35
12 Yu Yangyi 2764.0 0.0 2758.0 2804.0 24
40 ↓1 Adams 2701.2 −1.8 2713.6 2787.6 47

 

Érdekesség, hogy az idei év leggyorsabb körével, az épp a Londoni tornán játszó francia Vachier-Lagrave vezeti a blítz listát a pillanatnyi helyzetkép alapján.Ez persze sokat nem jelent, mindenesetre szuper teljesítmény
a sakk legggyorsabb müfajában. Carlennek, aki hamarosan játszik a world rapid és blitz világbajnokságon, nem kérdés hogy be kell gyorsítania.Bár azt mindenképp érdemes tudni,hogy a sakk ezen müfaja nem éppen a minőségi sakk.Inkább szórakoztató.Elónye viszont,hogy a blitz versenyekeket egy nap alatt is lelehet bonyolítani népes mezőnyben is. hiszen a partik ideje igen rövíd-

 

Amit tudni érdemesé elolvaom itt

villámsakk (vagy schnellblitz) olyan sakkjátszma, amelyben a játékosok jóval kevesebb gondolkodási idővel rendelkeznek, mint a normál sakkversenyeken megszokott játékosonkénti 1-3 óra. Az időre játszott sakkban az a fél, amelynek elfogy a gondolkodási ideje, veszít. Ez még a hosszú gondolkodási idejű játszmákban is előfordul, a villámsakkban pedig természeténél fogva gyakrabban. A villámsakk játszmákban a gondolkodási időt percekben mérik. Előnyük többek közt, hogy egy nap alatt sokkal többet lehet lejátszani belőlük, mint a normál a versenyeken. Gyakorlásuk ugyanakkor fejleszt bizonyos készségeket. A versenyeket általában normál gondolkodási időre írják ki, de szerveznek villámsakk-versenyeket is, csúcsszintű játékosok számára is. A sakkot nem, vagy kevéssé ismerők számára a nagyon gyors partikat látva gyakran hihetetlennek tűnik, hogy ekkora sebesség mellett van mód bármilyen gondolkodásra. A tapasztalat szerint azonban a normál versenyeken jobb eredményeket elérő játékosok általában a villámsakkban is jobbak. A villámsakknak is több fajtája van a gondolkodási idő hosszától függően (vagy némileg más szabályokkal):

  • Bullet („lövedék”): Játékosonként egy perc. (Az Egyesült Államok Sakkszövetsége ezt már nem is tekinti sakknak, mivel olyan gyors, hogy a sebesség teljesen felülírja a taktikai megfontolásokat.)
  • Gyorsblitz: Játékosonként három perc.
  • Blitz: Játékosonként kevesebb, mint 15 perc, általában 5-5 perc és néha lépésenként időjutalom jár.
  • Rapid: Játékosonként 15-60 perc, általában 25-25 perc és néha lépésenként időjutalom jár.
  • Armageddon: Valamelyik fél győzelmét garantáló játék, amelyben a döntetlen sötét győzelmének számít, ugyanakkor világos némi időelőnyt kap.

Vannak olyan versenyek, ahol a holtversenyes helyek megszerzőinek sorrendjét egyre rövidülő gondolkodási idővel játszott oda-vissza mérkőzéseken döntik el. A nagyon rövid gondolkodási idő miatt gyakran speciális szabályokat is alkalmaznak, hiszen egy szabálytalan húzás az ellenfél gondolkodási idejét csökkenti. Például lehet olyan szabály, hogy ha az egyik fél sakkban hagyja a királyát, a másik győz.

10th London Chess Classic takes place 8th to 17th December

The 10th London Chess Classic takes place 8th to 17th December. The event takes place at Olympia London Auditorium although the semi-finals of the Grand Chess Tour take place in the Google Building in Kings Cross (tickets required). Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave play off for the Grand Chess Tour title. In addition there is the British Knockout Championship with 12 player. Entering at the Quarter Final Stage: Mickey Adams GM 2706, David Howell GM 2697, Gawain Jones GM 2683, Luke McShane GM 2667, Playing a Preliminary Round: Jonathan Hawkins GM 2579, John Nunn GM 2572, Matthew Turner GM 2536, Simon Williams GM 2466, Harriet Hunt IM 2440, Ravi Haria IM 2422, Alan Merry IM 2422, Jovanka Houska IM 2419, Official Site

10th London Chess Classic 2018 (London ENG)
Mon 10th Dec 2018 – Fri 21st Dec 2018 – Official Site – Live
10th London Classic 2018 (4 players 2 Rds KO Indiv ) – Games in PGN: Games | Live Classic
ch-GBR KO 2018 (12 players 4 Rds KO Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) – Games in PGN: Games ch-GBR KO | Live ch-GBR KO
London Classic Open 2018 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) – Games in PGN: Games Open | Live Open

10th London Classic 2018 (4 players 2 Rds KO Indiv ) – Games in PGN: Games

London Classic Open 2018 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC: 90m:30m+30spm(1)) – Games in PGN: Games Open

10th London Chess Classic 2018 (London ENG)
Mon 10th Dec 2018 – Fri 21st Dec 2018
ch-GBR KO 2018 (12 players 4 Rds KO Indiv TC: 90m+30spm(1)) – Games in PGN: Games ch-GBR KO | Live ch-GBR KO

 

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