World Cup: Jumabayev stuns Caruana
A full day
Many exciting matches and unexpected results were seen on an eventful second day of the third round of the FIDE World Cups. By far the most shocking development was seen in the match between Fabiano Caruana and Rinat Jumabayev, as the Khazakhstani grandmaster beat the American star with black to advance to round 4.
Jumabayev’s score of 2637 is 183 points lower than Caruana’s 2820 stratospheric. After scoring half a point in both games of the game, the American has dropped 9.4 rating points, meaning he’s now rated below the 2,800 point mark. in the list of live evaluations.
True to her style, Caruana played enterprising chess with the white pieces, pushing her central and kingside pawns out of the opening. Moreover, on the 27th move, he decided to forgo a trade.
After 27.g5 Bxf1 28.Txf1 Nfe8 29.Nxd5, the Whites have a frightening initiative, but the Black King’s position is not particularly vulnerable, and if Jumabayev manages to fend off his rival’s potential attack, he will have the equipment and have a more coordinated army.
The engines gave Black a definite advantage, but, of course, it was difficult to find the precise path to victory against a calculator of Caruana’s caliber. Eventually, the world number 2 simplified into a neat position with the queen and the knight against two towers and one knight.
Caruana got out of the woods, but got it wrong again, the first time after the time check.
Black’s main threat is … Nf4 +, and White’s only adequate defensive move is 41.Dd2 (41.Ne2 fails at 41 … Kf2 42.De3 Rgg2 and towers will wreak havoc along the second row) . Caruana did not find the right defensive maneuver, as he opted for 41.Qc4, pinning the f7 tower.
With plenty of time on the clock, Jumabayev found the fort 41 … h5 and the Chevalier de Blanc will fall soon – the towers and the Chevalier threaten to create all kinds of mating nets. He followed 42.Kg2 h4 43.Kh3 hxg3 44.hxg3 Kg7
The queen cannot defend herself against dangerously placed black pieces. The conversion was not at all trivial, but Jumabayev showed good technique and scored a memorable victory in 58 strokes.
Facing a Difficult Position – Fabiano Caruana | Photo: Eric Rosen
Another exciting tactical skirmish was seen in the match between Michal Krasenkow and Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa. Krasenkow, 57, is the oldest player still in contention in Sochi (Kirill Georgiev, 55, was eliminated today). Pragg, meanwhile, is the second youngest yet to play (Javokhir Sindarov, who has already reached the fourth round, is four months younger than the Indian).
Pragg had won the classic opener on Sunday and got the upper hand in an incredibly clear position in the rematch.
How the hell did the Black King get to c4 ?!
At this point, the only winning move for Black – but very convincing on top of that – was 33 … Qxh7, while White’s best answer is 34.Fe2 +, although Black is keeping everything under control with poise. 35 … Kc5. Knights are great defenders!
However, instead of grabbing the pawn, Pragg blundered with 33 … Nf4, and Krasenkow did not miss his chance, because he found 34.h8Q Qxh8 35.Re4
The delicate balance of the black configuration has been upset. He followed 35 … c5 36.Txf4 Qx5 37.Dxc2 +, and Krasenkow needed seven more moves to score the victory he needed to extend the game against his teenage opponent.
Besides the sharp second match against Pragg, you can also check out Krasenkow’s remarkable victory over Kirill Alekseenko in the second round in the replayer below.
Michal Krasenkow could be Praggnanandhaa’s grandfather! | Photo: Eric Rosen
Meanwhile, world champion Magnus Carlsen has beaten Aryan Tari and is now the only player to have won all of his matches in Sochi.
Caruana was not the only favorite in the table to be eliminated in round 3. Six other upheavals were observed in the open section:
- Kacper Piorun (POL, 2608) eliminated Jorden van Foreest (NED, 2701)
- Javokhir Sindarov (UZB, 2558) eliminated Jorge Cori (PER, 2652)
- Vasif Durarbayli (AZE, 2606) eliminated David Navara (CZE, 2697)
- Velimir Ivic (SER, 2581) eliminated Matthias Bluebaum (GER, 2669)
- Amin Tabatabaei (IRA, 2613) eliminated Yu Yangyi (CHN, 2705)
- Ante Brkic (CRO, 2592) eliminated Saleh Salem (UAE, 2682)
Four other players – besides Krasenkow – managed to win on demand to lead their matches to tie-breaks:
- Pavel Ponkratov (RUS) beats Jakhongir Vakhidov (UZB)
- Adhiban (IND) defeats Vidit (IND)
- Nils Grandelius (SWE) def. Jeffery Xiong (USA)
- Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) def. Haik Martirosyan (ARM)
‘The Beast’ – Adhiban rebounded against Vidit | Photo: Eric Rosen
All Matches – Round 3, Day 2
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The results of the third round in the women’s section were much more predictable, at least if we use the scores as the only predictor. The only exception was Valentina Gunina (2436) knocking out Harika Dronavalli (2515), although the Russian has been a consistent figure in top women’s tournaments for several years – she hit her peak score of 2548 in July 2015 and was ranked as high. as 2509 in November 2019.
The only comeback seen on Monday came from Nana Dzagnidze, who beat Carissa Yip with the black pieces in a must-see situation. Dzagnidze and Yip’s is one of four games to be decided in Tuesday’s playoffs. The three remaining clashes:
- Leya Garifullina vs. Polina Shuvalova
- Mariya Muzychuk vs. Anna Ushenina
- Bibisara Assaubayeva vs. Bela Khotenashvili
Round 4 – Valentina Gunina | Photo: Eric Rosen
All Matches – Round 3, Day 2
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A remarkable attack (analyzed by GM Karsten Müller)
Georgian GM Nino Batsiashvili beat Polish WGM Jolanta Zawadska with both colors to secure a place in Round 4. In Game 2, Batsiashvili took advantage of his dominance along the clear squares to score a remarkable victory – a nice move made ended the match!
Zawadska resigned after 28 … Qg2 + because his king will be mate in two moves: 29.Kxg2 Nf4 + 30.Kg1 Nh3 #. White had made the crucial mistake 8 strokes earlier, as GM Müller shows in his annotations below.
The games room at Gazprom Mountain Resort in Sochi | Photo: Eric Rosen