Vladislav Tkachiev - Wesley So

Round 10
Tata Steel 2011


Once again Tata Steel Chess tournament will have not one, but three games commented on simultaneously! Live commentary of Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi, Anand - Shirov, and Tkachiev - Wesley So will start at 13:30 CET.

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1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 Hello everyone, key-enconuter today with one of the leaders and a hot runner-up. Sval defence just like in the game Anand - Shirov that you can follow with online commentary.

3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Bd3 Tkachiev doesn't hurry with developing Knight on f3 to avoid a possible bunch on d1-h5 diagonal after Bc8-g4. He will play Ng1-f3 after Black plays e7-e6 with the Bishop on c8. Is e5 an option here? Then 5...e5 6.dxe5 dxc4 7.Bxc4 Qxd1+ and 8.Kxd1 Ng4, but White may keep the pawn with 8.Nxd1 next 9.f4. I don't believe that Wesley So will go for 5...e5,seems too much risky vs such a players like GM Tkachiev

5... e6 6.Nf3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bb3 c5 9.O-O Bb7 10.e4 a logical move to open the center with opponent's King not castled

10... cxd4 11.Nxd4 Nbd7 It's typical to sacrifice B or N on e6 for White to not allow Black to castle. Probably, the sacrifice doesn't work at the moment,so White can play a developing move 12.Bg5 and then sacrifice

12.Re1 GM Bauer: I best like ...Nc5 now overprotecting e6 and repelling the Bb3. I am less sure about the computers 13...b4 then (after 13.Bc2)

12... Ne5 now of course f2-f4 is eye-catching, but then ...Bc5 is strong as after 14.Be3 Neg4 wins.

13.Bd5 probably 13...exd5 14.exd5 Bd6 has to be played here, when White shall continue 15.Bf4 or 15.f4. In the first case 15.Bf4 00 16.Bxe5 Bxe5 17.Rxe5 b4 should be around equal. In the 2nd one 15.f4 maybe Nxd5 is good enough.

13... exd5 14.exd5 Bd6 15.Bf4 Continuing the mentioned line ...O-O 16.Bxe5 Bxe5 17.Rxe5 b4 So will recover his pawn in a simplified position, which may mean a draw already.

15... O-O 16.Bxe5 Bxe5 17.Rxe5

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17... Re8 18.Rxe8 Qxe8 Bauer: I don't see how White can hold onto his extra-pawn and believe Tkachiev will be careful enough not to allow the Bb7 to become too strong.

19.Qd2 b4 And a draw was agreed. Good game by both players, Tkachiev had the initiative, So skillfully defended, and after the position was equalized a tie on the board was agreed. Thank you for following Tata Steel 2011 and see you for more games commentary on! 1/2-1/2