The Immoral Chess Game

The 2019 Jerusalem Grand Prix began yesterday. Every game was drawn. The following “game”, and I use the word loosely,  was the first to finish.

Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Boris Gelfand

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Bc4 Be7 5. d3 d6 6. Nd2 Nf6 7. Nd5 O-O 8. Nf1 Nxd5 9. Bxd5 Be6 10. Ne3 ½-½

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 (SF 10 @depth 60 plays the game move; SF 180516 @depth 42 plays 3…e6, the most often played move. Komodo prefers 3…g6) 4. Bc4 Be7 (SF 10 @depth 49 plays the move in the game, while SF 261119 prefers 4…d6) 5. d3 d6 (Houdini plays this move but Stockfish prefers 5…Nf6) 6. Nd2 (Houdini plays the most often played move according to the CBDB, 6 0-0. Stockfish 10 plays the seldom played 6 h3) 6…Nf6 (SF 8 @depth 39 plays the game move, but SF 220619 @depth 50 prefers 6…Bg5. See Petrosian vs Smirnov below) 7. Nd5 (This is a TN. 7 Nf1 is the choice of Stockfish and 99% of human players. There must be a reason…)

Tigran L Petrosian (2573) vs Pavel Smirnov (2623)

Event: EU-Cup 22nd
10/12/2006

ECO: B30 Sicilian defence

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Bc4 Be7 5.d3 d6 6.Nd2 Bg5 7.h4 Bh6 8.Qh5 Qd7 9.Nd5 Rb8 10.c3 Qd8 11.Ne3 Qf6 12.Ndf1 Nge7 13.Ng4 Bxg4 14.Qxg4 Bxc1 15.Rxc1 b5 16.Bb3 c4 17.Bc2 cxd3 18.Bxd3 b4 19.cxb4 Nxb4 20.Bb1 Nxa2 21.Bxa2 Rxb2 22.Rc8+ Nxc8 23.Qxc8+ Qd8 24.Qc6+ Ke7 25.Qd5 Qc8 26.Bc4 Rb1+ 27.Ke2 Qe6 28.Ne3 Rb2+ 29.Kf3 Rc8 30.Ra1 Qxd5 31.Nxd5+ Kd8 32.Bd3 Rb7 33.h5 Rc5 34.Ra6 Kd7 35.g3 f5 36.Ke3 g5 37.h6 f4+ 38.Kf3 Rb3 39.Rxa7+ Kd8 40.Kg4 Rxd3 41.Rxh7 fxg3 42.fxg3 Rc4 43.Rh8+ 1-0

What the fans of the Royal game thought about the Nepo v Gelfand game can be found in the “chat” section of the ChessBomb:

1UpliftMofo: first!
VLADACVAL: Go Ian!
Manolo: Go Boris ! Pas de cadeau !
190tkc: Boris!!
shtighnits: Congrats. This game was a real masterpiece.
Owy: inspiring game
VLADACVAL: bad, Ian, very bad
VSyl23: Ian is really not Candidates material…
Owy: maybe we can call this “Gelfand’s immortal”?
LeVieuxKorsoerer: Rather “Gelfand’s immoral one”
LeVieuxKorsoerer: But Ian is to blame all the same
shtighnits: Games like these should be sent to all organizers and financial supporters of chess tournaments.
Arbitru: Fighting spirit…
Feanor: Nepo n’a pas l’air motivé
Bonifratz: brilliancy prize candidate
da96103: Ian draws so fast with white? He needs at least 11 points from this tourney, or is he counting on the wildcard.
Sasori: nepo just wants to go to rapid as quickly as possbile, needs to win event
kosnik: Nepo will be the wild card
rofl: he’s just trying to avoid trouble in Israel
Seneca: What an absolute shame!
shtighnits: My sixty miserable draws.

https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-jerusalem-grand-prix/1-01-Nepomniachtchi_Ian-Gelfand_Boris

New In Chess magazine, still the best Chess magazine on the planet, posed this question to Simen Agdestein in the “Just Checking” section that ends every issue:

If you could change any thing in the chess world, what would it be?

Simen Agdestein: “Stop agreed draws. That’s match-fixing and cheating and not OK.”

 

Ian Nepomniachtchi Interview: ‘I Dislike Players Who Buy And Sell Games’‎

https://www.chess.com/article/view/ian-nepomniachtchi-chess-interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chigorin Variation Beats Bulletproof French Defense

Tigran L. Petrosian (ARM) 2605 vs Fabien Libiszewski (FRA) 2488

GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019 round 09

1. e4 e6 2. Qe2 d5 (Stockfish 2…c5) 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nc3 Qd8 (SF 4…Qa5) 5. Nf3 c5 6. Ne5 (SF 9 plays 6 b3 Nf6 7 Bb2) Nd7 (SF and Komodo play 6…Bd6 7 g3 Ne7) 7. Nc4 TN Nb6 8. g3 Nxc4 9. Qxc4 Bd7 10. Bg2 Qc8 11. O-O Bc6 12. Ne4 Be7 13. b3 Nf6 14. Bb2 Nxe4 15. Bxe4 Bf6 16. Bxf6 gxf6 17. Rfe1 Bxe4 18. Rxe4 Qc6 19. Rae1 O-O-O 20. d3 h5 21. b4 Rd5 22. b5 Qd6 23. a4 f5 24. Qc3 Rd4 25. Re5 b6 26. a5 h4 27. axb6 axb6 28. Qa3 h3 29. Qa6+ Kd7 30. Rxf5 exf5 31. Qb7+ Qc7 32. Re7+ Kxe7 33. Qxc7+ Kf8 34. Qxb6 Ra4 35. Qd8+ Kg7 36. Qg5+ Kf8 37. Kf1 Rb4 38. b6 Rg8 39. Qxf5 Rb1+ 40. Ke2 Rg6 41. Qxc5+ Kg7 42. Qe5+ Kg8 43. Qf5 1-0
https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-reykjavik-open/09-Petrosian_Tigran_L_-Libiszewski_Fabien

Alexander Reprintsev (2374) vs Petr Slavinsky, (2062)

RSHSH Masters Cup 2018 Moscow RUS 05/21/2018

ECO: C00 French, Chigorin variation

1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qd8 5.Nf3 c5 6.Ne5 Nd7 7.g3 Nxe5 8.Qxe5 Qd6 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.Bxd7+ Qxd7 11.d3 Qc6 12.O-O Nf6 13.Bg5 Bd6 14.Qe2 Be7 15.Rae1 Nd5 16.Bxe7 Nxe7 17.Ne4 O-O 18.f4 Qd5 19.a3 b6 20.Rf2 Rac8 21.Ng5 c4 22.Qe4 g6 23.Qxd5 Nxd5 24.dxc4 Rxc4 25.b3 Rc3 26.Ne4 Re3 27.Rxe3 Nxe3 28.Re2 Nf5 29.Rd2 Rc8 30.c4 a5 31.a4 Rc6 32.Rd7 h6 33.Kf2 Kg7 34.g4 Nh4 35.Kg3 g5 36.fxg5 Ng6 37.gxh6+ Kxh6 38.Rxf7 Ne5 39.Rb7 Nd3 1-0

Yuri S Balashov (2481) vs Oleg Nikolenko,(2526)

ch-Moscow 2013 03/28/2013

ECO: C00 French, Chigorin variation

1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 c5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.b3 d5 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Nc3 Qd8 7.Bb2 Nf6 8.g3 Be7 9.Bg2 O-O 10.O-O b6 11.Rfd1 Bb7 12.d4 cxd4 13.Nb5 Qc8 14.Nbxd4 Rd8 15.c4 Nxd4 16.Nxd4 a6 17.Nf5 exf5 18.Qxe7 Bxg2 19.Rxd8+ Qxd8 20.Qxd8+ Rxd8 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Kxg2 Rd2 23.Re1 Rxa2 24.Re8+ Kg7 25.Rb8 b5 26.cxb5 axb5 27.Rxb5 Rb2 28.h4 Kg6 29.Kf3 Rc2 30.Ke3 Rb2 31.b4 h5 32.Rb8 f4+ 33.Kf3 fxg3 34.Kxg3 Kf5 35.f3 Kg6 36.b5 Kf5 37.Rb7 Rb1 38.Rb8 Rg1+ 39.Kf2 Rh1 40.Kg3 ½-½

The following game was NOT played in the last round, but in the fifth round. If Chess dies it will be from a billion little cuts like the following “game.”

Gyula Sax (2566) vs Viktor Erdos (2453)

Bizovac Metalis op 12th 02/26/2005

ECO: C00 French, Chigorin variation

1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qd8 5.Nf3 c5 6.b3 Nc6 7.Bb2 Nh6 8.O-O-O Nf5 9.Qe4 ½-½

Saidali Iuldachev(2550) vs Evgeny Gleizerov (2539)

Teheran Saipa Cup 2nd 09/21/2004

C00 French, Chigorin variation

1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qd8 5.Nf3 c5 6.b3 Nc6 7.Bb2 Nge7 8.Qd3 Qxd3 9.Bxd3 Bd7 10.O-O-O O-O-O 11.Ng5 Ne5 12.Be2 N7g6 13.Nb5 f6 14.Ne4 Nf4 15.Nbc3 Bc6 16.Bf1 f5 17.Ng5 h6 18.Nb5 hxg5 19.Bxe5 Bxb5 20.Bxb5 Nxg2 21.Rhg1 Nh4 22.Rxg5 Nf3 23.Bxg7 Rxh2 24.Rg3 Rxf2 25.Bc4 f4 26.Bxe6+ Kb8 27.Rg4 Bxg7 28.Rxg7 Rfxd2 29.Rxd2 Nxd2 30.Rf7 Rd6 31.Rxf4 ½-½