Wijk Aan Zee: Caruana’с Drawn Attack; Aronian’с Early Novelty


Although Fabio Caruana grabbed some initiative against Vassily Ivanchuk and even gave a try to the tempting rook sacrifice, at the end he he had to satisfy with the perpetual check. 

French Defence
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nbd7 6.Nf3 h6 7.Nxf6+ Nxf6 8.Bh4 c5 9.Bc4 cxd4 10.O-O Be7 11.Qe2 Nd7N 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Rad1 O-O 14.Rxd4 Nf6 15.Rfd1 b6 16.Ne5 Qc7 17.h3 Bb7

18.Rd7 Qc8 19.Nxf7 Nxd7 20.Nxh6+ (perhaps, White won't have any advantage by 20.Qxe6 and 20.Nd6 as well) 20…Kh7

21.Qh5 (21.Nf7 Nf6!) 21…Nf6! (21…gxh6?? 22.Bd3+) 1/2-1/2. White should have played 22.Bd3+ Kh8 23.Nf7+ Kf8 24.Nh6+, and in case of  24…gxh6, то 25.Qg6+, they still have the perpetual check.

Topalov — Aronian encounter has also finished in a draw. The game turned out to be less exhiting, however, Aronian applied novelty already on the 7th move! 

[Event «74th Тата Стил GMA»] [Site «Wijk aan Zee NED»] [Date «2012.01.22»] [Round «8»] [White «Caruana, F.»] [Black «Ivanchuk, V.»] [Result «1/2-1/2»] [ECO «C11»] [WhiteElo «2736»] [BlackElo «2766»] [PlyCount «42»] [EventDate «2012.01.14»] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Nbd7 6. Nf3 h6 7. Nxf6+ Nxf6 8. Bh4 c5 9. Bc4 cxd4 10. O-O Be7 11. Qe2 Nd7 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. Rad1 O-O 14. Rxd4 Nf6 15. Rfd1 b6 16. Ne5 Qc7 17. h3 Bb7 18. Rd7 Qc8 19. Nxf7 Nxd7 20. Nxh6+ Kh7 21. Qh5 Nf6 1/2-1/2 [Event «74th Тата Стил GMA»] [Site «Wijk aan Zee NED»] [Date «2012.01.22»] [Round «8»] [White «Topalov, V.»] [Black «Aronian, L.»] [Result «1/2-1/2»] [ECO «D37»] [WhiteElo «2770»] [BlackElo «2805»] [PlyCount «55»] [EventDate «2012.01.14»] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bf4 O-O 6. a3 b6 7. Qc2 c5 8. Rd1 Nc6 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. dxc5 bxc5 11. e3 Qa5 12. Ne5 Nxe5 13. Bxe5 Rd8 14. Bd3 Ba6 15. O-O Bxd3 16. Qxd3 Nxc3 17. Qxc3 Qxc3 18. Bxc3 Kf8 19. Rxd8+ Rxd8 20. Rc1 g6 21. Kf1 Ke8 22. Ke2 a6 23. g4 Rd6 24. Be5 Rd5 25. f4 f6 26. Bc3 f5 27. h3 Kd7 28. a4 1/2-1/2your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard

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