A Win in the Last Round

The last round of the Russian Super Final saw no huge surprises. Evgeny Tomashevsky comfortably drew his game with the white pieces against Peter Svidler and this proved enough for a clear first place as his nearest riva, Sergey Karjakin could not win as black against D. Jakovenko.
The already former Russian champion Igor Lysyj managed to score his only win in the event:
A game that I liked (ChessBase 13)

[Event "Russian Championship Superfinal"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.08.20"]
[Round "11.1"]
[White "Lysyj, Igor"]
[Black "Artemiev, Vladislav"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2673"]
[BlackElo "2671"]
[Annotator "Bojkov, Dejan"]
[PlyCount "99"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]
[WhiteClock "0:17:56"]
[BlackClock "0:24:31"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 Be6 {Diagram [#]
"An obvious idea. Somehow nobody had played like that and I did not seriously
analyze it." Lysyj} 7. Qa4+ $6 {Now Artemiev's opening play will be pure
success and he will get a chance to fight for the bronze medal.} ({White can
also consider grabbing a pawn with} 7. Qb5+ {and I suspect that this is the
way that White should fight for the advantage. One example} Bd7 8. Qxb7 Nc6 9.
Qb3 O-O {although Black has compensation thanks to his better development,
Agdestein,S (2637)-Lei,T (2450) Warsaw 2014}) 7... Bd7 8. Qc2 $146 {[%csl Yc2]
Diagram [#]} ({In all three predecessors White continued} 8. Qb3 {but had
horrible results.}) (8. Qa3 $5 {might be an option although it is evident that
White has less than nothing out of the opening.}) 8... c5 9. d5 ({Black is at
least equal after} 9. dxc5 Na6 10. e4 Nxc5) 9... O-O 10. e4 e6 11. Be2 exd5 12.
exd5 {Lysyj made an interesting parallel with the line of the English opening,
in which White has much better version of this line with his queen on d1 and
the black bishop on c8 instead of d7.} Na6 13. Bg5 {From far away Lysyj
thought that he could castle but here he realized that} (13. O-O {is strongly
met with} Nb4 14. Qb3 {[%csl Yb3] Diagram [#]} Nfxd5 $1 15. Nxd5 Be6 $17) 13...
Bf5 14. Qb3 Nb4 15. O-O h6 ({Once again Artemiev could have won a pawn after}
15... Nbxd5 16. Nxd5 Qxd5 17. Bc4 Qc6 18. Rfe1 {Diagram [#] and although White
has some compensation for it, it is hardly sufficient.}) 16. Bxf6 Qxf6 17. Rac1
{White can be happy for not losing the pawn but it is still his opponent who
is calling the shots.} a6 ({Black has plenty of choice, e.g} 17... Nd3 18. Bxd3
Bxd3 19. Rfe1 c4 {looks tempting.} 20. Qxb7 Rfb8 21. Qc7 Rxb2 {to open up the
bishops.}) 18. Rfd1 b5 19. Ne1 {Lysyj believed his opponent missed this
resource. Now the knight on b4 is in danger.} Rfe8 $2 ({The easiest way to
save the knight was} 19... Qe7 {Diagram [#]} 20. a3 Bxc3 21. bxc3 Nxd5 22. Qxd5
Qxe2 23. Qxc5 Rfd8 {with advantage to Black.}) 20. a3 Bf8 ({Artemiev suggested
after the game} 20... Na2 $5 21. Qxa2 b4 {Indeed, in the complication after}
22. axb4 cxb4 23. Nf3 bxc3 24. bxc3 Be4 {Black has compensation for the pawn.})
21. Rd2 $1 {[%csl Yb4] Diagram [#] Now the knight remains in trouble and Black
has to demonstrate resourcefulness.} ({But not} 21. axb4 $6 cxb4 22. Bf3 bxc3
23. Qxc3 Qxc3 24. bxc3 Ba3 {with clear edge in the endgame.}) 21... Nd3 22.
Nxd3 c4 23. Qd1 cxd3 24. Bxd3 {Black did everything he could, but lost a pawn
in the process.} Bd6 ({Perhaps Black's best chance was to at least keep the
bishop pair on board after} 24... Bd7) 25. g3 Re5 26. Bxf5 Qxf5 27. Kg2 {[%csl
Rc5,Rc6,Gd5] Diagram [#] "I understood that the situation of the pawn on b5
will make it much easier for me to convert the extra pawn" Lysyj. The c6 and
c5 squares in particular are of paramount importance for White.} Rae8 28. Qf3
Qd7 29. h4 Qb7 (29... h5 $5) 30. Re2 $1 {[%csl Gd5,Ye2,Ye5] Diagram [#] The
rook swap makes it easier to White to co-ordinate his forces as the d5 pawn is
no longer a huge target.} Rxe2 31. Nxe2 Be5 32. b4 Rd8 33. Rd1 $1 {The correct
set up. The rook is placed behind the passer and next the knight goes to the
wonderful outpost on c5.} (33. Rc6 Qd7 {complicates matters} 34. Rxa6 Qxd5 35.
Qxd5 Rxd5 36. Ra5 Bf6 {as in the R+B versus R+N endgame the latter usually has
the advantage over the former combination and in many cases they manage to
compensate for the extra pawn.}) 33... h5 34. Nc1 {[%csl Gc5][%cal Gc1b3,Gb3c5]
Diagram [#]} Rd6 35. Nb3 Rf6 36. Qe4 Bd6 37. Qe8+ Kg7 38. Nc5 {In addition to
the extra pawn White added more active pieces. All of them are optimally
placed to help the pawn go forward.} Qa7 39. Ne4 Rf5 40. Qc6 Bc7 41. d6 Bd8 42.
d7 a5 43. Rd5 axb4 44. axb4 Qa2 45. Rxf5 gxf5 46. Qc3+ Kg6 47. Nc5 Qd5+ 48. Qf3
Qd6 49. Qa8 Qb6 ({White wins everything in the line} 49... Bb6 50. Qg8+ Kf6 51.
Qg5+ Ke5 52. Qxh5 Bxc5 53. Qh8+) 50. Qd5 {Diagram [#] Vladislav Artemiev could
not make it to the medals but proved that has bright future, while the already
former Russian champion Igor Lysyj won his first game at the end of the event.}


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