Can’t blame Kasparov for lack of creativity

In the first game Garry comes up with a strange novelty in a well known standard position. Pushing Harry almost feels like a pass-move, yet after some natural moves Aronjan ended up in a clearly worse position. What happened then is typical for the whole tournament, Garry loses to some miraculous escape.

In the second game Garry sacrifices a lot of material to create fire on the board. Navara resisted the temptation to go for an attack with g6 and h5, like in Tal-Koblencs, Riga 1957. Instead he just gave back the material to create a static position. Once again all the creativity didn’t pay off for Garry.

Last but not least, this sort of half-joke should also be mentioned.