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Banda
03-09-2011, 12:44 AM
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The chess festival dedicated to the 100th anniversary of three times World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik taking place from 2-4 September, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. As part of unique festival, rapid chess tournaments 25+10, Pair Blitz, a simultaneous with young chess players and other events will take place. In the men's and women's a four player double round robin tournament, which will be held September 2-3, will bring together the strongest chess players of the world.

PARTICIPANTS

Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
Viswanathan Anand (India)
Levon Aronian (Armenia)
Vladimir Kramnik (Russia)

LIVE Games & Results (http://pakchess.org/tournament-news/botvinnik-memorial-2011-moscow-live)

Adamski
03-09-2011, 12:46 AM
A very strong quartet of players in the main event. A bit of fun for them i guess though they will all be out to win I am sure. Hope the tournament is a fitting memorial for the great Botvinnik.

Kevin Bonham
03-09-2011, 01:17 AM
First half of the rapids finished with Anand beating Aronian with black and the other five games drawn.

Capablanca-Fan
03-09-2011, 01:40 AM
A very strong quartet of players in the main event. A bit of fun for them i guess though they will all be out to win I am sure. Hope the tournament is a fitting memorial for the great Botvinnik.
It seems comparable to the great 1948 World Championship match tournament he won convincingly, at least in the available strength if not the conditions.

Agent Smith
03-09-2011, 08:00 PM
Anand and Carlsen played out a fairly quick draw. The match was excting enough though.
Chessbase reckons "The game move 21….Rxf6 is much weaker than the direct Nxb2. Anand used the extra tempi to secure a draw."

[Event "Botvinnik Memorial"]
[Site "Moscow RUS"]
[Date "2011.09.02"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2817"]
[BlackElo "2823"]
[ECO "C65"]
[EventDate "2011.09.02"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez"]
[Variation "Berlin defence"]
[WhiteFideId "5000017"]
[BlackFideId "1503014"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.Nbd2 Bb6 8.Nc4
Ne7 9.Nxb6 axb6 10.Ba4 Ng6 11.h3 Nh5 12.Bg5 f6 13.Be3 Nhf4 14.Bb3+ Kh8 15.
Bxf4 Nxf4 16.Nh4 f5 17.Nxf5 Qg5 18.Qg4 Qf6 19.Qh4 Qxh4 20.Nxh4 Nxd3 21.Nf3
Rf6
( { [IvanHoe-Beta version 999947c] 15:-1.59} 21...Nxb2 22.Nd2 Nd3 23.
f3 Nf4 24.Kf2 Be6 25.Bxe6 Nxe6 26.g3 Nc5 27.Kg2 Ra3 28.Nb1 Ra6 29.Rd1
b5 30.Nd2 Nd3 )
22.Rad1 Nxb2 23.Rd2 Na4 24.Nxe5 Be6 25.Ng4 Bxg4 26.hxg4 Nxc3 27.Re1 h6

1/2-1/2

Capablanca-Fan
04-09-2011, 01:00 AM
[Event "Botvinnik Memorial"]
[Site "Moscow RUS"]
[Date "2011.09.02"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2817"]
[BlackElo "2823"]
[ECO "C65"]
[EventDate "2011.09.02"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez"]
[Variation "Berlin defence"]
[WhiteFideId "5000017"]
[BlackFideId "1503014"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.Nbd2 Bb6 8.Nc4
Ne7 9.Nxb6 axb6 10.Ba4 Ng6 11.h3 Nh5 12.Bg5 f6 13.Be3 Nhf4 14.Bb3+ Kh8 15.
Bxf4 Nxf4 16.Nh4 f5 17.Nxf5 Qg5 18.Qg4 Qf6 19.Qh4 Qxh4 20.Nxh4 Nxd3 21.Nf3
Rf6 [21...Nxb2 22.Nd2 Nd3 23.
f3 Nf4 24.Kf2 Be6 25.Bxe6 Nxe6 26.g3 Nc5 27.Kg2 Ra3 28.Nb1 Ra6 29.Rd1
b5 30.Nd2 Nd3]
22.Rad1 Nxb2 23.Rd2 Na4 24.Nxe5 Be6 25.Ng4 Bxg4 26.hxg4 Nxc3 27.Re1 h6

1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
04-09-2011, 02:43 AM
Just watched some of the mixed blitz games. Carlsen/Cmilyte vs Kramnik/Kosintseva was great! I'll see if I can find a PGN for it.

Agent Smith
04-09-2011, 10:53 AM
Magnus lost all three games in the second round, playing some wreckless chess perhaps.
http://www.russiachess.org/games/2011/botvinnik_2011_all.pgn

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1: Anand, Viswanathan gm 42 IND 4.5 / 6 XX == 11 =1
2: Kramnik, Vladimir gm 36 RUS 3.0 / 6 == XX =0 =1
3: Aronian, Levon gm 29 ARM 3.0 / 6 00 =1 XX =1
4: Carlsen, Magnus gm 21 NOR 1.5 / 6 =0 =0 =0 XX
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Kevin Bonham
04-09-2011, 09:50 PM
Here's the blitz game I enjoyed the ending of that I menioned before. It turns out there are a total of four blunders in the endgame (not surprising for blitz) so that the position goes from draw to white win to draw to black win to draw! Kramnik was just about laughing through it, he was clearly having fun.

Europe (Cmilyte/Carlsen) vs Russia (Kosintseva/Kramnik)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c4 b4 12.Nc2 0-0 13.g3 a5 14.h4 Nb8 15.Nce3 Na6 16.Qf3 Nc5 17.Rd1 Be7 18.Bh3 Be6 19.Kf1 Rb8 20.Kg2 Re8 21.Rd2 Bf8 22.Bf5 Kh8 23.h5 Qg5 24.Rh4 h6 25.Rd1 b3 26.Rg4 Qd8 27.a3 Na4 28.Rd2 Rb7 29.Nd1 Bxd5 30.Rxd5 Nc5 31.Nc3 Ne6 32.Bxe6 fxe6 33.Rb5 Rc7 34.Rxb3 Rxc4 35.Rb7 Rc7 36.Rb5 Ra7 37.Qd3 Qd7 38.f4 exf4 39.Rxf4 Qc6 40.Qf3 Kg8 41.a4 Be7 42.Rf7 Rf8 43.Rxf8+ Bxf8 44.Qg4 Qc4 45.Rb8 Rf7 46.Qe2 Qd4 47.Re8 Qe5 48.Qg4 Qf6 49.Qe2 Qe5 50.Qg4 Rf6 51.Rb8 Qd4 52.Qe2 Kh7 53.Rb5 Qa7 54.e5 dxe5 55.Rxe5 Qa8+ 56.Qe4+ Qxe4+ 57.Nxe4 Rf5 58.Rxf5 exf5 59.Nd2 g6 60.Nc4 Bb4 61.hxg6+ Kxg6 62.Ne5+ Kg5 63.Nc6 Bd2 64.Kf3 h5 65.Nd4 Be1 66.Nc2 Bd2 67.Ke2 Kg4? The sacrifice is unsound and this is actually a win for white. 68.Kxd2! Kxg3 69.Ke2? Now it's a draw [69.b4 wins eg 69...h4 70.bxa5 h3 71.Ne3 Kf2 72.Nd1+ Kg1 73.Ke3;
69.Nd4 wins eg 69...f4 70.b4 h4 71.bxa5 h3 72.Nf3!!] 69...h4 70.Kf1 h3 71.Kg1 f4 72.b4? This should actually lose. 72...f3! 73.Ne3 f2+ 74.Kh1 axb4 75.Nf1+ Kf3? Anything else wins as this places the black king on the check square for white's promotion. 76.a5 b3 77.a6 b2 78.a7 b1=Q 79.a8=Q+ Ke2 80.Qa6+ Ke1 81.Kh2 Qb8+ 82.Kxh3 Qh8+ 83.Kg2 Qg7+ 84.Ng3 Qxg3+ 85.Kxg3 f1=Q 86.Qa5+ Ke2 87.Qb5+ Ke1 88.Qb4+ Ke2 89.Qc4+ Ke1 90.Qc3+ Ke2 draw

Agent Smith
05-09-2011, 07:24 PM
Anything else wins as this places the black king on the check square for white's promotion
haha...
Entertaining game. Blitz + Team = Chaos

Banda
05-09-2011, 08:53 PM
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Viswanathan Anand dominated the Botvinnik Memorial with a score of 4.5/6. World number one Magnus Carlsen lost all his games on the second day and finished last with 1.5/6. Kramnik and Aroniain tied for 2nd on 3/6. I don't know if the players were asked to be more enterprising but the quality of play was, for me, quite low on day 2 with only Aronian's win against Kramnik in the final round appealing. Viktorija Cmilyte won the women's event and there too the top seed finished last.

Read the full report (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/anand-wins-the-botvinnik-memorial-rapid)

Capablanca-Fan
09-09-2011, 02:07 AM
Great result for the World Champ, and a serious dent to the Carlsen mystique although he will surely bounce back.