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22-04-2013, 01:06 PM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 22nd April 2013.

The Alekhine Memorial tournament April 21 – May 1 will be held in two stages starting in the famous Louvre Museum in Paris and ending in The Russian Museum in St.Petersburg. The top seeds in the ten player event are :- L. Aronian (ARM 2809), V. Kramnik (RUS 2801), V. Anand (IND 2783), P. Svidler (RUS 2747) and B.Gelfand (ISR 2739).

Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946) born in Moscow graduated in Law in St. Petersburg in 1914. He was the first chess champion of the USSR in 1920 and defeated Jose Capablanca in a world title match in 1927. He lost the title to Euwe in 1935, regained it in 1937 and was world champion at the time of his death in 1946.

Alekhine,Alexander - Rubinstein,Akiba [D64] Karlsbad 1923
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 0–0 7.Rc1 c6 8.Qc2 a6 9.a4 Re8 10.Bd3 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Nd5 12.Bf4 Nxf4 13.exf4 c5 14.dxc5 Qc7 15.0–0 Qxf4 16.Ne4! ( an excellent pawn sacrifice based on his more active pieces) 16...Nxc5 17.Nxc5 Bxc5 18.Bd3 b6 19.Bxh7+ Kh8? ( The decisive mistake according to Alekhine. Correct was 19..Kf8) 20.Be4 Ra7 21.b4! Bf8 22.Qc6 Rd7 23.g3 Qb8 24.Ng5 Red8 25.Bg6!! Qe5 26.Nxf7+ Rxf7 27.Bxf7 Qf5 28.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 29.Rxd1 Qxf7 30.Qxc8 Kh7 31.Qxa6 Qf3 32.Qd3+ 1–0

26-04-2013, 09:38 PM
The fifth round of the Alekhine's Memorial produced a very exciting game between Kramnik and Fressinet.
It takes "guts" to sacrifice material early against a player of Kramnik's ability, but Fressinet did just that and it paid off with a great win and some exciting play.
I was so enthralled that I stayed up until 2am to see it through to the end.
Congratulations Laurent, games like this are becoming quite rare in GM play.

[Event "Alekhine Memorial 2013"]
[Site "Paris"]
[Date "2013.04.25"]
[Round "5.4"]
[White "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Black "Fressinet, Laurent"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D02"]
[WhiteElo "2801"]
[BlackElo "2706"]
[Annotator "Robot 4"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2013.??.??"]
[EventCountry "FRA"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nc6 3. d4 Bg4 4. Nbd2 Qd7 5. h3 Bf5 6. c3 e5 7. dxe5 O-O-O 8.
e3 Nge7 9. g4 Bg6 10. b4 h5 11. b5 hxg4 12. bxc6 Nxc6 13. e6 Qxe6 14. Nd4 Nxd4
15. cxd4 Be7 16. Bg2 gxh3 17. Bf3 Bf5 18. Qa4 Kb8 19. Ba3 Bh4 20. Nf1 g5 21.
Rh2 g4 22. Be2 Be4 23. Rc1 Bg2 24. Qa5 Rc8 25. Rc3 Bxf2+ 26. Kxf2 Bxf1 27. Kxf1
g3 28. Bf3 gxh2 29. Ke2 Rhg8 30. Bc5 a6 31. Bh1 Rg2+ 32. Bxg2 0-1

30-04-2013, 11:41 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 29th April 2013.

The first half of the Alekhine Memorial tournament was held in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Leading scores ( 10 players, 2745 average rating, 9 rounds) after 5 rounds ;- Maxime Vachier- Lagrave (FRA 2722 ) 3.5 , L.Fressinet (FRA 2706),B.Gelfand (ISR 2739), M.Adams (ENG 2727), L.Aronian (ARM 2809) all 3 and World Champion V.Anand (IND 2783) 2.5. The last four rounds will be played this week in St Petersburgh.

Ding,Liren (2707, 3 times champion of China, age 19) - Aronian,Levon (2809, world no 2) [D45]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.e3 e6 6.c5 Nbd7 7.b4 b6 8.Bb2 a5 9.a3 Be7 10.Bd3 0–0 11.0–0 Ba6 12.Ne1! Bc4 13.Bxc4 dxc4 14.Qe2 Rb8 15.Ra2 b5 16.e4 Rb7 17.Nc2 Nb8 18.Raa1 Qc8 19.Rad1 Rd8 20.Bc1 Na6 21.Bf4 Rbd7 22.h3 Ne8 23.Qe3 Bf6 24.e5 Be7 25.Ne4 Nac7 26.Nd6 Qa8 27.Qg3 Nd5 28.Ne3 Nc3 29.Rde1 Bxd6 30.exd6 Ne4 31.Qh4 Nd2 32.Nd5! Nxf1 33.Nb6 Qa7 34.Rxf1 Nf6? 35.Be5 Nd5 36.Nxd5 exd5 37.Bxg7! (a winning piece sacrifice) 37...Kxg7 38.Qg5+ Kf8 39.Qf6 Kg8 40.Qg5+ Kf8 41.Qf6 Kg8 42.Re1 axb4 43.Re5 h6 44.Rh5 Qxa3 45.Qxh6 f6 46.Qxf6 1–0

Agent Smith
30-04-2013, 07:19 PM
Yes, Kramnik and Fressinet is certainly a good contender for game of the year. :)

06-05-2013, 11:39 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Aronian wins Alekhine Memorial
Peter Parr

The top seed and world no 2 Levon Aronian won the Alekhine Memorial tournament on count back (more wins) from Boris Gelfand the last World title challenger. Aronian (+3 =5 -1) played enterprisingly whereas Gelfand was very solid and positional to score 2 wins and 7 draws. The field was very close with 80% of the players finishing between 4.5 and 5.5/9. The first five rounds were played in the Louvre Museum, Paris and the last four in Saint Michael’s Castle, St. Petersburg.

Kramnik,V (2801) - Fressinet,L (2706) [A07] rd 5 – the prize for a game in the style of Alekhine
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nc6 3.d4 Bg4 4.Nbd2 Qd7 5.h3 Bf5 6.c3 e5 7.dxe5 0–0–0 8.e3 Nge7 9.g4 Bg6 10.b4 h5 11.b5 hxg4! a piece sacrifice 12.bxc6 Nxc6 13.e6 Qxe6 14.Nd4 Nxd4 15.cxd4 Be7 16.Bg2 gxh3 17.Bf3 Bf5 18.Qa4 Kb8 19.Ba3 Bh4! 20.Nf1 g5 21.Rh2 g4 22.Be2 Be4 23.Rc1 Bg2 24.Qa5 Rc8 25.Rc3 Bxf2+! 26.Kxf2 Bxf1 27.Kxf1 g3 28.Bf3 gxh2 29.Ke2 Rhg8 30.Bc5 a6 31.Bh1 Rg2+ 32.Bxg2 0–1

Final scores (10 players, 2745 average rating, 9 rounds):- L.Aronian (ARM 2809), B.Gelfand (ISR 2739) 5.5 ; V.Anand (IND 2783) 5 ; N.Vitiugov (RUS 2712), L.Fressinet (FRA 2706), V.Kramnik (RUS 2801), M.Adams (ENG 2727), M.Vachier-Lagrave (FRA 2722) all 4.5 .

10-05-2013, 01:01 AM
Good to see Lev winning an top-level event again. :clap: