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Kevin Bonham
07-11-2009, 02:08 AM
Aronian, Anand, Carlsen, Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Kramnik, Leko, Moro, Pono, Svidler

Two rounds down and still no wins! The great man would be turning in his grave! (That said, several of the draws have been of interest.)

Kevin Bonham
08-11-2009, 02:24 AM
Three decisive games tonight.

Morozevich - Kramnik. I really don't think Moro had that much of an idea about this one. Has a bishop lodged so far into enemy territory ever been as useless as this? Also, I have mentioned a few times lately that the advantage of two exchanges is sometimes deceptively difficult to convert. In this game Kramnik makes it look deceptively easy!

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 d5 7.Nf3 dxc4 8.Qxc4 b6 9.Bf4 Ba6 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.e4 Bxf1 12.Kxf1 c5 13.Bd6 Re8 14.e5 Nd5 15.h4 cxd4 16.Ng5 f5 17.Qc4 Qc8 18.Qxd4 Nc5 19.Rd1 Nb3 20.Qd3 Nc1 21.Qb5 Qc2 22.Rxd5 a6 23.Qxb6 Qc4+ 24.Kg1 exd5 25.g3 h6 26.Nf3 f4 27.g4 Qe4 28.Kg2 Nd3 29.Qb3 Qc4 30.Qb7 Nxf2 31.Kxf2 Qc2+ 32.Kg1 Qd1+ 33.Kf2 Qxh1 34.e6 Rac8 35.Qf7+ Kh8 36.Bc5 Qc1 37.b4 Qc2+ 38.Kg1 Qe2 39.Nd4 Qxg4+ 40.Kf2 Qxh4+ 41.Ke2 f3+ 42.Kxf3 Rf8 43.Bxf8 Rc3+ 44.Kg2 Qg3+ 45.Kf1 Rc1+ and white is getting mated in four so he resigns 0-1

Aronian - Leko. Leko must have thought rejecting the b-pawn on ...22 in search of activity was a good idea at the time. The activity was all his opponent's and he was soon not only a pawn down but also getting run out of town.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Ne5 Bb7 10.h4 g4 11.Nxg4 Nxg4 12.Qxg4 Qxd4 13.Rd1 Qf6 14.a4 h5 15.Qg5 Qxg5 16.hxg5 a6 17.Be5 Rg8 18.Rxh5 Nd7 19.Bf4 b4 20.Nb1 c5 21.f3 Bg7 22.Rh7 Bd4 23.Bxc4 Nf8 24.Rh5 Ng6 25.Bc1 0-0-0 26.b3 Ne5 27.Be2 Rd7 28.Rd2 Rgd8 29.Rc2 Ng6 30.Kf1 Kb8 31.g3 Ka7 32.Nd2 Ne5 33.Nc4 Nc6 34.Rd2 a5 35.Rd1 Ba6 36.f4 Bc3 37.Rxd7+ Rxd7 38.Rh7 Bc8 39.Be3 Bd4 40.Bxd4 cxd4 41.Bd3 Kb8 42.e5 f5 43.gxf6 1-0

Anand - Svidler. White had more than enough compensation for the first pawn as it was but then Svidler had to go and eat another one. At least he did not suffer for very long.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bd2 Bg7 6.e4 Nb6 7.Be3 0-0 8.h3 e5 9.Nf3 exd4 10.Bxd4 Bxd4 11.Qxd4 Qe7 12.Qe3 Nc6 13.Bb5 Nb4 14.Rc1 Be6 15.b3 a6 16.Be2 Nc6 17.0-0 f6 18.Rfe1 Rad8 19.Bf1 Bf7 20.Nh2 Be6 21.f4 Nd4 22.f5 Bf7 23.Ng4 gxf5 24.Nh6+ Kh8 25.Qf2 fxe4 26.Rxe4 Qd6 27.Rd1 c5 28.Nxf7+ Rxf7 29.b4 f5 30.bxc5 fxe4 31.Qxf7 Nf3+ 32.Qxf3 1-0

Ivanchuk - Ponomariov still playing on in a knight ending as I write. It was very drawish but Ivanchuk has some chances now.

Kevin Bonham
09-11-2009, 01:55 AM
Kramnik (who is supposedly unwell) defeats Svidler and leads. Svidler never equalised and was smoothly outplayed.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3 c5 8.Rc1 Qa5 9.Qd2 0-0 10.Nf3 Bg4 11.d5 Na6 12.h4 f5 13.exf5 Bxf5 14.h5 Rad8 15.hxg6 Bxg6 16.Bh6 Bxh6 17.Rxh6 Rf6 18.Ne5 Qa4 19.Qe3 Qf4 20.Qxf4 Rxf4 21.Nxg6 hxg6 22.Rxg6+ Kf7 23.Rg5 Re4+ 24.Be2 Kf6 25.Rh5 Kg6 26.g4 Rf8 27.Rd1 Rf6 28.Rh8 Kg7 29.Rd8 Rb6 30.f3 Re3 31.Rd3 Re5 32.Kf2 Rh6 33.Bf1 Rh2+ 34.Kg3 Rxa2 35.d6 exd6 36.R3xd6 Re7 37.R6d7 1-0

Alexrules01
09-11-2009, 08:56 PM
Its Carlsen not feeling well, not Kramnik :)

Kevin Bonham
09-11-2009, 09:01 PM
Its Carlsen not feeling well, not Kramnik :)

I saw a comment that said Kramnik might be unwell as well as Carlsen. Can't find the source of it now.

Denis_Jessop
09-11-2009, 09:22 PM
Quote from TWIC today


Mig Greengard is reporting that Magnus Carlsen has a fever and that Vladimir Kramnik also isn't well. Both played Round 4 and Kramnik won going into the rest day on Monday.

DJ

Alexrules01
09-11-2009, 09:41 PM
I saw a comment that said Kramnik might be unwell as well as Carlsen. Can't find the source of it now.

Ahh sorry, didn't hear about that!

Leonid Sandler
09-11-2009, 09:42 PM
Today November 9th is Mikhail Tal birthday ,lets celebrate his life and games!

ER
09-11-2009, 09:54 PM
Hurray for one of the greatest personalities to ever grace a chessboard! Michail Tal will live forever! :clap:

Capablanca-Fan
10-11-2009, 12:37 PM
Hurray for one of the greatest personalities to ever grace a chessboard! Michail Tal will live forever! :clap:
Indeed. At the Manila Olympiad in 1992, I thought it was sad that Tal had died only a short while before the Latvian team first played in an Olympiad in its own right since WW2.

ER
10-11-2009, 03:37 PM
Indeed. At the Manila Olympiad in 1992, I thought it was sad that Tal had died only a short while before the Latvian team first played in an Olympiad in its own right since WW2.

The following video clip is characteristic of the physical decline of a man who manages to keep his intellectual capacities functioning to the very end ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6nUvp5WRl4


In 1988, aged 51, he won the second official World Blitz Championship (...) at Saint John, ahead of such players as Kasparov, the reigning world champion, and ex-champion Anatoly Karpov. In the final, he defeated Rafael Vaganian by 3.5-.5.
I know this (WBC) is a well known fact, however, it's amazing what ill health combined with smoking and alcohol consumption can reduce a 51 yo man into! Here is Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal (Latvian: Mihails Tāls) beating Garry Kasparov on his way to the final!

Kevin Bonham
11-11-2009, 02:19 AM
Anand - Leko.

Very interesting game, yet another game in the trendy Moscow Gambit. All theory for at least the first 20 moves, not sure where it went out of book exactly.

In the ten or so moves leading up to the time control, Leko was getting a little short of time but Anand had stacks. Anand just kept bashing out good moves and Leko's position went downhill rapidly. There has been some suggestion that 30...Rc7 is better for black than what was played and that may well be true but I am not convinced it equalises.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 Bg7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bd6 a6 14.a4 e5 15.Bg4 exd4 16.e5 c5 17.Re1 Nxe5 18.Bxe5 0-0 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Ne2 f5 21.Bh5 f4 22.Nxd4 cxd4 23.Re6 Bc8 24.Rg6+ Kh7 25.axb5 Rf6 26.Rxf6 Qxf6 27.Qc2+ Bf5 28.Qxc4 Rc8 29.Qd5 axb5 30.h3 Kh8 31.Qxb5 Rf8 32.Ra6 Qg7 33.Rd6 d3 34.Qb6 Qe5 35.Bg6 d2 36.Bxf5 Qxf5 37.Qd4+ Kh7 38.Qxd2 Rf7 39.f3 h5 40.Rd5 Qg6 41.Qa5 Rg7 42.h4 Qb1+ 43.Kh2 Qxb2 44.Rxg5 Rxg5 45.Qxg5 1-0

There was a massive time scramble in Gelfand-Kramnik; they had six mins to play 13 moves then Gelfand used all but 1:13 playing three of those (in the process hurting his position quite a lot). They both made the control with nothing to spare; Kramnik is better in a messy double rook and knight endgame as I write.

Kevin Bonham
12-11-2009, 02:05 PM
Six down three to go

+3 Kramnik
+2 Anand
+1 Gelfand, Ivanchuk
= Carlsen (all draws), Aronian
-1 Ponomariov
-2 Morozevich, Leko, Svidler

Kramnik - Ponomariov. Park chess on an epic scale; the analysts will be cleaning up this mess for weeks. The rook and one pawn vs bishop and one pawn ending was always won.

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.cxd5 exd5 7.e3 c5 8.dxc5 Qa5 9.Rc1 Ne4 10.Qxd5 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bxc3+ 12.Kd1 0-0 13.Bc4 Nf6 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Ke2 b5 16.c6 Ba6 17.Qf5 Qa3 18.Bd3 Rfd8 19.c7 Qxa2+ 20.Nd2 Rxd3 21.Qxd3 b4 22.Kf3 Bb7+ 23.Kg3 h5 24.h3 Qa5 25.f4 Rc8 26.Nc4 Qa6 27.Ne5 Qxd3 28.Nxd3 Bc3 29.Rhd1 a5 30.Nc5 Rxc7 31.Na4 Be4 32.Rd6 Kh7 33.Ra6 h4+ 34.Kh2 Rd7 35.Nc5 Re7 36.Rxa5 Bd2 37.Rc4 f5 38.Nxe4 fxe4 39.Rh5+ Kg6 40.Rg5+ Kf6 41.Rc6+ Kf7 42.Rf5+ Kg8 43.g4 Re8 44.Re5 Rb8 45.g5 Kh7 46.Re7 Bxe3 47.Rh6+ Kg8 48.Rg6 Bd4 49.Rge6 Kh7 50.f5 Bc5 51.Re8 Rxe8 52.Rxe8 b3 53.Kg2 Be3 54.Rxe4 Bxg5 55.Rb4 g6 56.Rb7+ Kh6 57.fxg6 Kxg6 58.Kf3 Bd2 59.Kg4 Be1 60.Rxb3 Bg3 61.Rf3 Be1 62.Re3 Bf2 63.Re6+ Kf7 64.Kf5 Bg3 65.Re4 Bf2 66.Kg5 Bg3 67.Re2 Kg7 68.Re7+ Kf8 69.Kf6 Bf2 70.Re6 Bg3 71.Kg6 Bh2 72.Re4 Bg3 73.Kf6 Bf2 74.Kg6 Bg3 75.Re2 Bd6 76.Kg5 Bg3 77.Kf6 Bf4 78.Re4 Bd6 79.Rd4 Bc7 80.Kg6 Bg3 81.Re4 1-0

Gelfand-Aronian. Aronian basically lost in one move since the first new move here (24...Rf5) was unsuccessful. (...Ba8, ...Bb5, ...Nb6 have all been tried though white has won all of those as well) Gelfand said thanks for the pawn and won comfortably.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.e4 b4 10.Na4 c5 11.e5 Nd5 12.dxc5 Nxc5 13.Nxc5 Bxc5 14.0-0 h6 15.Nd2 0-0 16.Ne4 Bd4 17.Nd6 Bc6 18.Bh7+ Kxh7 19.Qxd4 f6 20.Bd2 fxe5 21.Qe4+ Kg8 22.Qxe5 Qd7 23.Rac1 Rad8 24.Nc4 Rf5 25.Qg3 Nf6 26.Bxh6 Ne4 27.Qg4 Nf6 28.Qg6 Qe7 29.Bg5 Be8 30.Bxf6 Qxf6 31.Qxf6 gxf6 32.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 33.Rxd1 Rc5 34.b3 Bb5 35.Ne3 f5 36.f4 Kf7 37.Kf2 a5 38.Rd8 Rc1 39.Rb8 Bd3 40.Rb7+ Kf6 41.Ra7 Rb1 42.g4 fxg4 43.Nxg4+ Kf5 44.Ne5 Ke4 45.Nxd3 Kxd3 46.Rxa5 Ke4 47.Re5+ Kxf4 48.Rxe6 Rh1 49.Kg2 Rc1 50.Re2 Rc3 51.Kf2 Rc1 52.Rd2 Ke4 53.Kg3 Rc8 54.h4 Ke5 55.Re2+ Kf5 56.Rf2+ Kg6 57.Rf4 Rc2 58.Rxb4 Rxa2 59.Rb5 Rd2 60.h5+ Kf6 61.h6 Rd7 62.Rh5 Rh7 63.Kf4 Kg6 64.Rh3 Kf6 65.Ke4 Ke6 66.Kd4 1-0

Morozevich - Ivanchuk

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 c5 4.d5 Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Nge2 e6 8.Ng3 Na6 9.Be2 exd5 10.cxd5 Nc7 11.a4 a6 12.Bg5 Bd7 13.h4 b5 14.h5 h6 15.Be3 b4 16.Nb1 g5 17.Bf2 Nfe8 18.Ra2 f5 19.b3 fxe4 20.Nxe4 Bf5 21.Ng3 Kh8 22.Bc4 Bh7 23.0-0 Nf6 24.Re2 Qd7 25.Rfe1 Rae8 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Rxe8+ Qxe8 28.Nd2 Nfxd5 29.Nde4 Qc6 30.Bd3 Nf4 31.Bc2 Nce6 32.Nd2 Nd3 33.Nge4 Nef4 34.g3 Nh3+ 35.Kg2 Nhxf2 36.Nxf2 Nxf2 37.Kxf2 Bg8 38.Qe2 d5 39.Qe7 Bd4+ 40.Kf1 Qe6 41.Qf8 Qh3+ 42.Ke2 Qg2+ 43.Kd1 Qg1+ 44.Ke2 Qf2+ 45.Kd1 Bg7 46.Qd6 a5 47.Qb6 Qg1+ 48.Ke2 Qg2+ 49.Kd1 c4 0-1

Chessbase reports Ivanchuk is wearing a mask to try to avoid swine flu.

Garvinator
12-11-2009, 02:50 PM
I see Moro is in the cellar again in these type of events!

Kevin Bonham
12-11-2009, 03:41 PM
I see Moro is in the cellar again in these type of events!

Yes I had your immortal line about Moro being a bit of a bunny at this level in my mind as I watched Ivanchuk running rings around him. It's a gift that keeps on giving. :lol:

Tony Dowden
12-11-2009, 07:56 PM
Six down three to go

+3 Kramnik
+2 Anand
+1 Gelfand, Ivanchuk
= Carlsen (all draws), Aronian
-1 Ponomariov
-2 Morozevich, Leko, Svidler


Poor old Kramnik! Imagine how well he'd be doing if he didn't have a touch of the dreaded lurgi ...



... Chessbase reports Ivanchuk is wearing a mask to try to avoid swine flu.
See this amusing clip from 'ChessVibes' for the Man in the Mask. Its funny without any need to understand Russian :) http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/ivanchuks-mouth-cap/#more-18521

Kevin Bonham
13-11-2009, 09:09 AM
Ivanchuk defeated Gelfand in the only non-draw last night so with two rounds to go only Kramnik, Anand and Ivanchuk can win. Alas I will miss seeing the last two rounds live.

Denis_Jessop
13-11-2009, 12:01 PM
Ivanchuk defeated Gelfand in the only non-draw last night so with two rounds to go only Kramnik, Anand and Ivanchuk can win. Alas I will miss seeing the last two rounds live.


Does that mean you will be dying for two days and rising again on the third? :hmm: :D

DJ

Kevin Bonham
15-11-2009, 07:48 PM
Does that mean you will be dying for two days and rising again on the third? :hmm: :D

Dead would be a slight exaggeration of my condition after yesterday's fieldwork.

An excellent result for Kramnik winning this tournament but the crosstable shows a nest of draws at the top and he was most reliable against those having a poor event. Despite the excitement level of several games the proportion of won games (13/45) wasn't high.

Tony Dowden
16-11-2009, 07:47 AM
Ivanchuk defeated Gelfand in the only non-draw last night so with two rounds to go only Kramnik, Anand and Ivanchuk can win. Alas I will miss seeing the last two rounds live.


http://www.europe-echecs.com/actualites/actualites-vladimir-kramnik-remporte-le-memorial-tal-1982.html

A world class report - even if you don't understand French. I love the Chucky-with-Mask-on-his head photo :lol: