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Kevin Bonham
19-02-2009, 11:34 PM
Now in Spain only; no more Mexico/Spain split.

Schedule: Schedule: Rd1 19th Feb, Rd2 20th Feb, Rd3 21st Feb, Rd4 22nd Feb, Rd5 24th Feb, Rd6 25th Feb, Rd7 26th Feb, Rd8 28th Feb, Rd9 1st Mar, Rd10 2nd Mar, Rd11 3rd Mar, Rd12 5th Mar, Rd13 6th Mar, Rd14 7th Mar.

Double round-robin.

Participants: Anand, Radjabov, Aronian, Carlsen, Ivanchuk, Dominguez, Grischuk, Wang Yue.

Games start 3pm local time = 2am our time.

Kevin Bonham
20-02-2009, 02:27 PM
Anand - Radjabov

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.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 Bg7 11.Bd3 Ne7 12.Nxe7 Qxe7 13.0-0 0-0 14.c4 f5 15.Qf3 d5 16.cxd5 fxe4 17.Bxe4 Rb8 18.Rfd1 f5 19.d6 Qf6 20.Bc6 Be6 21.Bd5 Rbd8 22.Qb3 Bf7 23.Nc2 Rxd6 24.Bxf7+ Rxf7 25.Rxd6 Qxd6 26.Ne3 f4 27.Rd1 Qg6 28.Nd5 Bf8 29.f3 Kh8 30.Nc3 Rg7 31.Rd2 Bc5+ 32.Kf1 Bd4 33.Ne4 Rc7 34.Rc2 Rc6 35.Qd3 Kg7 36.b3 h6 37.g4 fxg3 38.hxg3 Qe6 39.Kg2 Qc8 40.Rxc6 Qxc6 41.Qd2 Qe6 42.g4 Qc6 43.Ng3 Kh7 44.Nf5 Bb6 45.Qd3 Kh8 46.Qe2 Bc7 47.Qd2 Kh7 48.Ne7 Qc5 49.Qd3+ Kh8 50.Qd7 e4 51.Qe8+ Kg7 52.Nf5+ Kf6 53.Qxe4 Bb6 54.Kh3 h5 55.g5+ Kxg5 56.Ne7 Kf6 57.Nd5+ Kg7 58.Qe5+ Kh6 59.Qf6+ Kh7 60.Qf7+ Kh6 61.Ne7 1-0

Miranda
21-02-2009, 01:11 PM
Aronian beat Anand in round 2!
Carlsen drew with Dominguez, Ivanchuck drew with Radjabov and Grischuk beat Wang Yue.

Kevin Bonham
21-02-2009, 04:21 PM
Yes, I put the mockers on Anand by backing him to win so he immediately loses; what can I say, my talent in this field is legendary.

Anand-Aronian. When I finally went to bed Anand was winning this but it was a sharp position and his decision to trade queens was apparently natural but wrong (cf. Schon-Saw).

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3
Bd6 9. O-O O-O 10. Qc2 Bb7 11. a3 a6 12. Ng5 Bxh2+ 13. Kxh2 Ng4+ 14. Kg1 Qxg5
15. f3 Ngf6 16. e4 Qh4 17. Be3 e5 18. Ne2 Nh5 19. Qd2 h6 20. Rfd1 Rae8 21. Bc2
Re6 22. Bf2 Qe7 23. g4 Rg6 24. Kf1 Nhf6 25. Ng3 Nxg4 26. fxg4 Qh4 27. Nf5 Qxg4
28. Qc3 Re8 29. Qg3 Qh5 30. Qh4 Qf3 31. Rd3 Qg2+ 32. Ke2 exd4 33. Rg3 Rxg3 34.
Qxg3 Rxe4+ 35. Kd2 Rg4 36. Qxg2 Rxg2 37. Ke2 c5 38. Rg1 Ne5 39. Rxg2 Bxg2 40.
Kd2 h5 41. b4 Nc4+ 42. Kc1 Nxa3 43. Bd1 cxb4 44. Bxh5 g6 45. Ne7+ Kf8 46. Nxg6+
fxg6 47. Bxg6 Ke7 48. Bxd4 Kd6 49. Bd3 Nc4 50. Bg7 a5 51. Be2 Be4 52. Bf6 a4 53.
Bg7 Kd5 0-1

Carlsen - Dominguez was a quick and violent draw with Black showing excellent preparation.

1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. g3 Qb6 7. Ndb5 Ne5 8.
Bf4 Nfg4 9. Qa4 g5 10. Bxe5 Qxf2+ 11. Kd1 Nxe5 12. Nc7+ Kd8 13. Nxa8 Qd4+ 14.
Kc2 Nxc4 15. Kb3 Nd2+ 16. Kc2 Nc4 17. Kb3 Nd2+ 18. Kc2 1/2-1/2

Denis_Jessop
21-02-2009, 05:08 PM
I wonder why the authorities want to prevent short draws - perhaps they prefer long and boring games :)

DJ

Desmond
21-02-2009, 06:15 PM
Yes, I put the mockers on Anand by backing him to win so he immediately loses; what can I say, my talent in this field is legendary.Ever considered a career as a stockbroker?

Basil
21-02-2009, 06:21 PM
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3
Bd6 9. O-O O-O 10. Qc2 Bb7 11. a3 a6 12. Ng5 Bxh2+ 13. Kxh2 Ng4+ 14. Kg1 Qxg5
15. f3 Ngf6 16. e4 Qh4 17. Be3 e5 18. Ne2 Nh5 19. Qd2 h6 20. Rfd1 Rae8 21. Bc2
Re6 22. Bf2 Qe7 23. g4 Rg6 24. Kf1 Nhf6 25. Ng3 Nxg4 26. fxg4 Qh4 27. Nf5 Qxg4
28. Qc3 Re8 29. Qg3 Qh5 30. Qh4 Qf3 31. Rd3 Qg2+ 32. Ke2 exd4 33. Rg3 Rxg3 34.
Qxg3 Rxe4+ 35. Kd2 Rg4 36. Qxg2 Rxg2 37. Ke2 c5 38. Rg1 Ne5 39. Rxg2 Bxg2 40.
Kd2 h5 41. b4 Nc4+ 42. Kc1 Nxa3 43. Bd1 cxb4 44. Bxh5 g6 45. Ne7+ Kf8 46. Nxg6+
fxg6 47. Bxg6 Ke7 48. Bxd4 Kd6 49. Bd3 Nc4 50. Bg7 a5 51. Be2 Be4 52. Bf6 a4 53.
Bg7 Kd5 0-1Another boring C-K? Think not.

Kevin Bonham
21-02-2009, 06:36 PM
Another boring C-K? Think not.

Indeed; it's a Meran Semi-Slav, which is far from being the most violent kind of Semi-Slav but can still get pretty messy.

Kevin Bonham
25-02-2009, 03:46 PM
Anand escapes against Ivanchuk using stalemate motifs to avoid defeat in a dreadful looking rook ending:

Ivanchuk - Anand


1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O
O-O 9. Qe2 Nbd7 10. e4 Bg6 11. Bd3 Bh5 12. e5 Nd5 13. Nxd5 cxd5 14. Qe3 Re8 15.
Ne1 Bg6 16. Bxg6 hxg6 17. Nd3 Qb6 18. Nxb4 Qxb4 19. b3 Rac8 20. Ba3 Qc3 21. Rac1
Qxe3 22. fxe3 f6 23. Bd6 a5 24. Bc7 fxe5 25. dxe5 b6 26. Rc3 Rf8 27. Rfc1 Rf5
28. g4 Rf7 29. Bd6 Nc5 30. Bxc5 bxc5 31. Rxc5 Rcf8 32. Rxa5 Rf3 33. Ra7 g5 34.
Re1 d4 35. exd4 Rxb3 36. Rf1 Rd3 37. Rxf8+ Kxf8 38. a5 Rxd4 39. h3 Kg8 40. a6
Ra4 41. Kf2 Ra5 42. Kf3 Rxe5 43. Re7 Kh7 44. Re8 Ra5 45. Rxe6 Ra3+ 46. Ke4 Rxh3
47. Kd5 Rc3 48. Rb6 g6 49. Kd6 Kh6 50. Rb8 Ra3 51. Ra8 Kg7 52. Kc5 Ra1 53. Kb6
Rb1+ 54. Ka7 Rb4 55. Rb8 Rxg4 56. Rb5 Ra4 57. Rxg5 Rb4 58. Rc5 Kh6 59. Rc6 Kh5
60. Rb6 Rf4 61. Rb5+ g5 62. Kb6 Rf6+ 63. Ka5 Rf7 64. Kb6 Rf6+ 65. Ka5

Standings after 5 rounds
+2 Aronian, Grischuk
+1 Anand
= Carlsen, Ivanchuk
-1 Dominguez
-2 Wang Yue, Radjabov

Capablanca-Fan
25-02-2009, 05:02 PM
Anand escapes against Ivanchuk using stalemate motifs to avoid defeat in a dreadful looking rook ending:
He shouldn't have, I think. 47. Kf5 looks winning.

Ivanchuk's early play was subtle and strong, accepting a bad B v good N, foreseeing that this piece would become very strong and enable capture of the C-file.

Kevin Bonham
27-02-2009, 12:54 AM
In the comments on chessbase, 47.Kd4 was considered winning instead of Kd5.

In round 7 Carlsen defeated Anand in some kind of feat of great technical endgame skill (apparently.)

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. g4 Nxg4 8. Rg1
Qf6 9. Rxg4 Qxf3 10. Rxg7 Nf6 11. h3 Qf5 12. Qxf5 exf5 13. cxd5 cxd5 14. Nb5
Bb4+ 15. Bd2 Bxd2+ 16. Kxd2 Ke7 17. Bd3 Be6 18. Nc7 Rag8 19. Nxe6 Kxe6 20. Rxg8
Nxg8 21. Ke2 Ne7 22. Kf3 Rc8 23. a4 Rc7 24. a5 h6 25. h4 Kf6 26. h5 Nc8 27. Kf4
Nd6 28. Rg1 Rc8 29. f3 Ke6 30. Rg7 Rh8 31. Bc2 Rc8 32. Bb3 Rh8 33. Rg1 Rc8 34.
Rg7 Rh8 35. Rg2 Rc8 36. Rg1 Ne8 37. e4 fxe4 38. fxe4 Nf6 39. e5 Ne4 40. Ke3 b6
41. axb6 axb6 42. Kd3 Nf2+ 43. Ke2 Ne4 44. Ke3 f6 45. Rg6 Rc1 46. Rxh6 Rh1 47.
Bc2 Rh3+ 48. Kf4 Rh4+ 49. Kf3 Nd2+ 50. Ke2 Rh2+ 51. Kd1 Nc4 52. Rxf6+ Ke7 53.
Bg6 Rd2+ 54. Kc1 Rxd4 55. b3 Nxe5 56. Rxb6 Rh4 57. Bf5 Nf3 58. h6 Nd4 59. h7
Nxf5 60. Rb8 Nd4 61. Kb2 Kd6 62. h8=Q Rxh8 63. Rxh8 Kc5 64. Rh5 Nc6 65. Rh4 Nb4
66. Ka3 d4 67. Rh5+ Nd5 68. Kb2 Kc6 69. Ka3 Kc5 70. Rh4 Nb4 71. Rh8 Nc6 72. Rh5+
Kd6 73. b4 d3 74. Rh3 Ne5 75. Kb3 d2 76. Kc2 Nc6 77. Rh4 Kd5 1-0

Grischuk defeated Aronian to take the lead:

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 h5 10. h4 g4 11. Be2 Bb7 12. O-O Nbd7 13. Qc2 Nxe5 14. Bxe5 Bg7 15. b3
O-O 16. bxc4 Nh7 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Rad1 Qxh4 19. cxb5 cxb5 20. Nxb5 Rac8 21. Qd3
Rfd8 22. d5 exd5 23. Qd4+ Kg8 24. Qxa7 Qe7 25. e5 Qxe5 26. Qxb7 Rb8 27. Qc7 Qxe2
28. Nd4 Qc4 29. Qe5 Re8 30. Qxh5 Rb6 31. Nf5 Rbe6 32. Ne3 Qxa2 33. Nxg4 Qe2 34.
Qh4 Qc4 35. f4 Rg6 36. Rf3 Qc5+ 37. Kh1 Qe7 38. Qh3 Qd6 39. f5 Rg5 40. Nh6+ Kf8
41. Nxf7 Qf6 42. Nxg5 Nxg5 43. Qh4 Re7 44. Rh3 Qxf5 45. Qh8+ Kf7 46. Rh5 Re8 47.
Qh6 Rg8 48. Qd6 Rg6 49. Qxd5+ Qxd5 50. Rxd5 Ne4 51. Rhf5+ Kg7 52. Rd7+ Kh6 53.
Rf4 Ng3+ 54. Kh2 Nh5 55. Ra4 Nf6 56. Rdd4 Rg5 57. Rf4 Rg6 58. Rf3 Nh7 59. Rh3+
1-0

Ivanchuk - Dominguez re which chessbase has described Ivanchuk's decision to agree a draw a pawn up in exceedingly baffled terms.

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. g3 Qb6 6. Nc2 e6 7. Bg2 d5 8. O-O
Be7 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 O-O 12. Be3 Qa5 13. Nd4 Ne5 14. Bf4 Nc4
15. Qd3 Qa4 16. Qe4 Re8 17. Rfd1 g5 18. Be5 Bd7 19. Bc7 e5 20. Nf5 Qc6 21. Rab1
Qxe4 22. Bxe4 Bxf5 23. Bxf5 b6 24. Rd7 Rac8 25. Bd3 Na5 26. Bxe5 Nc6 27. Bd4
Red8 28. Rb7 Kf8 29. e3 h6 30. Bf5 Rb8 31. Rc7 Nxd4 32. cxd4 a5 33. Rb5 Rd6 34.
Bd3 Bd8 35. Rc2 Rb7 36. Kg2 Rdd7 37. Be4 Rbc7 38. Rcb2 Rc3 39. Kf3 Ke7 40. Kg4
Rd6 41. Rf5 Kf8 42. Kh5 Kg7 43. Bd5 Bf6 44. Bf3 a4 45. Be4 a3 46. Re2 Re6 47.
Bd5 Rd6 1/2-1/2

Spiny Norman
27-02-2009, 06:10 AM
Bishops of opposite colour, Black's opportunity to create outside passed pawn later ... but e4 looks annoying (threatening fork and causing Black's pieces to fall back, as if Bxd4 White's attack against f7 looks strong).

Kevin Bonham
05-03-2009, 10:07 PM
Three rounds to go and Grischuk leads Ivanchuk by a point with Aronian, Carlsen, Anand a further half point back. Grischuk does have a very tough run home though with black against Aronian and Carlsen plus white against Anand to negotiate.

Ivanchuk_Fan
06-03-2009, 08:28 PM
Round 12: Carlsen beat Grischuk and all other games ended in draws.

Carlsen appeared better after 19.Rad1, and he soon obtained a powerful passed d-pawn that was stronger than Black's kingside majority. Carlsen wraps up the game very nicely, starting with the exchange sacrifice 28.Rf6!, and finishing Black off with 33.Ba6! and 34.Bb7 when White's pawns promote.

This result means that Grischuk is only half a point ahead of Carlsen and Ivanchuk, making for an interesting finish to the tournament. Grischuk has to play Anand in the next round, and Aronian in the final round.