Gashimov beats Kamsky and shares the lead with Grischuk and Wang Yue

Baku Grand Prix – Cheparinov with 2nd consecutive win

Round 7 results:

Gashimov Vugar 2679 1 – 0 Kamsky Gata 2726

Radjabov Teimour 2751 0 – 1 Carlsen Magnus 2765

Cheparinov Ivan 2695 1 – 0 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752

Karjakin Sergey 2732 1 – 0 Inarkiev Ernesto 2684

Navara David 2672 ½ – ½ Svidler Peter 2746

Grischuk Alexander 2716 ½ – ½ Wang Yue 2689

Adams Michael 2729 ½ – ½ Bacrot Etienne 2705

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Vugar Gashimov patiently built position in the Anti-Marshall Ruy Lopez, until Gata Kamsky helped him with a premature breech on the queenside. An exchange “sacrifice” for pair of bishops and passed pawns gave total domination to Azeri player. Pretty soon black gave up and Gashimov was promoted to the leading pack, replacing Kamsky who sat there prior to this round.

Magnus Carlsen shocked Teimour Radjabov by opening with Sicilian Dragon, which he didn’t use since 2004, when 1…e5 was expected. After some hesitation at the beginning, white run into the sharpest lines of the Yugoslav Attack. Carlsen did his homework and defended with precision while Radjabov was trying to find new attacking resources over and over. Finally, he pushed his position over the edge, after missing on several occasions to simplify into equal endings, and even at the end, Carlsen carelessly allowed repetition over the white squares, but Radjabov didn’t see it in horrible time trouble. Replay the game with commentary.

Karjakin-Inarkiev had a regular Chigorin Ruy Lopez flow and position was equal through most of the game. As the time control was closing, Inarkiev started making small concessions until a big blunder cost him two pawns. After the catastrophic start with four losses, Ivan Cheparinov is recovering and already has two consecutive wins. Perhaps he found regular customer in Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, whom he already eliminated at the last year World Cup.

Ivan Cheparinov square 1 Karjakin suit

Young stars victorious in round 7: Ivan Cheparinov and Sergey Karjakin

Round 7 standings:

1-3. Grischuk Alexander 2716 RUS, Gashimov Vugar 2679 AZE and Yue Wang 2689 CHN – 4.5

4-5. Carlsen Magnus 2765 NOR and Kamsky Gata 2726 USA – 4.0

6-10. Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE, Svidler Peter 2746 RUS, Karjakin Sergey 2732 UKR, Adams Michael 2729 ENG and Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA – 3.5

11. Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 AZE – 3.0

12-13. Navara David 2672 CZE and Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL – 2.5

14. Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 RUS – 2.0

Round 8 on 29th April at 15:00 local time

Kamsky Gata 2726 - Bacrot Etienne 2705

Wang Yue 2689 - Adams Michael 2729

Svidler Peter 2746 - Grischuk Alexander 2716

Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 - Navara David 2672

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 - Karjakin Sergey 2732

Carlsen Magnus 2765 - Cheparinov Ivan 2695

Gashimov Vugar 2679 - Radjabov Teimour 2751

Anand leading the race after Morelia leg (updated)

tournament continues on 28th February in Linares, Spain


Round 7 results:

Vishy Anand – Vassily Ivanchuk draw

Alexei Shirov – Teimour Radjabov 1-0

Magnus Carlsen – Levon Aronian 1-0

Peter Leko – Veselin Topalov 0-1

Round 7 standings:

1. Vishy Anand 4.5

2-3. Alexei Shirov and Veselin Topalov 4.0

3-5. Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen 3.5

6-7. Teimour Radjabov and Vassily Ivanchuk 3.0

8. Peter Leko 2.5

Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian played a complicated game, in which Carlsen mixed the move order and after 11.h3 Re8 was no more able to play Be3. In words of GM Vladimir Dimitrov who commented this game live: “Carlsen continued 12.Bg5 but by standard means Black got the upper hand. As a best practical chance, the youngster sacrificed a pawn to complicate things for his opponent. This proved to be successful strategy as Aronian, after a long thought, went for a line where he missed a nice counter with Queen sacrifice. By force a position was reached where Black had his Knight situated on ‘h2′ with no retreat route. That was enough for Carlsen to achieve his second victory here. Luck turned its back this time to Aronian and he lost to Magnus the point grabbed from Ivanchuk.”

Veselin Topalov employed his favorite 8…b4, variation that brought him World Championship title in San Luis, against Peter Leko’s Naidorf Sicilian English attack. The position was finely balanced through most of the middlegame, and then a sudden 33…Rd1!? surprised Leko who didn’t react in best possible way. Instead of searching for a draw with queens on the board, he decided to give the queen for two rooks, but sequence of precise moves 36…e4!, 37…Ng4! and 38…Qb8!, earned the full point for Topalov.

Teimour Radjabov is probably analysing King’s Indian defence more than anyone else, but he completely misplayed the opening against Alexei Shirov. Maybe he wanted to improvise something over the board or he simply forgot prepared transpositions. Black was lost already after 20 moves, being pawn and “position” down. Nevertheless, one wasted tempo by Shirov (22. Kh1?), allowed Radjabov to almost equalize after assault on e4 pawn with Qg6-f3-Nfxd5. Radjabov then returns the favor with weak 27…Qf7 and quick reaction 28. g4! gives advantage back to Shirov. This evaluation remained valid after the time control and then Teimour jailed his own queen by rushing to take the pawn back. He resigned immediately after.

The game between Vishwanatan Anand and Vassily Ivanchuk was a regular Sheveningen Sicilian where black accurately held equal position until a draw was signed on 31st move. Anand was clearly more dangerous with black pieces which brought him three wins and only Topalov was able to achieve a draw.

Goran Urosevic

Round 8 pairings:

Vishwanatan Anand – Alexei Shirov

Vassily Ivanchuk – Magnus Carlsen

Teimour Radjabov – Peter Leko

Levon Aronian – Veselin Topalov

Please note there is a 4-day break as players have to fly from Mexico to Linares, Spain and overcome the jet lag and time zone change. Join us on Thursday, February 28th, at 9:30 EST / 15:30 CET for the live commentary on the 8th round of Morelia Linares tournament. See you there!

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