Round Three of Aerosvit Foros 2008

Top seeded Magnus Carlsen in early lead

Annotated games:

Carlsen – Ivanchuk / Svidler – Carlsen / Nisipeanu – Ivanchuk / Carlsen – Van Wely

Round 3 results:

Carlsen, Magnus 1 – 0 Van Wely, Loek

Eljanov, Pavel 1 – 0 Shirov, Alexei

Alekseev, Evgeny 1 – 0 Svidler, Peter

Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ½ – ½ Ivanchuk, Vassily

Onischuk, Alexander ½ – ½ Karjakin, Sergey

Jakovenko, Dmitry 1 – 0 Volokitin, Andrei

Round 3 standings:

1. Magnus Carlsen 2765 – 2.5

2-4. Pavel Eljanov 2687, Sergey Karjakin 2732 and Alexei Shirov 2740 – 2.0

5-8. Evgeny Alekseev 2711, Dmitry Jakovenko 2711, Andrei Volokitin 2684 and Vassily Ivanchuk 2740 – 1.5

9-11. Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 2684, Alexander Onischuk 2664 and Peter Svidler 2746 – 1.0

12. Loek Van Wely 2676 – 0.5


Round 1 / More on the tournament website

Alexander Grischuk sole leader of the Baku Grand Prix

a fighting 3rd round saw wins of Grischuk, Bacrot, Gashimov, Karjakin and Carlsen

Round 3 results:

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 ½ – ½ Kamsky Gata 2726

Carlsen Magnus 2765 1 – 0 Inarkiev Ernesto 2684

Gashimov Vugar 2679 1 – 0 Svidler Peter 2746

Radjabov Teimour 2751 ½ – ½ Yue Wang 2689

Cheparinov Ivan 2695 0 – 1 Bacrot Etienne 2705

Karjakin Sergey 2732 1 – 0 Adams Michael 2729

Navara David 2672 0 – 1 Grischuk Alexander 2716

Tomorrow LIVE on Chessdom: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Magnus Carlsen. See you there!

All news about Baku Grand Prix

White’s worst nightmare, Petroff defence, survived another massive test in Radjabov-Wang Yue in the 3rd round of Baku Grand Prix tournament. For awhile it looked like white is gaining momentum, but Chinese player initiated a series of exchanges that eliminated all queenside pawns and left white with nothing to play on. Radjabov admitted that Yue’s accurate play left him no other choice.

Mamedyarov again used rare opening line, this time quiet 5. e3 after Kamsky surprised him with Gruenfeld Indian defence. French Grandmaster Pavel Tregubov also likes to play this way but Kamsky was well prepared. American is very good in deploying pieces on nice squares and today he had just enough time to do that. White should be credited for imaginative attacking attempt, and Kamsky also found a fine defending sequence that allowed him to transpose to the drawn Queen endgame. Mamedyarov continued playing for another 20 moves, but eventually had to agree to a draw.

Svidler insisted on grabbing a juicy h2-pawn in front of white’s castled king, even at the cost of losing queenside integrity. Black cramped pieces were standing on each other’s way and Gashimov established a French-like pawn structure where Svidler’s king was left without defence. Rook lift and awfully weak dark squares won this blitzkrieg for white. Svidler admitted that one the reasons why he lost was his aim for creativity. Even before arriving to Baku he decided that this tournament will be played for fun.

The game between Carlsen and Inarkiev had a weird course. Carlsen already used The Torre Attack to avoid King’s Indian defence before, for example against Cheparinov at the 2007 World Cup and against Radjabov at 2008 Corus, and it was hard to believe that this came as a surprise to young Russian. Nevertheless, he spent a great deal of time in the opening, but still managed to gain some advantage after white’s careless play. Carlsen championed escaping from weaker positions, see his game with Topalov for instance, and sacrificed pawn on the first occasion to open the queen and bishop. Inarkiev further weakened light squares with 27…f6, and white’s battery immediately started with invasion. Another mistake 37…Qd8 left black king surrounded in the corner and white easily brought this win home by pushing passed a-pawn.

Carlsen press square

Magnus Carlsen

Etienne Bacrot square 3

Etienne Bacrot

Round 3 standings:

1. Grischuk Alexander 2716 RUS – 2.5

2-6. Kamsky Gata 2726 USA, Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE, Karjakin Sergey 2732 UKR, Gashimov Vugar 2679 AZE and Carlsen Magnus 2765 NOR – 2.0

7-9. Adams Michael 2729 ENG, Yue Wang 2689 CHN and Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA – 1.5

10-13. Navara David 2672 CZE, Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 AZE, Svidler Peter 2746 RUS and Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 RUS – 1.0

14. Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL – 0.0

It is interesting to note that local betting houses are considerably in favor of white pieces, thus giving better chances to Mamedyarov and Svidler in tomorrow’s games against Carlsen and Radjabov.

Round 4 on 24th April at 15:00 local time

Kamsky Gata 2726 - Grischuk Alexander 2716

Adams Michael 2729 - Navara David 2672

Bacrot Etienne 2705 - Karjakin Sergey 2732

Yue Wang 2689 - Cheparinov Ivan 2695

Svidler Peter 2746 - Radjabov Teimour 2751

Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 - Gashimov Vugar 2679

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 - Carlsen Magnus 2765

Anand and Topalov scored wins in Linares Morelia 3rd round

Report and replayable games


Round 3 results:

Magnus Carlsen – Vishy Anand 0-1

Peter Leko – Alexei Shirov draw

Veselin Topalov – Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0

Levon Aronian – Teimour Radjabov draw

Round 3 standings:

1. Veselin Topalov 2.5

2. Vishy Anand 2.0

3-5. Levon Aronian, Vassily Ivanchuk and Peter Leko 1.5

6-8. Teimour Radjabov, Magnus Carlsen and Alexei Shirov 1.0

Veselin Topalov emerged as sole leader from the 3rd round of Morelia Linares 2008, after a fine win against Vassily Ivanchuk. In the English attack of the Naidorf Sicilian, Topalov introduced a new way of dealing with black’s marching pawns by simply “striking them in the head” with 16. a3!? Previously used moves were automatic 16. 0-0-0 or more reserved 16. Nd2. Ivanchuk didn’t react accordingly, as GM Vladimir Dimitrov explained in Chessdom live commentary, and soon found himself in trouble as heavy pieces were lacking air and king remained stuck in the center. 24. Bb6! was particularly nice as 24…Rxc3 25. Ne4! leaves black faced with material loss. Ivanchuk sacrificed a pawn trying to untie his pieces, but Topalov simply traded heavy pieces off, reaching a technically winning endgame which he converted to full point.

Magnus Carlsen is always playing for a win, and this time he also searched for opportunity to improve currently bad score against Vishwanatan Anand. He run into Semi-Slav, Anand’s favorite as-of-late, and was forced to seek compensation for the gambited pawn. These positions are allowing black to follow clear plans once they hold against the initial attack. Carlsen played a rare variation, and perhaps Anand’s 16…Rh6 took him off the familiar tracks as white is prevented from important finesse Qd6. After more or less forced exchanges, the resulting endgame saw Anand displaying wonderful zugzwang techniques.

The game between Levon Aronian and Teimour Radjabov, closely observed in their countries, took an unusual course in the rare variation of King’s Indian Fianchetto. Actually, both players had this line in their practice, Aronian against GM Nataf and Radjabov only last month against Alexander Grischuk. Many thought that Aronian simply blundered temporary knight sacrifice that gives an extra pawn to black. However, strong pressure against b7 and e7 allowed Aronian to earn that pawn back. Further material reduction led to draw agreement on the 24th move.

After years of playing the Sicilian Naidorf English Attack, Peter Leko addopted Carlsen’s approach from his 1st-round gem against Ivanchuk. Alexei Shirov returned to older 13…Qb8 instead of Ivanchuk’s Nd7. Leko included novelty on the 15th move, but Shirov was able to hold the dynamic balance by inducting conflict on the kingside. Draw was agreed right before the time control, but we can expect further discussion in this opening line.

Goran Urosevic

Round 4 pairings:

Vishy Anand – Teimour Radjabov

Vassily Ivanchuk – Levon Aronian

Alexei Shirov – Veselin Topalov

Magnus Carlsen – Peter Leko

Join us on Tuesday at 16:30 EST / 22:30 CET for the live commentary on the 4th round of Morelia-Linares. See you there!

Chess World Cup round 3

results and replayable games

Chess World Cup live commentary

Dominguez Perez – Carlsen

Cheparinov – Mamedyarov

Magnus Carlsen – Arkadij Naiditsch

Gata Kamsky – Ahmed Adly

Tomorrow live games continue on! World Cup index / pgn TWIC / Pairing tree

Results round 3

0,5-0,5 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) ½-½ Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (ROU)

1-0 Cheparinov, Ivan (BUL) 1-0 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)

0,5-0,5 Macieja, Bartlomiej (POL) ½-½ Sasikiran, Krishnan (IND)

0,5-0,5 Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS) ½-½ Aronian, Levon (ARM)

0,5-0,5 Shirov, Alexei (ESP) ½-½ Onischuk, Alexander (USA)

0,5-0,5 Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS) ½-½ Svidler, Peter (RUS)

1-0 Adams, Michael (ENG) 1-0 Zhou, Jianchao (CHN)

0,5-0,5 Fressinet, Laurent (FRA) ½-½ Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS)

0,5-0,5 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) ½-½ Bareev, Evgeny (RUS)

0,5-0,5 Dominguez Perez, Lenier (CUB) ½-½ Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)

1-0 Kamsky, Gata (USA) 1-0 Georgiev, Kiril (BUL)

0,5-0,5 Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS) ½-½ Akopian, Vladimir (ARM)

1-0 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS) 1-0 Almasi, Zoltan (HUN)

0,5-0,5 Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS) ½-½ Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)

1-0 Wang, Yue (CHN) 1-0 Bu, Xiangzhi (CHN)

0,5-0,5 Karjakin, Sergey (UKR) ½-½ Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)

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