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World Chess Championship round 10

Aronian wins, Anand on the way to a World Champion title

Results

Kramnik Anand ½-½ live commentary by IM Karakehayov

Svidler Morozevich ½-½

Aronian – Grischuk 1-0

Gelfand – Leko ½-½ live commentary by IM Karakehayov

Highlights

Vishy Anand held Vladimir Kramnik to a draw with black pieces in the game that we have called the last chance to catch the Indian on his triumph chase. Semi-Slav defence, already seen in Aronian-Anand and Kramnik-Svidler, was deeply explored by both players who were probably following home preparation all the way to the move 24. Anand gave up the exchange for two pawns and both kings ended somewhat exposed. In the dynamically balanced position, Kramnik tried to penetrate back rank with his heavy pieces and Anand bravely advanced passed pawns on the queenside, setting the king for a walk. Just after the time control draw was agreed in the position possibly even slightly better for Anand. But he had no urge to force matters, particularly since Boris Gelfand already drew his game, and shook Kramnik’s hand.

Kramnik square Anand square

Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand

With four rounds to go, Anand is clear point ahead of 2nd placed Boris Gelfand. He still has to play Morozevich and Leko with white and Svidler and Grischuk with black. Observers are already bidding if Anand could beat Kramnik in the rematch guaranteed to the current World Champion.

Alexander Grischuk continues with warm-cold play. After he dispersed Gelfand’s hopes in beautiful rook endgame yesterday, today he tried odd-looking setup against Levon Aronian. But we should have in mind that Aronian is master of unorthodox play and he venturously dived into the complications. The game was ended with a cute mating net just when Grischuk wanted to promote his pawn. Wonderful effort by Aronian who is now back at 50% score.

Aronian WCC Grischuk

Levon Aronian and Alexander Grischuk

Alexander Morozevich continues with crazy variety in his opening choices, today he played Caro-Kan against Peter Svidler. In the complex middlegame both were maneuvering trying to exploit opponent’s weaknesses, but after the queens swap on move 44, players have agreed on draw.

Of course, we were all expecting Boris Gelfand with white to fire hidden opening projectiles at Peter Leko and continue pursuit after Vishy Anand. Instead, Peter Leko easily equalised and Gelfand disappointingly forced repetition as early as on move 22. Today Gelfand is playing white against Svidler.

World Chess Championship index

N Name FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts
1 Kramnik RUS ** 1 0 ½½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½½ 5
2 Morozevich RUS 0 1 ** ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½
3 Anand IND ½ ½ ½ ** 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
4 Grischuk RUS ½ 1 0 ** ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½
5 Leko HUN ½ ½ ½ ½1 ** ½½ 0 ½½ 5
6 Gelfand ISR ½ 1 ½½ ½ 0 ½½ ** 1 ½
7 Aronian ARM ½ ½½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 ** ½ 5
8 Svidler RUS ½½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½½ ½ ½ ** 4

Serbian Team Championship – Round 10

VSK Gorenje and Beograd Beopublikum going even into the last round

Both VSK Gorenje and Beograd Beopublikum have won their 10th round matches to continue sharing 1st place with Gorenje having half point better individual scores for additional criteria. The 2nd criteria is their match result and this one is favoring Beopublikum. In the last round Gorenje is playing Bora Kostic, who are desperately fighting to avoid relegation, and Beopublikum has easier task against weak Rad.

SL 10 u foajeu

In front of the playing hall

Spartak suffered painful 1.5-4.5 defeat at the hands of BSK Gambit and dropped to 4th place as Novosadski SK demolished Bora Kostic. The two teams will meet each other in the last round. Radnicki and Sloga Amiga employed treacherous tactics of setting quick 3-3 without play, leaving Bora Kostic in dangerous zone. Any other result would favor Bora Kostic, but maybe they got what they deserved as they did exactly the same in earlier rounds. Partizan and Radnicki are set to play in the last round, and before you look at the crosstable, we bet Bobby Fischer’s beard that the result will be 3-3. No wonder media are not interested in chess, someone should stop this behavior.

On the bright side, 17-years old Nikola Nestorovic achieved his 3rd IM norm. Congratulations!

Men’s League, Round 10 on 2007/08/31 at 15.00

Bora Kostic – Novosadski SK DDOR 1.5-4.5

GM Andrei Maksimenko (UKR 2505) – GM Robert Markus (SRB 2586) draw

FM Boban Bogosavljevic (SRB 2491) – GM Petar Popovic (SRB 2474) 0-1

GM Milan Drasko (SRB 2552) – GM Aleksandar Kovacevic (SRB 2566) draw

GM Bosko Abramovic (SRB 2516) – GM Dragan Solak (SRB 2566) 0-1

IM Petar Benkovic (SRB 2465) – GM Vladislav Nevednichy (ROM 2523) 0-1

GM Sinisa Drazic (SRB 2480) – GM Miroljub Lazic (SRB 2465) draw

SL 10 Petar Benkovic-Vladislav Nevednici

IM Petar Benkovic – GM Vladislav Nevednichy 0-1

Spartak – BSK Gambit 1.5-4.5

GM Nikola Sedlak (SRB 2590) – GM Yuri Solodovnichenko (UKR 2582) draw

GM Dusan Popovic (SRB 2551) – GM Milos Pavlovic (SRB 2541) 0-1

GM Zoran Jovanovic (CRO 2537) – IM Slavisa Brenjo (SRB 2485) 0-1

GM Nikola Djukic (MNE 2531) – GM Slobodan Martinovic (SRB 2447) draw

Dejan Leskur (SRB 2482) – GM Vladimir G Kostic (SRB 2395) draw

FM Sinisa S Popov (SRB 2481) – IM Mihajlo Zlatic (SRB 2450) 0-1

SK ZTP – Rad 3.5-2.5

GM Borki Predojevic (BIH 2628) – GM Evgeny Postny (ISR 2598) draw

GM Miroslav Markovic (SRB 2442) – GM Dragan Paunovic (SRB 2531) draw

IM Branko Tadic (SRB 2500) – IM Zeljko Djukic (SRB 2402) 1-0

GM Goran M Todorovic (SRB 2471) – FM Sinisa Dujkovic (SRB 2407) draw

IM Milos M Pavlovic (SRB 2438) – IM Zdenko Krnic (SRB 2385) 0-1

Nikola Nestorovic (SRB 2424) – Petar Krstic (SRB 2327) 1-0

SK Beograd Beopublikum – Partizan Partner Inzinjering 5-1

GM Arkadij Naiditsch (GER 2652) – GM Stelios Halkias (GRE 2580) 1-0

GM Igor Miladinovic (SRB 2605) – GM Bozidar Ivanovic (MNE 2426) 1-0

GM Milos Perunovic (SRB 2589) – GM Milan Matulovic (SRB 2389) 1-0

GM Goran Cabrilo (SRB 2496) – GM Miroslav Tosic (SRB 2437) 1-0

GM Aleksa Strikovic (SRB 2567) – IM Goran Arsovic (SRB 2470) draw

GM Miodrag R Savic (SRB 2514) – IM Anto Rmus (MNE 2376) draw

SL 10 Milos Perunovic-Milan Matulovic

GM Milos Perunovic – GM Milan Matulovic 1-0

Radnicki – Sloga Amiga 3-3

GM Zahar Efimenko (UKR 2624) – GM Konstantin Sakaev (RUS 2634) draw

GM Dragisa Blagojevic (MNE 2502) – GM Bojan Vuckovic (SRB 2563) draw

GM Dejan Antic (SRB 2468) – GM Dejan Pikula (SRB 2504) draw

Goran Pavlovic (SRB 2372) – GM Dusan Rajkovic (SRB 2522) draw

GM Dragan Barlov (SRB 2469) – IM Zoran Arsovic (SRB 2451) draw

IM Zoran Novoselski (SRB 2375) – IM Slobo Vratonjic (SRB 2453) draw

Agronom – Valjevski SK Gorenje 1.5-4.5

GM Dragan Kosic (MNE 2501) – GM Branko Damljanovic (SRB 2606) draw

IM Andjelko Dragojlovic (SRB 2432) – GM Ivan Ivanisevic (SRB 2595) 0-1

Zoran Grujic (SRB 2362) – GM Viorel Iordachescu (MDA 2584) 0-1

IM Atanas Kizov (MKD 2396) – GM Dragoljub Velimirovic (SRB 2442) draw

FM Miroslav Mihalj (SRB 2323) – GM Mihajlo Stojanovic (SRB 2601) draw

Ratko Bulajic (SRB 2321) – GM Borko Lajthajm (SRB 2511) 0-1

Round 10 standings:

1-2. VSK Gorenje and Beograd Beopublikum 16.0

3. Novosadski SK DDOR 13.0

4. Spartak 12.0

5. BSK Gambit 11.0

6-7. ZTP and Partizan 10.0

8. Radnicki 9.0

9-10. Sloga Amiga and Bora Kostic 8.0

11. Agronom 4.0

12. Rad 3.0

SL 10 Petar Krstic-Nikola Nestorovic

Petar Krstic – Nikola Nestorovic 0-1

SL 10 Bozidar Ivanovic-Igor Miladinovic

GM Bozidar Ivanovic – GM Igor Miladinovic 0-1

SL 10 Bogosavljevic-Popovic

FM Boban Bogosavljevic – GM Petar Popovic 0-1

Photos and report by IA Branka Vujic-Katanic

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