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Vishy Anand on good road

The Indian star has clear point lead

Vishy Anand quickly drew his 9th round game, but his lead extended to full point ahead of Boris Gelfand. Marshall attack was the safest bet for Levon Aronian’s opening choice and we were expecting to see more Anand novelties, the kind of what knocked Peter Svidler in 5th round. He indeed played the unique 16. Kf2!?, but after Aronian’s accurate Qd7!, had to trade on d5 and contest to draw.

WCC Anand 1 WCC Aronian

Anand and Aronian in Mexico

The pressure was now on Gelfand and Kramnik to try and catch Anand. Boris Gelfand easily equalised in Nimzo-Indian against Alexander Grischuk and was probably waiting for draw offer which never came. Instead, Grischuk went with cunning Qa2, placed his queen for exchange. Gelfand thought this was faster way to make a draw and naively swapped the queens. From then on, Grischuk quickly grabbed both open files and Gelfand went down in deep rook endgame.

Alexander Morozevich chose good opening strategy against Vladimir Kramnik. He transposed the English opening into some kind of Benoni setup where pawn is on e3 instead of e4. This gives less of the center control but also no targets for black to play on. It was wise decision as Kramnik rarely played this kind of opening with black pieces. Couple of more odd-looking moves, like g4, and Kramnik went astray. Later, Morozevich started to build mating net and Kramnik resigned after his only hope, passed d-pawn, was stopped.

WCC Kramnik WCC Morozevich

Kramnik and Morozevich in Mexico

Peter Svidler delighted the fans by playing first Sicilian defence in this tournament. The English attack was natural choice for white Peter Leko, but timely 16…d5! neutralized all of the white’s play and Leko had to play accurate moves in order to secure the draw.

Round 10 is seeing big derby Vladimir Kramnik – Vishy Anand, which is likely to be the last chance to stop the Indian on his road for the World Championship title. Other pairings are Aronian-Grischuk, Gelfand-Leko and Svidler-Morozevich. Join us at Chessdom for the live coverage and commentary by IM Kalin Karakehayov.

World Chess Championship Index

List of annotated games in round 7 report

Rank Name FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts
1 Vladimir Kramnik RUS ** 10 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½½
2 Alexander Morozevich RUS 01 ** ½ 0 ½ 0 ½½ 1 4
3 Vishwanathan Anand IND ½ ½ ** 1 ½ ½½ 1 6
4 Alexander Grischuk RUS ½ 1 0 ** ½0 ½1 ½ ½
5 Peter Leko HUN ½ ½ ½ ½1 ** ½ 0 ½½
6 Boris Gelfand ISR ½ 1 ½½ ½0 ½ ** 1 ½ 5
7 Levon Aronian ARM ½ ½½ ½ 1 0 ** ½ 4
8 Peter Svidler RUS ½½ 0 0 ½ ½½ ½ ½ **

Fantastic finish of the Serbian Team Championship

Beograd Beopublikum and VSK Gorenje tied on the top, Spartak lost

Beograd Beopublikum was in the lead for one round, but the drowning Sloga Amiga held them off to 3-3 tie, thus allowing VSK Gorenje to catch up again. Gorenje and Beopublikum are even on 14 points, but Gorenje has better additional criteria – individual scores – at the moment. There are two rounds to go, both teams are having relatively easy pairings but surprises are always possible.

The last placed Rad achieved their first win against no less than 2nd placed Spartak. FM Sinisa Dujkovic beat GM Nikola Djukic with black pieces and junior Petar Krstic scored his first win against high-rated Sinisa Popov. The decisive point was brought by GM Evgeny Postny in his kings indian marathon vs GM Nikola Sedlak.

The second-to-last Agronom beat Bora Kostic 3.5-2.5 dragging them down into the dangerous zone. Three teams will be relegated, but Sloga Amiga has easier schedule than Bora Kostic. Partizan arranged another 3-3 tie without play, a behavior that clearly ruins the event’s prestige. Perhaps the officials should plan how to fight this attitude next year.

Dragoljub Velimirovic square Dejan Antic square

GM Dragoljub Velimirovic and GM Dejan Antic

Branko Damljanovic finely outplayed heavyweight Zahar Efimenko in the N+B endgame to give the lead to VSK Gorenje. Dragoljub Velimirovic lost a very important game yesterday, but that can’t break the old lion who played fantastic game with black pieces. Combined Benoni play on both flanks with king in the center left GM Dejan Antic confused, and soon he found himself in problems.

“The Boss” Velimirovic so far won 5 games, lost 3 and drew only one. It is amazing how much confidence captain Milan Bozic has for his team. He hasn’t made a single change, not even when Velimirovic was losing quickly after the opening. The Boss knew how to repay the trust.

SL 9 pogled na salu

Women’s playing hall

The Women’s League finally had a round without surprises. The top teams mercilessly beat the lower part of the crosstable. The standings are unchanged, heading into the last round Radnicki Rudovci is on top one point ahead of BAS. Radnicki have wonderful chance to stay there as in the last match they face Jugovic, while BAS has to work hard against 3rd-placed Spartak.

Men’s League, Round 9 on 2007/08/30 at 15.00

Agronom – Bora Kostic 3.5-2.5

GM Dragan Kosic (MNE 2501) – GM Andrei Maksimenko (UKR 2505) draw

IM Andjelko Dragojlovic (SRB 2432) – FM Boban Bogosavljevic (SRB 2491) 1-0

Zoran Grujic (SRB 2362) – GM Milan Drasko (SRB 2552) draw

IM Atanas Kizov (MKD 2396) – GM Bosko Abramovic (SRB 2516) 0-1

FM Miroslav Mihalj (SRB 2323) – IM Petar Benkovic (SRB 2465) 1-0

Ratko Bulajic (SRB 2321) – GM Sinisa Drazic (SRB 2480) draw

SL 9 Boban Bogosavljevic - Andjelko Dragojlovic

IM Andjelko Dragojlovic – FM Boban Bogosavljevic 1-0

Valjevski SK Gorenje – Radnicki 4-2

GM Branko Damljanovic (SRB 2606) – GM Zahar Efimenko (UKR 2624) 1-0

GM Ivan Ivanisevic (SRB 2595) – GM Dragisa Blagojevic (MNE 2502) draw

GM Viorel Iordachescu (MDA 2584) – IM Nenad Aleksic (SRB 2374) draw

GM Dragoljub Velimirovic (SRB 2442) – GM Dejan Antic (SRB 2468) 1-0

GM Mihajlo Stojanovic (SRB 2601) – Goran Pavlovic (SRB 2372) draw

GM Borko Lajthajm (SRB 2511) – GM Dragan Barlov (SRB 2469) draw

Sloga Amiga – SK Beograd Beopublikum 3-3

GM Konstantin Sakaev (RUS 2634) – GM Arkadij Naiditsch (GER 2652) 1-0

GM Bojan Vuckovic (SRB 2563) – GM Igor Miladinovic (SRB 2605) 0-1

GM Dejan Pikula (SRB 2504) – GM Goran Cabrilo (SRB 2496) draw

GM Dusan Rajkovic (SRB 2522) – GM Aleksa Strikovic (SRB 2567) draw

IM Zoran Arsovic (SRB 2451) – GM Veljko Jeremic (SRB 2523) 1-0

IM Slobo Vratonjic (SRB 2453) – GM Miodrag R Savic (SRB 2514) 0-1

Partizan Partner Inzinjering – SK ZTP 3-3

GM Stelios Halkias (GRE 2580) – GM Borki Predojevic (BIH 2628) draw

GM Bozidar Ivanovic (MNE 2426) – GM Miroslav Markovic (SRB 2442) draw

GM Milan Matulovic (SRB 2389) – GM Goran M Todorovic (SRB 2471) draw

GM Stefan Djuric (SRB 2472) – IM Milos M Pavlovic (SRB 2438) draw

GM Miroslav Tosic (SRB 2437) – IM Dejan Nestorovic (SRB 2384) draw

IM Anto Rmus (MNE 2376) – Nikola Nestorovic (SRB 2424) draw

Rad – Spartak 3.5-2.5

GM Evgeny Postny (ISR 2598) – GM Nikola Sedlak (SRB 2590) 1-0

GM Dragan Paunovic (SRB 2531) – GM Dusan Popovic (SRB 2551) draw

IM Zeljko Djukic (SRB 2402) – GM Zoran Jovanovic (CRO 2537) 0-1

FM Sinisa Dujkovic (SRB 2407) – GM Nikola Djukic (MNE 2531) 1-0

IM Zdenko Krnic (SRB 2385) – Dejan Leskur (SRB 2482) 0-1

Petar Krstic (SRB 2327) – FM Sinisa S Popov (SRB 2481) 1-0

SL 9 GM Zoran Jovanovic square SL 9 GM Aleksandar Kovacevic square

GM Zoran Jovanovic and GM Aleksandar Kovacevic

BSK Gambit – Novosadski SK DDOR 2-4

GM Yuri Solodovnichenko (UKR 2582) – GM Robert Markus (SRB 2586) draw

GM Milos Pavlovic (SRB 2541) – GM Petar Popovic (SRB 2474) draw

IM Slavisa Brenjo (SRB 2485) – GM Aleksandar Kovacevic (SRB 2566) 0-1

GM Slobodan Martinovic (SRB 2447) – GM Dragan Solak (SRB 2566) 0-1

GM Vladimir G Kostic (SRB 2395) – GM Vladislav Nevednichy (ROM 2523) draw

IM Mihajlo Zlatic (SRB 2450) – GM Miroljub Lazic (SRB 2465) draw

Round 9 standings:

1-2. VSK Gorenje and Beograd Beopublikum 14.0

3. Spartak 12.0

4. Novosadski SK DDOR 11.0

5. Partizan 10.0

6. BSK Gambit 9.0

7-9. Radnicki, ZTP and Bora Kostic 8.0

10. Sloga Amiga 7.0

11. Agronom 4.0

12. Rad 3.0

SL Milan Bozic

VSK Gorenje captain Milan Bozic

SL 9 Dusan Popovic i Nikola Sedlak

Bad day for Spartak: GM Dusan Popovic and GM Nikola Sedlak

Women’s League, Round 10 on 2007/08/30 at 15.00

Radnicki Rudovci – Nis 3.5-0.5

WGM Irina Chelushkina (SRB 2340) – WGM Maria Velcheva (BUL 2294) 1-0

WGM Ana Benderac (SRB 2305) – WGM Suzana Maksimovic (SRB 2259) draw

WGM Gabriela Olarasu (ROM 2283) – WFM Mila Nikolic (SRB 1987) 1-0

WIM Vesna Zivkovic (SRB 2088) – Tamara Miletic (SRB 0) 1-0

SK ZTP – Spartak 0.5-3.5

WGM Irina Sudakova (RUS 2358) – WGM Anna Muzychuk (SLO 2456) 0-1

WIM Marijana Savic (SRB 2141) – WGM Maria Manakova (SRB 2321) 0-1

Marija Rakic (SRB 2247) – WGM Mirjana Maric (SRB 2291) draw

WFM Marija R Stojanovic (SRB 2156) – WIM Andjelija Stojanovic (SRB 2235) 0-1

SL 9 Irina Sudakova-Ana Muzicuk

WGM Irina Sudakova – WGM Anna Muzychuk 0-1

SK BAS – Srem Novi Drvni Kombinat 4-0

WGM Natasa Bojkovic (SRB 2423) – WGM Margarita Voiska (BUL 2314) 1-0

IM Inna Gaponenko (UKR 2458) – Milica Bjeloglav (SRB 2008) 1-0

WGM Svetlana Prudnikova (SRB 2355) – Ana Gebejes (SRB 2056) 1-0

WFM Ljilja Drljevic (MNE 2257) – Jovana Bojovic (SRB 1918) 1-0

MPS Progres – Barajevo 2.5-1.5

IM Tatjana Vasilevich (UKR 2377) – Lena Miladinovic (SRB 1815) 1-0

WIM Marija Petrovic (SRB 2197) – Ivana Radunovic (SRB 0) 1-0

WIM Antonina Dragasevic (SRB 2153) – WFM Mila Paramentic (SRB 1987) draw

WFM Galina Zelenaya-Azaric (SRB 2099) – Radmila Nedeljkovic (SRB 1877) 0-1

SL 9 Ana Usenina i Jovana Vojinovic

IM Anna Ushenina and Jovana Vojinovic

Rad – Zlatar 3.5-0.5

IM Anna Ushenina (UKR 2502) – WFM Marija Urosevic (SRB 2072) 1-0

Jovana Vojinovic (MNE 2217) – Radmila Kovacevic (SRB 2085) draw

Sandra Djukic (SRB 2153) – Jovana Vuckovic (SRB 0) 1-0

Jovana Eric (SRB 2041) – Snezana Zecevic (SRB 0) 1-0

Jugovic – bye

Round 10 standings:

1. Radnicki Rudovci (9) 16.0

2. BAS (9) 15.0

3. Spartak (9) 14.0

4. Rad (9) 13.0

5. Jugovic (9) 10.0

6. ZTP (9) 9.0

7. Zlatar (10) 8.0

8. MPS Progres (9) 7.0

9. Srem Novi Drvni Kombinat (9) 5.0

10. Nis (9) 3.0

11. Barajevo (9) 0.0

SL Irina Chelushkina

Radnicki leader: WGM Irina Chelushkina

SL 9 Natasa Bojkovic-Margarita Vojska

WGM Natasa Bojkovic – WGM Margarita Voiska 1-0

Photos and report by IA Branka Vujic-Katanic

Politiken Cup – Round 9

Malakhov, Krasenkow and Sargissian in the lead heading into the last round

Top seed Vladimir Malakhov was victorious in Politiken Cup round 9 and caught Krasenkow and Sargissian on the top. GM Michele Godena and IM Frank Holzke have both scored three consecutive wins to join the group of players tied on 4th-13th place. Grandmasters Peter Heine Nielsen, Lars Schandorff and Igor Khenkin were also successful, other top games finished in draws.

Round 9 standings:

1-3. GM Michal Krasenkow 2660, GM Gabriel Sargissian 2667 and GM Vladimir Malakhov 2676 with 7.5 points

4-13. GM Nick de Firmian 2540, GM Emanuel Berg 2580, GM Peter Heine Nielsen 2637, GM Stellan Brynell 2470, IM Frank Holzke 2489, GM Evgeny Agrest 2541, GM Lars Schandorff 2521, GM Tommy Nybäck 2567, GM Igor Khenkin 2602 and GM Michele Godena 2547 7.0 points etc

Politiken Nick de Firmian Politiken Emanuel Berg

Nick de Firmian and Emanuel Berg

Top round 10 pairings:

GM Gabriel Sargissian – GM Vladimir Malakhov

GM Tommy Nybäck – GM Michal Krasenkow

GM Peter Heine Nielsen – GM Nick de Firmian

GM Evgeny Agrest – GM Igor Khenkin

GM Lars Schandorff – GM Emanuel Berg

GM Stellan Brynell – GM Michele Godena

GM Alexander Stripunsky – IM Frank Holzke

IM Christian Kyndel Pedersen – GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson

IM Jon Ludvig Hammer – GM Jonny Hector

Politiken Cup – Round 8

Politiken Cup earlier rounds

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