Their direct encounter will decide on the tournament winner!
Live games from Valjevo
Hello and welcome to the live games and updates from Valjevo 2007 featuring Karpov, Georgiev, Nikolic, Atalik, Stojanovic, Ivanisevic, Iordachescu, Roiz, and Pavasovic. Scroll down to find the games and the updates posted every 15 minutes. The live action starts at 16:00 CET.
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Standings after round 8:
|1.||GM Roiz Michael 2616 ISR||6.0|
|1.||GM Atalik Suat 2584 TUR||6.0|
|3.||GM Karpov Anatoly 2668 RUS||5.0|
|4.||GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2614 SRB||4.5|
|5.||GM Damljanovic Branko 2585 SRB||4.0|
|5.||GM Nikolic Predrag 2631 BIH||4.0|
|7.||GM Georgiev Kiril 2653 BUL||3.5|
|8.||IM Stojanovic Mihajlo 2588 SRB||2.5|
|8.||GM Iordachescu Viorel 2587 MDA||2.5|
|10.||GM Pavasovic Dusko 2567 SLO||2.0|
Chessdom has scheduled interviews with a number of prominent chess figures. For now, check out the interviews with Lodi 2007 winner GM Jan Werle and Gorenje 2007 participant GM Michael Roiz. We also have great insights by David Glickman. More to come…
Round 8 in progress
Games started! Nikolic surprised Pavasovic with the very rare 6.Nbd2 instead of the main line 6.Nc3 and on move 7 they are already in a completely unknown position.
Karpov and Stojanovic are playing a French with 3…de4 followed by Bc8-d7-c6.
Ivanisevic tried to surprise Roiz with another rare line 5.h3 in a 4…a6 Slav defence. This move is directed against black’s idea of Bg4 or Bf5 so 5…e6 followed.
Kiril Georgiev and Iordachescu are playing the most central line of The Catalan. Damljanovic played a King’s indian again and chose a very strange setup Nc6, a5, e5. Atalik already has an advantage.
Roiz didn’t wait for the aggressive 8.g4, which would probably follow after the common 7…Bd6 and took 7…dc4 right away.
Ivan Ivanisevic – Michael Roiz
Kiril Georgiev gave the opponent two bishops, but if his knights win the fight for the central squares, he will have an advantage.
Karpov played Ba6!? and now black regrouping with Bb7 and c5 is a lot more complicated
Pavasovic went into a deep think after 8.Rc1. Atalik played 10.Bg5, a good move in this type of position. Georgiev and Iordachescu is completely equal now.
Ivanisevic again showed the opening is not his stronger side – Roiz has at least equalized.
Iordachescu played c5 before developing his Nb8, but he still looks ok.
After 11.Qd2 Atalik has a clear advantage. Nikolic has an advantage after 9.Bxc4.
Suat Atalik – Branko Damljanovic
Аfter c4, Bf4 and Ne5 Karpov will have an advantage. Nikolic took Nxc4 which is also good, white has good chances for a slow queenside attack.
Very serious mistake by Stojanovic, but Karpov missed the chance to play 14.d5! Bb4 15.de6 Re8 16.Ng5! fe6 17.Bd2 Bd2 18.Qd2 with a serious and permanent advantage. After 14…Nb8 Stojanovic holds his position.
Ivanisevic – Roiz are completely equal. Damljanovic isn’t close to any type of counter play in his passive position.
Karpov established a very strong knight on c6.
It wont be easy for Stojanovic to fight with a knight on c6. The sooner he manages to push it away, the better. But we know how good is Karpov in predicting and countering the opponent’s actions. Bf8 was not very good and now Karpov has a big advantage.
Anatoly Karpov – Mihajlo Stojanovic
Pavasovic has a slightly worse position and is behind on the clock.
Damljanovic’s 13…h4 can’t be a good move. He is worse. Still complete equality in Ivanisevic – Roiz and in Georgiev – Iordachescu also.
Bxf6! by Karpov was very strong – with every exchange the Nc6 becomes stronger, and the Rb7 – weaker.
After a5 Pavasovic gets some counter play. Karpov is thinking how to convert his big advantage into a point, probably with d5 now or later.
Kiril Georgiev – Viorel Iodrachescu
Atalik decided to play on the kingside – nothing good awaits black there. Ivanisevic – Roiz still equal. And Georgiev – Iordachescu also.
A strange retreat 16.Be2 by Nikolic. Qg4 looked better.
Karpov’s big think had a point, after Nb8? he is winning with Rg3!
Karpov played Rg3! and black is lost. Stojanovic’s only chance for resistance is 21…e5
After 21..f5 22.Qh4! with 23.Nf6! h6 24.Qxh6+! idea Karpov wins a beautiful game.
Kiril Georgiev still in an equal symmetrical position, but that is certainly not something he doesn’t like
Ivanisevic is ready to double his pawn to create a weakness on a5. Pavasovic sacrificed a whole piece! It doesn’t look like he will have any compensation.
Predrag Nikolic – Dusko Pavasovic
Beautiful Queen sacrifice by Karpov! Classical book attack and Stojanovic is mated.
After 29…Bf6 30. Nde6 Re8 31. Rc1! (preventing Nc6) Kiril Georgiev has stable advantage. Ivanisevic-Roiz is just equal and Atalik is better against Damljanovic
Atalik’s light-squared Bishop might be shooting in his own pawns, but Damljanovic has serious problems with various weaknesses – b7, e6, g6. Atalik can prepare c5 now, keeping the extra a5 pawn.
Pavasovic tried suspicious piece sacrifice after 17…c5?, but with couple of determinated moves – 22. Rc7! and 24. Be6! (fe6 Qb3!), Nikolic gained decisive advantage.
Nikolic just missed beautiful move 25. Ne4!! with the mating combination. 25. Ne4 Rd1 26. Bf7! He is still winning, though.
33. Bd5 should finally clinch Nikolic-Pavasovic. Atalik is increasing his advantage, now 32…Rg6 33. cd6 cd6 34. Nf2! Rh7 35. Nh1-g3 is looking strong
Nikolic wins against Pavasovic after setting up nice zugzwang.
Ivan Ivanisevic made a mistake with 34. Qd2 allowing Roiz to win a pawn. White later tried to impose tactical threats with his Queen and Knight, but Roiz kept cool head and collected more pawns. Ivanisevic resigned on move 52 and Roiz is now leading the tournament with 6.0 points.
Direct last-round duel for the first place
Atalik finally breaks Damljanovic’s resistance to join Michael Roiz in the lead. Exciting last round tomorrow!
Kiril Georgiev and Viorel Iordachescu drew their game and this closes our coverage for today. Join us again tomorrow at 10:00 EST/16:00 CET for the last round of Gorenje 2007!