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Gorenje 2007 has ended – Michael Roiz first on better tiebreaks

Michael Roiz and Suat Atalik finished with 6.5

Valjevo day 3 GM Suat Atalik Michael Roiz

Direct last-round duel for the first place

Live games from Valjevo

Hello and welcome to the live games and updates from the last round of Gorenje 2007. It’s been a wonderful tournament and we hope it grows into traditional. Once again, thanks to the people who made it happen. Scroll down to find the games and the updates posted every 15 minutes. The live action starts at 10:00 EST/16:00 CET.

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Round 9 pairings:

Michael Roiz 2616 – Suat Atalik 2584 draw
Dusko Pavasovic 2567 – Anatoly Karpov 2668 draw
Mihajlo Stojanovic 2588 – Ivan Ivanisevic 2614 draw
Branko Damljanovic 2585 – Kiril Georgiev 2653 0-1
Viorel Iordachescu 2587 – Predrag Nikolic 2631 0-1

Final Standings:

1. GM Roiz Michael 2616 ISR 6.5
1. GM Atalik Suat 2584 TUR 6.5
3. GM Karpov Anatoly 2668 RUS 5.5
4. GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2614 SRB 5.0
4. GM Nikolic Predrag 2631 BIH 5.0
6. GM Georgiev Kiril 2653 BUL 4.5
7. GM Damljanovic Branko 2585 SRB 4.0
8. IM Stojanovic Mihajlo 2588 SRB 3.0
9. GM Iordachescu Viorel 2587 MDA 2.5
9. GM Pavasovic Dusko 2567 SLO 2.5

Commented games

Karpov – Nikolic and Georgiev – Roiz – Comments by IM Kalin Karakehayov
Stojanovic – Georgiev – Comments by IM Kalin Karakehayov
Iordachescu – Stojanovic – Comments by Goran Urosevic

Thematic Week

Chessdom has scheduled interviews with a number of prominent chess figures. For now, check out the interviews with Silvio Danailov, young Dutch star and Lodi 2007 winner GM Jan Werle, and Gorenje 2007 participant GM Michael Roiz. We also have great insights by David Glickman. More to come…

Update 16:00

The last round has started! Michael Roiz and Suat Atalik have open with Zaitsev variation in Ruy Lopez and drew after 14 moves. This leaves them tied on the first place in the final crosstable. Roiz is first on the better tiebreak! Congratulations to both players for the fantastic tournament!

Michael Roiz trophy

Michael Roiz receiving the trophy from Luka Acimovic and Milan Bozic

Suat Atalik trophy

Suat Atalik with his trophy

Update 16:10

Another Zaitsev Ruy Lopez can be seen in Iordachescu-Nikolic. White opted for modest-looking but poisonous 12. a3.

Update 16:12

Stojanovic-Ivanisevic is Nimzo-Indian defence, Huebner variation. White will have pair of Bishops, but Black’s pawn structure is very flexible.

Update 16:15

For the first time in this tournament, Anatoly Karpov is playing Caro-Kan, against Pavasovic. The players have repeated the line from Pavasovic-Iordachescu and drew after 10 moves.

Anatoly Karpov prize

Anatoly Karpov receiving prize

Update 16:17

Stojanovic-Ivanisevic draw after 8 moves. The team colleagues decided not to fight against eachother. This gives final standings on the top: 1-2. Atalik and Roiz with 6.5; 3. Karpov 5.5; 4. Ivanisevic 5.0, but Damljanovic and Nikolic might catch him if they win.

Update 16:20

Georgiev is opening with offbeat, but resistant a6-b5 against Damljanovic’s English setup.

Update 16:35

Nikolic performed 17…Ne4 sacrifice, typical for Zaitsev and some other lines. Iodrachescu understands the danger and gives an exchange back. This will be lively, dynamic game.

Update 16:45

Nikolic is preparing f5 and advance of his pawns. Iodrachescu will have to activate his minor pieces as soon as possible.

Update 17:00

Damljanovic has advantage against Georgiev – more space and bad Bb7. Iordachescu is trying to slow f5 down.

Update 17:20

Nikolic decided to recapture with his Knight on f5. This reduces pawn storm potential, but his Queen can activate via h4. Iordachescu is quickly shifting his pieces to the kingside.

Update 17:30

After 15. f5 or 15. Bb2 Damljanovic has firm advantage against Georgiev.

Update 18:00

Damljanovic caused another weakening move by Georgiev – h5. He will now exchange dark-squared Bishops, possibly continue with Bh3-d7 and create strong pressure along the f-file.

Update 18:10

Damljanovic preparing 22. Nd3 and 23. Bh3 to increase the pressure on Black pawns. Rook will be forced to c8 and Georgiev won’t be able to activate his Bishop for a certain period. Doubling Rooks on f-file is next on agenda.

Update 18:20

Damljanovic wouldn’t allow activation of Black Bishop and gave up on Bh3. Instead, he took g4 away from Black pieces and is preparing Rf2-Rcf1. Queen will come to e3 to press on c5 and threat Qg5.

Update 18:50

Iordachescu-Nikolic is intense battle on the kingside. Nikolic can continue with Rad8 and Qe7 (or Qg6, h5). After Georgiev moved Bishop to c8, Damljanovic might consider opening another front with a3.

Update 19:30

Damljanovic advanced h4 and g4 opening the files around Black King while Georgiev’s pieces are tied for c5 defence. If 31…Ndf6, 32. Be2! is strong and Knight has to go back to d7.

Update 19:45

Iordachescu engaged in dangerous adventure by sacrificing Knight on g5. Nikolic avoided the trap 32…Kh8 33. Rc7! and Qh5, and started a counterattack with 33…f3.

Update 20:30

After careful preparation, Damljanovic offered two-Knights for Rook sacrifice but Georgiev declined it. White, still, has decisive advantage.

Update 20:40

Nikolic finished Iordachescu with a brutal attack. This results lifts him up to 4th place tie.

Update 21:00

In the fantastic twist in the time scrabble, Kiril Georgiev turns the table to win against Branko Damljanovic!.

Gorenje 2007 ended

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Valjevo closing

Players at the closing ceremony

Valjevo closing 1

Arbiters Petar Katanic-Vujic and Milivoje Milivojevic, tournament director Milan Bozic and VSK president Luka Acimovic

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