Almasi leads in Reggio Emilia

1/2/2008 – The 50th edition of the Torneo di Capodanno in the Italian town takes place from December 29th, 2007, to January 6th, 2008. After five rounds Hungarian GM Zoltan Almasi is in the lead, with 3.5/5. He is followed by four players: Ni Hua, Gashimov, Landa and Harikrishna. The ever active Viktor Korchnoi shares 6-9 with Tiviakov, Navara and Marin. Pictorial report.

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    50th Torneo di Capodanno in Reggio Emilia, Italy

The 50th Torneo di Capodanno in Reggio Emilia, Italy is taking place from December 29th, 2007, to January 6th, 2008. The standings after three rounds is as follows:

Statistics: 60% draws, 32% white wins, 8% black wins.


Korchnoi vs Almasi in round two: draw in 28 moves


Gashimov vs Ni Hua in round two: draw in 41 moves


Michele Godena vs Pentala Harikrishna in round two: Harikrishna won in 58 moves


Zoltan is watching: Navara vs Marin in round two (draw in 37 moves)


What the...? Viktor Korchnoi kibitzes Landa vs Tiviakov in round two (draw in 30)


Thinking heads: Tiviakov vs Godena in round four (Tiviakov won in 29 moves)


Post mortem: Viktor Korchnoi and Zoltan Almasi after their round two game (draw in 28)


Viktor and Ni: the two analyse their round four game (draw in 53)


Attack and counter: Navara vs Korchnoi in round five (Navara won in 36)

Navara,D - Korchnoi,V [C09]
50th It Reggio Emilia ITA, 2008
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.exd5 exd5 6.Bb5 Bd6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.0-0 Nge7 9.Nb3 Bd6 10.Bg5 0-0 11.Re1 Bg4 12.Be2 Qc7 13.h3 Bd7 14.c3 h6 15.Bxe7 Nxe7 16.Nbd4 Rad8 17.Bd3 a6 18.Bc2 Rfe8 19.Qd3 Ng6 20.Nh4 Nf8 21.Bb3 Re5 22.Nhf3 Rxe1+ 23.Rxe1 Ng6 24.Bc2 Kf8 25.h4 Kg8 26.Nf5 Bc5 27.h5

27...Bb5? Korchnoi tries a bold attack that Navara cooly counters: 28.c4 Nf4 29.Nxh6+ (29...gxh6 30.Qh7+ Kf8 31.Qh8#) 29...Kf8 30.Qf5 Bxc4 31.Ne5 Ne2+ 32.Rxe2 Bxe2 33.Nhxf7 Ke8 34.Qg6 Qb6 35.Nd6+ Ke7 36.Nf5+ and Black will be mated on the next move. 1-0.


Almasi shows his fifth round win against Mihail Marin

Almasi,Z - Marin,Mi [C80]
50th It Reggio Emilia ITA, 2008
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 g6 11.Bc2 Bg7 12.Nd4 Qd7 13.f4 Bg4 14.Qe1 Nxd4 15.cxd4 Ne6 16.Nb3 a5 17.h3 Bf5 18.Bxf5 gxf5 19.Be3 a4 20.Nd2 Bf8 21.Nf3 Be7 22.Qb1 Nd8 23.Qc2 Ra6 24.Rac1 Rc6 25.Qd3 Rxc1 26.Rxc1 Rg8 27.Kh2 Rg6 28.e6 Qxe6 29.Ne5 c6 30.Bd2 Rg7 31.Re1 Kf8 32.Qc2 h5 33.Ba5 h4 34.Re2

34...Nb7? 35.Nxc6 Qc8 36.Nxe7 Qxc2 37.Rxc2 Nxa5 38.Nxf5 and now the threat (did you see it?) is Rc8#. 1-0.

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