Bucharest 07: No changes

10/14/2013 – Two hard fought draws were featured today in Bucharest. Ponomariov had good chances to play for a win against Nisipeanu as he obtained a slight advantage with the black side of a Nimzo-Indian. However the Romanian's defense was spot-on and he barely held to a draw. Radjabov couldn't penetrate Wang Hao's Schlecter. Analysis and an exclusive interview with Ponomariov.

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The opening ceremony of the 7th edition of Kings Tournament Romgaz took place on the 6th of October in the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (Piata Romana Nr.6). This international tournament is organized by the Sports Club “Elisabeta Polihroniade” and is a part of the Grand Slam circuit. The Kings Tournament will be a double round robin competition with 5 world-class participants: Fabiano Caruana (Italy, GM, 2779), the former World Cham pion Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine, GM, 2756), Wang Hao (China, GM, 2736), Radjabov Teimour (Azerbaijan, GM, 2733) and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, (Romania, GM, 2665). This year’s edition will be played in the Magna Auditorium and Conference Hall "Virgil Madgearu" of the  Bucharest University of Economic Studies – a partner of the Kings Tournament. The rounds will start every day from the 7th until the 17th October at 3:30 p.m. (last round starts at 1:30 p.m) and entrance will be free for spectators.

Round 7

Round 7 – October 13, 15:30h
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
½-½
Wang Hao 2733
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
½-½
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
bye
   

The Chinese player has not been able to find his groove this tournament

Radjabov and Wang Hao are both at -1, but Radjabov temporarily has half more point as he has played one more game

Wang Hao defended a typical Schlecter where White has the two bishops, but black remains solid

"Nisipeanu saved half a pawn with the help of the a1 square and he did so twice: first the Romanian GM placed the queen in the corner, which was a very strong idea, helping White to gain the highly important pawn g7. And then in bishops’ endgame Nisipeanu used the well-known motif of a “wrong square”, when even a bishop up with a marginal pawn is not enough for a win. " - Rogozenco

Ponomariov seemed a little confused how Nisipeanu managed to escape his grasp

Interview with Ponomariov

Dorian Rogozenco conducts an interview with Ruslan Ponomariov who talks about his tournament perfomance so far, what he thinks of the tournament, and even what he thinks of Kasparov's chances for becoming the next FIDE president and his thoughts on the upcoming World Championship match

 

Player Post-Mortems:

 

 

Analysis of Round 7

Information and photos by Dorian Rogozenco

Standings

Schedule

Round 1 – October 07, 15:30h
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
½-½
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
0-1
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Wang Hao 2733
bye
   
Round 2 – October 08, 15:30h
Wang Hao 2733
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
½-½
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
bye
   
Round 3 – October 09, 15:30h
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
1-0
Wang Hao 2733
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
½-½
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
bye
   
Round 4 – October 10, 15:30h
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
½-½
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Wang Hao 2733 ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
bye
   
Round 5 – October 11, 15:30h
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
½-½
Wang Hao 2733
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
1-0
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
bye
   
Round 6 – October 12, 15:30h
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
½-½
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Wang Hao 2733
bye
   
Round 7 – October 13, 15:30h
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
½-½
Wang Hao 2733
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
½-½
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
bye
   
Round 8 – October 14, 15:30h
Wang Hao 2733
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
bye
   
Round 9 – October 15, 15:30h
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Wang Hao 2733
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
bye
   
Round 10 – October 16, 13:30h
Wang Hao 2733
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
bye
   

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