León Masters: Gelfand beats Aronian in blitz tiebreak

6/6/2010 – The first two games in final of the XXIII Ciudad de León Masters were drawn. Then Armenian GM Levon Aronian outplayed Boris Gelfand to take the lead. The Israeli struck back in game four to equalise, and blitz tiebreak games were required. Gelfand won them both to take victory in this "Advanced Chess" event. Final report.

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XXIII Ciudad de León Masters

The XXIII Ciudad De Leon tournament took place from June 3rd to 7th 2010 in the Spanish city of León. Four rapid chess games were followed by two blitz tiebreak games if necessary. In the semifinals Boris Gelfand of Israel beat Spanish GM Francisco Vallejo and Levon Aronian of Armenia beat Leinier Dominguez of Cuba. Here are the results:

 
Nat.
Rtng.
R1
R2
R3
R4
B1
B2
Tot.
Perf
 Boris Gelfand
ISR
2741
½
½
½
½
1
½
3.5
2760
 Francisco Vallejo 
ESP
2703
½
½
½
½
0
½
2.5
2684
 
 Levon Aronian
ARM
2783
½
½
½
1
   
2.5
2808
 Leinier Dominguez 
CUB
2713
½
½
½
0
   
1.5
2696

The final: Boris Gelfand vs Levon Aronian


The theatre in Leon during the final on Sunday


The Sports councilor of the Municipality of Leon, Natalia Rodriguez Picallo, starts
the final match between Levon Aronian and Boris Gelfand

The first two games were drawn. In rapid game three Aronian outplayed Gelfand in an English Opening and finished him off in a nice queen ending. In the last rapid chess game, a Nimzo Indian Rubinstein, Gelfand struck back in another queen ending to equalise the score. Two blitz chess tiebreaks were required.

In the first blitz game Gelfand once again had the white pieces and the two players repeated the Rubinstein up to move eight, when Gelfand deviated. He slowly one two pawns and had passers on the a- and d-files. Aronian could not resist the pressure and resigned after 40 moves.

The final must-win tiebreak game Aronian again tried the English Opening. Gelfand equalised quickly, took the initiative, and settled everything in a final combination.

Aronian,L (2783) - Gelfand,B (2741) [A09]
XXIII Rapid KO Leon ESP (2.6), 06.06.2010
1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.b3 Bd6 6.Bb2 0-0 7.Be2 dxc4 8.Bxc4 b5 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.Ne4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 f5 12.Bd3 Nd7 13.h4 Qe7 14.g4 c5 15.gxf5 exf5 16.Bxb5 Ne5 17.Bxe5 Bxe5 18.Rc1 f4

19.0-0? fxe3 20.fxe3 Rxf3 21.Rxf3 Qxh4 22.e4 Bxe4 23.Bc4+ Kh8 0-1.

 
Nat.
Rtng.
R1
R2
R3
R4
B1
B2
Tot.
Perf
 Boris Gelfand
ISR
2741
½
½
0
1
1
1
4.0
2908
 Levon Aronian  
ARM
2783
½
½
1
0
0
0
2.0
2616


The winner: GM Boris Gelfand of Israel


Beaten in the tiebreak blitz: Armenian GM Levon Aronian

Photos by Nadja Woisin

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