Medias Kings Rd2: Commentary by GM Dorian Rogozenco

6/13/2011 – Once the games of a round are over the players – well, at least the ones who have not suffered a disaster – proceed to the press room to discuss the moves with the resident GM. Later in the evening Dorian Rogozenco inserts much of this into his own analysis and sends us his commentary in ChessBase format. On this news page we present it to you with our new JavaScript player.

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ROMGAZ and the Chess Club Society "Elisabeta Polihroniade” of Bucharest are staging a double round robin tournament with six top GMs: the world's second highest ranked player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who at the age of 20 has an Elo rating of 2815. Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk, currently the world's number five, rated 2776; Sergey Karjakin, former child prodigy and youngest GM of all time, now playing for Russia, rated 2776; top US grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, clear winner of this year's Wijk aan Zee tournament; Teimour Radjabov, at 2744 one of Azerbaijan's top GMs, and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, the best Romanian player, currently rated 2659. The competition is taking place from June 11th to 22nd 2011 in Medias, Romania.

Round two results

Round 2: Sunday, June 12, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Sergey Karjakin
Hikaru Nakamura 
1-0
 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Vassily Ivanchuk 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen

Commentary by GM Dorian Rogozenco

The second round saw the two leaders face each other: Ivanchuk had the white pieces against Carlsen. In order to keep queens on the board and thus have more fighting resources the Ukrainian chose to avoid the Berlin Defense, only to enter in another kind of position where there was very little White could do in order to improve. Draw on move 33 was a natural outcome.

Radjabov got a pleasant advantage on the White’s side of the Slav Defense and was pressing Karjakin’s position, but the Russian grandmaster defended well and in the end the draw was agreed in a pawn endgame on move 78.

The only decisive game of the round saw a very tense battle between Nakamura and Nisipeanu. The Romanian surprised his opponent by playing a line, which Nakamura used to play himself. Both players did their best and showed high-quality chess. The position was balanced for a long time, until the Romanian grandmaster made a few inaccuracies and then blundered in time-trouble in the endgame.


Vassily Ivanchuk analysing with Dorian Rogozenco immediately after his game


Lively analysis by Sergey Karjakin, Teimour Radjabov and Dorian Rogozenco


Hikaru and Doru – the two grandmasters discuss what has just transpired in the hall

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Schedule and results

Round 1: Saturday, June 11, 15:30h
Vassily Ivanchuk 
1-0
 Teimour Radjabov
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Hikaru Nakamura
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
½-½
 Sergey Karjakin
Round 2: Sunday, June 12, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Sergey Karjakin
Hikaru Nakamura 
1-0
 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Vassily Ivanchuk 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Round 3: Monday, June 13, 15:30h
Magnus Carlsen 
   Teimour Radjabov
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
Sergey Karjakin 
   Hikaru Nakamura
Games Report
Round 4: Tuesday, June 14, 15:30h
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
   Teimour Radjabov
Sergey Karjakin 
   Magnus Carlsen
Hikaru Nakamura 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
Games Report
Round 5: Wednesday, June 15, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
   Hikaru Nakamura
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Sergey Karjakin
Magnus Carlsen 
   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Games Report
Round 6: Friday, June 17, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
Hikaru Nakamura 
   Magnus Carlsen
Sergey Karjakin 
   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
GamesReport
Round 7: Saturday, June 18, 15:30h
Sergey Karjakin 
   Teimour Radjabov
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
   Hikaru Nakamura 
Magnus Carlsen 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
GamesReport
Round 8: Sunday, June 19, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
   Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Hikaru Nakamura 
   Sergey Karjakin
GamesReport
Round 9: Monday, June 20, 15:30h
Hikaru Nakamura 
   Teimour Radjabov
Sergey Karjakin 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
   Magnus Carlsen
GamesReport
Round 10: Tuesday, June 21, 13:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Magnus Carlsen 
   Sergey Karjakin
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Hikaru Nakamura 
GamesReport

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