Medias Kings Rd7: Carlsen supreme with 2913 performance

6/18/2011 – The impulse is to use words like impressive and powerful, but with three rounds to go, the thesaurus might soon run out of synonyms. Magnus Carlsen outwitted Vassily Ivanchuk in an endgame, doing what he does best, by finding every possible way to give his opponent ways to go wrong, however slightly. He now leads alone with 5.0/7. Videos and commentary by GM Dorian Rogozenco.

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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; Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk, currently the world's number five; Sergey Karjakin, former child prodigy and youngest GM of all time; top US grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, clear winner of this year's Wijk aan Zee tournament; Teimour Radjabov, one of Azerbaijan's top GMs, and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, the best Romanian player. The competition is taking place from June 11th to 22nd 2011 in Medias, Romania.

Round seven results

Round 7: Saturday, June 18, 15:30h
Sergey Karjakin 
½-½
 Teimour Radjabov
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
½-½
 Hikaru Nakamura 
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Vassily Ivanchuk

Commentary by GM Dorian Rogozenco


Round seven of the Kings' Tournament in Medias, Romania


Tian Hongwei, Deputy Director General of Foreign Affairs of the Chinese Chess
Association, ceremonially executes the first move for Magnus Carlsen in round seven


Carlsen vs Ivanchuk under way

In the seventh round Magnus Carlsen retook the lead by beating Vassily Ivanchuk with the white pieces. The Norwegian didn’t get much out of the opening in the Ragozin Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined, but kept on fighting, slowly improving his position. After the exchange of queens Carlsen nicely outplayed his strong opponent in the endgame. Especially impressive was the way he created more and more weaknesses in Black’s camp, first by advancing his pawns on the kingside, and then switching to the queenside.

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Karjakin-Radjabov saw another Schliemann Gambit, where the Azerbaijani grandmaster showed his excellent home preparation and confidently achieved a draw. It must be said that the Schliemann is holding very well so far – in no game did White succeed to show an opening advantage against it. Does it mean that the Schliemann will become popular in the near future on the top level? The answer very much seems to be “yes”.


GM Dorian Rogozenco analysing with Teimour Radjabov and Sergey Karjakin

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Spanish journalist Leontxo Garcia opening the game Nisipeanu vs Nakamura

Nisipeanu got a pleasant advantage on the White side against Nakamura’s Sicilian Najdorf, but then let it quickly slip away. In an equal position White forced the repetition of moves in order to secure the draw.

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Note that you can also replay GM Rogozenco's analysis on a full page with diagrams


In the lead with a "modest" 2915 performance: Magnus Carlsen

Thus after seven rounds Carlsen is leading the tournament with five points. Half a point behind him is Karjakin, with Nakamura in the third place with 3.5 points. The Norwegian prodigy has been doing what he does best, and seems to find every single possible way to give his opponent problems to solve and ways to go wrong, however slightly.

All photos by Ionut Anisca


Standings after seven rounds

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