Rijeka: Nepomniachtchi, Cmilyte lead into final

3/16/2010 – After nine round Ian Nepomniachtchi was sole leader in the open group, with 7.5/9, followed by no less than seven other players on 7.0/9 and a further eleven on 6.5/9. So what would they all do? Nepomniachtchi drew in 14 moves, and two of his main rivals in 16. Thank heavens for the women, where the top boards brought in decisive results. The hero and leader was Lithuanian IM Viktorija Cmilyte.

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This event is taking place from March 6th to 18th 2010 in Rijeka, Croatia. The championship is an eleven round Swiss tournament with a playing rate of 90 minutes for 40 moves, 30 minutes for the rest of the game, and an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Games start at 3:30 p.m. EST. Saturday, March 13 is a rest day.

Round ten report

With two rounds left to decide the title, the players displayed their respective strategies to deal with this crucial stage.

Open section

On the men’s side, Ian Nepomniachtchi was sole leader with 7.5/9, followed by no less than seven other players on 7.0/9 and a further eleven on 6.5/9. After careful consideration Ian seems to have decided that the best approach was to draw in 14 moves, so as to challenge himself in the last round if the others will rise to the occasion. After this lightning draw, one can imagine the other three boards seizing the chance to fight for the title. Again, the strategy was to draw in 16 moves, such as Efimenko-Timofeev. Note, the comment isn’t simply about the lack of combativity displayed, but that it immediately lets the challengers know they have a clear-cut chance of catching up, and fight accordingly. It is the poker equivalent of announcing you will not bet the next hand no matter what.

Note the other two boards also drew, but their stories were not so dire. Akopian and Sokolov only made it 21 moves, but their position was completely sterile, and can hardly be blamed for not continuing. Mamedov and Jobava had the toughest game, in which Jobava often seemed very close to watching his position carpet bombed, but it didn’t happen, and a draw eventually ensued. Thus, Nepomniachtchi will still lead in tomorrow’s last round, alone on 8.0/10, followed by eight players on 7.5/10: Jobava, I. Sokolov, Efimenko, Akopian, Khismatullin, Timofeev, and R. Mamedov, with the 8th being Russian GM Igor Lysyj, who defeated Inarkiev.

Women’s section

The women’s section was quite another story, and the top two boards brought in decisive results. On board two GM Pia Cramling defeated top-seed GM Stefanova in 62 moves, but the game of the day was clearly on board one, with Lithuanian IM Viktorija Cmilyte playing an inspired game to beat Slovenian IM Anna Muzychuk and cement her lead heading into the deciding round.


Viktorija Cmilyte – here in round nine

Cmilyte,Viktorija (2485) - Muzychuk,Anna (2533) [B38]
11th European Individual Women Chess Ch Rijeka/Croatia (10), 16.03.2010
1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.e4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 d6 8.Be2 0-0 9.0-0 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6 11.b3 Nd7 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.Qd4+ f6 14.f4 Qb6 15.Qxb6 Nxb6 16.Bf3 Rad8 17.Rad1 Nd7 18.Rd2 a6 19.Re1 Rfe8

20.e5!! A beautiful shot. 20...dxe5. 20...fxe5 21.Bxb7 Nc5 22.Bf3 Bf5 (Black would love to save the e-pawn somehow, but 22...exf4 23.b4 and the bishop on e6 will fall.) 23.g4 (23.fxe5 Nd3) 23...e4 24.Bd1 Bc8 25.Nxe4. 21.Red1. Black loses material as the knight is pinned and after 21...b5 22.Bc6 wins the piece. 22...bxc4 23.Bxd7 Bxd7 24.Rxd7 Rxd7 25.Rxd7 cxb3 26.axb3 exf4 27.Nd5 Kf7 28.Ra7 g5 29.b4 h5 30.Kf2 Rd8 31.Nxe7 Rd2+ 32.Kf1 Rb2 33.Nc6+ Kg6 34.Rxa6 Kf5 35.Ne7+ Ke5 36.Ra5+ Ke6 37.Nc6 Rb1+ 38.Ke2 Rb2+ 39.Kf3 Rb3+ 40.Ke2 Rb2+ 41.Kd3 Rxg2 42.b5 Kd6 43.Nd4 Rg1 44.Ra6+ Kc5 45.Rc6+ Kd5 46.Ne2 Rd1+ 47.Kc2 Ra1 48.Rxf6 Ke4 49.Ra6 Rh1 50.Nc3+ Ke5 51.Ra8 Kd6 52.Rc8 Rxh2+ 53.Kb3 Kd7 54.Rf8 Rd2 55.Rf5 g4 56.Rxf4 Ke6 57.Rf8 g3 58.Rg8 h4 59.Ne4 Rd1 60.Kc4 Rc1+ 61.Kb4 Rb1+ 62.Kc5 Rb3 63.b6 Kf7 64.Rg4 Rb1 65.Kc6 Rc1+ 66.Kd7 Rb1 67.Kc6 Rc1+ 68.Kb7 Ke6 69.Rxh4 g2 70.Ng5+ Kd7 71.Nf3 Rf1 72.Rd4+ Ke7 73.Rd2 Rxf3 74.Rxg2 Rb3 75.Rd2 Rb1 76.Kc7 Rc1+ 77.Kb8 Rb1 78.b7 Ra1 79.Rd4 Ke6 80.Kc7 Rc1+ 81.Kb6 Rb1+ 82.Kc6 1-0. [Click to replay]


Top scorers in the men's section (after ten rounds)

# Ti. Name FED RtgI Pts.  TB2   TB3   Perf
1 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2656 8.0 51.0 63.5 2838
2 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2695 7.5 52.5 66.0 2818
3 GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2640 7.5 52.5 64.5 2809
4 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2639 7.5 52.0 64.5 2782
5 GM Sokolov Ivan BIH 2638 7.5 50.0 62.5 2804
6 GM Timofeev Artyom RUS 2655 7.5 49.5 61.0 2778
7 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2657 7.5 49.0 62.0 2742
8 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2688 7.5 48.0 60.5 2779
9 GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2615 7.5 48.0 59.5 2763
10 GM Movsesian Sergei SVK 2709 7.0 52.0 65.0 2738
11 GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2670 7.0 49.5 62.0 2717
12 GM Berkes Ferenc HUN 2659 7.0 49.5 61.5 2713
13 GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2700 7.0 49.0 61.5 2736
14 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2701 7.0 48.5 61.0 2715
15 GM Almasi Zoltan HUN 2720 7.0 48.5 60.0 2684
16 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2650 7.0 48.0 60.0 2727
17 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2674 7.0 48.0 59.5 2735
18 GM Potkin Vladimir RUS 2606 7.0 47.5 59.5 2756
19 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2643 7.0 47.5 59.0 2723
20 GM Berg Emanuel SWE 2594 7.0 46.5 57.5 2686
21 GM Navara David CZE 2708 7.0 46.0 57.5 2717
22 GM Vorobiov Evgeny E RUS 2616 7.0 46.0 57.0 2675
23 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2637 7.0 45.0 56.0 2667
24 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2592 7.0 44.5 56.0 2648
25 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2612 7.0 44.0 55.0 2653
GM Rodshtein Maxim ISR 2609 7.0 44.0 55.0 2690
27 GM Macieja Bartlomiej POL 2625 7.0 43.5 55.0 2686
28 GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2617 7.0 43.0 54.0 2656
29 GM Pashikian Arman ARM 2652 7.0 40.0 50.0 2649

Top scorers in the women's section (after ten rounds)

# Ti. Name FED RtgI Pts.  TB2   TB3   Rp
1 IM Cmilyte Viktorija LTU 2485 8.5 48.0 59.5 2696
2 GM Cramling Pia SWE 2523 8.0 48.0 59.5 2648
3 GM Socko Monika POL 2465 7.5 52.0 65.0 2605
4 GM Sebag Marie FRA 2506 7.5 49.0 60.0 2564
5 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2555 7.0 53.0 66.5 2565
6 IM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2533 7.0 52.5 66.0 2563
7 GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2524 7.0 51.5 64.0 2572
8 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta POL 2404 7.0 51.5 63.5 2513
9 IM Moser Eva AUT 2437 7.0 48.5 59.5 2560
10 WGM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2492 7.0 48.5 59.5 2528
11 IM Skripchenko Almira FRA 2456 7.0 48.0 59.5 2512
12 IM Ushenina Anna UKR 2452 7.0 46.5 57.0 2511
13 IM Dembo Yelena GRE 2457 7.0 46.0 57.0 2512
14 WGM Savina Anastasia RUS 2391 7.0 45.0 56.0 2517

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