ACP Golden: two games adjourned

7/18/2014 – The ACP Golden Classic has finally produced what everyone was waiting for: after the five hour session we were left with two adjourned games: Brunello-Vocaturo, where Black has an edge and Jobava-Almasi, which seems to be winning for the Georgian. Nepomniachtchi vs Sutovsky ended in a draw, while tournament leader Wesley So enjoyed his day off. Round five report.

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The ACP Golden Classic International Chess Tournament is being held in Bergamo, Italy, from 12 to 20 July 2014, as the main event for 2014 in the agenda of the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP). The tournament is a seven-player round robin. The rate of play is 150 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 16 moves, followed by 15 minutes to finish the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move in the last period. The ACP Golden Classic brings back the long forgotten tradition of adjourned games. If a game is not finished at the end of the first playing session (five hours), the arbiter will ask the player whose turn it is to move to adjourn the game and ‘seal’ his move. This does not apply to the last round.

Round five

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Jobava, Baadur
Adj.
Almasi, Zoltan
Sutovsky, Emil
½-½
Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Brunello, Sabino
Adj.
Vocaturo, Daniele

Emil Sutovsky against Ian Nepomniachtchi. (© Antonio Milesi)

The first game of the round to finish was between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Emil Sutovsky. The Israeli was well prepared in the opening and played quite aggressively, forcing his opponent to regroup to defend. Despite this, Sutovsky was unable to convert his advantage into something tangible, and the Russian took over the initiative. In the rook ending Sutovsky make some accurate moves, after which the draw was agreed. According to GM Axel Rombaldoni the draw was a fair result after tough fight.

The game between Jobava and Almasi started with an Italian opening. Little by little, Jobava pressed and improved his position to a winning endgame a pawn up, nevertheless after almost five hours, the game was adjourned and will be finished on Saturday the 19th.

The players adjourn the game, to be resumed on Saturday, July 19th

"I never analyzed this opening lines before. I simply played the position and went on til the end." - Baadur Jobava

The third game was between two rising Italian chess players, Sabino Brunello and Daniele Vocaturo. Vocaturo played an aggressive plan in the King's Indian, which involved a pawn sacrifice, which Brunello eventually returned, but this didn't prevent Vocaturo from improving his position. The game was adjourned in a better position for Vocaturo, who is a pawn up and has the advantage of the bishop pair in the endgame.

"Everything went badly. I took a pawn out of desperation as I had a really worse position.
I also underestimated some opportunites because the bishop pair is really strong." - Brunello

In the previous two rounds, two sport legends from Bergamo visited the ACP Golden Classic to make the inaugural move. For the fifth round, elite tennis umpire Carlos Bernardes, who lives in Bergamo, paid a visit to the chess tournament, just after arriving home from Wimbledon.

Bernardes has refereed some of the biggest tennis clashes in recent years, including games
between Nadal and Federer. The Brazilian made the first move at the board of Sabino Brunello
and Daniele Vocaturo.

Replay all games of the round

[Event "ACP Golden Classic 2014"] [Site "Bergamo ITA"] [Date "2014.07.17"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Jobava, Baadur"] [Black "Almasi, Zoltan"] [Result "*"] [ECO "C50"] [WhiteElo "2713"] [BlackElo "2693"] [PlyCount "102"] [EventDate "2014.07.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O d5 7. exd5 Nxd5 8. b4 Be7 9. b5 Na5 10. Bxd5 Qxd5 11. c4 Qd8 12. Bd2 e4 13. Bxa5 exf3 14. Qxf3 a6 15. a4 axb5 16. axb5 Qd7 17. Bc3 Rxa1 18. Bxa1 Rd8 19. Qg3 f6 20. d4 Bd6 21. Qb3 Qf7 22. Nd2 Re8 23. Qf3 Qg6 24. Bc3 Qc2 25. c5 Bf8 26. Ba5 Qa4 27. Qc3 c6 28. bxc6 bxc6 29. Ra1 Qb5 30. Nc4 Be6 31. Nd6 Bxd6 32. cxd6 Ra8 33. h3 Kf7 34. Ra3 h6 35. Qe1 Qd5 36. Qb4 Ra7 37. Qb6 Rd7 38. Bb4 Qb5 39. Qc5 Qxc5 40. dxc5 Rb7 41. Bd2 h5 42. Ra8 Bd7 43. Rh8 Rb1+ 44. Kh2 Rd1 45. Be3 Rd5 46. Kg3 Re5 47. Rd8 Ke6 48. Kh4 Rd5 49. Rh8 Kf7 50. Rd8 Ke6 51. f4 f5 {Game adjourned here.} * [Event "ACP Golden Classic 2014"] [Site "Bergamo ITA"] [Date "2014.07.17"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Sutovsky, Emil"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B51"] [WhiteElo "2620"] [BlackElo "2730"] [PlyCount "120"] [EventDate "2014.07.12"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. O-O Ngf6 5. d4 cxd4 6. Qxd4 g6 7. e5 dxe5 8. Qxe5 Bg7 9. Re1 e6 10. Qd6 Qe7 11. Qxe7+ Kxe7 12. Bd2 Kf8 13. Bb4+ Kg8 14. Nc3 a6 15. Bxd7 Bxd7 16. Rad1 Be8 17. Ne5 b5 18. Be7 h6 19. f4 Ra7 20. Bxf6 Bxf6 21. Ne4 Be7 22. Nd6 Kg7 23. c3 Rc7 24. Re2 Rf8 25. Nxe8+ Rxe8 26. Red2 g5 27. g3 f6 28. Nf3 Bc5+ 29. Kg2 gxf4 30. gxf4 Be3 31. Rd7+ Rxd7 32. Rxd7+ Kg6 33. Rd6 Kf5 34. Nd4+ Bxd4 35. Rxd4 Rg8+ 36. Kf3 Rg1 37. a4 Rf1+ 38. Ke3 Kg4 39. axb5 axb5 40. Rb4 Rf3+ 41. Ke2 Rh3 42. Rxb5 Kxf4 43. Rb4+ Kf5 44. c4 Rxh2+ 45. Kd3 Rh3+ 46. Kd2 Ke5 47. c5 Rh2+ 48. Kc3 Kd5 49. Rc4 Kc6 50. b4 Rh3+ 51. Kd2 Ra3 52. Rh4 Kb5 53. Rxh6 Kxb4 54. Rxf6 Ra6 55. Kd3 Kxc5 56. Rf4 Ra3+ 57. Ke2 Kd5 58. Rh4 e5 59. Rb4 e4 60. Rb8 Kd4 1/2-1/2 [Event "ACP Golden Classic 2014"] [Site "Bergamo ITA"] [Date "2014.07.17"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Sutovsky, Emil"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B51"] [WhiteElo "2620"] [BlackElo "2730"] [PlyCount "120"] [EventDate "2014.07.12"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. O-O Ngf6 5. d4 cxd4 6. Qxd4 g6 7. e5 dxe5 8. Qxe5 Bg7 9. Re1 e6 10. Qd6 Qe7 11. Qxe7+ Kxe7 12. Bd2 Kf8 13. Bb4+ Kg8 14. Nc3 a6 15. Bxd7 Bxd7 16. Rad1 Be8 17. Ne5 b5 18. Be7 h6 19. f4 Ra7 20. Bxf6 Bxf6 21. Ne4 Be7 22. Nd6 Kg7 23. c3 Rc7 24. Re2 Rf8 25. Nxe8+ Rxe8 26. Red2 g5 27. g3 f6 28. Nf3 Bc5+ 29. Kg2 gxf4 30. gxf4 Be3 31. Rd7+ Rxd7 32. Rxd7+ Kg6 33. Rd6 Kf5 34. Nd4+ Bxd4 35. Rxd4 Rg8+ 36. Kf3 Rg1 37. a4 Rf1+ 38. Ke3 Kg4 39. axb5 axb5 40. Rb4 Rf3+ 41. Ke2 Rh3 42. Rxb5 Kxf4 43. Rb4+ Kf5 44. c4 Rxh2+ 45. Kd3 Rh3+ 46. Kd2 Ke5 47. c5 Rh2+ 48. Kc3 Kd5 49. Rc4 Kc6 50. b4 Rh3+ 51. Kd2 Ra3 52. Rh4 Kb5 53. Rxh6 Kxb4 54. Rxf6 Ra6 55. Kd3 Kxc5 56. Rf4 Ra3+ 57. Ke2 Kd5 58. Rh4 e5 59. Rb4 e4 60. Rb8 Kd4 1/2-1/2

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Standings after five rounds

NB: Please note that due to rest days and adjourned games, the players have not all played the same number of games.

Information provided by David Kaufmann,
photos by Lennart Ootes and David Kaufman for the official tournament site


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