AeroSvit 2000 category 18 in Foros/Yalta

6/17/2006 – For those of you suffering withdrawal, after Sofia and Turin, here is a very strong international GM tournament that has crept up on us almost unnoticed. The AeroSvit 2000 in the southern Crimean town of Foros/Yalta is a round robin with players like Ponomariov. Ivanchuk, Grischuk and Shirov. We bring you games, results and pictures.

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The Aerosvit International GM tournament is taking place in from June 16 to 29, 2006, in Foros/Yalta, the southern-most part of the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine.

It is a category 18 event with 12 GMs rated 2600 or higher. Time controls are 120 minutes for the entire game, with an increment of 30 sec. per move. In case of a tie the final places are determined by the result of the direct encounter; then Sonneborn-Berger; and finally the number of won games.

Foros is the name of a well-known Crimean sanatorium which located in the territory of historical park with landscape gardening art of the 19th century, including more than 100 kinds of rare trees and plants.

Foros is also famous for its pure air and its ecologically pure water, taken from an artesian chink more than 150 meters deep.


FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at the opening of the tournament

Participants

No.  Player Nation Elo Birth
1 Ruslan Ponomariov Ukraine 2738 October 11th 1983
2 Vassily Ivanchuk Ukraine 2731 March 18th 1969
3 Alexander Grischuk Russia 2719 October 31st 1983
4 Alexei Shirov Spain 2699 July 4th 1972
5 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov   Azerbaijan   2699 April 12th 1985
6 Liviy-Dieter Nisipeanu Romania 2695 August 1st 1976
7 Sergei Rublevsky Russia 2687 October 15th 1974
8 Pentala Harikrishna India 2680 May 10th 1986
9 Viorel Bologan Moldova 2666 December 14th 1971
10 Sergey Karjakin Ukraine 2661 January 12th 1990
11 Andrei Volokitin Ukraine 2660 June 18th 1986
12 Alexander Areshchenko Ukraine 2660 June 15th 1986
Average Elo: 2691 = Category 18


Round report by GM Mikhail Golubev

Round 1 – Sat. June 17, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
½:½
Harikrishna
Volokitin
1-0
Ponomariov
Bologan
1-0
Karjakin
Rublevsky
0-1
Mamedyarov
Shirov
½:½
Grischuk
Areshchenko
½:½
Ivanchuk
Games
  • Nisipeanu – Harikrishna: It was a Ruy Lopez with 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0–0 9.d4. On move 16 White deviated from the drawish line 16.Raxd1 Bxf3 (Khalifman-Azarov, Aeroflot open 2006), but hardly got anything special in the endgame. 0.5-0.5.

  • Volokitin – Ponomariov: Quite a principled choice by both players: the Marshall Attack! On move 16 White has several important options. In Linares 2002 Ponomariov as White played 16.Qe2 against Adams and Anand, while Anand tried 16.Qe1 against Bacrot in Sofia 2006. But Volokitin opted for 16.Qf1. Ponomariov answered with 16...Qxf1+ (instead of the more usual 16...Qh5). On 20th move Ponomariov deviated from the game Volokitin-Sargissian, Bundesliga 2006 (where Black played 20…g4). But after 20…Bh3+N 21.Kg1 Bg4 22.Ne5 f6 23.Nd3 Bf5 24.Rd1 Bg4 (24...Re2 25.c4 or 25.a4) 25.Rd2 Black had not enough for the pawn. Black was forced to fight for a draw. Ponomariov did not manage to save half a point and lost on the 63rd move. 1-0.


    Start of the game Andrei Volokitin vs Ruslan Ponomariov

  • Bologan – Karjakin: A long theoretical line of the Queen’s Indian. On move 14 Black has several options: 14...dxc4 or 14...bxc4 (as in Bologan-Kramnik, Dortmund 2004). Karjakin’s choice was 14…dxe4 15.Nxe4 bxc4. After 16.Qe2! and later 19.b4! White was somewhat better. An interesting option for White was 23.Rxe6!? (instead of 23.Qd4), with the idea 23...fxe6? (23…Rb3! is critical) 24.Qxe6+ Rf7 25.Bd5 Bf8 26.Qf6 +-. Bologan agreed to simplifications but preserved a certain initiative, because his a-pawn was dangerous. Black’s gross mistake 23…c3?? decided the game. 1-0.
  • Bologan,V (2666) - Karjakin,Sergey (2661) [E15]
    Aerosvit GM Foros UKR (1), 17.06.2006

    32...c3?? 33.Rxc3 1-0.

  • Rublevsky - Mamedyarov: Mamedyarov was extremely well prepared to meet Rublevsky’s Four Knights. Using a rare move 6…d5 (instead of the more common 6…d6) and later 8…Bc5 Black obtained a virtually winning position after the opening! 0-1.


Sergei Rublevsky vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in round one

  • Shirov – Grischuk: A quiet Anti-Marshall. The line occurred in Shirov’s and Grischuk’ games previously. On 17th move Shirov played 17.b4 (deviating from 17.a4 Ba5 18.axb5 axb5 19.Qb3 Bxd5 20.Nxd5 Nxd5 21.Qxd5 Ne7 22.Qb3 Sutovsky-Grischuk, Turin Olympiad 2006) and possibly obtained a slight edge. Nevertheless, the game has ended in a draw. 0.5-0.5.

  • Areshchenko - Ivanchuk: As Black, Ivanchuk played an interesting edition of the Kan Variation. The position after Black's 10th (10…Nbd7) is not well researched. Instead of Areshchenko’s 11.Qf3 White also can play 11.Qe1 (or Qe2). A novelty 12.f5 (more cautious is 12.Bd2) allowed Black to organise a good counterplay by the typical 12...e5 13.Nde2 h5!. After 16…d5 White could not win the d-pawn because of …e5-e4. Still, Areshchenko managed to consolidate, and he was at least not worse when the draw was agreed. 0.5-0.5.

    Notes from the official web site

  • Official web site: this is functionally well designed and has live games (with a special viewer that has to be installed), comments, partially captioned photos and other useful services.

Schedule and results

Round 1 – Sat. June 17, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
½:½
Harikrishna
Volokitin
1-0
Ponomariov
Bologan
1-0
Karjakin
Rublevsky
0-1
Mamedyarov
Shirov
½:½
Grischuk
Areshchenko
½:½
Ivanchuk
Games
Round 2 – Sun. June 18, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
  Volokitin
Ponomariov
  Bologan
Karjakin
  Rublevsky
Mamedyarov
  Shirov
Grischuk
  Areshchenko
Harikrishna
  Ivanchuk
Games
Round 3 – Mon. June 19, 15:00h
Bologan
  Nisipeanu
Volokitin
  Harikrishna
Rublevsky
  Ponomariov
Shirov
  Karjakin
Areshchenko
  Mamedyarov
Ivanchuk
  Grischuk
Games
Round 4 – Tues. June 20, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
  Rublevsky
Volokitin
  Bologan
Ponomariov
  Shirov
Karjakin
  Areshchenko
Mamedyarov
  Ivanchuk
Harikrishna
  Grischuk
Games
Round 5 – Wed. June 21, 15:00h
Shirov
  Nisipeanu
Rublevsky
  Volokitin
Bologan
  Harikrishna
Areshchenko
  Ponomariov
Ivanchuk
  Karjakin
Grischuk
  Mamedyarov
Games
Round 6 – Thurs. June 22, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
  Areshchenko
Volokitin
  Shirov
Bologan
  Rublevsky
Ponomariov
  Ivanchuk
Karjakin
  Grischuk
Harikrishna
  Mamedyarov
Games
Friday June 23
 
Rest day
Round 7– Sat. June 24, 15:00h
Ivanchuk
  Nisipeanu
Areshchenko
  Volokitin
Shirov
  Bologan
Rublevsky
  Harikrishna
Grischuk
  Ponomariov
Mamedyarov
  Karjakin
Games
Round 8 – Sun. June 25, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
  Grischuk
Volokitin
  Ivanchuk
Bologan
  Areshchenko
Rublevsky
  Shirov
Ponomariov
  Mamedyarov
Harikrishna
  Karjakin
Games
Round 9 – Mon. June 26, 15:00h
Mamedyarov
  Nisipeanu
Grischuk
  Volokitin
Ivanchuk
  Bologan
Areshchenko
  Rublevsky
Shirov
  Harikrishna
Karjakin
  Ponomariov
Games
Round 10 – Tues. June 27, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
  Karjakin
Volokitin
  Mamedyarov
Bologan
  Grischuk
Rublevsky
  Ivanchuk
Shirov
  Areshchenko
Harikrishna
  Ponomariov
Games
Round 11 – Wed. June 28, 15:00h
Ponomariov
  Nisipeanu
Karjakin
  Volokitin
Mamedyarov
  Bologan
Grischuk
  Rublevsky
Ivanchuk
  Shirov
Areshchenko
  Harikrishna
Games


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