Aerosvit 2008: Carlsen wins again, leads with 3050 performance

6/11/2008 – Magnus Carlsen won another game, this time with black against Pavel Eljanov. This put him in the lead with 3.5/4 points and a performance of 3050. But Magnus is being pursued by the other "youngster", 18-year-old Sergey Karjakin, who beat Dmitry Jakovenko and has 3.0/4 points. Van Wely beat Alekseev, the other three games were drawn in less than 20 moves. Round four report.

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Aerosvit-2008 Tournament in Foros, Ukraine

The "Aerosvit-2008" tournament is taking place in a sanatorium complex in the settlement Foros of AR Crimea, Ukraine, from June 7th (day of arrival), to June 20th, 2008 (day of departure). The event is a 12-player round robin with invited participants. The average rating of the players is 2711.7, time controls are 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 minutes to the end of the game, with an addition of 30 sec. after every move. In case of equal points at the end of the tournament the tiebreak is based on the (1) the result of the direct encounter; (2) the Sonneborn-Berger system; (3) the number of won games. The rounds are from Sunday, June 8th until Thursday, June 19th, always starting at 15:00h local time, which is currently CEST +1 (14:00h Berlin/Paris, 13:00h London, 08:00 a.m. New York). Here is a chart for your local time.

Round four report

Karjakin, Sergey
1-0
Jakovenko, Dmitry
Shirov, Alexei
½-½
Volokitin, Andrei
Eljanov, Pavel
0-1
Carlsen, Magnus
Ivanchuk, Vassily
½-½
Onischuk, Alexander
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter
Van Wely, Loek
1-0
Alekseev, Evgeny

Karjakin,Sergey (2732) - Jakovenko,D (2711) [C42]
Aerosvit Foros UKR (4), 11.06.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Bf4 0-0 8.Qd2 Nd7 9.0-0-0 Nc5 10.Be3 Re8 11.Bc4 Be6 12.Bxe6 Nxe6 13.h4 Qd7 14.Qd3 Qc6 15.Qf5 Qc4 16.Kb1 g6 17.Qh3 h5 18.Nd2 Qe2 19.Rde1 Qg4 20.Qh2 d5 21.f3 Qa4 22.g4 Bd6 23.Qg1 Ng7 24.Nb3 Qd7 25.Rd1 hxg4 26.fxg4 Re4 27.Rd4 Rae8 28.Bc1

Here a reasonable continuation would be 20...Re1, but Jakovenko plays 28...Be5? and allows Karjakin to launch a kingside attack. 29.Rxe4 dxe4 30.h5 gxh5? Things get worse after this move. 31.gxh5 Kh8 32.Qg5 f6 and now Karjakin finishes off the opponent with impeccable tactics. 33.Qh6+ Kg8 34.Rg1 Qf7 35.Nd4 f5 36.Bf4 Bxf4 37.Qxf4 Kh7

38.Rg6 Re7 39.Qh6+ Kg8 40.Qg5 Kh7 41.Nxf5 Nxf5 42.Rf6

Beautiful. 1-0. [Click to replay]


In hot pursuit: GM Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine

Eljanov,P (2687) - Carlsen,M (2765) [E06]
Aerosvit Foros UKR (4), 11.06.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Bd6 11.Ng5 Bxg2 12.Kxg2 Nbd7 13.e4 e5 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.f4 Nc4 16.b3 Nxd2 17.Nxd2 h6 18.Ngf3 Bb4 19.Rfd1 Qe7 20.e5 Nd5 21.Nf1 Rad8 22.a3 Bc5 23.b4 Bb6 24.Rd2 Qd7 25.f5 Rfe8 26.Rad1 c6 27.Rc1

Eljanov is in time trouble, and Magnus Carlsen puts on the pressure with a somewhat surprising plan. 27...Be3 28.Rxd5 cxd5 29.Nxe3 d4 30.Nf1 Rc8 31.Qd1 Rxc1 32.Qxc1 Qxf5 33.Qc6 Rc8 34.Qxa6 Rc2+ 35.N1d2 g5

Black has a rook for two knights, but a dangerous attack. Now White should play 36.Kh1 or 36.Kg1. But Eljanov, under time pressure, goes astray. 36.Qxh6? g4 37.Nh4 Qxe5 38.Kf2 Ra2 39.h3 d3 40.Qe3. White has made the time control with milliseconds left on the clock. 40...Qxe3+ 41.Kxe3 gxh3 42.Nhf3 Rxa3 43.Kf2 Ra4 44.Kg1 Rxb4 45.Kh2 Ra4 46.Kxh3

White now has two extra passed pawns, but the knights look like they might be able to set up a blockade on d2 and b3. Magnus has to find a plan. 46...Ra8 47.Nd4 b4 48.Kg4 Re8. Black shuts off the king on the kingside. 49.Kf5 Re2 50.N4b3 Kf8 51.Ne4 Ke7 52.Ke5 Rg2 53.Kf4 Ke6 54.Kf3 Re2 55.Nec5+ Kd5 56.Nxd3. One of the black pawns is gone and it looks like White has succeeded in warding off his opponents winning attempts. But Carlsen, fully in line with his character and style, perseveres. 56...Re8 57.Na5 Rb8 58.Nc1 Kc5 59.Nd3+ Kd5 60.Nc1 Rc8 61.Ncb3 Ke5 62.Ke2 Rc2+ 63.Kf3 Rc3+ 64.Kg4 Ke4 65.Nb7 Kd3

The idea in such struggles is to give your opponent ample opportunity to err. And it works: 66.N3a5? Certainly 66.N7a5 was required to hold the position. 66...Kd4 67.Kf4 Kd5 68.Nd8 Rc8 69.Ndb7 Rc3 70.Nd8 Ra3 71.Ndc6 b3 72.Nxb3

Now there is a different endgame to win. 72...Rxb3 73.Ne5 Rb1 74.g4 Rf1+ 75.Nf3 Ke6 76.Kg3 Ra1 77.Kf4 Ra4+ 78.Kg3 Kd5 79.Nh4 Ke4 80.g5 Ke5 81.Kh3 Kf4

82.g6 Kg5 and White is helpless: if the knight moves Black simply takes the pawn, and if 83.gxf7 Rxh4+ 84.Kg3 Rf4 or 83.g7 Rxh4+ 84.Kg2 Rg4+ 85.Kf3 Kf5. 0-1. [Click to replay]


Our photographer WGM Anastazia Karlovich with GM Pavel Eljanov (impressions of Foros by Nastja to follow)

Standings after four rounds


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