AeroSvit R10: All games drawn

6/27/2006 – Which means that nothing has changes on the table, which has Rublevsky leading by half a point, with one round to go. The shortest game was a 23-mover between Nisipeanu and Karjakin, the longest were Bologan's 78-move save against Grischuk and Shirov's 89-move escape against Areshchenko. Report.

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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.

Round ten report by GM Mikhail Golubev

Round 10 – Tues. June 27, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
½:½
Karjakin
Volokitin
½:½
Mamedyarov
Bologan
½:½
Grischuk
Rublevsky
½:½
Ivanchuk
Shirov
½:½
Areshchenko
Harikrishna
½:½
Ponomariov
Games

Harikrishna – Ponomariov ½:½
The Queen's Gambit Declined. After Ponomariov's 21...Qc8 chances are approximately equal. Rather a calm draw. On the 18th move acceptable for Black would have been 18.e4 Bxc4 19.Rxd8 Rfxd8 20.Rd1 Bb5! (Ponomariov) with sufficient compensation for the queen.

Nisipeanu - Karjakin ½:½
The Fischer Attack in the Sicilian. Nisipeanu followed the game Christiansen-Wojtkiewicz, USA Ch. After Karjakin's novelty 14...Kf7!? the game quickly ended in a logical draw by perpetual check. Both opponents found this line in their home preparations.

Volokitin – Mamedyarov ½:½
A classical Ruy Lopez with 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Nd7. On the 20th move Mamedyarov deviated from the game Anand-Piket, Wijk aan Zee 1999. Volokitin, as it seems, blundered a pawn by playing 24.Bg5. Still, after losing the pawn White could obtain a sufficient compensation. After 27 moves, the draw was agreed. (A possible continuation was 28.Ne3! Ng6!, with a complex play.)

Bologan – Grischuk ½:½
The Sicilian with 3.Bb5+. Grischuk opted for 3...Nc6. After 15...d5! Black hardly should have any problems. Later Black won the pawn and preserved his advantage with a help of the nice trick 21...Nd2!. On the 23rd move 23...Bxd4 could not work because of 24.Rxc6 Qxc6 25.Bxd4 Qa4 26.Re4 e5 27.Bb6!!, so Grischuk played 23...Nxd4, transposing to the endgame with an extra pawn, but with the opposite colored bishops. In such situation, it is not easy for Black to win. Instead of the tempting 32.??6, stronger for White was 32.Rb2!. Still, later Black did not manage to win anyway.

Rublevsky – Ivanchuk ½:½
The key game of the round - leaders face each other. One more Sicilian with 3.Bb5+. Ivanchuk played the main line with 3...Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7. Instead of the usual 11...Be7, he made an extremely rare move, 11...f5!?. The play was tense: White planned to attack the centralized black knight. Black successfully retreated with a knight to f8 (via g5 and h7), keeping the balance. The game ended in a draw on the 29th move by repetition of moves.

Shirov – Areshchenko ½:½
The Gruenfled Defence. Areshchenko repeated his favourite line 10...Bd7 11.Rb1 Qc7. Shirov's 15.Bd2 is probably new (Sakaev-Avrukh, Cesme ECC 2004 saw 15.Bg3). The position after 21...Rae8 seems to be playable for Black. Still, Shirov gradually grabbed the initiative. (Possibly, 23...Bg4 and 24...gxh5 was not so good idea for Black). Shirov was much better until he blundered (rather terribly) on the 52nd move: 52.d5??, missing 52...Rxd5. After that, only miracle saved Shirov from a loss.

Notes from the official web site

Current standings


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
½:½
Volokitin
Ponomariov
½:½
Bologan
Karjakin
½:½
Rublevsky
Mamedyarov
½:½
Shirov
Grischuk
½:½
Areshchenko
Harikrishna
½:½
Ivanchuk
Games
Round 3 – Mon. June 19, 15:00h
Bologan
1-0
Nisipeanu
Volokitin
½:½
Harikrishna
Rublevsky
1-0
Ponomariov
Shirov
1-0
Karjakin
Areshchenko
0-1
Mamedyarov
Ivanchuk
½:½
Grischuk
Games
Round 4 – Tues. June 20, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
0-1
Rublevsky
Volokitin
½:½
Bologan
Ponomariov
½:½
Shirov
Karjakin
½:½
Areshchenko
Mamedyarov
0-1
Ivanchuk
Harikrishna
0-1
Grischuk
Games
Round 5 – Wed. June 21, 15:00h
Shirov
½:½
Nisipeanu
Rublevsky
1-0
Volokitin
Bologan
1-0
Harikrishna
Areshchenko
½:½
Ponomariov
Ivanchuk
½:½
Karjakin
Grischuk
½:½
Mamedyarov
Games
Round 6 – Thurs. June 22, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
1-0
Areshchenko
Volokitin
1-0
Shirov
Bologan
0-1
Rublevsky
Ponomariov
½:½
Ivanchuk
Karjakin
½:½
Grischuk
Harikrishna
0-1
Mamedyarov
Games
Friday June 23
 
Rest day
Round 7– Sat. June 24, 15:00h
Ivanchuk
1-0
Nisipeanu
Areshchenko
1-0
Volokitin
Shirov
½:½
Bologan
Rublevsky
1.0
Harikrishna
Grischuk
½:½
Ponomariov
Mamedyarov
½:½
Karjakin
Games
Round 8 – Sun. June 25, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
1-0
Grischuk
Volokitin
0-1
Ivanchuk
Bologan
½:½
Areshchenko
Rublevsky
½:½
Shirov
Ponomariov
0-1
Mamedyarov
Harikrishna
½:½
Karjakin
Games
Round 9 – Mon. June 26, 15:00h
Mamedyarov
½:½
Nisipeanu
Grischuk
1-0
Volokitin
Ivanchuk
½:½
Bologan
Areshchenko
½:½
Rublevsky
Shirov
1-0
Harikrishna
Karjakin
0-1
Ponomariov
Games
Round 10 – Tues. June 27, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
½:½
Karjakin
Volokitin
½:½
Mamedyarov
Bologan
½:½
Grischuk
Rublevsky
½:½
Ivanchuk
Shirov
½:½
Areshchenko
Harikrishna
½:½
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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