AeroSvit R2: All games drawn in Foros

6/18/2006 – Round two of the Cat. 18 round robin tournament in Foros/Yalta saw all six games drawn. The shortest was 23 moves (Grischuk vs Areshchenko), the longest a tense 78-move battle between former FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov and his former second Viorel Bologan. And Andrei Volokitin turned twenty. Report, games 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.

Round two report by GM Mikhail Golubev

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


GM Mikhail Golubev, reporting from the AeroSvit 2000 tournament in Foros

Harikrishna – Ivanchuk
Ivanchuk opted for the same line of the Petroff Defence, which he used against Leko in Monaco-2006. White deviated from Leko-Ivanchuk on the 12th move. After 12.Be3 Nac5! (introduced in Smirnov-Motylev, Sochi 2004) Black equalized easily. 0.5-0.5.


India's Pentala Harikrishna vs Ukraine's great GM Vassily Ivanchuk

Grischuk – Areshchenko
A topical line of the Najdorf with 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3. Instead of the more popular 14.Nd5 Grischuk played 14.f4!?, and on the 18th move he made a new move 18.Bd3! (instead of 18.Bg2, Bogner-Areshchenko, Aarhus 2005). Later, White sacrificed a pawn by 19.Nd5 and developed a dangerous initiative. Areshchenko spent a lot of time for the unobvious move 21…R?e8. After that White preferred to regain a pawn, sterilizing the position. 0.5-0.5.


The shortest game of round two was between Grischuk and Areshchenko

Mamedyarov – Shirov
Anti-Meran. Shirov was fighting for equality, but played faster than his opponent. On the 18th move White deviated from the game Georgiev-Shirov, Gibraltar 2005 and played 18.Qb1. On the 19th move Shirov sacrificed a pawn (still, the extra pawn which White got was doubled and had not so much importance), and on the 23rd move Shirov offered to White another pawn. After 24.Qxh6 Rc6 25.Qe3 Re6 Black would be absolutely OK. So, Mamedyarov did not take on h6. After that, the game ended in a draw quickly. 0.5-0.5.


Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan vs Alexei Shirov of Spain

Karjakin – Rublevsky
Two of the first round losers faced each other. The first 17.5 moves were made with an incredible speed. Rublevsky’s opening repertoire is narrow, but he is ready to defend his pet lines (in this case – the Sicilian Taimanov) till the end. Karjakin made a new move 13.Qg4 and developed pressure on the Black centre. Still, Rublevsky has found an interesting resource 19…Qb8 20.Kh1 Bb4!?. After that 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Bxh7+ Kxh7 23.Qh5+ Kg7 24.Re3 would not work because of 24…e4 25.Rg3+ Qxg3 26.fxg3 Rh8 27.Qe2 Rxh2+ 28.Kxh2 Rh8+ 29.Kg1 Bc5+ 30.Kf1 Rh1#. In the game, the queens were exchanged quickly, and opponents agreed for a draw in an equal endgame. 0.5-0.5.

Ponomariov – Bologan
Ponomariov began the game against his former assistant with 1.d4. The King’s Indian with 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4, what is often called The Bayonet Attack. After the prophylactic retreat 13…Ra8 White thought for a while, and sacrificed the pawn by 14.c5. White obtained a terrific positional compensation for the pawn, only luck could help Bologan to save a game. And the miracle happened. Ponomariov exchanged too many pieces and pawns – and did not manage to convert a huge positional advantage into a full point. After the game Bologan opined that he could avoid all troubles by playing 22…Nh5 (instead of 22…Nh3+). 0.5-0.5.


Ruslan Ponomariov, Ukraine, against his former second Viorel Bologan of Moldova

Nisipeanu – Volokitin
The Sicilian Alapin with 2.c3. The line with 8.Bb5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 is not considered to be dangerous for Black. Still, it is somewhat poisonous. Nisipeanu spent a lot of time for his 14th move (14.Re1) . After that he gradually got a promising position. After the dubious 24...Qf8 White, as it seems, missed the possibility to get a clear advantage by 25.b4! (instead of the slow 25.h3) 25...axb4 26.Bxb4 Nxb4 27.Qb3. The game has ended in a draw by repetition of moves on the 33rd move. 0.5-0.5.


Andrei Volokitin gets flowers for his 20th birthday today

  • 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
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
  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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