AeroSvit R3: Mamedyarov, Bologan in the lead

6/20/2006 – After six draws in round two, round three brought four decided games, with wins by Bologan, Mamedyarov, Shirov and Rublevsky. The losses were incurred by Nisipianu, Areshchenko, Karjakin and Ponomariov respectively. 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 three report by GM Mikhail Golubev

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

Volokitin – Harikrishna
A long theoretical line of the Ruy Lopez (the Open Variation with 5…Nxe4). Volokitin made a rare move 19.Bxg5 and obtained a small but stable advantage in the position with the opposite coloured bishops. On the 28th move White won a pawn. After the long struggle White has managed to win one more pawn (Black’s mistake was 67…Ke8). Afterwards, as it seems, White missed a win somewhere along the way. Maybe he could try 72.g4!? (Volokitin). 0.5-0.5.

Bologan – Nisipeanu
Nisipeanu opted for the Blumenfled Gambit 4…b5!?. He used it twice in 2005, so it hardly could have been a surprise for Bologan. Instead of 5.Bg5, what was played by the Nisipeanu’s opponents, Bologan decided to grab the pawn by 5.dxe6, what also occurs often in practice. Bologan’s new move 11.Bg5 does not seem to be extremely successful. White spent a lot of time for his 14th move. (Instead of Bologan’s 14.Rc1, not so good was 14.Nxd5 exd5 15.Qxd5+ Kh8 16.Qxc6 Bxe2 17.Rfe1 Bxf3 18.Bxf3 Qxf3 19.Qxd6 Qxf2+ 20.Kh1 where Black could have had more than a draw by 20…Qf3+.) White managed to obtain some advantage, but the draw looked as the most probable result until Nisipeanu made a mistake and lost his g-pawn on the 42nd move. 1-0.


Viorel Bologan of Modavia vs Dieter Nisipianu of Romania

Rublevsky – Ponomariov
The opponents, as it is expected, will play a candidate’s match each against other later this year. For the moment, they meet each other in Foros. Rublevsky’s choice could not surprise anyone: the Scotch Game. On 12th move Ponomariov opted for 12…Rhe8 instead of the more acute 12…Nb4, but did not manage to equalise. After the exchange of queens, White’s chances are somewhat better because the minor black pieces are passive. On the 21st move Ponomariov refused to win the pawn by 21...Rxf4. Indeed, it looks dangerous for Black: 22.Re8+ (probably stronger than 22.c5 Rf2!) 22...Kb7 23.Ne4 (threatening with 24.Nc5 mate) 23…d6 24.a4 Rh4 25.Bf5 Rxh2+ 26.Kc3. But in the game things were not easy for Black, too. White preserved his dangerous f-pawn, which later costed Black a whole piece. 1-0.


Sergei Rublevsky about to defeat former FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov

Shirov – Karjakin
The Queen’s Indian. On 16th move Karjakin deviated from the Round 1 game versus Bologan, which he lost. 16…Rb8 (16…c5 was Bologan-Karjakin) 17.Bf1 and now Black made a new move 17…Bb4 (17…Nb6 18.Nc5 Bb5 19.a4 Nd5 Macieja – Carlsen, Turin 2006 and now 20.Ba5!! would have been very strong). After 18.Qd2 Qa5 19.Bxb4 Qxb4 20.Qf4 Shirov’s position looked promising. 20…Rad8 and Shirov played 21.Rab1!? (instead of the more obvious 21.Rac1). Probably Black should have played 21…Qb6 (instead of 21…Qa3). Shirov planned 22.bxc4! Qxd4 23.Red1, etc. In the game, after 25.Nb3! Black was already in the deep trouble. 25…Qxa2?! 26.Qe3! Rb8 27.Nd2! led him to material losses. A very good victory by Shirov. 1-0.

Areshchenko – Mamedyarov
The Bishop's Opening 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4, a rare choice by White! After 16.Qd2 it became clear that White obtained a certain advantage. Instead of 19.d5 deserved attention 19.Ba4. After the game Areshchenko criticised his 28th move, while his assistant GM Kuzubov opined that trading of bishops on the 20th move already was an inaccuracy. In the further play Mamedyarov managed to develop the initiative on the kingside step by step. Black finished the game by direct attack, which was prepared by the brilliant move 42…Qf4!. 0-1.


Alexander Areshchenko, Ukraine, facing Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan

Ivanchuk – Grischuk
In the Anti-Marshall on 10th move Grischuk deviated from his previous encounter with Ivanchuk (Russian League 2006). 10…Na5 (instead of 10…Qd7) and a quick draw after 10 more moves. 0.5-0.5.


Vassily Ivanchuk vs Alexander Grischuk in round three

Notes from the official web site

Current standings

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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
  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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