AeroSvit R5: Bologan leads with 4/5

6/21/2006 – After another victory, this one over India's Pentala Harikrishna, Viorel Bologan of Moldova took over the sole lead in the AeroSvit 2000 International Chess Tournament in Ukraine. Sergei Rublevsky defeated Andrei Volokitin to move to striking distance of the leader. We bring you a report, pictures and games.

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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.


The entrance to Kuznetsov Palace, venue of the Super-GM tournament


Inside Kuznetsov Palace: one of the hallways


The rest and refreshment area for the players


Live transmission of the games from the tournament site


Commentator Mikhail Golubev interviews GM Elisbar Ubilava

Round five report by GM Mikhail Golubev

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

Shirov – Nisipeanu 0.5-0.5
The first game between Shirov and Nisipeanu after Las Vegas – in 1999! Nisipeanu played his pet system of the Philidor Defence with the early ...d6-d5. Instead of the move 8...Nxe5, which Liviu-Dieter used against Timofeev in 2005, now he made a new move 8...0-0. Black obtained an acceptable position. But the pawn sacrifice (17...Re8) was over-optimistic. By move 25 Black's activity disappeared, White had a healthy extra pawn. Being in time trouble, Shirov did not manage to overcome the technical difficulties. (On the 40th move, deserved attention 40.c7).

Rublevsky – Volokitin 1-0
A rare line of the Sicilian: 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nge2. Already the 7th move of Black was new. After 13.g4! and 14.Ng3 White developed an initiative on the kingside. Still, Black preserved serious defensive resources. Trying to play as actively as possible, White sacrificed the pawn and later also exchange. His compensation turned out to be very serious. Probably it is possible to find an improvement for Black on the 25th-27th moves, but his decisive mistake was 29...Ng6? (instead, necessary was 29...Kh8!). After 30.h4! Black's position collapsed. An impressive victory by Rublevsky.

Bologan – Harikrishna 1-0
A well researched Breyer Variation 9...Nb8 of the Ruy Lopez. Only White's 21st move (21.b4) was new. Instead of the more obvious plan with 25.Rac1 (or 26.Rac1), allowing Black to play ...d6-d5, Bologan decided to play d4-d5 himself. This advance led to a very tense play. Black's exchange sacrifice 33...Rxe3 was somewhat dubious. Later, 39...Rxe1+ 40.Rxe1 f5 deserved attention (instead of 39...f5) but also there, 41.Rc1 (Bologan) 41...Kg7 42.Na4 Bxd5 43.Nxc3 Bc4 44.Ne4 d5 45.Nd6 favours White. In the game, after 41.Na4! White's large advantage became evident.


Viorel Bologan of Moldova vs Pentala Harikrishna of India

Areshchenko – Ponomariov 0.5-0.5
In the Sicilian, Ponomariov played an "Anti-Sozin" variation with 6...Bd7 (a favourite line of GM Leonid Stein, one of the strongest Ukrainian players on the 20th century). After 11.Qe3 b5, 12.a4!? appears to be new (12.h4 was Ciocaltea-Stein, Caracas 1970). Maybe Black could simply play 12...b4. Ponomariov's move 12...bxa4 is also playable, but White gradually managed to obtain a certain advantage. On the 16th and 17th moves, White's pawn c2 was untouchable: ...Qxc2? would have led Black to material losses (17...Qxc2? 18.Rc1 Qa2 19.Ra1 Qc2 20.Rfc1). Possibly, Black's 16th move (16...Rfc8) was inaccurate. Still, Ponomariov managed to equalize in the further play. White's 24.Qh3?! certainly helped. On the 30th move the draw became inevitable, and opponents agreed to finish the game.

Ivanchuk – Karjakin 0.5-0.5
The Moscow Variation of the Slav Defence. After 20 moves it was hard to see any advantage for White. A draw was agreed on the 24th move. The first draw for Karjakin against Ivanchuk (in their two previous encounters Sergey lost).

Grischuk – Mamedyarov 0.5-0.5
The Ruy Lopez with 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Be6. Black's 9th move is not especially popular. After 22.Ba3 White seems to be slightly better. Trying to fight for a victory, Grischuk sacrificed a pawn and gradually got a bad position. In the end of the game, Mamedyarov missed a win. (His last mistake was 44...Rg1+?).

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
  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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