AeroSvit R6: Rublevsky beats Bologan, takes the lead

6/23/2006 – In round six of the AeroSvit 2000 Super GM Russian GM Sergei Rublevsky, playing black, beat the leading Viorel Bologan of Moldova and went into the lead with 4.5/6 points. Volokitin beat Shirov, Nisipeanu beat Areshchenko, and Harikrishna defeated Mamedyarov. 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.


View from the tenth floor of the playing venue


The scenery in Foros/Yalta

Round six report by GM Mikhail Golubev

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
1-0
Mamedyarov
Games

Bologan – Rublevsky 0-1
In the key game of the round occurred the Queen's Gambit Accepted with 3.e4 e5. The move 14.Nf5!? was almost new (once it occurred in a game between computers, Zappa 1.0 - Pharaon 3.3, CEGT 2005). The endgame, which arose, may look very good for White who has a better pawn structure. Still, Black has chances to develop a serious counterplay. And indeed, the black light squared bishop proved to be very strong, while White could not use the weakened pawn structure on the opponent's queenside. Gradually Black obtained a big advantage and started to collect the white pawns one after another. In the end, Rublevsky had only one extra pawn in the rook endgame, but it proved to be enough for a win.


Changing of the guard: Viorel Bologan in round six against Sergei Rublevsky

Nisipeanu – Areshchenko 1-0
Already for a fourth time in 2006, Nisipeanu plays a rare line 6.Be3 e5 7.Nde2!? in the "Najdorf". Queens were exchanged quickly after what White was fighting for some advantage. The play was very complicated, but, as it seems, the control over the white squares always ensured somewhat better chances for White. On the 56th move Nisipeanu missed a possibility to delivery checkmate in a few moves (56.Ke8!), but later he won anyway.

Volokitin – Shirov 1-0
In the Petroff Defence, Volokitin opted for a line 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3, which became topical after Shirov's successful games in Russia vs The Row 2002 match. So, Shirov is fighting against his own weapon. An interesting, complicated struggle. After the impressive move 25.Rd4! the game soon transposed into a pleasant for White endgame. After the long struggle, Volokitin converted his advantage into a full point. The final of the game was quite pretty.


Andrei Volokitin, 2660, Ukraine vs Alexei Shirov, 2699, Spain

Ponomariov - Ivanchuk 0.5-0.5
A well researched line of the "Najdorf" with 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3. Ivanchuk's novelty 18...Rc7 allowed White to repeat the position. Ponomariov avoided the repetition, but hardly obtained the advantage. The draw was agreed on the move 40. In Ponomariov's words, it was rather him (White) who fought for a draw.

Karjakin – Grischuk 0.5-0.5
The Anti-Marshall. After a good novelty 17...Qxd5! (instead of 17...exd5?!, Mariotti vs Rest of the World, Internet 2006), a few moves later Grischuk obtained a better endgame with a dangerous passed b-pawn. Karjakin was forced to fight for a draw. His task was not too difficult, but of course it was important to play 32.Rxb4! (if 32.Be3, then 32...Bc3 and the black pawn goes forward).

Harikrishna - Mamedyarov 1-0
In the Four Knights Defence with 4.d4 Mamedyarov used somewhat risky 4...Bb4!? (normal is 4...exd4) and after 5.Nxe5 0-0!? (Instead, 5...Nxe4 6.Qg4! Nxc3 7.Qxg7 Rf8 8.a3 Nxd4 9.axb4 Nxc2+ 10.Kd2 Nxa1 11.Kxc3 is known as good for White). Black solved his opening problems (if there were any) and was no worse. Later Mamedyarov played carelessly and allowed White to develop the initiative. Harikrishna finished the game by a beautiful attack: 25.Nh6+! gxh6 26.Qd4!, where, instead of 26...Ne6 also 26...Re5 27.Rgxe5 dxe5 28.Qxe5 could not have saved Black.

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
  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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