AeroSvit R7: Rublevsky leads by a full point

6/25/2006 – After the rest day, which was used for a boat trip on the Black Sea, Sergei Rublevsky won his fifth game in a row, and is now leading the field, with 5.5/7, by a full point. Ivanchuk and Bologan are his nearest rivals at 4.5 points. Tail-enders are Karjakin, Ponomariov, Harikrishna and Nisibeanu, all at 2.5. 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.


On the rest day (Friday) a boat trip on the Black Sea


Sergey Karjakin, Pentala Harikrishna and Sergei Rublevsky on the trip


Refreshments below deck


The tournament leader Rublevsky

Round seven report by GM Mikhail Golubev

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

Ivanchuk – Nisipeanu 1-0
The Queen's Indian. Ivanchuk's move 11.Nxe4 appears to be new. (Instead, 11.Bxe4 Bxe4 12.Qxe4 Qxg5 13.Qxa8 Nc6 14.Qb7 Nxd4 would have led to a position, which was tested in the Euwe-Capablanca, Amsterdam 1931 match). White obtained a slim advantage. Ivanchuk occupied the square c6 (thereby fixing the black pawn on c7) and, slowly, developed a serious pressure. A good technical victory by Ivanchuk. In the Nisipeanu's opinion, 26...h6 could have been not the most stubborn method of defense.

Areshchenko – Volokitin 1-0
The Najdorf transposed into the Scheveningen. The struggle is complicated; White's chances are, possibly, a bit better. After 21...b4 22.axb4 d5! Black had sufficient counterplay. But the inaccurate 24...Nxe4?! (correct was 24...Be7) led Volokitin into trouble. On the 49th move Black has blundered checkmate in two, but his position was objectively lost anyway.

Shirov – Bologan ½:½
The Caro-Kann, Advanced Variation. On the 9th move Shirov deviated from the game Rublevsky-Bologan, Sochi 2005 by 9.dex5 (instead 9.Nxe5). By his 12th move Bologan sacrificed the knight for an initiative. At the first glance after the piece sacrifice Black is at least not force. Shirov's 18.cxb4? was wrong (necessary was 18.Nf1!). He certainly missed or underestimated 19...Nd3+!. Later Bologan played 21...Qe5+? (instead of the winning 21...Rxh2!) and the position became unclear again, even if Shirov had not so much time in reserve. After the long fight in the ending, everything has ended in a draw.

Rublevsky – Harikrishna 1-0
The Sicilian with 3.Bb5+ is one of the Rublevsky's specialities. 3...Nd7 4.0-0 Ngf6 5.Re1 and now 5...e5 is a rare line for Black. It hardly can promise him a full equality. Black's 16...Bf8 17.Bxf8 Qxf8? was not a good idea. As it seems, Harikrishna overlooked a queen sacrifice 21.Rxb7! after what White's advantage became decisive.

Grischuk – Ponomariov ½:½
In the Sicilian Rauzer, Ponomariov made an extremely rare move 14...Bc5!? (instead of the well-researched 14...Nd7). This continuation recently was tried by Black in the game Bologan-Kotronias, Turin Olympiad 2006. Grischuk saw the Kotronias game, but he did not analyze this line deeply. Instead of the principled 15.Qh4 (how Bologan played), Grischuk opted for 15.Qf4 Nd7 16.Ne4 Qa4 17.Nc3, urging Black to repeat the position by 17...Qa5.

Mamedyarov – Karjakin ½:½
The rare variation 6.h3 in the "Najdorf" led to a position, where White is more active, but almost all his pawns are weak. In such situation, all three results are possible. After some interesting, acute fight the game has ended in a draw by repetition of moves. The game of the quite high quality.

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
  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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