AeroSvit R8: Ivanchuk wins to close on Rublevsky

6/26/2006 – Tournament leader Sergei Rublevsky drew against Shirov, while his closest follower Ivanckuk beat Volokitin with black. Rublevsky still leads, but only by half a point. Bologan, could not defeat Areshenko, Grischuk took his first loss in this tournament, against Nisipeanu, and Ponomariov lost to Mamedyarov to take the last place. Report.

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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 eight report by GM Mikhail Golubev

Round 8 – Sun. June 25, 15:00h
Nisipeanu
1-0
Grischuk
Volokitin
0-1
Ivanchuk
Bologan
½:½
Areshchenko
Rublevsky
½:½
Shirov
Ponomariov
0-1
Mamedyarov
Harikrishna
½:½
Karjakin
Games

Nisipeanu – Grischuk 1-0
The Fischer-Sozin Attack in the Sicilian Najdorf. It seems that Grischuk was not prepared to meet 9.Bxf6!?. His answer 9...Qxf6 seems to be dubious. Maybe after 11.f4 Black could try 11...gxf4. Grischuk played 11...Bg7 and after 12.e5! the White's advantage became obvious. A very good victory by Nisipeanu: his move 22.Qf2! was especially impressive.

Volokitin – Ivanchuk 0-1
The Lviv derby. In the Alekhine's Defence, Volokitin made, as it seems, unnecessary move 7.h3. Ivanchuk at least equalized; White has problems with the weakened pawn structure on the queenside. Gradually Ivanchuk outplayed his opponent and converted his advantage into a full point. One more good technical victory of Ivanchuk in Foros.

Bologan – Areshchenko ½:½
One of the known variations of the Gruenfeld Defence. (This opening appears in the Foros games for the first time, as well as Alekhine's Defence). A novelty 15...h6!? led to a complicated fight with mutual chances. After 25.Rxf4 White's advantage became undisputable: a possible improvement for Black can be found earlier. Areshchenko resisted for a long time. Finally, his efforts were paid, he saved half a point.

Rublevsky – Shirov ½:½
The Petroff Defence. Shirov's 12...Qh4 13.g3 Qg4 is new. Rublevsky refused to accept the sacrifice of pawn(s). The endgame should be acceptable for Black.

Ponomariov – Mamedyarov 0-1
The King's Indian transposed into the Modern Benoni. As it seems, White obtained some advantage after the opening. But the fight is complicated. Gradually, Ponomariov obtained a clear advantage, but in the end of the game he made couple of mistakes and, finally, blundered his queen.

Harikrishna – Karjakin ½:½
The Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3. On the 21st move Karjakin introduced an important novelty 21...d5, and everything soon ended in a draw by the repetition of moves. After the end of the game Karjakin had more time in reserve than in the beginning! (He managed to accumulate some minutes). Instead of 21...d5 earlier Black tried 21...Ne5, but in the latest games he faced certain problems there after 22.h4 Ra5 23.Qb4! (23.Qc3? Qa8 24.Bg2 Nc7!! Karjakin-Anand, Wijk aan Zee 2006) 23...Qa8 24.Bb6 Ra4 25.Qxb3, and so on.

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
1-0
Grischuk
Volokitin
0-1
Ivanchuk
Bologan
½:½
Areshchenko
Rublevsky
½:½
Shirov
Ponomariov
0-1
Mamedyarov
Harikrishna
½:½
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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