AeroSvit R9: Grischuk, Shirov, Ponomariov win

6/26/2006 – Rublevsky and Ivanchuk both drew their games and kept their first and second places. Grischuk and Shirov won their games, both moving into the positive performance zone. At the end of the table are three Ukraines – Ponomariov, Volokitin, Karjakin – and India's Harikrishna. Report with performance statistics.

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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 nine report by GM Mikhail Golubev

Round 9 – Mon. June 26, 15:00h
Mamedyarov
½:½
Nisipeanu
Grischuk
1-0
Volokitin
Ivanchuk
½:½
Bologan
Areshchenko
½:½
Rublevsky
Shirov
1-0
Harikrishna
Karjakin
0-1
Ponomariov
Games

Mamedyarov – Nisipeanu ½:½
The Old Indian Defence. At the first glance, by move 13 Black solved his opening problems. After the exchange of queens an acute endgame with mutual chances arose on the board. An interesting line, which could have occurred in the game: 31.Rc6 Bg4 32.Nf4 Bf3 33.Ne6 Re7 34.Ng5+ Kg7 35.d6 Re5 36.Rc7+ Kg6 37.d7 Nxd7 38.Nxf3 exf3 39.Rxd7 f2 40.Bg2 with a probable draw. Later, instead of 34...Rd6, curious (but hardly stronger) was 34...Nd5+!?.

Grischuk – Volokitin 1-0
A long theoretical line of the Petroff Defence, which was especially popular in 2005. On the 18th move Volokitin deviated from the game Grischuk - Nielsen, Monaco 2006 and obtained, as it seems, an acceptable position. Still, White's chances are a bit better. ?fter 31.Nf4! Black's defense became difficult. It was the third Volokitin loss in the row.

Ivanchuk – Bologan ½:½
The Classical King's Indian with 7.Be3 Ng4. Ivanchuk exchanged queens on the move 12 in order to play without risk and to fight for a slight advantage. His move 13.Nd2 is very rare. 20.Na1!? is an impressive idea (preparing a3, b4 or Nc2-e3-f5), but hardly White has much there. Two moves later the draw was agreed.

Areshchenko – Rublevsky ½:½
The Sicilian Scheveningen with the early ...Bd7. Opponents followed the game Zapata-Spraggett, Dortmund 1984. On the 18th move White deviated from that game. Two moves later the draw was agreed in, possibly, a bit better for Black position.

Shirov – Harikrishna 1-0
The "Morozevich Variation" in the Slav Defence. Strangely, it seems that Harikrishna is not familiar with the game Johannessen-Shirov, Bundesliga 2004 where White was better after 18.Nb5 (also played by Shirov) 18...cxb5 19.axb5 Nc5 20.Qe3 Ng4 21.Qc3 Qe5 22.Qf3 Qe4 23.Qxe4 Nxe4 24.Bxe4. After 21.Qc3 Harikrishna returned the extra knight in a different way: 21...Ne4 22.Bxe4 Qxc3 23.bxc3. White won rather easily.

Karjakin – Ponomariov 0-1
A theoretically important game in the "Topalov's Variation" of the English Attack. (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.g4 h6 9.Qd2 b4 10.Na4 Nbd7 11.0-0-0 Ne5). After 25 moves, Black's position was already somewhat better. Possibly, 26...g6 was a bit inaccurate. Instead of 28.Qf4, White could have forced a draw by 28.Bd4!? Qa5 29.Qh8 Qxa2+ 30.Kc1 Rc8 31.Rd2 Qxb3 32.Bg7 =. On the 31st move Black sacrificed an exchange for the pawn, what led to a non-standard acute ending. Possibly, White should better have avoided the continuation 34.Nd6+ Ke7 35.Nxf7 Bf6!. After that, Karjakin's position became difficult.

Notes from the official web site

Current standings

Tournament performance so far

Player Rat. Perf   Player Rat. Perf   Player Rat. Perf

Rublevsky

2687

2850

 

Shirov

2699

2728

 

Ponomariov

2738

2609

Ivanchuk

2731

2806

 

Grischuk

2719

2730

 

Volokitin

2660

2619

Bologan

2666

2768

 

Areshchenko

2660

2657

 

Karjakin

2661

2578

Mamedyarov

2699

2735

 

Nisipeanu

2695

2651

 

Harikrishna

2680

2571

The performance rating is calculated by averaging the performance ratings for each game. If the player has a 50% score then his performance is exactly the average of his opponents. If he has a plus score it is higher, if the score is minus then points are deducted for each percentage point below 50%. The cross tables generated by the programs ChessBase and Fritz automatically calculate the rating performance.

In the above chart graphic you can see the players' current FIDE rating behind their tournament peformance in the first nine rounds of the AeroSvit 2006 tournament. The biggest differences are obviously Rublevsky and Bologan, who are playing well above their nominal ratings, and Ponomariov and Harikrishna, who are each over 100 points worse than their ratings would lead us to expect.


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
½:½
Nisipeanu
Grischuk
1-0
Volokitin
Ivanchuk
½:½
Bologan
Areshchenko
½:½
Rublevsky
Shirov
1-0
Harikrishna
Karjakin
0-1
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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