Jakovenko wins, joins Rublevsky in the lead

12/27/2005 – 23-year-old Dmitry Jakovenko beat Evgeny Tomashevsky in round seven of the Russian Championship Superfinal. That put him in the joint lead with Sergey Rublevsky. Alexander Morozevich suffered defeat at the hands of Evgeny Bareev. All other games were drawn. Report.

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58th Russian Championship Superfinal

The final stage of the Russian Championship is taking place from December 19-30, 2005, in Moscow, with rounds starting each day at 15:00h local time. It is a 12 player round robin, with time controls of 100/40, then 50/20, 10/rest, with a 30 seconds increment from move one. The total prize fund is US $130,000, with $40,000 going to the winner

Round seven report

Round 7: Monday, December 26, 2005
Volkov, Sergey
½-½
Svidler, Peter
Khalifman, Alexander
½-½
Motylev, Alexander
Bareev, Evgeny
1-0
Morozevich, Alexander
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
½-½
Dreev, Alexey
Rublevsky, Sergei
½-½
Kramnik, Vladimir
Jakovenko, Dmitry
1-0
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
GamesReport


GM Dmitry Jakovenko
Jakovenko vs Tomashev was a key game today, since the fine victory by 23-year-old Dmitry Jakovenko put him into the joint lead with Rublevsky.

Volkov vs Svidler saw two players not interested in a fight, and a game ending after twelve moves in a draw.

Khalifman vs Motylev began with twelve moves of Queen's Indian theory and ended, after considerable thought by both players, on move 19 in a draw.

Zvjaginsev-Dreev was a tough battle which ended on move 55, when White could not make a full point out of his extra pawn.

Kramnik-Rublevsky was interesting, but produced a novelty only at move 19, and a draw eight moves later.

Bareev-Morozevich was a highly volatile, as is usually the case when Alexander Morozevich is involved in a game. He was fighting for a place in the top group after losing a game by default (oversleeping) in round three. Today he was in a fighting move but got into big trouble against a player with ambitions of his own.

Bareev,E (2675) - Morozevich,A (2707) [E38]
ch-RUS Superfinal Moscow RUS (7), 26.12.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Qc7 6.Nf3 Bxc5 7.g3 a6 8.Bf4 d6 9.Bg2 h6 10.Rc1N [in Kazan 2005 Khalifman played 10.0-0 e5 11.Bd2 Be6 12.Rac1 and drew] 10...Nc6 11.0-0 e5 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.cxd5 exf4 14.dxc6 fxg3 15.hxg3 Qxc6

Black has a pawn but a very depressed position, and White launches an attack: 16.b4 Bxb4? (a bishop retreat to b6 or a7 was required) 17.Qb2 Bc5 18.Ng5 Qd7 19.Qxg7 hxg5 20.Qxh8+. Black is material down and his position is a mess. There is no way he is going to survive this against a player like Bareev. 20...Ke7 21.Rc4 Qd8 22.Qg7 Be6 23.Rb1 Rb8 24.Qxg5+ Ke8 25.Bc6+.

Taking the bishop loses the queen (25...bxc6 26.Rxb8 Qxb8 27.Qg8+ Kd7 28.Qxb8), so Morozevich is forced to resort to desperate measures: 25...Kf8. But this is even worse: 26.Qh6+ Ke7. Now Fritz is screaming for mate: 27.Rxb7+ Rxb7 28.Qg5+ Kf8 29.Qxd8+ Kg7 30.Qg5+ Kf8 31.Rh4 Bd4 32.Qd8+ Kg7 33.Qh8+ Kg6 34.Qh6+ Kf5 35.Rh5+ Kg4 36.Qg5#. Bareev line leads to a similarly certain demise: 27...Kf8 28.Rxb7 Kg7 29.Rxb8 Qxb8 30.Qg5+ Kf8 31.Qh6+ Kg8 32.Rh4 Qb2 33.Qg5+ 1-0.

Current standings

Previous Results

Round 1: Monday, December 19, 2005
Rublevsky, Sergei
1-0
Bareev, Evgeny
Svidler, Peter
1-0
Kramnik, Vladimir
Jakovenko, Dmitry
½-½
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
Khalifman, Alexander
½-½
Volkov, Sergey
Motylev, Alexander
½-½
Dreev, Alexey
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
½-½
Morozevich, Alexander

Round 2: Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Motylev, Alexander
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
1-0
Khalifman, Alexander
Morozevich, Alexander
½-½
Rublevsky, Sergei
Dreev, Alexey
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Kramnik, Vladimir
1-0
Volkov, Sergey
Bareev, Evgeny
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry

Round 3: Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
0-1
Svidler, Peter
Motylev, Alexander
½-½
Kramnik, Vladimir
Rublevsky, Sergei
1-0
Dreev, Alexey
Jakovenko, Dmitry
1-0
Morozevich, Alexander
Khalifman, Alexander
½-½
Bareev, Evgeny
Volkov, Sergey
0-1
Zvjaginsev, Vadim

Round 4: Thursday, December 22, 2005
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Rublevsky, Sergei
Motylev, Alexander
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Jakovenko, Dmitry
½-½
Dreev, Alexey
Morozevich, Alexander
1-0
Khalifman, Alexander
Bareev, Evgeny
1-0
Volkov, Sergey
Kramnik, Vladimir
½-½
Zvjaginsev, Vadim

Round 5: Friday, December 23, 2005
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
0-1
Kramnik, Vladimir
Rublevsky, Sergei
1-0
Motylev, Alexander
Jakovenko, Dmitry
½-½
Svidler, Peter
Khalifman, Alexander
½-½
Dreev, Alexey
Volkov, Sergey
0-1
Morozevich, Alexander
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
½-½
Bareev, Evgeny

Round 6: Saturday, December 24, 2005
Kramnik, Vladimir
0-1
Bareev, Evgeny
Dreev, Alexey
0-1
Volkov, Sergey
Morozevich, Alexander
½-½
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
Svidler, Peter
½-½
Khalifman, Alexander
Motylev, Alexander
0-1
Jakovenko, Dmitry
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
½-½
Rublevsky, Sergei

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