Medias Kings Rd2: Nakamura wins after Nisipeanu blunders

6/12/2011 – In the second round, the two winners from round one drew after it quickly became evident neither could force the issue. Radjabov obtained a significant space advantage over Karjakin but was unable to make anything of it, while Nakamura and Nisipeanu also seemed destined to draw until a late-game hallucination by the Romanian handed the win to the American. Express report with pictures.

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ROMGAZ and the Chess Club Society "Elisabeta Polihroniade” of Bucharest are staging a double round robin tournament with six top GMs: the world's second highest ranked player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who at the age of 20 has an Elo rating of 2815. Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk, currently the world's number five, rated 2776; Sergey Karjakin, former child prodigy and youngest GM of all time, now playing for Russia, rated 2776; top US grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, clear winner of this year's Wijk aan Zee tournament; Teimour Radjabov, at 2744 one of Azerbaijan's top GMs, and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, the best Romanian player, currently rated 2659. The competition is taking place from June 11th to 22nd 2011 in Medias, Romania.

Round two results

Round 2: Sunday, June 12, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Sergey Karjakin
Hikaru Nakamura 
1-0
 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Vassily Ivanchuk 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen


Magnus Carlsen, the first to arrive, waits for his opponent


His Ukrainian opponent Vassily Ivanchuk arrives and the two play a Ruy Lopez


Vassily Ivanchuk ponders during the game...


... while his second GM Sarunas Sulskis worries on the sidelines

Ivanchuk,Vassily (2776) - Carlsen,Magnus (2815) [C65]
5th Kings Tournament Medias ROU (2), 12.06.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 d6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 0-0 7.c3 a6 8.Ba4 b5 9.Bc2 d5 10.Nbd2 dxe4 11.dxe4 Be6 12.Bb3 Bxb3 13.axb3 Qd3 14.b4 Rfd8 15.Qb3 Qd7 16.Qc2 Qe6 17.Qb3 Qd7 18.Qc2 Qe6 19.h3 a5 20.bxa5 Rxa5 21.Rxa5 Nxa5 22.b4 Nb7 23.Qb3 Qxb3 24.Nxb3 Nd7 25.Be3 Nd6 26.Nfd2 Ra8 27.Kf1 f6 28.Ke2 Kf7 29.Kd3 Ke6 30.f3 Ra2 31.Ra1 Rxa1 32.Nxa1 Nb7 33.Nab3 1/2-1/2. [Click to replay]


Video of Magnus' discussion after the game, with Dorian Rogozenco



Sergey Karjakin at the start of round two, where he had the black pieces against...


... top Azeri GM Teimour Radjabov


The epic ninety-move battle is under way

Radjabov,Teimour (2744) - Karjakin,Sergey (2776) [D12]
5th Kings Tournament Medias ROU (2), 12.06.2011
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.d4 d5 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg6 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.0-0 Bd6 9.g3 Qe7 10.b3 Ne4 11.Bb2 Nxc3 12.Bxc3 Bb4 13.Bxb4 Qxb4 14.c5 0-0 15.a3 Qa5 16.Nxg6 hxg6 17.b4 Qc7 18.f4 a6 19.Bd3 f5 20.Qe2 Nf6 21.Kg2 Qe7 22.a4 Ne4 23.h4 Ra7 24.Rh1 Nf6 25.Qb2 Rfa8 26.Be2 Qf8 27.Qc2 Kf7 28.Rab1 Qe7 29.Rb3 Rh8 30.Bf3 Rha8 31.Qe2 Rh8 32.Rhb1 Ne4 33.Qe1 Nf6 34.R1b2 Rha8 35.Qb1 Qd8 36.Ra2 Ng8 37.Qb2 Ne7 38.Be2 Qd7 39.Ra1 Ng8 40.Rba3 Ne7 41.Rh1 Ng8 42.Bd3 Nf6 43.Rha1 Ng8 44.Kf3 Ne7 45.Ke2 Ng8 46.b5 axb5 47.axb5 Rxa3 48.Rxa3 Rxa3 49.Qxa3 cxb5 50.Qa5 Ne7 51.Bxb5 Nc6 52.Qa4 Qc8 53.Kd3 Ke7 54.Kc3 Kd8 55.Kb3 Kc7 56.Kb2 Kb8 57.Kc3 Kc7 58.Kd2 Kd8 59.Kd3 Ke7 60.Ke2 Kf7 61.Ke1 Ke7 62.Kf2 Kf7 63.Be2 Qd8 64.Bb5 Qc8 65.Kf3 Ke7 66.Kg2 Kf7 67.Be2 Qd8 68.Qb5 Qc7 69.Bd3 Kf6 70.Kh3 Kf7 71.Qa4 Qc8 72.Be2 Kf6 73.Kh2 Kf7 74.Kg1 Kf6 75.Kf1 Kf7 76.Ke1 Ke7 77.Kd2 Kd7 78.Qa1 Kc7 79.Bd3 Qd8 80.Bb5 Qc8 81.Kc3 Qb8 82.Qa4 Qc8 83.Bxc6 bxc6 84.Qa5+ Kd7 85.Qa7+ Qc7 86.Qa8 Qc8 87.Qxc8+ Kxc8 88.Kb4 Kb7 89.Ka5 Ka7 90.Kb4 1/2-1/2. [Click to replay]


Postmortum with Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov



A handshake at the start of round two: Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu...


...and his opponent, US GM Hikaru Nakamura

Nakamura,Hikaru (2774) - Nisipeanu,Liviu-Dieter (2659) [C96]
5th Kings Tournament Medias ROU (2), 12.06.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Nd7 12.d5 Nb6 13.Nbd2 g6 14.b4 Nb7 15.Nf1 a5 16.Bh6 Re8 17.a3 Bd7 18.Ng3 Qc7 19.Bd3 axb4 20.axb4 Rxa1 21.Qxa1 Ra8 22.Qb1 c4 23.Bc2 f6 24.Be3 Nd8 25.Nd2 Nf7 26.f4 exf4 27.Bxf4 Ne5 28.Be3 Ra3 29.Ne2 Na4 30.Bd4 Bf8 31.Rf1 Qd8 32.Qc1 Ra2 33.Nf3 Bg7 34.Nxe5 fxe5 35.Be3 Nb6 36.Kh2 Be8 37.Ng1 h6 38.Bb1 Ra1 39.Qb2 Ra8 40.Bc2 Nd7 41.Ra1 Rxa1 42.Qxa1 Nf6 43.Qa6 Bf8 44.Nf3 Bd7 45.Nd2 Nh5 46.Nf3 Nf6 47.Kg1 Qc8 48.Qa1 Qb8 49.Kf1 Nh5 50.g4 Nf4 51.Bxf4 exf4 52.e5 dxe5 53.Qa6 Qd6 54.Qxd6 Bxd6 55.Bxg6 Kg7 56.Be4 h5 57.Nh2 Kh6 58.Kg2 hxg4 59.hxg4 Kg5 60.Kh3 f3 61.Kg3 f2 62.Nf3+ Kh6 63.g5+ Kh5 64.Kxf2 Be8 65.Ke3 Bf7 66.g6 Bxg6 67.Bxg6+ Kxg6 68.Ke4 Kf6 69.Nd2 Bf8 70.Nb1 Bh6 71.Na3 Bc1 72.Nxb5 Bd2 73.Nd6 Bxc3 74.b5 Ke7 75.Nxc4 Be1 76.Kxe5 Bg3+ 77.Kd4 Bf2+ 78.Kc3 1-0. [Click to replay]


In a critical moment the Romanian GM blunders...


... and will no longer be able to defend the game against his US colleague


Hikaru Nakamura talks to Dorian Rogozenco after his win over Liviu Nisipeanu

Standings after two rounds

Schedule and results

Round 1: Saturday, June 11, 15:30h
Vassily Ivanchuk 
1-0
 Teimour Radjabov
Magnus Carlsen 
1-0
 Hikaru Nakamura
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
½-½
 Sergey Karjakin
Round 2: Sunday, June 12, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½
 Sergey Karjakin
Hikaru Nakamura 
1-0
 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Vassily Ivanchuk 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Round 3: Monday, June 13, 15:30h
Magnus Carlsen 
   Teimour Radjabov
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
Sergey Karjakin 
   Hikaru Nakamura
Games Report
Round 4: Tuesday, June 14, 15:30h
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
   Teimour Radjabov
Sergey Karjakin 
   Magnus Carlsen
Hikaru Nakamura 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
Games Report
Round 5: Wednesday, June 15, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
   Hikaru Nakamura
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Sergey Karjakin
Magnus Carlsen 
   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Games Report
Round 6: Friday, June 17, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
Hikaru Nakamura 
   Magnus Carlsen
Sergey Karjakin 
   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
GamesReport
Round 7: Saturday, June 18, 15:30h
Sergey Karjakin 
   Teimour Radjabov
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
   Hikaru Nakamura 
Magnus Carlsen 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
GamesReport
Round 8: Sunday, June 19, 15:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
   Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Hikaru Nakamura 
   Sergey Karjakin
GamesReport
Round 9: Monday, June 20, 15:30h
Hikaru Nakamura 
   Teimour Radjabov
Sergey Karjakin 
   Vassily Ivanchuk
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 
   Magnus Carlsen
GamesReport
Round 10: Tuesday, June 21, 13:30h
Teimour Radjabov 
   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Magnus Carlsen 
   Sergey Karjakin
Vassily Ivanchuk 
   Hikaru Nakamura 
GamesReport

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