Morozevich leads in Sarejevo, King's tournament in Bazna

5/27/2008 – The traditional Sahovski Klub tournament is taking place in Sarajevo, Bosnia. After four rounds the draw average is 75%, but of the three wins two were produced by Alexander Morozevich, who leads with 3.0/4. Meanwhile in Bazna the King's Tournament is being held, with eleven famous (and mainly veteran) players. Results, games and links.

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The Bosnia Sarajevo tournament is taking place from May 23rd to June 2nd, 2008, with the rounds starting at 13:30h CEST. The event has been organised by the Sarajevo Chess Club “Bosna”, the venue is the Concert Hall of House of Army. It is a six-player double round robin, with an additional “B” tournament taking place (average Elo 2445). The rate of play is 90 minutes for 40 moves, with 30 seconds increment per move, then 15 minutes + 30 seconds/move for the rest of the game. The games are being broadcast on Playchess.com.

After three rounds the drawing average has been 75%, with just three decided games so far. Two of them were by top seed Alexander Morozevich, who produced this fine attacking against Sergei Movsesian:

Morozevich,A (2774) - Movsesian,S (2695) [D15]
GMA Sarajevo BIH (3), 25.05.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 a6 5.e3 b5 6.c5 Nbd7 7.Bd2 a5 8.Rc1 Ba6 9.a3 Qc7 10.b4 axb4 11.axb4 g6 12.Bd3 Bg7 13.0-0 0-0 14.Ne2 Bb7 15.h3 Ra3 16.Bc3 Rfa8 17.Bb2 R3a6 18.Qb3 Ne8 19.Rfe1 e5 20.e4 dxe4 21.Bxe4 Ndf6 22.Ng3 exd4 23.Nxd4 Rd8 24.Bf3 Raa8 25.Ndf5 gxf5 26.Nxf5 Rd7 27.Nxg7 Kxg7 28.Qc3 Qf4 29.Re4 Qd2 30.Qe5

Movsesian is hanging on well, but the next move loses him the game: 30...Ra2? 31.Re2 Qh6 32.Rce1 Rxb2 33.Qxb2 Nc7 34.Bg4 Rd3 35.Re7 Ncd5 36.Rxb7 Rd2 37.Qe5 1-0.

Standings after four rounds


King's Tournament in Bazna

The King's Tournament is taking place in Bazna, Romania, from May 24th to June 4th , 2008. The participants are (in alphabetic order) Ulf Andersson, Alexander Beliavsky, Alexander Khalifman, Henrique Mecking, Andrei Murariu, Lajos Portisch, Zoltan Ribli, Andrei Sokolov, Mihai Suba, Nigel Short and Rafael Vaganian.

The rate of play is 40 moves in 90 minutes, with 30 seconds increment per move, followed by 30 minutes + 30 seconds/move for the rest of the game. The first prize which is 7,000 Euro.

Standings after three rounds


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