Russian Superfinal and the Remarkable Mr Morozevich

by ChessBase
12/25/2007 – Do you remember? Alexander Morozevich, top seed in the Russian Championship, started off by spoiling a winning position and then lost with the white pieces against a GM named Vitiugov. The end of his championship hopes? No way. Morozevich won the next four games to take the lead. In the women's section four players are in the joint lead. Report with new diagram format.

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Russian Superfinal – report after round six

This is an experiment. Instead of the regular diagrams we tend to use – Fritz board with "USCF" piece set – we will today present you with an interesting alternative: our "live game font". Actually they are pictures provided by our colleagues over at ChessPro, who in round five concentrated, for once, not on the players but on the boards. Interesting, visually, but we will probably switch back to the traditional diagram, that are easier to read.

Morozevich,A (2755) - Sakaev,K (2634) [D10]
60th ch-RUS Superfinal Moscow RUS (5), 23.12.2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 a6 7.Rc1 Bg4 8.f3 Bd7 9.g4 e6 10.h4 Be7 11.Bd3 0-0 12.Bb1 Qb6 13.Rh2 Rfc8 14.h5 Be8

15.Qd3 Nb4 16.Qd2 Nd7 17.Nh3 Nf8 18.Bg5 Qd8 19.Bxe7 Qxe7 20.f4 f6 21.Kf2 Qd6 22.Ng1 Rc7 23.Nf3 Rac8 24.h6 g6 25.a3 Nc6 26.e4 Qd8 27.Ba2 Ne7 28.e5 f5 29.Rg1 Rc6 30.Bb1 Kh8 31.Rhg2 fxg4 32.Rxg4 Bf7 33.Ne2 Nd7 34.Ng5 Bg8 35.R4g3 Nb6 36.b3 Qf8 37.a4 Nd7 38.a5 R6c7 39.Rf3 Nb8 40.b4 Nbc6 41.Rc1 Qxh6 42.Rh3 Qf8 43.f5 Nxf5 44.Nf4 Qe8 45.Bxf5 exf5 46.Rc5 Rd8 47.Qe3 h5 48.e6 Re7? 49.Rxc6! bxc6 50.Qe5+ Rg7 51.Qf6? (51.Rg3 delivers mate)

51...Rb8 52.e7 Bh7 53.Re3 Kg8 54.Qe6+ Kh8 55.Qf6 Kg8 56.Qe6+ Kh8 57.Qd6 Ra8 58.Qc7 Rg8 59.Nfe6 1-0.

Jakovenko,D (2710) - Svidler,P (2732) [C89]
60th ch-RUS Superfinal Moscow RUS (5), 23.12.2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 Re6 18.Qf1 Qh5 19.f3 Rf6 20.Bd1 Re8 21.Bf4 Rxe1 22.Qxe1 Re6 23.Be5 Bh3 24.Qf2 Bxe5 25.f4 Bxd4 26.Bxh5 Bxf2+ 27.Kxf2 Nf6 28.Bf3 Kf8 29.Re1 Rd6 30.Ne4 Nxe4+ 31.Rxe4 Be6 32.a3 a5 33.Rd4 Rxd4 34.cxd4 Bd5 35.Bxd5 cxd5 36.b4 axb4 37.axb4 ½-½.

Dmitry Jakovenko and Peter Svidler signing the round five peace treaty

Amonatov,F (2637) - Rychagov,A (2528) [C09]
60th ch-RUS Superfinal Moscow RUS (5), 23.12.2007
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Ngf3 Nc6 6.Bb5 Bd6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.0-0 Nge7 9.Nb3 Bd6 10.Re1 0-0 11.Bd3 h6 12.h3 Bf5 13.Be3 Re8 14.Bd4 Qc7 15.c3 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 Ng6 17.Be3 Rad8 18.Nbd4 Nxd4 19.Qxd4 a6 20.Rad1 Re4 21.Qb6 Qe7 22.Kf1 Bb8 23.Bg5 Rd6 24.Bxe7 Rxb6 25.Ba3 Rxe1+

To retake with the rook or with the knight? Farrukh Amonatov ponders

26.Nxe1 Bd6 27.Bxd6 Rxd6 28.Nd3 Rb6 29.Rd2 Kf8 30.Ke1 Ke8 31.g3 a5 32.h4 h5 33.Re2+ Kd7 34.b3 Rf6 35.b4 axb4 36.cxb4 b6 37.a4 Rc6 38.Ne5+ Nxe5 39.Rxe5 Kd6 40.Rxh5 g6 41.Rh8 Rc4 42.h5 gxh5 43.Rh6+ Kc7 44.Rxh5 Rxb4 45.Rxd5 Rxa4 46.Rf5 Re4+ 47.Kd2 Re7 48.Rf6 Kb7 49.f4 Ka6 50.g4 Ka5 51.g5 b5 52.f5 b4 53.g6 fxg6 54.fxg6 Ka4 55.Rf7 Re6 56.g7 Rg6 57.Kc2 Rg2+ 58.Kb1 Ka3 59.Rf3+ ½-½.

Vitiugov,N (2594) - Grischuk,A (2715) [E58]
60th ch-RUS Superfinal Moscow RUS (5), 23.12.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 d5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Qc7 10.Bb2 Na5 11.cxd5 exd5 12.Ne5 c4 13.Bc2 Ne4 14.f3 Nd6 15.a4 f6 16.Ba3 Rd8 17.Ng4 Bxg4 18.fxg4 Nb3 19.Ra2 Qe7 20.Qf3 Qe6 21.Qf4 Rd7 22.Bxd6 Qxd6 23.Qxd6 Rxd6

GM Nikita Vitiugov in the middle of the capture 24.Bc2xNb3

24.Bxb3 cxb3 25.Rb2 Rc8 26.Rxb3 b6 27.Kf2 Rdc6 28.Rc1 Rc4 29.Ra3 Rb4 30.cxb4 Rxc1 31.b5 h6 32.Ra2 Kf7 33.Kf3 Ke6 34.h4 g6 35.a5 Rf1+ 36.Kg3 Rb1 37.axb6 axb6 38.Rc2 Rxb5 39.Rc6+ Kf7 40.Rc7+ Kf8 41.Rd7 g5 42.Rh7 gxh4+ 43.Kf3 Rb1 44.Rxh6 Ke7 45.Rxh4 b5 46.Rh7+ Kd6 47.Rf7 Ke6 48.Rb7 b4 49.Rb6+ Ke7 50.Kg3 b3 51.g5 fxg5 52.Kg4 b2 53.Kxg5 Kd7 54.g4 Kc7 55.Rb3 Kd6 56.Kg6 Rg1 57.Rxb2 Rxg4+ 58.Kf5 Re4 59.Rb6+ Kd7 ½-½.

Tomashevsky,E (2646) - Timofeev,Arty (2637) [A13]
60th ch-RUS Superfinal Moscow RUS (5), 23.12.2007
1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 a6 4.Bg2 b5 5.b3 c5 6.0-0 Bb7 7.Nc3 Qb6 8.e3 Be7 9.d4 0-0 10.Qd3 Nc6 11.a3 Rfc8 12.Rb1 b4 13.Na4 Qa5 14.Bd2 d5 15.cxd5 Nxd5 16.e4 Nf6 17.Nxc5 Bxc5 18.dxc5 Qxc5 19.Rbc1 Qb5 20.Qxb5 axb5 21.e5 Nd5 22.axb4 Ncxb4 23.Rxc8+ Rxc8 24.Nd4 Nd3 25.f4 b4 26.Ra1

26...g6 27.Ra7 Rb8 28.g4 Nc5 29.f5 gxf5 30.gxf5 Nc3 31.Bxb7 Rxb7

32.Ra8+ Kg7 33.f6+ Kg6 34.Rg8+ Kh5 35.Rg5+ Kh6 36.Rg7+ Kh5 37.Rxh7+ Kg4 38.Kg2 1-0.

Standings Men's section

Pogonina,N (2462) - Shadrina,T (2379) [B85]
57th ch-RUS w Moscow RUS (5), 23.12.2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Be3 a6 9.f4 Qc7 10.a4 Nc6 11.Qe1 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 e5 13.Be3 exf4 14.Bxf4 Be6 15.Kh1 Nd7 16.Qg3 Ne5 17.Rad1 Rad8 18.Be3 Ng6 19.Bd4 Qa5 20.Qf2 Rc8 21.Qe3 Qg5 22.Qf2 Rc6 23.Bd3 Ne5

Natalija Pogonina pondering the move 24.Nd5 against Tatiana Shadrina in round five

24.Nd5 Bxd5 25.exd5 Rc7 26.b3 Bf6 27.Bf5 g6 28.Bh3 Bg7 29.c4 f5 30.Qe1 Re8 31.Qb4 Nf7 32.Bg1 Qf6 33.Qb6 Rce7 34.c5 dxc5 35.Qxf6 Bxf6 36.g4 f4 37.Rxf4 Be5 38.Rff1 Bd6 39.Rc1 Re2 40.Bg2 Ne5 41.Rf6 Rd8 42.h3 Nd3 43.Rd1 Nf4 44.Bf1 Re4 45.Bh2 g5 46.Bxf4 gxf4 47.Bc4 Kg7 48.Re6 Re3 49.Rxe3 fxe3 50.Kg2 Be5 51.Rf1 b5 52.axb5 axb5 53.Bxb5 Rxd5 54.Re1 Bd4 55.Bc4 Rd8 56.h4 Re8 57.Rf1 Re7 58.Kf3 Ra7 59.Ke4 Re7+ 60.Kd3 Kg6 61.Rh1 Kf6 62.Rf1+ Kg6 63.Re1 Ra7 64.Ke4 Ra2 65.Re2 Ra1 66.b4 Ra4 67.Kd5 Rxb4 68.Ra2 Rb6 69.Ra6 Rxa6 70.Bxa6 Kf6 71.Be2 h6 72.Bd3 Ke7 73.Be2 ½-½.

Girya,O (2338) - Stepovaia,T (2375) [B07]
57th ch-RUS w Moscow RUS (5), 23.12.2007
1.e4 d6 2.f4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 0-0 6.d3 c6 7.0-0 b5 8.Bb3 a5 9.a4 b4 10.Ne2 Na6 11.Ng3 Nc5 12.Ba2 Ba6 13.Kh1 Qc7 14.f5 Rab8 15.Bf4 b3 16.Bxb3 Rxb3 17.cxb3 Nxd3

Olga Girya considering her reply to the knight advance 17...Nxd3

18.Be3 Ng4 19.Bg1 d5 20.Ne1 Nge5 21.Nxd3 Nxd3 22.Qd2 Bxb2 23.Rab1 Bg7 24.Be3 Rd8 25.Bh6 Be5 26.fxg6 hxg6 27.Qg5 Bxg3 28.hxg3 Qe5 29.exd5 Rxd5 30.Qxe5 Rxe5 31.Bd2 f6 32.Rf3 Kf7 33.Kg1 Rd5 34.Bc3 e5 35.Rd1 Ke6 36.g4 f5 37.gxf5+ gxf5 38.Rh3 e4 39.Rh6+ Kd7 40.Rh7+ Kc8 41.Ra7 Bb7 42.Rxa5 c5 43.b4 e3 44.bxc5 e2 45.Rb1 Nf4 46.Rab5 Rd1+ 47.Kf2 Be4 48.Rb8+ Kd7 49.c6+ Kxc6 50.R1b6+ Kd7 51.Rg8 Rf1+ 52.Kg3 Ne6 53.a5 e1Q+ 54.Bxe1 Rxe1 55.a6 Ra1 56.Kh2 f4 57.Rgb8 Ra2 58.R8b7+ Nc7 59.Rb2 Rxa6 60.R7b4 Re6 61.Re2 Bd5 62.Rxe6 Nxe6 63.Kg1 Kd6 64.Kf2 Ke5 65.Rb5 Ng5 66.Ra5 Ne4+ 67.Kf3 Nc5+ 68.Kg4 Nd3 69.Rxd5+ ½-½.

Gunina,V (2359) - Kosintseva,N (2469) [E15]
57th ch-RUS w Moscow RUS (5), 23.12.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb7 6.Bg2 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 c5 8.0-0 0-0 9.Nc3 cxd4 10.Nb5 Bc5 11.Bg5 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 Nc6 13.b4 Bxb4 14.Nxd4 Rc8 15.Nxc6 dxc6 16.Qa4 a5 17.a3 Bd6 18.Rfd1 Qc7 19.Rab1 Nd7 20.Qb3 Bc5 21.Bf4 e5

22.Bc1 f5 23.Bg2 Nf6 24.Be3 e4 25.Bxc5 bxc5 26.Qb6 Nd7 27.Qb7 Ne5 28.Qb3 Rb8 29.Qe3 Rxb1 30.Rxb1 Qd6 31.Qb3 Rd8 32.Bf1 h6 33.Bh3 g6 34.Bf1 Rd7 35.Qc3 Kh7 36.h3 Qd4 37.Qxa5 Nxc4 38.Qa8 e3 39.f4 Nd2 40.Rb7 Nxf1 41.Qa7 Rxb7 42.Qxb7+ Kg8 43.Qc8+ Kf7 44.Qc7+ Kf8 45.Qb8+ Ke7 46.Qc7+ Qd7 47.Qxd7+ Kxd7 48.Kxf1

Valentian Gunina vs Nadezhda Kosintseva in a study-like endgame in round five

48...c4 49.Ke1 Kc7 50.Kd1 Kb6 51.Kc2 Kb5 52.g4 h5 53.gxf5 gxf5 54.Kc3 Ka4 55.Kxc4 Kxa3 56.Kd4 Kb3 57.Kxe3 c5 58.Kd2 c4 59.Kc1 Kc3 60.e4 fxe4 61.f5 e3 62.Kd1 Kd3 0-1.

Standings Women's section


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