Spanish Chess League – Kasparov Marcote wins

by ChessBase
8/29/2010 – Though the initial four rounds seemed to indicate that this Linex-Magic would not qualify to the final this year, Solvay slipped at the crucial moment. The match-up was a repeat of last year, when Kasparov Marcote had taken the laurels, and this year was no different, despite Linex-Magic's two highest Elos. The final result was a decisive 4.5-1.5. Here is the final report.

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Spanish Chess League - CECLUB Honor Division

The Spanish Chess League CECLUB Honor Division is underway in Sestao, Vizcaya, 23rd-28th August 2010. It is a 6-round event with 10 teams. The first 4 rounds are a Swiss, with the final two rounds to decide the final places.

There are nine players rated 2700 or higher (Shirov, Ponomariov, Navara, Nakamura, Vachier-Lagrave, Bacrot, Gashimov, Almasi, and Jobava), as well as 30 more rated at least 2600, such as Kasimdzhanov, Caruana, Vallejo Pons, Short, Rublevsky, and Le Quang to name a few.

Semifinal and Final

The final was decided by Kasparov Marcote and Linex-Magic, after the latter defeated Solvay in a tight match. Kasparov Marcote had the slightest edge in overall elo average, with 2668, while Linex-Magic had the two highest rated players in the event on their top boards, Shirov and Ponomariov. Nevertheless, despite the balanced numbers on paper, Kasparov Marcote beat their opponents with a decisive victory of 4.5-1.5.

Kasparov Marcote (left to right) with Jan Gustafsson, Jan Smeets, Francisco Pons
Vallejo, and Vugar Gashimov.

  C.A. Linex-Magic
1½ - 4½
  Escuela I. Kasparov Marcote
GM Shirov Alexei 2749
0 : 1
GM Gashimov Vugar 2719
GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2734
½ : ½
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2697
GM Sargissian Gabriel 2673
0 : 1
GM Smeets Jan 2669
GM Cheparinov Ivan 2661
½ : ½
GM Gustafsson Jan 2643
IM Perez Candelario Manuel 2526
0 : 1
GM Salgado Lopez Ivan 2607
IM Rocha Sergio 2431
½ : ½
GM Graf Alexander 2590

Jan Gustafsson and Jan Smeets

Sargissian,G (2673) - Smeets,J (2669) [D43]
TCh-ESP CECLUB Honor Sestao ESP (6), 28.08.2010

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.Qb3 h6 7.Bh4 Be7 8.e3 Ne4 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Bd3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 dxc4 12.Bxc4 0-0 13.0-0 c5 14.Bb5 b6 15.Bc6 Rb8 16.Qa4 Nf6 17.Ne5 Qc7 18.Rfd1 Rd8 19.Bf3 Bd7 20.Nxd7 Rxd7 21.Qb5 Rbd8 22.h3 e5 23.dxc5 Rxd1+ 24.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 25.Bxd1 Qxc5 26.Qd3 Qd5 27.Qc2 g6 28.Bf3 Qd7 29.Be2 Qd5 30.Bf3 Qd7 31.Kf1?! This move, declines the draw, and is only explained by reason of the team's situation. White is a bit worse if anything, due to the three pawn islands to Black's two. 31...Kg7 32.Ke1 Qb5 33.Qb3 Qd3 34.Be2 Qd5 35.Qxd5 Nxd5 36.Kd2 f5 37.Kd3 Kf7 38.Kc4 Ke6 39.h4 Kd6 40.a4 Nf6 41.Bf3 Nd7 42.Bd1 Nf6 43.Bf3 Offering the draw back, but Black is much better now and Smeets is having none of it. 43...g5 44.hxg5 hxg5

45.g3? Suicide, though it is admittedly a tough position to try to hold. White's kingside pawns are now locked on dark squares and cannot be defended by the bishop. On the other hand, White's bishop has no way of effectively attacking Black's pawns. The game is lost. 45...e4 46.Bd1 g4 47.Kd4 [47.Kb5 is refuted by a very nice line. 47...Nd7 48.Ka6 Nc5+ 49.Kxa7 Kc6 50.Bc2 Nd3 51.Bb3 Nxf2 52.Be6

Black to play and win.

52...f4!! 53.exf4 e3 54.Bc4 Ne4 55.Be2 Nxc3 (55..Nxg3? 56.Bxg4 e2 57.Bf3+ Kc5 58.Bxe2 Nxe2 59.f5 Nf4 60.f6 Ne6 61.f7=) 56.Bxg4 Nxa4 57.Bf3+ Kc5 58.g4 b5 59.g5 b4 60.g6 Nb6! 61.g7 Nc8+ 62.Kb8 Ne7] 47...Nd7 48.Be2 Nc5 49.Bb5 Ne6+ 50.Kc4 Ng5 51.Ba6 Nh3 52.Kd4 Ke6 53.a5 bxa5 54.Bc8+ Kf6 55.c4 a4 56.c5 a3 57.Kc3 Nxf2 58.c6 Nd3 59.Kb3 a2 60.Kxa2 Nb4+ 0-1 [Click to replay]

Having the top dogs, Shirov and Ponomariov, was not enough for Linex-Magic to win it.

6th GROS X.T.
10th U.G.A.
10 teams


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