Super Final R10: Grischuk loses, Kasparov clinches title

11/26/2004 – After ten rounds of the 57th Russian Championship Super Final the winner is already clear: Garry Kasparov leads with 7.0 points from nine games and a performance rating of 2877. His closest rival, Alexander Grischuk, lost his game today and now joins Dreev, who won, at 5.5/9. Games and results...

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57th Russian Championship
Super Final

November 14th – December 1st 2004

The Super Final of the 57th Russian is being held in the Festive Hall of the Hotel Rossija (“Rociya”), directly adjacent to the Red Square. The prize sum is US $125,000, to be paid out in rouble equivalent. The winner takes $50,000. The participants of this round robin tournament are Garry Kasparov, Alexander Morozevich, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Evgeny Bareev, Alexey Dreev, Vitaly Tseshkovsky, Alexander Motylev, Vladimir Epishin, Artem Timofeev and Alexey Korotylev. Originally Vladimir Kramnik and Anatoly Karpov were included, but both withdrew at the last moment.

Round ten – Friday, November 26, 2004

Garry Kasparov needed just a draw with the white pieces against Alexander Morozevich to clinch the title of 2004 Russian Champion. But true to his nature and character he was not satisfied with the title. Instead he worked tirelessly against a Slav to try and bring in the whole point. And he almost succeeded, winning a pawn in a rook and bishop ending. But Morozevich, currently the world's number four player, defended well and took the first half-point off the leader in the last five games.

The oldest participant, Vitaly Tseshkovsky, was probably quite demoralised by his minus four score in this event. In his final game against Alexey Dreev he offered little resistance and went down in a Pirc, with a mate in five on the board when he resigned on move 39.

Epishin vs Svidler was a Grünfeld and drawn in 30 moves, the Sicilian Sveshnikov between Motylev and Timofeev lasted just 26 moves. Alexander Grischuk was doing fine in a Nimzo Indian, in fact pressing for a win against Alexander Korotylev, when this is what happened:

Korotylev,A (2596) - Grischuk,A (2704) [E58]
57th ch-RUS Moscow RUS (10), 26.11.2004
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.cxd5 exd5 11.a4 Re8 12.Ba3 c4 13.Bc2 Qa5 14.Qc1 Ne4 15.Bxe4 Rxe4 16.Nd2 Re8 17.e4 Be6 18.e5 Qxa4 19.f4 Bf5 20.Rf2 f6 21.Qb2 Nd8 22.Nf1 Qd7 23.Ne3 Bd3 24.h3 b6 25.Qd2 Kh8 26.f5 fxe5 27.dxe5 Rxe5 28.f6 Ne6 29.Be7.

Can you spot why 29...h5 is a game-losing error? After for instance 29...a5 30.fxg7+ Nxg7 31.Bf6 Re6 Black is still pressing for a win. With the text move Korotylev could play 30.fxg7+ Nxg7 31.Bf6 Re6 (as in the previous variation). But now he had 32.Nxd5!, the move Grischuk had certainly overlooked when he played 29...h5. Unfortunately Black cannot play 32...Qxd5 because of 33.Qh6+ Kg8 and 34.Qxg7 mate! Grischuk had to go for 34...Kg8 and Korotylev could end the game with fireworks: 33.Qg5 Rf8 34.Bxg7 Qxg7 35.Rxf8+ Kxf8 36.Qd8+ Re8 37.Qd6+ 1-0.

Round ten – 26.11.2004
Kasparov, Garry
1/2 Morozevich, Alexander
Dreev, Alexey
1-0 Tseshkovsky, Vitaly
Epishin, Vladimir
1/2 Svidler, Peter
Korotylev, Alexey
1-0 Grischuk, Alexander
Motylev, Alexander
1/2 Timofeev, Artyom
Bareev, Evgeny free
Games for replay and download

Current standings

Kasparov +5
Grischuk +2
Dreev +2
Motylev +1
Korotylev 0
Svidler –1
Bareev –1
Timofeev –1
Epishin –1
Morozevich –1
Tseshkovsky –5

All Results

Round one – 15.11.2004
Dreev, Alexey
1/2
Timofeev, Artyom
Epishin, Vladimir
1/2
Morozevich, Alexander
Kasparov, Garry
1-0
Bareev, Evgeny
Motylev, Alexander
0-1
Grischuk, Alexander
Tseshkovsky, Vitaly
0-1
Svidler, Peter
Korotylev, Alexey free
Round two – 16.11.2004
Grischuk, Alexander
1/2
Epishin, Vladimir
Timofeev, Artyom
1/2
Tseshkovsky, Vitaly
Korotylev, Alexey
1/2
Kasparov, Garry
Morozevich, Alexander
0-1
Dreev, Alexey
Bareev, Evgeny
1/2
Motylev, Alexander
Svidler, Peter free
Round three – 17.11.2004
Svidler, Peter
0-1 Timofeev, Artyom
Dreev, Alexey
1/2 Grischuk, Alexander
Epishin, Vladimir
1/2 Bareev, Evgeny
Tseshkovsky, Vitaly
1-0 Morozevich, Alexander
Motylev, Alexander
0-1 Korotylev, Alexey
Kasparov, Garry free
Round four – 18.11.2004
Grischuk, Alexander
1-0 Tseshkovsky, Vitaly
Kasparov, Garry
1/2 Motylev, Alexander
Morozevich, Alexander
1/2 Svidler, Peter
Korotylev, Alexey
1/2 Epishin, Vladimir
Bareev, Evgeny
1/2 Dreev, Alexey
Timofeev, Artyom free
Round five – 20.11.2004
Svidler, Peter
1/2 Grischuk, Alexander
Dreev, Alexey
1-0 Korotylev, Alexey
Timofeev, Artyom
1/2 Morozevich, Alexander
Epishin, Vladimir
1/2 Kasparov, Garry
Tseshkovsky, Vitaly
0-1 Bareev, Evgeny
Motylev, Alexander free
Round six – 21.11.2004
Grischuk, Alexander
1/2 Timofeev, Artyom
Kasparov, Garry
1-0 Dreev, Alexey
Korotylev, Alexey
1/2 Tseshkovsky, Vitaly
Bareev, Evgeny
1/2 Svidler, Peter
Motylev, Alexander
1-0 Epishin, Vladimir
Morozevich, Alexander free
Round seven – 22.11.2004
Svidler, Peter
1-0 Korotylev, Alexey
Dreev, Alexey
1/2 Motylev, Alexander
Timofeev, Artyom
1/2 Bareev, Evgeny
Morozevich, Alexander
1/2 Grischuk, Alexander
Tseshkovsky, Vitaly
0-1 Kasparov, Garry
Epishin, Vladimir free
Round eight – 24.11.2004
Kasparov, Garry
1-0 Svidler, Peter
Epishin, Vladimir
1/2 Dreev, Alexey
Korotylev, Alexey
1-0 Timofeev, Artyom
Bareev, Evgeny
1/2 Morozevich, Alexander
Motylev, Alexander
 1-0 Tseshkovsky, Vitaly
Grischuk, Alexander free
Round nine – 25.11.2004
Grischuk, Alexander
1-0 Bareev, Evgeny
Svidler, Peter
0-1 Motylev, Alexander
Timofeev, Artyom
0-1 Kasparov, Garry
Morozevich, Alexander
1-0 Korotylev, Alexey
Tseshkovsky, Vitaly
1/2 Epishin, Vladimir
Dreev, Alexey free
Round ten – 26.11.2004
Kasparov, Garry
1/2 Morozevich, Alexander
Dreev, Alexey
1-0 Tseshkovsky, Vitaly
Epishin, Vladimir
1/2 Svidler, Peter
Korotylev, Alexey
1-0 Grischuk, Alexander
Motylev, Alexander
1/2 Timofeev, Artyom
Bareev, Evgeny free
Round eleven – 27.11.2004
Grischuk, Alexander
  Kasparov, Garry
Svidler, Peter
  Dreev, Alexey
Timofeev, Artyom
  Epishin, Vladimir
Morozevich, Alexander
  Motylev, Alexander
Bareev, Evgeny
  Korotylev, Alexey
Tseshkovsky, Vitaly free
 

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