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The review of chess events for January, 2007

by Boris Schipkov

The Hastings Chess Congress took place in England 28th December 2006 - 7th January 2007.
1-2. Gagunashvili, Merab; Neverov, Valerij - 7/9; 3-8. Ikonnikov, Vyacheslav; Gofshtein, Zvulon; Pavlovic, Milos; Pert, Nicholas; Lalic, Bogdan; Cherniaev, Alexander - 6.5.

The Reggio Emilia tournament took place in Italy December 30th 2006 - January 7th 2007.
1. Iordachescu, Viorel - 7/9; 2-3. Landa, Konstantin; Khenkin, Igor - 6.5.

The ACP World Rapid Cup 2007 took place in Odessa (Ukraine) January 5th-8th.
Final: Peter Leko - Vassily Ivanchuk 2.5-1.5.

Boris Gelfand - Peter Leko 2-3 (In game 1 Peter could win with 25...Rcd8, he checkmated in game 3, but Boris won game 4 in a lost ending; Peter gave his rook for a knight and two pawns in the sudden death game, advanced his pawns to e2 and f2)
Vassily Ivanchuk - Teimour Radjabov 2-0.

Peter Leko - Sergei Rublevsky 2-0 (Peter sacrificed his bishop)
Alexei Shirov - Boris Gelfand 0.5-1.5
Alexander Morozevich - Teimour Radjabov 0-1 (Alexander had an extra pawn, could win, but gave a rook), 1/2 (King's Indian)
Etienne Bacrot - Vassily Ivanchuk 0.5-1.5

6.01.2007 Pentala Harikrishna - Alexander Morozevich 2-3
Teimour Radjabov - Evgeny Bareev 1.5-0.5
Viorel Bologan - Etienne Bacrot 2-3
Vassily Ivanchuk - Farrukh Amonatov 1-0 (White attacked with 23.f6), 1-0.
5.01.2007 Peter Leko - Ivan Sokolov 1.5-0.5
Sergei Rublevsky - Arkadij Naiditsch 1.5-0.5
Ilia Smirin - Alexei Shirov 0.5-1.5
Boris Gelfand - Hikaru Nakamura 1-0 (Gruenfeld. White grabbed a pawn in the ending), 1-0 (Hikaru had an edge, better was 47.Rb7+ or 47.Kg2, winning).

The Australian Open Chess Championships 2006-7 took place from 28th December 2006 to 9th January 2007 at the Tuggeranong Southern Cross Club in Canberra.
1. Zhao, Zong-Yuan - 9.5/11; 2. Rogers, Ian - 9; 3-4. Bluvshtein, Mark; Johansen, Darryl - 8.5.

The 114th New Zealand Championship took place 2nd-12th January in Wanganui.
1. Wang Puchen - 9/11; 2-3. Ker, Anthony; Dive, Russell John - 7.5.

The Ciudad de Sevilla 2007 took place in Spain 7th-15th January.
1-2. Van Der Weide, Karel; Campora Sivori, Daniel - 7.5; 3-9. Rizouk, Aimen; Spraggett, Kevin; Lopez Martinez, Josep Manuel; Komljenovic, Davor; Pogorelov, Ruslan; Tissir, Mohamed; Jimenez Hernandez, Cayetano - 7.

The German Championship 2007 took place in Bad Koenigshofen January 19th-27th.
1-2. Naiditsch, Arkadij; Buhmann, Rainer; 3-5. Gustafsson, Jan; Henrichs, Thomas; Luther, Thomas - 6.

The Corus tournaments 2007 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 12th-28th.
1-3. Levon Aronian, Veselin Topalov, Teimour Radjabov - 8.5; 4. Vladimir Kramnik - 8; 5. Viswanathan Anand - 7.5; 6. Peter Svidler - 7; 7-8. David Navara, Sergey Karjakin - 6.5; 9. Ruslan Ponomariov - 6; 10-12. Alexander Motylev, Sergei Tiviakov, Loek van Wely - 5; 13-14. Magnus Carlsen, Alexei Shirov - 4.5.
Games (91, zipped pgn)

R13: Radjabov-Topalov 1/2, Aronian-Tiviakov 1-0 (Black riskily sacrificed his rook), Kramnik-van Wely 1-0 (White attacked on the kingside), Anand-Navara 1/2, Svidler-Karjakin 0-1 (Black attacked on the queenside), Ponomariov-Motylev 1/2, Carlsen-Shirov 1/2 (Two bishops).

R12: Topalov-Kramnik 1/2, Motylev-Radjabov 0-1 (The KID, unbeatable), van Wely-Svidler 1-0 (Loek quickly won in the Gruenfeld), Shirov-Aronian 1/2, Tiviakov-Anand 1/2, Karjakin-Carlsen 1/2, Navara-Ponomariov 1-0 (David had an edge, 34...Kg6 is bad).

R11: Kramnik-Radjabov 1/2 (Again the King's Indian), Svidler-Topalov 1-0 (Peter made few mistakes, but then Veselin did the errors 33...Rc5 and 35...f5. Correct was 33...Rc2+ with advantage or 35...Rb5. White had a better rook endgame, could fight for victory), Navara-Motylev 1/2 (Black won a pawn, an interesting blow), Ponomariov-Tiviakov 1/2, Anand-Shirov 1/2, Aronian-Karjakin 1-0 (White attacked the king in the ending), Carlsen-van Wely 1/2 (Black had an edge, rook+pawn vs rook+bishop).

R10: Motylev-Kramnik 1/2, Karjakin-Anand 0-1 (Sergey sacrificed his queen), Radjabov-Svidler 1/2, Shirov-Ponomariov 1/2, Tiviakov-Navara 1/2, Topalov-Carlsen 1-0 (The gift 15...Nxc5, better was 15...Re8), van Wely-Aronian 1/2 (Loek won a piece, but made a mistake 38.Rh5?).

R9: Anand-van Wely 1-0, Aronian-Topalov 1/2, Carlsen-Radjabov 1/2, Navara-Shirov 0-1 (Alexei grabbed a pawn with 23...Nxe4), Ponomariov-Karjakin 1-0 (Ruslan attacked the king), Svidler-Kramnik 1/2.

R8: Kramnik-Carlsen 1/2, Radjabov-Aronian 0-1, Topalov-Anand 1-0 (Bishop+knight vs rook+2 pawns), Motylev-Svidler 0-1 (Peter attacked with a knight sacrifice), Karjakin-Navara 1-0 (Black could win), van Wely-Ponomariov 1/2, Shirov-Tiviakov 1/2 (Alexei had a clear edge due to the exchange).

R7: Anand-Radjabov 1/2, Aronian-Kramnik 1/2, Carlsen-Svidler 0-1, Navara-van Wely 1-0, Ponomariov-Topalov 0-1 (Veselin gathered pawns), Shirov-Motylev 1/2, Tiviakov-Karjakin 1/2.

R6: Kramnik-Anand 1-0 (Vladimir grabbed a pawn in the ending), van Wely-Tiviakov 1/2, Topalov-Navara 1/2, Karjakin-Shirov 1-0, Motylev-Carlsen 1/2, Radjabov-Ponomariov 1/2, Svidler-Aronian 1/2.

R5: Navara-Radjabov 0-1 (A sharp fight. David sacrificed his knight, but Teimour checkmated. Better was 28.Rbd1), Anand-Svidler 1-0 (Vishy won quickly), Aronian-Carlsen 1/2, Karjakin-Motylev 1/2, Ponomariov-Kramnik 1/2, Shirov-van Wely 0-1, Tiviakov-Topalov 1/2.

R4: Topalov-Shirov 1-0, Radjabov-Tiviakov 1-0, Carlsen-Anand 1/2, van Wely-Karjakin 1/2, Svidler-Ponomariov 1/2, Kramnik-Navara 1/2.

R3: Anand-Aronian 1/2 (A theoretical duel, Marshall Ruy Lopez), Karjakin-Topalov 1/2 (Sergey obtained a clear edge), Navara-Svidler 1/2, Ponomariov-Carlsen 1-0 (Queen vs rook+bishop), Shirov-Radjabov 0-1 (Black attacked in the KID, won the exchange), Tiviakov-Kramnik 1/2.

R2: Kramnik-Shirov 1-0 (Fork), Topalov-van Wely 1-0, Motylev-Anand 0-1 (Alexander could make a draw by 28.Rxg7+), Aronian-Ponomariov 1-0, Svidler-Tiviakov 1-0, Carlsen-Navara 0-1, Radjabov-Karjakin 1/2.

R1: van Wely-Radjabov 0-1 (Teimour grabbed the b4-pawn in the King's Indian), Topalov-Motylev 1/2 (Black got good counterplay).

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