The review of chess events for June, 2007
by Boris Schipkov
The World Candidates Matches 2007 took place in Elista (Russia) from May 27th to June 14th. Rest days: May 30, June 4-5 and 9. Leko, Gelfand, Aronian, Grischuk will fly to Mexico.
S. Rublevsky - A. Grischuk 0-1 (Sergei made a new move 13.f4 in the Scotch, but Alexander played well, grabbed pawns), 1/2 (Sergei had an edge in the Sicilian, but again Alexander defended precisely), 0-1 (Alexander got good counterplay, won with bishop+knight vs rook). Alexander Grischuk wins the tiebreak 2.5-0.5 and the match 5.5-3.5, will play in the World Championship 2007 in Mexico.
Finals, Game 6
A. Shirov - L. Aronian 1/2. Levon played in the centre with 15...d5. Levon Aronian wins the match 3.5-2.5, will play in the World Championship 2007 in Mexico.
S. Rublevsky - A. Grischuk 1/2. A sharp fight. The rivals castle on the opposed wings. A quick draw by perpetual check. A score stands 3-3.
Finals, Game 5
L. Aronian - A. Shirov 1/2. A theoretical duel in the Gruenfeld, with the typical exchange sacrifice. 27.Bd2 is a novelty. A draw by repetition.
P. Leko - E. Bareev 1/2. With equality in the Caro-Kann. Peter Leko wins the match 3.5-1.5, will play in the World Championship 2007 in Mexico.
A. Grischuk - S. Rublevsky 1/2. Alexander obtained a small edge in the Sicilian.
G. Kamsky - B. Gelfand 0-1. Gata riskily sacrificed a pawn. Boris Gelfand wins the match 3.5-1.5, will play in the World Championship 2007 in Mexico.
Finals, Game 4
A. Shirov - L. Aronian 1/2. Alexei won the h-pawn in the endgame, trying to beat. But his rook cannot go from h4-h5 squares.
E. Bareev - P. Leko 1/2. Evgeny had only a slight edge in the Nimzo, then Peter got an advantage. A draw.
S. Rublevsky - A. Grischuk 1-0. Sergei had two extra pawns.
B. Gelfand - G. Kamsky 1/2. Boris grabbed the exchange.
Finals, Game 3
L. Aronian - A. Shirov 1/2. The rivals traded pieces in the Queen's Gambit Accepted, the ending looked drawish or sligthly better to White.
P. Leko - E. Bareev 1-0. Peter had a clear edge in the Caro-Kann after 19.Bc3, stormed with 37.f4! and 40.Bxe4.
A. Grischuk - S. Rublevsky 1/2. Alexander pushed the g-pawn, transferred his pieces to the kingside, attacked.
G. Kamsky - B. Gelfand 0-1. Boris gathered pawns.
Finals, Game 2
A. Shirov - L. Aronian 1/2. Alexei attacked with 13.g4, grabbed a queen. Probably 17...Ne4 or 19...Qc8 was better. Then Alexei could gain a huge advantage with 32.e4, 33.Ne4. Perpetual check.
E. Bareev - P. Leko 1/2. A quick draw.
S. Rublevsky - A. Grischuk 1/2. With more or less equal play in the Scotch Game.
B. Gelfand - G. Kamsky 1/2. Gata had good counterplay in the Slav, but the endgame was drawish.
Finals, Game 1
L. Aronian - A. Shirov 1-0. Levon made a new move in the Queen's Gambit Accepted, 14.g3. Alexei gave the exchange, had some but not enough compensation. Perhaps the simple 15...Rf7 was better. Aronian wins.
P. Leko - E. Bareev 1-0. Peter had a slight edge in the Caro-Kann. Then Evgeny got good counterplay with the original manoeuvre ...Rd5-h5-f5, found the Achilles' heel - the f2-pawn. Peter made mistakes, and Evgeny could win with the superb 28...Ne4!! 29.Rxe4 Rxf2 30.Rxf2 Rd1+ 31.Re1 Rxe1 checkmate! But he also made the errors 28...g5, 29...Bd6 and quickly lost.
A. Grischuk - S. Rublevsky 1-0. Alexander attacked with the knight sacrifice 18.Nxd5 and 20.e6 in the Sicilian, with an advantage, finished with the elegant 32.Rxc6, 33.Rxf7.
G. Kamsky - B. Gelfand 1/2. Gata had the slightly better chances in the Sicilian. A draw by repetition.
Games (80, zipped pgn)
The computer match Deep Fritz - Deep Junior took place in Elista, June 6th-11th.
Deep Fritz - Deep Junior 2-4 (1/2, 1/2, 0-1, 0-1, 1/2, 1/2).
Games (6, pgn)
1. M. Carlsen - L. Aronian 3-3; Tiebreak rapid 2-2; blitz 0-2. The most exciting match in the Semifinals.
2. P. Leko - M. Gurevich 3.5-0.5. The perfect plans of Peter Leko in the Nimzowitsch Defence.
3. R. Ponomariov - S. Rublevsky 2.5-3.5.
4. B. Gelfand - R. Kasimdzhanov 3-3; Tiebreak 2.5-0.5.
5. G. Kamsky - E. Bacrot 3.5-0.5. Gata Kamsky has successfully used the Dutch Leningrad and the Dutch Stonewall formation.
6. A. Grischuk - V. Malakhov 3.5-1.5.
7. J. Polgar - E. Bareev 2.5-3.5.
8. M. Adams - A. Shirov 3-3; Tiebreak 0.5-2.5.
The National Open 2007 took place in Las Vegas 7th-11th June. 6 rounds.
1. Nakamura, Hikaru - 5.5; 2-7. Kortchnoi, Viktor; Sevillano, Enrico; Serper, Gregory; Friedel, Joshua; Gonzalez, Renier; Matikozyan, Andranik - 5.
The "Gorenje 2007" tournament in Valjevo (Serbia) took place 13th-21st June.
1-2. Roiz Michael; Atalik Suat - 6.5; 3. Karpov Anatoly 5.5; 4-5. Ivanisevic Ivan; Nikolic Predrag - 5; 6. Georgiev Kiril - 4.5; 7. Damljanovic Branko - 4; 8. Stojanovic Mihajlo - 3; 9-10. Iordachescu Viorel; Pavasovic Dusko - 2.5.
The Kings Tournament Bazna 2007 took place in Romania 15th-26th June.
1. Khalifman, Alexander - 7; 2. Vaganian, Rafael - 6; 3. Beliavsky, Alexander - 5.5; 4-6. Andersson, Ulf; Ribli, Zoltan; Mecking, Henrique - 5; 7-9. Sokolov, Andrei; Chiburdanidze, Maia; Portisch, Lajos - 4.5; 10-11. Suba, Mihai; Timman, Jan - 4.
The Dutch Championships took place 16th-28th of June in Hilversum, Holland. Tiviakov took the title after a rapid playoff against Stellwagen. Sergei Tiviakov - Daniel Stellwagen 1.5-0.5.
1-2. Stellwagen, Daniel; Tiviakov, Sergei - 8; 3-5. Sokolov, Ivan; Nijboer, Friso; L'Ami, Erwin - 7; 6. Smeets, Jan - 6.5; 7. Van der Wiel, John - 5.5; 8. Janssen, Ruud - 4.5; 9. Hendriks, Willy - 4; 10-11. Spoelman, Wouter;Bosboom, Manuel - 3; 12. Dambacher, Martijn - 2.5.
The Aerosvit tournament 2007 took place in Foros (Ukraine) 17th-30th June.
1. Ivanchuk, Vassily - 7.5; 2. Karjakin, Sergey -7; 3-6. Onischuk, Alexander; Svidler, Peter; Van Wely, Loek; Shirov, Alexei - 6; 7. Dominguez Perez, Lenier - 5.5; 8. Rublevsky, Sergei - 5; 9-10. Jakovenko, Dmitry; Eljanov, Pavel - 4.5; 11-12. Sasikiran, Krishnan; Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - 4.
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