Chess Siberia
Home page News Openings Best players/games Software Donate Video Philosophy Interviews Reviews Literature Music Cinema FIDE Answers Old newspapers Correspondence Chess Downloads Links Chess


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.
Tiebreak
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)

Semifinals
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.

Top

© 2000-2007 Boris Schipkov