Thursday, 28 June 2007

Dortmund and Aerosvit

Two big international events are taking place, although there is an overlap between the two. Dortmund 2007 is half way through, while the Aerosvit tournament in the Ukraine, is almost complete.
While both events are probably Category 100 or so, the Dortmund event is probably the "A" event due the participation of Anand, Carlsen, Kramnik, and Leko, although a "B" event containing Ivanchuk, Karjakin, Shirov and Svidler isn't too shabby.
Click on the above links for current standings.

Fellow ANU Chess Club member Andrey Bliznyuk tipped me off about the following game between Karjakin and Van Wely from the Aerosvit tournament. As I believe the Sicilian Defence only exists to give 1.e4 players a chance to practice their King-side attacks, I found it quite enjoyable.

Karjakin,S (2686) - Van Wely,L (2674) [B90]
Aerosvit Foros UKR (7), 25.06.2007

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Bc4 0-0 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Re1 b5 11.Bf1 Rb8 12.Bg5 Ng4 13.Bc1 Qb6 14.Qd2 Nf6 15.h3 Re8 16.Qd1 h6 17.b3 Bf8 18.a4 b4 19.Nd5 Nxd5 20.exd5 Na5 21.Be3 Qc7 22.Nd2 f5 23.Nc4 Be7 24.Qh5 Rf8 25.Nxa5 Qxa5 26.Bxh6 gxh6 27.Qg6+ Kh8 28.Qxh6+ Kg8 29.Qg6+ Kh8 30.Re3 f4 (D)
31.Rxe5 dxe5 32.Qh6+ Kg8 33.d6 Rf7 34.Bc4 Bf5 35.dxe7 1-0

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