Friday, 17 December 2010

I don't get no respect

So said the late Rodney Dangerfield. Such a comment may also apply to the Russian Championship, which seems to slip under the radar in terms of Super GM events each year. This can possibly be explained by the fact that not 'every' top Russian player is playing, but this only seems to reduce the strength marginally.
This years event has Svidler, Grischuk, Karjakin etc taking part, and with 6 rounds already played, Svidler leads with 4.5. Karjakin is in second on 4 while Grischuk and Nepomnichtchi are tied for third on 3.5.
The 6th round saw Svidler move into the outright lead with a nicely played win over Malakhov.

Svidler,Peter (2722) - Malakhov,Vladimir (2712) [C67]
63rd ch-RUS Moscow RUS (6), 16.12.2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Be7 6.Qe2 Nd6 7.Bxc6 bxc6 8.dxe5 Nb7 9.c4 0-0 10.Nc3 f6 11.Re1 fxe5 12.Qxe5 Bf6 13.Qh5 g6 14.Qh6 Bg7 15.Qh3 d6 16.Qg3 Qd7 17.h3 Nc5 18.Qh4 Ne6 19.Ng5 Nxg5 20.Bxg5 Rf7 21.Ne4 Bb7 22.c5 Raf8 23.cxd6 cxd6 24.Rad1 c5 25.Nxd6 Rxf2 (D)
26.Qxf2 Rxf2 27.Kxf2 Bf8 28.Re8 Qg7 29.Kg1 Bc6 30.Rc8 h6 31.Rxc6 hxg5 32.Ne4 Qe5 33.Nf6+ Kh8 34.Ng4 Qe8 35.Rc7 Bg7 36.Rxc5 Qb8 37.Kh1 Qxb2 38.Rc8+ Kh7 39.Rd7 Qb1+ 40.Kh2 Qb6 41.Rf8 1-0

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