Monday, 20 June 2011

The Schliemann keeps sneaking in

Carlsen has once again taken the lead in the Kings tournament in Romania, with a Rd 7 win over Vassily Ivanchuk. In second place is Karjakin, who drew his game with Radjabov. Radjabov once again wheeled out the Schliemann defence against the Ruy Lopez, which he has done on and off over the last few years. This time Karjakin decided to challenge it head on, rather than with 4.d3, which has been to most common reply at the top level in recent years. Karjakin even had an extra pawn by move 10, but two bishops and open lines was enough compensation for Black. With 3 rounds to play Carlsen is the favourite to win, but in a pairing that may please the organisers, he is due to play Karjakin in the final round.

Karjakin, Sergey v Radjabov, Teimour
5th Kings Tournament, 18.6.2011

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