Thursday, 6 February 2014

Fighting draw in last round at Gibraltar

Sometimes final rounds can a bit dull, while other times they can be hard fought. It often depends what is at stake. In that latter column comes the following game from the 2014 Gibraltar Congress. With Vassily Ivanchuk leading by half a point, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave threw everything into an attack which looked good (from a spectators point of view) but was never quite winning. Eventually Vachier-Lagrave reached a position where he ran out of new pieces to sensibly sacrifice, and so a draw by repetition was the best result. This leaves Ivanchuk still in the lead, but with a number of games in progress, a tie for first (plus a playoff) is still a likely result.

Ivanchuk,Vassily - Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime [A39]
2014 Gibraltar, 06.02.2014

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