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Friday, November 13, 2009

Tal Memorial 2009:Round 7 results and crosstable,round 8 pairings and results and crosstable

There was one decisive game in Thursday's round at the 2009 Tal Memorial Chess Tournament.  GM Vassily Ivanchuk  defeated GM Boris Gelfand in 43 moves, which means that Ivanchuk now has a score of 4.5/7. This game was one in which Ivanchuk decided to play the Queen's Gambit Opening, (1.d4 d5 2.c4 and Gelfand chose to decline the pawn and play the solid Slav defense (2...c6).  This game followed known opening theory until move 9 when Gelfand played the novelty 9...Bd6.  On move 14 Ivanchuk was able to gain a protected passed pawn on d5 as the result of an exchange. Later, on move 19, Ivanchuk gained a pawn. Gelfand's immediate response was to try and trap the piece which Ivanchuk used to capture the pawn. However, computer analysis by Deep Rybka 3 suggested Gelfand's approach was not correct.Subsequently, Ivanchuk did not find the best continuation,according to Deep Rybka 3, and Gelfand did not find the best continuation either,and so this lead to an advantage for Ivanchuk after the move 21...Qd7?!  Neither player found the best move for their   22nd move either.
Deep Rybka 3 evaluates the position after Ivanchuk's 23.Rxc5 to be +/-.  A key point in the game occurred on Ivanchuk's 25th move when he was able to force and exchange of queens, (even though Ivanchuk was forced to accept doubled pawns on the b-file as a result of  this exchange.)

On move 26 Gelfand played the move 26...Rd8?! which was given a poor evaluation by Deep Rybka 3.  For some reason Ivanchuk declined to win a pawn after Gelfand's move by playing 26.Bxb6 +/-. Both players did not find the best continuations for the next few moves, however Ivanchuk suffered more, as the position became  +/= after 30 moves, Ivanchuk's extra pawn didn't mean much because it was doubled.  Gelfand's 35 move of ....Rc8?! is questionable and lead to an advantage for Ivanchuk after 36.Kd4 +/-  (Instead Gelfand should have played 35...Nf8 and after 36. Rc2 g5 37.Bh2 f5 38.Kd4 f4 39.g3 Kxd6 40.gxf4 Nd6+ +=  and he would have been better off than in the game). Gelfand continued the game by playing 36...g5? however this was a mistake, due to a  combination available to Ivanchuk, that being 37.Re2+ Ne5 38.Bxe5 fxe5  39.Rxe5 Kxb6 40.Rxb5 which gained him a second pawn,effectively ending the game (even though Gelfand regained a pawn on move 42).

All of the other games in round 7 were draws.Here are all of the results:


Round 7: Thursday, November 12, 2009
Levon Aronian
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk
1-0
 Boris Gelfand
Vishy Anand
½-½
 Alex. Morozevich
Peter Svidler
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Ruslan Ponomariov
½-½
 Peter Leko

You can play through all of the moves from all of the games by clicking on this link:

http://www.chessbase.com/news/2009/talmem/games/talm07.htm

Here is a crosstable after 7 rounds of play:





Tal Memorial 2009

1 Kramnik,V 2772 +155
&;
½
½½½111
5.0 / 7
2 Anand,V 2788 +72 ½
&;
½½

½½114.5 / 7 14.25
3 Ivanchuk,V 2739 +126
½
&;
½1
½1½½4.5 / 7 14.00
4 Carlsen,M  2801 -37 ½½½
&;
½½
½½
3.5 / 7 13.00
5 Gelfand,B 2758 +4 ½
0½
&;
1½½
½3.5 / 7 11.75
6 Aronian,L 2786 -25 ½

½0
&;
½½½13.5 / 7 10.75
7 Ponomariov,R 2739 -24 0½½
½½
&;

½½3.0 / 7
8 Morozevich,A 2750 -81 0½0½½½
&;

½2.5 / 7 8.75
9 Svidler,P 2754 -87 00½½
½½
&;
½2.5 / 7 8.50
10 Leko,P 2752 -94
0½
½0½½½
&;
2.5 / 7 8.00
Average Elo: 2763 <=> Cat: 21 gm = 2.70 m = 0.90




Here were the pairings  and results for round 8 from the tournament (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):


Round 8: Friday, November 13, 2009
Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
 Peter Leko
Magnus Carlsen
1-0
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Alex. Morozevich
½-½
 Peter Svidler
Boris Gelfand
½-½
 Vishy Anand
Levon Aronian
½-½
 Vassily Ivanchuk


You can play through the moves of every game from round 8 by clicking on this link:

http://www.chessbase.com/news/2009/talmem/games/talm08.htm

As a consequence of these results,here are the standings after 8 rounds of the tournament:






Tal Memorial 2009

1 Kramnik,V 2772 +130
&;
½
½½½1½115.5 / 8
2 Anand,V 2788 +58 ½
&;
½½½
½1½15.0 / 8 18.50
3 Ivanchuk,V 2739 +115
½
&;
½1½½½1½5.0 / 8 18.25
4 Carlsen,M  2801 +3 ½½½
&;
½½1
½½4.5 / 8
5 Gelfand,B 2758 +7 ½½0½
&;
1½½½
4.0 / 8 16.00
6 Aronian,L 2786 -27 ½
½½0
&;
½1½½4.0 / 8 15.00
7 Ponomariov,R 2739 -58 0½½0½½
&;
½
½3.0 / 8 12.00
8 Leko,P 2752 -79 ½0½
½0½
&;
½½3.0 / 8 11.75
9 Morozevich,A 2750 -69 0½0½½½
½
&;
½3.0 / 8 11.75
10 Svidler,P 2754 -76 00½½
½½½½
&;
3.0 / 8 11.25
Average Elo: 2763 <=> Cat: 21 gm = 2.70 m = 0.90



Here are the pairings for round 9 (the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):


Round 9: Saturday, November 14, 2009
Vassily Ivanchuk
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Vishy Anand
-
 Levon Aronian
Peter Svidler
-
 Boris Gelfand
Ruslan Ponomariov
-
 Alex. Morozevich
Peter Leko
-
 Magnus Carlsen


Good luck to all the players in round 9!

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