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Morozevich again showing great form in Saratov

Morozevich again showing great form in Saratov

fatmaster
Oct 14, 2011, 7:22 PM 1

        Alexander Morozevich is continuing the splendid form he's been showing thus far in the summer of 2011! Laughing In a new strong tournament in Saratov, Russia he is leading the field with the super score of 5/6. He is 1.5 points ahead of Peter Leko and the Evgeny's Alekseev and Tomashevsky.

Event Governor's Cup | PGN via TWIC
Dates October 7th-20th, 2011
Location Poikovsky, Russia
System 10-player round robin
Players Tomashevsky, Andreikin, Alekseev, Morozevich, Vitiugov, Ponomariov, Moiseenko, Eljanov, Shirov, Ni Hua, Leko, Roiz
Rate of play

90 minutes for the first 40 moves and then 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 1

There's so many strong tournaments going on these days! This month a new top event was added to the calendar, called the 'Governor's Cup of the Saratov region'. It's a 12-player round robin with Evgeny Tomashevsky, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Alekseev, Alexander Morozevich, Nikita Vitiugov (all Russia), Ruslan Ponomariov, Alexander Moiseenko, Pavel Eljanov (all Ukraine), Alexei Shirov (Spain), Ni Hua (China), Peter Leko (Hungary) and Michael Roiz (Israel). The games are played at the FIDE time control; the venue is the auditorium of the Saratov State Socio-Economic University.

 

Like the tournament in Poikovsky that finished yesterday, the Saratov event isn't really focusing on online coverage. In fact it seems that there's no website at all! Many sources have given the Russian Chess Federation website instead and as Colin McGourty noted, some Russian sources suggest chessportal.ru which does provide a broadcast of the moves but that's all.

And like the Karpov tournament in Poikovsky, the tournament started quietly, with six draws in the first round - despite the presence of players such as Morozevich and Shirov. Luckily things changed quickly with an exciting second round that saw wins for Moiseenko, Morozevich and Alekseev, who beat top seed Ponomariov in a Berlin Wall. In the third round Morozevich became the sole leader, beating Moiseenko in a wonderful Sämisch King's Indian with Black. The next day he increased his lead as the only player to win, against Ni Nua, and in the fifth round the Russian also beat Eljamov. After six rounds Morozevich is already 1.5 points ahead, and has a performance rating very close to 3000!

Governor's Cup (Saratov) 2011 | Round 6 Standings

 


#NameRtgPerf123456789012PtsSB
1 Morozevich,A 2737 2987   ½     ½   1 1 1     1 5 13.25
2 Leko,P 2728 2760 ½   ½ ½ ½       ½   1   3.5 10.75
3 Alekseev,Evgeny 2662 2778   ½   ½   ½ ½ ½   1     3.5 10.5
4 Tomashevsky,E 2710 2757   ½ ½     ½       ½ ½ 1 3.5 8.75
5 Shirov,A 2713 2724 ½ ½       ½ ½ ½   ½     3 10
6 Roiz,M 2668 2705     ½ ½ ½       ½ ½ ½   3 8.5
7 Vitiugov,N 2726 2704 0   ½   ½     ½ ½   1   3 8
8 Moiseenko,A1 2726 2699 0   ½   ½   ½   ½     1 3 7.5
9 Eljanov,P 2683 2651 0 ½       ½ ½ ½       ½ 2.5 7
10 Ponomariov,R 2758 2630     0 ½ ½ ½         ½ ½ 2.5 6.5
11 Andreikin,D 2705 2590   0   ½   ½ 0     ½   ½ 2 5.25
12 Ni Hua 2670 2529 0     0       0 ½ ½ ½   1.5 3.5

 

 

Comparing the tournament one more time with Poikovsky: after six rounds the drawing percentage in Saratov is also very high: 75%. But it would be too easy to leave it at that. In Saratov many of these draws have been fascinating fights as well! A few of those have also been included in the selection of games below:

 
 
1. e4  e6  2. d4  d5  3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Bd3 c5 7. O-O Nxe4 8. Bxe4 Nf6 9. Bg5 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Be7 11. Bf3 O-O 12. Qd3 Qc7 13. Qe3 Qc5 14. c3 h6 15. Bh4 Qb6 16. Qe2 Bd7 17. a4 a6 18. a5 Qa7 19. Bg3 Rfe8 20. Qc4 Rec8 21. Qb3 Bc6 22. Nxc6 bxc6 23. Rfe1 Nd5 24. Qc2 Rd8 25. Ra4 Bd6 26. Rc4 Bxg3 27. hxg3 c5 28. b4 cxb4 29. cxb4 Rab8 30. Rb1 Qe7 31. Bxd5 exd5 32. Rd4 Rb5 33. Qd2 Qg5 34. Qc3 Qf5 35. Rc1 Rdb8 36. Qd2 Qe5 37. Rd1 Qe7 38. Rxd5 1/2-1/2

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