Corus Round 10 - Aronian Is The New Leader

Corus Round 10 - Aronian Is The New Leader

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Lev Aronian (pictured) won his third game of the Corus tournament in round 10, beating Adams with a well-prepared Catalan, to take the sole lead on 6.5/10.  He is one of only two players who remain undefeated so far.  The other is Magnus Carlsen, who finally managed his first win by overcoming Dominguez in a lively game.  That win moves Carlsen into joint third place with four others, behind Karjakin in second.

There was controversy at the end of the exciting game between Radjabov and Smeets, when Radjabov, in severe time trouble, knocked over Smeets' bishop on e8 whilst making his 39th move, Re7.

Smeets (also in time trouble) promptly re-started Radjabov's clock and told him to replace the bishop, but before he had time to do so, Radjabov's flag fell.  The arbiters eventually decided that the game be declared drawn, but it seems that this decision was based more on pragmatism than strict interpretation of the rules.  On the face of it, Smeets should have been awarded the game on the basis that Radjabov didn't correctly complete his 39th move before his flag fell.  Rule 7.3 of the official laws states:

If a player displaces one or more pieces, he shall re-establish the correct position on his own time. If necessary, either the player or his opponent shall stop the clocks and ask for the arbiter`s assistance. The arbiter may penalise the player who displaced the pieces.

So Smeets was within his rights to re-start Radjabov's clock, as is common practice, but the technically correct method nowadays is that the clocks be stopped to allow the pieces to be replaced.  However, Radjabov protested that Smeets had distracted him by speaking to him when re-starting his clock.  The only rule which may be applicable in this situation is rule 12.6:

It is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in any manner whatsoever...

However, it is debatable whether telling your opponent to replace a piece he has knocked over (as an explanation for re-starting his clock) constitutes an unwarranted distraction or annoyance.  Perhaps this is an area of the rules that could be clarified!  It all seems like a good advert for 30 second/move time increments from the start of games.  There is video footage from Chessvibes of the incident and the arbiters' explanations for their decision here.

In the B Group Kasimdzhanov beat Vallejo Pons to rejoin the chasing pack on 6/10, just behind the leader Nigel Short.  Werle and Sasikiran both lost, to L'Ami and Efimenko respectively, leaving them both propping up the table on 3/10.

Just when you thought the C Group couldn't get any more savage, it does - In round 10 every single game was decisive!  Kudos to all the competitors in the group for their fighting spirit.  Swedish GM Tiger Hillarp Persson still leads by half a point from Wesley So of the Philippines.

The full results in Round 10:


Aronian, Levon   Adams, Michael   1-0   45 E04   Catalan
Karjakin, Sergey  Van Wely, Loek ½-½  42 B90  Sicilian Najdorf
Carlsen, Magnus  Dominguez Perez, Leinier 1-0  39 D81  Gruenfeld Botvinnik
Radjabov, Teimour  Smeets, Jan ½-½  39 A07  Barcza System
Movsesian, Sergei  Wang Yue ½-½  22 C42  Petroff's Defence
Ivanchuk, Vassily  Kamsky, Gata ½-½  57 D94  Gruenfeld Closed
Stellwagen, Daniel  Morozevich, Alexander ½-½  31 C92  Ruy Lopez Chigorin

Short, Nigel D   Motylev, Alexander   ½-½   48 B73   Sicilian Dragon
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  Vallejo Pons, Francisco 1-0  46 D80  Gruenfeld 
Volokitin, Andrei  Mecking, Henrique ½-½  25 C96  Ruy Lopez
L'Ami, Erwin  Werle, Jan 1-0  28 E12  Queens Indian
Reinderman, Dimitri  Navara, David ½-½  29 B80  Sicilian Scheveningen
Hou Yifan  Caruana, Fabiano ½-½  56 B42  Sicilian Paulsen
Sasikiran, Krishnan  Efimenko, Zahar 0-1  41 E59  Nimzo Indian

Hillarp Persson, Tiger   Holzke, Frank   1-0   49 C53   Giuoco Piano
Giri, Anish  Gupta, Abhijeet 1-0  33 D85  Gruenfeld Defence
Bosboom, Manuel  Bitalzadeh, Ali 1-0  31 B57  Sicilian Sozin
Howell, David W L  Harika, Dronavalli 0-1  48 C65  Ruy Lopez Berlin
Nijboer, Friso  Leon Hoyos, Manuel 0-1  62 B35  Sicilian Defence
Pruijssers, Roeland  So, Wesley 0-1  47 B48  Sicilian Paulsen
Romanishin, Oleg M  Iturrizaga, Eduardo 0-1  31 A04  Dutch System


The standings after round 10:


1 Aronian, Levon   ARM   2750   
2 Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  2706 6
3 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2776  
4 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2761  
5 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2717  
6 Movsesian, Sergei  SVK  2751  
7 Van Wely, Loek  NED  2625 5
8 Smeets, Jan  NED  2601 5
9 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2779  
10 Wang Yue  CHN  2739  
11 Adams, Michael  ENG  2712  
12 Kamsky, Gata  USA  2725  
13 Stellwagen, Daniel  NED  2612 4
14 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2771  


1 Short, Nigel D   ENG   2663   
2 Navara, David  CZE  2638 6
3 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2646 6
4 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2687 6
5 Volokitin, Andrei  UKR  2671 6
6 Motylev, Alexander  RUS  2676 6
7 Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP  2702  
8 Efimenko, Zahar  UKR  2688  
9 L'Ami, Erwin  NED  2603 5
10 Reinderman, Dimitri  NED  2549 4
11 Hou Yifan  CHN  2571 4
12 Mecking, Henrique  BRA  2567  
13 Sasikiran, Krishnan  IND  2711 3
14 Werle, Jan  NED  2607 3


1 Hillarp Persson, Tiger   SWE   2586   
2 So, Wesley  PHI  2627 7
3 Giri, Anish  RUS  2469 6
4 Gupta, Abhijeet  IND  2569  
5 Harika, Dronavalli  IND  2473  
6 Holzke, Frank  GER  2524  
7 Bosboom, Manuel  NED  2418  
8 Howell, David W L  ENG  2622  
9 Iturrizaga, Eduardo  VEN  2528  
10 Leon Hoyos, Manuel  MEX  2542 4
11 Bitalzadeh, Ali  NED  2400  
12 Nijboer, Friso  NED  2560  
13 Pruijssers, Roeland  NED  2444  
14 Romanishin, Oleg M  UKR  2533 3

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