Four more wins in Foros

Four more wins in Foros

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jun 10, 2008, 12:20 PM |
5 | Chess Event Coverage

Carlsen takes lead as Shirov falters

Another exciting day at the Black Sea resort of Foros as four of the six games yielded decisive results.  Alexei Shirov was first to suffer, losing his game against Pavel Eljanov (pictured) of Ukraine.  In a double rook ending, Eljanov manoeuvred his rooks onto the seventh rank and picked off Shirov's pawns to win.

Carlsen duly took advantage by winning against the luckless Dutchman Loek Van Wely.  They looked set to share the points, but Carlsen has a happy knack of squeezing wins out of drawish positions and he took advantage of a slip by Van Wely to top the leaderboard.

The Giuoco Piano is a rare opening at the top levels, but Evgeny Alekseev employed it to beat Peter Svidler.  Who needs cutting edge opening theory anyway?

Early exchanges of the minor pieces in the game between Dmitry Jakovenko and Andrei Volotkin left a heavy piece ending of Queens and Rooks.  Jakovenko pushed his pawns to attack the King and eventually they proved unstoppable.

The biggest winner from the first 3 rounds is the White pieces, with 9 victories to just one for Black !(Shirov in round 1)

The full results in round 3:

Carlsen, Magnus - Van Wely, Loek 1-0 61 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Eljanov, Pavel - Shirov, Alexei 1-0 39 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Alekseev, Evgeny - Svidler, Peter 1-0 47 C53 Giuoco Piano
Jakovenko, Dmitry - Volokitin, Andrei 1-0 52 E94 King's Indian Classical
Onischuk, Alexander - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 44 D47 Queens Gambit Meran
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 44 B40 Sicilian Classical

 

The leaderboard after round 3: 

1
Carlsen, Magnus    NOR   2765 
*   .   .   .   1 .   .   .   ½   .   .   1   
2
Eljanov, Pavel   UKR  2687
.  *  .  1 .  .  .  .  ½  .  .  ½  2
3
Karjakin, Sergey   UKR  2732
.  .  *  .  .  ½  .  .  .  ½  1 .  2
4
Shirov, Alexei   ESP  2740
.  0 .  *  .  .  1 .  .  .  .  1 2
5
Ivanchuk, Vassily   UKR  2740
0 .  .  .  *  1 .  .  .  .  ½  .   
6
Alekseev, Evgeny   RUS  2711
.  .  ½  .  0 *  .  .  1 .  .  .   
7
Jakovenko, Dmitry   RUS  2711
.  .  .  0 .  .  *  1 .  ½  .  .   
8
Volokitin, Andrei   UKR  2684
.  .  .  .  .  .  0 *  .  1 ½  .   
9
Svidler, Peter   RUS  2746
½  ½  .  .  .  0 .  .  *  .  .  .  1
10
Onischuk, Alexander   USA  2664
.  .  ½  .  .  .  ½  0 .  *  .  .  1
11
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter   ROU  2684
.  .  0 .  ½  .  .  ½  .  .  *  .  1
12
Van Wely, Loek   NED  2677
0 ½  .  0 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  *  ½ 

 



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