Grischuk Dominating Petrosian Memorial

Grischuk Dominating Petrosian Memorial

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Nov 10, 2014, 1:56 AM |
16 | Chess Event Coverage

With two rounds to go, Alexander Grischuk has a dominating lead of 1.5 points at the Petrosian Memorial. On Monday, the Russian GM won again: he beat Peter Leko in 33 moves.

In the same round, Boris Gelfand won his first game; he beat Alexander Morozevich, who is now sharing last place with Ernesto Inarkiev.

While the chess fans have switched their attention to what is happening in Sochi, 1350 km up north in Moscow, Alexander Grischuk is having a great week.

On Monday he won again to reach 4.5/5, winning 15.2 rating points, and getting to 2810 in the live ratings.

His game with Leko was a Queen's Gambit Declined with the classical 5.Bg5 (5.Bf4 is more popular these days), and the board caught fire when Grischuk pushed his g-pawn two squares on move 8. Can White do that also in this position? Yes he can!

Leko thought for half an hour and found quite a decent defense based on sacrificing an exchange. However, one mistake by the Hungarian was enough to get into big trouble.

A good moment to come and visit daddy, who is close to winning the tournament. |  Photo © Tashir-Chess.

Gelfand vs Morozevich was a great game too. Even though he played it as White recently, Morozevich somehow got confused and allowed a promising sacrifice of a knight for two pawns, which is quite typical for the Chebanenko Slav with 6.c5.

Black's attack was never dangerous enough to compensate for the marching white pawns. However, it seems there was one moment where Morozevich could have saved himself.

A good game by Boris Gelfand, who is back to 50 percent. | Photo © Tashir-Chess.

Yes, that 5.Bf4 QGD is quite popular. It was also seen in this round, in the game between Aronian and Kramnik.

It was the Armenian who had prepared something new: 13.Na4!? forces matters on the queenside. Kramnik decided to swap everything and defend a position with heavy pieces and slightly less space.

Indeed that should be a draw objectively, but at the end Aronian might have missed a chance.

The press conference after the game. |  Photo © Tashir-Chess.

And so there are still two players left who drew all their games. Besides Aronian that's Chinese number one Ding Liren, who split the point with Ernesto Inarkiev on Sunday. In a 4...Nd7 Inarkiev didn't play the most dangerous line, and Ding played a very solid game.

The players after the game together with Ilya Smirin and Eteri Kublashvili doing translations. |  Photo © Tashir-Chess.

2014 Petrosian Memorial | Round 5 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts SB
1 Grischuk,Alexander 2795 3108 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 1 1 1 4.5/5
2 Kramnik,Vladimir 2760 2811 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.0/5
3 Ding,Liren 2730 2754 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 2.5/5 6.75
4 Aronian,Levon 2797 2741 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 2.5/5 5.75
5 Gelfand,Boris 2759 2753 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 2.5/5 5.00
6 Leko,Peter 2731 2691 0 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 2.0/5
7 Inarkiev,Ernesto 2688 2607 0 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1.5/5 3.25
8 Morozevich,Alexander 2724 2607 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.5/5 3.00

2014 Petrosian Memorial | Pairings & Results

Round 1 15:00 MSK 04.11.14 Round 2 15:00 MSK 05.11.14
Ding Liren ½-½ Kramnik Kramnik 1-0 Inarkiev
Leko ½-½ Morozevich Gelfand 0-1 Grischuk
Aronian ½-½ Gelfand Morozevich ½-½ Aronian
Grischuk 1-0 Inarkiev Ding Liren ½-½ Leko
Round 3 15:00 MSK 06.11.14 Round 4 15:00 MSK 08.11.14
Leko ½-½ Kramnik Kramnik ½-½ Gelfand
Aronian ½-½ Ding Liren Morozevich ½-½ Inarkiev
Grischuk 1-0 Morozevich Ding Liren ½-½ Grischuk
Inarkiev ½-½ Gelfand Leko ½-½ Aronian
Round 5 15:00 MSK 09.11.14 Round 6 15:00 MSK 10.11.14
Aronian ½-½ Kramnik Kramnik - Morozevich
Grischuk 1-0 Leko Ding Liren - Gelfand
Inarkiev ½-½ Ding Liren Leko - Inarkiev
Gelfand 1-0 Morozevich Aronian - Grischuk
Round 7 15:00 MSK 11.11.14
Grischuk - Kramnik
Inarkiev - Aronian
Gelfand - Leko
Morozevich - Ding Liren

The Petrosian Memorial is held 3-11 November in Moscow. The prize fund is € 100,000 sponsored by Tashir Group.| Games via TWIC phpfCo1l0.png



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