Grischuk Draws Quickly With Kramnik To Clinch Victory At Petrosian Memorial

Grischuk Draws Quickly With Kramnik To Clinch Victory At Petrosian Memorial

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Nov 11, 2014, 6:38 AM |
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Alexander Grischuk easily won the Petrosian Memorial as he was able to draw his last-round game with Vladimir Kramnik, his closest rival, rather quickly.

In the final round Boris Gelfand and Levon Aronian jumped to shared third place in the final standings; they defeated Peter Leko and Ernesto Inarkiev respectively.

Sometimes two players are happy with a draw, and then there's not much you can do about it. Grischuk only needed half a point to secure tournament victory, while Kramnik already had a fine tournament so far (an undefeated plus two) and surely didn't want to risk an unnecessary loss as Black. 

All this resulted in a 14-move draw in the final round of the Petrosian Memorial, which did take two hours, though.

Enough time for Grischuk and Kramnik to give signatures after the game. | © Tashir-Chess.

Luckily there were still three interesting games left. Gelfand and Leko seemed to be heading to a draw, as they quickly reached an ending Teimour Radjabov has successfully defended several times, but suddenly it became clear that White was actually pressing this time. Gelfand had studied the rook ending, and managed to win it!

An important win in a rook ending. |  © Tashir-Chess.

Morozevich faced the solid, “6-draws”-Ding Liren, and in a Caro-Kann the Russian managed to get a nice position. Right after the opening there were some promising alternatives to his play, but it seems he missed the tactic employed by the Chinese GM, which equalized instantly.

Morozevich came close, but not close enough. |  © Tashir-Chess.

The longest game was Inarkiev-Aronian, and it was a wonderful display of endgame technique by the Armenian. The game reminded some of Capablanca's finest examples:

Gelfand ended third on tiebreak (not Sonneborn-Berger, as in the table below) | Photo © Tashir-Chess.

2014 Petrosian Memorial | Final Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts SB
1 Grischuk,Alexander 2795 2966 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 5.5/7
2 Kramnik,Vladimir 2760 2848 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4.5/7
3 Aronian,Levon 2797 2791 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0/7 13.00
4 Gelfand,Boris 2759 2796 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 1 ½ 4.0/7 11.50
5 Ding Liren 2730 2750 ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 3.5/7
6 Leko,Peter 2731 2649 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 2.5/7
7 Morozevich,Alexander 2724 2593 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 2.0/7 6.00
8 Inarkiev,Ernesto 2688 2598 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 2.0/7 6.00

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 1-0 Morozevich
Grischuk 1-0 Leko Ding Liren ½-½ Gelfand
Inarkiev ½-½ Ding Liren Leko ½-½ Inarkiev
Gelfand 1-0 Morozevich Aronian ½-½ Grischuk
Round 7 15:00 MSK 11.11.14
Grischuk ½-½ Kramnik
Inarkiev 0-1 Aronian
Gelfand 1-0 Leko
Morozevich ½-½ Ding Liren

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



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