Kramnik Beats Morozevich; Petrosian Memorial Not Decided Yet

Kramnik Beats Morozevich; Petrosian Memorial Not Decided Yet

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
Nov 11, 2014, 1:17 AM |
6 | Chess Event Coverage

On Monday, Alexander Grischuk couldn't secure tournament victory at the Petrosian Memorial yet. While he drew with Levon Aronian, runner-up Vladimir Kramnik won against Alexander Morozevich.

The tournament will see the ultimate showdown between Grischuk and Kramnik on Tuesday, and if the latter wins, he will finish on the same number of points as his opponent.

Let's start with the game of the round: Kramnik vs Morozevich. On Twitter it was stated that Morozevich has a very bad score against Kramnik, but according to the database, in classical games it's not so serious: +4 =9 -3 in favor of Kramnik. (Did they really only meet for the first time in 2000?)

The 6th round in action. |  Photo © Tashir-Chess.

In any case, an off-form Morozevich was no match for a Kramnik in an aggressive mood. In a Bogo-Indian, the 14th world champion castled kingside, pointed his bishops towards the enemy king, started pushing pawns and then brought a promising exchange sacrifice.

It must be said that Morozevich defended quite well for a long time, but at some point the pressure became too much. Snatching a pawn on g2, and especially opening the long diagonal, were questionable decisions made in time trouble.


An excellent game by Kramnik... |  Photo © Tashir-Chess.
...while Morozevich doesn't seem to be in the best shape. |  Photo © Tashir-Chess.

Meanwhile, Grischuk was in defense mode against Aronian. In one of the modern lines of the Grünfeld, 8.Be3 and 9.Nd2 (something Vishy Anand might consider playing as well in the match!), the tournament leader played against one of the most basic rules in chess: don't move the queen too much in the opening.

Well, it just wasn't “too” much. After 20.Rfd1 White, who had sacrificed two pawns, was completely developed, while Black's Ra8, Rf8 and Bc8 hadn't moved yet. White won back one pawn, then another, but by then, with accurate play Grischuk had equalized.

Grischuk holds the draw and still leads by a full point. |  Photo © Tashir-Chess.

Leko-Inarkiev saw a new idea in the 5.Bf4 Queen's Gambit Declined, one of Black's main weapons at top level these days. Black refrained from trading the light-squared bishops, which makes so much sense in this pawn structure. His idea became clear quickly: pushing ...e5 could not be prevented.

It's a concept that might be tried more often, because it was only a few moves later that Black erred. Leko got an advantage and maybe could have won Black's d-pawn somewhere.

New developments in the 5.Bf4 QGD. |  Photo © Tashir-Chess.

Ding Liren played quiet 7.b3 line of the the Fianchetto Grünfeld, and Gelfand's response was very principled: putting pressure on d4 before White's bishop had arrived on b2. It looks like a good way to equalize quickly; in the game there was a massive trade of pieces that led to a level endgame.

Gelfand was well prepared for Ding's 7.b3 line. |  Photo © Tashir-Chess.
Ding Liren: still only draws. |  Photo © Tashir-Chess.

2014 Petrosian Memorial | Round 6 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts SB
1 Grischuk,Alexander 2795 3017 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 5.0/6
2 Kramnik,Vladimir 2760 2858 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4.0/6
3 Ding,Liren 2730 2755 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.0/6 9.75
4 Aronian,Levon 2797 2750 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 3.0/6 9.50
5 Gelfand,Boris 2759 2749 0 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 3.0/6 7.50
6 Leko,Peter 2731 2691 0 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 2.5/6
7 Inarkiev,Ernesto 2688 2630 0 0 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 2.0/6
8 Morozevich,Alexander 2724 2656 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.5/6

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 - 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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