Magnificent Magnus at Aerosvit

Magnificent Magnus at Aerosvit

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jun 11, 2008, 12:14 PM |
10 | Chess Event Coverage

Carlsen defeats rival in epic encounter

On a day when three of the games at the Aerosvit tournament in the Ukraine ended in draws after a mere 19 moves exactly, Magnus Carlsen battled against one of his nearest rivals, the talented 25 year-old Ukranian Pavel Eljanov, for a full 82 moves in a monumental struggle.

After a dynamic Catalan opening, Eljanov ran into time trouble and did extremely well to navigate to the time control relatively unscathed.  However, Calrsen had a definite edge and pushed hard for victory.  An unusual material imbalance of Rook and 3 pawns versus 2 Knights and one pawn led to fascinating play as Eljanov attempted to set up a kind of fortress with his Knights to frustrate Carlsen's efforts to break through.

Eventually Carlsen succeded in sidelining the Knights and ending Eljanov's stubborn resistance.  Bravo to both players for a thrilling game!

Two other games also ended in victories, with Sergey Karjakin overcoming Dmitry Jakavenko's Petroff defence and the popular Dutch player Van Wely also chalked up his first win of the tournament against Evgeny Alekseev.

The full results in round 4:

Karjakin, Sergey - Jakovenko, Dmitry 1-0 42 C42 Petroff's Defence
Shirov, Alexei - Volokitin, Andrei ½-½ 19 D56 Queens Gambit Lasker's Defence
Eljanov, Pavel - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 82 E06 Catalan
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Onischuk, Alexander ½-½ 19 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Svidler, Peter - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ½-½ 19 B10 Caro Kann
Van Wely, Loek - Alekseev, Evgeny 1-0 36 D31 Semi-Slav Defence

 

The leaderboard after round 4:

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

 

Carlsen and Eljanov prepare to do battle

 

 

 

 

 


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