Morozevich beats Giri in second round Reggio Emilia

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Alexander Morozevich took an early lead at the 54th Torneo di Capodanno in Reggio Emilia, Italy. On Wednesday the Russian grandmaster beat Anish Giri of The Netherlands with Black, while the other two games ended in draws.

Morozevich leads in Reggio after round 2 | All photos © Circolo Scacchistico Ippogrifo

Event54th Torneo di Capodannno |  PGN via TWIC
DatesDecember 27th-January 6th, 2011
LocationReggio Emilia, Italy
System6-player double round robin
PlayersIvanchuk, Nakamura, Morozevich, Vitiugov, Caruana, Giri
Rate of play100 minutes for the first moves followed by 50 minutes to finish the game with 30 seconds increment from move 1

In round 2 the game between Giri and Morozevich was the most exciting: the Dutch player started with brave moves, but Morozevich, who has been called “the magician” among the audience, took control of the situation and in few moves he imprisoned the white king, which became an easy target.

[Event "54th Reggio Emilia"]
[Site "Reggio Emilia ITA"]
[Date "2011.12.28"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Giri, Anish"]
[Black "Morozevich, Alexander"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D11"]
[WhiteElo "2714"]
[BlackElo "2762"]
[Annotator "ChessVibes"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[EventDate "2011.12.27"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. e3 Bg4 5. h3 Bh5 6. Nc3 e6 7. g4 Bg6 8. Ne5
Nbd7 9. h4 dxc4 10. Nxg6 hxg6 11. g5 Nd5 12. Bxc4 Bb4 13. Bd2 Qe7 14. a3 Nxc3
$146 (14... Ba5 15. Qc2 Nxc3 16. Bxc3 Bxc3+ 17. Qxc3 Nb6 18. Bb3 Qxg5 19. hxg5
Rxh1+ 20. Ke2 Rxa1 21. d5 cxd5 22. Qxg7 Rh1 23. Ba4+ Ke7 24. Bc2 Ke8 25. Qg8+ {
1/2-1/2 (25) Tregubov,P (2628)-Inarkiev,E (2676)/Dagomys 2009}) 15. bxc3 Ba5
16. f4 O-O-O 17. Qb3 Nb6 18. Bd3 Kb8 19. Ke2 Qd7 20. Be4 f6 $1 21. gxf6 (21.
Bxg6 e5 $1) 21... gxf6 22. Rag1 (22. Bxg6 e5 $1) 22... e5 23. fxe5 fxe5 24. Rg5
exd4 $1 25. Rxa5 $2 Rhe8 (25... Qg4+ 26. Bf3 d3+ 27. Kf2 Rdf8 28. Qd1 Rxh4 {
was also winning.}) 26. Bg2 $6 ({Houdini tries to defend with} 26. cxd4 Rxe4
27. Kd1 {but it's hard to believe that White will survive.}) 26... dxe3 27. Bc1
Qd3+ ({Or} 27... Qg4+ 28. Bf3 Qg3 29. Bxe3 Qf4 $19) 28. Ke1 e2 29. Bf4+ Ka8 30.
Kf2 Rf8 31. Qb4 Nc4 32. Rxa7+ Kxa7 33. Qa4+ Kb6 34. Qb4+ Ka6 35. Qa4+ Na5 36.
Bf3 b5 0-1

Morozevich is now leading alone with 6 points (because also in this tournament a win yields 3 points instead of 1 for every victory, and a draw 1) and just behind him we find Hikaru Nakamura. The American played the English against Caruana and continued safely and solidly. His opponent always seemed prepared for a potential White attack by obstructing his opponent's attempts to break through.

[Event "54th Reggio Emilia"]
[Site "Reggio Emilia ITA"]
[Date "2011.12.28"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Nakamura, Hikaru"]
[Black "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A22"]
[WhiteElo "2758"]
[BlackElo "2727"]
[Annotator "ChessVibes"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2011.12.27"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. g3 Bb4 4. Nf3 Qe7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O c6 7. e4 $146 (7. d3
Rd8 8. Qc2 d5 9. Bg5 dxc4 10. dxc4 Nbd7 11. a3 Bxc3 12. Qxc3 Re8 13. Nd2 h6 14.
Be3 Ng4 15. Rfd1 f5 16. b4 Nxe3 17. Qxe3 Nf6 18. c5 {Markowski,T (2558)
-Campora,D (2547)/Ciudad Real 2004}) 7... d6 8. d3 a6 9. Qb3 Bc5 10. Na4 Ba7
11. Nb6 Bxb6 12. Qxb6 c5 13. Ne1 Bg4 14. f3 Be6 15. Bg5 Nbd7 16. Qa5 h6 17. Bd2
Nb8 18. Nc2 Nc6 19. Qc3 b5 20. Ne3 Nd4 21. Rae1 Rab8 22. Qc1 bxc4 23. dxc4 Qd7
24. Rf2 Rfe8 25. Bc3 a5 26. Qd1 a4 27. Bf1 Ra8 28. Bd3 Kh8 29. Kh1 Qb7 30. h4
Rf8 31. Kh2 Qd7 32. Ref1 Rae8 33. a3 Ra8 34. Qd2 Nb3 35. Qd1 Nd4 36. Rg1 Rae8
37. Qf1 Qd8 38. Qd1 Qd7 39. Nd5 Bxd5 40. cxd5 Rc8 41. Re1 Ra8 42. Bf1 Qe7 43.
Bd3 1/2-1/2

The game between Ivanchuk against Vitiugov was quite balanced all the time. White's central pawn break was nicely met by 17...Qa8! which made clear that Black had no problems whatsoever. The exchange of two pieces for rook and two pawns led to a drawish endgame and immediately the point was split.
 
[Event "54th Reggio Emilia"]
[Site "Reggio Emilia ITA"]
[Date "2011.12.28"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"]
[Black "Vitiugov, Nikita"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A46"]
[WhiteElo "2775"]
[BlackElo "2729"]
[Annotator "ChessVibes"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2011.12.27"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 b5 4. Bg5 Bb7 (4... d5 5. Nbd2 Be7 6. Bxf6 gxf6 7. c3
Nd7 8. e3 b4 9. c4 dxc4 10. Nxc4 c5 {Ivanchuk,V (2746)-Bacrot,E (2728)/Nalchik
2009}) 5. Nbd2 c5 6. c3 Nc6 $146 (6... cxd4 7. cxd4 Be7 8. e3 a6 9. Bd3 h6 10.
Bxf6 Bxf6 11. Rc1 O-O 12. h4 Be7 13. a3 Nc6 14. g4 {Bacrot,E (2728)-Moiseenko,
A (2690)/Odessa 2009}) 7. e3 cxd4 8. cxd4 a6 9. Bg2 Be7 10. O-O d6 11. a4 O-O
12. axb5 axb5 13. Qb3 Ra5 14. Rfc1 h6 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. Ne4 Be7 17. d5 $5 Qa8
$1 18. Rab1 (18. Rxa5 Nxa5 19. Qxb5 Bxd5) 18... exd5 19. Nc3 d4 (19... b4 $5)
20. Nd5 dxe3 (20... Bd8 21. Nxd4 Nxd4 22. exd4 $11) 21. Rxc6 exf2+ 22. Kxf2
Bxc6 23. Nxe7+ Kh8 24. Re1 (24. Nxc6 Qxc6 25. Nd4 Qc5 26. Qd5 Ra4 27. Rd1 g6
$11) 24... Be4 25. Nh4 Qa7+ 26. Re3 Ra4 27. Nhf5 Qc5 28. Bxe4 Rxe4 29. Qc3 (29.
Qc3 Qxc3 30. bxc3 Rxe3 31. Nxe3 Ra8 32. N3f5 $11) 1/2-1/2
 

Reggio Emilia 2011 | Round 2 Standings

No.NameRtgScore/gameTiebreakPerf
1Morozevich,A27626.0/2 3014
2Nakamura,H27584.0/2 2919
3Ivanchuk,V27752.0/2 2722
4-6Caruana,F27271.0/2 2569
4-6Vitiugov,N27291.0/2 2576
4-6Giri,A27141.0/2 2578

 

Reggio Emilia 2011 | Round 2 Standings (classical)

 

Reggio Emilia 2011 | Schedule & results

Round 127.12.1115:00 CET Round 602.01.1215:00 CET
Ivanchuk½-½Giri Giri-Ivanchuk
Vitiugov0-1Nakamura Nakamura-Vitiugov
Caruana0-1Morozevich Morozevich-Caruana
Round 228.12.1115:00 CET Round 703.01.1215:00 CET
Giri0-1Morozevich Morozevich-Giri
Nakamura½-½Caruana Caruana-Nakamura
Ivanchuk½-½Vitiugov Vitiugov-Ivanchuk
Round 329.12.1115:00 CET Round 804.01.1215:00 CET
Vitiugov-Giri Giri-Vitiugov
Caruana-Ivanchuk Ivanchuk-Caruana
Morozevich-Nakamura Nakamura-Morozevich
Round 430.12.1115:00 CET Round 905.01.1215:00 CET
Caruana-Giri Nakamura-Giri
Morozevich-Vitiugov Morozevich-Ivanchuk
Nakamura-Ivanchuk Caruana-Vitiugov
Round 531.12.1115:00 CET Round 1006.01.1213:00 CET
Giri-Nakamura Giri-Caruana
Ivanchuk-Morozevich Vitiugov-Morozevich
Vitiugov-Caruana Ivanchuk-Nakamura

 

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