Nisipeanu beats Ivanchuk in third round Kings' Tournament

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Nisipeanu beats Ivanchuk in third round Kings TournamentLiviu-Dieter Nisipeanu recovered from his painful loss yesterday in Medias, by beating Vassily Ivanchuk in round 3 of the Kings' Tournament. Magnus Carlsen couldn't get any opening advantage and drew in an endgame against Teimour Radjabov. Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura drew a 6.Be3 Ng4 Najdorf.

General info

The Kings Tournament takes place June 11-21 at the Natural Gas Documentation and Information Centre in Medias, Romania. Magnus Carlsen, Vassily Ivanchuk, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Teimour Radjabov and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu play a double round-robin with one rest day after five rounds. Games start 15.30 local time (14.30 CET).

Kings Tournament

Round 3

Magnus Carlsen, who has a slim lead of half a point after three rounds, didn't like his position after the opening. Teimour Radjabov agreed that he had equalized easily, and felt that after Black could force matters with ...Nc5 and ...b5, his opponent over-pressed slightly - he should have played 29.Rb1 when it's a draw immediately. The Norwegian needed a few accurate moves in the end to avoid getting into real trouble.


Sergey Karjakin was surprised by Hikaru Nakamura in the opening. "Not a very great game from my side," the Moscovite said. It turned out that Nakamura was well prepared for the 6.Be3 Ng4 Najdorf and certainly better than his opponent. Just before the final position the American avoided a small pitfall after which it was completely equal.


Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu thought up a new mini-plan in the Berlin Wall - not during his preparation, but in fact behind the board. In the video below he explains that the f3 knight is often a problem in this ending, and in this game he decided to regroup it to e3.

Vassily Ivanchuk, perhaps underestimating the dangers in the position, played inaccurately at an early stage. He was clearly worse after twenty moves, and technically lost around move thirty. Nisipeanu missed a way to win faster: 35.Rxf5, which was just possible but missed by both players. Ivanchuk should have tried 44...Bxh2.




Games round 3 - notes by GM Dorian Rogozenco

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