Rest day arrives early in Foros

Rest day arrives early in Foros

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jun 13, 2008, 1:47 PM |
9 | Chess Event Coverage

Finally a quiet round in Aerosvit

After many rounds of exciting chess in Foros, the inevitable finally happened and we had the first dull round of the tournament.  Spectators could almost have been forgiven for thinking that the players had started their rest day early (Saturday is a rest day) as all games were drawn and the average game length was just 26 moves.

Almost. However, one of the draws was as exciting and complicated as any game in the tournament so far.  Alexei Shirov (pictured), the popular Latvian now playing for Spain, took on the other prodigy in the tournament besides Magnus Carlsen - Sergey Karjakin of the Ukraine, in a firestorm of epic tactics.

Karjakin played the sharp Anti-Meran Gambit and Shirov was more than happy to take up the challenge posed by this 'defence'.  In a bold move, Shirov employed the newly discovered 12.Nxf7 piece sacrifice (first played by Veselin Topalov, but credit for the idea goes to his compatriot and 'second' Ivan Cheparinov) and it wasn't long before the complications were so mind-boggling that even Fritz would get a headache trying to work it all out! Check out the game below!

Despite the fireworks, the game ended in a draw, as did all the other games of the round, so at the halfway point of the tournament, Magnus Carlsen leads by a clear 1.5 points with a very impressive 5/6 score.

The results in round 6:

Carlsen, Magnus - Alekseev, Evgeny ½-½ 18 E17 Queens Indian
Svidler, Peter - Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ 30 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall
Eljanov, Pavel - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ½-½ 17 E00 Catalan
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Volokitin, Andrei ½-½ 22 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Shirov, Alexei - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 36 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Van Wely, Loek - Onischuk, Alexander ½-½ 34 D37 QGD 5.Bf4

 

The standings after round 6:

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

 

 

Shirov and Karjakin do battle

 

 

 

 

 


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