Sochi R12: Svidler wins, Aronian retains lead

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In a textbook example of endgame play, Svidler won a very nice knight versus bishop ending against Jakovenko. Six other draws in the 12th round meant that Levon Aronian is still in sole lead at the 2nd Grand Prix in Sochi, with one round to go.

Perhaps that's the secret to the succes of these 2700 players: being ever-critical to oneself. After he had just won his ending against Jakovenko, Peter Svidler wasn't too positive about his play, and mentioned several moments where he suffered from chess blindness. But it doesn't really affect the beauty of the game, does it? Scroll down, enjoy and learn from this great endgame.


Before this, the journalists and spectators (the last two days about 20 now) had been watching two other endgames and asked themselves the same question: will he be able to win it? The "he" refers to Navara, who was a pawn up in a rook ending with Black against Wang Yue, and Cheparinov, who was a pawn up in a double rook ending against Al-Modiahki. But in both games, the defenders managed to save themselves.

Hours before that, the other four games had already ended in draws. Ivanchuk has is own reasons for finishing his games quickly these days, and it might be an answer to his uninspiring tournament. It is said that he's deeply excited by the TV series Woman Without A Past, which begins at 18:05 local time. And indeed chief arbiter Gijssen is considering to give the great Vassily an official warning, since he didn't sign his opponent's (Radjabov's) score sheet in the previous round but rushed away instead!

Vassily Ivanchuk: "What time is it..."

Round 12 results Svidler - Jakovenko 1-0 Kamsky - Gashimov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Cheparinov - Al-Modiahki ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Gelfand - Karjakin ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Radjabov - Aronian ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Grischuk - Ivanchuk ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Wang Yue - Navara ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?


Here's the pairings of the last round, starting one hour earlier (12:00 CET):

Round 13, August 14 Navara - Kamsky Ivanchuk - Wang Yue Aronian - Grischuk Karjakin - Radjabov Al-Modiahki - Gelfand Jakovenko - Cheparinov Gashimov - Svidler

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Photos ?Ǭ© Mark Gluhovsky. Below you'll find the games of the eighth round (with commentary by GM Sergey Shipov and myself), followed by videos by Robert Fontaine and G?ɬ©rard Demuydt of Europe-Echecs.


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