53rd Reggio Emilia 2010 (9)
Gashimov wins Reggio on tie-break from Vallejo
Mark Crowther - Thursday 6th January 2011
Gashimov agreed a draw in the final round to win the tournament. | http://www.accademiainternazionalediscacchi.com
Two quick draws in the final round involving the leaders settled the fate of the Reggio Emilia tournament. Both Vugar Gashimov and Francisco Vallejo Pons had the black pieces and equalised easily enough. They both scored 6/9 but the Sonneborn-Berger tie-break favoured Gashimov mostly by virtue of his victory over Vallejo. Movsesian, Navara and Ivanchuk scored 5/9. The returning Alexander Morozevich was defeated by Ivanchuk for a final score of 4/9. Nigel Short lost to Navara and finished on 3.5/9.
Vugar Gashimov drew with black against Alexander Onischuk in a Slav Defence that ended in a draw by repetition in just 17 moves. This result combined with Vallejo's draw gave Gashimov first place on Sonneborn-Berger tie-break.
Sergei Movsesian and Francisco Vallejo Pons drew in just 17 moves of a Tarrasch French with 4...Qxd5 where Movsesian played the rather biteless 12.Qxd4 exchanging Queens off.
Francisco Vallejo Pons
Fabiano Caruana couldn't break down the resistance of Michele Godena. He was very slightly better in this position.
39... a4 40. bxa4 Nxa4 41. Bd3 Kf6 42. g4 e4 43. fxe4 f4 44. Rb1 Rd4 45. a3 bxa3 46. Ra1 Nc5 47. Rxa3 Nxe4+ 48. Kf3 Nc5 49. Bxh7 Rd2 50. Ra5 Ne6 51. c3 Rh2 52. Bg8 Rxh3+ 1/2-1/2
Being able to compete at this level suddenly seems to take a lot more work than it used to. Nigel Short was rather fortunate to win his first two games but struggled thereafter. Today he got an inferior position straight from the opening and David Navara gradually exploited the weaknesses in his position.
19...Bc6 20. bxc7 Qxc7 21. O-O Be5 22. Qd2 Rfe8 23. Rfe1 Bxg2 24. Kxg2 d5 25. Rb4 Rbd8 26. Nxd4 dxc4 27. Rxc4 Qf7 28. Bxe5 Nxe5 29. Rb4 Rd7 30. Ra1 Qd5+ 31. Kg1 Kh7 32. Ra7 Rc8 33. Qb2 Rcc7 34. Ra8 Re7 35. Qa1 Rc5 36. Rb1 Qd7 37. Qa4 Qd5 38. Rb8 Rec7 39. Qa1 Ra5 40. Qb2 Ra2 41. Qb6 Rd7 42. Qf6 Qxd4 43. Rh8# 1-0
Nor was Short the only player with problems. Alexander Morozevich has played very little in the last year, and when he has he has struggled. He couldn't hold a difficult ending against Vassily Ivanchuk.
34... Ke7 35. Nc8+ Kd8 36. Nxb6 Nxe4 37. Bd4 Ng6 38. Nc4 Kc7 39. g4 Kc6 40. Bg7 Kb5 41. Ne5 Nf4 42. Bxh6 Ka4 43. h4 Nh3 44. Kg2 gxh4 45. Kxh3 Nf2+ 46. Kxh4 Nxg4 47. Kxg4 Kxa3 48. Kg5 Kb3 49. Kf6 Kc2 50. Kxe6 Kd1 51. Kd5 Ke2 52. Ke4 Kf1 53. Kf3 Kg1 54. Bf4 Kh1 55. Nd3 Kg1 56. Nf2 Kf1 57. Bh2 Ke1 58. Ne4 Kf1 59. Nd2+ Ke1 60. Ke3 Kd1 61. Kd3 Ke1 62. Bg3+ Kd1 63. Nc4 Kc1 64. Bh4 Kd1 65. Nb2+ Kc1 66. Kc3 Kb1 67. Kb3 Kc1 68. Bg5+ Kb1 69. Nc4 Ka1 70. Bh6 Kb1 71. Na3+ Ka1 72. Bg7# 1-0
|53rd Masters Reggio Emilia (ITA), 28 xii 2010 - 6 i 2011||cat. XVIII (2695)|
|2.||Vallejo Pons, Francisco||g||ESP||2698||0||*||½||1||½||½||1||½||1||1||6||2819|
|9.||Short, Nigel D||g||ENG||2680||1||0||0||0||0||0||½||1||*||1||3½||2616|
|Round 9 (January 6, 2011)|
|Movsesian, Sergei||- Vallejo Pons, Francisco||½-½||17||C07||French Tarrasch|
|Navara, David||- Short, Nigel D||1-0||43||A21||English Opening|
|Ivanchuk, Vassily||- Morozevich, Alexander||1-0||72||E32||Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2|
|Onischuk, Alexander||- Gashimov, Vugar||½-½||17||D15||Slav Defence|
|Godena, Michele||- Caruana, Fabiano||½-½||52||B08||Pirc Defence|
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