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53rd Reggio Emilia 2010 (5)

Vallejo retains lead, Ivanchuk the only winner

Franciso Vallejo Pons retained his lead after a draw against Alexander Morozevich. Vassily Ivanchuk moved within a point after a bit of a gift of a win against tail-ender Michele Godena. The rest of the games were also drawn in a bit of a quiet day.

Alexander Morozevich won a couple of pawns as black against leader Francisco Vallejo Pons but they proved useless for winning purposes.

Alexander Morozevich

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Francisco Vallejo Pons

Position after 18.Bxe6

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18...Qxg3+ 19. hxg3 Rxh1+ 20. Ke2 Rh2+ 21. Ke1 Rxd2 22. Kxd2 Ra7 23. Bd5 Nd7 24. Rxb7 Rxb7 25. Bxb7 Nc5 26. Bf3 Kd7 1/2-1/2

Michele Godena was already slightly worse on the white side of a Ruy Lopez against Vassily Ivanchuk when he blundered horribly.

Vassily Ivanchuk

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Michele Godena

Position after 30...c5

31. f4?? Rg6 32. Kh2 gxf4 0-1

Nigel Short seemed to get a level position as black from the opening against Alexander Onischuk but the game never really threatened to be anything else but a draw.

Nigel Short

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Alexander Onischuk

Position after 15...c5

16. Nxd7

(16. bxc5 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Nd7 18. Ne4 Nxe5 19. Qc3 f6)

16... Qxd7 17. bxc5 bxc5 18. Nf3 cxd4 19. Qxd4 Qb7 20. Qd3 h6 21. Rxc8+ Rxc8 22. Rb1 Qa8 23. Qa6 Ne4 24. Rb2 Rc7 25. Qb5 Kh7 26. Qd3 f5 27. Qd4 Qc6 28. Ne5 Qc3 29. Qxc3 Nxc3 30. h4 g5 31. hxg5 hxg5 32. g4 Kg7 33. gxf5 exf5 34. e3 Kf6 35. Nf3 Ne4 36. Nd2 Nd6 37. Nf3 Rc5 38. Nd4 Ra5 39. Rc2 Ne4 40. Nb3 Ra3 41. Nd2 Nxd2 42. Rxd2 Ke5 43. Kf3 a5 44. Rc2 a4 45. Rb2 g4+ 46. Kg3 f4+ 1/2-1/2

Vugar Gashimov held Fabiano Caruana in a Nimzo-Indian Rubinstein that never got particularly interesting.

David Navara equalised easily enough on the black side of a Sicilian against Sergei Movsesian.

53rd Masters Reggio Emilia (ITA), 28 xii 2010 - 6 i 2011 cat. XVIII (2695)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2698 * ½ ½ . 1 . . . 1 1 4 2920
2. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2764 ½ * . ½ . ½ ½ . . 1 3 2744
3. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2700 ½ . * ½ 0 . . ½ 1 . 2705
4. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2709 . ½ ½ * 1 . . ½ 0 . 2717
5. Short, Nigel D g ENG 2680 0 . 1 0 * . ½ 1 . . 2704
6. Movsesian, Sergei g SVK 2721 . ½ . . . * ½ ½ ½ ½ 2687
7. Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2683 . ½ . . ½ ½ * . ½ ½ 2684
8. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2733 . . ½ ½ 0 ½ . * . 1 2671
9. Navara, David g CZE 2708 0 . 0 1 . ½ ½ . * . 2 2630
10. Godena, Michele g ITA 2549 0 0 . . . ½ ½ 0 . * 1 2479
Round 5 (January 2, 2011)
Vallejo Pons, Francisco - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½ 26 B96 Sicilian Najdorf
Caruana, Fabiano - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 22 E42 Nimzo Indian Rubinstein
Movsesian, Sergei - Navara, David ½-½ 26 B52 Sicilian Rossolimo
Onischuk, Alexander - Short, Nigel D ½-½ 46 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Godena, Michele - Ivanchuk, Vassily 0-1 32 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen

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