54th Reggio Emilia 2011 (2)
Morozevich leads Reggio alone after Rd2 win against Giri
Mark Crowther - Wednesday 28th December 2011
Alexander Morozevich at the opening ceremony. Photo © | http://www.ippogrifoscacchi.it
Alexander Morozevich is the sole leader after two rounds of the 54th Reggio Emilia tournament. He scored a second win in beating Anish Giri in just 36 moves with black. Giri's position got steadily more difficult as Morozevich opened the centre against his king. Ivanchuk-Vitiugov and Nakamura-Caruana were not very eventful draws. Round 3 Thur 29th December 2011: Vitiugov-Giri, Caruana-Ivanchuk and Morozevich-Nakamura
Anish Giri didn't like his position against Alexander Morozevich right from the opening. It is hard to tell whether this dislike led to inferior play from him, certainly he was faced with a number more and more difficult decisions before being lost after grabbing a piece on move 25. Both players were short of time so the following moves weren't so accurate but Giri was completely lost when he resigned on move 36.
Lost with white to Morozevich, the position was too shaky right out of the opening and suicide didn't help :).. Hope for better tomorrow!:)
Giri,Anish - Morozevich,Alexander [D11]
54th Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia ITA (2), 28.12.2011
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.e3 Bg4 5.h3 Bh5 6.Nc3 e6 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5 Nbd7 9.h4 dxc4 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.g5 Nd5 12.Bxc4 Bb4 13.Bd2 Qe7 14.a3 Nxc3
[14...Ba5 15.Qc2 Nxc3 16.Bxc3 Bxc3+ 17.Qxc3 Nb6 18.Bb3 Qxg5 19.hxg5 Rxh1+ 20.Ke2 Rxa1 21.d5 cxd5 22.Qxg7 Rh1 23.Ba4+ Ke7 24.Bc2 Ke8 25.Qg8+ 1/2-1/2 Tregubov,P (2628)-Inarkiev,E (2676)/Dagomys RUS 2009/The Week in Chess 752]
15.bxc3 Ba5 16.f4 0-0-0 17.Qb3 Nb6 18.Bd3 Kb8 19.Ke2!?
Fixing the position of white's king but is there a clear alternative?
19...Qd7 20.Be4 f6 21.gxf6
It would be nice to play something other than this but black is going to attack anyway.
[21.Bxg6 f5 22.h5 c5 23.h6 cxd4 24.cxd4 Bxd2 25.Kxd2 gxh6 26.gxh6 Nd5; 21.Rag1; 21.Rad1 e5 22.fxe5 fxe5 23.Be1 Rhf8 24.Rg1 exd4 25.Rxd4]
21...gxf6 22.Rag1 e5 23.fxe5 fxe5 24.Rg5 exd4
White's position is thoroughly unpleasant and Giri clearly decides that if he is to suffer it will be for a piece. But the move loses out of hand.
[25.exd4 Rhe8 26.Kd3 c5 27.Bf4+ Ka8 28.Rxc5; 25.cxd4 Bxd2 26.Kxd2 Qe7 27.Bg2 c5 are both better for black but not immediately winning.]
[25...Qg4+ is also lethal. 26.Bf3 d3+ 27.Kf2 Rdf8 28.Qd1 Rxh4 29.Re5 Rxf3+ 30.Qxf3 Qxf3+ 31.Kxf3 Rxh1]
26.Bg2 dxe3 27.Bc1
Not the fastest but both sides were short of time here. There were two virtually instant wins.
[27...Qg4+ 28.Bf3 Qg3; 27...Rf8 Locking in the king.; 27...c5]
28.Ke1 e2 29.Bf4+ Ka8 30.Kf2 Rf8 31.Qb4 Nc4 32. Rxa7+ Kxa7 33. Qa4+ Kb6 34. Qb4+ Ka6 35. Qa4+ Na5 36. Bf3 b5 0-1
Nikita Vitiugov won the opening battle with black against Vassily Ivanchuk. His 17...Qa8 gave him at least equality and the game was drawn after 29 moves.
18. Rab1 exd5 19. Nc3 d4 20. Nd5 dxe3 21. Rxc6 exf2+ 22. Kxf2 Bxc6 23. Nxe7+ Kh8 24. Re1 Be4 25. Nh4 Qa7+ 26. Re3 Ra4 27. Nhf5 Qc5 28. Bxe4 Rxe4 29. Qc3 1/2-1/2
Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana drew an English in 43 move which saw a lot of manoeuvring but not a great deal of excitement.
31. Kh2 Qd7 32. Ref1 Rae8 33. a3 Ra8 34. Qd2 Nb3 35. Qd1 Nd4 36. Rg1 Rae8 37. Qf1 Qd8 38. Qd1 Qd7 39. Nd5 Bxd5 40. cxd5 Rc8 41. Re1 Ra8 42. Bf1 Qe7 43. Bd3 1/2-1/2
|54th Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia (ITA), 27 xii 2011 - 6 i 2012||cat. XX (2744)|
|Round 2 (December 28, 2011)|
|Nakamura, Hikaru||- Caruana, Fabiano||½-½||43||A22||English Opening|
|Ivanchuk, Vassily||- Vitiugov, Nikita||½-½||29||A46||Queen's Pawn Opening|
|Giri, Anish||- Morozevich, Alexander||0-1||36||D11||Slav Defence|
|54th Reggio Emilia w Reggio Emilia (ITA), 27 xii 2011 - 6 i 2012|
|3.||De Rosa, Mariagrazia||wf||ITA||2122||0||.||.||.||*||*||.||.||.||.||1||.||3||2211|
|Round 2 (December 28, 2011)|
|De Rosa, Mariagrazia||- Guramishvili, Sopiko||0-1||42||C95||Ruy Lopez Breyer|
|Brunello, Marina||- Videnova, Iva||½-½||53||C45||Scotch Game|
|Chierici, Marianna||- Sharevich, Anna||0-1||24||B22||Sicilian Alapin|
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