54th Reggio Emilia 2011 (1)
Nakamura and Morozevich win in first round of Reggio
Mark Crowther - Wednesday 28th December 2011
Hikaru Nakamura won in Round 1. Photo © | http://www.ippogrifoscacchi.it
The first round of the 54th Reggio Emilia tournament in Italy saw two decisive games and a draw. Hikaru Nakamura defeated Nikita Vitiugov on the black side of a Queen's Gambit where his passed c-pawn proved more powerful than the two bishops and a pawn majority in the centre. Fabiano Caruana would have had to find a deep combination to defeat Alexander Morozevich and he should probably have been able to avoid dropping a piece but time trouble cost him the game. Anish Giri's exchange sacrifice was sufficient to hold Vassily Ivanchuk. Round 2 2pm GMT Wednesday. Giri - Morozevich, Nakamura - Caruana and Ivanchuk - Vitiugov.
Fabiano Caruana blundered his position away after failing to find his way through the complications against Alexander Morozevich. This was a difficult Ruy Lopez and Caruana would probably have had to find a rook sacrifice to get the advantage the computer gives him. He should probably have found 47.Ndb6 which would have sacrificed an exchange for a good bind. 47.Nc7? looks like it should be strong at first sight but instead it just lost material.
[47.Qe2 Rxc4 48.d7; 47.Qd3 Rxc4 48.d7; 47.d7 Bxd7 48.Qd3; 47.Ndb6 Bxc4 48.Nxc4 Kg8 49.Qd3 Kxf7 50.Qxe4 is probably better for white.]
47...Bxc4 48.Qxc4 Nxd6 49.Ne6 Nxc4 0-1
Hikaru Nakamura gave his opponent Nikita Vitiugov a big centre and two bishops in return for a passed c-pawn which at the very least proved much easier to play. The c-pawn proved decisive in the end.
In a difficult position white gives ground. Probably Kh2 was better for the moment.
[31.Kh2 c2 (31...Rc5; 31...h5) 32.Rxc2 Nb4 33.Rxd8 Rxd8 34.Bxe6 Nxc2 35.Bxf5]
31...Nf4 32.Rxd8 Rxc4 33.Bxf4 Kxd8 34.exf5 Bxf5 35.Be3 c2 36.g4 Be4 37.Bb6+ Kd7 38.Bxa5 Rd4 0-1
Anish Giri's exchange sacrifice against Vassily Ivanchuk for a strong knight for him and a displaced knight for his opponent worked well enough for a draw.
Escaped with a draw vs. Ivanchuk.. after all the knight on a8 looked not as stupid as it looked on the screen before the game.. :)
22.Re8+ Rf8 23.Rfe2 b5 24.R2e5 a6 25.f5 Bb7 26.Rxf8+ Kxf8 27.Rxd5 cxd5
Ivanchuk accepts that he isn't better.
28.Nc7 Kf7 29.Kf2 d4 30.g4 g5 31.fxg6+ Kxg6 32.Ne6 Bc8 33.Nxd4 Bxg4 34.Kg3 Kg5 35.h4+ Kh5 36.a3 Bd7 37.Nf3 Bc8 38.Ne5 Bb7 39.b4 Bc8 40.Nc6 Bd7 41.Nb8 Bc8 42.Nc6 Bd7 1/2-1/2
|54th Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia (ITA), 27 xii 2011 - 6 i 2012||cat. XX (2744)|
|Round 1 (December 27, 2011)|
|Ivanchuk, Vassily||- Giri, Anish||½-½||42||D55||Queens Gambit Old Lasker Variation|
|Vitiugov, Nikita||- Nakamura, Hikaru||0-1||38||D37||QGD 5.Bf4|
|Caruana, Fabiano||- Morozevich, Alexander||0-1||49||C92||Ruy Lopez Chigorin|
|54th Reggio Emilia w Reggio Emilia (ITA), 27 xii 2011 - 6 i 2012|
|3.||De Rosa, Mariagrazia||wf||ITA||2122||.||.||.||.||*||*||.||.||.||.||1||.||3|
|Round 1 (December 27, 2011)|
|Guramishvili, Sopiko||- Brunello, Marina||1-0||52||A04||Dutch System|
|De Rosa, Mariagrazia||- Chierici, Marianna||1-0||51||B55||Sicilian Rauzer|
|Videnova, Iva||- Sharevich, Anna||0-1||46||B42||Sicilian Paulsen|
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