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54th Reggio Emilia 2011 (1)

Nakamura and Morozevich win in first round of Reggio

Hikaru Nakamura won in Round 1. Photo ©

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.

Alexander Morozevich

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Fabiano Caruana

Position after 46...Nxe4

47.Nc7?

[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.

Hikaru Nakamura

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Nikita Vitiugov

Position after 30...Ke7

31.e4?

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.. :)

Anish Giri on Twitter

Anish Giri

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Vassily Ivanchuk

Position after 21...Nd5

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)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2762 * * . . . . . . . . 1 . 3
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2758 . . * * . . . . 1 . . . 3
3. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2775 . . . . * * ½ . . . . . 1 2714
4. Giri, Anish g NED 2714 . . . . ½ . * * . . . . 1 2775
5. Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2729 . . 0 . . . . . * * . . 0
6. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2727 0 . . . . . . . . . * * 0

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
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Guramishvili, Sopiko wg GEO 2374 * * . . . . . . 1 . . . 3
2. Sharevich, Anna wg BLR 2267 . . * * . . 1 . . . . . 3
3. De Rosa, Mariagrazia wf ITA 2122 . . . . * * . . . . 1 . 3
4. Videnova, Iva wg BUL 2297 . . 0 . . . * * . . . . 0
5. Brunello, Marina wm ITA 2221 0 . . . . . . . * * . . 0
6. Chierici, Marianna wf ITA 2048 . . . . 0 . . . . . * * 0

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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