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Alekhine Memorial 2013 (Games and Results)

Alekhine Memorial 2013

Levon Aronian presented with the lovely Alekhine Memorial Trophy. Photo ©

Levon Aronian presented with the lovely Alekhine Memorial Trophy. Photo © | http://www.alekhine-memorial.com/

The Alekhine Memorial took place April 20th – May 1st 2013. The event started in Paris in a luxurious 2-room tent built from scratch in the Tuileries Garden before moving for the second half to the State Russian Museum Saint-Petersburg. Levon Aronian's final round win against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave allowed him to catch Boris Gelfand and take first on tie-break.

Aronian wins Alekhine Memorial on tie-break from Gelfand (9)

Levon Aronian emerged from the pack to win the Alekhine Memorial with an interesting win against long time leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Aronian won a lengthy game in a Gruenfeld where he continued to pose problems for his French opponent but also allowed him a couple of chances to escape. Detailed notes in the body of the article. Aronian caught Gelfand (he'd already drawn) with the win and the tie-breaks (number of games with black was level but Aronian had won one more game) favoured him.

Boris Gelfand allowed Viswanathan Anand to repeated the drawing line of the Semi-Slav he suffered to a draw with in Round 4 against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and after a little pressure for Gelfand a draw was eventually agreed.

Michael Adams needed a win against Vladimir Kramnik to also tie for first but he misplayed the middlegame and lost a pawn. However there were very reasonable drawing chances. Kramnik had a disappointing event and was clearly motivated to get back to 50% and Kramnik tried many, many ways to win before eventually breaking through for a win.

Peter Svidler hoped for a final round win against Laurent Fressinet to try and get out of the basement but had to force a draw in the end as he was worse.

Nikita Vitiugov and Liren Ding both played for a win in the final round against each other but in the end they had to settle for a draw.

Special prizes presented by Mark Taimanov: Game played in the style of Alekhine for Laurent Fressinet's win against Vladimir Kramnik.

Best combinations prize to Ding Liren for his round 1 win against Levon Aronian.

Best technical game prize for Boris Gelfand's win against Michael Adams.

Best result in St Petersburg: Nikita Vitiugov.

Official Final Standings (as given in the closing ceremony): 1st Aronian 5.5pts 2nd Gelfand 5.5pts, 3rd Anand 5pts, 4th Adams 4.5pts, 5th Vitiugov 4.5pts, 6th Fressinet 4.5pts, 7th Kramnik 4.5pts, 8th Vachier-Lagrave 4.5pts, 9th Liren Ding 3.5pts, 10th Svidler 3pts.

Alekhine Memorial 2013 (9)

Levon Aronian and Boris Gelfand at the closing ceremony. Photo ©

Levon Aronian and Boris Gelfand at the closing ceremony. Photo © | http://www.alekhine-memorial.com/

Alekhine Memorial 2013 (Paris FRA)
Sun 21st Apr 2013 - Wed 1st May 2013 - Official Site

Alekhine Memorial (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Alekhine Memorial (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

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Alekhine Memorial Paris/St Petersburg (FRA/RUS), 21 iv-1 v 2013 cat. XX (2745)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2809 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 2818
2. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2739 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 2826
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 5 2784
4. Adams, Michael g ENG 2727 ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 2747
5. Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2712 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 2749
6. Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2706 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 2749
7. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 * ½ ½ ½ 2739
8. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2722 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 2747
9. Ding, Liren g CHN 2707 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 2669
10. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2747 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 3 2620
Round 1 (April 21, 2013)
Anand, Viswanathan - Adams, Michael 0-1 56 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Kramnik, Vladimir - Vitiugov, Nikita 1-0 50 A07 Barcza System
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Fressinet, Laurent ½-½ 26 D19 Slav Defence
Ding, Liren - Aronian, Levon 1-0 46 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Svidler, Peter - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 41 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 2 (April 22, 2013)
Aronian, Levon - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 52 D41 Semi-Tarrasch Defence
Vitiugov, Nikita - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 40 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Fressinet, Laurent - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 26 D78 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Adams, Michael - Svidler, Peter 1-0 37 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Ding, Liren 1-0 39 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Round 3 (April 23, 2013)
Gelfand, Boris - Adams, Michael 1-0 77 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 41 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Kramnik, Vladimir - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 58 A05 Various
Ding, Liren - Fressinet, Laurent ½-½ 29 D17 Slav Defence
Svidler, Peter - Vitiugov, Nikita ½-½ 35 C19 French Winawer
Round 4 (April 24, 2013)
Aronian, Levon - Svidler, Peter 1-0 36 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Vitiugov, Nikita - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 33 A04 Dutch System
Fressinet, Laurent - Adams, Michael ½-½ 72 A07 Barcza System
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 44 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Ding, Liren - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 34 D41 Semi-Tarrasch Defence
Round 5 (April 25, 2013)
Gelfand, Boris - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 41 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Anand, Viswanathan - Ding, Liren 1-0 32 B18 Caro Kann
Kramnik, Vladimir - Fressinet, Laurent 0-1 32 A07 Barcza System
Adams, Michael - Vitiugov, Nikita ½-½ 41 B40 Sicilian Classical
Svidler, Peter - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 41 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Round 6 (April 28, 2013)
Aronian, Levon - Adams, Michael ½-½ 62 D58 Queens Gambit Tartakover
Fressinet, Laurent - Vitiugov, Nikita ½-½ 32 A04 Dutch System
Kramnik, Vladimir - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 39 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 45 A48 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Ding, Liren - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 29 A04 Dutch System
Round 7 (April 29, 2013)
Gelfand, Boris - Ding, Liren 1-0 77 E74 King's Indian Averbakh
Anand, Viswanathan - Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 49 C45 Scotch Game
Vitiugov, Nikita - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 41 D10 Slav Defence
Adams, Michael - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 43 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Svidler, Peter - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 45 E29 Nimzo Indian Saemisch
Round 8 (April 30, 2013)
Anand, Viswanathan - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 35 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Fressinet, Laurent - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 41 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Kramnik, Vladimir - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 73 A33 English Symmetrical
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Vitiugov, Nikita 0-1 48 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Ding, Liren - Adams, Michael ½-½ 45 E25 Nimzo Indian Saemisch
Round 9 (May 1, 2013)
Aronian, Levon - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 42 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Gelfand, Boris - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 40 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Vitiugov, Nikita - Ding, Liren ½-½ 40 E81 King's Indian Saemisch
Adams, Michael - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1 75 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Svidler, Peter - Fressinet, Laurent ½-½ 40 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin

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