Chess24 Sopiko Scotch

Botvinnik Memorial Rapid in Moscow 2011 (Day 2)

Viswanathan Anand wins the Botvinnik Memorial Rapid

Viswanathan Anand won with 4.5/6 beating Magnus Carlsen who lost all his games on the second day. Photo ©

Viswanathan Anand won with 4.5/6 beating Magnus Carlsen who lost all his games on the second day. Photo © | http://chess.ugrasport.com

Viswanathan Anand dominated the Botvinnik Memorial with a score of 4.5/6. World number one Magnus Carlsen lost all his games on the second day and finished last with 1.5/6. Kramnik and Aronian tied for 2nd on 3/6. I don't know if the players were asked to be more enterprising but the quality of play was, for me, quite low on day 2 with only Aronian's win against Kramnik in the final round appealing. Viktorija Cmilyte won the women's event and there too the top seed finished last.

Round 4

Aronian - Carlsen Round 4

Aronian - Carlsen Round 4. Photo © Russian Chess Federation Video Website

Levon Aronian sacrificed two exchanges against Magnus Carlsen in their game four. It was very much in the spirit of the event of crowd entertainment.

Apparently Evgeny Bareev called Aronian's 2nd exchange sacrifice against Carlsen "poetic", and the game overall "an absolute masterpiece" according to a tweet from Chess in Translation. This is really way over the top. Carlsen subsided to a loss in 85 moves after not playing terribly well would be a better summary.

Anand - Kramnik Round 4

Anand - Kramnik Round 4. Photo © Russian Chess Federation Video Website

Anand and Kramnik drew a regulation Semi-Slav in 41 moves.

Round 5

Anand beat Aronian in Round 5

Anand beat Aronian in Round 5. Photo © Russian Chess Federation Video Website

Anand defeated Aronian in a game that might easily be described as complete garbage. Aronian's attack was at best speculative, even so he was rewarded with an error of 33.Kf1 instead 33.g4. He was right back in the game with either 33...Qh5 or 33...Bh6 instead 33...Bf4 just lost the house. Whether it is unfair to look at the game with an engine is up to you. But I think we're used to better rapid games from the top four in the world than this.

Carlsen-Kramnik Round 5

Carlsen-Kramnik Round 5. Photo © Russian Chess Federation Video Website

Carlsen too hardly added to the quality with the choice of 1.Nf3 b5? Kramnik quickly took control of the whole of the centre of the board and then mated Carlsen.

Round 6

Kramnik-Aronian in Round 6

Kramnik-Aronian in Round 6. Photo © Russian Chess Federation Video Website

Levon Aronian won one of the better games of the day to catch Vladimir Kramnik, he exploited black's inability to find a home for his light squared bishop to the maximum and then pushed home his passed d-pawn to win the game.

Viswanathan Anand against Magnus Carlsen

Viswanathan Anand against Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Russian Chess Federation Video Website

I doubt very much Carlsen wanted to lose all three games on the day but that is what happened. He lost the exchange and although he had some compensation he was ground down by Viswanathan Anand who finished with 4.5/6.

Botvinnik Memorial Moscow (RUS), 2-3 ix 2011 cat. XXIII (2810)
1 2 3 4
1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2817 * * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 3000
2. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2791 ½ ½ * * ½ 0 ½ 1 3 2815
3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2807 0 0 ½ 1 * * ½ 1 3 2810
4. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2823 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 * * 2612
Round 1 (September 2, 2011)
Anand, Viswanathan - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 34 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Aronian, Levon - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 43 E15 Queens Indian
Round 2 (September 2, 2011)
Aronian, Levon - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 48 D10 Slav Defence
Carlsen, Magnus - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 35 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Round 3 (September 2, 2011)
Anand, Viswanathan - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 27 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Kramnik, Vladimir - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 51 B70 Sicilian Dragon
Round 4 (September 3, 2011)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 41 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Carlsen, Magnus - Aronian, Levon 0-1 85 A36 English Botvinnik
Round 5 (September 3, 2011)
Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon 1-0 38 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Kramnik, Vladimir - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 28 A04 Dutch System
Round 6 (September 3, 2011)
Aronian, Levon - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 45 A18 English Opening
Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 66 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin

Women's Event

Viktorija Cmilyte

Winner Viktorija Cmilyte. Photo © Russian Chess Federation Video Website

Viktorija Cmilyte won the women's event with 4 wins and two losses (one in the final round with first place secured). Top seed Humpy Koneru finished bottom.

Botvinnik Memorial w Moscow (RUS), 2-3 ix 2011 cat. XII (2545)
1 2 3 4
1. Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2525 * * 0 1 1 0 1 1 4 2676
2. Danielian, Elina g ARM 2517 1 0 * * 0 1 ½ 1 2610
3. Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2536 0 1 1 0 * * 0 ½ 2490
4. Koneru, Humpy g IND 2600 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ * * 2 2401
Round 1 (September 2, 2011)
Danielian, Elina - Cmilyte, Viktorija 1-0 53 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Kosintseva, Tatiana - Koneru, Humpy 0-1 46 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Round 2 (September 2, 2011)
Kosintseva, Tatiana - Danielian, Elina 1-0 41 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Koneru, Humpy - Cmilyte, Viktorija 0-1 45 A61 Benoni
Round 3 (September 2, 2011)
Cmilyte, Viktorija - Kosintseva, Tatiana 1-0 33 D38 QGD Ragozin
Danielian, Elina - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 66 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Round 4 (September 3, 2011)
Cmilyte, Viktorija - Danielian, Elina 1-0 61 A35 English Symmetrical
Koneru, Humpy - Kosintseva, Tatiana ½-½ 69 E46 Nimzo Indian Rubinstein
Round 5 (September 3, 2011)
Cmilyte, Viktorija - Koneru, Humpy 1-0 32 D38 QGD Ragozin
Danielian, Elina - Kosintseva, Tatiana 1-0 24 A09 Reti Opening
Round 6 (September 3, 2011)
Kosintseva, Tatiana - Cmilyte, Viktorija 1-0 38 B77 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Koneru, Humpy - Danielian, Elina 0-1 52 D11 Slav Defence

View the games on this Page

Download the PGN from this page

vs

Shereshevsky Method


Chess and Bridge Shop


Chess.com Titled Tuesday


ChessBase Ad 6 Live DB


American Chess Magazine 4


Ginger GM - Chess Grandmaster Simon Williams


Contact Mark Crowther (TWIC) if you wish to advertise here.


The Week in Chess Magazine

Send a £30 donation via Paypal and contact me via email (Email Mark Crowther - mdcrowth@btinternet.com) I'll send you an address for a cbv file of my personal copy of every issue of the games in one database. Over 2 million games.

Read about 20 years of TWIC.

Read about issue 1200.

TWIC 1211 22nd January 2018 - 2165 games

Read TWIC 1211

Download TWIC 1211 PGN

Download TWIC 1211 ChessBase


.