8 February 2011, Kuala Lumpur – At the CENTO 1st International Chess Open 2011, eight players scored the full three points from three rounds of play. Among the leading pack include David Alberto, Ivan Sokolov, Caprio Guido, Romanishin Oleg M, Danielian Elina, Dreev Aleksev, Leon Hovos Manuel and Manca Federico. In the Open category, 120 players are participating in the tournament.
Here is a round 3 of the Cento 1st International Chess Open 2011 at Bologna, Italy between GM Ivan Sokolov and GM Hrair Simonian. The Slav Defense [D15] transpired during the game. White managed to catch the black bishop on the black’s back rank pinned by a white rook on c8.
[Event "Festival Internazionale CENTO 5-13 Febru"] [Site "CENTO ITA"] [Date "2011.02.07"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Sokolov, Ivan"] [Black "Simonian, Hrair"] [Result "1-0"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2011.??.??"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. b3 b5 6. g3 Bf5 7. Bg2 Ne4 8. Bd2 Nxc3 9. Bxc3 Be4 10. Qd2 e6 11. Ba5 Qd6 12. O-O Nd7 13. cxd5 Qxd5 14. Nh4 Bxg2 15. Nxg2 c5 16. Rad1 cxd4 17. Nf4 Qe4 18. Qxd4 Qxd4 19. Rxd4 Bc5 20. Rd2 Nf6 21. Nd3 Bd6 22. Rc1 O-O 23. Rc6 Be7 24. Rdc2 h6 25. f3 Rfb8 26. e4 Bd8 27. Bd2 Bb6+ 28. Kf1 Kh7 29. Ke2 Kg8 30. g4 Nd7 31. h4 Bd8 32. Bf4 e5 33. Bxe5 Rb7 34. Rc8 Rxc8 35. Rxc8 1-0
Chessdom.com reported that once again IM Martha Fierro was the last to finish her game, after six hours of intense struggle against GM Milan Drasko. She emerged better from the opening, but the Grandmaster handled the position with the opposite-coloured Bishops very well and the play eventually transposed into the infamous Rook versus Rook+Bishop endgame.
Fierro managed to save the draw, and Drasko commented that the result was probably fair. He was an inch away from winning this endgame, but he was more critical about the flaw in his opening preparation, which dragged him into an inferior position.