Saturday, June 18, 2011

Karjakin Shines At Kings

Pix 1. Position after white played 66.Ra2, black resigned.

18 June 2011, Kuala Lumpur - Karjakin steps up his game to gain a share of the lead at the Kings Tournament in Romania. 

TWIC reported that Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu played an interesting Schliemann Defence as black against Sergey Karjakin. In spite of being two pawns down and the queens coming off Nisipeanu had a way to equality (31...Re4) but after missing it in time pressure he got a difficult (but probably holdable) ending but he didn't manage to save it. Teimour Radjabov was slightly worse as white against Vassily Ivanchuk but he defended carefully enough and the game was drawn. Hikaru Nakamura has taken a step back since his win in Wijk aan Zee and he described his play as garbage after his game against Magnus Carlsen. Carlsen said he didn't sleep well and was glad of such an easy draw. 

Meanwhile reported that after a rest day dedicated to indoor football, on Friday the King’s Tournament in Medias, Romania resumed. The fight between Nakamura and Carlsen, an uneventful Breyer Ruy Lopez, ended in a move repetition at move 34. Radjabov-Ivanchuk was a Semi-Tarrasch that was always about equal. Nisipeanu tried the 3…f5 Ruy Lopez against Karjakin, who came up with an interesting novelty at move 15 and eventually won a rook ending after six hours of play.

Pix 2. Sergey Karjakin.

Pix 3. Karjakin faces off Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter of Romania in round 6, King’s Tournament 2011, Medias, Romania.(picture courtesy of and Kings Tournament organisers)

[Event "5th Kings Tournament"]
[Site "Medias ROU"]
[Date "2011.06.17"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Karjakin, Sergey"]
[Black "Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C63"]
[WhiteElo "2776"]
[BlackElo "2659"]
[PlyCount "131"]
[EventDate "2011.06.11"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 d5 6. Nxe5 dxe4 7. Nxc6 Qg5
8. Qe2 Nf6 9. f4 Qxf4 10. d4 Qd6 11. Ne5+ c6 12. Bc4 Be6 13. c3 Bxc4 14. Qxc4
Qd5 15. Qb3 Bd6 16. Qxb7 O-O 17. Qxc6 Qxc6 18. Nxc6 Ng4 19. Ne5 Bxe5 20. dxe5
e3 21. h3 Nxe5 22. Bxe3 Nc4 23. Bc5 Rae8+ 24. Kd1 Nxb2+ 25. Kd2 Rf5 26. Bxa7
Rf7 27. Bc5 Rd7+ 28. Kc2 Re2+ 29. Kb3 Rb7+ 30. Bb4 Nd3 31. a4 Nxb4 32. cxb4
Re3+ 33. Kc2 Rxb4 34. a5 Rc4+ 35. Kd2 Ree4 36. Ra3 Red4+ 37. Ke3 Re4+ 38. Kf3
Rf4+ 39. Kg3 Rf7 40. Rb1 Ra7 41. a6 Rcc7 42. Rb6 h6 43. Kf4 Re7 44. h4 Rac7 45.
Ra4 Kh7 46. g4 Ra7 47. h5 Rac7 48. Rd6 Rc8 49. Ra3 Rf8+ 50. Kg3 Rb8 51. Rc3 Rb4
52. Rd8 Rb6 53. Ra8 Rf7 54. Rcc8 Rb3+ 55. Kh4 g5+ 56. hxg6+ Kxg6 57. Rc6+ Kg7
58. Rd8 Rb1 59. Rdd6 Rh1+ 60. Kg3 Rg1+ 61. Kh3 Rf3+ 62. Kh2 Rgf1 63. Rd7+ Rf7
64. Rxf7+ Rxf7 65. Rc2 h5 66. Ra2

Table 1. Standings after round 6.

Carlsen and Karjakin jointly leads with 4 points each after round 6 of the Kings Tournament in Bazna, Romania.


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