A New Year's Experiment in Basque Country

Время публикации: 30.12.2011 20:06 | Последнее обновление: 04.01.2012 23:31

Elite players learn to fight in two games at the same time 

San Sebastian (in Basque - Donostia) continues an unusual tournament devoted to the famous chess tournament which was held in 1911and won by Jose Raul Capablanca.

The prize fund of the knock-out tournament is 100 thousand Euros, ten participants of the tournament are rated over 2700. The novelty of the experiment,  based on David Bronstein's suggestions and exhibition games, is that the players will compete in two games at the same time. And that looks like this.

(photos by A.Karlovich and D. Lyada)  

The time control is 2 hours + 30 sec/move on each game. Tie-breaks consist of two simultaneous games at a rate of 15 minutes + 10 sec/move. In a case of a draw (1-1) another two simultaneous games will be played at a rate of 5 minutes + 3 sec/move. If the result will still be 1-1, everything will be decided in a "Simultaneous Armaggedon".

The first and preliminary knock-out was held December 28th. Grandmasters entered the the struggle from the second lap, some of them even faced each other. 

Generally, Thursday was successful for the favorites as long as all of the "2700" proceeded to the next lap. Vugar Gashimov, Shakhriyar Mamediyarov, Ruslan Ponomariov, Olexandr Moiseenko, Etienne Bacrot, Arkadij Naiditsch, Leinier Dominguez, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viktor Laznichka, Laurent Fressine. However, not all of the grandees, namely Gashimov and Mamedyarov, gained an easy wins over their weaker opponents.  

After the second lap 32 participants were left in the "A" tournament, others continue competition in the group "B".

Bogdan Lalic defeated by Andrei Volokitin 0.5-1.5, commented on his decisive game in facebook. Using a permission of the famous Croatian Grandmaster we offer it here.   

A. VOLOKITIN (2695) - B. LALIC (2454)

San Sebastian 2011
Spanish Game
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 d4 11.Bxe6
A famous alternative - a Knight sacrifice created by I. Zaitsev 11.Ng5!?. CN.
11...Nxe6 12.cxd4 Ncxd4

A move gained popularity immediately after Karpov defeated Korchnoi in the 18th game of the World Championship match in 1981. CN.

13...Be7 14.Nxd4 Nxd4 15.Ne4 O-O 16.axb5 Nxb5 17.Be3 Qc8
"In my preparation for the game I only looked 18 Qc2 Qe6 but he played unfortunately the strongest move in this position - obviously he has very strong opening repertoire built by computer, this is why he is 2700".

18.Qd5! Rd8 19.Qc6 Qd7N
19...Qf5, that doesn't solve any problems, took place in Chandler - Yusupov, Hastings 1989/90. CN.
20.Qxd7 Rxd7 21.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 a5 23.f4 a4 24.Bc5 Bxc5+ 25.Nxc5 g6 26.g4 a3 27.bxa3 Nc3!? 28.Rd2 Rxa3 29.Rd8+ Kg7 30.Rd7! Ne2+
"30...Kg8 31.f5 - is quite difficult for me".
31.Kf2 Nxf4 32.e6 Nh3+ 33.Kf1!

"increadible, I had 40 minutes on my clock and now I lose in one move! I had to try 33...Re3! 34 e7 Kf6 35 Rd3 Rxe7 36 Rxh3 Kg5 37 Rxh7 Kxg4 with some drawing chances due to reduced material 

34.Rxf7+ Ke8 35.Ne4!
"I completely overlooked that move - I only looked at 35 Rxc7, 35 Rxh7 or 35 Nxd7?! Kd8 36 Nf6 Ra1+ 37 Ke2 Nf4+ and Nxe6

35...Re3 36.Nf6+ Kd8

37.e7+ 1-0
"I do not play this opening very often lately, this is why I lost and he was too well prepared", - summed up Lalic.

Watch some of the games of the second lap along with the games of the friendly match between French and Basque players held December 27th. 

The third round started at 18:00 MSK Time. 


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