Reggio Emilia: Ivanchuk's Third Loss in a Row; Nakamura's Solid Lead

Время публикации: 03.01.2012 22:50 | Последнее обновление: 03.01.2012 22:50

The 7th round of Reggio super-tournament that takes place in Italy was marked by 2 short draws in the following encounters: Morozevich - Giri (due to repetition) and Caruana - Nakamura. American GM repeated Peter Svidler's opening variation against Karjakin from the Tal Memorial and Black again managed to equalize. 

Round 7 also saw a terrible blunder from Vassily Ivanchuk, who was doing absolutely fine against Vitiugov until the blunder. Ivanchuk resigned immediately after dropping his knight. 

30...Nxc4?? 31.Nxc4! 1-0
31.Qxc4 is bad because of 31...Qb8. It turns out that Black just drops their knight as long as White pawn wasn't available to be grabbed - a fatal miscalculation. 

This is a third loss in a row for Ivanchuk, who played third in a row game with Black. That's sort of a unique event in famous Ukrainian GM's career. In the first game with Black he missed victory against Nakamura (it may be the key moment of the whole tournament), then he objectively lost against Dutch junior Giri.

In many of the two-circled competitions it's usual to change the standard order of the rounds in order the player not to be forced to play three rounds with one color, as it happened to Ivanchuk. 

Thus, Nakamura maintains solid lead over his pursuars. 


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  • Ivanchuk - Morozevich was last to end in round 4 of Reggio Emilia tournament. This time all games turned out to be decisive. 

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  • The second round of the Reggio Emilia tournament was marked with Morozevich's victory over Anish Giri. This time his win can't be called just luck. 

    Slav Defence
    1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.e3 Bg4 5.h3 Bh5 6.Nc3 e6 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5 Nbd7 9.h4 dxc4 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.g5 Nd5 12.Bxc4 Bb4 13.Bd2 Qe7

  • In the third round of Reggio Emilia Caruana - Ivanchuk duel was last to end. In a protracted struggle Ukrainian Grandmaster had been fighting for the victory in an endgame with a minimum, symbolic advantage on his side. Guess what, at the end his efforts were crowned with success. 


  • Alexandr Morozevich gained a convincing victory in a duel against his compatriot Nikita Vitiugov. 

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