Drama in the St. George Hall

Время публикации: 03.08.2012 22:29 | Последнее обновление: 04.08.2012 12:40
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The Superfinal of the Russian Championship: Evgeny Alekseev spoke about his unexpected win over Nikita Vitiugov

Round 1 of the Men's Superfinal has finished in the St. George Hall of the Radisson Slavyanskaya. The start was brisk: none of the games was uninteresting. The longest and perhaps the most dramatic was the encounter between Alekseev and Vitiugov. "Firstly I didn't get anything, - Evgeny told to our website. - Then I started hurry in an equal position and before the control decided to give away my queen (for the rook and the knight - CN), but after control I understood that my position became hopeless."

Alekseev didn't believe that he could save the game. "I thought I had to resign. I just tried not to lose immediately."


Alekseev - Vitiugov. The position after white's 43rd move

As it usually happens the final result was decided in a time trouble. "You can't actually control the situation when having only 30 seconds per move, - Alekseev continues. - I was lucky: he blundered..."

Black has been continually chasing white king and now it was enough to play 86...Kf5!, and it's not ruled out that white would resign. The following took place 86...Nh5+? 87.Kh4 Qg1 Black could have tried to hold since there was some chance: 87...Nxf6 88.Re6 b4 89.Rxf6+ Kg7.
88.Nxg4 Qe1+? A blunder. There was a chance to take f6-pawn.
89.Ng3 Qc1 90.Nxh5 Qg5+ 91.Kg3 Qxh5 92.Rg7+ Kf5 93.f7 Qh8 94.Rg8 Qc3+ 95.Kh4 Qe1+ 96.Kh5 1-0

"Honestly, I can't remember this kind of game in my practice - when the position was so hopeless but eventually I won." - the winner summarized.

You can listen to Alekseev's commentary at full in the audio player [in Russian]. 

Sergey Karjakin also didn't believe he could save the encounter against Grischuk. The difference is that Sergey managed to hold. We already reported about that here

Dmitry Jakovenko also shared his impressions on his game against Peter Svidler. Follow the link to see more. 

Quite interesting draw was registered in Sjugirov - Dubov. 

The first to end was Andreikin - Potkin. One of the coaches of the Russian National team couldn't equalize in one of the lines of Paulsen in Sicilian defence and Andreikin managed to win. 
Таble, schedule, results, all games

[Event "65th ch-RUS"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.08.03"] [Round "1"] [White "Alekseev,Evgeny"] [Black "Vitiugov,N"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2673"] [BlackElo "2705"] [EventDate "2012.08.03"] [ECO "C15"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. a3 Be7 7. Nge2 Bf6 8. Be3 Nge7 9. O-O O-O 10. Qd2 Bf5 11. Ng3 Bxd3 12. Qxd3 g6 13. Bh6 Re8 14. Nce2 Bg7 15. Qd2 Qd7 16. Rae1 Nf5 17. Bxg7 Nxg7 18. Nf4 h5 19. Nge2 Qf5 20. Nc3 Rad8 21. Rxe8+ Nxe8 22. Re1 Nf6 23. f3 h4 24. Re3 Kg7 25. Nce2 b6 26. Qc3 Qd7 27. Nd3 Ne7 28. Ne5 Qd6 29. g4 hxg3 30. Nxg3 Rh8 31. Qe1 Nc6 32. c3 Nd8 33. f4 Nh5 34. f5 g5 35. Qf1 Nf4 36. Qf3 f6 37. Ng4 c5 38. Ne2 Rh3 39. Nxf4 Rxf3 40. Nh5+ Kf7 41. Rxf3 cxd4 42. Nhxf6 dxc3 43. Rxc3 d4 44. Rh3 Ke7 45. Ne4 Qf4 46. f6+ Ke6 47. Ngf2 Qc1+ 48. Kg2 Qxb2 49. Rh8 Nf7 50. Re8+ Kf5 51. Re7 Kg6 52. Rxa7 d3 53. Rd7 Qxa3 54. Rxd3 Qa4 55. Rc3 Qa8 56. Kf1 b5 57. Rb3 Qa4 58. Rb1 Qc2 59. Rb4 Ne5 60. Rd4 Nc4 61. Kg2 Ne3+ 62. Kf3 Nf5 63. Rd7 Nh4+ 64. Ke3 Nf5+ 65. Kf3 Nh4+ 66. Ke3 Qc1+ 67. Ke2 Qc4+ 68. Ke3 Nf5+ 69. Kf3 Nd4+ 70. Ke3 Nf5+ 71. Kf3 Qe6 72. Rb7 Qb3+ 73. Ke2 Qc2+ 74. Ke1 Qc1+ 75. Ke2 Qc2+ 76. Ke1 Nd4 77. Kf1 Qe2+ 78. Kg2 Ne6 79. Re7 Nf4+ 80. Kg3 Nh5+ 81. Kg2 g4 82. Ng5 Nf4+ 83. Kg3 Nh5+ 84. Kg2 Nf4+ 85. Kg3 Qf1 86. Nge4 Nh5+ 87. Kh4 Qg1 88. Nxg4 Qe1+ 89. Ng3 Qc1 90. Nxh5 Qg5+ 91. Kg3 Qxh5 92. Rg7+ Kf5 93. f7 Qh8 94. Rg8 Qc3+ 95. Kh4 Qe1+ 96. Kh5 1-0 [Event "65th ch-RUS"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.08.03"] [Round "1"] [White "Sjugirov,S"] [Black "Dubov,Danii"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2635"] [BlackElo "2594"] [EventDate "2012.08.03"] [ECO "D45"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O dxc4 9. Bxc4 e5 10. Bb3 h6 11. Rd1 Qc7 12. h3 Re8 13. dxe5 Nxe5 14. Nd4 a6 15. a3 Bf8 16. Nde2 b5 17. Bd2 Bb7 18. Nf4 Rad8 19. Be1 Qc8 20. Rxd8 Rxd8 21. Ne4 Qf5 22. Nxf6+ Qxf6 23. Ba5 Rd7 24. Bc3 c5 25. Rd1 Qg5 26. Rxd7 Nxd7 27. Qd1 Nf6 28. Qd8 c4 29. Bc2 Nd5 30. Qxg5 hxg5 31. Nxd5 Bxd5 32. Bf5 Bb7 33. f3 Bc5 34. Kf2 f6 35. Ke2 Kf7 36. Bd4 Bxd4 37. exd4 Ke7 38. Kd2 Kd6 39. Kc3 a5 40. Bg6 Bc6 41. Bf7 f5 42. Bg6 f4 43. Bf7 Bd7 44. Bg6 1/2-1/2 [Event "65th ch-RUS"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.08.03"] [Round "1"] [White "Jakovenko,D"] [Black "Svidler,P"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2722"] [BlackElo "2749"] [EventDate "2012.08.03"] [ECO "D97"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 a6 8. Be2 b5 9. Qb3 c5 10. dxc5 Be6 11. Qc2 Nbd7 12. Be3 Rc8 13. Rd1 b4 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. exd5 Nxc5 16. O-O Nce4 17. Qd3 Qd6 18. Qxa6 Rc2 19. Bd4 Nc5 20. Qxd6 exd6 21. Bb5 Nfe4 22. Ne1 Rd2 23. Bxg7 Rxd1 24. Bxf8 Kxf8 25. Nf3 Rxd5 26. Bc6 Rd3 27. Ra1 g5 28. h3 h5 29. Re1 Nf6 30. Nxg5 Rd2 31. Rb1 Nd3 32. Nf3 Rc2 33. Ba4 Rxb2 34. Rxb2 Nxb2 35. Bb3 Nd3 36. Nd4 Nc1 37. f3 Nxb3 38. axb3 Nd7 39. Kf2 Nc5 40. g4 hxg4 41. fxg4 Kg7 42. Ke3 Kg6 43. h4 f6 44. Kf4 Kf7 45. Kf5 d5 46. g5 fxg5 47. hxg5 Kg7 48. g6 Kh6 49. Ne6 Ne4 50. Nf4 Kg7 51. Nh5+ Kg8 52. Nf4 Kg7 53. Nxd5 Nc5 54. Nxb4 1/2-1/2 [Event "65th ch-RUS"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.08.03"] [Round "1"] [White "Andreikin,D"] [Black "Potkin,V"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2715"] [BlackElo "2651"] [EventDate "2012.08.03"] [ECO "B46"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 a6 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8. O-O Nf6 9. Re1 Be7 10. e5 Nd7 11. Qg4 g6 12. Na4 Rb8 13. b3 Qc7 14. c4 h5 15. Qf4 h4 16. cxd5 cxd5 17. Bd2 Bb7 18. Rac1 Qd8 19. h3 Rh5 20. Qd4 Kf8 21. Be2 Rh8 22. Qa7 Kg8 23. Bxa6 Bxa6 24. Qxa6 Rh5 25. Ba5 Qe8 26. Bc7 Ra8 27. Qb7 Bg5 28. Rc2 Bf4 29. Bd6 Bxe5 30. Nb6 Nxb6 31. Bxe5 Nd7 32. Ba1 Rb8 33. Qc6 Rf5 34. Rec1 Qe7 35. a4 Nf8 36. a5 Rxb3 37. a6 Qa7 38. Qa4 Rb6 39. Qxh4 e5 40. Rc8 Rb8 41. Qh6 Rxc8 42. Rxc8 Qxf2+ 43. Kh2 1-0 [Event "65th ch-RUS"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.08.03"] [Round "1"] [White "Grischuk,A"] [Black "Karjakin,Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2763"] [BlackElo "2785"] [EventDate "2012.08.03"] [ECO "C67"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Rd1+ Ke8 10. Nc3 Ne7 11. Nd4 Bg4 12. f3 Bd7 13. Ne4 Rd8 14. Bg5 b6 15. Re1 Rg8 16. a4 Rc8 17. Rad1 a6 18. a5 c5 19. Ne2 Nf5 20. Nf4 Be6 21. axb6 cxb6 22. Nd5 Bxd5 23. Rxd5 Nd4 24. c3 Ne6 25. Red1 Nxg5 26. Nxg5 Be7 27. Ne4 Rd8 28. Kf2 Rxd5 29. Rxd5 Bd8 30. f4 Ke7 31. c4 Bc7 32. Kf3 Rb8 33. g4 Bd8 34. h4 b5 35. cxb5 Rxb5 36. Rxc5 Rxb2 37. f5 Rb3+ 38. Kf4 Bb6 39. f6+ gxf6 40. exf6+ Kd7 41. Re5 1/2-1/2 

Round two will be held tomorrow at 15.00 MSK Time.


  


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