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Thursday, August 15, 2013

World Chess Cup 2013 Round 2, Game 1: 12 Decisive Games

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In the first game of the second round there were a few blunders and unexpected results. The biggest upset of the round was Peruvian veteran Julio Granda Zuniga who defeated Peter Leko as White.

Fourteen-year-old Chinese star Wei Yi (2551) upset Alexei Shirov (2696) with a comfortable draw as Black, while Isan Ortiz Suarez from Cuba suddenly lost to French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a position with a huge advantage.

Alexander Morozevich blundered in a winning position but his opponent Rafael Leitao didn't see the winning shot and instead lost. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov didn’t convert a huge advantage against Maxim Matlakov, while Wang Hao got a three-time repetition in a lost position.

Local hero Jon Ludvig Hammer, who defeated Sergey Movsesian in the previous round, drew with David Navara in a game where he had a better position, although it wasn't winning as he'd thought after the game.

Some players preferred not to take any risks in the first game and didn’t mind a short draw. Peace agreements were signed relatively quickly in the games Dubov-Ponomariov, Bacrot-Moiseenko, Jakovenko-Eljanov, and Lysyj-Aronian. The others fought for many hours but the positions remained balanced in the Kobalia-Kramnik and Svidler-Bologan games.

In the 12 decisive games the victories for White outnumbered Black by 10 to 2. Only Vassily Ivanchuk and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won with the black pieces.

Isan Ortiz Suarez had a winning position but didn’t make the proper defensive moves and let the pawns of his opponent Maxime Vachier-Lagrave advance too far. The Cuban may have missed 43...g4!

Indian GM B. Adhiban (2567), who won the first match against Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev (2710), drew Alexander Fier (2595) from Brazil, who had defeated another 2700+ player, Radoslaw Wojtaszek. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov had a winning position but lost his advantage in one move. "Seems I’m getting old if I cannot win such positions," Mamedyarov wrote on his Facebook page. Argentinian Ruben Felgaer (2586), who beat Alexander Riazantsev (2700) in the first match, drew with Black against Ukrainian Alexander Areshchenko.
Julio Granda Zuniga

Julio Granda Zuniga of Peru has shown great play and results so far. He knocked out Hrant Melkumyan in the first match, and defeated Peter Leko. Alexander Morozevich won his game but could simply have lost by force on move 35. His opponent, Rafael Leitao from Brazil, who outplayed Ernesto Inarkiev the previous day, missed a winning variation starting with 35…Ng3. He played Ng3 five moves later but it turned out to be an unfortunate decision as his position became lost. (Anastasia Karlovich/official website)

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  • At August 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM , Anonymous Amrit Puri, Knights Chess Club, New Delhi said...

    in the end it's going to be Kramnik, nakamura, aronian and maybe caruana i think or three russians and aronian :)


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