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  • #16
    Re: Grenke Chess Classic 2018

    Grenke Chess Classic 2018

    April 8, 2018

    Round Eight

    Peter Svidler joins the guys by Skype from St. Petersburg. He has a big black pair of earphones on. He says that Caruana-Aronian will be drawn in a few moments and it is an example of humour in chess because it is a three-fold repetition by moving bishops back and forth.

    He compliments Peter on his work with Vincent, talks highly of Vitiugov and discusses the exchange of queens in Bluebaum-MVL.

    Vitiugov is 31, born in Leningrad and acted as a second for Peter Svidler in the Candidates Tournaments of 2013 (London) and 2014 (Khanty-Mansiysk). He is playing for the lead with Carlsen and Caruana in the last two rounds. At the moment he is 21st on the Live Rating List with 2743.

    Peter will be playing in the Russian League but nothing else for a while. He leaves when the player interviews start.

    Meier says that he might have been able to mate Vishy in yesterday's game. (36..f6!, which threatens 37...Rg4+). Hou Yifan also talked about her game with Caruana in Round Six. Peter thought the ending was hopelessly lost for Fabi and asks analysts to look at it and, if it is a theoretical draw, to publish it in all serious endgame journals.

    Question to both: Who is the strongest chess player of all time? Peter said his favorite player was Tigran Petrosian. Probably this was due to the fact that he wrote a book of his games which was published in Hungarian. In an interview in the book Petrosian was asked what he did on Sundays and he said Sundays are for football. Peter loved chess and football and so Petrosian became his favorite player. Peter said he played through the book dozens of time. I wonder if it was Petroszjan tanit (Petrosian teaches) Budapest, 1989.

    Later, he met Bobby Fischer and he lived in his house in 1998 and 1999 - for one and a half years. He understood how great he was. Peter was 19 and about to enter the top ten. He would be working at his desk and the computer with Bobby next to him. Bobby would fall asleep and then when he woke up, look at the position on the screen and told immediately the absolutely best move. That is when Peter realized how strong he was.

    He was very skeptical of everyone at that time and staying at a hotel. After sometime, he would stay in the Leko house. He had been in Hungary since 1993.

    Peter: "We did not work on chess together. I would show him my games and he would tell me about his games and positions and talked about pre-arranged games. He felt that a player should play perfect chess in the endgame.

    He had a key to all the doors in our household and could come and go as he wished. When he left in 1999 to Japan, we did not speak again."

    Jan said that Shereshevsky's Endgame Strategy (1994) book was a real eye-opener to him when he was a young man. There were things in there that he had never thought about before.

    Asked about his early life in chess, Peter responded this way: "I learned the moves of chess the week before I turned 7. We were at Trogir on the Croatian coast of Yugoslavia. I spent three or four hours playing football each day in the evening. My parents didn't know how to occupy me during the day. So, my father taught me chess so I could play with others and the rest of my family could enjoy the beach.

    Later on, I progressed quite quickly into chess, no coach but studying everything I could find. I would wake up early 5:30 AM or 6:00 AM on weekends. I would sit on the floor by the window in the room I shared with my brother. I had a chess set, not complete. The queen was a medicine bottle which belonged to my grandfather. In a dark room, with a bit of light from the window, I played over all the games in the books I had there.

    I had coaches after that but my enthusiasm became most intense in 1989 with the fall of the Soviet Union. I had moved to Kecskemet when I was nine and a lot of chess masters from the Soviet Union were trying to move to the west but stopping first at Hungary and playing at the chess tournament there. At one time, for two and a half years, I was living in a one-room flat with players of seven different nationalities. I would play all-night blitz but my coach didn't like that because I would be exhausted in the morning. So, I learned all styles at the age of nine and ten by playing blitz with grandmasters.

    There is a web page called Chess in Kecskemet about the monthly tournaments there now. It has this statement:

    Kecskemet has more like 80 years tradition in international chess tournament organization and chess book publication. We organize international chess tournaments from 1978. We welcome chess players interested in individual and group-chess training in German or English. Peter Leko, Berkes Ferenc and Zoltan Gyimesi - members of the succesful Hungarian Olympic Team-, had their first chess-teachers among the Kecskemet's masters, and they started their chess careers at Kecskemet's tournaments

    The games:

    Round 8, Apr. 8
    Naiditsch, Arkady - Anand, Vishy
    C53 Giuoco Piano

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5 Ne4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.Nc3 O-O 10.Be3 Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 12.Qc2 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Ng5 14.O-O-O Nxf3 15.Bxc6 bxc6 16.Qf5 Nh4 17.Qg4 Ng6 18.f4 Qh4 19.Rd3 Qxg4 20.hxg4 f5 21.g5 Kf7 22.Rxh7 Rh8 23.Rxh8 Rxh8 24.a3 Nf8 25.Ne2 Ke7 26.Rc3 Kd7 27.Kd2 Ne6 28.Rc1 g6 29.b4 a5 30.Kd3 axb4 31.axb4 Ba7 32.Ra1 Bb6 33.Ra6 Rb8 34.Ra2 Rh8 35.Ra1 Ke7 36.Ra2 Kd7 37.Ra1 Ke7 38.Ra2 1/2-1/2

    Round 8, Apr. 8
    Bluebaum, Matthias - MVL
    A34 English, symmetrical, Three Knights System

    1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Qc7 7.e4 Nc6 8.Qd2 e6 9.Qg5 f6 10.Qh5+ Qf7 11.Qxf7+ Kxf7 12.Be3 e5 13.Bc4+ Be6 14.Bxe6+ Kxe6 15.O-O-O Be7 16.Rd5 Rhd8 17.Rhd1 b6 18.g4 Na5 19.b3 Rxd5 20.exd5+ Kf7 21.c4 Nb7 22.Nd2 Rh8 23.Rg1 Nd6 24.Kc2 Re8 25.Kd3 h5 26.g5 f5 27.f4 e4+ 28.Ke2 g6 29.Rc1 Rc8 30.a4 Nb7 31.Nf1 Bf8 32.Bd2 Bg7 33.Ne3 a6 34.Bc3 Bd4 35.Kd2 Re8 36.Rc2 Nd6 37.Ra2 Nb7 38.Rc2 Ke7 39.Ra2 Na5 40.Bxa5 bxa5 41.Rc2 Rb8 42.Rc3 h4 43.h3 Kd6 44.Kc2 Bxe3 45.Rxe3 1/2-1/2

    Round 8, Apr. 8
    Carlsen, Magnus - Vitiugov, Nikita
    C77 Ruy Lopez, Anderssen variation

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 O-O 8.O-O Re8 9.Re1 h6 10.Nbd2 Bb6 11.Nf1 d6 12.Ng3 Be6 13.h3 Bxb3 14.axb3 d5 15.Qe2 Bc5 16.b4 Bf8 17.Nd2 a5 18.bxa5 Rxa5 19.Rxa5 Nxa5 20.exd5 Qxd5 21.Nde4 Nxe4 22.dxe4 Qc4 23.Qf3 Qe6 24.Nf5 Nc4 25.h4 Kh7 26.h5 g6 27.Ne3 Nxe3 28.hxg6+ fxg6 29.Bxe3 Bd6 30.Qe2 Qc4 31.Qxc4 bxc4 32.Ra1 Rb8 33.Bc1 Rb6 34.Ra4 Rc6 35.Be3 h5 36.Kf1 Kg7 37.Ke2 Kf6 38.Kd1 Ke6 39.Kc2 Be7 40.f3 Bh4 41.Ra5 Bg3 42.Bc5 g5 43.Bb4 g4 44.fxg4 hxg4 45.Ra8 Kf7 46.Rc8 Bf4 47.Kd1 Kg7 48.Ke2 Kf7 49.Rf8+ Kg7 50.Rd8 Kf7 51.Kf2 Kg7 52.Rd7+ Kf6 53.g3 Bc1 54.Rd1 Bg5 55.Ke2 Ke6 56.Rh1 Ra6 57.Ba3 Rb6 58.Rh7 Rb7 59.Kd1 Rb8 60.Kc2 Rd8 61.Rg7 Rd2+ 62.Kc1 Bf6 63.Kxd2 Bxg7 64.Bc5 Kd7 65.Be3 1/2-1/2

    Round 8, Apr. 8
    Caruana, Fabiano - Aronian, Levon
    C67 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence, open variation

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 O-O 9.d4 Bf6 10.Re1 Nf5 11.d5 Re8 12.Bd3 Rxe1+ 13.Qxe1 Qe7 14.Qxe7 Nxe7 15.d6 cxd6 16.Na3 d5 17.Nb5 d6 18.Nxd6 Nc6 19.Bf4 Be6 20.Nxb7 Nb4 21.Nc5 Bxb2 22.Rb1 Nxd3 23.cxd3 Bd4 24.Be3 Bxc5 25.Bxc5 d4 26.Bxa7 Bxa2 27.Rb8+ Rxb8 28.Bxb8 Bb1 29.Ba7 Ba2 30.Bb8 Bb1 31.Ba7 Ba2 32.Bb8 1/2-1/2

    Round 8, Apr. 8
    Meier, Georg - Hou Yifan
    E05 Catalan, open, Classical line

    1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Qxc4 Bc6 10.Bg5 Bd5 11.Qc2 Be4 12.Qd1 c5 13.dxc5 Bxc5 14.Qxd8 Rxd8 15.Nbd2 Bc6 16.Rfc1 Bb4 17.Rc4 Be7 18.Ne5 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Nbd7 20.Nd3 Rac8 21.Rac1 Nb6 22.Rxc8 Rxc8 23.Rxc8+ Nxc8 24.e4 Nd7 25.Be3 Nd6 26.f4 f5 27.Kf3 Kf7 28.g4 g6 29.h3 Ke8 30.Bd4 Kd8 31.Bc3 Ke8 32.Bd4 Kd8 33.Bc3 Ke8 1/2-1/2

    Standings after Round Eight

    1 Caruana 5.5
    2-3 Carlsen, Vitiugov 5
    4-5 MVL, Aronian 4.5
    6 Bluebaum 4
    7-9 Naiditsch, Anand, Hou Yifan 3
    10 Meier 2.5

    Vitiugov-Caruana is on for tomorrow with Anand-Carlsen also of interest
    Last edited by Wayne Komer; Monday, 9th April, 2018, 02:17 PM.


    • #17
      Re: Grenke Chess Classic 2018

      Grenke Chess Classic 2018

      April 9, 2018

      Round Nine

      Rustam Kasimdzhanov comes in to analyze with the guys for a while. He is introduced as a former World Champion, having beaten Michael Adams to win the FIDE world championship in Libya in 2004.

      When he leaves, it is time for the daily quiz question and the prize is the mug that Rustam was just drinking out of. Jan says that it must have Rustam's DNA on it, so if you have tech savvy, you could clone yourself a Rustam.

      The quiz question:

      What year did Peter Leko become a GM?

      Peter and Jan were both born in 1979. Peter was the youngest player ever to have received the GM title till then.

      He volunteers the information that it was at Wijk aan Zee.

      The answer is 1994.

      Two games are already drawn - Carlsen and Anand are quite friendly and happy at the postgame. Magnus wishes he had played better but the result is not bad. Both are playing Shamkir and then Norway. Shamkir starts April 18 and Norway, May 27. They are agreed that Fabiano will win his game and the tournament today.

      In the discussion of Kecskemet yesterday, it should have been mentioned that the most famous tournament there was in 1927, with Alekhine winning over Nimzowitsch, Steiner, Asztalos, Tartakower. Grunfeld, Kmoch etc.

      On another matter, there is a new edition of Shereshevsky out for those that have never read him - The Shereshevsky Method to Improve in Chess - From Club Player to Master, New in Chess, 2018. It is a combined and revised edition of The Soviet Chess Conveyor and Endgame Strategy.

      Caruana beats Vitiugov

      Chessbomb kibitizers

      - Fabiano playing like a man possessed - especially with the black pieces
      - Can't wait for November
      - This would be the first game Nikita has lost this tourney, right?
      - Time for L'Homme Nikita to resign
      - If Caruana wins the US championship, it could be 3 tournament wins in a row
      - Keymer in '22
      - Fabi is in form and on fire. He is in the zone
      - Fabi got lucky to draw losing positions against Hou and Magnus, but in his other games he played very well and found winning ideas
      - Fabi No. 2 now and it is nice to have No. 1 and No. 2 in ratings play for the championship
      - The fighting Petrov has just been unearthed by Fabi. New books needed

      The live ratings today have Carlsen at 2838.7, Caruana at 2817.5 and Mamedyarov at 2814.0

      Fabi has nine days off and then be at the U.S. Championship in St. Louis beginning 18 April.

      The games:

      Round 9, Apr. 9
      Aronian, Levon - Bluebaum, Matthias
      D39 QGD, Ragozin, Vienna variation

      1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Bxd7+ Nxd7 13.O-O Qxc3 14.Rc1 Qa5 15.Rb1 Rd8 16.Rxb7 Ne5 17.f4 Nc6 18.Nxc6 Qc5+ 19.Kh1 Qxc6 20.Qb3 Qxe4 21.f5 O-O 22.fxe6 fxe6 23.Rxa7 Rf7 24.Rxf7 Kxf7 25.Qc3 Qd4 26.Qf3 Rd5 27.h3 h5 28.a4 h4 29.Qf4 Qxf4 30.Rxf4 Rd1+ 31.Kh2 e5 32.Rxh4 f5 33.Rb4 Ra1 34.h4 Kg6 35.g4 fxg4 36.Rxg4+ Kf5 37.Rb4 e4 38.Kg2 Kf4 39.h5 Ra2+ 40.Kh3 Ra3+ 41.Kg2 Ra2+ 1/2-1/2

      Round 9, Apr. 9
      Anand, Vishy - Carlsen, Magnus
      B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Rauzer Attack

      1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O Bd7 9.f3 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Be7 11.Kb1 b5 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Ne2 Rc8 14.Qd2 Qb6 15.Nf4 h5 16.g3 Rc7 17.Bd3 Kd8 18.c3 Kc8 19.Bc2 Kb8 20.a3 a5 21.Bb3 Rb7 22.Nd3 Bc6 23.Rhe1 Rd8 24.f4 d5 25.exd5 exd5 26.Ka1 Bf8 27.Rc1 Ka7 28.Ba2 Rc7 29.Red1 Bb7 30.Ne1 d4 31.Nc2 d3 32.Nd4 Bc5 33.Qxd3 Bxd4 34.cxd4 Rxd4 35.Qe2 Rxc1+ 36.Rxc1 b4 37.Bxf7 h4 38.Qe3 Rd7 39.Qxb6+ Kxb6 40.Be6 Rd2 41.gxh4 1/2-1/2

      Round 9, Apr. 9
      Vitiugov, Nikita - Caruana, Fabiano
      C43 Petrov, Modern attack, symmetrical

      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.dxe5 d5 5.Nbd2 Qd7 6.Bd3 Nc5 7.Be2 g6 8.Nb3 Ne6 9.Be3 c5 10.Ng5 b6 11.Nxe6 fxe6 12.a4 Bb7 13.O-O Nc6 14.f4 Bh6 15.a5 Ne7 16.Bg4 d4 17.Bc1 O-O 18.Qd3 Bd5 19.Qh3 Bg7 20.Nd2 Nf5 21.c4 dxc3 22.bxc3 Rad8 23.axb6 axb6 24.Re1 b5 25.Ne4 Qe7 26.Ng5 h6 27.Nf3 Bc6 28.Bxf5 gxf5 29.Be3 Rd3 30.Rac1 Ra8 31.Qh4 Qxh4 32.Nxh4 c4 33.Kf2 Bf8 34.Nf3 Bd5 35.Nd4 Bc5 36.Nxf5 Ba3 37.Nxh6+ Kg7 38.f5 Bxc1 39.Bxc1 Rxc3 40.f6+ 0-1

      Final position in Vitiugov-Caruana

      Round 9, Apr. 9
      MVL - Meier, Georg
      D02 Queen's Pawn game

      1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.O-O Be7 5.d4 b5 6.Qd3 O-O 7.Bg5 c6 8.Nbd2 a5 9.e4 Ba6 10.Rfe1 h6 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.c3 b4 13.c4 dxc4 14.Nxc4 Ra7 15.Qc2 Bxc4 16.Qxc4 Rd7 17.Rad1 Qb6 18.Bf1 Rfd8 19.e5 Be7 20.Rc1 Qa7 21.Rc2 c5 22.Rec1 cxd4 23.Qd3 a4 24.b3 axb3 25.axb3 Qa5 26.Rc8 g6 27.h4 Kg7 28.h5 gxh5 29.Be2 Rxc8 30.Rxc8 Rd8 31.Rxd8 Bxd8 32.Qe4 Nd7 33.Bd3 Nf8 34.Nxd4 Qc5 35.Nf3 Bb6 36.Qe2 Nd7 37.Kg2 Qd5 38.Bc4 Qc5 39.Bb5 Nf8 40.Bd3 Nd7 41.Bb5 Nf8 42.Bd3 Ng6 43.Qc2 Qc3 44.Be4 Bc7 45.Bxg6 fxg6 46.Qe4 Qc5 47.Qh4 Bxe5 48.Nxe5 Qxe5 49.Qe7+ Kg8 50.Qe8+ Kg7 51.Qe7+ Kg8 52.Qe8+ 1/2-1/2

      The last game to finish. Peter is enjoying the endgame and then mentions again that people should send in their analyses of Caruana-Hou Yifan.

      Round 9, Apr. 9
      Hou Yifan - Naiditsch, Arkady
      C54 Giuoco Piano

      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.O-O h6 7.Re1 a5 8.Nbd2 O-O 9.Nf1 Be6 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Be3 Bxe3 12.Nxe3 d5 13.h3 a4 14.Qe2 a3 15.b4 d4 16.cxd4 exd4 17.Nc2 Nh5 18.b5 Nf4 19.Qd1 Ne5 20.Nxe5 Qg5 21.Ng4 h5 22.Nxd4 hxg4 23.Qxg4 Qxg4 24.hxg4 Rad8 25.Nb3 Nxd3 26.Re2 b6 27.f3 Rd7 28.Rc2 Rfd8 29.Kf1 g5 30.Ke2 Rh7 31.Rd2 Nf4+ 32.Kf2 Rxd2+ 33.Nxd2 Rh2 34.Rg1 Nh3+ 35.Kg3 Nxg1 36.Kxh2 Ne2 37.Nc4 Nc3 38.Nxa3 Nxa2 39.g3 Nb4 40.Kg2 c6 41.f4 cxb5 42.Nxb5 e5 43.Kf3 Nd3 44.Ke3 Nc5 45.f5 Kf7 46.Nc7 Nb7 47.Ne6 Kf6 48.Nf8 Ke7 49.Nh7 b5 50.Nxg5 b4 51.Nf3 b3 52.Nd2 Nc5 53.g5 b2 54.Nb1 Kf7 55.g6+ Kg7 56.g4 Kf6 57.Kf3 Kg7 58.g5 Nd3 59.Ke2 Nc5 60.Ke3 Na4 61.Ke2 Nc5 62.Kf3 Nd3 63.Kg4 Nf4 64.Kf3 1/2-1/2

      Final Standings

      1 Caruana 6.5
      2 Carlsen 5.5
      3-5 MVL, Vitiugov, Aronian 5
      6 Bluebaum 4.5
      7-9 Anand, Naiditsch, Hou Yifan 3.5
      10 Meier 3

      Jan is off tomorrow to the Bangkok/Thailand Open. Peter us staying in Germany to give more training to Vincent Keymer.


      • #18
        Re: Grenke Chess Classic 2018

        Fabulous Fabiano Caruana won the key game in round 7 as Black against MVL. He played the most interesting chess in the tournament with spectular saves for draws against Magnus and Hou Yifan. Winning in the last round (when all the others drew) as Black was icing on the cake.


        • #19
          Re: Grenke Chess Classic 2018

          Next big tournament is the US Championship which starts in a week. Cant wait.