Friday, June 8, 2007

Round 2 Game 3 Pairings (June, 8 2007)

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1. Aronian Levon (ARMENIA) - Shirov Alexei (SPAIN)
2. Leko Peter (HUNGARY) - Bareev Evgeny (RUSSIA)
3. Grischuk Alexander (RUSSIA) - Rublevsky Sergei (RUSSIA)
4. Kamsky Gata (USA) - Gelfand Boris (ISRAEL)

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Yesterday Shirov played Aronian, opening with the Queen's Indian: Nimzovich variation, (exaggerated fianchetto).

It was again a brilliant attempt by Shirov to dominate the opening right from the start.
The game then turned into a fist fight with blows from each Shirov and Aronian. Left, right and center. 25.a4 might have been a mistake, it was a unanimous decision if Bf4 might not have been a better move.
All in all it was a spakler of a game, Shirov never disapoints me when I see him play, his stlye of play is nothing more than unique.

Gelfand verses Kamsky was the Queens Gambit Declined, Slav Defence, white had control for most of the game it was a wonderful game to watch with so much skill by both players. It was not until the end game that Kamsky seemed to be winning, even though the game ended in a draw! And rightly so they both played very well indeed.

Rublevsky verses Grischuck played The Scotch Game, White had more control of the board and I was dissapointed that it ended in a draw so soon. I do hope the day will come when a draw can only be announced after move forty! Both Rublevsky and Grischuck played the Scotch well but as I said white was dominating!

Bareev and Leko also played the Queens Gambit Declined, with 4.e3 again I was dissapointed in short game play, only 15 moves and it was a draw!

Aronian, Grischuk and Leko are the leaders so far with 1.5 but it is early days yet with many games to go.

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VisionQuest said...

Thats a strong Bishop on e5 for Aronian! Lines possible to Shirov are stopped by that Bishop. What move would you make at this time?
Bring out your Queen on g5 or play a more subtle move?

VisionQuest said...

Just as I said that I knew the Bh3 was a good move but not followed up with NxB!

VisionQuest said...

Aronian has done well here, Shirov's Bishop cannot be in two places at the same time! Aronian threatens Ne5!

VisionQuest said...

This has been the best round so far! Magnificent play by all players!