Thursday, December 6, 2007

World Cup 2007 Quaterfinals

Land of the Midnight Sun.

Quarterfinals Are Set! We are in for some good fighting chess, will anyone break away from book? If not why not? Post your comments.

Game of the day for me was Jakovenko, Dmitry-Alexei Shirov 0-1 English, four Knights variation.

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Nc3 Nb6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. b3 O-O 9. Bb2 Bg4 10. h3 Bh5 11. d3 Re8 12. Rc1 Bf8 13. Ne4 Nd7 14. g4 Bg6 15. Ng3 a5 16. d4 e4 17. Ne5 Ndxe5 18. dxe5 Qh4 19. e3 Rad8 20. Qc2 Nb4 21. Qe2 c6 22. Nxe4 Nd3 23. Rc4 Nxe5 24. Bxe5 Rxe5 25. Rd1 Rxd1+ 26. Qxd1 b5 27. Rd4 c5 28. Rd5 Rxe4 29. Bxe4 Bxe4 30. Rd8 Qe7 31. Rb8 b4 32. Qe2 Qd6 0-1

A marathon of a game with Cheparinov,Ivan-Magnus Carlsen Carlsen lost a pawn at move 27 but managed to get it back towards the end game. Cheparinov held out with great finesse to obtain a well deserved draw! Kamsky had a convincing win over Ponomariov. There is still a ways to go and great chess for the viewing.

1 Cheparinov, Ivan (BUL) ½-½ Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)
2 Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS) ½-½ Karjakin, Sergey (UKR)
3 Kamsky, Gata (USA) 1-0 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
4 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS) 0-1 Shirov, Alexei (ESP)

Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS)
Kamsky, Gata (USA)
Shirov, Alexei (ESP)
Aronian, Levon (ARM)
Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
Cheparinov, Ivan (BUL)
Karjakin, Sergey (UKR)
Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu-Sergey Karjakin 1-0
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Vladimir Akopian-Alexei Shirov 0-1
Replay the game with analysis

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Dan Miller said...

Looking into the environment and terrible architecture, I'm wondering why anyone would want to live there!
Chess wise it sure has been interesting, people dropping out that you would expect to stay to the quarterfinals and too many draws. I think computers have had a devastating effect on todays chess, what does anyone else think?

K M F said...

wounderfull shot