The Golden Classic

Время публикации: 20.07.2012 21:52 | Последнее обновление: 20.07.2012 22:09

Vassily Ivanchuk is close to winning the tournament held in Amsterdam  

The penultimate 6th round of the ACP Golden Classic has finished in Amsterdam. Vassily Ivanchuk beat Krishnan Sasikiran and took 1.5 lead. It's early to say that he has already won the tournament, because all the adjourned games will be resumed tomorrow. Emil Sutovsky adjourned only one game (he is 1.5 points behind Ivanchuk), while Kamsky has two adjourned games (-2). There's no doubt that Gata will win one of the games (Sasikiran will probably resign without resuming the game), while in another adjourned game against Anna Muzychuk Kamsky has a complicated position. By the way, Anna also has some theoretical chances for the first place. 

This is how the complicated table looks after 6 rounds. 

Nevertheless, regardless the results of the resumed games, we can already mark out Ivanchuk's domination in the tournament. He won most of the games without any adjournments. 

In today's encounter against Sasikiran a popular Spanish game with the move 6.d3 took place - recently white are usually seeking for advantage in this line. The Indian put up the position in the manner of Breier and indeed finally it really looked like the famous examples from the games played long time ago. Black didn't risk playing c5-c4 on move 17, but after a move it was already late.


18...c4?, and white stay with the extra exchange. 19.dxc4 bxc4 20.Bxc4 Nxe4 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.Bxd5 Nxd2 23.Bxa8 Rxa8 24.Qxd2 Qc4 25.Bg3 Nc5 26.Qe2 Qxe2 27.Rxe2 Nb3 28.Rd1 f5

29.Bxe5!! This move can become the best one in the competition. It's main advantage is "humanity". Those who are used to computer analysis can see that computer doesn't even mention the possibility of taking the e5-pawn. There are some "easy" winning moves like 29.f4, 29.f3 and others. Ivanchuk chose converting one kind of advantage into another. This move is objectively not the strongest one. 
29...dxe5 30.Rxe5 Moreover, one can't give a definite evaluation to the occurred endgame - it's not ruled out that black can even hold the game. The position needs to be analysed thoroughly; unfortunately the authors' of the idea are unlucky, because none of the adjourned games is as interesting as the one mentioned. 
29...dxe5 30.Rxe5 Nc5 31.a5 Na4 32.Rd2 Rb8?! The Indian didn't chose the best way to defence neither here nor earlier. It seems like white gains a forced win. 

33.Re6 Nxb2 34.Rb6 Nc4 35.Rxb8 Nxd2 36.Ra8 Ne4 37.Rxa6

37...Nxc3 38.Rc6 Nb5 39.a6 Be7 40.Kf1 h5 41.Rc8+ Kh7 42.Ke2 f4 43.Kf3 Bd6 44.Rd8 1-0

We've already reported how Emil Sutovsky exhausted Baadur Jobava.

[Event "ACP Golden Classic Tournament"] [Site "Amsterdam"] [Date "2012.07.20"] [Round "6"] [White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Black "Sasikiran, Krishnan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C84"] [WhiteElo "2769"] [BlackElo "2707"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "87"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/9000:16/3600:900+30"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 d6 7. c3 O-O 8. Re1 b5 9. Bc2 Re8 10. h3 Bb7 11. Nbd2 Nb8 12. Nf1 Nbd7 13. a4 Bf8 14. Bg5 h6 15. Bh4 c5 16. Ne3 Qb6 17. Bb3 Qc7 18. Nd2 c4 19. dxc4 bxc4 20. Bxc4 Nxe4 21. Nd5 Bxd5 22. Bxd5 Nxd2 23. Bxa8 Rxa8 24. Qxd2 Qc4 25. Bg3 Nc5 26. Qe2 Qxe2 27. Rxe2 Nb3 28. Rd1 f5 29. Bxe5 dxe5 30. Rxe5 Nc5 31. a5 Na4 32. Rd2 Rb8 33. Re6 Nxb2 34. Rb6 Nc4 35. Rxb8 Nxd2 36. Ra8 Ne4 37. Rxa6 Nxc3 38. Rc6 Nb5 39. a6 Be7 40. Kf1 h5 41. Rc8+ Kh7 42. Ke2 f4 43. Kf3 Bd6 44. Rd8 1-0 [Event "ACP Golden Classic Tournament"] [Site "Amsterdam"] [Date "2012.07.20"] [Round "6"] [White "Kamsky, Gata"] [Black "Muzychuk, Anna"] [Result "*"] [ECO "C88"] [WhiteElo "2744"] [BlackElo "2606"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/9000:16/3600:900+30"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. d3 d6 9. a3 Be6 10. Nbd2 Qd7 11. Nf1 Bxb3 12. cxb3 Nd4 13. Nxd4 exd4 14. Ng3 c5 15. Bg5 Ne8 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. f4 Nf6 18. b4 g6 19. Qf3 Nd7 20. bxc5 dxc5 21. e5 f5 22. a4 b4 23. Qd5+ Kh8 24. Nf1 Rfd8 25. Nd2 Nb6 26. Qf3 Rac8 27. a5 Nd5 28. Nc4 Qe6 29. Rac1 Rc7 30. Kh1 h6 31. Re2 g5 32. fxg5 hxg5 33. Nd6 f4 34. Qh3+ Qxh3 35. gxh3 Ne3 36. b3 Kg7 37. Rf2 Rf8 38. Rg1 Kg6 39. Ne4 Rf5 40. h4 g4 41. Nf6 * 


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  • None of the games of Round 4 of the ACP Golden Classic reached the logical finish. Kamsky - Ivanchuk encounter finished in a quick draw, while Emil Sutovsky and Anna Muzychuk used the right to adjourn the game. 


  • July 16th, 2012 will be marked in chess history as a day when the game was adjourned again after a long pause. Anna Muzychuk seized the opportunity mentioned in the regulations of the ACP Golden Classic and adjourned the encounter against Baadur Jobava on move 41. 


  • Again, none of the games of the Amsterdam tournament ACP Golden Classic were adjourned during the second day of play. Moreover, if Gata Kamsky wasn't peacefully inclined, there could have been 100% of decisive results.

    In the sharpest encounters Jobava - Sasikiran and Le Quang Liem - Ivanchuk, the players who had black turned out to be stronger. The Ukrainian used a new move in a known position of the Slav Defence.

  • Two more games were adjourned in the Amsterdam tournament ACP Golden Classic. There is no doubt about the future outcome of one of them: Gata Kamsky will win against Krishnan Sasikiran. Le Quang Liem has an extra piece with black against Baadur Jobava, but it's possible that the Georgian, who wrote down the secret move, won't decline the options of exploiting the opponent's open king and delivering a perpetual check.

  • An unattractive, at first glance, draw in 17 moves took place in Round 3 of the competition held in Amsterdam between Ivanchuk and Sutovsky. Actually, it was logical and interesting in its own way. A well known variation of the English opening took place.

  • The first draw was registered today at the ACP Golden Classic. Emil Sutovsky applied a rare move 12.h3 in a Spanish Game against Gata Kamsky; here white let black bishop to take g4 square.

  • The first day of the "nostalgic" competition ACP Golden Classic turned out to be thrilling. None of the games was adjourned: all three encounters were decisive and the longest of them lasted for only 40 moves. 

  • For the successfully performing Anna Muzychuk, her last round game against Vassily Ivanchuk didn't go well at the ACP Golden Classic tournament. The new plan with 9.Qg3 in the known position of the Scotch Game did not become a revelation. Starting with a mistake on the move 14, White encountered serious difficulties, which she wasn't able to cope with.

  • All adjourned games have finished in Amsterdam. The only real fight happened in the game between Emil Sutovsky and Krishnan Sasikiran. The Israeli sharpened the game in a complex position, but it still ended as a draw out of all three possible results. Unfortunately, almost all moves of that game were lost in the live transmission; we'll publish the moves here once they become available.

  • As we've already reported, today is the adjournments play day at the ACP Golden Classic tournament in Amsterdam. Two days ago Anna Muzychuk, as it turned out, didn't write down the most expected move in her game against Le Quang Liem.