Reports | March 27, 2008 3:18

[lang_nl]R10: Aronian wint inderdaad, nu al[/lang_nl][lang_en]R10: Aronian wins indeed, already[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Dankzij twee snelle remises tegen Kramnik heeft Levon Aronian een ronde voor het einde de ongedeelde eerste plek bij het Amber-toernooi kunnen veiligstellen, aangezien de belangrijkste concurrenten Carlsen en Leko ook tweemaal remiseerden.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Thanks to two quick draws against Kramnik, Aronian today secured clear first place at the Amber Tournament with a round to spare, because main competitors Carlsen and Leko also drew twice.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]"Satisfaction" was wat Levon Aronian antwoordde toen ik hem vroeg om een eerste reactie, nadat hij op het televisiescherm had gezien dat de rapidpartij Leko-Carlsen in remise was ge?ɬ´indigd. Zelf had hij twee korte remises gespeeld tegen Kramnik, en dat was allemaal "according to plan". Een eventuele winnaar in die partij Leko-Carlsen kon theoretisch nog gelijk eindigen met Aronian maar omdat ze het punt deelden, was de Armeni?ɬ´r niet meer in te halen.

De ronde was vandaag begonnen met een mooie blindpartij van Mamedyarov, die weliswaar niet goed uit de opening kwam tegen Ivanchuk (om het mild uit te drukken) maar met het lepe (en diep berekende) 30...Lf8! de partij in zijn voordeel besliste. Het was pas de tweede overwinning voor Shakh, na zijn punt tegen Kramnik (ook met zwart).

Van Wely had Topalov op remise gehouden nadat Veselin tot drie keer toe 40...Ke6 had proberen uit te voeren, maar de computer de zet bleef weigeren met de melding 'illegal move'. Iets vergelijkbaars dus wat met Gelfand gebeurde eerder dit toernooi, dus de Amber-software die het al jaren prima doet, verdient nu wellicht toch een extra controle. Topalov had het idee dat hij gewonnen stond maar wees het aanbod om de partij over te spelen af.

Anand had inmiddels al op overtuigende wijze van Gelfand gewonnen na het verrassende zetje 20...La1. Een zet later zagen de GMs hier al geen verdediging meer voor wit. Carlsen verdedigde opnieuwe een moeilijk eindspel naar remise tegen Leko en Karjakin kwam helem?ɬ°?ɬ°l goed weg tegen Morozevich.

De rapidpartij Mamedyarov-Ivanchuk was in tien minuten klaar, ondanks de 34 zetten; de spelers vluggerden gewoon in ?ɬ©?ɬ©n klap naar een potremisestelling. Van Wely nam te veel risico's en werd daarvoor afgestraft door Topalov.

Anand speelde voor de verandering eens 1.c4 maar dat ging nou niet echt lekker. Zwart heeft na 14...e5 al een zeer comfortabele stelling en Gelfand speelde de rest ook erg sterk. Ook Morozevich zag er tegen Karjakin ditmaal erg goed uit: pionnetje winnen en uitmelken in het toreneindspel.

Waarna alles dus afhing van Leko-Carsen, dat er erg spannend uitzag maar waarschijnlijk nergens echt uit balans was. 27.f6 verdient nog nadere bestudering en verder is 39...Tb8 40.Da4 Dxf6 41.Tgd1 niet te winnen voor zwart want de beide vrijpionnen zullen tegen elkaar geruild worden. Ook het vermelden waard: 33...Dxb1 wordt beantwoord met het spectaculaire 34.Dxf8!.

Aronian is dus al winnaar. Zoals Jeroen Piket het gisteren omschreef: hij laat het schaken simpel lijken, en dat is meestal een goed teken. Morgen begint de laatste ronde traditioneel wat eerder en bovendien heeft hoofdarbiter Gijssen het schema iets aangepast:

12.30 uur Blind:

Kramnik-Karjakin

Anand-Van Wely

Mamedyarov-Gelfand
14.00 uur Blind:

Leko-Aronian

Morozevich-Carlsen

Topalov-Ivanchuk
15.45 uur Rapid:

Karjakin-Kramnik

Van Wely-Anand

Gelfand-Mamedyarov
17.15 uur Rapid:

Aronian-Leko

Carlsen-Morozevich

Ivanchuk-Topalov

Blindpartijen: Rapidpartijen:

[/lang_nl][lang_en]"Satisfaction" was what Levon Aronian said when I asked him for a first reaction, after saw on the television screen that Leko-Carlsen had ended in a draw. He had drawn both of his games against Kramnik quite fast, which was all "according to plan". The winner Leko-Carlsen could theoretically have caught Aronian to finish shared first, but but since they split the point, Aronian is safe with a 2.5 point lead.

Today's round had begun with a very nice blindfold game by Mamedyarov, who was in big trouble after the opening but profited from a careless Chucky and then found the cunning 30...Bf8! which decided the game immediately. It was only Shakh's second victory, after his Black win against Kramnik.

Van Wely had held Topalov to a draw after Veselin had tried to enter 40...Ke6 three times but couldn't, because the computer kept saying "illegal move". This story is quite similar to what happened to Gelfand earlier in the tournament and so the Amber software, which has been working fine for years, might need some double checking now. Topalov thought he was winning, but declined the offer to replay the game.

Anand had beated Gelfand convincingly by then, after the surprising little move 20...Ba1. One move later it was already lost for White, according to the kibitzing GM's over here. Carlsen again defended a difficult ending to a draw against Leko and Karjakin's escape against Morozevich was a huge surprise.

Despite its 34 moves, the rapid game Mamedyarov-Ivanchuk was over after about ten minutes; the players blitzed until a dead drawn position. Van Wely played too risky against Topalov and had to learn the hard way.

Anand changed his tune and went for 1.c4, but didn't do very well with it. Black is more than fine already after 14...e5 and Gelfand kept on playing very strongly. Morozevich too played a good game this time against Karjakin, winning a pawn and then the resulting rook ending.

And so all depended on Leko-Carsen, which looked very tense but was probably about equal throughout the game. 27.f6 "needs to be analysed", to use a popular phrase amongst 2700 GMs, and 39...Rb8 40.Qa4 Qxf6 41.Rgd1 is nothing for Black since the passed pawns will be exchanged. Also noteworthy: 33...Qxb1 is answered by the spectacular 34.Qxf8!.

So Aronian wins. As Jeroen Piket put it yesterday: "he makes chess look simple, which is usually a good sign." Traditionally, the last round starts earlier tomorrow. Besides, chief arbiter Gijssen changed the schedule a bit:

12.30 CET Blindfold:

Kramnik-Karjakin

Anand-Van Wely

Mamedyarov-Gelfand
14.00 CET Blindfold:

Leko-Aronian

Morozevich-Carlsen

Topalov-Ivanchuk
15.45 CET Rapid:

Karjakin-Kramnik

Van Wely-Anand

Gelfand-Mamedyarov
17.15 CET Rapid:

Aronian-Leko

Carlsen-Morozevich

Ivanchuk-Topalov

Blindfold games: Rapid games:

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[lang_nl]Links:

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  • Games in PGN

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Author: Peter Doggers

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Comments

Amos Sky's picture

Just remember an old saying boys "You're only as good as your last game."

And if you make sure you win the last game before you die you'll go down as a champion.

Lajos Arpad's picture

Congratulations to Aronian, he played nice chess in Nice :)

Lajos Arpad's picture

He is a nice guy, but not that good as you described, Vahag :)

VaHug's picture

Lajos, you can find my answer in the comment section of Round 9, but i guess we don't understand each other. I'm talking about his being a very good chess player, and you tell me that he is a nice guy, but not that good. In this tournament he is enough good to be the Champion of Champions and Challengers, like Kramnik, Anand, Topalov and you can hardly deny it.
The rest is a question of taste, whether he is good enough or not that good, so it would be better to stop our discussion here.

Bye Bye

Ron's picture

It surprises me that Aronian wins the Amber. Only the very greatest are able to win it and maybe Levon has entered their ranks!

JohnA's picture

I loved the videos as well, I think that it helps fans like us get to know the personality of the world's top players. Also, the production quality of the videos was excellent!

greybeard's picture

Well, you can't deny one thing:
The young generation is pressing harder and harder the old boys :)

Lajos Arpad's picture

VaHug:
"I?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢m talking about his being a very good chess player, and you tell me that he is a nice guy, but not that good."
No, you told me he is the best of the best.
"In this tournament he is enough good to be the Champion of Champions and Challengers, like Kramnik, Anand, Topalov and you can hardly deny it."
Why should i? I congratulate him for his victory.
"The rest is a question of taste"
I think it is more a question about future victories. In a few years we will see his games against the other super GM's, and with time passing we will be able to see his talent.

Vahag's picture

Levon is the Champion among of Champions (former and present) and Challengers , Good Job!

Vahag's picture

among Champions i mean, without of .. heh

Bravo Aronian! Felicidades.
?Ǭ°Que grande! desde luego se merecer?ɬ?a participar en la disputa del campeonato del mundo de este a?ɬ±o.

Amos Sky's picture

Great video, Peter! Loved the way you implemented the Stone's song. Very cool!! Love reading your comment's about the games and following along. It's a patzer's paradise as is this website in general.

peter's picture

Thx. But of course it's Stones. Rolling ones. ;-)

VaHug's picture

Videos/ Reports/Comment section of the Amber was the best. My congratulations to Peter.

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