Reports | December 18, 2008 5:13

Wins for Alekseev, Bacrot and Wang Yue

Bacrot-LekoPeter Leko suffered his second loss in Elista today; this time it was Frenchman Etienne Bacrot who forced the Hungarian to resign with a beautiful queen sacrice. Wang Yue ground down Eljanov while Alekseev beat Kasimdzhanov with Black.

The 3rd Grand Prix takes place December 13-29 in Elista, Kalmykia. The 14 participants are Radjabov, Leko, Jakovenko, Wang Yue, Mamedyarov, Eljanov, Grischuk, Alekseev, Bacrot, Gashimov, Cheparinov, Akopian, Kasimdzhanov and Inarkiev. Rounds start daily at 15:00 local time (13:00 CET; 07:00 EST); rest days December 19 & 24; live games here.

Results Round 4, December 17

Kasimdzhanov - Alekseev 0-1

Wang Yue-Eljanov 1-0

Akopian-Gashimov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

Grischuk-Inarkiev ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

Cheparinov-Jakovenko ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

Bacrot-Leko 1-0

Radjabov-Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

Round 4

One of the most solid "elite" grandmasters in the circuit is Peter Leko, but perhaps this status is mostly based on his normal repertoire with 1...e5: the Marshall Gambit of the Ruy Lopez. Today the Hungarian tried the Caro-Kann but was demolished by Etienne Bacrot, who probably had his sharp treatment with 17.g4!? lying on a shelf for a while.


It was played only in the game Pesoa-Romero, Villa Ballester 2002 and eight years ago Black didn't dare to take the pawn, but Leko did. And considering the next few moves, Black seems to be fine indeed (as usual in the Caro-Kann, co-editor Merijn would say!) but he really needs to put his bishop on g5 on either move 21 or 22, and a move later his rook. Leko thought he'd be in time himself, but had missed the beautiful queen sacrifice that's known since 1869 from the famous Anderssen-Zukertort game.

If Bacrot was Anderssen today, Evgeny Alekseev was Petrosian, no doubt. A positional exchange sacrifice got Black in total control and the game seemed to win by itself afterwards.


Wang Yue, well, if we have to continue comparing then I'll pick Kramnik because of the quiet middlegame and excellent technique, but actually that's pretty typical of... Wang Yue himself. The man is confirming his top 10 status more and more.

Wang Yue

The Azeri derby Radjabov vs Mamedyarov lasted about half an hour today and Grischuk-Inarkiev not much longer. As I've written before (in the bulletins for Baku and Sochi, and in New in Chess Magazine) the grandmasters have no trouble at all finding ways to draw quickly, if needed. It's part of the game.

Though it started as a Petroff, Akopian-Gashimov was more exciting. 18.Rxe8+ was new and Gashimov had to find 24...Be4! to keep the balance. Perhaps next time players will try 25.Re1!?. Not sure what was going on in Cheparinov-Jakoveko, but that was a good fight too!


Pairings round 5, December 18

Alekseev-Wang Yue


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Arjo's picture

Leko should have been 3/3 or at least 2.5/3 if could manage his time a little better. He has played the most interesting chess of the tournament so far! Hope he will beat Radjabov today!

Arjo's picture

Ofcourse i meant 3.5/4 or 3/4

Oak's picture

Finally we'll see what Radjabov has up his sleeve in the (theoretically) important 9.0-0-0 variation of the Yugoslav Dragon.

Peter Doggers's picture

Well Oak, Svidler tried that already against him (and won, though not because of the opening).

Oak's picture

Did Radjabov also played 12...Bxd4 in that game (no database at work to check)?

Peter Doggers's picture

[Event "2nd FIDE GP"]
[Site "Sochi RUS"]
[Date "2008.08.03"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Svidler, P."]
[Black "Radjabov, T."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B76"]
[WhiteElo "2738"]
[BlackElo "2744"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2008.07.31"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "RUS"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[Source "Mark Crowther"]
[SourceDate "2008.08.04"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2
Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. Qe1 e5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. exd5 Nxd5 13. Bc4 Be6 14. Ne4 Qc7
15. Bc5 Rfd8 16. g4 Nf4 17. Qc3 Rd4 18. Bxd4 exd4 19. Qb4 d3 20. Bxe6 Ne2+ 21.
Kb1 Rb8 22. Bxf7+ Kh8 23. Qxb8+ Qxb8 24. c3 Nxc3+ 25. Nxc3 Bxc3 26. Bb3 Bf6 27.
Rxd3 Qe5 28. Rd2 Qe3 29. Rhd1 Qxf3 30. Rd7 Qe4+ 31. Bc2 Qb4 32. Bb3 Qe4+ 33.
Ka1 Qg2 34. R1d2 Qxg4 35. a3 a5 36. Rb7 a4 37. Rdd7 Qg1+ 38. Bd1 Qxh2 39. Rdc7
Bd8 40. Rc8 Qd2 41. Bc2 1-0

Eric's picture

Beautiful win from Etienne BACROT !!!
I wish you the best for following games.

Oak's picture

Great endgame from Wang Yue, looks very systematically to me. After a move of 30 or so, I did not expect anything but a draw soon. I feel that Eljanov should have tried to keep the rooks on the board.

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