Reports | January 13, 2008 21:11

[lang_nl]Aronian en Carlsen winnen weer[/lang_nl][lang_en]Carlsen and Aronian win again[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Ook de zojuist begonnen tweede ronde belooft weer enkele spannende partijen. Topalov-Ivanchuk is een mooi affiche, maar Kramnik-Radjabov is ook niet verkeerd. Voor de KID-liefhebbers: Radja deed inderdaad weer 2...g6 en 3...Lg7. En Nigel Short speelt weer eens een... Evans Gambiet! Twee video's toegevoegd[/lang_nl][lang_en]The second has just started and it promises new excitement. We're looking forward to Topalov-Ivanchuk but of course there's also Kramnik-Radjabov - for the KID fans: Radja did go for 2...g6 and 3...Bg7. And Nigel Short put up another... Evans Gambit! Two videos added[/lang_en]


[lang_nl]Opnieuw zullen we dit artikel gedurende de dag updaten met materiaal. Kijk vooral even naar het artikel van gisteren, waarin twee extra interviews staan, met Levon Aronian en Dani?ɬ´l Stellwagen.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Again we will keep on updating this article during the day with material. Do have one more look at yesterday's article, with Levon Aronian and Dani?ɬ´l Stellwagen.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Update 15.57u

We zijn ruim twee uur bezig; tijd voor een korte update. Wat valt er tot nu toe te zeggen over de partijen? Kramnik-Radjabov is een zeer interessante KID. Wits b-pion ziet er gevaarlijk uit, maar zwarts activiteit in het centrum ook. Kramnik heeft echter meer dan 30 minuten meer op de klok, dus misschien is Radjabov in de problemen. (Dit is ook de mening van GM Sosonko in de perskamer.) Soortgelijke kloksituaties zijn relevant in de patijen Gelfand-Aronian en Anand-Mamedyarov. Het enige resultaat van belang tot nu toe, komt uit de B-groep, waar Cheparinov en Movsesian een vriendschappelijke remise gespeeld hebben. En hoe doet Short's Evans Gambiet het? Vrij goed, zo te zien: het lijkt gunstig dat wit een van zwarts lopers geruild heeft. Maar natuurlijk hopen we toch dat l'Ami het op de een of andere manier zal gaan trekken. Ten slotte vragen we ons af wat er over is van het oude advies dat de veiligheid van de koning het belangrijkste aspect van het middenspel is. Kennelijk hebben Anand, Polgar en Gelfand hier hun eigen idee?ɬ´n over. Laten we kijken of ze gelijk krijgen.

Update 17.15u

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Update 18.20u
Inmiddels is de persconferentie alweer achter de rug, en we hebben hem weer op film. Vandaag was het Aronian die zijn eerste winst op Gelfand ooit nader uit de doeken doet. Topalov-Ivanchuk begon veelbelovend (een Benoni) maar eindigde in een bloedeloze half-half, hetzelfde resultaat bij Van Wely-Polgar maar Loek lijkt ergens de winst gemist te hebben. Ook Anand leek ergens wat voordeel te hebben gehad maar ook hij kwam niet verder dan remise.

De B-groep is inmiddels klaar: Nigels Evans Gambiet was genoeg om onze landgenoot Erwin l'Ami van het bord te zetten, hoewel het niet echt aan de opening lag. Cheparinov speelde vrij snel remise met wit en zo heeft niemand meer 100%. Dat geldt niet voor een herboren John van der Wiel die in C zowaar op twee uit twee staat, net als Braun en Caruana.

Update 19.37u

Hier is wat Radjabov na afloop zei over zijn openingskeuze tegen Kramnik (Macauley stelt de vragen):

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We're more than two hours underway now; time for a quick update. What can we say about the games so far? Kramnik-Radjabov is a very interesting KID. White's b-pawn looks dangerous, but so does Black's activity in the center. Kramnik has almos 30 minutes more on the clock, though, so perhaps Radjabov is in trouble. (This is also the opinion of GM Sosonko in the press room.) Similar clock-situations are relevant in the Gelfand-Aronian and Anand-Mamedyarov games. The only result of importance so far is from the B-group, where Cheparinov and Movsesian played a friendly draw. And how is Short's Evans Gambit doing? Rather well, it seems: getting one of Black's bishops seems a good result from the opening. But, being Dutch, we can't help hoping that L'Ami will somehow hold on. Finally, we have to wonder what happened to the old advice that the king's safety is the most important aspect of the middle game? Apparently, Anand, Polgar and Gelfand have their own ideas about this... Let's see if they're proven right.

Update 17.15u

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[lang_en]Update 18.20u
Today's press conference has already finished and we have it on video again. Today it was Levon Aronian who told us more about his victory against Gelfand. Topalov-Ivanchuk started promising (a Benoni) but ended in a slightly dull draw, the same result as in Van Wely-Polgar, although Loek seems to have missed a win somewhere. Anand too looked better at some point but he had to be satisfied with the draw as well.

The B group has finished: Nigel's choice of the Evans Gambit might have been a smart one - it did serve him well to beat Erwin l'Ami smoothly. Cheparinov played a quick draw today and so nobody has a 100% score anymore. But John van der Wiel does, who surprised many with his two-win start - he leads with Braun and Caruana after today.

Update 19.37u

Here's what Radjabov had to say about his opening choice against Kramnik (questions by Macauley):

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[lang_nl]Update 14/1, 09.39:

Nog een kleine toevoeging aan deze ronde: Carlsen staat nu al op plus twee, en als hij verder alles remise speelt, dan heeft hij zijn doel al bereikt, zoals hij vlak na de openingsceremonie vertelde. Zijn tweede partij zag er weer erg goed uit dus misschien zit er wel meer in. Leko probeerde lang een dame-eindspel te winnen maar zoals zo vaak was een pluspion van weinig waarde met alle pionnen op ?ɬ©?ɬ©n vleugel. Toch zagen we Adams en zijn vrouw later met een lichte opluchting ons restaurant binnenlopen. Wie daar ook zaten, waren Van Wely en zijn secondant Jan Gustafsson. Loek zei dat zijn laatste fout waarschijnlijk slaan op f4 was geweest, en dat hij ook misschien had moeten afzien van slaan op c6.

De resultaten vandaag:[/lang_nl][lang_en]Update 14/1, 09.39:

A small addition to this round: Carlsen is already on plus two, and if he draws the rest of his game, he has reached his goal already, as he told us right after the opening cereomny. His second game looked impressive so he might be able to do even better. For hours, Leko was trying to win a queen ending, but as is often the case, the extra pawn wasn't worth that much with all pawns on one wing. Still, Adams and his wife entered the restaurant where we were eating slightly relieved. Van Wely and his second Jan Gustafsson were having dinner there as well, and Loek said his last mistake was probably taking onf f4, and possibly he should have refrained from taking on c6.

Today's results:[/lang_en]

Grandmastergroup A

L. van Wely - J. Polgar ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
V. Topalov - V. Ivanchuk ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
B. Gelfand - L. Aronian 0-1
P. Leko - M. Adams ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
M. Carlsen - P. Eljanov 1-0
V. Anand - S. Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
V. Kramnik - T. Radjabov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

Grandmastergroup B

N. Short - E. L'Ami 1-0
H. Koneru - I. Nepomniachtchi ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
G. Sargissian - J. Smeets ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
I. Cheparinov - S. Movsesian ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
M. Krasenkow - W. Spoelman 1-0
E. Bacrot - D. Stellwagen ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
P. Harikrishna - Y. Hou 1-0

Grandmastergroup C

I. Krush - D. Reinderman 1-0
E. Grivas - D. Ruijgrok 1-0
F. Caruana - M. van der Werf 1-0
P. Carlsson - Z. Peng ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
A. Braun - P. Negi 1-0
J. van der Wiel - F. Nijboer 1-0
S. Li - A. Ushenina 1-0

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penverne22's picture

Evviva Fabiano Caruana che ha vinto il suo secondo game. Siamo lieti.
We want more, ans more!...

Giovinco's picture

Kramnik would win this tournament, but Carlsen and Aronian playing VERY well.

PS: What is name of this song from "Impressions ROUNDS 1 & 2" ??

tim gluckman's picture

Alexsander asked an interesting question.
There are conventions of this kind in European languages especially for radio. For instance in German non-.native speakers are told that one begins every answer with "Nun" which means sth like "Well".

There is however a rational reason for using weak fillers such as "Well,,.,,": they give the speaker the chance to think a bit longer before committing themselves through an answer. E.g. instead of the blunt,
"Black played badly..." one can reply
"Well, ok, Black wasn't on his best form today,"

nick's picture

what a random comment - i think fabiano is beautiful

ahmad hassan's picture

I think Carlsen is the best so far. I hope he will win this tourney...:D

Partidas comentadas's picture

Increible el inicio de Carlsen y de Aronian. veamos sus partidas comentadas.
Gracias a chessvibes por su retransmisi?ɬ?n.

Lajos Arpad's picture

Vak, i see you are a professional player :)

Vak's picture

well... ok

nick's picture

I have also been puzzled by the 'well, ok' meme amongst chess players. I first heard it with Kramnik. Maybe they copied him like they would an alpha male??

ZLOY_NL's picture

Racabov or Mamedyarov or maybe both gonna win this tournament!
Succes guys!

Arthur's picture

Alexander's comment on Caruana is not random. The comment is untrue as well as insidious..

Aleksander's picture

Why does every interviewed chess player starts his answers with "well, ok"? Is it a some kind of a convention I am unaware of?

Lucasio's picture

Perfectly new site, good reports, nice clips/movies! Keep on going on this very pleasent way of reporting this great chess tournament!

Regards,
Lucasio

Alexander's picture

Caruana is the ugliest player in the tournament.
Fritz told me white would win in the Kramnik's endgame, but I really don't see HOW.

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