Reports | November 19, 2007 4:28

[lang_nl]Kramnik stelt toernooiwinst alvast veilig[/lang_nl][lang_en]Kramnik wins Tal Memorial with a round to go[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]De 'remise-met-zwart-op-winst-spelen-met-wit-strategie' was in Mexico niet voldoende voor Kramnik (mede omdat hij een keer verloor) maar in Moskou is hij er een ronde voor het einde al toernooiwinnaar mee geworden. Vier remises en vandaag zijn vierde witoverwinning, tegen Mamedyarov, maakt dat hij met anderhalf punt voorsprong niet meer is in te halen. De overige partijen eindigden in remise vandaag.[/lang_nl][lang_en]The "draw-with-Black-playing-for-a-win-with-White" strategy was not enough for Kramnik in Mexico (mainly because he also lost one game) but in Moscow it proved a succesful method. Four draws and his fourth win with White today (against Mamedyarov) were enough to secure his tournament victory with a round to go. The other games of the eighth round ended in a draw.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Van die overige partijen valt niet veel te zeggen maar wat Kramnik-Mamedyarov betreft is het goed om duidelijk te maken dat de spelers al vrij snel in tijdnood raakten. Kramnik was de koelste van de twee en, het toernooi zo overziend, toch wel in a class of his own zonder Anand en Topalov erbij. Wat hebben we nu al zin in Corus!

Stand na acht rondes:

  1. Kramnik                  6
  2. Shirov                  4,5
3-6. Carlsen, Jakovenko,
     Gelfand, Leko            4
7-9. Kamsky, Ivanchuk, 
     Mamedyarov              3,5 
 10. Alekseev                 3

Het schema:

10 november 2007               11 november 2007         
Leko       - Shirov     1-0    Leko       - Kamsky     ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Kamsky     - Gelfand    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Gelfand    - Kramnik    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Kramnik    - Carlsen    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Carlsen    - Alekseev   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Alekseev   - Ivanchuk   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Ivanchuk   - Jakovenko  ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Jakovenko  - Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Shirov     - Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

12 november 2007               13 november 2007         
Kramnik    - Leko       1-0    Leko       - Alekseev   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Kamsky     - Shirov     0-1    Kamsky     - Kramnik    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Alekseev   - Gelfand    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Gelfand    - Jakovenko  ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Jakovenko  - Carlsen    0-1    Carlsen    - Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Mamedyarov - Ivanchuk   1-0    Shirov     - Ivanchuk   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

14 november 2007               16 november 2007         
Jakovenko  - Leko       ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Leko       - Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Alekseev   - Kamsky     ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Kamsky     - Jakovenko  0-1
Kramnik    - Shirov     1-0    Kramnik    - Alekseev   1-0
Mamedyarov - Gelfand    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Gelfand    - Ivanchuk   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Ivanchuk   - Carlsen    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Shirov     - Carlsen    1-0

17 november 2007               18 november 2007         
Ivanchuk   - Leko       ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Leko       - Carlsen    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Mamedyarov - Kamsky     0-1    Kamsky     - Ivanchuk   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Jakovenko  - Kramnik    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Kramnik    - Mamedyarov 1-0
Alekseev   - Shirov     0-1    Alekseev   - Jakovenko  ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Carlsen    - Gelfand    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Shirov     - Gelfand    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

19 november 2007
Gelfand    - Leko       .-.
Carlsen    - Kamsky     .-.
Ivanchuk   - Kramnik    .-.
Mamedyarov - Alekseev   .-.
Jakovenko  - Shirov     .-.

Twee filmpjes van Robert Fontaine & G?ɬ©rard Demuydt van Europe-Echecs:

Tijdnoodfase Kramnik-Mamedyarov

Ivanchuk die met de media praat...? Eventjes dan!

[/lang_nl][lang_en]It's difficult to say something about the other games but concerning the key game Kramnik-Mamedyarov, it's good to inform you that quite early the players were already in time trouble. Kramnik proved to be the coolest and, well, when we look back at the tournament, without Anand and Topalov participating, he's really in a class of his own. We're looking forwared to Corus already!

Standings after eight rounds:

  1. Kramnik                  6
  2. Shirov                  4,5
3-6. Carlsen, Jakovenko,
     Gelfand, Leko            4
7-9. Kamsky, Ivanchuk, 
     Mamedyarov              3,5 
 10. Alekseev                 3

The schedule:

10 November 2007               11 November 2007         
Leko       - Shirov     1-0    Leko       - Kamsky     ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Kamsky     - Gelfand    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Gelfand    - Kramnik    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Kramnik    - Carlsen    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Carlsen    - Alekseev   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Alekseev   - Ivanchuk   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Ivanchuk   - Jakovenko  ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Jakovenko  - Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Shirov     - Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

12 November 2007               13 November 2007         
Kramnik    - Leko       1-0    Leko       - Alekseev   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Kamsky     - Shirov     0-1    Kamsky     - Kramnik    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Alekseev   - Gelfand    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Gelfand    - Jakovenko  ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Jakovenko  - Carlsen    0-1    Carlsen    - Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Mamedyarov - Ivanchuk   1-0    Shirov     - Ivanchuk   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

14 November 2007               16 November 2007         
Jakovenko  - Leko       ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Leko       - Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Alekseev   - Kamsky     ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Kamsky     - Jakovenko  0-1
Kramnik    - Shirov     1-0    Kramnik    - Alekseev   1-0
Mamedyarov - Gelfand    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Gelfand    - Ivanchuk   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Ivanchuk   - Carlsen    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Shirov     - Carlsen    1-0

17 November 2007               18 November 2007         
Ivanchuk   - Leko       ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Leko       - Carlsen    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Mamedyarov - Kamsky     0-1    Kamsky     - Ivanchuk   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Jakovenko  - Kramnik    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Kramnik    - Mamedyarov 1-0
Alekseev   - Shirov     0-1    Alekseev   - Jakovenko  ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Carlsen    - Gelfand    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Shirov     - Gelfand    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

19 November 2007
Gelfand    - Leko       .-.
Carlsen    - Kamsky     .-.
Ivanchuk   - Kramnik    .-.
Mamedyarov - Alekseev   .-.
Jakovenko  - Shirov     .-.

Two videos by Robert Fontaine & G?ɬ©rard Demuydt of Europe-Echecs:

Time trouble in Kramnik-Mamedyarov

Ivanchuk talking to the media...? Well, shortly!

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Comments

sss's picture

Kramnik is the same age as Topalov! What ages are you talking about?

Vosuram's picture

"Kramnik, a class by his own without Tapalov and Anand participating". I didn't mention any remark like that in the article abouts the ?¢‚Ǩ?ìLiga de Campeones?¢‚Ǩ? winner (http://www.chessvibes.com/?p=1369)...

hayri's picture

Kramnik is one of the greatest of all times that is a reality that everyone have to see! By the way how can you think that Topalov is in same class with Kramnik? Topalov is student of computer age (I don't mean he cheats I mean he rised in a period that computer preperation became very important) but Kramnik is a student of classical chess echol and he is surely a genius player! The top of chess kingdom belongs to Fischer, Capablanca, Kramnik, Kasparov, Karpov and Anand for me.

Ron's picture

Yes, Kramnik is in a class of his own. Corus will certainly be very interesting, will Kramnik be able to torture Topalov and Anand as cruelly as he did to Shirov and Leko.
On Utrechtschaak, somebody compared Kramnik with the terrible Vlad dracul, who used to inflict unspeakable terror on his victims before killing them. It must indeed be terrible to be black against this Vlad.

peter's picture

Well yes, I'm a big fan of Ivanchuk too and he's actually the no. 2 in the world right now. But is he still capable of winning the Big Ones? Let's hope he'll succeed in Siberia...

Oak's picture

I felt that we saw another Kramnik in his game versus Mamedyarov. It was nothing like a solid line as White and an real open fight. Is some way Kramnik showed no fear to lose which seems normally his first concern. I am now really looking forward to the Kramnik-Anand match.

Glenn Bady's picture

Kramnik, a class by his own without Tapalov and Anand participating. I don't think so, what about Ivanchuk?

thorex's picture

What did Robert Fontaine say before Ivanchuck's "Ok, what you want?" (which sounds very rude, but perhaps it's just his bad English)?

whatever's picture

Hayri r u kidding me? r u going to tell me that kramnik didnt use computer for his preparation?.. LOL! this is not a round robin tournament.. it doesnt reflect the person real strength. Linares will prove this next year.

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