Morozevich and Nakamura start with wins in Reggio Emilia
In the first round of the 54th Torneo di Capodanno Hikaru Nakamura won against Nikita Vitiugov with Black while Alexander Morozevich defeated Fabiano Caruana, also with the black pieces. Anish Giri held Vassily Ivanchuk to a draw in Reggio Emilia.
The participants list of the 54th Torneo di Capodanno sees a mixture of young guns and experienced fighters, and promises an exctiting tournament. The first round immediately lived up to the expectations with three good games.
Anish Giri can be satisfied with his start, as he held the great Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk to a draw, with Black. The 17-year-old Dutchman 'couldn't resist' (in his own words) going for a complicated line in a Queen's Gambit Declined, against his 25 years older opponent. It involved a short-term exchange sacrifice but a white knight would remain trapped on a8 for a long time. At some point Ivanchuk missed one or two chances for an advantage, and then a forced liquidation led to a drawn endgame.
Hikaru Nakamura started in the best way possible: a good win with Black. His opponent was Nikita Vitiugov - perhaps least known of all six participants. However, the 24-year-old grandmaster from St Petersburg already boasts a 2700+ rating since March 2010!
Although it started as a 5.Bf4 QGD, soon the middlegame became complicated, especially when Black could create a passed pawn with c5-c4. Vitiugov underestimated a knight move from his opponent and got into trouble. He found a tricky pawn sacrifice to mess up things a little, but Nakamura reacted well and reached a winning endgame.
Video interview with Nakamura by the organizers
The third game of the round was a dramatic affair for Fabiano Caruana of Italy. The 19-year-old local hero more or less outplayed Alexander Morozevich in the absolute main line of the Zaitsev Ruy Lopez, but just when he could decide the game he blundered material. The Italian was in timetrouble and the winning moves were not easy to spot.
Reggio Emilia 2011 | Round 1 Standings
Reggio Emilia 2011 | Schedule & results
|Round 1||27.12.11||15:00 CET||Round 6||02.01.12||15:00 CET|
|Round 2||28.12.11||15:00 CET||Round 7||03.01.12||15:00 CET|
|Round 3||29.12.11||15:00 CET||Round 8||04.01.12||15:00 CET|
|Round 4||30.12.11||15:00 CET||Round 9||05.01.12||15:00 CET|
|Round 5||31.12.11||15:00 CET||Round 10||06.01.12||13:00 CET|
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