August 15, 2011 22:36

Morozevich beats Svidler in last round Russian Championship

Morozevich beats Svidler in last round Russian ChampionshipIn the last round of the Russian Championship Super Final, Alexander Morozevich defeated Peter Svidler, who had already secured the title yesterday. Vladimir Kramnik beat Alexander Galkin after yet again sacrificing a piece with the black pieces. We spoke briefly to Svidler on Skype, while he was in the train back to St. Petersburg.

General info

The Super Final of the 64th Russian Championship for men took place August 7-15 (rest day on August 12) at the Botvinnik Central Chess Club in Moscow. It was an 8-player, single round-robin. The time control was 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds per move from move one. Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Artyom Timofeev and Alexander Galkin played.

Round 7

Thus far undefeated, tournament winner Peter Svidler suddenly lost without a real fight to Alexander Morozevich in the last round of the Super Final. It would be too easy, however, to conclude that he had been less focused because of the fact that he already secured first place on Sunday. "Nah. I just went mad for half an hour. It had nothing to do with the tournament situation," Svidler told us.

Svidler goes down, but wins the Russian Championship Super Final anyway

Svidler goes down, but wins the Russian Championship Super Final anyway

Things went wrong quickly after the opening - a Grünfeld, Russian System (5.Qb3) with 7...a6. Although the natural 13...Nxc5 had led to a draw in a correspondence game, 13...Ne5 was still fine, according to Svidler. "15...Nxf3+ is a draw. I went for this line being totally sure that White MUST play 20.Be2." A miscalculation which cost him dearly. The very natural 20.Ke2, followed by the strong 21.Bb7! gave White a huge advantage in the ending, and Morozevich gave his opponent no chance.

Morozevich plays yet another excellent tournament

Morozevich plays yet another excellent tournament

However, the game of the round was Alexander Galkin vs Vladimir Kramnik. It is quite amazing that the former World Champion, who we've called 'Kramnik 2.0' a while ago, seems to have broadened his chess style even more. For the third time in just a few weeks, he went for a long-term piece sacrifice with Black. Finally, this Tal-like strategy was successful. Alexander Galkin succumbed to the pressure at move 30 in a position where White might still be been able to hold it.

Vladimir Kramnik - ehm, 3.0?

Vladimir Kramnik - ehm, 3.0?

Both Timofeev-Grischuk and Nepomniachtchi-Karjakin ended in a draw, which meant that Morozevich finished clear second with 4.5/7. He is winning 43 (!) rating points and is now 17th in the live ratings, one place behind... Svidler. Peter SvidlerIt was the 6th Russian title for Svidler, after winning in 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003 and 2008. "After [the World Team Championship in] China anyone could be excused asking if I still knew how to play," he said. To our question whether he did anything special as far as preparation was concerned (apart from the hard work he did for Grischuk in Kazan), he answered: "I don't think I prepared for more than an hour to any single game. I decided to just play and it worked out fine." Kramnik eventually finished shared third with Grischuk and Karjakin, on '+1'. The top two Russian players have switched places again; Kramnik is back to 4th place and Karjakin 5th. This is probably how the September 1st FIDE rating list will look like as well. The next big event is the FIDE World Cup, with the first round scheduled for August 28th. The top participants are Karjakin, Ivanchuk, Mamedyarov, Ponomariov, Gashimov, Grischuk, Radjabov, Kamsky, Svidler, Jakovenko, Vitiugov, Almasi, Vallejo, Navara, Vachier-Lagrave, Dominguez, Wang Hao, Leko, Moiseenko, Le Quang Liem, Adams, Shirov, Jobava, Caruana, Nepomniachtchi, Bacrot, Wang Yue, Tomashevsky, Efimenko, Malakhov, Wojtaszek, Sutovsky, Movsesian, Polgar, Fressinet, Eljanov, Berkes, Andreikin and Morozevich.

Games round 7


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Russian Championship Super Final 2011 | Schedule & results

Round 1 08.08.11 13:00 CET   Rest day 12.08.11 13:00 CET
Svidler 1-0 Kramnik        
Karjakin ½-½ Morozevich        
Grischuk ½-½ Nepomniachtchi        
Galkin ½-½ Timofeev        
Round 2 09.08.11 13:00 CET   Round 5 13.08.11 13:00 CET
Kramnik 1-0 Timofeev   Grischuk ½-½ Kramnik
Nepomniachtchi ½-½ Galkin   Galkin ½-½ Karjakin
Morozevich 1-0 Grischuk   Timofeev 0-1 Svidler
Svidler ½-½ Karjakin   Nepomniachtchi 1-0 Morozevich
Round 3 10.08.11 13:00 CET   Round 6 14.08.11 13:00 CET
Karjakin 1-0 Kramnik   Kramnik ½-½ Morozevich
Grischuk ½-½ Svidler   Svidler 1-0 Nepomniachtchi
Galkin ½-½ Morozevich   Karjakin 1-0 Timofeev
Timofeev ½-½ Nepomniachtchi   Grischuk 1-0 Galkin
Round 4 11.08.11 13:00 CET   Round 7 15.08.11 11:00 CET
Kramnik 1-0 Nepomniachtchi   Galkin 0-1 Kramnik
Morozevich 1-0 Timofeev   Timofeev ½-½ Grischuk
Svidler 1-0 Galkin   Nepomniachtchi ½-½ Karjakin
Karjakin 0-1 Grischuk   Morozevich 1-0 Svidler

Russian Championship Super Final 2011 | Round 7 (Final) Standings



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Septimus's picture

Moro v Svidler was a lot of fun! Moro seems to strive and thrive in sharp positions with a sac or two. Most normal/noob players would be scared to drop a piece for two pawns.

Why 13...Ne5 by black instead of liquidating the c5-pawn?

Johnny's picture

Usually Black is the one with a runaway a-pawn in the grunfeld.. I can't remember ever seeing a Grunfeld where white's own a-pawn decided the game!

Gavin's picture

which piece did moro sac?

Septimus's picture

Not this game. I was talking in general. Upon re-reading my post, it is indeed unclear.

andorsm's picture

Great tournament, very few boring games, more than 50 % desicive games. Solid Svidler, creative but accurate Morozevich and aggresive Kram (Who called him Draw)nik. Brilliant but very short.

me's picture

Great to see Moro back where he belongs to. Overall, nice tournament, exciting games, and a very aggressive Kramnik. Was fun to watch.

Harish Srinivasan's picture

Svidler is one of the most faithful players of the Grunfeld himself and Morozevich uses that against him to and wins !!

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choufleur's picture

don't get too excited, capital letters are very agressive

IRAQI-MASTER's picture

If any one notice Morozevich scored 3-4 agalnst the top players in this tournament.
He could be the first but he ruined everything on himself when he lost to Nepomniachtchi in drawn endgame.

andorsm's picture

But why Karjakin is the third? Berger is equal with Grishuk and he lost to Grishuk, he should be the third.

bhabatosh's picture

Kramnik's play was brilliant ! I dont know if there is any obvious mistake in the game but It appears Black was Vladimir Tal !
Moro's game is superb , I knew he would not go got draw in last round.
One of the best tournament of the year beyond any doubt......

bronkenstein's picture

Yet another proof that draw death of chess was only a fake alarm , conditioned mostly by WCC format =)

TMM's picture

Indeed, the 2-game matches at the Candidates were the reason for the many draws there.

Next up: the FIDE World Cup, with 126 2-game matches (and one 4-game final)!

gg's picture

Moro +2 against top half, Kramnik -2 against top half, not often you see something like that.

Mindhunter's picture

Great game by Kramnik!!!

Mindhunter's picture

Great game by Kramnik!!!

Knallo's picture

Shall we call him Talnik instead of Drawnik now?

Stanley Peters's picture

Why not!

Septimus's picture

Maybe Bi-nik as in binary 1010101

onurengin's picture

Moro must be around:)

Christian Sánchez's picture

Kramnik was playing as if this tournament had a 3-1-0 point system.

Thomas's picture

Yep, his score and even the distribution of losses, wins and draws over the rounds is almost the same as Carlsen's result in London last year. The only difference is round 5 where Carlsen had won, and Kramnik (after thinking for about half an hour) accepted Grischuk's silent draw offer

gg's picture

Without being noticed much Grischuk played some excellent chess except for one single move. His beating Karjakin with black was the most impressive result of the whole tournament, and he was on the way to win with black also against Moro when he blundered and lost.

blackhorse's picture

Great to see Moro back.

Knallo's picture

It is indeed! I have the problem, if you can it that, that I really like all the players in this tournament, although I confess to have heard little about Galkin and Timofeev before.
But I think Svidler winning #6, Morozevich gaining heaps of points again, and Kramnik playing like a demon made for a great event.

Knallo's picture

... if you can call it that ...

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