Reports | November 10, 2012 12:40

Two more draws in Bucharest, Ivanchuk still in the lead

Also in the third round both games at the Kings Tournament were drawn. At half-time, Vassily Ivanchuk is the leader in Bucharest as the winner of the only decisive game so far. Saturday is a rest day. 

Round 3 under way in Bucharest | Photos provided by the organizers, more here

Event Kings Tournament | PGN via TWIC
Dates November 7th-13th, 2012
Location Bucharest, Romania
System 4-player double round robin
Players Fabiano Caruana, Veselin Topalov, Vassily Ivanchuk, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Rate of play

120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes to finish the game, with a 30-second increment per move from move 61.

Extra No draw offers allowed before move 30

 

In the third round of the Kings Tournament again both games ended with a draw. This time there was no drama, no blunders, but instead two correct "grandmaster draws".

Ivanchuk did build up some pressure in a Closed Ruy Lopez, (a Breyer kind of Zaitsev) ut Caruana defended well and eventually equalized. Perhaps at move 29 Ivanchuk could set more problems to his opponent, but even there it's not clear if White can get a bigger plus.

PGN string

Arguably more interesting was Nisipeanu-Topalov, despite the early exchange of queens in a Sicilian Alapin. Already after nine moves the players had reached a position which has never been seen in practice. White was a pawn up but Black's compensation existed in active piece play and the vulnerable position of Nisipeanu’s king. In spite of some sharp play, the game never really crossed the equality zone and finished with a logical draw in an opposite-coloured bishop endgame.

PGN string

Topalov:

I was better in game one, but yesterday I got an unpleasant ending. Today it was a normal draw so nothing to complain about.

Nisipeanu:

My start was bad and I am lucky to have one point because yesterday I was lost. Today was maybe the only game where I played decent chess.

Videos produced by Macauley Peterson

 

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Kings Tournament 2012 | Pairings & results

Round 1   7 November 2012       14:30 CET    
SNr   Name Elo     Name Elo SNr
1 GM Topalov Veselin 2769 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 4
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2763 1-0 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2668 3
Round 2   8 November 2012       14:30 CET    
SNr   Name Elo     Name Elo SNr
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 ½-½ GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2668 3
1 GM Topalov Veselin 2769 ½-½ GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2763 2
Round 3   9 November 2012       14:30 CET    
SNr   Name Elo     Name Elo SNr
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2763 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 4
3 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2668 ½-½ GM Topalov Veselin 2769 1
Round 4   11 November 2012       14:30 CET    
SNr   Name Elo     Name Elo SNr
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 - GM Topalov Veselin 2769 1
3 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2668 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2763 2
Round 5   12 November 2012       14:30 CET    
SNr   Name Elo     Name Elo SNr
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2763 2
1 GM Topalov Veselin 2769 - GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2668 3
Round 6   13 November 2012       14:30 CET    
SNr   Name Elo     Name Elo SNr
3 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2668 - GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 4
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2763 - GM Topalov Veselin 2769 1

Kings Tournament 2012 | Round 3 standings

 

 

 

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Author: Peter Doggers

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Comments

Septimus's picture

Topalov seems to be enjoying his chess. Not sure why the immediate a5 instead of Bg7 first and then a5?

Peter Doggers's picture

As I understand from the video, ...a5 is even stronger when the bishop still attacks c5 (because White will always go b4-b5).

Septimus's picture

Thank you, I see now. There is also the knight at f3 that can block the long diagonal and shut down Bg7 in case of any tactics with pushing a5-a6+ etc.

zbzb's picture

Not too many people cares about this tournament...why?

Zeblakob's picture

Usually people follow names and not games.

Anonymous's picture

Perhaps these particular spectators don't feel the need to share useless comments - chessBieber and his fans are not here.

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