Bazna Kings, All Draws in Rounds 3-4

14-25th June in Bucharest and Bazna, Romania

The third Bazna Kings Tournament is taking place on 14-25th June in Bucharest and Bazna. All games in rounds three and four were drawn. Radjabov-Shirov was interesting as Azeri Grandmaster was pressing in the Gruenfeld Indian defence, but it appears that he missed a transposition to a winning pawn endgame and had to accept a draw.

Another interesting struggle in Gruenfeld Indian was Gelfand-Kamsky from round four. Kamsky is feeling very confident in these waters with plenty of preparation left out from his match with Topalov. He routinely held the equality and liquidated white’s center after which a draw was inevitable.

Gata Kamsky square Boris Gelfand square 1

Gata Kamsky and Boris Gelfand

Round 3 results:

Teimour Radjabov (AZE 2756) – Alexei Shirov (ESP 2745) draw

Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR 2746) – Boris Gelfand (ISR 2733) draw

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (ROM 2675) – Gata Kamsky (USA 2720) draw

Round 4 results:

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (ROM 2675) – Alexei Shirov (ESP 2745) draw

Boris Gelfand (ISR 2733) – Gata Kamsky (USA 2720) draw

Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR 2746) – Teimour Radjabov (AZE 2756) draw

Round 2 report

Analysis bellow are courtesy of GM Mihai Suba and the official tournament website

Radjabov Teimour – Shirov Alexei

By now, the third round was the most peaceful; the only game which promised blood was the following: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4 5.Bh4 The line: (5.cxd5 Nxg5 6.h4 Ne4 7.Nxe4 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qa5 can’t give White anything but problems.) 5…c5 6.cxd5 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Qxd5 8.e3 Bg7 9.Nf3 Nc6 10.Be2 cxd4 11.cxd4 e5 A line of bad reputation for Black. More frequent is: (11…0-0 12.0-0 e5?! 13.dxe5 Qa5 with a slight advantage for White.) 12.dxe5 Qa5+ 13.Qd2 Qxd2+ 14.Kxd2 Nxe5 15.Rab1! 0-0 16.Nd4 Nd7 A very dubious novelty in a difficult position. (Most natural seems: 16…Nc6 17.Nxc6 bxc6 18.Rhc1 Be6 19.Bc4 Rfe8 20.Rb7 a5 with a worse position, which Beliavsky managed to draw twice.;
16…a6) 17.Rhc1 Bxd4?! 18.exd4 Apart from the pressure on b7, White has two active bishops. But Alexei tried to provide his knight with some squares. 18…Nb6 19.Bf3 Be6 20.a4 Not bad, but the simple: (20.Bxb7 Rab8 21.Bc6 Bxa2 22.Ra1 Be6 23.Rxa7 Rfc8 24.Bg3 Nc4+ 25.Ke1 Rb4 26.d5 leaves White is a clear pawn up.) 20…Nc4+ (Perhaps: 20…f6 21.Bxb7 Rad8 22.Rb4 Rf7 23.Ba6 Nd5 24.Rb7 Rd6 25.Rxf7 Bxf7 gives more drawing chances.) 21.Kd1! (Not: 21.Ke1 Rfe8 winning an important tempo.) 21…Na5 22.Rb5 (The alternative by Rybka is not that appetising: 22.d5 Bd7 23.Rb4 Rfc8 24.Bf6 b6 25.Be2 but still with advantage.) 22…Nb3 23.d5 Nxc1 24.dxe6 Rac8! 25.Bxb7? This move throws away most of the advantage. Be aware that both contenders were already short of time, especially Black. (25.e7 Rfe8 26.Rxb7 Kg7 27.Kd2 Na2 28.a5 f6 29.Rxa7 Nb4 30.Rb7 Rc4 31.Bg3 Kf7 32.Bd6! Rd4+ 33.Kc3 Rxd6 34.Kxb4 Rxe7 35.Kb5 and White is queening the a-pawn.) 25…Rc4 26.Be7 fxe6 (Also: 26…Na2!? 27.Kd2 fxe6 28.Bxf8 Kxf8 29.a5 Ke7 30.Bf3 Rb4 31.Rb7+ Rxb7 32.Bxb7 Kd6 should end in a draw.) 27.Bxf8 Kxf8 28.Bf3 Rc7 29.Kd2 Na2 30.Rb3? (30.Rb2 Rd7+ 31.Ke3 Nc3 32.Rc2 Rc7 33.Kd3 Nd5 34.Bxd5 Rxc2 35.Kxc2 exd5 36.Kd3 Ke7 37.Kd4 Ke6 38.f4 is a winning pawn endgame.) 30…Ke7 31.a5 Kd6 32.a6 Kc5 33.Rb7 Kd6 34.Rb3 Kc5 35.Rb7 Kd6 36.Bg4 e5 37.Be6 ½-½

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