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Russian Superfinal – Round One

Fighting chess, four decisive scores and two draws

The first round of the Russian Superfinal Championship saw aggressive chess, with four decisive scores and two fighting draws. The defending champion Alexander Morozevich employed Gruenfeld Indian defence against the leading expert for White side, Konstantin Sakaev. Although Sakaev argued in his book “An Expert’s Guide to the 7.Bc4 Gruenfeld” that White achieves edge in this system, he deviated and played Karpov’s 7. Be3. Draw your own conclusions… Morozevich skillfully pressed White weak pawns (a2, c3, f4) and won a nice endgame.

Peter Svidler is definitely expanding his opening repertoire. A die-hard 1.e4 player is slowly switching to 1.d4. The change is bringing fruits, as Svidler routinely outplayed FIDE Grand Prix participant Ernesto Inarkiev. Konstantin Maslak – Alexander Ryazantsev was another dominating endgame for Black, replay the game bellow to see the technique of Anatoly Karpov’s coach.

ETCC 2007 Round 7 M ID

Alexander Morozevich

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Peter Svidler

Round 1 results:

Alexander Lastin 2651 – Evgeny Tomashevsky 2646 1-0

Konstantin Maslak 2544 – Alexander Ryazantsev 2656 0-1

Konstantin Sakaev 2640 – Alexander Morozevich 2787 0-1

Peter Svidler 2727 – Ernesto Inarkiev 2669 1-0

Nikita Vityugov 2638 – Evgeny Alekseev 2715 draw

Artyom Timofeev 2670 – Dmitry Yakovenko 2737 draw

Round 2 pairings:

Alexander Lastin 2651 – Konstantin Sakaev 2640

Alexander Ryazantsev 2656 – Konstantin Sakaev 2640

Alexander Morozevich 2787 – Peter Svidler 2727

Ernesto Inarkiev 2669 – Nikita Vityugov 2638

Evgeny Alekseev 2715 – Artyom Timofeev 2670

Evgeny Tomashevsky 2646 – Dmitry Yakovenko 2737

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