Lovers of sensations were not disappointed today, as one of the "2700 gods" was struck down by a stone from a mere mortal's sling.
Gaevsky - Vachier-Lagrave
32…Nd7 A more accurate path to equality was 32... Ne6, whereas now Blakc has a few difficulties, although one can hardly call them insurmountable. 33.Rh8 Nf6 34.Bxf6 exf6 35.Rxh7+ Kg8 36.Rd7 After reaching the rook ending, Maxim clearly relaxed, while his opponent continued to look for ways to clobber his mighty opponent. 36… Ra1+ 37.Kh2 Ra3 38.Rb7 Rc3 39.Kh3 Ra3 40.Kg4 Ra2 41.Kg3 Ra3 42.Rb2 Kg7 43.Kf2 Ra7 44.g4 g5?! – In my brief judgement, it cannot be right to give the opponent a protected passed pawn. Black creates problems for himself with his own hands.
nN any case, with 45.h5,The Polish GM went on confidently to win:
68.Kc6 Rd3 69.Rd7 Rxf3 70.Kd6 Rd3+71.Ke6 – and White won (1:0).
So - Halkias
"The troubled teen" had no doubts at all about snatching the pawn as White in the Two Knights Defencer, but in a form where the classics would probably turns in their graves. It is a shame that science has not yet mastered a time machine, allowing older players (eg. Chigorin) to play the black pieces here. I feel sure Mikhail Ivanovich would have played 21… Qg5 here without thinking and would have thought it was all over. The Greek player, however, manages to los ein just two more moves: 21…Kh8 22.Bb2 Qc7 23.Nxf5 and So did not give his opponent the slightest chance thereafter. (1:0).
Cheparinov, stunned by yesterday's defeat, clearly came to today's game against Shulman determined to rehabilitate himself:
Cheparinov - Shulman
Like any artists, Ivan's hands were itching to show what he could do 22.Nd5 Kh7 23.gxf4 Bxh4+ 24.Kd1 exf4 25.Bc3 Re8 26.Kc2 Rxe6 27.Qd2 Rb7 28.Rbg1 Rf7 29.Bd4 Bg3 30.Rxh5 Ne5 31.Kb1 Qe8 32.Rgh1 – What they cal play on the whole board. The American GM could not hold things together. 32…Kg8?!
33.Qc3 Rb7 34.Bf1 Kh8? 35.Rg5? – The scale of the attack could have been ramped up well after 35.а4! 35…Qd8 36.Rhh5 Be1 37.Qxe1 Nxf3 38.Nxf4:
But things are still pretty bad for Black.. 38…Re5 39.Qd1Nxd4 40.Qxd4 Qxg5 41.Rxg5 Rxg5 42.Bh3 Rf7 43.Qxd6 Rf6 44.Qd2 Rg1+ 45.Kb2 Rg3 46.Qh2 Rf3 47.Bf5 Kg8 48.Nd5 Black resigns (1:0). The Bulgarian clearly took creative revenge for yesterday!
The TRurkish GM gave a fine example of defence:
Bu - Ilmaz
The former Chinese wunderkind has sacrificed the exchange and obtained apparently great attacking chances. But...21…g5! 22.Ba5 Ra7! 23.g4 Ka8 – and the king finds a quiet residence.. 24.Bd3 Nd7 25.h3 Rc8 26.Ra1 Qb7 27.Bc3 Rc6 28.Kg2 Qc7 29.Qe7 Qb8
Black's cold-blooded defence fazes his opponent and he blunders.30.Rxa6 Rcxa6 31.Bxa6 Nb6 32.Qa3 Qe8 33.b4 Qa4! – White resigns (0:1).
The hero of round seven, Gregorz Gaevsky now faces a tough test against Pavel Eljanov
Reykjavik Open 2013. Round seven. Twilight of the Gods