The leaders are now down to two, who will meet in the last round. The first to book his place was Pavel Eljanov: :
Ding Liren – Eljanov
17…Nxe5 18.fxe5 Ng4 19.Qf3 Nxe5 20.dxe5 Qxe5
21.Qf4?? – Instead of immediately killing the queenside attack 21.a3 Qxg5 22.Qf2 Bg4 23.Bf3 Bxf3 24.Qxf3 Bxc3 25.bxc3 Qg1+ 26.Qf1 Qxf1+ 27.Kxf1 Kd7 28.Ke2 Rh8 29.Rd1 Rh3 30.Be1 f5 (Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64 Depth: 20 with 100.047 kN in 56s; http://reykjavik2013.live.whychess.com/) Ding offers an unfavourable queen exchange 21…Qxf4 22.exf4 b4 23.Ne2 a3 – destroying everything! ушится всё! White resigns (0:1). The game shows once again that the Chinese player's white preparation is vulnerable at the highest level. .
Wesl;ey So won with elegant ease against Marcin Dzuba and became one of the main contenders for victory:
So – Dzuba
Wesley bravely sacrificed the queen, interestingly a decision fully supported by the computrer. 19. axb5 axb5 20.Nxe4 Rxd1 21.Rfxd1 Nxe5 22.c6 Qc7 23. Bxb5. Later the Filipino pushed the pawn to the 7th and near the time-control, the Polish player's nerves gave out:
36…hxg3 37.hxg3 Qg5?? A banal oversight ends it all. 38.Rxd4 Qxc1 39.Nf6+ Kf8 40.Rd8+ Ke7 41.Ng8 Black resigns(1:0).
David Navara is finding it hard going in Reykjavik, and the Czech GM is on the verge of going out of the prestigious 2700-club. .
Navara - Amin
28…e5?? He should end things at once with 28... Qb4 29.Qf6 Qxd6 30.hxg6 fxg6 31.Rxg6+ hxg6 32.Qxg6+ Kf8 33.Qf6+ Ke8 34.Qg6+ Ke7 35.Qg7+ Ke8 36.Qg6+ Ke7 – with perpetual check. (Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64 Depth: 20 with 100.047 kN in 56s; http://reykjavik2013.live.whychess.com/) 29.h6?? A winning attack comes from 29.Nf5 Qe6 30.hxg6 hxg6 31.Be4 Qxd6 32.Nxd6 Bxg4 33.Qxe5 Rf8 34.Nxf7 Rbe8 35.Qf6 Rxf7 36.Bd5 Re1+ 37.Kg2 Be6 38.Qxg6+ Kf8 (Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64 Depth: 20 with 100.047 kN in 56s; http://reykjavik2013.live.whychess.com/) The loser is he who errs last! The Egyptian GM does not give his opponent any more chances. 29…Rdc8 30.Nc6 Qe6 31.Ne7+ Kf8 32.Nxc8 Rxc8 33.Bxb7 f6 34.Qh4 Rc1+ 35.Kg2 g5 36.Rxg5 fxg5 37.Qxg5 Qh3+ 38. Kf3 Qh1+ White resigns (0:1).
Yesterday, we had the prospect of a new GM being born, and according to the official site, it has happened! Wei Yu, now the youngest GM in the world, has beaten Sergey Karjakin's record. Today, as well as him, three (!) more Chinese polayers fulfilled GM norms: Huang Qian, Tan Zhongyi and Wang Jue. "China forever!"
There are two leaders, and six others with chances to share the top spot. The main challenge lies ahead!
Text: Sergey Kim
Reykjavik Open 2013. Ninth round: One step to go...