So you asked for even more blood... Well, today you can't be disappointed: four fighting draws and four decisive games occured in the 2007 Candidates matches. Magnus Carlsen beat Levon Aronian in a Rook and pawn endgame to even the score; Gata Kamsky and Peter Leko beat Etienne Bacrot and Mikhail Gurevich, respectively, to widen their lead to two points; the other winner of the day was Rublevsky, who profited when Ponomariov over-pressed: the Russian was able to turn the tables and win the longest game of the day (92 moves).
And what's about the four draws? Judit Polgar failed to win a promising position against Evgeny Bareev (the game lasted 56 moves); Adams-Shirov was short and sharp and culminated in a perpetual (26 moves); Gelfand and Kazimdzhanov indulged in an orgy of complications, after which they agreed for a draw; Malakhov was able to balance the position after the opening and Grischuk accepted to share half point on move 35. That's enough. If you are not satisfied yet, well, don't know what to say... Tomorrow players will have their first rest day, very useful for those who are in the worst situation (like Bacrot and Gurevich). Official site: http://globalchess.eu/main.php. You can find a WCM section on my Italian site, www.messaggeroscacchi.it (direct link: www.messaggeroscacchi.it/mondo/candidati07.html).
Ukrainian super GM Vassily Ivanchuk took clear first in the 42nd Capablanca Memorial, held in Havana. Chuky scored 7.5/9, winning by two points (!) from Cuban Lenier Dominguez and Azeri Vugar Gashimov, with a 2883 performance! Very well done! Hungarina GM Csaba Horvath won the open section on tie break over Cuban IM Diasmany Otero: both scored 7.5/10. Official site: http://www.inder.co.cu/capablanca/Inicio.htm.
China won the 1st Women's World Team Championship, held in Ekaterinburg, Russia, in May 20 to 29. The team, composed of Zhao Xue, Hou Yifan, Ruan Lufei, Shen Yang and Huang Qian, scored 17/18 and remained unbeaten with eight wins and one draw (against Georgia); Russia lost 4-0 to the winner but was finally placed second on 15; Ukraine was third on 14 and Georgia fourth on 11. Official site: http://www.chesswomen.com/en/.
Adams,Mi (2734) - Shirov,A (2699) [C78], Elista 29.5.2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Rb8 8.c3 d6 9.d4 Bb6 10.axb5 axb5 11.Qd3 0–0 12.Bg5
12.Qxb5 was played in Kupreichik-Shirov, Bundesliga 1997; Black played 12...Qe8 13.Qd3 exd4 14.cxd4 Nxd4 15.Nxd4 Bxd4 16.Qxd4 Rxb3 17.Nc3 Be6 18.Ra5 Nd7 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.exd5 Qe2 and took the initiative, winning on move 48.
12...exd4 13.cxd4 h6 14.Bh4 g5!?
This move is probably a (pretty good) novelty. 14...Bg4 15.Nbd2 g5 16.Bg3 Bh5 17.d5 Ne7 18.Nd4 Bg6 was played in Rodriguez Cespedes-Suarez Pousa, Mondariz Balneario 2002. White took the pawn by 19.Nxb5 but was finally unable to convert it into a full point and a draw was agreed on move 55.
After 15.Bg3 Nh5 chances are about equal, e.g.: 16.e5 Ne7 17.exd6 cxd6 18.Nc3 Bf5 19.Qd2 Re8 etc.
Forced. After 15...Nh5 16.Bc2! (16.Qg6+? Ng7 17.Bxg5 hxg5 18.Nxg5 Bf5 19.Bxf7+ Rxf7 20.Qxf7+ Kh8 21.Qxf5 Nxf5 22.Nf7+ Kg7 23.Nxd8 Rxd8 with an unbalanced but probably equal endgame.) 16...f5 17.exf6 Rxf6 18.Qh7+ Kf8 19.Qh8+ Ke7 20.Re1+ Be6 21.Qh7+ Kf8 22.Bg6+- White has a decisive advantage.
16.Qg6+ Kh8 17.Qxh6+ Nh7 18.Bc2
This looks quite dangerous, but only leads to a draw.
18...f5 19.exf6 Rf7 20.Ng5
20...Qxf6 21.Nxf7+ Qxf7 22.Bxh7 Qxh7 23.Qf8+ Qg8 24.Qh6+ Qh7 25.Qf8+ Qg8
Note that all moves played by Shirov after 14...g5 were forced!
White has nothing better than this.26.Qf6+ Qg7 27.Qxh4+ Qh7 28.Qf6+ Qg7 29.Qh4+ Qh7 (29...Kg8 30.Ra3 Nxd4 31.Re1 Bg4 32.Rg3 Nf5 33.Qxg4 Nxg3 34.Qxg7+ Kxg7 35.hxg3 is dangerous for Black.) 30.Qf6+ would have led to a draw anyway. Please don't say this is a boring game!