A strong open tournament takes place in Lodi, not far from Milan, in June 8th to 10th (5 rounds). Ukrainian prodigy Sergey Karjakin (2686, number 26/27 in the April rating list) will be the top seed, but his compatriots Sergey Fedorchuk (2603), Yuri Solodovnichenko (2580) and Stanislav Savchenko (2545), as well as Bulgarian Aleksander Delchev (2600), Belgian Vadim Malakhatko (2598), Dutch Jan Werle (2556) and Macedonian Vladimir Georgiev (2540), won’t play only for glory… There will be many others GMs and IMs, so Karjakin has to be very careful. The young Ukrainian will also give a simultaneous exhibition “under the stars” on June 9 (at 9.30 p.m., after round 3), in the beautiful San Francesco square. Some events are preparing the road for this strong tournament: yesterday Italian young stars IM Sabino Brunello (2454) and FM Niccolò Ronchetti (2410) played a game on a giant chessboard (if I don’t mind) right in San Francesco square. The duel ended in a fighting draw on move 48. I think (but I don’t promise yet) I will go to Lodi on June 9: if so, I will take some pictures and post here. Official site of the competition: www.lenuvole.org (you’re still on time if you want to take part in the event).
After a loss in round 2 (with Ivan Sokolov), Morozevich took his revenge today in the 2007 Bosna tournament. Russian super GM now shares the lead with Sokolov and Movsesian. Official site: http://www.skbosna.ba.
Another strong tourney is taking place in Havana, Cuba: the 42nd Capablanca Memorial. Ten players compete in the main Elite Group (rating average 2617, category XV): V. Ivanchuk, Kamil Miton, Peter H. Nielsen, V. Gashimov as visitors and Leinier Domínguez, Lázaro Bruzón, Jesús Nogueiras, Neurys Delgado, Walter Arencibia and Yuniesky Quezada from Cuba. Chuky has simply crushed all his opponents up to now, so he leads with a perfect score after round 3, a full point over Cuban Lenier Dominguez. Daily reports at: http://www.vanguardia.co.cu/.
And now here is Brunello-Ronchetti from Lodi… A quiet endgame soon became more complicated then it looked.
Brunello,S (2454) - Ronchetti,N (2410) [B33], Lodi 20.5.2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 Bg5 12.Nc2 Rb8 13.a4 bxa4 14.Ncb4 Bd7 15.Bxa6 Nxb4 16.Nxb4 Qa5 17.Qxd6 Rb6 18.Qd3 Be7 19.Nd5 Rxb2 20.0–0 Qc5 21.c4 0–0
This seems to be the first new move according to my my database! After 21...Rb3 22.Qe2 0–0 23.Bb5 Bxb5 24.cxb5 Bd8 25.Rfb1 Rxb1+ 26.Rxb1 Bb6 27.Qe3 White got the initiative in the game Socko-Krush, Bermuda 2002.
22.Bb5 Bxb5 23.cxb5 Bd8 24.Rxa4 Qxb5 25.Qxb5 Rxb5 26.Rd1
White now has a slight initiative, but Black can easily get an equal game.
This bishop would be obviously better placed in "c5" or "d4".
27.Nxb6 Rxb6 28.g3 g6 29.Rd5 Re8 30.Kg2 Kg7 31.Ra7 Rb4 32.Rdd7 Rf8 33.Kf3 Rb3+ 34.Ke2 Rb2+ 35.Ke3 Rb3+ 36.Ke2 Rb2+ 37.Kf3 Rb3+ 38.Kg4
White finally tries to break the balance...
A risky move. The immediate 38...Rb2 was more precise.
Kings are pieces, after all!
After 39...Rf3?! 40.Rd6 Kg8 41.Rf6 Rxf6 42.Kxf6 White can still fight for a win.
Obviously 40...Rxf2? 41.Rxg6+ Kh8 42.Rh6+ Kg8 43.Rxh5 is good for White.
41.Rf6 Re2 42.Re7! Rxe4 43.f4 Re2?!
43...h4 44.fxe5 hxg3 45.hxg3 Re1 was slightly better, even if 46.g4 would have been strong for White.
Now 44...h4 was the only chance to survive; 45.g4 was very strong for White anyway.
45.e6 h4 46.exf7+??
White misses 46.g4!, after which Black is completely lost, e.g.: 46...Rc2 (46...h3 47.Kh6 Rc2 48.exf7+ Kh8 49.Re8 Rc8 50.Rxc8 Rxc8 51.f8Q+ Rxf8 52.Rxf8#) 47.Kh6! Rcc8 48.exf7+ Kh8 49.Kxg6 h3 50.Re3+-
Now after 47.g4 Rc2 White cant' play the killer move Kg5-h6.
48.g4 followed by Re7 and Rxg6 was the only way to keep fighting for the full point.
After 49.gxh4 Rg2+ 50.Kh6 Rg4 White doesn't have any chance to get a win, so the two young opponents agreed for a draw.