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Czech Coal Carlsbad Tournament

Sergei Movsesian4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
David Navara4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Alexey Shirov3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[games]
Viktor Laznicka3/7(+1 -2 =4)[games]
Jan Timman3/7(+1 -2 =4)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi1.5/7(+0 -4 =3)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ponomariov vs Navara  ½-½312007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Movsesian vs Akopian  ½-½602007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentC53 Giuoco Piano
3. Korchnoi vs Timman  ½-½372007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentE00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Shirov vs V Laznicka 0-1702007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. Timman vs Ponomariov  ½-½272007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Akopian vs V Laznicka 1-0432007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. Navara vs Shirov  ½-½372007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentC78 Ruy Lopez
8. Movsesian vs Korchnoi 1-0322007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. Ponomariov vs Movsesian  ½-½422007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Korchnoi vs Akopian  ½-½712007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Shirov vs Timman 0-1442007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentE15 Queen's Indian
12. V Laznicka vs Navara  ½-½572007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
13. Korchnoi vs Ponomariov  0-1542007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Movsesian vs Shirov ½-½132007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
15. Akopian vs Navara  ½-½272007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Timman vs V Laznicka  ½-½172007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Navara vs Timman 1-0872007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentC42 Petrov Defense
18. V Laznicka vs Movsesian  ½-½272007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Ponomariov vs Akopian  ½-½272007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Shirov vs Korchnoi  1-0412007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
21. Ponomariov vs Shirov ½-½262007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentD85 Grunfeld
22. Korchnoi vs V Laznicka  ½-½532007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Movsesian vs Navara 1-0392007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Akopian vs Timman  1-0252007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. V Laznicka vs Ponomariov 0-1282007Czech Coal Carlsbad TournamentD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
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Sep-14-07  Mameluk: Another interesting round with original openings will probably bring another punch of draws, which should help the in-form Akopian who is crashing Timman at the moment.

Shirov made a not so popular queen sacrifice in Grunfeld and drew Ponomariov without much trouble.

Sep-14-07  hovik2003: Shirov is playing really bad in this event. Now he is keep blundering against Ponomariov. Korchnoi as ususal fighting hard against Lazno and I think he is plus. Akopian is winning agaainst Timman.
Navara has the attack against Movsesian, but I think he can hold.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <hovik2003: Shirov is playing really bad in this event. Now he is keep blundering against Ponomariov.>

Odd thing to say about a draw.

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  Robin01: Go Korchnoi!
Sep-14-07  Mameluk: Surprising blunder from Movsesian now the 32. Qc5 which allows Navara to play Qh4 with big advantage.
Sep-14-07  hovik2003: Yes I was wrong in that case, but I am not a expert in endings, before they agreed to draw rook against queen looked hopeless.
Sep-14-07  Mameluk: Akopian-Timman 1-0 in 25 moves and the armenian plays clearly best chess so far, but has black against Shirov in last round. Hmmm.
Sep-14-07  Mameluk: <hovik2003> This is a classic, against rook on f5 you can do nothing. Shirov sacrificed a piece to make it shorter.
Sep-14-07  Mameluk: Navara has two ways to win now, not easy though. Laznicka is also pressing well.
Sep-14-07  hovik2003: <Mameluk> I should only watch and learn. My brain is kind of slow today.
Sep-14-07  Mameluk: Navara blunders back, but still has mighty advantage.
Sep-14-07  hovik2003: Movsesian is hoping to play 37.Kf1 to exchange queens to reduce Navara's unbearable pressure.
Sep-14-07  hovik2003: How the hell that happened, Navara lost!
Sep-14-07  Mameluk: Well, Navaraīs last move is probably blunder of the century. What to say. 1-0.
Sep-14-07  slomarko: what a tragedy. Re6 would have left with a huge plus...
Sep-14-07  hovik2003: Luckey day for Armos.
Anyway God bless Armenia.
Sep-14-07  Mameluk: I must say for a top GM, Navaraīs play was a tragedy for a few moves already. Still I think after Rh1+, he would be the favourite with his endgame abilities.
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  acirce: Whoops.
Sep-14-07  Resignation Trap: Movsesian should allow Navara to take back 38...Qf4; obviously it was a mouse slip.
Sep-14-07  Mameluk: I hope Movsesian will not give Timman a short draw tomorrow but probably he will. Navara needs a good win to encourage himself after this catastrophy, for Laznicka a draw should be enough.
Sep-15-07  slomarko: Shirov - Akopian 1:0
Laznicka - Ponomariov 0:1
Navara - Korchnoi 1:0
Timman - Movsesian 1/2

final standings:
1.-2. Movsesian, Ponomariov 4.5
3.-4. Navara, Aronian 4.0
5. Shirov 3.5
6.-7. Timman, Laznicka 3.0
8. Korchnoi 1.5

Sep-15-07  pawnofdoom: <slomarko: final standings:
1.-2. Movsesian, Ponomariov 4.5
3.-4. Navara, Aronian 4.0
5. Shirov 3.5
6.-7. Timman, Laznicka 3.0
8. Korchnoi 1.5>
You mean Akopian instead of Aronian, right?
Sep-16-07  jamesmaskell: Good lord, what happened to Korchnoi?
Sep-16-07  Mameluk: It is a pity this tournament lost all attention just because few weakies started to play in Mexico. All last round resultative games are worth replaying, mainly the miniature Laznicka-Ponomariov.

Congratulations to Movsesian for winning his second strong tournament this year, even if this was not much deserving. Ponomariov played solid and won last game in style (or home prep?) Akopian played well whole tournament, but in the last round, he played that older version of Marshall against Shirov:) and then went completely nuts.

Navara plays well again and combative chess of course. He was lucky to beat Timman in drawish endgame and terrible time-trouble, but then gave a full point to Movsesian with a hot candidate for blunder of the year. At least a few rating points to good. Shirov was very entertaining and recovered from a bad start with great play, losing rating still.

Laznicka is still not great in closed tournaments but victory over Shirov with black is fantastic. Timman was outsider and was glad the tournament is not longer. Korchnoi was nearly always on defensive side, sometimes he held and sometimes not.

A great tournament overall and letīs hope for next one in next year from Pavel Matocha and co.

Sep-30-07  suenteus po 147: When is <> going to post the Shirov-Akopian game?
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