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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Bosnia Tournament

Pavel Eljanov7/10(+4 -0 =6)[view games]
Wang Hao5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[view games]
Borki Predojevic5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[view games]
Sergei Movsesian5/10(+2 -2 =6)[view games]
Pentala Harikrishna4/10(+1 -3 =6)[view games]
Ivan Sokolov3/10(+0 -4 =6)[view games]

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Sokolov vs Movsesian ½-½27 2009 BosniaD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Harikrishna vs B Predojevic  ½-½41 2009 BosniaD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Wang Hao vs Eljanov 0-148 2009 BosniaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. B Predojevic vs Movsesian 1-063 2009 BosniaD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Harikrishna vs Wang Hao ½-½23 2009 BosniaD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
6. Eljanov vs I Sokolov 1-032 2009 BosniaD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Wang Hao vs B Predojevic  ½-½23 2009 BosniaD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Movsesian vs Eljanov  ½-½19 2009 BosniaC45 Scotch Game
9. I Sokolov vs Harikrishna  ½-½30 2009 BosniaD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Eljanov vs Harikrishna 1-081 2009 BosniaD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. I Sokolov vs B Predojevic  ½-½17 2009 BosniaD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
12. Movsesian vs Wang Hao 1-063 2009 BosniaA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Harikrishna vs Movsesian  ½-½64 2009 BosniaD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Wang Hao vs I Sokolov  ½-½46 2009 BosniaD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. B Predojevic vs Eljanov  ½-½14 2009 BosniaC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. Eljanov vs Wang Hao  ½-½32 2009 BosniaD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Movsesian vs I Sokolov  ½-½29 2009 BosniaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. B Predojevic vs Harikrishna  1-037 2009 BosniaB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. I Sokolov vs Eljanov 0-124 2009 BosniaE12 Queen's Indian
20. Movsesian vs B Predojevic 1-029 2009 BosniaC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Wang Hao vs Harikrishna 1-041 2009 BosniaD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Harikrishna vs I Sokolov  1-051 2009 BosniaD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. B Predojevic vs Wang Hao ½-½9 2009 BosniaB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Eljanov vs Movsesian  ½-½16 2009 BosniaD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Eljanov vs B Predojevic  ½-½67 2009 BosniaD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
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May-11-09  Troller: Anyone following the games today? 2 more Slavs are actually featured...
May-11-09  deakon: <Troller> How are you following the games? I get to the live page, try round 4, and it brings up the advertising and DGT viewer but never fills in the games.
May-11-09  Troller: <deakon> A little bit late I know, but you can actually see them on TWIC:

http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/twi...

Probably they are also relayed with Rybka analysis on Chessok, I haven't checked.

May-13-09
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  Viewer Deluxe: <deakon>, and one more option. The games will be relayed directly in real time on my blog at http://chesstuff.blogspot.com
May-13-09  Troller: Round 5 is on. Again 2 out of 3 games are Slav/Semi-Slav.

But Predojevic-Eljanov is an unusual Berlin Defence, position after 9.Nc4 Bf8:


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May-13-09  Troller: Predojevic is rather unknown, but he is pretty strong (elo 2652) and has only just turned 22. Of course he is no Carlsen or Karjakin, but still I believe he's the first really strong Balkan player since Ivan Sokolov.

I also do not know much about him, but I stumbled upon this fact: So far, he has thrice this year employed the Philidor in the move order 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5.

May-13-09  Troller: From the above diagram, Predojevic plays Nh2, preparing for the f-pawn to advance or a regrouping of his pieces. However, without the white-squared bishop, White may not have that much hope of a succesful kingside attack. And Eljanov has been playing superbly in the tournament so far.
May-14-09  Troller: This tournament really does not garner much interest. Overall, it's a lot stronger than the US Championship, although I guess Movsesian and Eljanov are not as exciting to follow as Nakamura & Kamsky.

Eljanov scored 4/5 in the first half and is the obvious favourite now. Out of 5 decisive games so far, Eljanov won 3! Today he is White against Wang; not surprisingly, he keeps out of complications to see if he can grind the Chinese down with the bishop pair. Predojevic-Harikrishna was a sharp Advance Caro-Kann which has now led to an endgame with some advantage for White.

May-14-09  Troller: Movsesian has managed to snatch a pawn against Sokolov who has not been playing all too well lately. Position after 24.Bc1-f4:


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May-14-09  ex0duz: Wang Hao seems to be in bad form.

<Troller> i think you're right. This tournament would be pretty boring, but since they put Wang Hao in, i'm curious since he's one of my 'young' players to keep an eye out for(and Nepomniatchi, Vachier La-Grave, Nakamura, and perhaps Caruana and of course Wesley So)..

I Wang Hao is like the opposite of Wang Yue.. his play is very aggressive and it seems like he is willing to take chances and play a more tactical than positional game. This makes for interesting games, but i think this actual style itself is letting him down against stronger opposition(ie he's like Moro, but weaker). He must learn to play more patiently and soundly(not overreach) vs SuperGM level opponents.. please show more consistency and try to keep your rating above 2700+.

Good luck Wang Hao. =]

May-14-09
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  parisattack: <waustad: <parisattack>Sadly, I must concur. I could watch Capablanca play the QGD for ages, but some of these don't make as much sense to me. I suspect that the computer has a lot to do with this.>

I think you hit it. The Semi-Slav, especially, seems to yield irrational positions fit for computer analysis.

May-15-09  GMNick: Enough of the QGD already! Someone needs to liven up this event!
May-15-09  Troller: <GMNick: Enough of the QGD already! Someone needs to liven up this event!> Well, Predojevic played 1.e4 in his last two games with White, so he may agree with you.

<ex0duz> I don't know why this tournament would be pretty boring without Wang (OK, apart from the little variance in the openings). Nepo, Vachier-Lagrave, Naka - they are all weaker than the top seeds in this event. But perhaps Eljanov and Movsesian do not attract as much attention because they broke through relatively late in their careers and thus were never the top prodigies of their generation. Perhaps a lot of people like to watch the really young players because they might become world champions one day (which in the case of the players in this event is unlikely).

In all cases, Harikrishna, Wang & Predojevic are all young and talented, even if they are not teenagers anymore. I kind of like Predojevic, maybe partly because no one else seems to care much about him regardless of his young age and high elo.

May-15-09  BushWhacker: Movsesian takes revenge of his previous loss with black pieces and crushes Predojevic in a brilliant attacking game.
May-15-09  BushWhacker: But it seems Eljanov is nonstopable, he humiliated Sokolov with black pieces by a 24-mover coffeehouse attack!
May-16-09  Eban: Movsesian played an excellent game against Predojevic in the previous round. Not so sure about the short draws today. Lol

also the photos are finally up......

http://www.skbosna.ba/Galerija2009/...

May-17-09  GMNick: Is anyone actually trying to catch Eljanov? All those in favour of the Sofia rules, speak up!
May-18-09  Ezzy: <ex0duz: Wang Hao seems to be in bad form.>

Not too bad form. He's qualified for the next World cup!

China's 2010 World Cup Qualification events for Men and Women took place 17th - 28th April 2009 in Beijing. 12 men competed for 2 places and Zhou Jianchao and Wang Hao finished level on 7/11.

May-18-09  Rockhopper: <<ex0duz: Wang Hao seems to be in bad form.>

Not too bad form. He's qualified for the next World cup!

China's 2010 World Cup Qualification events for Men and Women took place 17th - 28th April 2009 in Beijing. 12 men competed for 2 places and Zhou Jianchao and Wang Hao finished level on 7/11.>

Actually, he was in very bad form. He lost an awful game in the last round of the Chess Olympiad, he played weak at the Russian Team Championship, and in the first half of this tournament. However, it seems he is coming back, he won 3 of his last 4 games here!

May-18-09  Ezzy: <Rockhopper: However, it seems he is coming back, he won 3 of his last 4 games here!>

As I said, 'His form is not too bad'

Not great, but not too bad.

May-18-09  Ezzy: <Rockhopper:> He's just qualified for the world cup, AND, just put in a performance (2725!) higher than his rating.

Why do you try to make out that what I said about his form being 'not too bad' was some how wrong.

May-18-09  Rockhopper: <Ezzy Why do you try to make out that what I said about his form being 'not too bad' was some how wrong.>

I don't understand what your problem is, it seems you are very sensitive. I just stated facts, he dropped considerably in his live rating the last few months - he was already above 2700 last December. And I'm very happy that he played well the last few games, I like his sharp style.

May-18-09  mp9x08: according to the live ratings [ http://chess.liverating.org/ ] movsesian has lost the most points (~30) second only to Ivanchuk.none of the other players made it across 2700 elo
May-18-09  PetShopB: <<<China's 2009 World Cup Qualification event for Men took place 17th - 28th April 2009 in Beijing.> 12 men competed for 2 places and Zhou Jianchao and Wang Hao finished level on 7/11.>>

http://ratings.fide.com/tournament_...

Why is Zhou Jianchao playing in the Asian Continental tournament if he has already qualified? How come Li Chao doesn't take part??

May-19-09  falso contacto: +4 is impressive score against this opposition.-
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