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Petrosian Memorial Tournament

Alexander Grischuk5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Boris Gelfand4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Levon Aronian4/7(+1 -0 =6)[games]
Ding Liren3.5/7(+0 -0 =7)[games]
Peter Leko2.5/7(+0 -2 =5)[games]
Alexander Morozevich2/7(+0 -3 =4)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev2/7(+0 -3 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Petrosian Memorial (2014)

Played in Moscow, Russia 4-11 November 2014. Grischuk won ahead of Kramnik, and Gelfand took 3rd on tiebreak. Crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Grischuk * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 5½ 2 Kramnik ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4½ 3 Gelfand 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 4 4 Aronian ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 4 5 Ding Liren ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 3½ 6 Leko 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 2½ 7 Morozevich 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 2 8 Inarkiev 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 2

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ding Liren vs Kramnik ½-½412014Petrosian MemorialD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Leko vs Morozevich ½-½392014Petrosian MemorialB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
3. Aronian vs Gelfand ½-½482014Petrosian MemorialD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. Grischuk vs E Inarkiev 1-0462014Petrosian MemorialA13 English
5. Kramnik vs E Inarkiev 1-0402014Petrosian MemorialD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Gelfand vs Grischuk 0-1662014Petrosian MemorialD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
7. Morozevich vs Aronian ½-½552014Petrosian MemorialE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. Ding Liren vs Leko ½-½422014Petrosian MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
9. Grischuk vs Morozevich 1-0362014Petrosian MemorialD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Aronian vs Ding Liren ½-½782014Petrosian MemorialE60 King's Indian Defense
11. Leko vs Kramnik ½-½362014Petrosian MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. E Inarkiev vs Gelfand ½-½412014Petrosian MemorialE60 King's Indian Defense
13. Leko vs Aronian ½-½422014Petrosian MemorialD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
14. Morozevich vs E Inarkiev ½-½462014Petrosian MemorialD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
15. Ding Liren vs Grischuk ½-½352014Petrosian MemorialE60 King's Indian Defense
16. Kramnik vs Gelfand ½-½362014Petrosian MemorialD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
17. Aronian vs Kramnik ½-½412014Petrosian MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. E Inarkiev vs Ding Liren  ½-½312014Petrosian MemorialB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
19. Grischuk vs Leko 1-0332014Petrosian MemorialD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
20. Gelfand vs Morozevich 1-0412014Petrosian MemorialD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Aronian vs Grischuk ½-½332014Petrosian MemorialD85 Grunfeld
22. Kramnik vs Morozevich 1-0342014Petrosian MemorialE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. Ding Liren vs Gelfand  ½-½482014Petrosian MemorialD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
24. Leko vs E Inarkiev ½-½622014Petrosian MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Morozevich vs Ding Liren  ½-½332014Petrosian MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
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  perfidious: How would <hamhock> refer to the position which arises after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1? Probably not as a QGD Semi-Tarrasch, but that is the name of the opening, which has very often arisen by transposition from the Panov move order, amazing as that may sound to the openings maven: Opening Explorer
Nov-10-14  notyetagm: Morozevich vs E Inarkiev, 2014

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41 ♕c4xd4?

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41 ... ♖c8-c1+!!

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42 ♔b1x♖c1 ♕d8-c7 + <Δ ... Qc7-c2-a2#>

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41 ... ♖c8-c1+!!, a *tremendous* tactical blow that was missed by both Morozevich and Inarkiev.

<Karpova: 41.Qxd4?? (41.Rxd4) 41...Qc7?? (41...Rc1+ and now either 42.Rxc1 Qxd4 or 42.Kxc1 Qc7+ 43.Kb1 Qc2+).>

42 ♔b1x♖c1 ♕d8-c7+ is the <DECOY FOR TEMPO: FOCAL POINT> theme, while 42 ♖d1x♖c1 ♕d8x♕d4 is the old <HOOK-AND-LADDER TRICK>.

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  keypusher: <Sneaky: Poor Grischuk is having the tournament of his life, and nobody is paying attention because of Sochi!>

He's got twice as many wins as the rest of the field put

Nov-10-14  jphamlore: Another time pressure crush brings Kramnik - Morozevich to a shocking end.
Nov-10-14  waustad: So the leaders play in the final round. Are there tiebreaks here?
Nov-10-14  Jim Bartle: <jphamlore> It is nuts to suggest that a player cannot play any opening as black if he doesn't play against it as white.
Nov-10-14  kia0708: what's going on with the chess engines ?

Houdini gives +2.6 (!) for Leko (White), while Stockfish and Komodo give close to 0.00.

I'm talking about Leko-Inarkiev game.

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  Penguincw: Reminder for those who will watch the games tomorrow that it starts 2 hours earlier (whenever that is).

< waustad: So the leaders play in the final round. Are there tiebreaks here? >

I don't think Kramnik will beat Grischuk, but if he does, there'll be a tie (obviously). I'm not sure what tiebreaks are there, but one of them might be wins. Looking at the current standings (, Gelfand is ahead of Aronian and Liren, with the latter 2 have drawn all their games. Or maybe it's just a coincidence...

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  OhioChessFan: <A player can't beat a Queen's Gambit if he or she opens only 1. e4 which is characteristic of many younger Gruenfeld players.>

<Pulo: Such thought never even crossed my mind. Thank you for this really revolutionary revelation.>

Hold on to your hat. I have something even more revolutionary to say: A player can't beat a King's Gambit if he or she opens only 1. d4

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  Sally Simpson: "A player can't beat a Queen's Gambit if he or she opens only 1. e4 which is characteristic of many younger Gruenfeld players."

I think what the lad is trying to say is that staunch 1.e4 players (who never play anything else.) have not studied the finer points of 1.d4 so they tend to stay away from 1.d4 d5 and choose, KIDS, Grunfelds, Nimzo, Benoni's, Dutch to get the imbalance.

Of course the key words are 'tend to' and in general it applies to weaker players.

There are of course exceptions. The lads statement was too broad without a fuller explanation.

Anyway I think that is what he was trying to say. I may be wrong.

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  Penguincw: Looks like Grischuk drew Kramnik in 14 moves to clinch the tournament. Personally, I would've wanted them to play longer, but I can't blame them for a short draw.
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  whiteshark: Quick draw in 14 moves (3fold repetition) in Grischuk - Kramnik secured the undisputed tournament win for Alexander Grischuk.


Nov-11-14  kia0708: Ding Liren:
(+0 -0 =7)

Intriguing result :-)

Nov-11-14  BUNA: Congratulations to Sasha Grischuk!

He finished the tournament in style turning up 15 minutes late in the last round. He probably just overslept while Kramnik had already been memorizing lines for hours. ;)

Nov-11-14  kia0708: So Grishchuk got into TOP 4 in the World:

1. Carlsen 2.860
2. Caruana 2.830
3. Grishchuk 2.810
4. Topalov 2.800

Congrats !

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Nov-11-14  Shams: <kia0708> A Golden Axe for Ding Liren! Who will update his bio?
Nov-11-14  kellmano: <BUNA> He was 15 minutes late? What a legend.

I was reading an old chess magazine the other day and there was a picture of a dreadlocked young Grischuk and someone saying 'I think this young man will be world champion one day'. It was Rowson or Aagard or someone like that. I can only think they didn't know of his total lack of appetite. One of my favourite player - glad to see him doing well.

It would be funny to see a World Champion one day who really didn't take the game too seriously.

Nov-11-14  BUNA: <kellmano> O.K. The round started two hours earlier today. But because Grischuk didn't win a major tournament for years you would expect him ... to be more alert.

Moro missed the award ceremony. :)

'I think this young man will be world champion one day'. Forget it.

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  keypusher: <BUNA>

<He finished the tournament in style turning up 15 minutes late in the last round. He probably just overslept while Kramnik had already been memorizing lines for hours. ;)>

I thought they forfeited you for turning up late nowadays? Glad they didn't in this case, though. Stupid rule.

Nov-11-14  Thief: Fabulous performance by Grischuk.
Nov-11-14  BUNA: <keypusher: <BUNA> ... I thought they forfeited you for turning up late nowadays?>


"The "Zero Tolerance" rule strikes again. This time it was second seed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who ran afoul of a rule that punishes any player who is not seated at the board when the starting gong for a round sounds with immediate forfeit. As the Azeri wrote in his Twitter, he arrived about ten seconds late for a game that was supposed to cement his second half comeback."

The Petrosian Memorial was a "Super tournament". Not Silvios territory. :)

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  chancho: Terrible dribbling, but nice lay up.

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  Penguincw: < Ding Liren 3.5/7 (+0 -0 =7) >

If anyone, I expected Leko to draw all his games, but at least Liren gained 1.9 rating points.

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  Gypsy: Great to see Gris do this well. Love his sense of humor, too.
Nov-15-14  jphamlore: Grischuk isn't lazy, altough obviously he has interests outside of chess and even in chess interests outside of normal time control games. But in the actual playing of games he may in fact be too hard working during a game which explains his constant time trouble. As he puts it:

<Grischuk: When I learned to play chess it really was thought that there’s a best move in every position and you can find it, but now with the appearance and spread of computers it’s become clear to everyone that in many positions there’s a certain number of moves that are equally strong. However much time you think at the board or analyse afterwards it’s impossible to fathom which move is best.>

I think Grischuk was just born at the wrong time. If he were born earlier he would have had the benefits of Botvinnik's school and learned to much more efficiently manage his time during a game, although obviously there would have been the extreme problem of competing with the likes of Karpov and Kasparov back then. If he had been born later, he would be calculating faster and more pragmatically like Carlsen does.

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