Petrosian Memorial, Rd. 7. Kramnik: "Grischuk is in brilliant shape"

Время публикации: 11.11.2014 22:20 | Последнее обновление: 11.11.2014 22:28

The tournament is over. 14 moves were enough for the leader to secure his 1st prize

Alexander Grischuk has been 12 minites late for his game of the final round of the Petrosian Memorial, and that was probably the most interesting moment in the whole short encounter. His opponent Vladimir Kramnik, who was Black, could have reached Grischuk and even win the Memorial in case he won, but the real fight hasn't even begun: the opening by Kramnik wasn't too convincing, and he had to go for the repetition already on move 11, in order to avoid problems.

Kramnik: 'I didn't expect the Catalan Opening, that's why I decided to go for a sharp line. Not that I was craving for the victory - I just wanted to get the chance, that's why I played 5...c6. I had already played it once against Topalov, and I had even won. Objectively speaking, this line is risky for Black, but I was hoping to take Grischuk by surprise.
Regrettably, the often thing is that White can force a repetition - in almost every line, even in the most risky ones. So, it's very hard to guess what you should play... But anyway, Grischuk is in brilliant shape, and I congratulate him on his victory in the tournament. Of course, anything can always happen, but I knew that winning against him with Black would be quite unlikely. Ok, a draw isn't that bad too. After all, I've also played a good tournament
.'

Out of his 7 games in Moscow, Alexander Grischuk has won 4 and drawn 3. His success has also allowed him to reinforce his 3rd rank in the FIDE rating list with the live rating of 2809.7.

Here are all the games by the Petrosian Memorial winner.

[Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.04"] [Round "1"] [White "Grischuk,A"] [Black "Inarkiev,E"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2795"] [BlackElo "2688"] [EventDate "2014.11.03"] [ECO "A13"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. O-O Be7 6. Na3 c5 7. Nxc4 Nc6 8. b3 O-O 9. Bb2 Bd7 10. d4 Rc8 11. dxc5 Bxc5 12. Nd6 Rc7 13. Rc1 b6 14. Ng5 Qe7 15. Nge4 Nxe4 16. Nxe4 Rd8 17. Nxc5 bxc5 18. Qe1 Rcc8 19. Qc3 Nd4 20. Rfe1 f6 21. e3 Nb5 22. Qa5 Be8 23. Red1 Qc7 24. Qxc7 Rxd1+ 25. Rxd1 Nxc7 26. Rc1 Rd8 27. Bc3 Nd5 28. Ba5 Nb6 29. Bf1 Bg6 30. f3 Rc8 31. Ba6 Rc6 32. Bb5 Rc8 33. b4 c4 34. Bxb6 axb6 35. Rxc4 Rd8 36. Rd4 Rc8 37. a4 Rc3 38. Rd6 Rxe3 39. Kf2 Rb3 40. Rxb6 Rb2+ 41. Ke3 Rb3+ 42. Kd4 e5+ 43. Kc5 Rxf3 44. Bc4+ Kf8 45. Kd6 Be8 46. Rb8 1-0 [Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.05"] [Round "2"] [White "Gelfand,B"] [Black "Grischuk,A"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2759"] [BlackElo "2795"] [EventDate "2014.11.03"] [ECO "D83"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 Be6 7. c5 c6 8. Bd3 Bc8 9. h3 Nfd7 10. Nf3 e5 11. dxe5 Nxc5 12. Bb1 Nbd7 13. b4 Ne6 14. O-O Nxf4 15. exf4 Nb6 16. Qd4 f6 17. b5 Nc4 18. bxc6 bxc6 19. Bd3 fxe5 20. Nxe5 Bxe5 21. fxe5 Nd2 22. Rfd1 Qg5 23. Qe3 Nf3+ 24. Kh1 Qxe3 25. fxe3 Nxe5 26. e4 d4 27. Na4 Rb8 28. Bc4+ Kg7 29. Rxd4 Rb4 30. Nc5 Rf2 31. a3 Rbb2 32. Na4 Bxh3 33. Nxb2 Bxg2+ 34. Kh2 Rxb2 35. Kg3 g5 36. Rcd1 h5 37. R4d2 Rxd2 38. Rxd2 Bxe4 39. Re2 h4+ 40. Kf2 Ng4+ 41. Kg1 Nf6 42. Be6 Kg6 43. Re1 Bf3 44. Re5 g4 45. Bf5+ Kh6 46. Bd3 Bd5 47. Bf1 g3 48. Bh3 Ne4 49. Be6 Nf2 50. Bxd5 cxd5 51. Kg2 d4 52. Rd5 d3 53. a4 a5 54. Kf3 Kg6 55. Rd8 Kf7 56. Rd4 Kf8 57. Rd5 Ke8 58. Rd4 Ke7 59. Rd5 Kf6 60. Rd6+ Kf5 61. Rd4 Ke6 62. Rd8 Ke5 63. Rd7 h3 64. Kxg3 Ne4+ 65. Kf3 h2 66. Kg2 d2 0-1 [Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.06"] [Round "3"] [White "Grischuk,A"] [Black "Morozevich,A"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2795"] [BlackElo "2724"] [EventDate "2014.11.03"] [ECO "D15"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. Qc2 g6 6. e4 dxe4 7. Nxe4 Bg7 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O Bf5 10. Nxf6+ Bxf6 11. Qb3 Qc7 12. h3 c5 13. d5 a5 14. Bh6 Re8 15. g4 Bc8 16. Rad1 Nd7 17. Rfe1 Ra6 18. Bf1 Rb6 19. Qe3 Bxb2 20. Bf4 Qd8 21. Ng5 Bd4 22. Qg3 e5 23. dxe6 fxe6 24. Bg2 e5 25. Bd2 Rf6 26. Nf3 Nb6 27. Nxd4 exd4 28. Bg5 Ref8 29. Qe5 Nd7 30. Bxf6 Qxf6 31. Qxf6 Nxf6 32. Rb1 Rf7 33. g5 Nd7 34. Re8+ Rf8 35. Bd5+ Kh8 36. Rbe1 1-0 [Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.08"] [Round "4"] [White "Ding Liren"] [Black "Grischuk,A"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2730"] [BlackElo "2795"] [EventDate "2014.11.03"] [ECO "E60"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c5 4. Nf3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. Nc3 Qc7 8. Qd3 Nc6 9. O-O d6 10. b3 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Ne4 12. Nd5 Bxd4 13. Nxc7 Rb8 14. Bxe4 Bxa1 15. Be3 Be5 16. f4 Bf6 17. Bxa7 Bh3 18. Rd1 Ra8 19. Nxa8 Rxa8 20. Be3 Rxa2 21. Kf2 Rb2 22. Rb1 Ra2 23. Bxb7 Bf5 24. Rc1 Rb2 25. c5 dxc5 26. Rxc5 Rxb3 27. Bf3 Rc3 28. Rxc3 Bxc3 29. Bc5 e5 30. e3 exf4 31. exf4 h5 32. Ke3 Bb2 33. Kf2 Bc3 34. Ke3 Bb2 35. Kf2 1/2-1/2 [Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.09"] [Round "5"] [White "Grischuk,A"] [Black "Leko,P"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2795"] [BlackElo "2731"] [EventDate "2014.11.03"] [ECO "D58"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 e6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 b6 8. g4 Nxg4 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. cxd5 exd5 11. Nxd5 Qd6 12. Nc3 c5 13. Rg1 Nf6 14. Bg2 Bg4 15. Qd2 Nbd7 16. Ne5 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Qxe5 18. Bxa8 Rxa8 19. Rg3 Ne4 20. f4 Nxd2 21. fxe5 Nf3+ 22. Kf2 Nxe5 23. Rag1 Bh5 24. Rxg7+ Kh8 25. R7g2 Rd8 26. e4 c4 27. Nd5 Bf3 28. Rg7 Bh5 29. Nf6 Rd2+ 30. Ke3 Rd3+ 31. Kf4 Ng6+ 32. R1xg6 Rf3+ 33. Ke5 1-0 [Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.10"] [Round "6"] [White "Aronian,L"] [Black "Grischuk,A"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2797"] [BlackElo "2795"] [EventDate "2014.11.03"] [ECO "D85"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 c5 8. Be3 Qa5 9. Nd2 O-O 10. Rc1 cxd4 11. Nc4 Qxa2 12. cxd4 Qa6 13. Be2 Qe6 14. Qd3 f5 15. O-O Qxe4 16. Qa3 Nc6 17. Nd2 Qh4 18. Nf3 Qf6 19. d5 Ne5 20. Rfd1 Nxf3+ 21. Bxf3 Re8 22. Rc7 Qd6 23. Qa4 Rd8 24. Bf4 Bd7 25. Qc4 Be5 26. Bxe5 Qxe5 27. Rxb7 Qd6 28. g3 Rab8 29. Rxa7 Ra8 30. Rb7 Rab8 31. Ra7 Ra8 32. Rb7 Rab8 33. Ra7 1/2-1/2 [Event "Petrosian Memorial 2014"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2014.11.11"] [Round "7"] [White "Grischuk,A"] [Black "Kramnik,V"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2795"] [BlackElo "2760"] [EventDate "2014.11.03"] [ECO "E04"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 c6 6. Ne5 Bb4+ 7. Bd2 Qxd4 8. Bxb4 Qxe5 9. Na3 b5 10. Bc3 Qc5 11. Bd4 Qb4+ 12. Bc3 Qc5 13. Bd4 Qb4+ 14. Bc3 Qc5 1/2-1/2 

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