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Bronstein Memorial: Jobava Leads, Two Rounds to Go

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 2014.02.18. 5:02.

Top seed Baadur Jobava is defending a half-point lead in round 8 of the Bronstein Memorial in Minsk. At the time of writing, the Georgian grandmaster plays Sergei Tiviakov as Black. The Dutch GM is tied for second place with GMs Dubov, Shimanov and Oleksienko.

Photo courtesy of the Bronstein Memorial

Let's pick up the tournament after the third round, when Eltaj Safarli and Vasif Durarbayli, both from Azerbaijan, were tied for first with 3.0/3. Their mutual game is not worthy of showing in a game viewer (but if you want you can test your blindfold skills: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. dxe5 dxe5 8. Qxd8 Rxd8 9. Bg5 Re8 10. Nd5 Nxd5 11. cxd5 c6 12. Bc4 1/2-1/2).

A quick draw on board one | Photo courtesy of the Bronstein Memorial

Board two was drawn as well, but what a difference with board one! A great fight that ended with a remarkable perpetual:

Aleksandr Shimanov defeated Vitaliy Bernadskiy with the black pieces and must have enjoyed that game! It was a model attack on the h-file against a fianchetto bishop with themes that we normally see in the Sicilian Dragon. But something you can do it from the other side, even when you have castled kingside!


The view from the podium | Photo courtesy of the Bronstein Memorial

But winning in positional style can be just as nice. Here's Tiviakov's game from the same round, in which both sides got a passed pawn but the white one stole the show:

Jaan Ehlvest | Photo courtesy of the Bronstein Memorial

By then Tiviakov tied for first with Zhigalko and Safarli. The latter went down in round 5 against Daniil Dubov:


Former FIDE World Champion Alexander Khalifman played a splendid game with the white pieces against one of his old rivals, whose Hedgehog didn't work out when White uncorked the typical 14.Nd5!!.


 Alexander Khalifman | Photo courtesy of the Bronstein Memorial

Baadur Jobava tried that new opening system that was seen in Wijk aan Zee last month: 1.d4, 2.Nc3 and 3.Bf4. (This doesn't seem to have a name yet?) It worked well against Boris Savchenko in what was a bit of a coffee house game:


Unlike in the previous rounds, there were two decisive games on the top boards on Sunday. After a somewhat disappointing performance in Gibraltar, Daniil Dubov apparently decided that he was going to have a good tournament this time! He won against Khalifman in one of the main lines of the Volga/Benko Gambit as he responded well against an interesting sacrificial sequence by El Khalif:


The playing hall as seen from the other side | Photo courtesy of the Bronstein Memorial


Jobava played another very inspired attacking game:

In round 7 it was Jobava who grabbed sole lead with the following win. The Georgian GM is playing 1.b3 so often these days! Hopefully our article on this opening in the January Bulletin won't be out of date too soon! :-) It was another fantastic game:

Baadur Jobava (photo courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation)

The Bronstein Memorial takes place 11-19 February in Minsk, Belarus. It is held on the occasion of Bronstein's 90th birthday this week: the great Soviet grandmaster was born on 19 February 1924 in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine. He passed away on 5 December 2006 in Minsk, where the tournament is held.

The first prize in the top group is US $10,000. The time control is 90 minutes for the whole game, with 30 seconds increment per move.

At the time of publishing this report, the penultimate round has just started. You can follow it live here.

Bronstein Memorial 2014 | Round 7 Standings (Top 40)

Rk. SNo Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1
1 1 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2706 6 2558
2 16 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2639 5,5 2555
3 24 GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2614 5,5 2554
4 7 GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2658 5,5 2532
5 19 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2630 5,5 2444
6 5 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2661 5 2560
7 2 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2682 5 2540
8 11 GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2649 5 2538
9 6 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2659 5 2521
10 3 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2671 5 2514
11 4 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2669 5 2492
12 14 GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2642 5 2484
13 25 GM Khalifman Alexander RUS 2611 5 2473
14 15 GM Fedorchuk Sergey A UKR 2641 5 2465
15 27 GM Zhigalko Andrey BLR 2607 5 2422
16 18 GM Korneev Oleg ESP 2631 5 2386
17 37 GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2564 5 2379
18 52 IM Hovhanisian Mher ARM 2516 4,5 2582
19 32 GM Durarbayli Vasif AZE 2580 4,5 2559
20 59 GM Gasanov Eldar UKR 2480 4,5 2543
21 28 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2606 4,5 2540
22 42 GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2539 4,5 2516
23 33 GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2575 4,5 2491
24 12 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2644 4,5 2491
25 13 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2643 4,5 2471
26 45 GM Rasulov Vugar AZE 2534 4,5 2461
27 10 GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2651 4,5 2457
28 40 GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2556 4,5 2449
29 26 GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2611 4,5 2437
30 22 GM Zherebukh Yaroslav UKR 2623 4,5 2434
31 30 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2587 4,5 2411
32 47 GM Maiorov Nikita BLR 2529 4,5 2403
33 48 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2526 4,5 2397
34 23 GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2618 4,5 2388
35 29 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2605 4,5 2381
36 72 IM Zenzera Alexey RUS 2419 4 2581
37 101 Sarana Alexey RUS 2295 4 2570
38 43 GM Lintchevski Daniil RUS 2537 4 2561
39 62 IM Bortnyk Olexandr UKR 2463 4 2541
40 8 GM Popov Ivan RUS 2653 4 2517

(Full standings here.)

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  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    ErwinSachs

    Very exciting player Jobava.....

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    cimzowitsch

    starting to be curious about this jobava,,,Laughing

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Konstantyn

    Go GM Gasanov! He is a friend of mine.

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    dato989

    great player, great guy, finally Georgian:)))

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Conseiller

    Splendid and entertaining play by Jobava

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Jim_Ratliff

    Excellent reporting, Peter!

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    AlvaroFrota

    Go Jobava!

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    ferdinandplebie

    its great to see GM ehlvest, and GM khalifman

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    chassrazor

    This Jobava is a genius

  • 9 hónap ezelőtt

    Lawdoginator

    Go Baddie Jobava!

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