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Reggio Emilia Tournament

Zoltan Almasi6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Gata Kamsky6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Michele Godena5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Fabiano Caruana5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Baadur Jobava4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Victor Bologan4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Eltaj Safarli4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Konstantin Landa4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Sabino Brunello3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Daniele Vocaturo1.5/9(+1 -7 =1)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Landa vs Jobava  ½-½342009Reggio EmiliaE00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Brunello vs E Safarli 0-1502009Reggio EmiliaD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
3. Vocaturo vs Kamsky 0-1502009Reggio EmiliaB42 Sicilian, Kan
4. Bologan vs Caruana 0-1412009Reggio EmiliaC78 Ruy Lopez
5. Z Almasi vs M Godena ½-½882009Reggio EmiliaC78 Ruy Lopez
6. E Safarli vs Kamsky  ½-½302009Reggio EmiliaC77 Ruy Lopez
7. M Godena vs Vocaturo 1-0452009Reggio EmiliaB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. Caruana vs Z Almasi  ½-½142009Reggio EmiliaE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Jobava vs Bologan 1-0442009Reggio EmiliaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Brunello vs Landa  ½-½382009Reggio EmiliaE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. Kamsky vs M Godena ½-½482009Reggio EmiliaA06 Reti Opening
12. Z Almasi vs Jobava 1-0462009Reggio EmiliaB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
13. Vocaturo vs Caruana 1-0452009Reggio EmiliaA06 Reti Opening
14. Bologan vs Brunello 1-0352009Reggio EmiliaC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Landa vs E Safarli  ½-½152009Reggio EmiliaD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
16. E Safarli vs M Godena  ½-½362009Reggio EmiliaC78 Ruy Lopez
17. Jobava vs Vocaturo 1-0362009Reggio EmiliaE77 King's Indian
18. Brunello vs Z Almasi 0-1402009Reggio EmiliaD71 Neo-Grunfeld
19. Landa vs Bologan 0-1292009Reggio EmiliaE97 King's Indian
20. Caruana vs Kamsky ½-½572009Reggio EmiliaB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. Kamsky vs Jobava 1-0402010Reggio EmiliaA10 English
22. Vocaturo vs Brunello 0-1632010Reggio EmiliaB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. M Godena vs Caruana  ½-½352010Reggio EmiliaC07 French, Tarrasch
24. Bologan vs E Safarli 1-0402010Reggio EmiliaB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Z Almasi vs Landa  ½-½222010Reggio EmiliaB12 Caro-Kann Defense
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Extra pawn for Kamsky but no way to hold it. Looks like he may even go a pawn down once h6 falls, but bishops of opposite colors should draw.

Jan-04-10  frogbert: tamar, there are still knights on the board. for instance bc7-f4xg5 and there are no opposite coloured bishops if white captures the bishop - just an extra pawn for black... but i didn't consider deeply who wins the pawn rase. maybe the white king can attack b6 before black's king-side pawns become dangerous.
Jan-04-10  visayanbraindoctor: <tamar> And you are right. It's a draw for Kamsky vs Landa.
Jan-04-10  visayanbraindoctor: In Almasi vs. Safarli, I think the latter embarked on a mistaken combination with

22... Bb5

Almasi proceeded with

23. Nxb5 axb5 24.Nb6

which Safarli may have missed. It gains a tempo by threatening a King and Queen fork, forcing Safarli to move


and Almasi is able to jump his Knight here

25. Nd5

Jan-04-10  turbo231: It's good to see Kamsky playing better, even though the compatition isn't the best.
Jan-04-10  LittleWing: Hajra Zoltan! Go for the victory!
Jan-04-10  visayanbraindoctor: Almasi should win this tournament, unless Kamsky can beat him in their individual game. It would be nice to see GM Almasi play in Corus A. Non-Hungarian chess fans do not seem to notice him much.
Jan-04-10  refutor: <<znsprdx>

WHAT GREAT GRAPHICS - all games on same page- with a zoom - hope this becomes the standard - with NO USELESS COMPUTER ANALYSIS while the games are being played.. >

couldn't agree more...fabulous interface...

Jan-04-10  falso contacto: <timhortons>:how's the winter in canada? any information about kovalyov?
shame that caruana wasted his chances against vocaturo. Daniele is not that bad a player I think, though.
Jan-05-10  visayanbraindoctor: <Kamsky playing better>

Kamsky is playing this tournament aggressively. And he will probably play very sharply in the penultimate game, in order to catch up with Almasi. It would be a morale booster for him if he could turn out good tournament performances before the Candidates begin.

All Almasi needs to do in order to get at least a tie for first is to draw his last two games, and so he will most likely play more solidly.

Jan-05-10  znsprdx: sheesh where is everybody? - or is it truly believed that less than 2700 GM's can't play great Chess?
Jan-05-10  aragorn69: Innovative interface. Lots of progress are still to be made in live games graphics and analysis.
Jan-05-10  znsprdx: Tuesday Jan 5 current round 9:45am EST
Kamsky-Bologan looking pretty is not too often you see GM's play like 'C' players

Try 'analysis mode- what a great feature FAR MORE INTERESTING THAN BEING FED COMPUTER ANALYSIS- since it has a cute feature.. you can instantly work out variations to test your level of understanding...

Personally I thought 20.Rd1+ was worth a try

Jan-05-10  znsprdx: <aragorn69:> the graphics are great....only thing missing is a FEN link and ideally the possibility of copy-pasting an analysis line
Jan-05-10  randzo: is there world team championship broadcasting somewhere?
Jan-05-10  indianchessupdates: world team championship live

Jan-05-10  PhilFeeley: Kamsky exchanged rooks and lost his c-pawn. Why did he do that? I now see hope for Bologan.
Jan-05-10  visayanbraindoctor: Almasi vs Vocaturo is getting pretty sharp and tactical. I don't know what Kamsky is up to, but it doesn't look right.
Jan-05-10  visayanbraindoctor: Brunello vs. Caruana had the latter sacrificing a piece for three pawns, and a very interesting position.
Jan-05-10  visayanbraindoctor: Vocaturo found it too hard to defend his exposed King, and Almasi wins. It proved to be a tactical slugfest, not something safe and solid for Almasi.
Jan-05-10  Bdellovibrio: This reminds me of the US Championship of last year, where Kamsky was undefeated but couldn't rack up as many wins as Nakamura.
Jan-06-10  siamesedream: Last round: Kamsky - Almasi - interesting game.
Jan-06-10  Karpova: Fabiano Caruana beat Landa in 25 moves.
Jan-06-10  Karpova: Michele Godena beat Bologan!

But the other interesting result is Kamsky's win over Almasi - so they are tied for first (but I don't know the tie-break system used).

Jan-06-10  kurtrichards: Kamsky - Almasi 1-0
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