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May 2011

Gelfand is the Winner of the FIDE Candidates Matches

Posted by 365Chess.com on May 26, 2011 in Chess news

Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand won the decisive 6th game against the Russian GM Alexander Grischuk. Gelfand, with white pieces, beat Grischuk on a Gruenfeld and he has earned the right to challenge Vishy Anand for the World Chess Champion title next year.

Final game

Gelfand, Boris (2733) – Grischuk, Alexander (2747) [E60]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (3.6), 2011-05-25
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. e3 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Re1 a5 11. Qe2 Bg4 12. h3 Be6 13. b3 a4 14. Rb1 axb3 15. axb3 Qc8 16. Kh2 Ra5 17. Rd1 Rh5 18. Nh4 Bf6 19. f4 Rd8 20. Qf2 Bxh4 21. gxh4 Nd5 22. Nxd5 Rhxd5 23. Bb2 Rb5 24. Qe2 Rh5 25. e4 Bxb3 26. Rdc1 Na5 27. d5 b6 28. Be5 c5 29. dxc6 f6 30. Ba1 Rc5 31. Rxc5 bxc5 32. Qb5 Qc7 33. Rxb3 Nxc6 34. e5 Nd4 35. Qc4+  1 – 0 (view game)

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FIDE Candidate Finals: Another draw

Posted by 365Chess.com on May 25, 2011 in Chess news

Fide Candidates 2011We had a series of 5 draws in the final match of the the Candidates Matches for FIDE World Championship. Grischuk didn’t change the opening and offered another Queen’s Gambit. The Russian GM, playing with the white pieces, got a better position with a lot of space on the board and forced Gelfand to take a very passive defending position. Despite the better position Grischuk wasn’t able to materialize his advantage and after 39 moves both players agreed the draw.

In case of a draw in the final 6th game, the winner will be determined by the tie-break scheduled for next Thursday 26 May, 2011.

Grischuk, Alexander (2747) – Gelfand, Boris (2733) [D37]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (3.5), 2011-05-24
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 Nh5 8. Be2 c6 9. O-O Nxf4 10. exf4 f6 11. b4 Qc7 12. Qd2 Rf7 13. Rae1 Nf8 14. Bd3 Bd7 15. g3 Re8 16. Re3 Bd8 17. Rfe1 Qb8 18. Na4 Bc7 19. Nb2 Rfe7 20. Qc3 Rd8 21. Bf5 Rf7 22. Bg4 e5 23. Bxd7 exf4 24. Be8 fxe3 25. Qxe3 Ng6 26. Bxf7+ Kxf7 27. Qe6+ Kf8 28. Qh3 Qc8 29. Qxc8 Rxc8 30. Kf1 Re8 31. Rb1 Ke7 32. Nd3 a6 33. a4 Kd7 34. b5 axb5 35. axb5 cxb5 36. Rxb5 Rb8 37. Nb4 Ne7 38. Ne1 Nc6 39. Nxc6  ½ – ½ (view game)

World Chess Championship Final Kazan (RUS), 19-26 May 2011
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Perf
Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2747 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . 2733
Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2733 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . 2747
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FIDE Candidates Finals G3: A ‘grandmaster draw’ draw

Posted by 365Chess.com on May 23, 2011 in Chess news

Fide Candidates 2011In the third game of the finals of the Candidates Matches for FIDE World Championship in Kazan, Alexander Grischuk, with white pieces, draw his game against Boris Gelfand. After 14 moves and more than two hours, the match is 1.5 – 1.5.

Grischuk choose a non tipical move in the Queen’s Gambit Declined: 9. g3 that Gelfand replied with something completely new: 9…b5!. Grischuk took the pawn but some moves later the position became totally equal.

Grischuk, Alexander (2747) – Gelfand, Boris (2733) [D37]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (3.1), 2011-05-19
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. Rc1 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. e3 Nc6 9. a3 d4 10. exd4 Nxd4 11. b4 Nxf3+ 12. Qxf3 Bd4 13. Nb5 e5 14. Bg5 Re8 15. Bxf6 e4 16. Bxd8 exf3+ 17. Kd2 Rxd8 18. Nxd4 Rxd4+ 19. Kc3 fxg2 20. Bxg2 Rg4 21. Rhd1 Be6 22. Bxb7 Rxc4+ 23. Kb2 Rxc1 24. Rxc1 Rd8 25. Kc3 Kf8 26. b5 Ke7 27. a4 Rd6 28. a5 Kd8 29. b6 Bc8 30. Bxc8 Kxc8 31. Kb4+ Kb8 32. bxa7+ Ka8 33. Rc8+ Kxa7 34. Rc7+ Ka6 35. Rxf7 Rg6 36. h3 Rg2 37. f4 Rg3 38. f5 h5 39. h4 Rg4+ 40. Kc5 Rxh4 41. Rxg7 Rf4 42. Rg6+ Kxa5 43. Rg5 h4 44. Rh5 h3 45. Kd6 h2 46. f6+ Kb6 47. Ke6 Rf2 48. f7 Re2+ 49. Kf6  ½ – ½ (view game)

Gelfand, Boris (2733) – Grischuk, Alexander (2747) [A37]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (3.2), 2011-05-20
1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. a3 Nge7 7. b4 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Ng5 Nc7 10. d3 cxb4 11. axb4 e4 12. Ngxe4 f5 13. Bg5 Bxc3+ 14. Kf1 Qd4 15. Nxc3 Qxc3 16. Bf4 Nb5 17. Rc1 Qf6 18. Rc5 a6 19. Bxc6+ bxc6 20. Be5 Qf8 21. Qc1 Bd7 22. Bxh8 Qxh8 23. Qe3+ Kf7 24. Re5 Qf8 25. h4 h5 26. Qf4 Qd6 27. Kg2 Kf6 28. Re4 Qxf4 29. Rxf4 Be6 30. Rc1 Ke7 31. f3 Kd6 32. Kf2 Rb8 33. e4 Nc7 34. g4 fxg4 35. Rf6 gxf3 36. Rxg6 Rxb4 37. Rh6 a5 38. Rxh5 a4 39. Rhc5 Bd7 40. Kxf3 Ne6 41. R5c4 c5 42. h5 Rb2 43. Rh1 Nd4+ 44. Ke3 Be6 45. e5+ Kxe5 46. Rxc5+ Bd5 47. Rxd5+ Kxd5 48. h6 Re2+ 49. Kf4 Ne6+ 50. Kg3 Nf8 51. h7 Nxh7 52. Rxh7 a3 53. Kf3 Re1 54. Ra7 Ra1 55. Ke3 a2 56. Ra5+ Kc6 57. Kd4 Kb6 58. Ra8 Kb7  ½ – ½ (view game)

Grischuk, Alexander (2747) – Gelfand, Boris (2733) [D37]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (3.3), 2011-05-21
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. Qb3 dxc4 8. Qxc4 O-O 9. g3 b5 10. Qxb5 Nd7 11. Bg2 c5 12. O-O Rb8 13. Qa4 a5 14. dxc5  ½ – ½ (view game)

World Chess Championship Final Kazan (RUS), 19-26 May 2011
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Perf
Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2747 ½ ½ ½ . . . 2733
Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2733 ½ ½ ½ . . . 2747
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FIDE Candidates: Between Grischuk and Gelfand is the challenger.

Posted by 365Chess.com on May 17, 2011 in Chess news

Fide Candidates 2011Last Monday 16th took place the decisive games that decided the finalists of the FIDE Candidates tournament.

Alexander Grischuk defeated the former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik in the blitz playoff and, in the other table, Boris Gelfand finally defeated Gata Kamsky in the blitz.

These two Grandmasters will meet in the finals starting next Thursday 19th May.

World Chess Championship Semi-Finals 2011 Kazan RUS Thu 12th May 2011 – Mon 16th May 2011
Name FED Rtg 1 2 3 4 Rapid Blitz S/D Pts
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2747 ½ ½ ½ ½ 2
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2785 ½ ½ ½ ½ 2 ½
Name FED Rtg 1 2 3 4 Rapid Blitz S/D Pts
Boris Gelfand ISR 2733 ½ ½ ½ ½ 2 2 6
Gata Kamsky USA 2732 ½ ½ ½ ½ 2 0 4

Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) – Grischuk, Alexander (2747) [A04]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.5), 2011-05-16
1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. g3 e5 6. Nb5 Bb4+ 7. N1c3 d6 8. Bg2 a6 9. Na3 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 O-O 11. O-O h6 12. Nc2 Qc7 13. Ne3 Be6 14. Ba3 Rfd8 15. Bb4 Rac8 16. Rb1 e4 17. Qa4 a5 18. Ba3 Ne5 19. c5 dxc5 20. c4 Neg4 21. Nxg4 Bxg4 22. Qc2 Qd7 23. Bb2 Qd2 24. Qxd2 Rxd2 25. Bxf6 gxf6 26. Bxe4 Bxe2 27. Rfc1 Rcd8 28. Bxb7 Rxa2 29. Bd5 Rd7 30. Rb5 Rc7 31. Rcb1 a4 32. Ra5 Kg7 33. Kg2 Bd3 34. Rb8 f5 35. Rba8 Bc2 36. Kf3 Be4+ 37. Bxe4 fxe4+ 38. Ke3 Rc2 39. Rxa4 Re7 40. Rd8  ½ – ½ (view game)

Gelfand, Boris (2733) – Kamsky, Gata (2732) [A10]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.5), 2011-05-16
1. c4 g6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Qa4+ Bd7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 a6 7. g3 b5 8. Qb3 c5 9. Bg2 c4 10. Qd1 Nc6 11. b3 cxb3 12. axb3 Bg7 13. d4 O-O 14. O-O Rc8 15. Bb2 Qb6 16. Ne5 Rfd8 17. Nxd7 Rxd7 18. e3 e6 19. Rc1 Rdc7 20. Ne4 Nxe4 21. Bxe4 a5 22. Qd2 a4 23. bxa4 bxa4 24. Ba3 Na5 25. Bc5 Qb5 26. Rb1 Nb3 27. Qa2 Bf8 28. Bc2 Rb8 29. Bxf8 Kxf8 30. Rb2 Rc3 31. Ra1 Qc4 32. Bd1 Rb4 33. Rab1 Kg7 34. Rc2 Qd3 35. Rxc3 Qxc3 36. Bc2 f6 37. h4 h6 38. Kh2 g5 39. Bxb3 Rxb3 40. Qxa4 Rxb1 41. Qd7+ Kg6 42. g4 gxh4  ½ – ½ (view game)

Grischuk, Alexander (2747) – Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) [D37]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.6), 2011-05-16
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 Nh5 8. b4 Nxf4 9. exf4 c6 10. Bd3 b6 11. O-O a5 12. a3 Qc7 13. g3 Ba6 14. Bxa6  ½ – ½ (view game)

Kamsky, Gata (2732) – Gelfand, Boris (2733) [B90]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.6), 2011-05-16
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O Be6 10. Bb3 Nc6 11. Qe2 Na5 12. Rfd1 Qc7 13. Bg5 Rac8 14. Bxf6 Bxf6 15. Rac1 Nxb3 16. axb3 Qc6 17. Nd5 Bd8 18. c4 f5 19. exf5 Bxf5 20. h3 Qe8 21. Rc3 Qg6 22. Nh2 Bh4 23. Nf3 Bd8 24. Kh2 Kh8 25. b4 Be6 26. Re3 Qf7 27. b3 b5 28. Kh1 Qb7 29. Re4 Bf5 30. Re3 Be6 31. Re4 Bf5 32. Re3  ½ – ½ (view game)

Gelfand, Boris (2733) – Kamsky, Gata (2732) [A10]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.7), 2011-05-16
1. c4 g6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. g3 Bg7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O c5 8. Qa4 Nb4 9. d3 Bd7 10. Qd1 Bc6 11. Be3 Nd7 12. Rc1 Rc8 13. Qb3 e6 14. Rfd1 a5 15. Bg5 Qe8 16. a3 c4 17. Qxc4 Bxf3 18. Bxf3 Rxc4 19. dxc4 Nc6 20. Nb5 Nc5 21. b4 axb4 22. axb4 Nxb4 23. Rb1 Nba6 24. Nd6 Qa4 25. Nxb7 Nxb7 26. Bxb7 Qxc4 27. Bf3 h6 28. Be3 Nb4 29. Rbc1 Nc2 30. Ba7 Qa4 31. Bb6 Nd4 32. Bxd4 Bxd4 33. Rd3 Bf6 34. Rc7 Rd8  0 – 1 (view game)

Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) – Grischuk, Alexander (2747) [A04]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.7), 2011-05-16
1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. e3 Nf6 5. d4 e4 6. Ne5 g6 7. Rb1 h5 8. Be2 Qe7 9. b3 cxd4 10. exd4 d6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bg5 Bf5 13. O-O Bh6 14. Bxh6 Rxh6 15. Qc1 Rh8 16. Qf4 Kf8 17. b4 Kg7 18. Rb3 h4 19. h3 Rae8 20. b5 c5 21. Qe3 Rd8 22. a4 d5 23. cxd5 Nxd5 24. Nxd5 Rxd5 25. dxc5 Qxc5 26. a5 Qxe3 27. fxe3 Rb8 28. Rc1 a6 29. Rcb1 Be6 30. Rb4 axb5 31. Rxb5 Rbxb5 32. Bxb5 Rd2 33. Ra1 Bd5 34. a6 Rb2 35. Bf1 Kf6 36. Ra5 Rd2 37. Rc5 Ke6 38. Ra5 Kd6 39. Bc4 Rd1+ 40. Kh2 Ba8 41. Bxf7 Rd3 42. a7 Kc7 43. Rb5 Bb7 44. Ra5 Ba8 45. Re5 Kb6 46. Re7 g5 47. Bg6 Rxe3 48. Kg1 Ra3 49. Bxe4 Bxe4 50. Rxe4 Kxa7 51. Kf2 Kb6 52. Re5 g4 53. hxg4 Rg3 54. Re4 Kc5 55. g5 Rxg5 56. Rxh4 Kd5 57. Rf4 Ke5 58. Rf8 Ke6 59. Rf3 Ke5 60. Rf7 Ke6 61. Rf8 Ke5 62. Kg1 Rf5 63. Rxf5+ Kxf5 64. Kf1 Kf4 65. Kf2 Kg4  ½ – ½ (view game)

Grischuk, Alexander (2747) – Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) [D37]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.8), 2011-05-16
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 Nh5 8. Bd3  ½ – ½ (view game)

Kamsky, Gata (2732) – Gelfand, Boris (2733) [B32]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.8), 2011-05-16
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qb6 5. Nb3 Nf6 6. Nc3 e6 7. Bd3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. a4 d6 10. Be3 Qc7 11. f4 b6 12. Qf3 Bb7 13. Nb5 Qb8 14. c3 e5 15. f5 a6 16. Na3 d5 17. Nd2 Qd8 18. Bf2 d4 19. Qe2 Re8 20. Nb3 Nd7 21. Kh1 Bxa3 22. Rxa3 Nc5 23. Bc4 Na5 24. Nxa5 bxa5 25. Qh5 Qc7 26. Bd5 Bxd5 27. exd5 Ne4 28. Bg1 Qc4 29. Raa1 Qxd5 30. Rad1 d3 31. Qf3 Rad8 32. Rfe1 Nf6 33. Qxd5 Rxd5 34. c4 Rd7 35. Bb6 e4 36. c5 Rc8 37. h3 h5 38. Kg1 h4 39. Bxa5 Rxc5 40. Bc3 Rc4 41. Bxf6 gxf6 42. b3 Rb4 43. Kf2 Rd5 44. Ke3 Rxf5 45. Rc1 Rg5 46. Rc4 Rxc4 47. bxc4 Rxg2 48. c5 Re2+ 49. Rxe2 dxe2 50. Kxe2 Kf8  0 – 1 (view game)

Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) – Grischuk, Alexander (2747) [A04]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.9), 2011-05-16
1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. e4 g6 7. Be2 Bg7 8. Be3 O-O 9. O-O Bd7 10. Qd2 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bc6 12. Bd3 a5 13. Rfe1 a4 14. Nd5 Nd7 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Re3 e5 17. Rh3 h5 18. Ne3 Rh8 19. Rg3 Nc5 20. Rd1 h4 21. Rh3 Bxe4 22. Bf1 Bc6 23. Nd5 Bxd5 24. Qxd5 Ra6 25. Re3 Qf6 26. b4 axb3 27. axb3 Rb6 28. h3 Rxb3 29. Rxb3 Nxb3 30. Qxd6 Qxd6 31. Rxd6 Rc8 32. Rd5 Kf6 33. Rd6+ Ke7 34. Rb6 Nc5 35. g3 hxg3 36. fxg3 Rc6 37. Rb5 f5 38. Kf2 b6 39. Ke3 Rd6 40. h4 Kf6 41. Be2 g5 42. hxg5+ Kxg5 43. Kf3 Rh6 44. Rb1 Ne6 45. Kg2 Nd4 46. Bd1 Rc6 47. Rb5 Nxb5  0 – 1 (view game)

Kamsky, Gata (2732) – Gelfand, Boris (2733) [A45]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.9), 2011-05-16
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 c5 3. e3 e6 4. c3 b6 5. Nf3 Bb7 6. Nbd2 Be7 7. Bd3 cxd4 8. cxd4 Nc6 9. a3 Nh5 10. Bg3 O-O 11. Ne5 g6 12. Nxc6 dxc6 13. Be4 Qd7 14. Nc4 c5 15. Ne5 Qc8 16. Bxb7 Qxb7 17. O-O Rfd8 18. Qf3 Qxf3 19. Nxf3 Nxg3 20. hxg3 Bf6 21. dxc5 bxc5 22. Rab1 Rab8 23. Rfc1 Rxb2 24. Rxb2 Bxb2 25. Rxc5 Rd1+ 26. Kh2 Rd5 27. Rxd5 exd5 28. a4 Kf8 29. Ne1 Ke7 30. Nd3 Bc3 31. g4 Kd6 32. Kg3 Kc6 33. Kf3 Kb6 34. Nf4 Ka5 35. Nxd5 Bg7 36. Ne7 Kxa4 37. Nc6 a5 38. Ke4 Kb5 39. Nxa5 Kxa5 40. Kd5 g5 41. Kd6 Bc3 42. Ke7 f6 43. f4 Kb5 44. Kf7 Kc4 45. Kg7 Kd3 46. Kh6 gxf4 47. exf4 Ke4 48. g3 Kf3 49. g5 f5 50. Kxh7 Kxg3  0 – 1 (view game)

Grischuk, Alexander (2747) – Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) [B06]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.10), 2011-05-16
1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 a6 4. Be3 b5 5. h4 h5 6. Nh3 Bb7 7. Ng5 d6 8. Bd3 Nd7 9. a4 c6 10. Ne2 e5 11. axb5 cxb5 12. c4 Ngf6 13. cxb5 axb5 14. Rxa8 Qxa8 15. dxe5 dxe5 16. O-O Bc6 17. Qb3 O-O 18. f3 Qb7 19. Rc1 Nb8 20. Nc3 Nh7 21. Bxb5 Nxg5 22. hxg5 Rd8 23. Bc4 Qc7 24. Nd5 Qd7 25. Rd1 Qe8 26. Nf6+ Bxf6 27. gxf6 Nd7 28. Rd6 Rc8 29. Qd3 Nf8 30. b3 Bd7 31. Bh6 Be6 32. Bxf8 Bxc4 33. bxc4 Qxf8 34. c5 Kh7 35. c6 Qh6 36. Qd2 Qxd2 37. Rxd2 Rxc6 38. Rd7 Rxf6 39. Re7 Kh6 40. Rxe5 g5 41. Kh2 Kg6 42. Ra5 Rd6 43. Kg3 Rc6 44. Rb5 f6 45. Ra5 Rc1 46. Kh2 Re1 47. Rb5 g4 48. Kg3 gxf3 49. gxf3 Re3 50. Rf5  ½ – ½ (view game)

Gelfand, Boris (2733) – Kamsky, Gata (2732) [A04]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.10), 2011-05-16
1. Nf3 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 g6 4. O-O Bg7 5. d4 O-O 6. b3 e6 7. Bb2 h6 8. c4 d6 9. Nbd2 g5 10. Qc2 Nc6 11. e4 g4 12. Nh4 f4 13. e5 f3 14. Bxf3 gxf3 15. exf6 Qxf6 16. Ndxf3 Bd7 17. Rae1 Be8 18. Re3 Bh5 19. Rfe1 Rae8 20. Bc3 Nd8 21. d5 e5 22. Rf1 Nf7 23. Nd2 Qd8 24. Ng6 Bxg6 25. Qxg6 Ng5 26. Ne4 Nf3+ 27. Kg2 Nd4 28. Bd2 Kh8 29. Rd3 Nf5 30. Rf3 Qd7 31. Qh5 Kg8 32. Kh1 b5 33. g4 Nd4 34. Rxf8+ Rxf8 35. Bxh6 bxc4 36. bxc4 Nf3 37. Qg6 Nh4 38. Qxg7+ Qxg7 39. Bxg7 Kxg7 40. Ng5 Rb8 41. Ne6+ Kg6 42. Nxc7 Rc8 43. Nb5 Rxc4 44. Nxd6 Rc2 45. Nf5 Nf3 46. Kg2 e4 47. Rd1 Ne5 48. d6 Nd7 49. Rd4 Rxa2 50. Rxe4 Rd2 51. h4 a5 52. Re6+ Nf6 53. g5 Kxf5 54. Rxf6+ Ke5 55. h5 a4 56. h6  1 – 0 (view game)

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FIDE Candidates Semis G4: on to the tiebreaks

Posted by 365Chess.com on May 15, 2011 in Chess news

Gelfand, Boris (2733) – Kamsky, Gata (2732) [D80]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.4), 2011-05-15
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Ne4 5. Bh4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 dxc4 7. e3 Be6 8. Nf3 c5 9. Be2 Bg7 10. O-O O-O 11. Rb1 cxd4 12. Nxd4 Bd5 13. Qc2 Qd7 14. Rfd1 Bxd4 15. cxd4 Qe6 16. Bf3 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Nd7 18. Qe4 b6 19. Rdc1 Rac8 20. Rb4 c3 21. Rb3 Nf6 22. Qxe6 fxe6 23. Bxf6 { White Time: 0h:56min Black Time: 1h:53min }  ½ – ½ (view game)

Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) – Grischuk, Alexander (2747) [A04]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.4), 2011-05-15
1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. e3 Nf6 5. Be2 d5 6. d4 exd4 7. exd4 Be6 8. Be3 dxc4 9. O-O cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Qa5 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Re1 Rd8 14. Qc2 Be7 15. Qe4 Qc5 16. Qxb7 O-O 17. Ne4 Qb4 18. Qxa7 Rd7 19. Qe3 Qxb2 20. Rac1 Qd4 21. Qf3 Rc8 22. Ng3 Rdc7 23. Nh5 Kh8 24. Rcd1 Qb2 25. Qg3 Bf8 26. Bg4 c3 27. Bxe6 fxe6 28. Nxf6 Bg7 29. Nh5 Qb7 30. Qh4 Rg8 31. Rd8 Rc8 32. Rxg8+ Rxg8 33. Nxg7 Qxg7 34. Qe4 c2 35. Rc1 Rc8 36. Qxe6 Rd8 37. Qb3 Rd2 38. Qb8+ Qg8 39. Qb2+ Qg7 40. Qb8+ Qg8 41. Qe5+ Qg7 42. Qe8+ Qg8 43. Qe5+ Qg7 44. Qe8+ { White Time: 0h:29min Black Time: 0h:59min }  ½ – ½ (view game)

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FIDE Candidates Semis G3: draws

Posted by 365Chess.com on May 14, 2011 in Chess news

Grischuk, Alexander (2747) – Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) [C42]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.3), 2011-05-14
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. Nc3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Bg4 10. Re1 O-O 11. Bf4 Bd6 12. Bxd6 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Qxd6 14. Re3 Rae8 15. Rae1 Re7 16. Rxe7 Nxe7 17. h4 Rd8 18. c4 b6 19. c3 h6 20. cxd5 Nxd5 21. Bc4 c6 22. Re5 Nf6 23. Qf4 Qd7 24. g3 Kf8 25. Bb3  ½ – ½ (view game)

Kamsky, Gata (2732) – Gelfand, Boris (2733) [B90]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.3), 2011-05-14
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. h3 Be6 9. Qf3 Nbd7 10. g4 h6 11. O-O-O Rc8 12. Nd5 Bxd5 13. exd5 Nb6 14. h4 Qc7 15. c3 Nbxd5 16. Bd2 Nb6 17. g5 Nfd7 18. gxh6 gxh6 19. Kb1 Qc6 20. Qh3 d5 21. Be2 Nc4 22. Bc1 Nf6 23. Rhe1 Qe6 24. Qh2 Qf5+ 25. Ka1 Kf8 26. f3 Bd6 27. Qg1 Bb8 28. Bd3 Qh5 29. Qh1 Ba7 30. Qh3 Re8 31. Bxc4 dxc4 32. Na5 e4 33. Nxc4 Qxf3 34. Qh2 Ng4 35. Qc7 Bf2 36. Rf1 e3 37. Bxe3 Nxe3 38. Ne5 Qf5 39. Qc5+ Kg7 40. Qxe3 Rxe5 41. Qxf2 Qxf2 42. Rxf2 Rhe8 43. Rg1+ Kf8 44. Kb1 Re2 45. Rf4 R8e4 46. Rgf1 Re1+ 47. Kc2 R4e2+ 48. Kb3 Rxf1 49. Rxf1 Kg7 50. Rf4 Re6 51. a4 Kg6 52. Kc4 f5 53. a5 Kf6 54. Kd3 Re7  ½ – ½ (view game)

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FIDE Candidates Semis G2: more draws

Posted by 365Chess.com on May 13, 2011 in Chess news

Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) – Grischuk, Alexander (2747) [A04]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.2), 2011-05-13
1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. e3 Nf6 5. d4 cxd4 6. exd4 e4 7. Ne5 Bd6 8. c5 Bb8 9. Nc4 d5 10. cxd6 O-O 11. Bf4 Na5 12. Ne3 Bxd6 13. Bxd6 Qxd6 14. d5 Qe5 15. Be2 Rd8 16. Qd2 Nc6 17. Rd1 Ne7 18. Qd4 Qxd4 19. Rxd4 Nf5 20. Nxf5 Bxf5 21. Kd2 Ne8 22. g4 Bg6 23. Rc1 Rac8 24. Nxe4 Rxc1 25. Kxc1 Bxe4 26. Rxe4 Kf8 27. Ra4 a6 28. Rb4 Nd6 29. Kd2 h6 30. Bd3 Ke7 31. Ke3 Kd7 32. f3 Re8+ 33. Be4 g6 34. Kd4 Rc8 35. h4 Rc1 36. Ke5 Ke7 37. g5 hxg5 38. hxg5 Rg1 39. Kf4 f6 40. Bxg6 Rxg5 41. Be4 Rg2 42. a4 a5 43. Rb3 Kd8 44. Ke3 Rh2 45. Kf4 Rg2 46. Bb1 Rd2 47. Bd3 Rg2 48. Ke3 Rh2 49. Kd4 Rh4+ 50. Kc5 Kc7 51. Rb6 Rxa4 52. b3 Rb4 53. Rxb4 axb4 54. Kxb4 b6 55. Kc3 Kd8 56. Kd4 Ke7 { White Time: 8min:40s Black Time: 8min:12s }  ½ – ½ (view game)

Gelfand, Boris (2733) – Kamsky, Gata (2732) [D80]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.2), 2011-05-13
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Ne4 5. Bh4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 dxc4 7. e3 Be6 8. Nf3 Bg7 9. Be2 c5 10. O-O O-O 11. Rb1 Bd5 12. Qc2 cxd4 13. cxd4 b6 14. Bxc4 Nc6 15. Rfc1 Bxc4 16. Qxc4 Na5 17. Qc7 f6 18. Qxd8 Rfxd8 19. Rc7 Kf7 20. Rbc1 Ke8 21. Bg3 Bh6 22. Kf1 Rd7 23. Rxd7 Kxd7 24. Rc7+ Ke8 25. Nd2 b5 26. Ne4 a6 27. Nc3 Bf8 28. Nd5 Rd8 29. e4 f5 30. f3 fxe4 31. fxe4 Rd7 32. Ke2 Bg7 33. Bf2 e6 34. Rc8+ Kf7 35. Nb6 Rb7 36. d5 exd5 37. exd5 Be5 38. Ra8 Nc4 39. Rxa6 Nxb6 40. Bxb6 Bxh2 41. Kf3 Rd7 42. Ke4 Re7+ 43. Kd3 Rd7 44. Kd4 Bg1+ 45. Ke4 Re7+ 46. Kf4 Bxb6 47. Rxb6 Re2 48. g4 h5 49. Rb7+ Kf8 50. g5 h4 51. Rh7 b4 52. Rxh4 Ke7 53. Rh6 Rxa2 54. Rxg6 Rd2 55. Re6+ Kf7 56. Ke5 b3 57. Rf6+ Kg7 58. Rb6 b2 59. d6 Kg6 60. Ke6 Re2+ 61. Kd5 Rd2+ 62. Kc6 Kxg5 63. d7 Rc2+ 64. Kd6 Rd2+ 65. Ke6 Re2+ 66. Kf7 Rf2+ { White Time: 0h:20min Black Time: 0h:15min }  ½ – ½ (view game)

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FIDE Candidates: first day of round 2 all games drawn

Posted by 365Chess.com on May 12, 2011 in Chess news

Grischuk, Alexander (2747) – Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) [D37]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.1), 2011-05-12
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Qc2 c5 8. Rd1 Qa5 9. Nd2 cxd4 10. exd4 dxc4 11. Nxc4 Qd8 12. Bd3 Nb6 13. O-O Bd7 14. Nxb6 Qxb6 15. d5 Kh8 16. dxe6 { White Time: nh:a Black Time: nh:a }  ½ – ½ (view game)

Kamsky, Gata (2732) – Gelfand, Boris (2733) [B90]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (2.1), 2011-05-12
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O Be6 10. Bb3 Nc6 11. Qe2 Na5 12. Rfd1 Nxb3 13. axb3 Qc7 14. Bg5 Nh5 15. Nxe5 Bxg5 16. Qxh5 Bf6 17. Nf3 Bxc3 18. bxc3 Qxc3 19. Nd4 Rfe8 20. Qa5 Rac8 21. f3 Qxa5 22. Rxa5 Rc3 23. Kf2 Kf8 24. Rda1 Rec8 25. Ke1 Ke7 26. Kd2 R3c5 27. R5a4 f5 28. Rb4 R8c7 29. exf5 Bxf5 30. Re1+ Kf7 31. Rb6 Rd5 32. c3 Bc8 33. b4 Re7 34. Ra1 Ke8 35. b5 Rc7 36. bxa6 bxa6 { White Time: nh:a Black Time: nh:a }  ½ – ½ (view game)

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FIDE Candidates R1 Game 3: Gelfand took the lead against Mamedyarov. The rest were draws.

Posted by 365Chess.com on May 8, 2011 in Chess news

Fide Candidates 2011After his sounded victory over Topalov in the second game, Kamsky seemed to came looking for a draw. Topalov, with black pieces, tried almost everything to win but it was not possible. They agreed the draw in the 37th move.

Levon Aronian found againd a solid and well prepared Gruenfeld for his 1. d4. The game came into a theoretical draw in a pawns ending. The game Radjabov-Kramnik wasn’t decisive either. It seems this match will be decided in the rapid and blitz playoffs.

Special attention deservers the game Gelfand-Mamedyarov. Gelfand was a rook down for five pawns and later a rook down for six paws. White’s position was impossible to defend and 39 moves were enough for an spectacular victory of Gelfand. He needs only a draw to get into the semi-finals.

Kamsky, Gata (2732) – Topalov, Veselin (2775) [B90]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (1.3), 2011-05-07
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. a4 e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bg5 Be6 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. Nd5 Nd7 11. Bc4 Rc8 12. b3 Qa5+ 13. Qd2 Qxd2+ 14. Nxd2 Bg5 15. Kd1 h5 16. Re1 h4 17. h3 Nf6 18. Nxf6+ gxf6 19. Bxe6 fxe6 20. Nf3 Rg8 21. c4 f5 22. exf5 exf5 23. Ke2 Be7 24. Kf1 Kf7 25. Rad1 Rc5 26. b4 Rxc4 27. Rxe5 dxe5 28. Nxe5+ Ke6 29. Nxc4 Bxb4 30. Rb1 a5 31. Rd1 Rc8 32. Rd4 Bc3 33. Rxh4 Bf6 34. Rf4 Bg5 35. Rd4 Bf6 36. Rf4 Bg5 37. Rd4 Bf6 { White Time: nh:a Black Time: nh:a }  ½ – ½ (view game)

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (2772) – Gelfand, Boris (2733) [B87]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (1.3), 2011-05-07
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 b5 8. O-O Be7 9. Qf3 Qc7 10. Qg3 O-O 11. Bh6 Ne8 12. Rad1 Bd7 13. f4 Nc6 14. f5 Nxd4 15. Rxd4 Kh8 16. Be3 Nf6 17. Qh3 d5 18. e5 Qxe5 19. Rh4 Rfc8 20. Kh1 Rxc3 21. bxc3 Qxc3 22. Rd4 a5 23. Rd3 Qc6 24. c3 a4 25. Bc2 e5 26. Bg5 b4 27. Qh4 bxc3 28. Rh3 Kg8 29. Re1 e4 30. g4 Kf8 31. Be3 Qc4 32. g5 Bxf5 33. gxf6 Bxf6 34. Qh5 Bg6 35. Qg4 Qxa2 36. Bb1 Qc4 37. Qg2 a3 38. Ba2 Qc6 39. Rg3 Rb8 { White Time: nh:a Black Time: nh:a }  0 – 1 (view game)

Radjabov, Teimour (2744) – Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) [D56]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (1.3), 2011-05-07
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 c6 10. Bd3 Nxc3 11. Rxc3 dxc4 12. Bxc4 Nd7 13. Qc2 b6 14. Bd3 Nf6 15. Rxc6 Nd5 16. Qb3 Nb4 17. Rc1 Nxd3+ 18. Qxd3 Bb7 19. O-O Bxf3 20. gxf3 Qg5+ 21. Kh1 Qd5 22. Qe4 Qxa2 23. Rg1 Rfc8 24. Qb7 Rf8 25. Rc7 Qxb2 26. Rxf7 Rxf7 27. Qxa8+ Kh7 28. Qe8 Rc7 29. Qxe6 Qxf2 30. Qe4+ Kg8 31. Qe8+ Kh7 32. Qe4+ Kg8 33. Qe8+ { White Time: nh:a Black Time: nh:a }  ½ – ½ (view game)

Aronian, Levon (2808) – Grischuk, Alexander (2747) [D97]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (1.3), 2011-05-07
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 a6 8. Be2 b5 9. Qb3 c5 10. dxc5 Be6 11. Qc2 Nbd7 12. Be3 Rc8 13. Rd1 b4 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. exd5 Nxc5 16. O-O a5 17. Bc4 Qd6 18. Bd4 Ncd7 19. Qe2 Ng4 20. Rfe1 Rfe8 21. Ba6 Ra8 22. Bb5 Bxd4 23. Rxd4 Ngf6 24. h3 Rab8 25. Ba4 Red8 26. Qxe7 Nb6 27. Bd1 Rbc8 28. Qa7 Ra8 29. Qb7 Rdc8 30. Qe7 Qxe7 31. Rxe7 Nfxd5 32. Rb7 Rc7 33. Rxc7 Nxc7 34. Bb3 a4 35. Bc2 Ncd5 36. Be4 Ra5 37. Ne5 Rc5 38. Bxd5 Rxd5 39. Rxb4 Rxe5 40. Rxb6 Re1+ 41. Kh2 Re2 42. Kg3 a3 43. bxa3 Rxa2 44. Rb3 Kg7 45. f4 h5 46. h4 f6 47. Kf3 g5 48. hxg5 fxg5 49. g3 Kf6 50. Ke4 gxf4 51. Kxf4 Ra1 52. Ke4 Ke6 53. Re3 Ra2 54. Kd4+ Kd6 55. Kc4 Rh2 56. Kb5 Kc7 57. Re7+ Kb8 58. Rh7 Rg2 59. Kb6 Rb2+ {White Time: 1h:17min Black Time: 4min:10s}  ½ – ½ (view game)

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FIDE Candidates Round 1.2: Kamsky Leads Topalov In Kazan

Posted by 365Chess.com on May 6, 2011 in Chess news

Topalov, Veselin (2775) – Kamsky, Gata (2732) [A15]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (1.2), 2011-05-06
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Qb3 Nb6 6. d4 Bg7 7. Bf4 Be6 8. Qa3 Nc6 9. O-O-O Nd5 10. Bg3 Bh6+ 11. e3 a5 12. h4 Ncb4 13. h5 c6 14. hxg6 hxg6 15. Rd2 f6 16. Ne4 b6 17. Be2 Qc8 18. Rh4 Kf7 19. Rd1 g5 20. Rh2 g4 21. Nfd2 c5 22. dxc5 f5 23. Rxh6 Rxh6 24. Ng5+ Kf8 25. Nxe6+ Qxe6 26. Bc4 Rc8 27. Bf4 Rf6 28. e4 Rxc5 29. exd5 Qxd5 30. b3 Qd4 31. Be3 Qc3+ { White Time: nh:a Black Time: nh:a }  0 – 1 (view game)

Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) – Radjabov, Teimour (2744) [E06]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (1.2), 2011-05-06
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Be7 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qa4 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. Bd2 Be4 11. Qc1 Bb7 12. Qc2 Be4 13. Qc1 Bb7 14. Bf4 Nd5 15. Rd1 Nxf4 16. Qxf4 Bd6 17. Qh4 Qxh4 18. Nxh4 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Nd7 20. Nc3 Rfd8 21. Rac1 Be7 22. Nf3 c5 23. a4 bxa4 24. Nxa4 cxd4 25. Rxd4 Bf6 26. Rd6 Ne5 27. Rxd8+ Rxd8 28. Nxe5 Bxe5 29. f4 Bf6 30. Rc6 Rb8 31. Rxa6 g6 32. Nc5 Rxb2 33. Kf3 Bd4 34. Nd3 Rb8 35. Rd6 Bf6 36. g4 Rd8 37. Rc6 Be7 38. g5 h6 39. h4 hxg5 40. hxg5 Rd7 41. Ne5 Rb7 42. Rc8+ Kg7 43. Re8 Rc7 44. Ng4 Rb7 45. e3 Rc7 46. Ke4 Rd7 47. Nh6 Bf8 48. Rc8 Rb7 49. Kf3 Ra7 50. e4 Ra3+ 51. Kg4 Ra7 52. Kh4 Bb4 53. Kg4 Bf8 54. Rb8 Rd7 55. Kf3 Ra7 56. e5 Ra3+ 57. Kg2 Ra2+ 58. Kg3 Ra3+ 59. Kg4 Ra7 60. Rc8 Rb7 61. Ra8 Rc7 { White Time: 0h:35min Black Time: 0h:58min }  ½ – ½ (view game)

Gelfand, Boris (2733) – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (2772) [D45]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (1.2), 2011-05-06
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O dxc4 9. Bxc4 a6 10. Rd1 b5 11. Bd3 Qc7 12. Bd2 c5 13. Ne4 c4 14. Nxd6 Qxd6 15. Be2 Bb7 16. b3 Rfc8 17. Qb2 Rab8 18. Rdc1 Ne4 19. Ba5 Bd5 20. Ne1 f5 21. f3 Nef6 22. Rab1 g5 23. Qd2 Kf7 24. Bb4 Qb6 25. Ba5 Qd6 26. bxc4 bxc4 27. Rxb8 Qxb8 28. Qb4 Qa8 29. Bxc4 Qc6 30. Nd3 Bxc4 31. Nb2 Qd5 32. Nxc4 Kg8 33. Rc3 f4 34. exf4 Qxd4+ 35. Ne3 Qxc3 36. Qxc3 Rxc3 37. Bxc3 gxf4 38. Nc4 Nd5 39. Bd4 Nb4 40. a3 Nc6 { White Time: nh:a Black Time: nh:a }  ½ – ½ (view game)

Grischuk, Alexander (2747) – Aronian, Levon (2808) [D37]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (1.2), 2011-05-06
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Qc2 c5 7. Bg5 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Nc6 9. Rd1 O-O 10. e3 Be6 11. Be2 Rc8 12. Nf5 h6 13. Bh4 Re8 14. Nxe7+ Qxe7 15. O-O g5 16. Bg3 Ne4 17. Qb1 Nxg3 18. hxg3 Red8 19. Nb5 d4 20. Nxd4 Nxd4 21. exd4 Qf6 22. Bf3 { White Time: nh:a Black Time: nh:a }  ½ – ½ (view game)

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FIDE Candidates R1: A day of draws

Posted by 365Chess.com on May 6, 2011 in Chess news

From May 3rd to 27th the FIDE Candidates matches are taking place in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Eight of the strongest GMs are competing to qualify as Challenger for the 2012 World Champion match against Viswanathan Anand. Time controls in the four regular games are 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. In case of a tie there will be four rapid chess games, and if the tie is still not broken then up to five two-game blitz matches 5′+3″. Finally there may be a sudden-death final decider.

Despite the absence of Magnus Carlsen, the Candidates matches are an unique opportunity to see the highest level of chess of the moment. Radjabov and Kramnik drew a Queen’s Gambit. Later Gelfand had a completely equalised game against Mamedyarov, Kamsky and Topalov agreed the draws just after first time control. The last game to finish was that between Levon Aronian, the favourite of the event, and Alexander Grischuk. Grischuk played the Gruenfeld and Aronian emerged from the middlegame with an extra pawn and a slightly better position. The endgame seemed favourable to the Armenian who had rook, knight, king and passed pawn vs only rook and knight. But a blunder at the finish (69.Nc5??) sealed another draw.

Kamsky, Gata (2732) – Topalov, Veselin (2775) [B90]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (1.1), 2011-05-05
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. a4 Nc6 7. a5 e6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. Bd3 Be7 10. O-O c5 11. Bf4 Qc7 12. Qe2 Bb7 13. e5 Qc6 14. f3 Nh5 15. Bd2 c4 16. Bxc4 dxe5 17. b3 Rd8 18. Rad1 Qc5+ 19. Kh1 Nf4 20. Na4 Nxe2 21. Nxc5 Bxc5 22. Bxe2 Ke7 23. b4 Rxd2 24. Rxd2 Bxb4 25. Rd3 Bd5 26. Rb1 Bxa5 27. Ra3 Bd2 28. Rxa6 Rc8 29. Ra7+ Kf6 30. Bd3 Be3 31. Ra4 h5 32. Rab4 Rc3 33. h4 g6 34. Kh2 Kg7 35. Ra4 f5 36. Re1 Bc5 37. Re2 Kf6 38. Re1 Bf2 39. Re2 Bc5 40. Re1 Bf2 41. Re2 Bc5 {White Time: 1h:00min Black Time: 0h:52min}  ½ – ½ (view game)

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (2772) – Gelfand, Boris (2733) [B90]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (1.1), 2011-05-05
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O Nc6 10. Re1 b5 11. Bb3 Rb8 12. Bg5 Be6 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Nd5 Bg5 15. Qd3 Bh6 16. Red1 Kh8 17. Nc3 Qb6 18. Bxe6 fxe6 19. Qxd6 Nd4 20. Qxb6 Nxf3+ 21. gxf3 Rxb6 22. a4 Kg8 23. axb5 axb5 24. Ra5 b4 25. Rb5 Rfb8 26. Rxb6 Rxb6 27. Ne2 Rc6 28. c3 bxc3 29. Nxc3 Bg5 30. Kf1 Rb6 31. Rb1 Be7 32. Ke2 Rb8 33. Kd3 Bc5 34. Na4 Bxf2 35. b4 Ra8 36. Nc5 Kf7 37. Kc4 Ke7 38. Rd1 Bd4 39. Nb3 {White Time: 0min:39s Black Time: 0min:53s}  ½ – ½ (view game)

Radjabov, Teimour (2744) – Kramnik, Vladimir (2785) [D56]
WCh Candidates Kazan RUS (1.1), 2011-05-05
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 c6 10. Be2 Nd7 11. O-O Nxc3 12. Rxc3 dxc4 13. Rxc4 e5 14. Qc2 exd4 15. Nxd4 Nb6 16. Rc5 Rd8 17. Bf3 Be6 18. Rc1 Bd5 19. a3 Nd7 20. Rc3 Nf6 21. Bxd5 Rxd5 22. Rc4 Re8 23. h3 Ne4 24. b4 a5 25. Rb1 {White Time: 0h:50min Black Time: 1h:07min}  ½ – ½ (view game)

Aronian, Levon (2808) – Grischuk, Alexander (2747) [D87]
WCh Candidates Kazan/Tatarstan/Russia (1.1), 2011-05-05
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 c5 8. Ne2 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O b6 11. dxc5 Qc7 12. Nd4 Ne5 13. Nb5 Qb8 14. Be2 bxc5 15. f4 Ng4 16. Bxc5 a6 17. Na3 Qc7 18. Bd4 e5 19. fxe5 Nxe5 20. Qc1 Bg4 21. Bxg4 Nxg4 22. Qf4 Qxf4 23. Rxf4 Ne5 24. Rb1 Rad8 25. Nc2 Nd3 26. Rff1 Rd7 27. Rfd1 Nf4 28. Kf2 Rc8 29. Ne3 h5 30. Rb6 Ne6 31. Bxg7 Rxd1 32. Nxd1 Kxg7 33. Ke3 Nc5 34. Rd6 a5 35. c4 a4 36. Kd4 Ne6+ 37. Kc3 Rb8 38. Rd5 Nf4 39. Rd2 Ne6 40. Rb2 Rd8 41. Nf2 a3 42. Rd2 Rb8 43. Nd3 Rb1 44. c5 Kf6 45. c6 Ke7 46. Nb4 Rc1+ 47. Kb3 Nc5+ 48. Kxa3 Nxe4 49. Rd4 Nd6 50. Ka4 Ke6 51. Ka5 Rc5+ 52. Ka6 g5 53. a4 Ke5 54. Rd2 Rc4 55. Ka5 f5 56. Rc2 Kd4 57. Rd2+ Ke5 58. Nd3+ Kf6 59. Kb6 Nc8+ 60. Kb7 Nd6+ 61. Kc7 Ne4 62. Ra2 Nc3 63. Rb2 Nxa4 64. Rb4 Rxb4 65. Nxb4 Nc5 66. Kb6 Ne6 67. Nd3 h4 68. h3 Ke7 69. Nc5 Nxc5 70. Kxc5 Kd8  ½ – ½ (view game)

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