Friday, March 10, 2006

Aussies in Iceland

Two Aussies are playing in the Reykjavik Open, GM Ian Rogers and his Olympiad captain, FM Manuel Weeks. After 3 rounds, Rogers is on 2 points; Weeks is on 1, losing his first round game to Magnus Carlsen and then drawing his next two games.

XXII Open, Reykjavik ISL
Rogers, I.
Zaremba, An
D17

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Nxc4 Qc7 8. g3 e5 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. Bf4 Nfd7 11. Bg2 g5 12. Ne3 gxf4 13. Nxf5 O-O-O 14. Qc2 fxg3 15. hxg3 a5 16. O-O-O Nc5 17. Ne4 Rxd1+ 18. Rxd1 Nxe4 19. Qxe4 Bb4 20. Nh6 Kb8 21. Bh3 Qe7 22. f4 Qc5+ 23. Kb1 Nc4 24. Nxf7 Rg8 25. Qd3 Ba3 26. Ne5 Nxe5 27. fxe5 Bb4 28. Qd6+ Ka7 29. Qxc5+ Bxc5 30. Bf5 Rxg3 31. Rd7 Re3 32. Rxh7 Rxe5 33. e4 Re7 34. Rh3 Bd4 35. b3 Rg7 36. Kc2 Be5 37. Rh5 Rg2+ 38. Kd1 Bf4 39. Rh7 Rb2 40. Rh3 Be5 41. Bc8 1/2-1/2

And here are a couple of upsets. In the first, top seed Mamedyarov (2709) goes down to Thorhallsson (2455).

XXII Open, Reykjavik ISL
Thorhallsson, T.
Mamedyarov, S.
B03

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Bc4 Nb6 5. Bb3 dxe5 6. Qh5 e6 7. dxe5 c5 8. c3 Nc6 9. Qe2 g5 10. Bc2 Bd7 11. Nd2 Be7 12. Ne4 Nd5 13. Nh3 h6 14. Nd6+ Bxd6 15. exd6 Qb8 16. f4 Qxd6 17. fxg5 hxg5 18. Bxg5 f6 19. Bd2 O-O-O 20. O-O-O Rdg8 21. Kb1 Be8 22. Rde1 Bg6 23. Bxg6 Rxg6 24. Rhf1 e5 25. Bc1 Qe6 26. Rd1 Nce7 27. Ka1 Qg4 28. Qb5 b6 29. Nf2 Qxg2 30. c4 Nb4 31. Qd7+ Kb8 32. Qxe7 Nc2+ 33. Kb1 Nd4 34. Be3 Ka8 35. Bxd4 cxd4 36. Nd3 Qb7 37. Qe6 Qc8 38. Qd5+ Qb7 39. Qe6 Qc8 40. Qe7 1-0

Legend Jan Timman resigns after 20. Nxf7. Indeed the tournament site has the result recorded as 1-0. But after 20...Bxa3, Black is OK, if not better! Maybe our super GM readers can enlighten us on what's happening here. Well, OK, maybe Timman lost on time.

XXII Open, Reykjavik ISL
Ziska, H.
Timman, J.
B81

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. g4 h6 7. h4 Be7 8. Rg1 d5 9. Bb5+ Kf8 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxd5 Qxd5 12. Qd3 Bxh4 13. Bc4 Qd7 14. g5 hxg5 15. Be3 e5 16. Qa3+ Kg8 17. Nb5 g4 18. Rd1 Qc6 19. Nd6 Be7 20. Nxf7 1-0

1 comment:

Andrias said...

20. Bxf7 would surely have given Ziska the victory. As he took vith the wrong piece Timman should have won. But both players were convinced that white had a won position, Timman immedately resigned overlooking his bishops retreating possitilitets......