Thursday, June 14, 2012

Morozevich takes clear lead

Morozevich beats Levon Aronian in impressive style. He thus takes the sole lead as the co-leader, Radjabov lost to Carlsen. Morozevich now leads with 4/5 a full point ahead of Carlsen, Kramnik and Radjabov all at 3/5.

Morozevich took over 40 minutes for his eleventh move and what a move it was! It offers a pawn and possibility for white to sacrifice a piece for many pawns. Aronian went for the latter and gradually his position became worse and lost all his compensation. It's hard to describe Morozevich's style but it seems very effective. There are so many things going on in his games that his opponents tend to choose the wrong lines which he exploits mercilessly.





Carlsen beat Radjabov with one of his famous grinds. It seems white is ok and should be holding the draw at some point in the end-game but Radjabov went seriously wrong with 50. fxg4.

Radjabov realising he is lost, giving Carlsen the "glare"





ChessTv has an English commentary by Australian GM Ian Rogers. There is a quiz every round and yesterday the quiz was like this.

Salo Flohr once played a simul where the players brought their own pieces. One gentleman had a less than perfect set, you know, the type where bishops and pawns are not easily distinguishable from each other. Flohr complained that this was not the correct set to play on. Whereupon the gentleman replied that he had used this very same set in a simul by Richard Reti. On hearing this, Flohr burst out laughing.

The question is - why did Flohr laugh at the reply?

I thought hard about this for a few minutes and it finally hit me. Reti must have been playing blindfold! I sent in my answer - hopefully it is the first correct answer received by the organizers. I'm not even sure what the prize is or whether there is even a prize! Even GM Rogers does not even seem to know.

The sixth round continues tonight at 7:00 PM as usual. Tomorrow will be a rest day.

5 comments:

The Chess Ninja said...

If you need to describe Moro's style in one word, I would say, reckless! Much like Tal. It is seriously double-edged and since this is the Tal Memorial, he is being watched over by the ghost of Tal. That's why he's killing all of them off.

As for the riddle, I think you could be right. Reti was once the world record holder for blind simul. He played 29 boards blindfolded in 1925.

Jimmy Liew said...

I do not think Moro style can be labelled "reckless". My own words will be "controlled chaos" :)

Ilham said...

'Brave romantic' will be my words :)

Captain Planet said...

his style reminds me of the genius ex-USSR champion the Late GM Leonid Stein... What They Called As 'Risky for Both Side'... Even GM Stein Had Tremendous Record Against Tal And Spassky... So Sad... He Died Young...

Captain Planet said...

The Famous Pawn Offer To Get The Power Of Two Bishop... True Leonid Stein Style Indeed... (alot GM knew how Stein Love His Bishops... Sometimes more than Rooks)

Basicly Its A Draw With Accurate Defense... The Famous 'Calculated Risk' Leonid Stein Style... (edited quote from late GM Gufeld)

Sampai Sekarang Dah Berkali-kali saya ulang tengok game morozevich nie... How I Miss Leonid Stein Game Alike...

35...Bd2 ... multi purpose move... the main objective is to disorient the rook... from attacking to defensive mode... (methink) since then... two weakness between queenside and kingside is hard to defense...

mesti menyesal Aronian sebab korban bishop dia... hahaha...

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