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Alekhine Memorial Round 1

  • SonofPearl
  • on 21/04/13 10:50.

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The Alekhine Memorial got underway in Paris today with a sensational opening round that would surely have warmed the heart of the fourth world chess champion.

The three decisive games involved the top three seeds in the competition - but not all in the way you might expect!

Lev Aronian had the black pieces against the 20 year-old Chinese GM Ding Liren, and after trying the committal move 12...Bc4 his pieces became horribly cramped - the comical position after move 25...Nac7 was a miserable one for black!

Ding Liren was able to achieve a fine position, forcing victory just after the first time control.

Ding Liren closes in for the kill

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Another upset occurred when the world champion Vishy Anand lost with the white pieces against English GM Mickey Adams.  Anand struggled on with 3 connected passed pawns against a rook, but his pawns were not very far advanced and the cause was hopeless. Adams also defeated the champion at the London Chess Classic last year.

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Mickey Adams pushes his own passed pawn home to beat the world champion

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Two surprises were enough, as Vladimir Kramnik demonstrated his prowess with a superb game against fellow Russian GM Nikita Vitiugov. Kramnik subtly dominated play with his knights and scored a fine victory.

Vladimir Kramnik was in great form in the opening round

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The other opening round games were drawn, so Ding Liren, Mickey Adams and Vladimir Kramnik share the early lead in the Alekhine Memorial.

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An attentive audience watched the games

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The Alekhine Memorial will take place from 21 April - 1 May. The official site can be found here. The tournament is a 10-player single round robin competition, with the first half held in the Louvre in Paris and the second half in the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg.

The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start.  No draw offers are allowed until after 40 moves have been played.  The prize fund is €100,000 with €30,000 for first place.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC when in Paris, 10:00 UTC when in St. Petersburg), except the last round which is 1 hour earlier.

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The schedule of events

20 April 2013 Paris Opening Ceremony
21 April 2013 Paris Round 1
22 April 2013 Paris Round 2
23 April 2013 Paris Round 3
24 April 2013 Paris Round 4
25 April 2013 Paris Round 5
26 April 2013 St. Petersburg Welcome Reception
27 April 2013 St. Petersburg Children's Events
28 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 6
29 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 7
30 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 8
01 May 2013 St. Petersburg Round 9 & Prizegiving

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Games and screenshots from the official website coverage.

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  • hace 16 meses

    SonofPearl

    @ mattjchessum - now corrected. The games are taken directly from the official website, so it's doubly odd! Smile

  • hace 16 meses

    puppylover107

    Aronian should know that he is a better player and play for win. GMs commonly agree that kingside fianchetto is only attempt at doing that against d4

  • hace 16 meses

    dancentino

    Kramnik played superb in recent tourneys...Go Vlad!

  • hace 16 meses

    ardiyono

    Kramnik will win this tourney.

  • hace 16 meses

    MI pfren

    in Ling vs Aronian... on move 43 doesnt Re3 win immediately?! lol did Ling intentionally play Re5 to torture his more celebrated oppponent?! or have i missed something?!

    43.Re3? Qxa3, and white has to give perpetual check- else he is lost. So, this move throws away the win.

  • hace 16 meses

    mapearson1990

    I have to support Adams in this tournament and so I was really glad to see him win this first round although I am a big fan of Anand as a player as-well. Kramnik is a monster at the chess board and a good bet for the tournament considering the way he played this game.

    With so many good players this is looking to be a fantastic event split between France and Russia and a fine memorial to the eternally unpronouncable Alekhine Wink

  • hace 16 meses

    hardikpandya

    I am really upset to see anand especially when he loose in tournament. I do fully understand that this is game, anything is possible, but it seems like he is not interested to give any attention in some normal tournament. I want to see him as winner everytime

  • hace 16 meses

    Melchizedek10

    Strange that Anand lose both games to Adams lately...either Anand is being weird or Adams has some spychological advantage of the unknown way...:)..still it's something that dont seem a little bit ordinary when one analyze of Anand recents games and record vs Adams in particular...The Ding victory does show that chess is not back in the 90's of Kasparov era...as we can see like Shirov and Kamsky and Leko are slipping and hard to keep up with other young players now and in rating also.

  • hace 16 meses

    MSC157

    Woow, what games did we see today, wonderful! Nice surprise by Ding and Adams. It's going to be very interesting tournament.

    Let's go Kramnik! :)

  • hace 16 meses

    NM iFrancisco

    sixtyfoursquares, 

    It is actually slower. White plays 49. Rc6+ where 49... Rc4 is forced then 50. Rb6 (similar to previous position). I'll leave the solution up to you if you think black doesn't have to play 49... Rc4 but instead can move the king (it is actually slower for black and runs the risk of losing!).

  • hace 16 meses

    sixtyfoursquares

    In Anand game; why did black not play rook to b4 on move 48; which was winning immediately!!

  • hace 16 meses

    sixtyfoursquares

    @Sonofpearl:

    Why does the heading in the games; show "Candidates 2013"?

    Please correct me if wrong!!

  • hace 16 meses

    MF Boorchess

    Amazing to see the Russian audience held in raptured attention. We have the making of a wonderful tournament here!

  • hace 16 meses

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Very exciting & enjoyable first round. I also love the idea of staging it in Louvre & Mikhailovsky castle.

  • hace 16 meses

    InfiniteFlash

    Ding's Nd5!! was a move i totally would have never expected, amazing game.

  • hace 16 meses

    InexperiencedExpert

    Congrats to Kramnik, Ding and Adams on some stellar play! Looking forward to the rest of this tournament.

  • hace 16 meses

    GeniusKJ

    I just noticed that Grischuk is rated higher than Anand on the live rating list!

  • hace 16 meses

    Slugpaw

    I would say if 43. Re3 then 43... Qxa3 giving up the queen for the rook.  Then it is queen vs. two rooks but black would have a punch of connected passed pawns... 

  • hace 16 meses

    Prodiashvili

    chess always will be greather im know

  • hace 16 meses

    GregCachin

    its now clear who will become WCC by november...

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