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Alekhine Memorial Round 2

  • SonofPearl
  • on 22/04/13 11:31.

phpe03pHx.jpegRound two of the Alekhine Memorial proved to be every bit as exciting as the opening round, with three more decisive games to thrill the chess fans watching in the Louvre, and online around the world.

Ding Liren had defeated Lev Aronian in the biggest shock result of the first round, but he was crushed brilliantly by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in round two.  The Chinese player's dark squared bishop never moved from f8 where it was trapped for most of the game!

Another man to suffer a reversal of fortune was Vladimir Kramnik. After winning beautifully on the opening day, the Russian lost to Lev Aronian in round two.  Kramnik played the Semi-Tarrasch, which he had used to beat Aronian in the Candidates Tournament in March.  This time Aronian varied first with 6.e4 and won an excellent game.

However, the clear leader after two rounds is Mickey Adams. After taking the scalp of the world champion yesterday, the veteran English grandmaster defeated Peter Svidler in fine style to lead with a perfect start of 2 points from 2 games.

Tournament leader Michael Adams


Peter Svidler offers his hand in resignation



Vladimir Kramnik lost to Lev Aronian



The closing moments of Aronian's victory



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave crushed Ding Liren's Caro-Kann defence



What a difference a day makes...Ding Liren suffered horribly




World champion Vishy Anand drew with Nikita Vitiugov




Laurent Fressinet drew with Boris Gelfand



The Alekhine Memorial Standings after 2 rounds

1 Michael Adams ENG 2727 2
2 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722 1½ 
3 Laurent Fressinet FRA 2706 1
4 Ding Liren CHN 2707 1
5 Levon Aronian ARM 2809 1
6 Boris Gelfand ISR 2739 1
7 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801 1
8 Peter Svidler RUS 2747 ½ 
9 Vishy Anand IND 2783 ½ 
10 Nikita Vitiugov  RUS 2712 ½ 


The Alekhine Memorial takes place from 21 April - 1 May. The official site can be found here, with live game analysis here and video commentary here. Archived videos are 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.


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


Games and screenshots from the official website coverage.

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  • hace 23 meses


    TALminator:  While 25...Qxa2 is a possibility indeed, it comes with its own set of headaches, e.g., 25...Qxa2 26.Qg5 f6 (not 26...Rd7? 27.Rc1, and the white rook invades the 8th rank) 27.exf6, and black's king cover quickly dwindles, creating a constant need for defense, so any pawns on the other side of the board would be decorative but not helpful in the presence of heavy pieces that can attack the king.  It's likely still defensible, but arguable no better than what he actually chose.

    When someone like Aronian leaves a pawn undefended, it's rarely "free" -- and in this case he had apparently calculated it correctly too.

  • hace 24 meses


    I"m curious why Kramnik didn't take the a-pawn.  I understand he wouldn't want the headache of trying to baby sit 3 isolated kingside pawns after 25...Qxa2 26. e6 fxe6, but after 26...Qxe6 his 2 queenside pawns look pretty strong at that point.

  • hace 24 meses


    I hope that anand should be able to come out from his bad form and scored some victories over big players that would give him some confidence that he can defend  his world itle in november

  • hace 24 meses


    The position in the Vachier-Lagrave - Ding game after move 19 does not look like a position from classical chess. Wink

    The day before Ding had blocked up Aronian's pieces and now he had to taste how all that feels; his karma must have caught with him very quickly.

  • hace 24 meses


    Beautifull wins. All 3 of them.

  • hace 24 meses


    hes going to need them

  • hace 24 meses


    vishy got a new pair of glasses!!

  • hace 24 meses


    Thanks, sonofPearl, I enjoy your columns very much.

  • hace 24 meses


    Great game by V-L, even Houdini did not give the correct evaluation of the position.

    And also great game by Aronian, it is never easy to outplay such a positional player like Kramnik in his own style. Maybe Kramnik should not trade the bishop for the knight. Well, if Aronian managed to do it in the Candidates Tournament, he would have challenged Anand. I think Aronian is the most vivid player, if he does not make many errors or go to over-complicated line, he can be the world champion.

  • hace 24 meses


    Vachier-Lagrave and Ding Liren game was really unusual and dramatic. The style VL played is as if he plays with a kid. I guess this game is a piece of art made in Louvre.    

  • hace 24 meses


    Woah! Adams is on fire!!! Surprised

  • hace 24 meses


  • hace 24 meses


    GO MICKY!!!Laughing

  • hace 24 meses

    CM WillResignForBeer

    I can only second grankle's comment! Get in there Mickey! I'm not biased at all! Honestly! :-)

  • hace 24 meses


    Congratulations to Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian and Adams for a striking victory once again! Let's keep that winning spirit going.

  • hace 24 meses


    Go Mickey!!!, 

    Great game Aronian!!!!

  • hace 24 meses


    What a game between V-L and Ding Liren. 
    I may be biased by the player's nationality, but I think that this was really the spirit of Alekhine.
    Brillant !

  • hace 24 meses

    GM KaydenTroff

    Good Job Adams!

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