Tactics Festival - Part II
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|Tuesday, 01 May 2012|
by Natalia Pogonina for her
Chess.com Tuesday column
The third round became the duel of heavyweights. SHSM-64 vs Tomsk-400, St. Petersburg vs Ugra. Saratov was facing a solid team Nagivator (Moscow) with Sutovsky and Sasikiran on the top boards. Given the short distance (7 rounds), each misstep would be critical. SHSM-64 drew Tomsk on all 6 boards. St. Petersburg Chess Federation sensationally lost to Ugra 2-4. On board 1 Jakovenko defeated Svidler with Black.
Svidler vs Jakovenko. Photo by Mariya Fominykh, chesspro.ru
Round 4, the mid-point. I was playing pretty badly (0.5/3), so the captain decided to offer me a rest day. It turned out to be a good decision: I scored 2/3 in the remaining rounds and, which is much more important, played more confidently. Our team finally won a match – against Atom. Meanwhile, the top teams were battling to the extreme. Economist defeated SHSM-64 due to Andreikin’s win over Potkin. Tomsk-400 lost to St. Petersburg Chess Federation 2.5-3.5. Ugra was stopped with a draw by Universitet (Belorechensk). Korobov lost to Panarin, and it looked like Ugra would even lose, but Dreev managed to convert a rook+knight+2 pawns vs the same material against GM Brodsky. This is absolutely unbelievable and spawned many jokes in different reports. Even Kramnik and Aronian had a hearty laugh after game two when Kramnik said something like: “And then I was in a rook endgame with two pawns each and, remembering the recent game won by Dreev, I thought, ok, Dreev won it with one pawn, then two pawns is definitely winning”. Of course, they were discussing a dead drawn position.
“Why are we often calling unpredictable results “women’s chess,” when a male GM can lose this position for Black?" – inquired the official tournament reviewer GM Kryakvin.
To be continued...
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