Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017 / Rounds 6 & 7 / “Final”

by National Life Master Loal Davis

Images courtesy of Derrick Bartotto

  

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The New Classical section of the Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge for 2017 has completed.  See the Official Site (link below) to see the previous features of this tourney and the remaining Blitz games.  The Classical section finished with a tie for first place between Hikaru Nakamura and Ian Nepomniachtchi; Cross Table Below.  Of note is the fantastically beautiful game by Boris Gelfand in the final round; this was truly a Morphy-Type attack with the Black pieces.  It was Gelfand’s only win in this section, but a beauty it was (final game below).

 

[Event "Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.04.16"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan (IND)"]
[Black "Svidler, Peter (RUS)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2017.04.14"]
[SourceDate "2017.04.16"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Qe2 a6 8. O-O-O Qc7 9. g4 b5 10. g5 Nd7 11. h4 Bb7 12. a3 Rc8 13. Bh3 b4 14. axb4 Nxb4 15. Nxe6 fxe6 16. Bxe6 Qa5 17. Kb1 Rxc3 18. bxc3 Nc6 19. Rh3 Be7 20. Bd4 Nc5 21. Bxc5 Qxc5 22. f4 Kd8 23. Qe3 Qxe3 24. Rxe3 h6 25. c4 hxg5 26. hxg5 Rf8 27. f5 Ne5 28. Rg1 d5 29. Rb3 Kc7 30. cxd5 Rh8 31. f6 Bf8 32. d6+ 1-0

 

[Event "Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.04.16"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS)"]
[Black "Pelletier, Yannick (SUI)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2017.04.14"]
[SourceDate "2017.04.16"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3. g3 e6 4. Nf3 b6 5. Bg2 Bb7 6. O-O Be7 7. Re1 d6 8. d4 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Bxg2 10. Kxg2 O-O 11. e4 a6 12. b3 Qc7 13. Bb2 Nbd7 14. f4 Rfe8 15. Qf3 Bf8 16. Rad1 Rac8 17. Re2 Qb8 18. g4 e5 19. Nf5 g6 20. Ng3 exf4 21. Qxf4 Re6 22. g5 Ne8 23. Nd5 Ne5 24. Rf2 Rc7 25. Nxc7 Qxc7 26. Ne2 Bg7 27. Nc3 Qb7 28. Nd5 Nc7 29. Ba3 Qb8 30. Ne3 Ne8 31. Ng4 Re7 32. Nh6+ Bxh6 33. gxh6 Re6 34. Bb2 f6 35. Rd5 Nf7 36. Qg4 Nc7 37. Rd3 Qe8 38. Rxf6 Nxh6 39. Rxe6 Nxe6 40. Qh4 Nf7 41. Qf6 Qd7 42. Kg1 Kf8 43. e5 1-0

 

[Event "Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.04.16"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Gelfand, Boris (ISR)"]
[Black "Nakamura, Hikaru (USA)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "88"]
[EventDate "2017.04.14"]
[SourceDate "2017.04.16"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. a3 Nc6 9. Be2 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Qxd1+ 11. Rxd1 a6 12. Bd6 Bxd6 13. Rxd6 Rd8 14. Rxd8+ Nxd8 15. Bd3 Bd7 16. Ke2 Kf8 17. Rd1 Ke7 18. Ne5 Nc6 19. Nxd7 Nxd7 20. Ne4 Rc8 21. Rc1 Nd4+ 22. Kd1 Rxc1+ 23. Kxc1 Nc6 24. Kc2 f5 25. Nd2 g5 26. b4 a5 27. bxa5 Nxa5 28. Be2 Nf6 29. Kc3 Nd5+ 30. Kc2 Nf6 31. Kc3 Kd7 32. h3 Kd6 33. Nc4+ Nxc4 34. Kxc4 b6 35. Kb5 Kc7 36. Kc4 h5 37. Bf3 h4 38. Ba8 Nd7 39. f4 g4 40. Kd4 b5 41. hxg4 fxg4 42. Be4 Nf6 43. Bd3 g3 44. Bf1 Ng4 0-1

 

[Event "Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.04.16"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Oparin, Grigoriy (RUS)"]
[Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "56"]
[EventDate "2017.04.14"]
[SourceDate "2017.04.16"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Qd3 Nbd7 7. Be2 g6 8. Bg5 Bg7 9. O-O-O h6 10. Bh4 O-O 11. Kb1 Qc7 12. Qe3 b5 13. g4 Bb7 14. g5 hxg5 15. Bxg5 b4 16. Nd5 Bxd5 17. exd5 Nxd5 18. Qe4 N7f6 19. Bxf6 Nxf6 20. Qg2 Rfc8 21. h4 e5 22. h5 exd4 23. Bd3 Nxh5 24. Rxh5 gxh5 25. Rg1 f5 26. Bc4+ d5 27. Qxd5+ Kh8 28. Bb3 d3 0-1

 

[Event "Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.04.16"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Pelletier, Yannick (SUI)"]
[Black "Gelfand, Boris (ISR)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "46"]
[EventDate "2017.04.14"]
[SourceDate "2017.04.16"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. b3 O-O 8. Be2 b6 9. O-O Bb7 10. Bb2 Qe7 11. Rad1 Rad8 12. Rfe1 Rfe8 13. Bf1 e5 14. cxd5 e4 15. Nh4 Bxh2+ 16. Kxh2 Ng4+ 17. Kh3 Ndf6 18. g3 g5 19. f3 gxh4 20. Nxe4 Nxe4 21. fxg4 Qd6 22. Qg2 hxg3 23. Qg1 g2 0-1

 

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#NamePtsSB
1Nakamura, Hikaru514.75
 Nepomniachtchi, Ian514
3Anand, Viswanathan4.512
4Kramnik, Vladimir414.25
 Svidler, Peter413
6Gelfand, Boris2.56.25
7Pelletier, Yannick1.54.75
 Oparin, Grigoriy1.54

  

 

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