Sep 20, 2000
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Review by Genrih Chepukaitis (after round 4)

The grandmaster tournament achieves a good pace. The ELO favourite from Ukraine Y. Kruppa and the international master A. Mirzoev have plus 2 each. The young competitors I. Krush and E. Alekseev won 1 game each. Grandmaster A. Goloshchapov who has to win according to his status has offended nobody yet. Our city fellow A. Kochyev is not aggressive, too, having made the same 4 draws in 4 games as Goloshchapov.

Yu. Kruppa – I. Polovodin [D85]
Round 1

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8. h3 Nc6 9. Be3 Qa5 10. Bd2 O-O 11. Be2 cxd4 12. cxd4 Qa3 13. d5 Nb4 14. O-O a5 15. Bc1 Qc3 16. Rb1

International master I. Polovodin who knows well secrets of the Gruenfeld Defence suffered from his excessive greediness after

16... Nxa2

17. Bb2 Qc7 18. Bxg7 Kxg7 19. Rb3

That’s all. The knight has got lost. If the it goes back to c3, then Qa1+ or a binding threaten. The master retreated to a solid stand, still the grandmaster took the knight anyway.

19... Kg8 20. Qa1 a4 21. Qxa2 axb3 22. Qxa8 Qc2 23. Bd1 Qxe4 24. Qa3 Qxd5 25. Bxb3 Qb5 26. Re1 e6 27. Ne5 h5 28. Re3 b6 29. Qe7 1-0

Krush, I - Bagirov, R [D31]
Round 2

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 c6 6. Qc2 g6 7. e3 Bf5 8. Qd2 Nd7 9. f3 Ngf6 10. g4 Be6 11. Bh6 b5 12. Nh3 Nb6 13. b3 Bd6 14. Nf2 Qe7 15. Bg2 Nfd7 16. e4 O-O-O 17. e5 Bb8 18. O-O f6 19. f4 Kb7 20. Rfc1 

The life of the white king appears to be more quiet. The young American player walks with vigorous strides.

20... Rc8 21. a4 b4 22. a5!

White sacrifices a piece.

22... bxc3 23. Qxc3!

Black can keep the knight, but at a deer cost: 23... Na8 24. a6+ Kb6 (24... Kc7 25. Qxc6+ Kd8 26. Qxc8#) 25. Qa5#. A bit more, and Black’s redoubts will crash.

23,,, c5 24. axb6 cxd4 25. Qxd4 Nxb6 26. exf6 Qd6 27. h3 Rce8 28. Nd3 Bf7 29. Bg7 Rhg8 30. Ne5 Rxe5 31. fxe5 Qxe5 32. Qxe5 Bxe5 33. Ra2 Re8 34. Re2 Nd7 35. g5 Kb6 36. Rd1 d4 37. Rxe5 Nxe5 38. Rxd4 a5 39. Rd6 Kc5 40. Ra6 Kb4 41. Rb6 Kc5 42. Rb7 Rd8 43. Bf1 Rd2 44. Rb5 Kd4 45. Bg2 Ra2 46. Bf8 Nd3 47. Bd6 Nc1 48. Rb7 Ne2 49. Kf1 1-0

The leader of the women’s grandmaster tournament after four rounds is T. Rubzova scoring 3/4. I. Lymar and E. Lopatskaya are on 2,5/4 each. Others don’t stand out for the time present.

The affairs of the international master E. Ovod are complicated. She won nothing. She lost twice.

E. Ovod – I. Sudakova [E70]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Bd3 e5 6. d5 a5 7. a3 O-O 8. Rb1 Nfd7 9. h4 f5 10. Bg5 Qe8 11. h5 f4 12. hxg6 Qxg6 13. Nf3 Nc5 14. b4 Nxd3 15. Qxd3 axb4 16. axb4 Ra3 17. Kd2 Bg4 18. Bh4 Nd7 19. Ne1 Nf6 20. f3 Bd7 21. Bf2 Rfa8 22. Nc2 R3a6 23. Rhg1 b6 24. g3 fxg3 25. Rxg3 Qh6 26. Ne3 Nh5 27. Rh1 Ra2!

White is not good. To take the rook is bad. Not to take it does not help either. Other opportunities we won’t even comment. Sudakova chooses good, solid continuations.

28. Ke1 Nf4 29. Qf1 Nd3 30. Qxd3 Qxh1 31. Rg1 Ra1 32. Ncd1 Qh6 33. b5 R8a3 34. Qe2 R1a2 35. Nc2 Kh8 36. Nde3 Qf6 37. Qd1 Ra8 38. Qd3 Bh6 39. Nd1 Bf4 40. Nce3 R8a3 41. Qf1 Bxe3 42. Bxe3 Qh4 43. Bf2 Qf4

0-1

A triumph of the heavy equipment. Only the bishop on d7 is a mere witness.

In the open tournament there are 6 joint leaders scoring 3,5/4 each. Grandmaster V. Arbakov, being first on the ELO list, heads the company.























 
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