2004 Russian Superfinal Chess Championship Report

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Dreev consumed more time, but he was just double checking his preparation. Bxe5 a critical position occurred. Nd7, offering a rook sacrifice, is formally a novelty, but not an unexpected one. Many of the grandmasters in the press center knew of this move and had analyzed it at home. Qe2. The resulting endgame with knight for four pawns was clearly better for White. Bxe6, winning back a pawn, but nevertheless converted his advantage and Dreev resigned on move 59. Nd4 1-0 Kasparov now trails Grischuk by half a point, but he has played one game less.

So why bother? Re1 Kg7 ½-½ Vitaly Tseshkovsky remained loyal to lines of play that are usually disregarded at a high level, but Korotylev couldn’t gain an advantage against the veteran’s Volga Gambit. White simply defended his extra pawn without preparing any pawn breaks in the center and Tseshkovsky once again proved that exchanging pieces helps Black defend. Black obtained a material advantage in the queen ending, but White’s passer on a-file, supported by queen, made the draw inevitable. a6 ½-½ All of today’s events were overshadowed by what might become a key encounter of the championship: Kasparov – Dreev.

Svidler obtained more comfortable play after the opening and a draw was agreed in a complex position with chances for both sides. Nc5 ½-½ Evgeny Bareev got the upper hand against Vitaly Tseshkovsky, who followed Anand’s spectacular idea against the Rubinstein Variation of the French. But Tseshkovsky declined a drawing continuation and Bareev was able to display his careful home preparation. h4 After the game Tseshkovsky said that his first mistake was to follow Anand. Neg5, but he changed his mind at the board.

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