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St Petersburg vs Moscow Match

Post by ciccio on Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:30 pm

There was a two day 10 board match between St Petersburg and Moscow in St Petersburg on Sat-Sun 17th-18th September 2011. This traditional event is back after a 5 year break. Interest in chess sponsorship (this time Gazprom) seems to be really quite high in Russia at the moment. Moscow were the strong Elo favourites. Moscow: 2700+ players Morozevich, Nepomniachtchi, Jakovenko, Dreev, Malakhov. St Petersburg: Vitiugov. The team lists below contains a couple of reserves for each side. Day 1 was drawn 5-5 (being especially stupid I missed Peter Svidler's joke that it was drawn 5.5-5.5 with top board being held elsewhere, of course he and Grischuk (Moscow) would have almost certainly have played had they not been in the World Cup Final). Alexander Morozevich won on top board. Day 1 Games boards 9-10 missing. Day 2 was again close with Alexander Morozevich losing the return game to Nikita Vitiugov. With three games still going the match was tied at 8.5-8.5 but then Moscow won the final three to win 11.5-8.5 overall and 6.5-3.6 on day 2. Day 2 games are complete.

GM Morozevich, Alexander (2737) - GM Vitiugov, Nikita (2726)
22nd St Petersburg-Moscow Match St Petersburg RUS (1), 2011.09.17
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 cxd4 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 Qc7 10.Rb1 Qxe5+ 11.Ne2 dxc3 12.h4 d4 13.h5 Nbc6 14.h6 f5 15.Bf4 Qf6 16.Ng3 Qh8 17.Qxh8 Rxh8 18.Bg5 Kf7 19.Be2 e5 20.f4 exf4 21.Nh5 Kg6 22.Bxf4 Nd5 23.Kf2 Ne3 24.Rb5 b6 25.g4 Ba6 26.Rxf5 Nxf5 27.gxf5+ Kxf5 28.Bxa6 Ne5 29.Kg3 Rag8+ 30.Ng7+ Kf6 31.Rh5 Nd7 32.Bg5+ Kf7 33.Bc4+ Kg6 34.Bd3+ Kf7 35.Rh4 1-0

http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/chessnews/events/st-petersburg-vs-moscow-match

games in pgn: http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/assets/files/pgn/moscstp11.pgn
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