Konstantin Aseev Konstantin Aseev,
Tournament of Wijk aan Zee,
July, 15 2001.

Hello all who observing the events of Dortmund. Today is my turn to tell you about it.

Kramnik - Morozevich.
Their last meeting took place in Astana not long ago and obviously Vladimir will try to continue his success. And though the statistic of their games is in favour of Black +0 -3 =2 (who played on the black side had no matter) the meeting were going propitiously for White. I think this day will not be easy for Alexander.

Adams - Topalov.
The Englishman has an advantage in the score of the games. And the tournament situation demands the "acceleration" of him. So, the long struggle is expected... White has a preference.

Leko - Anand.
It's the time for Peter to prove himself and finally put an end to his unpleasant score against this opponent. Nevertheless Anand's ship has got a shell-hole yesterday. What's the foretell? There is not any, see you later!

Kramnik - Morozevich

4.e3 - not an active plan to fight for an advantage.

6.Bd3 - though this line has big drawing tendencies since after the trade of lightcoloured Bishops White's pawns' advantage in the center is not so dangerous. Although Black is demanded an accuracy play. After the 10th move White has a bit better position but not more.

After 10...b5 nonstandard 11.c5 has followed. It would be clear if there was black lightcoloured Bishop somewhere like b7 or c8. But in this situation it looks risky but White has some development advantage.
After 15.Bf5 there is some White's preference thanks to the passing c5 pawn.

After 25. Bd6 Black is in trouble. Besised 26.Rb3 b4 27. a3 ba 28. ba or 28.Ra3 is threatening.
After 25...h5 Kramnik played vigorously and after 33.Rf1 White's position looks won.

The excellent win of Vladimir who became the leader of the tournament.

Leko - Anand

6.N1e2 doesn't promise White big advantage, but he has calm play and a little preference instead. It's original form of safety or an extra reliability.

10.g3 - White prepares the play on the q-side, and places the Bishop onto g2.

13. c3 - now it's not favourable for Black to define the position of his King. If he could trade a couple of pieces he would have no problem. But anyhow after the opening White's attainments looks serious - two Bishops and pawn's advantage in the center. Though there are not any noticeable weaknesses in Black's camp, but also not any counterplay is seen. So, Black will have some problems.

16...a5 - how else? Just stay and look at White's strengthening?

17...Be3 - 17. a4 is not so good since after Nd5 the Knight can retreat onto b4.

18...Qc7 - the preparation of c6-c5.

To the 22nd move both sides placed the pieces right way, and White has to find the plan of strengthening or playing against the a4 pawn. But it's difficult to force Black's defences with simple facilities. Peter decided not to risk and accepted a draw.

Adams - Topalov

The Arkhangelski variation was outplayed. White has a litlle advantage and all fight is ahead.

To the 17th move White has obtained some advantage but after 19.a5 Black has counterplay - the a5 pawn demands atention.

24.h4 - the complications begin but both sides are ready.

25...Nf4 the strain come to apogee. There are many tactical possibilities, for instance 26. Bf7 Qf7 (26...Kf7 27.de with attack) 27. Rc6 N6h5 28. Nh5 Qh5 29. Re3, but 26.de de 27. Qe3 has followed with very unclear position.

After 30.Qd6 Qa7 something went wrong for White and in several moves he has to find the rescue (if it is).

White had an advantage in this exciting game but then he missed opponent's counterplay but saved the game in difficult position.

Dear chessfriends, we waiting for us on the next rounds!