The first to finish, Charbonneau v Ivanchuk, was another short draw with the black pieces for the Ukrainian super GM.
Charbonneau v. Ivanchuk Montreal International rd 2. July 21st 2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5 c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bc5 11.O-O O-O 12.Kh1 Re8 13.f4 exf3 14.Nxf3 Ng4 15.d4 Bd6 16.h3 Bg3 17.Kg1 Qe7 1/2-1/2
Short v Harikrishna saw the English grandmaster blunder rather horribly right out of the opening:
Short played 19. g4? and lost immediately to 19. ... Ne4. However, after 19. Qg4 white is fine.
At one point during the game Short had to be escorted to his hotel room to take pain medications for a tooth malady. Word is that he has a dental appointment on the free day.
Short v Harikrishna Montreal International rd 2. July 21st 2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d3 Nf6 6.d4 d5 7.Bd3 Bd6 8.O-O O-O 9.h3 h6 10.Nc3 c6 11.Re1 Re8 12.Rxe8 Nxe8 13.Ne5 Nd7 14.Bf4 Nf8 15.Qh5 Be6 16.Re1 f6 17.Ng6 Bf7 18.Bxd6 Nxd6 19.g4 Ne4 0-1
Another solid effort by Canadian Mark Bluvshtein, who perhaps had the better of the draw against last year's winner Pavel Elyanov.
Elyanov v Bluvshtein Montreal International rd 2. July 21st 2007.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Nd2 Bg7 8.e4 O-O 9.Be2 Re8 10.O-O Nbd7 11.a4 Ne5 12.Re1 g5 13.Nf1 h6 14.Ng3 Ng6 15.f3 a6 16.Bd2 Nf4 17.Bf1 N6h5 18.Be3 Nxg3 19.hxg3 Nh5 20.Bf2 Bd7 21.g4 Nf4 22.Qc2 Be5 23.g3 Ng6 24.Kg2 Qf6 25.Be2 b5 26.Rh1 bxa4 27.Nxa4 Reb8 28.Nc3 Rb6 29.Ra2 Bc8 30.Na4 Rb7 31.Bc4 Bd7 32.b3 Bb5 33.Rd1 Bxc4 34.Qxc4 Rb4 35.Qc2 Rab8 36.Rd3 Bd4 37.Bxd4 cxd4 38.Nb2 Ne5 39.Ra3 Kg7 40.Qd1 Nxd3 41.Nxd3 R4b7 42.Qc2 Qd8 43.Nb2 Qb6 44.Nc4 Qb4 45.e5 dxe5 46.Qf5 Qe1 47.Nd6 Qe2 48.Kh3 Rc7 49.Ra2 Qf1 50.Kh2 Kg8 51.Qf6 Rbc8 52.Rd2 Rc1 53.Qxf7 Kh8 54.Qf6 Kh7 55.Qf5 Kh8 56.Qxe5 Kh7 57.Qe7 Kg8 58.Qf7 Kh8 59.Qf6 1/2-1/2
Kamsky v Miton saw Kamsky grind Miton in an ending where Miton perhaps went astray somewhere near the time control. In any case, it was a difficult ending (2 rooks and 2 pawns versus R+N+4 pawns)
Kamsky v. Miton Montreal International rd 2. July 21st 2007
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 O-O 9.O-O a6 10.a4 Nc6 11.Bg5 Be7 12.Re1 Bd7 13.Qe2 Nd5 14.Bxd5 Bxg5 15.Be4 Bf6 16.Rad1 Re8 17.Ne5 Qe7 18.Nxd7 Qxd7 19.d5 Nd4 20.Qg4 g6 21.Bb1 Nf5 22.dxe6 Rxe6 23.Ne4 Bd4 24.Ba2 Re7 25.Ng5 Qxa4 26.Qh3 h6 27.Bxf7 Rxf7 28.Nxf7 Kxf7 29.g4 Nd6 30.Qf3 Kg7 31.Qf4 Bxf2 32.Qxf2 Qxg4 33.Qg3 Qxg3 34.hxg3 Nf5 35.g4 Nh4 36.Re6 Kf7 37.Rb6 Nf3 38.Kg2 Ne5 39.Kg3 Rb8 40.Rd5 Nc6 41.Rd6 Ne7 42.Rd7 h5 43.g5 1-0
Sutovsky v. Tiviakov went the duration as well, with Tiviakov launching an irresitiable mating attack, beginning with a piece sacrifice and Sutovsky futilely returning the piece and resigning when he ran out of checks.
Sutovsky v. Tiviakov Montreal International rd 2. July 21st 2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.O-O Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 a6 7.Bf1 Bg4 8.d3 e6 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Be7 11.Qd1 O-O 12.a4 Rb8 13.g3 b5 14.axb5 axb5 15.Bg2 b4 16.Bf4 Nd7 17.Be3 Nb6 18.Nd2 Qd7 19.Qc2 Rfc8 20.c4 Bf6 21.Nb3 Nd4 22.Bxd4 Bxd4 23.Nxd4 cxd4 24.Qb3 Qe7 25.e5 Nd7 26.Ra7 Qd8 27.exd6 Nc5 28.Qd1 Qb6 29.Ra1 Qxd6 30.f4 Re8 31.Qf3 Rbc8 32.Kh2 g6 33.Ra5 Kg7 34.Rb5 b3 35.Qe2 Re7 36.Bf1 f6 37.Qd2 e5 38.Bg2 Rce8 39.Qb4 exf4 40.Rxe7 Rxe7 41.Rxc5 fxg3 42.Kh1 Ra7 43.Be4 f5 44.Bc6 Ra1 45.Kg2 Qf4 46.Rxf5 Qxf5 47.Qe7 Qf7 48.Qe5 Qf6 49.Qc7 Kh6 0-1
Round 2 begins
Short and Harikrishna are having opposite tournaments
Ivanchuk and Charbonneau after the game. Note Chucky's interesting jacket!
The Quebec Open, featuring 14 Grandmasters, is running alongside the International.
Congrats to Irina Krush, newly crowned US Women's Champion.
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