Keres Day Seven - Friday, 19 May 2000

The games from Day Seven
Open Section Crosstable
Under-2000, Under-1700 Section Crosstables

Day Seven top games

Orlov - Epishin Needing 3.5 out of 4 (including games against the three GMs), for a GM norm, Orlov pushed hard with White, but the passed d-pawn became a burden to defend, and Black's exposed king became an active king.

Ivkov + Herder The GM worried the annoying weakness at a6 until it became a festering sore and eventually it fell.

Vetemaa - Donaldson Needing to win the rest of his games for a GM norm (and it is not clear how he will play the opponents he needs to attain the required Category 7), Donaldson eked a tiny advantage out of the opening. Observers stated that Vetemaa could have drawn by continuing to defend the a6-pawn from behind, but he tricked himself into defending it from the side.

Gligoric + Gibney The knights never got going. An interesting sideplay was all the rooks on the knight files.

Leader Board

5.5-1.5 Ivkov, Epishin
5-2 Donaldson,
4-2 Jimenez
4.5-2.5 Orlov, Gligoric, Fullbrook, Harmon, Heinola,
3.5-2.5 Vaglio, Gibney
4-3 Basanta, Herder, Milicevic,

Under-2000 and Under-1700 sections

Leader Board

5.5-0.5 Kosinski
5-1 Stewart
5.5-1.5 Moenke
5-2 Zamorano
4-2 Crook, Kerry
4.5-2.5 Desquieu, Krzyzowski, Chranowski, Medalen
4-3 Kruger, Caluza, Firor, Davies, Hardy

Players in bold are in the Under-1700 section. Although the sections are paired together (until the last three rounds, when they will be paired separately), the prize funds are separate. The table now shows this separation.

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