San Sebastian: Volokitin and Laznichka in the Semifinal

The classical matches of the quarterfinals have finished at the unusual tournament that takes place in San Sebastian, Spain.

Viktor Laznichka and Andrei Volokitin took an upper hand against Vugar Gashimov and Ruslan Ponomariov respectively, which means both of them are now the participants of the semifinal.  

The encounters Granda Zuniga — Dominguez and Moiseenko — Bacrot fred be decided on «рапид» tie-breaks.

1/4 final — results of the classical games
Gashimov- Laznichka 0.5-1.5
Granda Zuniga — Dominguez 1-1
Ponomariov — Volokitin 0.5-1.5
Moiseenko — Bacrot 1-1

Top-seeded Vugar Gashimov stops fighting for the first place

GASHIMOV — LAZNICHKA

48.Rb7 is not the best option because of the check from h3. Gashimov finds the only шанс
48. g4! Qxg4?
The only way to win for White is 48…Bc7!!. In the second simultaneous game Laznichka had a winning position, so he agreed to draw in this game. 
49. Qg8+ Kh6 50. Qh8+ Kg6 51. Qg8+ Kh6 52. Qh8+ Kg6 53. Qe8+ Kh6 54. Qh8+ Kg6 1/2-1/2

LAZNICHKA — GASHIMOV

A dreadful threat comes from a check from g4; however White manage to solve this problem.
49.Rg8+! Kxg8 50.d8Q+ Kg7 51.Qg5! Ne2 52.Qfe3 Qxg5 53.hxg5 Rc2 54.Bf3 Nd4 55.Qe5+ 1-0

Andrei Volokitin overpowered  an experienced compatriot.

[Event «Donostia KO GpA»] [Site «San Sebastian ESP»] [Date «2012.01.03»] [Round «5»] [White «Gashimov, Vugar»] [Black «Laznicka, Viktor»] [Result «1/2-1/2″] [ECO «D15″] [PlyCount «108»] [EventDate «2011.12.28»] 1. c4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. e3 b5 6. c5 g6 7. Ne5 Bg7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O Bf5 10. Bxf5 gxf5 11. b4 a5 12. bxa5 Qxa5 13. Bd2 Qc7 14. a4 bxa4 15. Nxa4 Nbd7 16. Nd3 Ra7 17. Rb1 Ng4 18. g3 e5 19. h3 Ngf6 20. Nb6 Re8 21. Nxd7 Nxd7 22. Bc3 e4 23. Nf4 Nxc5 24. Qh5 Qd7 25. dxc5 Bxc3 26. Rb6 Rc8 27. Ng2 Bf6 28. Rfb1 Kg7 29. Kh2 h6 30. Nf4 Be5 31. Qd1 Kh7 32. Ne2 Ra2 33. Kg2 Rg8 34. Rb7 Qe6 35. Rc1 Qg6 36. Rc2 Ra1 37. Rc1 Ra3 38. Kf1 h5 39. h4 Rg7 40. Re7 f6 41. Rxg7+ Kxg7 42. Nd4 Rd3 43. Ne6+ Kh6 44. Qa4 Qe8 45. Rb1 Qxe6 46. Qa8 f4 47. Qh8+ Kg6 48. g4 Qxg4 49. Qg8+ Kh6 50. Qh8+ Kg6 51. Qg8+ Kh6 52. Qh8+ Kg6 53. Qe8+ Kh6 54. Qh8+ Kg6 1/2-1/2 [Event «Donostia KO GpA»] [Site «San Sebastian ESP»] [Date «2012.01.03»] [Round «5»] [White «Laznicka, Viktor»] [Black «Gashimov, Vugar»] [Result «1-0″] [ECO «A61″] [PlyCount «109»] [EventDate «2011.12.28»] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nf3 g6 7. Bf4 a6 8. Nd2 Nbd7 9. Qc2 Be7 10. e4 Nh5 11. Bh6 Bf8 12. Bxf8 Kxf8 13. g3 b5 14. Bg2 Kg7 15. O-O Nhf6 16. a4 b4 17. Nd1 a5 18. Ne3 Ba6 19. Nec4 Nb6 20. Nxa5 Bxf1 21. Nc6 Qd7 22. Bxf1 h5 23. h4 Rhe8 24. Bg2 Ng4 25. a5 Ne5 26. Rd1 Nc8 27. Nxe5 Rxe5 28. Nc4 Re8 29. f4 Qd8 30. Qa4 Rb8 31. Qc6 Re7 32. b3 Rc7 33. Qa4 Na7 34. Qa1+ Kg8 35. e5 Nb5 36. f5 Nc3 37. Re1 dxe5 38. Rxe5 Qf6 39. Qe1 gxf5 40. d6 Ra7 41. Qe3 Rb5 42. Bc6 Rbxa5 43. Nxa5 Rxa5 44. d7 Ra1+ 45. Kh2 Ra2+ 46. Kh3 Kh7 47. Qf3 Kg7 48. Re8 Qg6 49. Rg8+ Kxg8 50. d8=Q+ Kg7 51. Qg5 Ne2 52. Qfe3 Qxg5 53. hxg5 Rc2 54. Bf3 Nd4 55. Qe5+ 1-0 [Event «Donostia KO GpA»] [Site «San Sebastian ESP»] [Date «2012.01.03»] [Round «5»] [White «Granda Zuniga, Julio E»] [Black «Dominguez Perez, Leinier»] [Result «1/2-1/2″] [ECO «A48″] [PlyCount «53»] [EventDate «2011.12.28»] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. b4 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. Be2 b6 6. Bb2 c5 7. dxc5 bxc5 8. b5 a6 9. O-O axb5 10. Bxb5 Bb7 11. c4 Na6 12. Nbd2 Nc7 13. Qc2 Ra7 14. a4 Qa8 15. Ra3 d6 16. Rfa1 Rb8 17. Ne1 Bc6 18. f3 Nd7 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Qc3+ Kg8 21. Nd3 Nb6 22. h4 h5 23. Kf2 Qb7 24. Nb3 Qa8 25. Nd2 Qb7 26. Nb3 Qa8 27. Nd2 {White Тайм: 0h:32min White Тайм: 0h:12min} 1/2-1/2 [Event «Donostia KO GpA»] [Site «San Sebastian ESP»] [Date «2012.01.03»] [Round «5»] [White «Dominguez Perez, Leinier»] [Black «Granda Zuniga, Julio E»] [Result «1/2-1/2″] [ECO «C65″] [PlyCount «57»] [EventDate «2011.12.28»] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 d6 5. O-O Bd7 6. Re1 a6 7. Bxc6 Bxc6 8. c4 Be7 9. Nc3 O-O 10. d4 exd4 11. Nxd4 Bd7 12. Bf4 Re8 13. h3 c6 14. a4 a5 15. Qb3 Ra6 16. Rad1 Qb6 17. Qc2 Raa8 18. Nf5 Bxf5 19. exf5 h6 20. Ne4 Nxe4 21. Rxe4 Bf6 22. Rxe8+ Rxe8 23. b3 Be5 24. Bxe5 dxe5 25. Qd3 Qb4 26. f6 gxf6 27. Qg3+ Kf8 28. Rd7 Re7 29. Rd8+ 1/2-1/2 [Event «Donostia KO GpA»] [Site «San Sebastian ESP»] [Date «2012.01.03»] [Round «5»] [White «Ponomariov, Ruslan»] [Black «Volokitin, Andrei»] [Result «1/2-1/2″] [ECO «B51″] [PlyCount «54»] [EventDate «2011.12.28»] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 e5 6. Qd3 a6 7. Bxd7+ Bxd7 8. c4 Rc8 9. O-O b5 10. Na3 Qb6 11. Rd1 Qb7 12. Bg5 h6 13. Bh4 g5 14. Bg3 Nf6 15. Nd2 Be7 16. b3 Nh5 17. cxb5 axb5 18. Nc2 Be6 19. a4 bxa4 20. bxa4 O-O 21. Rdb1 Qa8 22. Nb4 Rc5 23. Na6 Rc6 24. Nb4 Rc5 25. Na6 Rc6 26. Nb4 Rc5 27. Na6 Rc6 { White Тайм: 0h:46min White Тайм: 0h:19min} 1/2-1/2 [Event «Donostia KO GpA»] [Site «San Sebastian ESP»] [Date «2012.01.03»] [Round «5»] [White «Volokitin, Andrei»] [Black «Ponomariov, Ruslan»] [Result «1-0″] [ECO «C18″] [PlyCount «114»] [EventDate «2011.12.28»] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Nc6 7. Qg4 g6 8. Nf3 Qa5 9. Bd2 Qa4 10. Be2 c4 11. Ra2 Bd7 12. Qh4 h6 13. O-O Nce7 14. Bg5 Bc6 15. g4 Qa5 16. Rb1 Nc8 17. a4 Nb6 18. Rb4 Nxa4 19. Bf6 Nxf6 20. exf6 b5 21. Qg3 Qd8 22. Ne5 Qd6 23. f4 Nb6 24. f5 g5 25. Rb1 Bd7 26. fxe6 Qxe6 27. Re1 Kd8 28. Bf3 Qxf6 29. Rea1 Re8 30. Nxd7 Nxd7 31. Bxd5 Rc8 32. Rxa7 Re7 33. Bb7 Rb8 34. Bc6 Qf4 35. Qxf4 gxf4 36. Ra8 Re3 37. d5 Ke7 38. Rxb8 Nxb8 39. Bxb5 Kd6 40. Ra8 Kc7 41. d6+ Kb7 42. Ra4 Rxc3 43. Rb4 Nc6 44. d7 Nd8 45. Rxc4 Rxc4 46. Bxc4 Kc6 47. Kf2 Kd6 48. Kf3 Ke5 49. h4 f6 50. c3 Nc6 51. Bb5 Nd8 52. c4 Ne6 53. c5 Nd4+ 54. Kf2 Ne6 55. c6 Kd6 56. Bc4 Nd8 57. Bd5 Kxd5 1-0 [Event «Donostia KO GpA»] [Site «San Sebastian ESP»] [Date «2012.01.03»] [Round «5»] [White «Moiseenko, Al»] [Black «Bacrot, Etienne»] [Result «1/2-1/2″] [ECO «E30″] [PlyCount «41»] [EventDate «2011.12.28»] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Bg5 c5 5. d5 exd5 6. cxd5 O-O 7. e3 d6 8. Bd3 Nbd7 9. Nge2 h6 10. Bh4 Ne5 11. O-O Ng6 12. Bg3 Nh5 13. f4 f5 14. Bf2 Nf6 15. Kh1 Bd7 16. h3 Kh8 17. Qc2 Ne7 18. Bh4 Ng6 19. Bf2 Ne7 20. Bh4 Ng6 21. Bf2 1/2-1/2 [Event «Donostia KO GpA»] [Site «San Sebastian ESP»] [Date «2012.01.03»] [Round «5»] [White «Bacrot, Etienne»] [Black «Moiseenko, Al»] [Result «1/2-1/2″] [ECO «E21″] [PlyCount «53»] [EventDate «2011.12.28»] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Nc3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Qb3 Qa5 10. Bd2 Nc6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. O-O Bxc3 13. bxc3 Ba6 14. Rfd1 Qc5 15. e4 Bc4 16. Qa4 Nb6 17. Qb4 Qh5 18. Bf4 c5 19. Qa5 Be2 20. Re1 e5 21. Bxe5 Nc4 22. Qa6 Qxe5 23. Rxe2 Qxc3 24. Ree1 Ne5 25. Rec1 Qd2 26. Rd1 Qb4 27. Rdb1 1/2-1/2your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard

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