Zurich Jubilee 2009

It was definitely a very successful tournament for me. I scored incredible + 6 ( 7,5 out of 9) and shared 1-2 with Ukranian Grandmaster Areshchenko. Apparently one of my greatest achievements in my chess career. There was a lot of luck in my last game against Alexander Morozevic, but to win such a strong tournament you definitely need some:). So in general I had a fantastic summer , sharing 1-2 place in two very strong Opens and gaining a lot of elo points.

Here in my blog I want to share my thoughts about last round game from Zurich Open, Kuzubov-Areshchenko , which cost me about 7,500 franks. I have no doubts the game was pre-arranged the day before, which was very obvious to any GM in the tournament. They are two friends and I will never believe that such a solid player like Kuzubov, will lose so badly (in 20 moves) with White pieces, then draw secures a big prize for both players. I also heard in tournament hall, that Morozevic was complained about this game and he was a bit shocked when he saw such an easy win for Black  (during our game). It’s true I cannot prove nothing ( I didn’t have a recorder or camera to catch them), so I just have no respect to these players.

Here is a good link about the tournament http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5680

Below you can find also official tournament page.

2 Responses

  1. Dear Avrukh,

    this blog entry leaves a somewhat bitter taste to the end of the attractive Zurich tournament but I truly understand your feelings. This “Open-Mafia” is too bad for our beloved sport and also very unprofessional on the long run. I was at the playing hall in Zurich kibitzing and was also shocked. Not that I am a GM or any near of master strength, but it was indeed quite astonishing to see Kuzubov lose like a nobody in the final round. Probably your opponent lost interest (“bit shocked” ) and went on to lose the plot after all? If your assumptions are correct shame on these players – yet you always meet twice in a lifetime.

    Just being curious – did Morozevich offer draw after time control?

    • Hi!
      I don’t know about “Open Mafia”, but this game really had a lot of influence on the first places. The real problem, that everything was done quite professional and no chances to prove something.
      Yes it’s true he offered me a draw after time control, the position was absolutely winning but maybe he was hoping that it was hard for me to switch from completely losing position.
      Best Regards Boris

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