There were some very interesting games and results today, and since the Sao Paulo/Bilbao tournament will be on a travel break after today's round you'll have some time to catch up on the games of the final round of the European Club Cup. From what I understand, some team came in first and all the other ones failed to. Having done my duty as a reporter, let's turn to the more interesting aspect for all but those with a financial stake in the event: the games. The ones that caught my eye today were:
Adams - Radjabov: The Schliemann (aka Jaenisch) strikes again! Radjabov had no troubles in the line 4.d3 fxe4 5.dxe4 Nf6 6.0-0 Bc5 7.Qd3 Nd4 (rather than 7...d6), and later exploited the bishop pair to win an ending. The Schliemann is doing disturbingly well in top-level chess!
Grischuk - Shirov: The World Cup runner-up won a nice, lively game on the white side of a Neo-Archangelsk. It was interesting to see him maintain the initiative for such a long time, from the end of the opening through to the culmating rook ending.
Bacrot - Mamedyarov: This was a Gruenfeld of questionable theoretical significance. Mamedyarov's plan 11...b6 (rare) 12.Qd2 Rd8 13.Bh6 Qd6 (practically a novelty) looks extremely slow, and it's not surprising that Black got butchered by a kingside attack.
Sutovsky - Naiditsch: Here we had a Berlin, but there was no endgame grind. Sutovsky is a very creative attacking player, and he kept coming after Naiditsch's king, even when sacrifices were required. This was a very entertaining win, and a reminder to Berliners that swapping off queens doesn't really turn it into an endgame.
Sargissian - Svidler: It wasn't flashy, but Sargissian did what no one managed to do at the World Cup: beat Peter Svidler. It looked like a pretty clean game, too, which is even more impressive - Sargissian seems to have just outplayed him.