Today In Italy-Chucky wins, all other games drawn

Today at the 53rd Reggio Emilia, Ivanchuk picked up a point from Godena in a Ruy Lopez. The move 31.f4 must be a blunder, though white’s position was already under a lot of pressure. It’s good to see Ivanchuk back in form again. This afternoon as the games unfolded however, I was following the Vallejo-Pons – Morozevich game much more closely. It began as a Najdorf, poisoned pawn, but the tension quickly released with a series of exchanges culminating in a quick draw after only 26 moves. Vallejo-Pons still leads the tournament comfortably, but Moro can still catch him.