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Alekhine Memorial Round 5

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/25/13, 11:46 AM.

php2dxLzm.jpegThe players in the Alekhine Memorial bade farewell to Paris today with another thrilling round for chess fans to enjoy!

World champion Vishy Anand clawed his way back to an even score with his first win of the tournament against DIng Liren. The Caro-Kann is taking a bit of beating in major tournaments lately, and Anand's novelty 14. Qe2 provoked the blunder 24...g6 after which black's king was doomed.

But the shock of the round was bottom seed Laurent Fressinet demolishing Vladimir Kramnik with the black pieces in just 32 painful moves for the Russian. Ouch!

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave completed a great day for the French fans by beating cellar-dweller Peter Svidler, also with the black pieces. The games between Michael Adams and Nikita Vitiugov, and Boris Gelfand and Lev Aronian ended all-square, so Maxime Vachier-Lagrave has the sole lead on 3½/5.  "Sometimes it's nice to be french :)" tweeted Maxime! 

The tournament now moves to St.Petersburg for the remaining 4 rounds, starting on Sunday.

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Tournament leader, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (all photos by Leslie McAllister)

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Vishy Anand scored an easy win against Ding Liren

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Laurent Fressinet made beating Vladimir Kramnik with black look simple!

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Lev Aronian survived a tricky game with Boris Gelfand

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Nikita Vitiugov achieved a draw against Michael Adams

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The Alekhine Memorial Standings after 5 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722
2 Laurent Fressinet FRA 2706 3
3 Boris Gelfand ISR 2739 3
4 Michael Adams ENG 2727 3
5 Levon Aronian ARM 2809 3
6 Vishy Anand IND 2783
7 Ding Liren CHN 2707 2
8 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801 2
9 Nikita Vitiugov  RUS 2712 2
10 Peter Svidler RUS 2747 1

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The Alekhine Memorial takes place from 21 April - 1 May. The official site can be found here, with live game analysis here and video commentary here (with archive).

The tournament is a 10-player single round robin competition, with the first half held in the Louvre in Paris and the second half in the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg.

The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start.  No draw offers are allowed until after 40 moves have been played.  The prize fund is €100,000 with €30,000 for first place.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC when in Paris, 10:00 UTC when in St. Petersburg), except the last round which is 1 hour earlier.

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The schedule of events

20 April 2013 Paris Opening Ceremony
21 April 2013 Paris Round 1
22 April 2013 Paris Round 2
23 April 2013 Paris Round 3
24 April 2013 Paris Round 4
25 April 2013 Paris Round 5
26 April 2013 St. Petersburg Welcome Reception
27 April 2013 St. Petersburg Children's Events
28 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 6
29 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 7
30 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 8
01 May 2013 St. Petersburg Round 9 & Prizegiving

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Games from the official website coverage. Photos by Leslie McAllister.

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Comments


  • 15 months ago

    drumdaddy

    I never would have predicted that after the five rounds in Paris the two Frenchmen would be leading the pack? Great games! Classy photos!

  • 15 months ago

    ThePoet1800

    Such an exciting day in Paris! We'll have video of my questions for Laurent and Maxime posted shortly!

  • 15 months ago

    pappyboyington

    woooh better than against ivanchuk's nightmare, when losing Maxime in "bizarre" calculations....

  • 15 months ago

    marsuplami

    "je dirai même plus"

  • 15 months ago

    WoodPenguino

    Incredible games!

    Fressinet's win over Kramnik (my favourite player) was just amazing. That piece sacrifice believing in a long term compensation is quite brave against such a player

  • 15 months ago

    Octopus_Knight

    Fressinet's win over Kramnik was amazing.  

  • 15 months ago

    AngeloPardi

    C'est bien de voir des français jouer contre les meilleurs.

    Et encore mieux de les voir gagner ! 

  • 15 months ago

    simplet

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