Grischuk Leads In Nalchik (Updated)

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Everything was going so well for Aronian, who wore down his Armenian compatriot Akopian in round 2 to take the sole lead (Svidler was the only other winner, taking advantage of Ivanchuk's habitual time-trouble).

However, in round 3 Aronian's perfect start came to a sudden halt as he uncharacteristically lost his way in a double-rook ending against Karjakin

Video analysis of the game is below, by Waldemar Moes.

That left the way open for Grischuk (pictured) to move into the undisputed lead on 2.5/3 after overcoming former FIDE champion Kasimdzhanov in their game.

An eventful third round also served up victories for Alekseev and Leko.

Aronian and Grischuk face each other tomorrow in the most eagerly awaited pairing of the fourth round.  The official website is here.

The results in round 2:

 Svidler, Peter    Ivanchuk, Vassily    1-0   29 
 Ruy Lopez Moeller
 Leko, Peter   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  ½-½  37 
 Sicilian Rauzer
 Aronian, Levon   Akopian, Vladimir  1-0  94 
 Anti-Meran Variations
 Kamsky, Gata   Bacrot, Etienne  ½-½  81 
 Ruy Lopez Marshall
 Eljanov, Pavel   Grischuk, Alexander  ½-½  28 
 Queen's Gambit Meran
 Gelfand, Boris   Alekseev, Evgeny  ½-½  35 
 QGD Ragozin
 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam   Karjakin, Sergey  ½-½  23 
 Slav Defence

The results in round 3:

 Grischuk, Alexander    Kasimdzhanov, Rustam    1-0   39 
 Karjakin, Sergey   Aronian, Levon  1-0  34 
 Ruy Lopez Closed
 Alekseev, Evgeny   Eljanov, Pavel  1-0  57 
 QGD 5.Bf4
 Bacrot, Etienne   Svidler, Peter  ½-½  36 
 Ruy Lopez
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar   Kamsky, Gata  ½-½  43 
 Gruenfeld Defence
 Ivanchuk, Vassily   Gelfand, Boris  ½-½  30 
 Slav Defence
 Akopian, Vladimir   Leko, Peter  0-1  61 
 Queens Gambit Meran

The standings after round 3:

 Grischuk, Alexander    RUS    2748  2½  
 Karjakin, Sergey   UKR   2721  2
 Svidler, Peter   RUS   2726  2
 Alekseev, Evgeny   RUS   2716
 Leko, Peter   HUN   2751  2
 Aronian, Levon   ARM   2754  2
 Bacrot, Etienne   FRA   2728  1½ 
 Kamsky, Gata   USA   2720  1½ 
 Eljanov, Pavel   UKR   2693  1
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar   AZE   2725  1
 Gelfand, Boris   ISR   2733  1
 Ivanchuk, Vassily   UKR   2746  1
 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam   UZB   2695  1
 Akopian, Vladimir   ARM   2696  ½ 


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