Nalchik Round One

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/16/09, 12:19 PM.

Round One of the latest Grand Prix has kicked off in Nalchik, with Alexander Grischuk (pictured) and Lev Aronian winning their first round games to take share the early lead.

Aronian brushed aside Mamedyarov with the black pieces when the latter tried the Vienna Game without much success.  Grischuk continued his impressive recent form by beating Gelfand in a tough strategic battle.

The other games were not without interest, with plenty of effort from the players - especially Leko and Kamsky who fought out a 121 move epic, before finally laying down their swords.

Kamsky's skill at hanging on in difficult positions is one of his greatest assets.

The results in round 1:

 Grischuk, Alexander    Gelfand, Boris    1-0    Queens Gambit Tartakover
 Alekseev, Evgeny   Svidler, Peter  ½-½   Slav Defence
 Karjakin, Sergey   Eljanov, Pavel  ½-½   Ruy Lopez Chigorin
 Leko, Peter   Kamsky, Gata  ½-½   English Counter King's Fianchetto
 Akopian, Vladimir   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  ½-½   Petroff's Defence
 Ivanchuk, Vassily   Bacrot, Etienne  ½-½   Queen's Pawn Opening
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar   Aronian, Levon  0-1   Vienna Game


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  • 8 years ago


    Actually, the lost Queen was exchanged for an equal number of material points (although as energia has shown us, adding up material points is not always the best way to evaluate trades):

    Rook(5) + Bishop(3) + pawn(1) = Queen(9)

    I had to do a double-take on that one myself.

    The endgame was interesting; only Kamsky's piece coordination could save an endgame where Black was down by two material points (Queen + pawn vs. Knight + Rook)!

  • 8 years ago



    he didnt lose his queen he exchanged it for a rook and a bishop

  • 8 years ago


    Kamsky game is pretty wild...

  • 8 years ago


    Wow, the Leko Kamsky game was incredible.  After he lost his queen I did not think he could hold on. 

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