A White Christmas In Elista!

A White Christmas In Elista!

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Dec 27, 2008, 2:17 AM |
4 | Chess Event Coverage

Round 10 of the Elista FIDE Grand Prix was played on Christmas Day, and it turned out to be a White Christmas as 5 of the 7 games ended in victory for the white pieces.

However, peace on earth returned the following day in round 11 as only one game finished decisively, despite some hard fought games.  Perhaps the players were still recovering after their Christmas exertions!

With 11 of 13 rounds now completed, it's a very close call at the top with Dmitry Jakovenko, Teimour Radjabov (pictured) and Alexander Grischuk on 7 points, just half a point ahead of Vugar Gashimov.

The standings after 11 rounds:


 Jakovenko, Dmitry    RUS   2737 
 7

 Radjabov, Teimour   AZE  2751 
 7

 Grischuk, Alexander   RUS  2719 
 7

 Gashimov, Vugar   AZE  2703 
 6½ 

 Lékó, Peter   HUN  2747 
 5½ 

 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar   AZE  2731 
 5½ 

 Cheparinov, Ivan   BUL  2696 
 5½ 

 Bacrot, Etienne   FRA  2705 
 5½ 

 Wang Yue   CHN  2736 
 5½ 
10 
 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam   UZB  2672 
 5
11 
 Inarkiev, Ernesto   RUS  2669 
 4½ 
12 
 Alekseev, Evgeny   RUS  2715 
 4½ 
13 
 Akopian, Vladimir   ARM  2679 
 4
14 
 Eljanov, Pavel   UKR  2720 
 4


The results in rounds 10 and 11 and game highlights are below.

 Round 10 



 Jakovenko, Dmitry   Inarkiev, Ernesto  1-0  58 
 Slav Defence
 Radjabov, Teimour   Alekseev, Evgeny  1-0  54 
 Reti Opening
 Lékó, Peter   Gashimov, Vugar  1-0  57 
 Petroff's Defence
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar   Eljanov, Pavel  1-0  41 
 Queen's Gambit
 Cheparinov, Ivan   Akopian, Vladimir  1-0  59 
 Slav Defence
 Bacrot, Etienne   Wang Yue  ½-½  47 
 Slav Defence
 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam   Grischuk, Alexander  ½-½  32 
 Slav Defence
 Round 11 



 Grischuk, Alexander   Cheparinov, Ivan  ½-½  66 
 Anti-Meran Gambit
 Gashimov, Vugar   Jakovenko, Dmitry  ½-½  55 
 Caro Kann
 Wang Yue   Radjabov, Teimour  ½-½  46 
 King's Indian Classical
 Inarkiev, Ernesto   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  0-1  86 
 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
 Alekseev, Evgeny   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  ½-½  41 
 Sicilian Rossolimo
 Akopian, Vladimir   Bacrot, Etienne  ½-½  77 
 Sicilian Rossolimo
 Eljanov, Pavel   Lékó, Peter  ½-½  70 
 Queens Indian

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