A Happy Birthday For Ivanchuk At Amber

A Happy Birthday For Ivanchuk At Amber

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Vassily Ivanchuk has had a rough time so far at the 2011 Amber tournament, but on day six he celebrated his 42nd birthday by beating world champion Vishy Anand in their rapid game.

It was a strangely lop-sided round with all the blindfold games ending up as draws, and all the rapid games being decisive.

One of the losers was leader Lev Aronian, who succumbed to Alexander Grischuk but he still keeps his lead with an overall score of 8.5/12.

Magnus Carlsen was slightly fortunate to escape with a draw in his blindfold game with Sergey Karjakin but recovered to win the rapid.

Hikaru Nakamura slipped further off the pace with a loss to Boris Gelfand, and Veselin Topalov fared no better, losing to Vugar Gashimov.

Vladimir Kramnik's win against Anish Giri condemned the 16-year old star to the bottom of the leaderboard.

Cheer up Chucky! You beat the world champion on your birthday!



The results on day six:

Blind  Gelfand-Nakamura  ½-½

Grischuk-Aronian  ½-½

Anand-Ivanchuk  ½-½
Blind  Topalov-Gashimov  ½-½

Kramnik-Giri  ½-½

Karjakin-Carlsen  ½-½
Rapid  Nakamura-Gelfand  0-1

Aronian-Grischuk  0-1

Ivanchuk-Anand  1-0
Rapid  Gashimov-Topalov  1-0

Giri-Kramnik  0-1

Carlsen-Karjakin  1-0


The standings after round six:

1 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2808
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2815
3 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2747 7
4 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2817 7
5 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2733 6
6 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2779
7 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2776
8 Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2775
9 Gashimov, Vugar  AZE  2746
10 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2774 5
11 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2785 5
12 Giri, Anish  NED  2690 4


Ivanchuk won the game of the day prize for his victory against Anand




Aronian loses his first game of the event




Carlsen reclaimed second spot with his win against Karjakin




Nakamura's tough event continued with a loss to Gelfand




Married life seems to have taken the edge off Topalov's play...





Photos: Max Euwe Association.

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