A surprise new leader at the Grand Prix

A surprise new leader at the Grand Prix

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Vugar Gashimov takes shock lead 

In an increasingly unpredictable and exciting tournament, the new leader is the rank outsider, Vugar Gashimov (pictured) from the host country of Azerbaijan.

Gashimov knocked back yesterday's leader Gata Kamsky by beating him with the Ruy Lopez.  Despite being the second lowest rated player in the event and perhaps the least familiar to chess fans, he is now undefeated with a score of 4.5/7.

Elsewhere, in a thrilling seventh round, Magnus Carlsen unleashed the Sicilian Dragon to win with black against Teimour Radjabov, thereby leapfrogging past him on the leaderboard.  Ivan Cheparinov continued his comeback with another win; this time Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was his victim.  Can Cheparinov pull off a comeback to rival those of his friend and compatriot Topalov?

Taking Cheparinov's place at the bottom of the table is Ernesto Inarkiev who lost his second game in a row, this time to Sergey Karjakin.

With 6 rounds still to go, there could be more upsets yet as the race hots up.

The results in round 7:

Gashimov, Vugar - Kamsky, Gata 1-0 52 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Grischuk, Alexander - Wang Yue ½-½ 59 D15 Slav Defence
Radjabov, Teimour - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 40 B77 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Adams, Michael - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 47 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Karjakin, Sergey - Inarkiev, Ernesto 1-0 43 C99 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
Navara, David - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 39 E94 King's Indian Classical
Cheparinov, Ivan - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 40 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit


The leaderboard after 7 rounds:

Rank Name Rtg FED Pts Tie-break
1 Gashimov Vugar 2679 AZE 16.00
2 Wang Yue 2689 CHN 15.50
3 Grischuk Alexander 2716 RUS 14.50
4 Carlsen Magnus 2765 NOR 4 13.75
5 Kamsky Gata 2726 USA 4 12.50
6 Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE 11.75
7 Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA 11.75
8 Svidler Peter 2746 RUS 11.25
9 Karjakin Sergey 2732 UKR 10.75
10 Adams Michael 2729 ENG 10.75
11 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 AZE 3 11.75
12 Navara David 2672 CZE 9.50
13 Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL 6.75
14 Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 RUS 2 7.00



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