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Alekhine Memorial Round 8

Alekhine Memorial Round 8

Apr 30, 2013, 10:46 AM 5,603 Reads 8 Comments Chess event coverage

phpQP9l8p.jpegFrench hearts were broken in the penultimate round of the Alekhine Memorial in St.Petersburg when co-leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave unexpectedly lost to Nikita Vitiugov.

Nikita Vitiugov had drawn all his games since a painful first round loss to Vladimir Kramnik, so he now has an even score again.

The beneficiary of Vachier-Lagrave's first loss is Boris Gelfand who managed to hold Vladimir Kramnik to a draw in a long game despite looking to be in real trouble. Gelfand now leads alone with 5/8 points.

All the other games in round eight ended as draws.

The Alekhine Memorial Standings after 8 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Boris Gelfand ISR 2739 5
2 Levon Aronian ARM 2809
3 Michael Adams ENG 2727
4 Vishy Anand IND 2783
5 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722
6 Nikita Vitiugov  RUS 2712 4
7 Laurent Fressinet FRA 2706 4
8 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801
9 Ding Liren CHN 2707 3
10 Peter Svidler RUS 2747


The pairings for the final round

Peter Svidler  v Laurent Fressinet 
Boris Gelfand  v Viswanathan Anand 
Michael Adams  v Vladimir Kramnik 
Nikita Vitiugov  v Ding Liren 
Levon Aronian  v Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 


Nikita Vitiugov inflicted Maxime Vachier-Lagrave's first loss of the tournament




Boris Gelfand is an inveterate piece-twirler while he is thinking!




Laurent Fressinet drew his game with Lev Aronian




Mickey Adams held Ding Liren to a draw




Vishy Anand didn't make an impression on Peter Svidler




The Alekhine Memorial takes place from 21 April - 1 May. The official site can be found here, with live game analysis here and video commentary here (with archive).

The tournament is a 10-player single round robin competition, with the first half held in the Louvre in Paris and the second half in the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg.

The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start.  No draw offers are allowed until after 40 moves have been played.  The prize fund is €100,000 with €30,000 for first place.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC when in Paris, 10:00 UTC when in St. Petersburg), except the last round which is one hour earlier.


The schedule of events

20 April 2013 Paris Opening Ceremony
21 April 2013 Paris Round 1
22 April 2013 Paris Round 2
23 April 2013 Paris Round 3
24 April 2013 Paris Round 4
25 April 2013 Paris Round 5
26 April 2013 St. Petersburg Welcome Reception
27 April 2013 St. Petersburg Children's Events
28 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 6
29 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 7
30 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 8
01 May 2013 St. Petersburg Round 9 & Prizegiving


Games via TWIC. Screenshots from the official website coverage.

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