All games drawn in 8th round Bazna

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King's TournamentAll games in round 8 of the Kings Tournament in Bazna ended in a draw and so Vassily Ivanchuk kept his one-point lead with two rounds to go. After the round Kamsky discovered that he had missed a beautiful win in his endgame against Nisipeanu.

The 3rd Kings Tournament, a six-player round-robin with Radjabov, Ivanchuk, Shirov, Gelfand, Kamsky and Nisipeaniu, takes place June 14-25 in Bazna, Romania.

Round 8

Tournament leader Ivanchuk easily held a draw with Black against Gelfand. He went for a Hedgehog set-up against the Israeli's English Opening and before Black could finish his development Gelfand already decided to repeat moves, as he had no advantage anymore. A welcome extra semi-restday for Ivanchuk, who is close to tournament victory now.

There's not much to say about Shirov-Radjabov since the players went for a long, theoretical line in the Sveshnikov that almost always ends in a draw at this level, and also this time.

Kamsky started modestly by going for the London System against Nisipeanu, but did manage to outplay his Romanian opponent in the middlegame. His strong play should have been rewarded by a full point, but in an endgame with three pawns against a knight Kamsky missed a beautiful win.

Today is the second and last rest day of the tournament. On Wednesday and Thursday Ivanchuk will defend his lead with White against Kamsky and then with Black against Radjabov. His closest rival, Gelfand, has White against Shirov and then Black against Kamsky.

Games round 8

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