Aronian Claims Lead In Nalchik Grand Prix

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Round 6 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Nalchik saw a reversal of fortunes and a new leader.  Former leader Grischuk came unstuck at the hands of Mamedyarov, and taking his place at the top of the standings was ratings favourite Lev Aronian (pictured).

Aronian earned a deserved victory over tournament whipping-boy Ivanchuk, with an attractive game.  Poor Chucky blows hot and cold, and in Nalchik he's hardly got above freezing.

The players certainly seemed raring to go after their first rest day and there were also wins for Akopian who responded well to an opening novelty from Karjakin, and Svidler who essayed his favourite Gruenfeld defence to bring home the full point against Eljanov.

Round 7 has just finished, with wins for Karjakin and Eljanov against Kamsky and Gelfand respectively.  More details asap.

The results in round 6:

 Aronian, Levon    Ivanchuk, Vassily    1-0   40 
 English Symmetrical
 Leko, Peter   Alekseev, Evgeny  ½-½  54 
 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar   Grischuk, Alexander  1-0  38 
 Slav Defence
 Akopian, Vladimir   Karjakin, Sergey  1-0  71 
 Sicilian Najdorf 
 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam   Bacrot, Etienne  ½-½  20 
 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
 Kamsky, Gata   Gelfand, Boris  ½-½  41 
 Eljanov, Pavel   Svidler, Peter  0-1  73 


The results in round 7:

 Karjakin, Sergey    Kamsky, Gata    1-0   32 
 French Winawer
 Alekseev, Evgeny   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  ½-½  52 
 Pirc Defence
 Grischuk, Alexander   Akopian, Vladimir  ½-½  43 
 Slav Defence
 Svidler, Peter   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  ½-½  22 
 Petroff's Defence
 Bacrot, Etienne   Aronian, Levon  ½-½  38 
 Ruy Lopez Marshall
 Gelfand, Boris   Eljanov, Pavel  0-1  36 
 Reti Opening
 Ivanchuk, Vassily 
 Leko, Peter
 ½-½  55 
 Ruy Lopez Anderssen

The standings after round 7:

Aronian, Levon   ARM     
Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  4
Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS  4
Leko, Peter  HUN  4
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  4
Svidler, Peter  RUS  4
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE   
Akopian, Vladimir  ARM   
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB   
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA   
Kamsky, Gata  USA  3
Eljanov, Pavel  UKR  3
Gelfand, Boris  ISR   
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2

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