Aronian Claims Sole Lead At Amber

Aronian Claims Sole Lead At Amber

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Lev Aronian claimed the outright lead after day 5 at Amber by beating Vugar Gashimov in their blindfold and rapid games.

In contrast, Magnus Carlsen came massively unstuck against Vassily Ivanchuk.  Ivanchuk repeated his result against the Norwegian star in last year's event, beating him 2-0.

The manner of the defeats were also crushing, with Magnus losing his queen after 16 moves in the blindfold game and getting checkmated in the rapid. Ouch!

Gelfand and Kramnik swapped victories to end all square at 1-1, as did Topalov and Grischuk. 

Karjakin and Anand drew twice, but Giri's blindfold win against Nakamura proved sufficient to win their match 1.5-0.5.

The results on day five:

Blind  Ivanchuk-Carlsen  1-0

Gashimov-Aronian  0-1

Giri-Nakamura  1-0
Blind  Anand-Karjakin  ½-½

Topalov-Grischuk  1-0

Kramnik-Gelfand  0-1
Rapid  Carlsen-Ivanchuk  0-1

Aronian-Gashimov  1-0

Nakamura-Giri  ½-½
Rapid  Karjakin-Anand  ½-½

Grischuk-Topalov  1-0

Gelfand-Kramnik  0-1


The standings after day five:

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


A disaster for Magnus in the blindfold...




...followed by getting checkmated in the rapid!




And here's how I did it...Aronian grabs the lead after five rounds

Lev Aronian day5.jpg




Giri beats Nakamura in the blindfold game to win their match




After a hard fight, Grischuk blundered a rook in his blindfold game with Topalov




Kramnik hatches a cunning plan...but his queen sacrifice backfires against Gelfand





Photos: Association Max Euwe

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