Aronian Grabs Lead In Sochi Grand Prix

Aronian Grabs Lead In Sochi Grand Prix

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Aug 12, 2008, 1:01 PM |
2 | Chess Event Coverage

Round 11 was another exciting round at the Sochi Grand Prix with Lev Aronian (pictured) benefitting from a blunder by Boris Gelfand to win their game and take the sole lead on 7/11 with just 2 rounds of this closely fought contest to go.

Dmitry Jakavenko finally ended his sequence of 10 draws so far in the event to beat Vugar Gashimov in a King and Pawn ending. 

Ivan Cheparinov lost for the second round in a row, this time to Sergey Karjakin, as he slipped up in a complex endgame.

Finally, Peter Svidler recovered some ground by winning against Al-Modiahki, who is, as expected, struggling against the strong field.

The results in round 11:

Aronian, Levon - Gelfand, Boris 1-0 26 E15 Queens Indian
Wang Yue - Kamsky, Gata ½-½ 44 D80 Gruenfeld 4.Bg5
Karjakin, Sergey - Cheparinov, Ivan 1-0 54 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Jakovenko, Dmitry - Gashimov, Vugar 1-0 52 A61 Benoni
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 37 E61 King's Indian Defence
Navara, David - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 55 B43 Sicilian Paulsen
Al-Modiahki, Mohamad - Svidler, Peter 0-1 42 B12 Caro Kann Advanced

 

The standings after round 11:

1 Aronian, Levon   ARM   2737 7
2 Wang Yue  CHN  2704  
3 Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  2727  
4 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2744  
5 Jakovenko, Dmitry  RUS  2709 6
6 Kamsky, Gata  USA  2723 6
7 Gashimov, Vugar  AZE  2717 6
8 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2781  
9 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2728  
10 Cheparinov, Ivan  BUL  2687  
11 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2738 5
12 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2720  
13 Navara, David  CZE  2646  
14 Al-Modiahki, Mohamad  QAT  2556 3

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