Aronian Leads Into Final Round At Amber

Aronian Leads Into Final Round At Amber

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The amazing Lev Aronian won yet again today at Amber to take a full point lead into the final round.

Aronian (pictured) defeated Topalov in their blindfold game, and a draw in the rapid game gave the Armenian another 1.5-0.5 match victory.

Magnus Carlsen is the only other player who gets even close to Aronian's score, but he couldn't close the gap despite winning his rapid game with Grischuk for a 1.5-0.5 match victory of his own.

There were only two other decisive games: Boris Gelfand beat Anish Giri in the blindfold and world champion Vishy Anand won his rapid game with Vugar Gashimov to move into third place.

The results in round 10:

Blind  Topalov-Aronian  0-1

Kramnik-Ivanchuk  ½-½

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

Grischuk-Carlsen  ½-½

Anand-Gashimov  ½-½
Rapid  Aronian-Topalov  ½-½

Ivanchuk-Kramnik  ½-½

Nakamura-Karjakin  ½-½
Rapid  Giri-Gelfand  ½-½

Carlsen-Grischuk  1-0

Gashimov-Anand  0-1


The standings with one round remaining:

1 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2808 14.5
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2815 13.5
3 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2817 11.0
4 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2779 10.5
5 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2747 10.0
6 Gashimov, Vugar  AZE  2746 9.5
7 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2733 9.5
8 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2774 9.5
9 Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2775 9.0
10 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2776 9.0
11 Giri, Anish  NED  2690 7.0
12 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2785 7.0


The final round draw for tomorrow looks like this (note that games start 2 hrs earlier):

12.30 Blind  Carlsen-Gelfand 


14.00 Blind  Ivanchuk-Topalov 


15.45 Rapid  Gelfand-Carlsen 


17.15 Rapid  Topalov-Ivanchuk 




Aronian has won the blindfold section with a round to spare...




...and Carlsen has won the rapid section




Valuable experience for Giri, but he has found the competition tough




Anand has performed well, yet has been outshone by Aronian and Carlsen




More images from the Amber courtesy of the Association Max Euwe:

Carlsen_day10.jpg Kramnik_day10.jpg
Gelfand_day10.jpg Aronian_day10.jpg
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