Aronian Retains Lead In Closely Fought Nalchik GP

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Back from their second rest day, the players were in fighting spirit in round 10 with five of the 7 games ending decisively.  Alekseev had been joint leader with Aronian, but he lost to Grischuk to fall back into the pack.  In contrast, Aronian (pictured) tortured Eljanov for 50 moves before the latter finally submitted.

Leko has been showing good form in Nalchik, and he played impressively again in round 10 to overcome Gelfand's Petroff defence.

Svidler blundered in time pressure against Mamedyarov to lose their encounter, while Akopian won a nice endgame against Bacrot.

However, the real winner of the round was the white pieces - all 5 wins came from the player with the first move!

The results in round 10:

Aronian, Levon   Eljanov, Pavel   1-0   50 QGD 5.Bf4
Leko, Peter  Gelfand, Boris 1-0  43 Petroff Defence
Akopian, Vladimir  Bacrot, Etienne 1-0  57 Sicilian Defence
Grischuk, Alexander  Alekseev, Evgeny 1-0  52 Nimzo Indian
Kamsky, Gata  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam ½-½  36 Petroff Defence
Karjakin, Sergey  Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½  40 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  Svidler, Peter 1-0  36 Anti-Meran


The standings after round 10:

Aronian, Levon   ARM    
Leko, Peter  HUN  6
Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS   
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS   
Akopian, Vladimir  ARM   
Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  5
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  5
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  5
Svidler, Peter  RUS  5
Kamsky, Gata  USA   
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB   
Eljanov, Pavel  UKR   
Gelfand, Boris  ISR  4
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR   


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