Aronian Wins Grand Prix

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The final round showdown between Lev Aronian and Peter Leko was a tense affair, but the Hungarian slipped up with 33...Nc3 allowing the pretty 34. Re5 embarrassing the black Queen.

Leko struggled on, but the game seemed lost after that.

Congratulations to Lev Aronian on a great tournament victory, and kudos to all the players for providing such a superb competition.  Even in the last round, there was no let up in the action, with more great chess and four more wins.  

Gelfand and Bacrot notched up wins against Karjakin and Alekseev respectively, while Akopian reminded us that it's possible to win with the black pieces by beating Eljanov.

So Aronian takes home a cheque for €30,000 and climbs higher up the Grand Prix standings.  But with action like this, who cares what the Grand Prix winners qualify for?  Each event is a strong tournament in it's own right irrespective of the complex overall rules.  More events with this sort of fighting spirit please!

The results in round 13:

Aronian, Levon   Leko, Peter   1-0   54 Nimzo Indian
Bacrot, Etienne  Alekseev, Evgeny 1-0  63 Petroff Defence
Gelfand, Boris  Karjakin, Sergey 1-0  45 Slav Defence
Svidler, Peter  Grischuk, Alexander ½-½  21 French Winawer
Ivanchuk, Vassily  Kamsky, Gata ½-½  32 Ruy Lopez Breyer
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½  39 Gruenfeld
Eljanov, Pavel  Akopian, Vladimir 0-1  49 Slav Defence


The final standings:

1 Aronian, Levon   ARM   2754   
2 Leko, Peter  HUN  2751  
3 Akopian, Vladimir  ARM  2696  
4 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2748 7
5 Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2728 7
6 Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS  2716  
7 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2733  
8 Kamsky, Gata  USA  2720 6
9 Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  2721 6
10 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2726 6
11 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2725 6
12 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2746  
13 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2695  
14 Eljanov, Pavel  UKR  2693  


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