Astrakhan Grand Prix Reaches Round 4

Astrakhan Grand Prix Reaches Round 4

| 18 | Chess Event Coverage

With the chess world still recovering from the excitement of the World Championship, the start of the final Grand Prix event has been somewhat overshadowed.

As it turns out, the opening rounds of the tournament have not seen many decisive games, so we haven't missed much yet.  All the decisive games from rounds 1 to 4 are given below.

The final standings of the Grand Prix series will reveal another player to qualify through to the next world championship cycle to challenge Anand. Those already qualified by various means are Veselin Topalov, Gata Kamsky, Boris Gelfand, Lev Aronian, Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik.

Vassily Ivanchuk's (pictured) bid to join them started badly with two losses and two draws.

The current standings are:

1 Leko, Peter    HUN   2735   
2 Ponomariov, Ruslan   UKR  2733  
3 Gashimov, Vugar   AZE  2734  
4 Gelfand, Boris   ISR  2741  
5 Inarkiev, Ernesto   RUS  2669  
6 Eljanov, Pavel   UKR  2751  
7 Radjabov, Teimour   AZE  2740 2
8 Wang Yue   CHN  2752 2
9 Jakovenko, Dmitry   RUS  2725 2
10 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar   AZE  2763  
11 Svidler, Peter   RUS  2735  
12 Akopian, Vladimir   ARM  2694  
13 Alekseev, Evgeny   RUS  2700  
14 Ivanchuk, Vassily   UKR  2741 1







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