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Avrukh leads in Zurich, two rounds to go

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Zurich JubileeAt the Jubilee Open in Zurich the situation at the top of the standings is getting very tense, with two more rounds to go. Only Boris Avrukh from Israel managed to collect 6 points out of 7 rounds, and he's chased by 11 GMs with half a point less, including Alexander Morozevich.

The Zurich Jubilee Open takes place August 9-15 in the Kongresshaus Zürich and is part of the activities of the 200-year anniversary celebrations of the Schachgesellschaft Zürich. A total of 536 players are trying their luck and the top group, called Alois Nagler Memorial, has 45 grandmasters and 48 International Masters competing for CHF 75,000 in prize money offered by the Alois Nagler Foundation.

We're talking about one of the strongest opens of 2009 with no-one less than Alexander Morozevich as top seed, and normally we'd have covered it earlier, but with so many tournaments going on at the same time, it's hard to keep track.

In round 4 Morozevich drew with Geetha while the 15-year-old Chinese super-talent Hou Yifan lost to IM Agopov. GMs Dreev and Areshchenko were the only ones to win their first four games, and drew in 9 moves in round 5, allowing Golod, Sandipan and Geetha to join them in the lead.

After round 6 there were no less than 12 GMs on shared first place with 5.0/6. This group was led by Alexander Morozevich, who had beaten Chanda Sandipan in a fantastic, tactical slugfest followed by a rook ending. The game was clearly one of the highlights of the Jubilee so far.

Yesterday's round saw many draws on the top boards but Avrukh beat Jovanovic with Black to take sole lead with two more rounds to go. At the moment of writing round 8 is being played, in which Sandipan and Dreev took a quick draw on board 3.

Jubilee Tourney Zurich Open 2009 | Round 7 Standings
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Selection of interesting games



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Alexander Morozevich, top seed in a strong open this time



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Pentala Harikrishna from India



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Russian GM Alexei Dreev



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Gopal Geetha Narayanan, compatriot of Pentala



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Hungarian Lajos Portisch, still playing every now and then



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Hou Yifan from China



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Brimming with experience: Artur Jussupow...



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...with daughter Ekaterina also playing



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Robert Hess (USA)



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Local hero Yannick Pelletier



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Anish Giri from Russia, but living in and playing for The Netherlands



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Daniel Fridman, who won the blitz tournament yesterday



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Potential future world champions meeting for a blitz game: Hou Yifan vs Anish Giri



All photos courtesy of the tournament website

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