Four Way Tie For The Lead In Sochi

Four Way Tie For The Lead In Sochi

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Aug 11, 2008, 12:35 PM |
1 | Chess Event Coverage

The Race Hots Up With 3 Rounds To Go

Round 9 was a relatively quiet affair which produced only one decisive game with Wang Yue of China (pictured) beating Teimour Radjabov to swap places with him as joint leader with Ivan Cheparinov.

Round 10 was a complete contrast, producing an amazing 5 decisive games, yet the race for overall victory in this second Grand Prix in Sochi is as close as ever with four competitors now sharing the lead on 6/10 with just 3 rounds to go!

The backmarkers Navara and Al-Modiaki sank deeper into the mire at the bottom of the table after losing to Radjabov and Gashimov respectively.  Both Navara and Al-Modiaki played the Sicilian and both suffered badly at the hands of their higher-rated opponents.

Ivanchuk has had a disappointing tournament so far, and lost in round 10 to Boris Gelfand after getting his Queen trapped in the middle of the board.  Ouch!

The other winners on a dramatic day were Karjakin and Aronian who beat Svidler and Cheparinov respectively with the Black pieces.

The results in round 9:

Wang Yue - Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 62 E81 King's Indian Saemisch
Aronian, Levon - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 63 A29 English Four Knights
Karjakin, Sergey - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 41 A61 Benoni
Grischuk, Alexander - Kamsky, Gata ½-½ 54 D15 Slav Defence
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Cheparinov, Ivan ½-½ 23 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Navara, David - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 28 C33 Kings Bishops Gambit
Al-Modiahki, Mohamad - Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ 40 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo

 

The results in round 10:

Gashimov, Vugar - Al-Modiahki, Mohamad 1-0 40 B57 Sicilian Sozin Attack
Radjabov, Teimour - Navara, David 1-0 25 B46 Sicilian Paulsen
Cheparinov, Ivan - Aronian, Levon 0-1 41 D11 Slav Defence
Kamsky, Gata - Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ 44 C91 Ruy Lopez
Grischuk, Alexander - Wang Yue ½-½ 34 B13 Caro Kann Exchange
Gelfand, Boris - Ivanchuk, Vassily 1-0 38 A30 English Symmetrical
Svidler, Peter - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 37 E15 Queens Indian

 

The standings after round 10:

1 Wang Yue   CHN   2704 6
2 Gashimov, Vugar  AZE  2717 6
3 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2737 6
4 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2744 6
5 Cheparinov, Ivan  BUL  2687  
6 Kamsky, Gata  USA  2723  
7 Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  2727  
8 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2728 5
9 Jakovenko, Dmitry  RUS  2709 5
10 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2781 5
11 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2720  
12 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2738 4
13 Navara, David  CZE  2646 3
14 Al-Modiahki, Mohamad  QAT  2556 3

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