Grischuk Leads At Halfway In Linares

Grischuk Leads At Halfway In Linares

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At the halfway point in Linares, Alexander Grischuk leads on 5/7, a point clear of Magnus Carlsen and Vassily Ivanchuk, who are tied in second place on 4/7.

Ivanchuk was the only winner in round 7, finally managing to convert a promising position into a victory.  His victim was Lev Aronian.

Also, the mystery of the draw between Ivanchuk and Dominguez in round 6 has been solved thanks to reports from the scene.  The players were involved in a mutual time scramble before the time control and Ivanchuk accidentally knocked over some pieces a few times.  When the dust had settled after the time control, Ivanchuk offered a draw in a likely winning position by way of apology.

Typical Chucky!  It's good to know that such sportsmanship and generosity can still exist among at least some players at the top level.

1 Grischuk, Alexander   RUS   2733 5
2 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2779 4
3 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2776 4
4 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2750  
5 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2791  
6 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2717 3
7 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2761  
8 Wang Yue  CHN  2739  


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