Grischuk Maintains Lead In Nalchik

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Alexander Grischuk (pictured) drew with Peter Leko in round 5 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Nalchik to take his half-point lead into the first rest day.

There were two decisive games in round 5 - The Brooklyn boy, Gata Kamsky, had yet another marathon game, but this time he failed to salvage a draw in a difficult ending with Vladimir Akopian of Armenia.

The other decisive game saw an out-of-sorts Vassily Ivanchuk lose in just 25 moves with the White pieces against Rustam Kasimdzhanov.  Poor Chucky now lies in last place!

The full results in round 5:

 Grischuk, Alexander    Leko, Peter    ½-½   38 
 Anti-Meran Gambit
 Karjakin, Sergey   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  ½-½  34 
 Sicilian Paulsen
 Alekseev, Evgeny   Aronian, Levon  ½-½  38 
 Ruy Lopez Marshall
 Bacrot, Etienne   Eljanov, Pavel  ½-½  39 
 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
 Svidler, Peter   Gelfand, Boris  ½-½  49 
 Anti-Meran Gambit
 Akopian, Vladimir   Kamsky, Gata  1-0  98 
 French Tarrasch
 Ivanchuk, Vassily   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam
 0-1  25 
 Semi-Slav Defence

The standings after round 5:

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

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