Grischuk takes sole lead in Baku

Grischuk takes sole lead in Baku

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Apr 23, 2008, 12:14 PM |
10 | Chess Event Coverage

 

Grischuk takes sole lead in Baku as Carlsen bags first win.

Alexander Grischuk (pictured), the Russian GM who has dabbled with playing in poker events, has taken the sole lead on 2.5/3 in the first Grand Prix tournament in Baku after beating David Navara with the Black pieces.  On a thrilling third day, no fewer than 5 of the 7 games played were decisive; perhaps the anti-draw offer rules (see section 4.4 of the rules, here) at the tournament are helping create fighting chess?

The young Norwegian prodigy, and ratings favourite, Magnus Carlsen produced his first win of the event against the Kalmykian GM, Inarkiev.  In the other games, Svidler unwisely grabbed a pawn and got crushed by the lowest rated of the three Azerbaijanis in Baku, Vugar Gashimov.  Bacrot bounced back from his loss to Radjabov in the previous round to beat the hapless Cheparinov who has now lost his first three games and probably wishes he was somewhere else.  Like Carlsen, Sergei Karjakin notched his first win by beating Mickey Adams.

The full results in round 3 were:

Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 ½  -  ½ Kamsky Gata 2726
Carlsen Magnus 2765 1  -  0 Inarkiev Ernesto 2684
Gashimov Vugar 2679 1  -  0 Svidler Peter 2746
Radjabov Teimour 2751 ½  -  ½ Yue Wang 2689
Cheparinov Ivan 2695 0  -  1 Bacrot Etienne 2705
Karjakin Sergey 2732 1  -  0 Adams Michael 2729
Navara David 2672 0  -  1 Grischuk Alexander 2716


The standings after round 3:

Rank Name Rtg FED Pts
1 Grischuk Alexander 2716 RUS
2 Karjakin Sergey 2732 UKR 2
3 Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE 2
4 Gashimov Vugar 2679 AZE 2
5 Carlsen Magnus 2765 NOR 2
6 Kamsky Gata 2726 USA 2
7 Yue Wang 2689 CHN
8 Adams Michael 2729 ENG
  Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA
10 Navara David 2672 CZE 1
11 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 AZE 1
  Svidler Peter 2746 RUS 1
13 Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 RUS 1
14 Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL 0



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