Ivanchuk beats Morozevich, takes over lead

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Alexander Morozevich could enjoy his number one ranking for just one day. In the seventh round of the Tal Memorial, he lost to Vassily Ivanchuk, who now leads in Moscow with half a point.

Photo ?Ǭ© Mark Gluhovsky

His new status might have given Morozevich a "king of the world" feeling. It seems like he was a bit too optimistic yesterday, as he sacrificed one pawn after another. To a certain extent this is the way to play the Gruenfeld, but at some point you have to start winning them back, which Ivanchuk didn't allow his opponent.

The Ukrainian now leads with two rounds to go, and with his compatriot Ponomariov and number last Shirov as opponents in the last two rounds, he has very good chances to win his second super tournament of the year.

Mamedyarov's and Shirov's openings looked suspicious and their opponents Alekseev and Ponomariov showed no mercy - nice examples of both initiative and forceful endgame play. Kamsky erred in the early middlegame; probably the American missed a tactical nuance somewhere. Gelfand-Kramnik was quite an interesting draw.

Results round 7, August 25, 2008 Ponomariov - Shirov 1-0 Ivanchuk - Morozevich 1-0 Kamsky - Leko 0-1 Alekseev - Mamedyarov 1-0 Gelfand - Kramnik ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?


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Two more rounds to go:

Pairings round 8, August 26, 2008: Ponomariov - Ivanchuk Morozevich - Kamsky Leko - Gelfand Kramnik - Alekseev Shirov - Mamedyarov

Pairings round 9, August 27, 2008: Ivanchuk - Shirov Kamsky - Ponomariov Gelfand - Morozevich Alekseev - Leko Mamedyarov - Kramnik


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