Karjakin Soars, Ivanchuk Sinks In Medias

Karjakin Soars, Ivanchuk Sinks In Medias

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jun 20, 2011, 11:32 AM |
25 | Chess Event Coverage

In the penultimate round of the Bazna Kings tournament in Medias, Romania, Sergey Karjakin thrashed a badly out-of-sorts Vassily Ivanchuk in just 22 moves.

Ivanchuk is well known as a streaky and emotional player and it seems that he is currently suffering a crisis of confidence, playing his moves quickly and without care.

With Magnus Carlsen only drawing with Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, that means that the lead is once again shared by Carlsen and Karjakin on 6 points.

By happy coincidence, Carlsen and Karjakin will meet in a final round showdown tomorrow, with Carlsen having the white pieces.  Ivanchuk will have white against Nakamura, and Radjabov white against Nisipeanu.

Nakamura had to settle for a draw against Teimour Radjabov in a blocked endgame where his extra pawn was of no consequence.

The standings after nine rounds:

 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2815 * * ½ . 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 6
 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2776 ½ . * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 6
 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2774 0 ½ ½ ½ * * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ .
 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE 2744 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * * ½ . 0 ½ 4
 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU 2659 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ . * * 1 ½
 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2776 ½ 0 0 0 ½ . 1 ½ 0 ½ * * 3


Sergey Karjakin and his wife Kateryna Dolzhikova at Amber in March (Pic: Association Max Euwe)

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Don't forget that tomorrow's final round starts 2 hours earlier, at 13:30 local time (10:30 UTC).

The time control is 2 hours for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to finish with a 30 second increment after move 60.

The official site with live broadcasts of the games is here.

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