Kings: Carlsen leads at half-time

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Kings TournamentAfter five rounds, Carlsen is in sole lead at the Kings Tournament in Medias, Romania. The world's number one defeated Nisipeanu with Black. Gelfand also won, against Ponomariov, while Wang Yue and Radjabov drew. Commentary by GM Dorian Rogozenco & videos.

The fourth Kings Tournament takes place in Medias, Romania from June 14 till 25. Against it's a 6-player, double round-robin, with two rest days. This year Carlsen, Gelfand, Nisipeanu, Ponomariov, Radjabov and Wang Yue play. The rate of play is 2 hours for the first 40 moves, one hour for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes plus an increment of 30 seconds per move.

The rounds start each day at 15.30 which is 14.30 CET and 08.30 EDT. They can run well into the evening, as we won't see ultra-short draws in this tournament - no draw agreement by the players are allowed before move 30, except for cases of a triple-repetition, a perpetual or a theoretically drawn position.

The event is organized by Romgaz and the Chess Club Society "Elisabeta Polihroniadeā€¯. This year the tournament is officially part of the Grand Slam, substituting the cancelled MTel Masters. Venue is the brand new Romgaz Center in Medias (near Bazna), but the organizers are considering to move back to Hotel Complex Balnear Expro in Bazna, where everyone is staying.

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Round 5

After hours of beautiful, sunny weather, for a few days in a row it has started to rain in the afternoon, here in Romania. On Saturday it was especially rough, with a thunder storm and hail shower which lasted for about twenty minutes, just when the players arrived at the venue.

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They even waited in their cars for about ten minutes, before Henrik and Magnus Carlsen decided to go first. They took their shoos off and ran for their lives inside the building, after which the others followed, helped with umbrellas.

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The bad weather continued for Nisipeanu and Ponomariov. The Romanian grandmaster faced the rare move 13...Re8 and already on moves 15 and 17 he played in accurately, sort of missing the feel for danger in that phase. Soon it became clear that his knight on a7 was never going to get back into the game.

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Ponomariov was also caught by surprise, in his game against Gelfand, and was soon looking at a hopeless ending. He tried to make something out of it, but his opponent had no mercy. The Israeli GM was even more happy after the game when he heard Holland had won their second match at the World Cup.

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Wang Yue was better for most of the middlegame, but it was hard to think of a clear plan. The ending was probbly already equal and at move 41 the players called it a day.

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Round 5 games

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Kings Tournament 2010 | Schedule & results
Kings Tournament 2010 | Schedule
Kings Tournament 2010 | Round 5 Standings
Kings Tournament 2010 | Round 5 Standings


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