M-Tel R6: Shirov in sole lead after beating Ivanchuk

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Round 6 in SofiaAlexei Shirov took sole lead at the M-Tel Masters in Sofia by beating Vassily Ivanchuk in round 6, while Topalov-Carlsen and Dominguez-Wang Yue both ended in a draw. Full report.

The 5th M-Tel Masters takes place May 12th to 23rd in a glass pavilion on the square in front of the National Theatre Ivan Vazov in Sofia, Bulgaria. It's a six-player double round-robin with Carlsen, Dominguez, Ivanchuk, Shirov, Topalov and Wang Yue playing. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves per player and 60 minutes per player till the end of the game. "Sofia rules" will again be used, so draw offers can be made only through the chief arbiter in the case of a threefold repetition, perpetual check or a theoretically draw position.

Round 6

Both Dominguez-Wang Yue and Topalov-Carlsen weren't very interesting games and perhaps Shirov-Ivanchuk should also have ended in a quick draw, under normal circumstances. However, even with an extra tempo in a known ending from a Open Ruy Lopez, Ivanchuk played inaccurately and got himself in a passive position, showing complete lack of form once more. In timetrouble he got some serious chances to hold the game again, but after the time control it went wrong anyway. The Ukrainian is known for his ups and downs, but this down is becoming truly disastrous, and there's probably not a single chess fan who doesn't feel sorry for him!

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Round 6 in Sofia

Dominguez, trying to squeeze water out of stone...



Round 6 in Sofia

...against Wang Yue's Petroff



Round 6 in Sofia

Antoaneta Stefanova hosting the press conference and trying to make the best of it



Round 6 in Sofia

A new leader in town: Alexei Shirov...



Round 6 in Sofia

...who also beat Ivanchuk in their second game



Round 6 in Sofia

Topalov couldn't prove a real opening advantage...



Round 6 in Sofia

...against Carlsen's solid Lasker Defence



Round 6 in Sofia

Live commentary during the round by Stefanova



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