Nakamura Leads Reggio Emilia

Nakamura Leads Reggio Emilia

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Hikaru Nakamura is leading the 2011/12 Reggio Emilia tournament at the halfway point.


Vassily Ivanchuk took the only victory in round three, thanks to an endgame time-trouble blunder from Fabiano Caruana.

Caruana resigns to Ivanchuk in round three

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All the games from round four were decisive!  Ivanchuk defeated Morozevich in a complicated struggle which ended in checkmate, Caruana defended well against Vitiugov's attack to earn victory, and Nakamura beat Giri in an entertaining King's Indian battle.

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Reggio Emilia 2011-12 Rd4 Caruana_Vitiugov.JPG



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Round five saw another three decisive games in this exciting tournament. Ivanchuk boldly sacrificed a rook against Nakamura, but he failed to follow it up accurately in time-trouble and had to conceded defeat. Giri scored his first win by beating Caruana with the Petroff, and Morozevich overcame Vitiugov in another hard-fought game.

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Reggio Emilia 2011-12 Rd5 Giri-Caruana.JPG



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The standings at the halfway point (3-1-0 scoring):

 Name Nat Elo Pts
 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2758 11
 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2762 10
 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2775 8
 Giri, Anish  NED 2714 5
 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2727 4
 Vitiugov, Nikita  RUS 2729 2


There is a rest day on 1 January, so round six is on Monday 2 January. Games start at 15:00 local time (14:00 UTC), except the last round on 6 January which is 3 hours earlier. Live coverage is available at the official website here.

Photos from the official website.

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