Nakamura leads San Sebastian

Nakamura leads San Sebastian

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While the traditional Dortmund tournament in Germany has been intermittently entertaining us, the newly minted Donostia/San Sebastian chess festival in Spain has been trying it's best to compete.

The showpiece event is a 10-player round-robin with an eclectic mix of talents from around the world.

Name Nat FIDE Born
Peter Svidler RUS  2739 1976
Ruslan Ponomariov UKR  2727 1983
Sergei Movsesian SVK  2716 1978
Hikaru Nakamura USA  2710 1987
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA  2703 1990
Francisco Vallejo Pons ESP  2693 1982
Rustam Kasimdzhanov UZB  2672 1979
Julio E Granda Zuniga PER  2647 1967
Anatoly Karpov RUS  2644 1951
Pablo San Segundo Carrillo ESP  2570 1970


The tournament runs from 7-16 July, and after the 6 completed rounds so far, Hikaru Nakamura (pictured, from David Llada's Donostia 2009 Flickr set) is storming through the opposition on a very impressive 5/6, a point clear of top seeds Svidler and Ponomariov.  Nakamura's own thoughts on his games so far can be read at his blog.

The standings after 6 rounds:

Nakamura, Hikaru    USA   2710 
Svidler, Peter   RUS  2739 
Ponomariov, Ruslan 
 UKR  2727 
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime   FRA  2703 
Vallejo Pons, Francisco   ESP  2693 
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam   UZB  2672 
Movsesian, Sergei   SVK  2716 
Granda Zuniga, Julio E   PER  2647 
San Segundo Carrillo, Pablo   ESP  2570 
Karpov, Anatoly   RUS  2644 

Games start at 4:30 pm local time, and the official site with photos and live games can be found here.  The time control being used is the nerve-jangling G/90 min plus 30 sec increment.  Selected games below.

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