Sochi Grand Prix - Round 2

Sochi Grand Prix - Round 2

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Aug 1, 2008, 11:15 PM |
5 | Chess Event Coverage

Kamsky Joint Leader At Sochi

Some exciting chess in the second round as the competition really got going.  Gata Kamsky (pictured) clashed with Vassily Ivanchuk in a Sveshnikov Sicilian theoretical battle and came out on top against the Ukranian.

Lev Aronian also chalked up his first win against David Navara, making the bishop pair count in the ending.  The third winner of the day was Ivan Cheparinov who showed that the Berlin is not just the toughest nut to crack in modern opening theory, but can also provide a few full points for Black.  Peter Svidler was his unfortunate victim.

The results in round 2:

Aronian, Levon - Navara, David 1-0 46 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Kamsky, Gata - Ivanchuk, Vassily 1-0 47 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Gashimov, Vugar - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 39 C43 Petroff's Defence
Jakovenko, Dmitry - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 57 E97 King's Indian Classical
Al-Modiahki, Mohamad - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 34 C19 French Winawer
Svidler, Peter - Cheparinov, Ivan 0-1 39 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Karjakin, Sergey - Wang Yue ½-½ 41 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin

 

The standings after round 2:


 Aronian, Levon    ARM    2737 
 1½  

 Cheparinov, Ivan   BUL  2687 
 1½ 

 Radjabov, Teimour   AZE  2744 
 1½ 

 Grischuk, Alexander   RUS  2728 
 1½ 

 Kamsky, Gata   USA  2723 
 1½ 

 Gashimov, Vugar   AZE  2717 
 1

 Jakovenko, Dmitry   RUS  2709 
 1

 Gelfand, Boris   ISR  2720 
 1

 Wang Yue   CHN  2704 
 1
10 
 Al-Modiahki, Mohamad   QAT  2556 
 ½ 
11 
 Svidler, Peter   RUS  2738 
 ½ 
12 
 Karjakin, Sergey   UKR  2727 
 ½ 
13 
 Ivanchuk, Vassily   UKR  2781 
 ½ 
14 
 Navara, David   CZE  2646 
 ½ 

 

The official tournament website is here.

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