Tal Memorial - Round 5

Tal Memorial - Round 5

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Nov 10, 2009, 1:15 PM |
21 | Chess Event Coverage

After yesterday's rest day (which incidentally would have been Tal's 73rd birthday), the players got down to business again in round 5 of his memorial tournament in Moscow.

Kramnik continued with his more aggressive outlook with the black pieces that has served him well so far, but in a terrific tussle with Gelfand he couldn't quite convert his advantage to a full point.

Instead it was Vishy Anand who scored the only victory of the round, with an impressive win in an ultra-sharp encounter with Leko.  Anand therefore joins Kramnik as joint leader after five rounds of this nine-round event.

Round five also saw - or rather didn't see - a noteworthy first: no-one played the Grunfeld!

Round six starts tomorrow at 3pm local time as usual.

The full standings after round five:

Kramnik, Vladimir   RUS   2772   
Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2788  
Aronian, Levon  ARM  2786 3
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2801  
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2739  
Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2758  
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2739  
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2750 2
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2754  
Leko, Peter  HUN  2752  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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