Mikhail Tal Memorial, Round 5

Mikhail Tal Memorial, Round 5

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Aug 22, 2008, 12:34 PM |
10 | Chess Event Coverage

There were two decisive games in the 5th round at the Mikhail Tal Memorial in the GUM Exhibition Hall, near Red Square in Moscow.  Ruslan Ponomariov (pictured) overcame Peter Leko and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated Gata Kamsky.

Vassily Ivanchuk couldn't make any mark on Kramnik's Petroff defence - will Vishy Anand fare better in their upcoming World Championship match in October?

Alexander Morozevich pushed hard, but was held to a draw by Alexei Shirov.  Nevertheless, Morozevich retains his half point lead over the field.

Kamsky may have lost today, but if there were a prize for the most spectacular move in the tournament, he would surely win it with his 21st against Mamedyarov.  You have to wonder if Mamedyarov had anticipated it. Try to guess the move before you replay it on the board below!

Tomorrow is a rest day.

The results in round 5:

Morozevich, Alexander - Shirov, Alexei ½-½ 44 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Leko, Peter 1-0 41 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 28 C42 Petroff's Defence
Gelfand, Boris - Alekseev, Evgeny ½-½ 52 E00 Catalan
Kamsky, Gata - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1 40 B46 Sicilian Paulsen

 

The standings after round 5:

1 Morozevich, Alexander   RUS   2788   
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2742 3
3 Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2718 3
4 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2781 3
5 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2720  
6 Leko, Peter  HUN  2741  
7 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2788  
8 Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS  2708 2
9 Kamsky, Gata  USA  2723 2
10 Shirov, Alexei  ESP  2741 1

 

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