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Thursday, April 16, 2009

FIDE Grand Prix:Nalchik:round 2 results,standings,round 3 pairings

Here are the results from the second round of the FIDE Grand Prix event being played in Nalchik:

Round 2

Aronian, Levon - Akopian, Vladimir Result: 1-0 Number of moves: 94 Opening:Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav defense Anti-Meran Variation ECO:D45

Svidler, Peter - Ivanchuk, Vassily Result: 1-0 Number of Moves: 29 Opening: Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence ECO:C78

Eljanov, Pavel - Grischuk, Alexander Result: ½-½ Number of Moves: 28 Opening: Queens Gambit Meran variation:ECO:D47

Kamsky, Gata - Bacrot, Etienne Result: ½-½ Number of Moves: 81 Opening: Ruy Lopez Marshall Gambit ECO:C89

Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Karjakin, Sergey Result: ½-½ Number of Moves: 23 Opening: Slav Defence ECO:D15

Leko, Peter - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar Result: ½-½ Number of Moves: 37 Opening: Sicilian Defense:Rauzer Attack ECO:B63

Gelfand, Boris - Alekseev, Evgeny Result: ½-½ Number of moves: 35 Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined Ragozin defense, ECO:D38

You can play through all the games from round 2 move by move by going to this link (you can also download the games in PGN format here:http://www.chessbase.com/news/2009/fide/games/nalchik02.htm

As a consequence of these results, here are the standings in the tournament after two rounds of play:

1. GM Aronian 2754 ARM 2 points

2.GM Grischuk 2748RUS ,GM Svidler 2726 RUS , both have 1.5 points

4-10.GM Eljanov 2693 UKR, GMKarjakin 2721 UKR,GM Alekseev 2716 RUS, GM Kamsky 2720 USA GM Leko 2751 HUN, GMBacrot, 2728 FRA GM Kasimdzhanov 2695 UZB, all have 1 point,

11. GM Mamedyarov 2725 AZE, GM Akopian Vladimir 2696ARM, GM Ivanchuk 2746 UKR,
GM Gelfand Boris 2733 ISR, all have a 1/2 (0.5) point.

Round 3 pairings
Here are the pairings for round 3 of the Grand Prix (white is on the left):

GM Mamedyarov 2725-GMKamsky 2720
GM Akopian 2696 -GMLeko 275
GM Karjakin 2721-GM Aronian 2754
GM Grischuk 2748-GM Kasimdzhanov 2695
GM Alekseev 2716-GM Eljanov 2693
GM Ivanchuk 2746-GMGelfand 2733
GM Bacrot 2728-GM Svidler 2726

Best wishes to all the players in this round!

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