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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

FIDE Grand Prix:Nalchik:round 6 and 7 results, standings,round 8 pairings

Since I last reported to you, two rounds of play have been completed at the FIDE Grand Prix chess event in Nalchik. In round 6 once again we had a situation where there were more games with decisive results than with draws (by a margin of 4 games to three). It was interesting to see that GM Alekseev essayed a Blumenfeld Counter Gambit opening against GM Leko. I first heard of this opening, when I saw GM Tukmakov play it a great deal in his tournament victory in the Canadian Open chess event held years ago in my home town of Edmonton. This opening has similarities to the Benko Gambit. From what I have read, some top players have expressed their belief that the Blumenfeld Counter Gambit (invented by Russian Master Benjamon Markovich Blumenfeld (1884-1947)) is more sound that the Benko Gambit. The game which might be the most famous relating to the Blumenfeld Counter Gambit is the one which occurred in 1922 between Tarrasch (playing white) and Alekhine (playing black). This game was played at the Pistyan tournament and was won by Alekhine. You can play through the moves of this game by going to this link:

Here are the results from round 6 of the Nalchik event played on April 21st:

(white is on the left):

Aronian - Ivanchuk, result: 1-0 number of moves: 40 Opening: English Opening: Symmetrical variation ECO:A31

Leko - Alekseev, result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 54 Opening: Blumenfeld Counter Gambit, ECO:E10

Mamedyarov -Grischuk,result: 1-0 number of moves: 38 Opening: Queen's Gambit: Slav Defence ECO:D10

Akopian -Karjakin, result: 1-0 number of moves: 71 Opening: Sicilian Najdorf Variation ECO:B90

Kasimdzhanov- Bacrot, result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 20 Opening: Nimzo Indian Defense ECO:E32

Kamsky - Gelfand result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 41 Opening:Catalan ECO: E04

Eljanov - Svidler, result 0-1 number of moves: 73 Opening: Gruenfeld Defense ECO:D91

Round 6 Standings:

1.Aronian 4 points,

2nd-5th, Leko,Grischuk, Alekseev, and Svidler 3.5 points,

6th-11th Mamedyarov, Karajakin,Kamsky,Akopian, Bacrot, and Kasimdzhanov 3 points,

12th Gefand 2.5 points,

13th Eljanov 2 points,

14th place Ivanchuk 1.5 points


Round 7

In round 7 of the tournament, there were two games having decisive results and the remaining 5 games were all draws. Here are the results from round 7 (white is on the left):

Karjakin - Kamsky result: 1-0 number of moves: 32 Opening:French Defense:Winawer variation ECO: C19

Alekseev - Mamedyarov, result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 52 Opening: Pirc Defence ECO:B07

Grischuk - Akopian result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 43 Opening: Slav Defence ECO:D17

Svidler - Kasimdzhanov, result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 22 Opening: Petroff's Defence ECO:C43

Bacrot - Aronian, result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 38 Opening: Ruy Lopez Marshall Gambit ECO:C89

Gelfand - Eljanov, result: 0-1 number of moves: 36 Opening: Reti Opening ECO:A13

Ivanchuk - Leko, result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 55 Opening: Ruy Lopez Anderssen variation ECO:C77

As a consequence of these results, here are the standings after 7 rounds of play:

Round 7 Standings:1.Aronian 4.5 points ,2nd-6th, Leko, Grischuk, Alekseev,Karjakin and Svidler all have 4 points,7th-10th Mamedyarov,Akopian,Bacrot, and Kasimdzhanov all have 3.5 points, 11th-12th . Kamsky and Eljanov 3 points ,13th Gefand 2.5 points, ,14th place Ivanchuk 2 points

Here are the pairings for round 8 (white is on the left):

Round 8: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Kamsky --Eljanov
Kasimdzhanov -Gelfand
Aronian Levon--Svidler
Leko -Bacrot
Mamedyarov -Ivanchuk
Akopian -Alekseev
Karjakin -Grischuk

Best wishes to all the players!

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