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Monday, April 27, 2009

FIDE Grand Prix:Nalchik:round 8-11 results, standings,round 12 pairings

Here are the results from rounds 8-11 of the FIDE Grand Prix Chess event being played at Nalchik:
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Round 8 results (April 23, 2009) (White is on the left):

Aronian, Levon - Svidler, Peter result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 30
Opening: Slav Defence ECO:D11

Leko, Peter - Bacrot, Etienne result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 23
Opening: Queens Indian Defense ECO:D15

Akopian, Vladimir - Alekseev, Evgeny result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 50
Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined Ragozin Defense ECO:D38

Kamsky, Gata - Eljanov, Pavel result: 0-1 number of moves: 67 Opening: Ruy Lopez ECO:C91

Karjakin, Sergey - Grischuk, Alexander result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 75
Opening: Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation ECO:B90

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Ivanchuk, Vassily result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 37
Opening: Gruenfeld Defense 3.g3 ECO:D79

Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Gelfand, Boris result: 0-1 number of moves: 28 Opening:
Semi-Slav defense: Anti-Meran Gambit ECO:D 43

These games can be played through in their entirety move by move by going to this link:
http://chessbase.com/news/2009/fide/games/nalchik08.htm

Standings after Round 8:
1.Aronian: 5 points 2nd-6th Alekseev,Karjakin,Grischuk,Leko, and Svidler, all have 4.5 points, 7th-10th: Mamedyarov,Akopian,Bacrot,and Eljanov, all have 4 points, 11th-12th Kasimdzhanov and Gelfand, both have 3.5 points, 13th: Kamsky, 3 points, 14th: Ivanchuk, 2.5 points.


Round 9 results (April 24, 2009) (White is on the left)

Alekseev, Evgeny - Karjakin, Sergey result: 1-0 number of moves: 47 Opening: Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation ECO:B90

Bacrot, Etienne - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar result: 1-0 number of moves: 31 Opening: Sicilian Defense: Paulsen variation ECO:B46

Grischuk, Alexander - Kamsky, Gata result: 0-1 number of moves: 101 Opening: Ruy Lopez:
Breyer variation ECO:C95

Svidler, Peter - Leko, Peter result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 32 Opening: Ruy Lopez: Closed defense ECO:C88

Gelfand, Boris - Aronian, Levon result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 33 Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined Bf4 variation ECO:D37

Eljanov, Pavel - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 65 Opening: D37 Queen's Gambit Declined Bf4 variation ECO:D37

Ivanchuk, Vassily - Akopian, Vladimir result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 45 Opening:
English Opening: Four Knights variation ECO:A29

These games can be played through in their entirety by going to this link: http://chessbase.com/news/2009/fide/games/nalchik09.htm

Standings after 9 rounds of play:
1st-2nd: Alekseev and Aronian both have 5 1/2 points,
3rd-5th: Leko,Svidler and Bacrot: all have 5 points,
6th-9th:Karjakin,Grischuk,Akopian and Eljanov: all have 4 1/2 points
10th-13th: Kamsky,Gelfand,Mamedyarov and Kasimdzhanov: all have 4 points
14th: Ivanchuk 3 points

Round 10 Results

(April 26, 2009) (White is on the left)

Aronian, Levon - Eljanov, Pavel result: 1-0 number of moves: 50 Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined Bf4 variation ECO:D37

Leko, Peter - Gelfand, Boris result: 1-0 number of moves: 43 Opening: Petroff's Defence ECO:C42

Akopian, Vladimir - Bacrot, Etienne result: 1-0 number of moves: 57 Opening: Sicilian Defence
ECO:B35

Grischuk, Alexander - Alekseev, Evgeny result: 1-0 number of moves: 52 Opening: Nimzo Indian Defense ECO:E58

Kamsky, Gata - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam result: ½-½ (draw) Number of moves: 36
Opening: Petroff's Defence ECO:C42

Karjakin, Sergey - Ivanchuk, Vassily result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 40 Opening:
Sicilian Defense: Sveshnikov variation ECO:B33

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Svidler, Peter result: 1-0 number of moves: 36 Opening: Semi-Slav defense: Anti-Meran Variation ECO:D45

These games can be played through move-by-move in their entirety by going to this link:
http://chessbase.com/news/2009/fide/games/nalchik10.htm

Standings after 10 rounds of play:

1st:Aronian 6 1/2 points,
2nd: Leko 6 points
3rd-5th:Grischuk,Alekseev, and Akopian, all have 5 1/2 points
6th-10th:Mamedyarov, Karjakin,Bacrot and Svidler, all have 5 points
11th-13th:Kamsky,Kasimdzhanov,and Eljanov, all have 4 1/2 points
14th: Ivanchuk, 3 1/2 points

Round 11 Results: (April 27, 2009)

Alekseev, Evgeny - Kamsky, Gata result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 44
Opening: Sicilian Defense: Paulsen variation ECO:B42

Bacrot, Etienne - Karjakin, Sergey result: 1-0 number of moves: 38 Opening: Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation ECO:B90

Svidler, Peter - Akopian, Vladimir result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 22 Opening:
Ruy Lopez: Centre Attack ECO:C84

Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Aronian, Levon result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 67
Opening:Semi-Slav defense: Anti-Meran Variation ECO:D45

Gelfand, Boris - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar result: 1-0 number of moves: 56 Opening:
Blumenfeld Counter Gambit ECO:E10

Eljanov, Pavel - Leko, Peter result: ½-½ (draw) number of moves: 44 Opening:
Queen's Gambit: Semi-slav defense: Meran variation ECO:D47

Ivanchuk, Vassily - Grischuk, Alexander result: 1-0 number of moves: 37 Opening: King's Indian Defense: Classical variation ECO:E97

You can play through these games from round 11 by going to this link:
http://chessbase.com/news/2009/fide/games/nalchik11.htm

Standings after 11 rounds of play:
1st: Aronian 7 points
2nd: Leko 6 1/2 points
3rd-5th:Alekseev, Bacrot and Akopian, all have 6 points
6th-7th: Grischuk and Svidler both have 5 1/2 points
8th-13th:Karjakin,Kamsky,Mamedyarov,Kasimdzhanov,Gelfand and Eljanov all have 5 points
14th:Ivanchuk 4 1/2 points

There are two rounds of play after this round. Here are the pairings for round 12:


Round 12: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 (white is on the right):

Kamsky Gata-Aronian Levon
Leko Peter-Kasimdzhanov
Mamedyarov-Eljanov Pavel
Akopian Vladimir-Gelfand Boris
Karjakin Sergey-Svidler Peter
Grischuk Alexander-Bacrot Etienne
Alekseev Evgeny-Ivanchuk Vassil

Good luck to all the players in round 12!

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