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Monday, August 10, 2009

FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Jermuk:Round 2

Here are the results from round 2 of the FIDE Grand Prix chess tournament in Jermuk:
(the player with the white pieces has his name on the left):

Levon Aronian-Evgeny Alekseev result: 1-0 number of moves:72 Opening:Queen's Gambit
Peter Leko-Pavel Eljanov result:draw number of moves:63 Opening:Ruy Lopez
Vladmir Akopian-Ivan Cheparinov result:draw number of moves:44 Opening:Ruy Lopez
Sergey Karjakin-Boris Gelfand result:draw number of moves:36 Opening:Petroff's Defense

Etienne Bacrot-Rustam Kasimdzhanov result:draw number of moves:30 Opening:Petroff's defense

Dmitry Jakovenko-Gata Kamsky result:1-0 number of moves:29 Opening:Slav Defense
Ernesto Inarkiev-Vassily Ivanchuk result:draw number of moves:90 Opening:Sicilian Defense

As a consequence of these games here are the standings after two rounds of play:

Rank after round 2
1st -3rd GM Cheparinov 2678 BUL, GM Aronian 2768 ARM and GM Leko 2756 HUN all have 1.5 points

4th-11th GM Ivanchuk 2703 UKR, GM Kasimdzhanov 2672 UZB,
GM Gelfand 2755ISR GM Eljanov 2716 UKR GM Karjakin 2717 UKR
GM Bacrot 2721 FRA,GM Jakovenko 2760 RUS
GM Akopian 2712 ARM, all have 1 point

12th-14th GM Inarkiev 2675 RUS GM Alekseev 2714 RUS and GM Kamsky Gata2717USA
all have 1/2 point

Here are the pairings for round 3, which will be played on Tuesday:

2GMIvanchuk Vassily2703-GMLeko Peter275614
3GMAlekseev Evgeny2714-GMInarkiev Ernesto26751
4GMCheparinov Ivan2678-GMAronian Levon276813
5GMKamsky Gata2717-GMAkopian Vladimir271212
6GMKasimdzhanov Rustam2672-GMJakovenko Dmitry276011
7GMGelfand Boris2755-GMBacrot Etienne272110
8GMEljanov Pavel2716-GMKarjakin Sergey27179

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Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



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