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Friday, September 25, 2009

2009 Inventi Chess Tournament:GM Section round 7 and 8 results and standings, round 9 pairings

Here are the results from round 7 of the 2009 Inventi Chess Tournament:
(the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Round 7 (September 24, 2009)
Sutovsky, Emil - Muzychuk, Anna½-½50B43Sicilian Paulsen
Bacrot, Etienne- Stefanova, Antoaneta½-½53C48Four Knights Rubinstein
Socko, Bartosz- Michiels, Bart1-035B31Sicilian Rossolimo
Sargissian, Gabriel- Timman, Jan H½-½46E16Queens Indian
Howell, David W L- Sasikiran, Krishnan½-½31B22Sicilian Alapin

These results meant the following standings existed after 7 rounds of play:

1st: Sutovsky: 5.5 points
2nd:Bacrot : 5 points
3rd and 4th:Sasikiran and Stefanova: 4 points
5th-7th: Sargissian,Socko and Muzychuk: 3.5 points
8th: Timman: 3 points
9th: Michiels: 2 points
10th: Howell: 1 point

Here are the results from round 8 of the tournament( the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Round 8 (September 25, 2009)
Bacrot, Etienne- Sutovsky, Emil½-½32B90Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Stefanova, Antoaneta- Sasikiran, Krishnan0-139A45Trompowsky
Timman, Jan H- Howell, David W L1-053A05Various
Muzychuk, Anna- Socko, Bartosz½-½52B05Alekhine's Defence
Michiels, Bart- Sargissian, Gabriel½-½56B04Alekhine's Defence

As a consequence of these games here are the standings after 8 rounds of play:

1st: Sutovsky: 6 points
2nd:Bacrot : 5.5 points
3rd:Sasikiran: 5 points
4th: Stefanova: 4 points
5th-8th: Sargissian,Socko,Timman and Muzychuk:4 points
9th: Michiels: 2.5 points
10th: Howell: 1 point

Here are the pairings for round 9 (which is the last round of play in the tournament):

1GM Sutovsky, Emil3.0ISR2676GM Stefanova, Antoaneta2.0BUL2527
2GM Socko, Bartosz1.5POL2637GM Bacrot, Etienne3.0FRA2709
3GM Sargissian, Gabriel2.0ARM2678IM Muzychuk, Anna2.5SLO2533
4GM Howell, David0.5ENG2624IM Michiels, Bart1.5BEL2462
5GM Sasikiran, Krishnan2.5IND2661GM Timman, Jan1.5NED2588

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The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.