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ICT Acropolis – Crowded on the top

Article by GM Efstratios Grivas

Antoaneta Stefanova Eti

Antoaneta Stefanova

The 6th round of the 24th ICT Acropolis 2009 further complicated the fight for the top-position of the tournament. It’s now 10 chessplayers sharing the first position, Borki Predojevic (Bosnia), Yuri Yakovich, Vladimir Belov and Alexey Reshetnikov (Russia), Adam Tukhaev (Ukraine), Alberto David (Luxembourg), Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) and the Greeks Ioannis Papaioannou, Hristos Banikas and Athanasios Mastrovasilis, with 4,5 points out of 6 games.

The top-seed and winner of the previous two Acropolis Opens, the Israeli Ilia Smirin, is out of the battle for the first position as he lost for a second time in a row by Ex-World Women Champion the Bulgarian Antoaneta Stefanova. Of course, the last three rounds are enough to produce the winner, that might also come from the group of the players that follows with a half point less, with 4/6.

This year’s Acropolis ICT is a co-organisation of the Greek Chess Federation and the Chalkida Chess Academy “Palamedes of Evia”, sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organisation (EOT), the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Greek General Secretariat of Sports, the Region of Attica, the Region of Sterea Ellada, the Prefecture of Evia, the Chalkida Municipality, the TEDK N. Evias, the Football Games Prognosis Organisation (OPAP), the Chalkida Sports Organisation and the “Chalkis” AVEE.

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Round 5 report

Round 6 top results:

GM Predojevic Borki ½ – ½ GM Tukhaev Adam

GM David Alberto ½ – ½ GM Banikas Hristos

FM Reshetnikov Alexey ½ – ½ GM Yakovich Yuri

GM Gupta Abhijeet ½ – ½ GM Azarov Sergei

GM Belov Vladimir 1 – 0 IM Muzychuk Anna

GM Aroshidze Levan 0 – 1 GM Papaioannou Ioannis

GM Dzagnidze Nana ½ – ½ GM Gurevich Mikhail

GM Mamedov Nidjat 0 – 1 GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios

GM Halkias Stelios ½ – ½ GM Svetushkin Dmitry

GM Rozentalis Eduardas ½ – ½ IM Kapnisis Spyridon

IM Harika Dronavalli ½ – ½ GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios

GM Smirin Ilia 0 – 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta

GM Gelashvili Tamaz 1 – 0 FM Yilmaz Mustafa

GM Kolev Atanas 1 – 0 Zygouris Hristos

IM Chirila Ioan-Cristian ½ – ½ IM Peptan Corina-Isabela

GM Romanishin Oleg M 1 – 0 GM Papadopoulos Ioannis

IM Georgiadis Ioannis 3 1 – 0 IM Danielian Elina

Round 7 top pairings:

GM Stefanova Antoaneta 4½ - 4½ GM Predojevic Borki

GM Banikas Hristos 4½ - 4½ GM Belov Vladimir

GM Papaioannou Ioannis 4½ - 4½ FM Reshetnikov Alexey

GM Yakovich Yuri 4½ - 4½ GM Tukhaev Adam

GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios 4½ - 4½ GM David Alberto

GM Azarov Sergei 4 - 4 GM Dzagnidze Nana

GM Gurevich Mikhail 4 - 4 GM Gupta Abhijeet

GM Svetushkin Dmitry 4 - 4 GM Romanishin Oleg

IM Kapnisis Spyridon 4 - 4 GM Gelashvili Tamaz

IM Harika Dronavalli 4 - 4 GM Rozentalis Eduardas

WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 4 - 4 GM Kolev Atanas

GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios 4 - 4 GM Halkias Stelios

GM Koneru Humpy 3½ - 4 IM Georgiadis Ioannis

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Jermuk Grand Prix – Round Six

Aronian, Kasimdzhanov and Alekseev victorious

The Jermuk FIDE Grand Prix continued on Saturday with matches of round six. Levon Aronian pressed hard after that lapse in the previous round and claimed an important victory versus Boris Gelfand. Former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov wins second consecutive game, this time against demoralised Ernesto Inarkiev who run into inferior position with white pieces straight from the opening.

Evgeny Alekseev won a piece from Ivan Cheparinov but it took him many moves to finally sign a point since Bulgarian player wanted to test the opponent’s bishop and knight checkmating technique.

Vassily Ivanchuk was material down against Gata Kamsky, but he built a nice fortress and 50 moves later claimed a draw since there were no captures or pawn advances.

Aronian, Ivanchuk, Kasimdzhanov and Leko are in joint lead with 4.0 points each, full point ahead of the next pack of players. The tournament is taking place on 9-23rd August in Jermuk, Armenia. The event is hosted by the Armenian Chess Federation and dedicated to the memory of the 9th World Chess Champion Tigran Petrosian, who was born 80 years ago.

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Levon Aronian and Peter Leko

Round 6 results:

GM Leko Peter 2756 ½ – ½ GM Bacrot Etienne 2721

GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2760 ½ – ½ GM Karjakin Sergey 2717

GM Akopian Vladimir 2712 ½ – ½ GM Eljanov Pavel 2716

GM Aronian Levon 2768 1 – 0 GM Gelfand Boris 2755

GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2675 0 – 1 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672

GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2703 ½ – ½ GM Kamsky Gata 2717

GM Alekseev Evgeny 2714 1 – 0 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678

Round 6 standings:

1-4. Aronian Levon (2768 ARM), Ivanchuk Vassily (2703 UKR), Kasimdzhanov Rustam (2672 UZB) and Leko Peter (2756 HUN) – 4.0

5-9. Gelfand Boris (2755 ISR), Alekseev Evgeny (2714 RUS), Eljanov Pavel (2716 UKR), Karjakin Sergey (2717 UKR) and Jakovenko Dmitry (2760 RUS) – 3.0

10-13. Kamsky Gata (2717 USA), Bacrot Etienne (2721 FRA), Cheparinov Ivan (2678 BUL) and Akopian Vladimir (2712 ARM) – 2.5

14. Inarkiev Ernesto (2675 RUS) – 1.0

Round 7 pairings:

GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678 - GM Leko Peter 2756

GM Kamsky Gata 2717 - GM Alekseev Evgeny 2714

GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2703

GM Gelfand Boris 2755 - GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2675

GM Eljanov Pavel 2716 - GM Aronian Levon 2768

GM Karjakin Sergey 2717 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2712

GM Bacrot Etienne 2721 - GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2760


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