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Vassily Ivanchuk and Peter Leko in command in Jermuk

FIDE Grand Prix, 9-23rd August

Round Seven

An impressive round of the ongoing Jermuk FIDE Grand Prix staged six beautiful games with decisive result and only one uneventful draw. Peter Leko lectured Ivan Cheparinov in fine positional play and smoothly converted the advantage later in the Rook endgame, which propelled him forward to take a sole lead with 5.0 points.

Levon Aronian suffered another setback and lost a second game with Meran defence, this time against the determined Pavel Eljanov. Meanwhile, Vladimir Akopian also repeated his defence, Chigorin Ruy Lopez, only to succumb to Sergey Karjakin. Armenian fans are being left wondering whether their favourites could use some opening repertoire expansion.

French star Etienne Bacrot was resolute to take vengeance for his Dortmund Sparkassen loss against Dmitry Jakovenko. After the initial Ragozin defence, the position transposed into a familiar Carlsbad structure where black is left with backward c6-pawn. Bacrot patiently maneuvered until Jakovenko allowed a blow on h5, after which black position fell apart.

Gata Kamsky and Ernesto Inarkiev were defeated again, while Kasimdzhanov-Ivanchuk finished with repetition around 20th move.

Round 7 results:

GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678 0 – 1 GM Leko Peter 2756

GM Kamsky Gata 2717 0 – 1 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2714

GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 ½ – ½ GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2703

GM Gelfand Boris 2755 1 – 0 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2675

GM Eljanov Pavel 2716 1 – 0 GM Aronian Levon 2768

GM Karjakin Sergey 2717 1 – 0 GM Akopian Vladimir 2712

GM Bacrot Etienne 2721 1 – 0 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2760

Round 7 standings:

1. Leko Peter (2756 HUN) – 5.0

2-3. Ivanchuk Vassily (2703 UKR) and Kasimdzhanov Rustam (2672 UZB) – 4.5

4-8. Aronian Levon (2768 ARM), Gelfand Boris (2755 ISR), Alekseev Evgeny (2714 RUS), Eljanov Pavel (2716 UKR) and Karjakin Sergey (2717 UKR) – 4.0

9. Bacrot Etienne (2721 FRA) – 3.5

10. Jakovenko Dmitry (2760 RUS) – 3.0

11-13. Kamsky Gata (2717 USA), Cheparinov Ivan (2678 BUL) and Akopian Vladimir (2712 ARM) – 2.5

14. Inarkiev Ernesto (2675 RUS) – 1.0

Round Eight

Monday’s round was far less exciting as only Vassily Ivanchuk pulled a win from Boris Gelfand after a long struggle. Even more exhausting was the game between Peter Leko and Dmitry Jakovenko who started with Berlin Ruy Lopez and later shuffled an endgame for about 90 moves before finally settling it as a draw.

Inarkiev and Eljanov took a day off with a quick draw by repetition, but Cheparinov-Kamsky and Alekseev-Kasimdzhanov were fought until bare Kings appeared on the board.

Peter Leko and Vassily Ivanchuk are leading with 5.5 points each, half a point behind is Rustam Kasimdzhanov on the 3rd place.

Vassily Ivanchuk square 7

Vassily Ivanchuk

Round 8 results:

GM Leko Peter 2756 ½ – ½ GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2760

GM Akopian Vladimir 2712 ½ – ½ GM Bacrot Etienne 2721

GM Aronian Levon 2768 ½ – ½ GM Karjakin Sergey 2717

GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2675 ½ – ½ GM Eljanov Pavel 2716

GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2703 1 – 0 GM Gelfand Boris 2755

GM Alekseev Evgeny 2714 ½ – ½ GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672

GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678 ½ – ½ GM Kamsky Gata 2717

Round 8 standings:

1-2. Leko Peter (2756 HUN) and Ivanchuk Vassily (2703 UKR) – 5.5

3. Kasimdzhanov Rustam (2672 UZB) – 5.0

4-7. Aronian Levon (2768 ARM), Alekseev Evgeny (2714 RUS), Eljanov Pavel (2716 UKR) and Karjakin Sergey (2717 UKR) – 4.5

8-9. Bacrot Etienne (2721 FRA) and Gelfand Boris (2755 ISR) – 4.0

10. Jakovenko Dmitry (2760 RUS) – 3.5

11-13. Kamsky Gata (2717 USA), Cheparinov Ivan (2678 BUL) and Akopian Vladimir (2712 ARM) – 3.0

14. Inarkiev Ernesto (2675 RUS) – 1.5

Round 9 pairings:

GM Kamsky Gata 2717 - GM Leko Peter 2756

GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 - GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678

GM Gelfand Boris 2755 - GM Alekseev Evgeny 2714

GM Eljanov Pavel 2716 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2703

GM Karjakin Sergey 2717 - GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2675

GM Bacrot Etienne 2721 - GM Aronian Levon 2768

GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2760 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2712

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