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Jermuk Grand Prix – Round Ten

Levon Aronian and Evgeny Alekseev surge forward

Levon Aronian once again benefited from the rest day at the Jermuk FIDE Grand Prix and won against Dmitry Jakovenko in a beautiful positional style. This result brings him closer to the top of the scoreboard, together with Evgeny Alekseev who crushed Pavel Eljanov’s Berlin Wall with surprising ease. Meanwhile, the three leaders, Leko, Ivanchuk and Kasimdzhanov, all drew their games and remained on tied first place with 6.5 points each.

Boris Gelfand won with Black pieces against Ivan Cheparinov after wise usage of the extra pawn and opposite-coloured Bishops. Ernesto Inarkiev was not impressed with Etienne Bacrot’s sacrifices and converted the material advantage into a full point, which can be an important boost for the Russian player in the remaining rounds.

Evgeny Alekseev

Evgeny Alekseev during the 2nd rest day

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. Official website.

Round 10 results:

GM Leko Peter 2756 ½ – ½ GM Akopian Vladimir 2712

GM Aronian Levon 2768 1 – 0 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2760

GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2675 1 – 0 GM Bacrot Etienne 2721

GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2703 ½ – ½ GM Karjakin Sergey 2717

GM Alekseev Evgeny 2714 1 – 0 GM Eljanov Pavel 2716

GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678 0 – 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2755

GM Kamsky Gata 2717 ½ – ½ GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672

Round 10 standings:

1-3. Leko Peter (2756 HUN), Ivanchuk Vassily (2703 UKR) and Kasimdzhanov Rustam (2672 UZB) – 6.5

4-5. Aronian Levon (2768 ARM) and Alekseev Evgeny (2714 RUS) – 6.0

6-7. Gelfand Boris (2755 ISR) and Karjakin Sergey (2717 UKR) – 5.5

8. Eljanov Pavel (2716 UKR) – 5.0

9. Bacrot Etienne (2721 FRA) – 4.5

10-12. Jakovenko Dmitry (2760 RUS), Kamsky Gata (2717 USA) and Akopian Vladimir (2712 ARM) – 4.0

13-14. Cheparinov Ivan (2678 BUL) and Inarkiev Ernesto (2675 RUS) – 3.0

Round 11 pairings:

GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 - GM Leko Peter 2756

GM Gelfand Boris 2755 - GM Kamsky Gata 2717

GM Eljanov Pavel 2716 - GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678

GM Karjakin Sergey 2717 - GM Alekseev Evgeny 2714

GM Bacrot Etienne 2721 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2703

GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2760 - GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2675

GM Akopian Vladimir 2712 - GM Aronian Levon 2768


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