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Gelfand and Kamski victorious in Jermuk Grand Prix round 12

Leko and Ivanchuk still sharing the lead

Boris Gelfand plays another brilliant game with the Meran Defence to beat the former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the penultimate round of the Jermuk FIDE Grand Prix. Kasimdzhanov has dropped out of the leading pack, where Peter Leko and Vassily Ivanchuk are still maintaining position with 7.5 points each.

Gata Kamsky is clearly enjoying the most classical of all opening, the main line of the Ruy Lopez, where he gradually outplayed Pavel Eljanov. Peter Leko and Levon Aronian drew their game, but the curiosity is that the Hungarian Grandmaster sacrificed a pawn as white in an attempt to squeeze some advantage against the Marshall Attack.

Jermuk Gelfand

Boris Gelfand

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 12 results:

GM Leko Peter 2756 ½ – ½ GM Aronian Levon 2768

GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2675 ½ – ½ GM Akopian Vladimir 2712

GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2703 ½ – ½ GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2760

GM Alekseev Evgeny 2714 ½ – ½ GM Bacrot Etienne 2721

GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678 ½ – ½ GM Karjakin Sergey 2717

GM Kamsky Gata 2717 1 – 0 GM Eljanov Pavel 2716

GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 0 – 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2755

Round 12 standings:

1-2. Leko Peter (2756 HUN) and Ivanchuk Vassily (2703 UKR) – 7.5

3-6. Aronian Levon (2768 ARM), Gelfand Boris (2755 ISR), Alekseev Evgeny (2714 RUS) and Kasimdzhanov Rustam (2672 UZB) – 7.0

7. Karjakin Sergey (2717 UKR) – 6.5

8. Eljanov Pavel (2716 UKR) – 6.0

9-10. Bacrot Etienne (2721 FRA) and Kamsky Gata (2717 USA) – 5.5

11. Akopian Vladimir (2712 ARM) – 5.0

12-13. Jakovenko Dmitry (2760 RUS) and Inarkiev Ernesto (2675 RUS) – 4.5

14. Cheparinov Ivan (2678 BUL) – 3.5

Round 13 pairings:

GM Gelfand Boris 2755 - GM Leko Peter 2756

GM Eljanov Pavel 2716 - GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672

GM Karjakin Sergey 2717 - GM Kamsky Gata 2717

GM Bacrot Etienne 2721 - GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678

GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2760 - GM Alekseev Evgeny 2714

GM Akopian Vladimir 2712 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2703

GM Aronian Levon 2768 - GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2675


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