Levon Aronian and Dmitry Jakovenko victorious
The 5th FIDE Grand Prix 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.
Local favourite and winner of two earlier Grand Prix stages, Levon Aronian, fulfilled expectations of his fans and scored a point with white pieces against Evgeny Alekseev. It was Aronian’s trusted Catalan opening in which he maintained pressure and directed the play towards promising endgame. It is always difficult to win with Queens on the board, even with an extra pawn, but black’s structure was slightly compromised and Aronian relentlessly secured a victory.
After the starting defeat in round one, Dmitry Jakovenko made a comeback this Monday and deftly punished Gata Kamsky’s adventure in Chebanenko Slav defence. It is nothing new for Jakovenko to allow himself a bad opening day only to strike back in the second round – he did the same in recent Dortmund, against Carlsen and Naiditsch respectively.
Ivan Cheparinov, Levon Aronian and Peter Leko are in early lead with 1.5 points each. Official website.
Round 2 results:
GM Leko Peter 2756 ½ – ½ GM Eljanov Pavel 2716
GM Karjakin Sergey 2717 ½ – ½ GM Gelfand Boris 2755
GM Bacrot Etienne 2721 ½ – ½ GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2760 1 – 0 GM Kamsky Gata 2717
GM Akopian Vladimir 2712 ½ – ½ GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678
GM Aronian Levon 2768 1 – 0 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2714
GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2675 ½ – ½ GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2703
Round 3 pairings:
GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2703 - GM Leko Peter 2756
GM Alekseev Evgeny 2714 - GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2675
GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678 - GM Aronian Levon 2768
GM Kamsky Gata 2717 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2712
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 - GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2760
GM Gelfand Boris 2755 - GM Bacrot Etienne 2721
GM Eljanov Pavel 2716 - GM Karjakin Sergey 2717