Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Awesome Aronian Still Tops Amber

Submitted by SonofPearl on
As the best chess players in the world enter the finishing straight of the Amber tournament, Lev Aronian holds a commanding position at the head of the field.
With just two rounds to go, the popular Armenian increased his lead over his nearest rival Magnus Carlsen to a full point. 
Aronian's victim in today's ninth round was Vladimir Kramnik, who is having a tournament he will want to forget as soon as possible.  Aronian won the blindfold game and their rapid clash ended in a draw, leaving Aronian as king of the hill with 13 points, and Kramnik down in the dumps with just 6.
The big clash between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand saw the champion win the blindfold game only for Carlsen to return the favour by taking the rapid.
In a similar fashion Hikaru Nakamura managed a blindfold win over Veselin Topalov only to lose the return game in the rapid.  Ditto for Vugar Gashimov and Boris Gelfand in their match.
In fact, the only other match-loss in round nine came when Anish Giri lost his rapid game against Alexander Grischuk. will have live coverage of round ten on Wednesday 23 March for Platinum and Diamond members starting 6:20 Pacific Time in the US.
The final rounds pit Aronian against Topalov and Karjakin, while Carlsen faces Grischuk and Gelfand. The results on day nine:
Blind Gashimov-Gelfand 1-0

Giri-Grischuk ½-½

Carlsen-Anand 0-1
Blind Nakamura-Topalov 1-0

Aronian-Kramnik 1-0

Ivanchuk-Karjakin ½-½
Rapid Gelfand-Gashimov 1-0

Grischuk-Giri 1-0

Anand-Carlsen 0-1
Rapid Topalov-Nakamura 1-0

Kramnik-Aronian ½-½

Karjakin-Ivanchuk ½-½

The standings after day nine:
1Aronian, Levon ARM 280813
2Carlsen, Magnus NOR 281512
3Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2779
4Anand, Viswanathan IND 2817
5Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2747
6Gashimov, Vugar AZE 27469
7Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2774
8Topalov, Veselin BUL 2775
9Karjakin, Sergey RUS 27768
10Gelfand, Boris ISR 27338
11Giri, Anish NED 2690
12Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 27856

Aronian and Kramnik have had VERY different tournaments

Carlsen and Anand swapped wins

Topalov and Nakamura also traded wins...
Topalov_Naka_Day9.jpg did Gashimov and Gelfand

Giri losing his rapid game with Grischuk

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