Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Happy Birthday For Ivanchuk At Amber

Submitted by SonofPearl on
Vassily Ivanchuk has had a rough time so far at the 2011 Amber tournament, but on day six he celebrated his 42nd birthday by beating world champion Vishy Anand in their rapid game.
It was a strangely lop-sided round with all the blindfold games ending up as draws, and all the rapid games being decisive.
One of the losers was leader Lev Aronian, who succumbed to Alexander Grischuk but he still keeps his lead with an overall score of 8.5/12.
Magnus Carlsen was slightly fortunate to escape with a draw in his blindfold game with Sergey Karjakin but recovered to win the rapid.
Hikaru Nakamura slipped further off the pace with a loss to Boris Gelfand, and Veselin Topalov fared no better, losing to Vugar Gashimov.
Vladimir Kramnik's win against Anish Giri condemned the 16-year old star to the bottom of the leaderboard.
Cheer up Chucky! You beat the world champion on your birthday!

The results on day six:
Blind Gelfand-Nakamura ½-½

Grischuk-Aronian ½-½

Anand-Ivanchuk ½-½
Blind Topalov-Gashimov ½-½

Kramnik-Giri ½-½

Karjakin-Carlsen ½-½
Rapid Nakamura-Gelfand 0-1

Aronian-Grischuk 0-1

Ivanchuk-Anand 1-0
Rapid Gashimov-Topalov 1-0

Giri-Kramnik 0-1

Carlsen-Karjakin 1-0

The standings after round six:
1Aronian, Levon ARM 2808
2Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2815
3Grischuk, Alexander RUS 27477
4Anand, Viswanathan IND 28177
5Gelfand, Boris ISR 27336
6Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2779
7Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2776
8Topalov, Veselin BUL 2775
9Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2746
10Nakamura, Hikaru USA 27745
11Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 27855
12Giri, Anish NED 26904

Ivanchuk won the game of the day prize for his victory against Anand

Aronian loses his first game of the event

Carlsen reclaimed second spot with his win against Karjakin

Nakamura's tough event continued with a loss to Gelfand

Married life seems to have taken the edge off Topalov's play...

Photos: Max Euwe Association.

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