Wednesday, April 29, 2009 16:42
While Aronian got luckily away with a draw, Leko punished Kasimdzhanov for his bad performance. In the last round, starting two hours earlier today, Aronian and Leko will fight out in a direct confrontation who will be the winner of the 4th Grand Prix in Nalchik. Video added.
By IM Robert Ris
The first game that finished in round 12 was the...
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 16:19
Levon Aronian and runner-up Peter Leko both did their job by drawing their black games in the eleventh round in Nalchik and therefore nothing significantly changed in the standings. Because Ivanchuk and Gelfand won their games, the rest of the field has become very tight. With two rounds to go, Leko may want to try hard with White against...
Monday, April 27, 2009 20:29
Did someone say ‚ÄûBlack is hot‚Äú? In round 10 of the Grand Prix he was not! The players with the black pieces only scored one draw out of six games plus another draw out of a non-game. Even the Petroff only scored 25 percent. As a result, Aronian is still in sole lead, now half a point ahead of Leko. Video added.
By Michael Schwerteck
Saturday, April 25, 2009 17:45
In another excellent round fight in Nalchik, Evgeny Alekseev climbed to shared first place after a fine win over Sergey Karjakin. Gata Kamsky finally won again, beating Grischuk with Black, and Etienne Bacrot scored his first win of the tournament after drawing eight. The rest of the games were very interesting draws. Video added.
By Arne Moll
Friday, April 24, 2009 16:08
The Grand Prix in Nalchik keeps on producing exciting chess. In the eighth round Black was in perfect shape by winning two games, while the remaining games ended in draw. Beyond dispute, man of the day was Boris Gelfand, who came up already on move nine with an surprising novelty and outplayed Rustam Kasimdzhanov in only 28 moves! Video added.
Thursday, April 23, 2009 20:44
In round seven of the Nalchik Grand Prix, Karjakin and Eljanov won their games, while Aronian maintained his lead. The round was also notable for the players‚Äò opening choices ‚Äì some were unusual, some instructive and some rather strange. Update: video added!
By Michael Schwerteck
Games round 7
The greatest revelation, as far as openings are...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 15:40
The 4th Grand Prix tournament is becoming a nice and bloody one, as tournament leader Alexander Grischuk was beaten by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in round six. As it turns out anyone can beat anyone. Levon Aronian took advantage by beating Vassily Ivanchuk and thereby regaining the tournament lead.
By IM Merijn van Delft
Grischuk is finding himself...
Monday, April 20, 2009 22:35
Chess is a difficult game. Not only because you have to make good moves, but also because you have to stay alert for many hours. However hard you've worked before, one tiny lapse of concentration can destroy hours of labour. This sadly happened to Gata Kamsky in the fifth round of the Nalchik Grand Prix against Vladimir Akopian. Of course, all...
Sunday, April 19, 2009 16:53
Chess fans generally want as many decisive games as possible, but a fighting draw with strong play from both sides can be very attractive as well. There were as many as six draws in the fourth round of the Nalchik Grand Prix, but one should not complain ‚Äì all of them were hard-fought and some even highly interesting. Update: video added!
Saturday, April 18, 2009 17:00
After a marvellous start of 2/2 Levon Aronian was held by Sergey Karjakin, who announced earlier this week that he will play for Russia in the near future. Main reason is the less reward for the big results the Ukrainian team achieved in last few years, for example winning the 2004 Olympiad. (Video added!)
By IM Robert Ris
It doesn‚Äôt look like...