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Gelfand looking good!

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Boris Gelfand won with Black in an exciting game against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and now only needs to draw with White to reach the next match. Kamsky and Topalov also drew, so Gata Kamsky is also in the same happy situation. The other two matchs are all square after three straight draws.

Another Grünfeld and yet again Aronian obtained some pressure. He had a strong light-squared bishop and was able to test Alexander Grischuk into the endgame. The Armenian favourite won a pawn, but Grischuk was active enough and able to hold the rook endgame.

Three draws, and Alexander Grischuk has White tomorrow.

Nom World rank

Pays

Elo

1

2

3

4

Score so far

Levon Aronian 3

ARM

2808

½ ½ ½  
Alexander Grischuk 12

RUS

2747

½ ½ ½  

Kramnik repeated the Queen's Gambit, but changed variation. This time he sacrificed a pawn, but forcing play led to him winning it back. A lively game led to a perpetual in a queen and rook pseudo-endgame.

Kramnik will have White in the fourth game. Another draw and the match will head into rapidplay tie-breaks.

Nom World rank

Pays

Elo

1

2

3

4

Score so far

Teimour Radjabov 13

AZE

2744

½ ½ ½  
Vladimir Kramnik 4

RUS

2785

½ ½ ½  

Veselin Topalov, seeking a win, repeated the Najdorf. Kamsky reacted quietly and again kept his king in the centre as the queens came off early. The queenless middlegame stayed fairly balanced, but there was still plenty of play. Kamsky found a simplifying combination which forced Topalov to repeat.

Nom World rank

Pays

Elo

1

2

3

4

Score so far

Gata Kamsky 18

USA

2732

½ 1 ½   2
Veselin Topalov 7

BUL

2775

½ 0 ½   1

Game of the day was Boris Gelfand's win with Black. Mamedyarov sacrificed a pawn to obtain an attack, but Gelfand gave back the exchange in order to dominate the centre. Later, Mamedyarov was still able to obtain threats on the kingside, but Gelfand gave up a piece to stymy White's play. Later, with the unusual material balance of six pawns for a rook, there was no stopping the general advance of Black's forces.

A draw tomorrow will be enough for Boris Gelfand to progress.

Nom World rank

Pays

Elo

1

2

3

4

Score so far
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 9

AZE

2772

½ ½  0   1
Boris Gelfand 16

ISR

2733

½ ½ 1   2

Otherwise another useful source is the FIDE site:

 Fédération Internationale des Échecs

 To watch the games live :  http://kazan2011.fide.com/live-games.html

The games will start at 3 pm local time

This means 1 pm in Paris & Madrid

12 noon in London

7am New York

4am Los Angeles

 


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