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Eljanov undoes Inarkiev

Pavel Eljanov bounced back from yesterday's defeat by beating this morning's leader Ernesto Inarkiev.
Alekseev won his second game in a row, this time at the expense of the out-of-sorts Akopian. The twenty-four year old Russian joins a group of four others in equal second.

A sharp Caro-Kann advance seemed to go wrong very quickly for Inarkiev as a pin along the a5-e1 diagonal led to White losing a pawn. So Eljanov wins again with Black and retakes the lead.

Alekseev moves up to after gradually outplaying Akopian in a closed Spanish keeping the Armenian firmly at the bottom of the tournament.

Game No.NameRatingResultNameRatingOpening
1Peter Leko27350.5-0.5Vassily Ivanchuk2741Spanish Stienitz Deferred C75
2Evgeny Alekseev27001-0Vladimir Akopian2694Spanish Chigorin C97
3Teimour Radjabov27400.5-0.5Dmitry Jakovenko2725Catalan/Bogoljubov E11
4Ruslan Ponomariov27330.5-0.5Boris Gelfand2741Slav Defence D12
5Ernesto Inarkiev26690-1Pavel Eljanov2751Caro-Kann B12
6Wang Yue27520.5-0.5Shakhriyar Mamedyarov2763King's Indian defence E68
7Vugar Gashimov27340.5-0.5Peter Svidler2735Spanish Breyer C95

There were three Spanishes today, apart from Akopian's downing the other two led to long endgames.

Ivanchuk was always a shade worse but was able to steer the game into a drawn rook ending despite being a pawn down.

Gashimov had a pull going into an opposite bishop ending, but never really looked like breaching Svidler's defences. Svidler now has six draws plus one accident and will be slightly frustrated not to have won any games yet. He will however be pleased that England won the Twenty20 World Cup in cricket, as he is an ardent supporter of Her Majesty's team in that so-British of sports!

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Radjabov pushed long and hard but couldn't win, so that makes seven draws for him!

The rankings after seven rounds:

RankingNameCountryPresent RatingPoints
1stPavel EljanovUkraine27514.5
2nd-6thEvgeny AlekseevRussia27004
2nd-6thVugar GashimovAzerbaijan27344
2nd-6thErnesto InarkievRussia26694
2nd-6thDmitry JakovenkoRussia27254
2nd-6thPeter LekoHungary27354
7th-9thBoris GelfandIsrael27413.5
7th-9thTeimour RadjabovAzerbaijan27403.5
7th-9thWang YueChina27523.5
10th-13thVassily IvanchukUkraine27413
10th-13thShakhriyar MamedyarovAzerbaijan27633
10th-13thRuslan PonomariovUkraine27333
10th-13thPeter SvidlerRussia27353
14thVladimir AkopianArmenia26942

Five players are on Eljanov's heels. At the bottom Akopian is at risk of losing touch with the others.

For further information on this event, I suggest that you go to the official tournament site.

It's tough at the bottom. @ official site

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