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Inarkiev into the lead!

The lowest-rated participant is now the sole leader on 4/6 after beating Gelfand with Black, whereas the previous leader Eljanov lost (with White!) to Alekseev.
It's surprising at this level that Black has a plus score after six rounds.
Grand Prix hopeful Teimour Radjabov (see the photo) has six draws, the only player on such a sequence.

The rest day seems to have reinvigorated the players who were involved in some hard-fought struggles with six out of the seven games going beyond move forty.

The sixth round featured four decisive results, of which three were with Black!

Gelfand was tricked by Inarkiev, the Russian having a strong resource at the end of a sharp line, as he gained two bishops for a rook. The ending was then hopeless for the World Cup champion.

Game No.NameRatingResultNameRatingOpening
1Peter Svidler27350.5-0.5Peter Leko2735Spanish Berlin (C67)
2Vassily Ivanchuk27410.5-0.5Teimour Radjabov2740English opening (A16)
3Dmitry Jakovenko27251-0Ruslan Ponomariov2733Grünfeld Exchange (D85)
4Boris Gelfand27410-1Ernesto Inarkiev2669Semi-Slav defence (D46)
5Pavel Eljanov27510-1Evgeny Alekseev2700Queen's Indian defence (E17)
6Vladimir Akopian26940-1Wang Yue2752Petroff's defence (C42)
7Shakhriyar Mamedyarov27630.5-0.5Vugar Gashimov2734Chebanenko Slav (D15)

Alekseev had Black against the (former!) leader.

Maybe! @ official site

As a reminder here are the results from Friday's fifth round, which coincidentally was another good day for the holders of the black pieces!

Game No.NameRatingResultNameRatingOpening
1Shakhriyar Mamedyarov27630.5-0.5Peter Svidler2735Grünfeld Russian System (D97)
2Vugar Gashimov27340.5-0.5Vladimir Akopian2694Spanish Chigorin (C99)
3Wang Yue27520-1Pavel Eljanov2751Slav defence (D12)
4Evgeny Alekseev27000.5-0.5Boris Gelfand2741Italian game (C54)
5Ernesto Inarkiev26690.5-0.5Dmitry Jakovenko2725Spanish Berlin (C67)
6Ruslan Ponomariov27330-1Vassily Ivanchuk2741Semi-Slav (D46)
7Teimour Radjabov27400.5-0.5Peter Leko2735Queen's Gambit Vienna

The general impression is that the players are making hard work of gaining any advantage as White!

...if he plays that, then I have this, and then... @ official site

The rankings after six rounds:

RankingNameCountryPresent RatingPoints
1stErnesto InarkievRussia26694
2nd-5thPavel EljanovUkraine27513.5
2nd-5thVugar GashimovAzerbaijan27343.5
2nd-5thDmitry JakovenkoRussia27253.5
2nd-5thPeter LekoHungary27353.5
6th-9thEvgeny AlekseevRussia27003
6th-9thBoris GelfandIsrael27413
6th-9thTeimour RadjabovAzerbaijan27403
6th-9thWang YueChina27523
10th-13thVassily IvanchukUkraine27412.5
10th-13thShakhriyar MamedyarovAzerbaijan27632.5
10th-13thRuslan PonomariovUkraine27332.5
10th-13thPeter SvidlerRussia27352.5
14thVladimir AkopianArmenia26942

Twelve of the fourteen players are within a win or a loss of 50%.

The two under-2700s are first and last.

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


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