Black equalized in the Ponomariov-Mamedyarov clash and during a long series of manoeuvres, both players were probing to find a chink in their opponent's armour. Late on, Ponomariov found a way to seize the c-file and Mamedyarov resigned in the face of the coming king invasion.
Kramnik played the Catalan, another example of this 'in vogue' opening system. Naiditsch sacrificed a pawn 'for play' but Kramnik resisted the pressure and broke out by sacrificing the exchange, safe in the knowledge that his opponent had a rook locked out of play. This fact essentially cost Black the game.
|Name||Rating||Country||Result||Name||Rating||Country||No. of Moves||Opening|
|Peter Leko||2734||HUN||0-1||Le Quang Liem||2681||VIE||59||Caro-Kann (Advance Variation)|
|Ruslan Ponomariov||2734||UKR||1-0||Shakhriyar Mamedyarov||2761||AZE||51||Nimzoindian Defence (4.Qc2)|
|Vladimir Kramnik||2790||RUS||1-0||Arkadij Naiditsch||2684||GER||51||Catalan opening|
Peter Leko against Le Quang Liem was a struggle between the two bishops and a pair of knights. Black's superior pawn structure eventually became the main factor once the game had simplified. The Vietnamese player obtained a strong advanced pawn which cost White a piece and with Rook, knight and pawn against Rook and two pawns, he was able to mop up White's pawns without losing his own.
|Posn.||Player's Name||Wld. Ranking||Nation||Rating||Points|
|2nd-3rd||Le Quang Liem||55||VIE||2681||3|
Le Quang Liem has won two in a row and has now caught Mamedyarov in second place.
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