Medias R01: Gelfand and Nisipeanu win

6/14/2010 – This year's Kings Tournament is being held in Medias, Romania (the previous editions were in the nearby Bazna). The event is a category 20 double round robin with six players, all but one over 2700. In round one Gelfand and Nisipeanu beat Wang Yue and Radjabov, while top seed Magnus Carlsen drew against Ruslan Ponomariov. Commentary to follow, for now here's our express report.

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ROMGAZ and the Chess Club Society "Elisabeta Polihroniade” of Bucharest are staging a double round robin tournament with six top GMs: the world's highest ranked player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who at the age of 19 has an Elo rating of 2813. Ukrainian GM Ruslan Ponomariov is a former FIDE knockout world champion; Boris Gelfand of Israel, winner of the FIDE World Cup in 2009; the top Chinese player Wang Yue; Teimour Radjabov, the second highest ranked player of Azerbaijan, and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, the best Romanian player. The competition is taking place from June 14th to 25th 2010 in Medias, Romania.

4th Kings Tournament 2010 in Medias, Romania


Medias, a stone's throw away from the orignal venue in Bazna [View larger map]

Round one


Top seed Magnus Carlsen, 2813, at the drawing of colours


Second seed at 2752, Wang Yue, China's top GM


Boris Gelfand of Israel, 2741, third seed in Medias


Teimour Radjabov, 2740, one of Azerbaijan's top GMs


Ruslan Ponomariov, 2733, fifth seed in this tournament


Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, 2672, strongest Romanian GM

Results of round one (Monday June 14, 2010)

Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter
1-0
Radjabov, Teimour
Gelfand, Boris
1-0
Wang Yue
Carlsen, Magnus
½-½
Ponomariov, Ruslan

GM game commentary to follow...


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