Morozevich approaches escape velocity in Sarajevo

6/1/2008 – After eight out of ten rounds of the six-player double round robin category 18 tournament – average Elo 2694 – in Bosnia Alexander Morozevich is in the lead with 6.5/8 ("plus five"). What does this mean? His performance is 2933 and in the next rating list he will advance to number two in the world. With wins in the last two rounds he could even go after Anand's pole position. Report and games.

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The Bosnia Sarajevo tournament is taking place from May 23rd to June 2nd, 2008, with the rounds starting at 13:30h CEST. The event has been organised by the Sarajevo Chess Club “Bosna”, the venue is the Concert Hall of House of Army. It is a six-player double round robin, with an additional “B” tournament taking place (average Elo 2445). The rate of play is 90 minutes for 40 moves, with 30 seconds' increment per move, then 15 minutes + 30 seconds/move for the rest of the game. The games are being broadcast on Playchess.com.


In the lead (to put it mildly) in Sarajevo: Russian GM Alexander Morozevich

Standings after seven rounds

The site Live Top List tracks chess ratings of players over 2700 on a daily basis (by Hans Arild Runde). According to the latest calculations the world rankings at this moment, after eight rounds in Sarajevo and all other relevant tournaments, would look like this:

Rank Player
Rating
Change
games
events
born
01 Anand
2798,1
-4,9
2
1
1969
02 Morozevich
2789,1
+15,1
16
2
1977
03 Kramnik
2788,0
0
0
0
1975
04 Ivanchuk
2780,5
+40,5
25
3
1969
05 Topalov
2777,0
+10
10
1
1975
06 Carlsen
2775,4
+10,4
16
3
1990
07 Radjabov
2744,1
-6,9
31
3
1987
08 Mamedyarov
2742,1
-9,9
23
2
1985
09 Shirov
2741,4
+1,4
11
2
1972
10 Leko
2741,0
0
0
0
1979
11 Svidler
2738,0
-8
32
3
1976
12 Aronian
2737,1
-25,9
11
2
1982
13 Adams
2734,5
+5,5
20
2
1971
14 Grischuk
2728,2
+12,2
21
2
1983
15 Movsesian
2727,6
+32,6
43
6
1978
16 Karjakin
2727,3
-4,7
27
3
1990
17 Gelfand
2721,5
-1,5
9
1
1968
18 Kamsky
2720,1
-5,9
22
2
1974
19 Ponomariov
2717,6
-1,4
10
1
1983
20 Eljanov
2717,1
+30,1
19
3
1983

Or, if you prefer a graphic view:

On Monday night we will know if Alexander Morozevich has reached escape velocity and is on a trajectory out of the solar system. We will keep tracking his orbital data.

Standings in the B tournament in Sarajevo


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