Jermuk R2: Aronian and Jakovenko win

8/11/2009 – In the second round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Armenia local hero Levon Aronian scored a win over Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev, while Dmitry Jakovenko, who had lost his game in round one, defeated US GM Gata Kamsky. The other games were drawn. You can watch the event live on Playchess.com or the FIDE Grand Prix web site. Full illustrated report.

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Fifth FIDE Grand Prix in Jermuk, Armenia

This is a Category 19 event, with eleven GM rated over 2700. They include Armenia's top GM Levon Aronian who after convincing first place finishes in Sochi and Nalchik stands to earn the right to play in the 2010 qualification for the right to challenge the World Champion.

The Fifth FIDE Grand Prix is being played on the occasion of World Champion Tigran Petrosian’s 80th anniversary. Petrosian is still an Armenian hero who symbolized the overcoming of the difficulties faced by the Armenian nation.

Round two

Round 2: Monday, August 10, 2009

Leko Peter
½-½
Eljanov Pavel
Karjakin Sergey
½-½
Gelfand Boris
Bacrot Etienne
½-½
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
Jakovenko Dmitry
1-0
Kamsky Gata
Akopian Vladimir
½-½
Cheparinov Ivan
Aronian Levon
1-0
Alekseev Evgeny
Inarkiev Ernesto
½-½
Ivanchuk Vassily

Some of our readers may be aware of the mantra: "Size doesn't matter." Well, as it turns out, the same holds true for the length of a chess game. With two rounds of the FIDE Grand Prix in Jarmuk currently completed, Dmitry Jakavenko has returned with the fighting spirit he demonstrated in Dortmund, having involved himself in two of the four decisive encounters seen thus far in this tournament. In fact, his handling of Kamsky brought the quickest result to date – a short, sharp Grunfeld that ended after 29 moves.


Dmitry Jakovenko in his second round game against Gata Kamsky

Jakovenko,D (2760) - Kamsky,G (2717) [D15]
5th FIDE GP Jermuk ARM (2), 10.08.2009
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.d4 d5 4.Nc3 a6 5.e3 g6 6.Bd3 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Qb3 e6 9.e4 dxe4 10.Bxe4 Nbd7 11.Be3 Qc7 12.c5 Ng4 13.Bg5 e5 14.Be7 exd4 15.Na4 Qf4 16.Rfe1 Re8 17.Bd6

17...Be5? This is the first move that was criticised by the expertes in Jermuk. 18.Bc2 Re6 19.h3 Nxf2 20.Nxe5 Nxe5 21.Rf1

21...Nf3+? This is definitely a serious mistake that is ruthlessly exploited by Jakovenko. 22.Qxf3 Qxf3 23.gxf3 Nxh3+ 24.Kh1 Re2 25.Bd1 Nf2+ 26.Rxf2 Rxf2 27.Kg1 Rd2 28.Nb6 Ra7 29.Nc4 1-0.


The GM with the most colorful shirts in Jermuk: Levon Aronian from Armenia

Once again there were two decisive games. The local spectators were delighted to see their top GM win: Levon Aronian took a pawn-up advantage against Evgeny Alekseev into a queen and pawn ending, which the Armenian won in 72 gruelling moves.


Alekseev and Aronian analysing their game with IM Lilit Mkrtchian and Rybka 3 in the press conference


Is this where I missed a quicker win? Yes, you could have played 40.Qf5! instead of 40.h5

Chrrent standings

As it stands, three players presently lead the pack, with 1.5/2: Cheparinov, Leko, and Aronian. Round two was breathtaking, seeing Aronian requiring 72 moves to take home the point against Alekseev. We can only hope tomorrow brings some more tough fights.


FIDE Grand Prix Jermuk 2009 – Schedule and results

Round 1: Sunday, August 09, 2009

Inarkiev Ernesto
0-1
Leko Peter
Ivanchuk Vassily
½-½
Aronian Levon
Alekseev Evgeny
½-½
Akopian Vladimir
Cheparinov Ivan
1-0
Jakovenko Dmitry
Kamsky Gata
½-½
Bacrot Etienne
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
½-½
Karjakin Sergey
Gelfand Boris
½-½
Eljanov Pavel

Round 2: Monday, August 10, 2009

Leko Peter
½-½
Eljanov Pavel
Karjakin Sergey
½-½
Gelfand Boris
Bacrot Etienne
½-½
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
Jakovenko Dmitry
1-0
Kamsky Gata
Akopian Vladimir
½-½
Cheparinov Ivan
Aronian Levon
1-0
Alekseev Evgeny
Inarkiev Ernesto
½-½
Ivanchuk Vassily

Round 3: Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ivanchuk Vassily
-
Leko Peter
Alekseev Evgeny
-
Inarkiev Ernesto
Cheparinov Ivan
-
Aronian Levon
Kamsky Gata
-
Akopian Vladimir
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
-
Jakovenko Dmitry
Gelfand Boris
-
Bacrot Etienne
Eljanov Pavel
-
Karjakin Sergey
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Round 4: Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Leko Peter
-
Karjakin Sergey
Bacrot Etienne
-
Eljanov Pavel
Jakovenko Dmitry
-
Gelfand Boris
Akopian Vladimir
-
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
Aronian Levon
-
Kamsky Gata
Inarkiev Ernesto
-
Cheparinov Ivan
Ivanchuk Vassily
-
Alekseev Evgeny
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Round 5: Thursday, August 13, 2009

Alekseev Evgeny
-
Leko Peter
Cheparinov Ivan
-
Ivanchuk Vassily
Kamsky Gata
-
Inarkiev Ernesto
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
-
Aronian Levon
Gelfand Boris
-
Akopian Vladimir
Eljanov Pavel
-
Jakovenko Dmitry
Karjakin Sergey
-
Bacrot Etienne
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Round 6: Saturday, August 15, 2009

Leko Peter
-
Bacrot Etienne
Jakovenko Dmitry
-
Karjakin Sergey
Akopian Vladimir
-
Eljanov Pavel
Aronian Levon
-
Gelfand Boris
Inarkiev Ernesto
-
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
Ivanchuk Vassily
-
Kamsky Gata
Alekseev Evgeny
-
Cheparinov Ivan
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Round 7: Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cheparinov Ivan
-
Leko Peter
Kamsky Gata
-
Alekseev Evgeny
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
-
Ivanchuk Vassily
Gelfand Boris
-
Inarkiev Ernesto
Eljanov Pavel
-
Aronian Levon
Karjakin Sergey
-
Akopian Vladimir
Bacrot Etienne
-
Jakovenko Dmitry
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Round 8: Monday, August 17, 2009

Leko Peter
-
Jakovenko Dmitry
Akopian Vladimir
-
Bacrot Etienne
Aronian Levon
-
Karjakin Sergey
Inarkiev Ernesto
-
Eljanov Pavel
Ivanchuk Vassily
-
Gelfand Boris
Alekseev Evgeny
-
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
Cheparinov Ivan
-
Kamsky Gata
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Round 9: Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Kamsky Gata
-
Leko Peter
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
-
Cheparinov Ivan
Gelfand Boris
-
Alekseev Evgeny
Eljanov Pavel
-
Ivanchuk Vassily
Karjakin Sergey
-
Inarkiev Ernesto
Bacrot Etienne
-
Aronian Levon
Jakovenko Dmitry
-
Akopian Vladimir
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Round 10: Thursday, August 20, 2009

Leko Peter
-
Akopian Vladimir
Aronian Levon
-
Jakovenko Dmitry
Inarkiev Ernesto
-
Bacrot Etienne
Ivanchuk Vassily
-
Karjakin Sergey
Alekseev Evgeny
-
Eljanov Pavel
Cheparinov Ivan
-
Gelfand Boris
Kamsky Gata
-
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
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Round 11: Friday, August 21, 2009

Kasimdzhanov Rus.

-
Leko Peter

Gelfand Boris

-
Kamsky Gata

Eljanov Pavel

-
Cheparinov Ivan

Karjakin Sergey

-
Alekseev Evgeny

Bacrot Etienne

-
Ivanchuk Vassily

Jakovenko Dmitry

-
Inarkiev Ernesto

Akopian Vladimir

-
Aronian Levon
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Round 12: Saturday, August 22, 2009

Leko Peter
-
Aronian Levon
Inarkiev Ernesto
-
Akopian Vladimir
Ivanchuk Vassily
-
Jakovenko Dmitry
Alekseev Evgeny
-
Bacrot Etienne
Cheparinov Ivan
-
Karjakin Sergey
Kamsky Gata
-
Eljanov Pavel
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
-
Gelfand Boris
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Round 13: Sunday, August 23, 2009

Gelfand Boris
-
Leko Peter
Eljanov Pavel
-
Kasimdzhanov Rus.
Karjakin Sergey
-
Kamsky Gata
Bacrot Etienne
-
Cheparinov Ivan
Jakovenko Dmitry
-
Alekseev Evgeny
Akopian Vladimir
-
Ivanchuk Vassily
Aronian Levon
-
Inarkiev Ernesto
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Monday, August 24, 2009
Departure

The games start at 15:00h Armenian time (12:00 noon CEST, 11:00h London, 6 a.m. New York and 3 a.m. California). Full live coverage, including discussion and analysis with thousands of other visitors, is available on Playchess.

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