Jermuk R3: Alekseev beats Inarkiev, six draws

8/12/2009 – The fifth FIDE Grand Prix in Armenia has not yet moved into third gear. Today's round saw six draws in seven games: two in less than 30 moves, a 52-move exploration of the Queen's Gambit Declined and a 70-move struggle in a Queen's Indian. Evgeny Alekseev managed to bring the point home against Ernesto Inarkiev, without affecting the leaderboard. Illustrated report.

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Fifth FIDE Grand Prix in Jermuk, Armenia

This event is taking place from August 8th-24th 2009. It is a Category 19 tournament, with eleven of the 14 players rated over 2700. The event is a memorial to former world champion Tigran Petrosian, who held the title from 1963–1969 and would have turned 80 on June 17th this year.

Round three

Round 3: Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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

Today's round saw six draws in seven games. Cheparinov-Aronian and Kamsky-Akopian finished rather rapidly, ending in 28 and 29 moves respectively. Eljanov-Karajakin and Kasimdzhanov-Jakavenko showed more spunk, with the former being a 70-move struggle in the Queen's Indian and the latter a 52-move exploration of the Queen's Gambit Declined with 5.Bf4. Unfortunately, the conclusions in these never seemed much in doubt.


Gata Kamsky kibitzing Cheparinov vs Aronian...


...while Dmitry Jakovenko follows the game Ivanchuk vs Leko


The King's Indian can make you thirsty, as these players in round three clearly show

Thankfully, Alekseev-Inarkiev was there to spare the audience from the taste of a wholly indecisive day. After 73 moves, Alekseev managed to bring the point home on the white side of a Classical King's Indian. Unfortunately, already having suffered a loss in the previous round, Alekseev's win was not enough to affect the leaderboard. So, we still see Aronian, Cheparinov and Leko sitting comfortably atop, each now holding 2.0/3 scores.


Hasn't yet reached take-off speed: GM Ernesto Inarkiev with 0.5/3


Postgame analysis with Inarkiev, IM Lilit Mkrtchian, and Alekseev

Current standings


Beautiful, idyllic Jermuk


Now isn't that a great move? Kibitzers in the park


Honored guest and chess legend Svetozar Gligoric, 86, in Jermuk


Board girls resting during the rigors of outdoor demos


Yet another draw – the cross table of the Grand Prix in Jermuk is updated

All pictures by courtesy of FIDE


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

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

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