Jermuk R4: Leko and Aronian win and lead

8/13/2009 – "The first to draw blood today was Peter Leko who celebrated the arrival of his wife Sophie in Jermuk by beating Sergey Karjakin," the official tournament bulletin tells us. Armenia's top GM Levon Aronian did it without the his Australian girlfriend turning up in Jermuk, to stay in the lead with Leko. Vassily Ivanchuk also won to join Cheparinov half a point behind the leaders. Round four 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 four

Round 4: Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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

Round four in Jarmuk brought some major excitement. The leading pack has narrowed to two, with Leko and Aronian winning against Karjakin and Kamsky respectively, leaving Cheparinov, who drew with Inarkiev, a half point off the pace. The mercurial Ivanchuk also cashed in his chips, dispatching of Alekseev, to join Cheparinov in the chasing group. Aronian needed 41 moves in a KID System to take out Kamsky, while Leko required 33 moves in a Queen's Indian and Ivanchuk 31 in a Reti to drop their opponents. The rest of the games were drawn, though only Jakavenko-Gelfand, at 30 moves, was under the 55 move mark in this crop. Certainly an interesting outing, which hopefully gives the players some extra wind for tomorrow.


Gata Kamsky, USA, struggling in his game against Levon Aronian, Armenia

Aronian,L (2768) - Kamsky,G (2717) [A10]
5th FIDE GP Jermuk ARM (4), 12.08.2009
1.c4 g6 2.e4 e5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Nc3N. Highly unusual: a novelty on move five! Normally 5.Bd2 is played here. 5...exd4 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 0-0 8.e5 Re8 9.Be2 Ne4 10.Qxd4 f5 11.Qd5+ Kg7 12.h4 d6 13.Ng5 Qe7 14.Nxe4 fxe4 15.exd6 cxd6 16.h5 Qe5 17.hxg6 hxg6 18.Bh6+ Kf6 19.Qd2 e3 20.Bxe3 Nc6 21.0-0-0 Be6 22.Rh7 Re7 23.Rxe7 Kxe7 24.Bf4 Qa5 25.Bxd6+ Kf7 26.Qb2 Kg8 27.c5 Qa4 28.Bd3 Bf5 29.Bb5 Qe4 30.f3 Qe3+ 31.Qd2 Re8 32.Qxe3 Rxe3 33.Kd2 Re8 34.g4 Be6 35.Re1 Kf7 36.Rh1 Rg8 37.Bd3 Kf6 38.Rh7 Rg7 39.g5+ Kf7 40.Rh8 Bd5 41.c4

Kamsky played the final moves at a ferocious pace and just barely made the time control. Now he looked at the position and saw that he is going to lose a piece: 41...Be6 is impossible due to 42.Rf8#, and 41...Bxf3 doesn't work either because of 42.Rf8+ Ke6 43.Rxf3. So Black resigned. 1-0.


Levon Aronian and Gata Kamsky in the press conference with IM Lilit Mkrtchian


A tough day for newly-wed Ukrainian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin


Outside IM Lilit Mkrtchian chats with Karjakin's wife WIM Kateryna Dolzhikova

Leko,P (2756) - Karjakin,Sergey (2717) [E15]
5th FIDE GP Jermuk ARM (4), 12.08.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.0-0 d5 9.Qc2 Nbd7 10.Rd1 0-0 11.a4 Ne4 12.Be1 f5 13.a5 Bd6 14.Nc3 Qe7 15.Ra2 Rfc8 16.axb6 axb6 17.Rda1 Bb7 18.Rxa8 Rxa8 19.Rxa8+ Bxa8

20.cxd5! Nxc3. The problem is that after 20...exd5 21.Nxd5! cxd5 White has 22.Qc8+ Kf7 23.Qxa8; and after 20...cxd5 he can play 21.Nxe4! fxe4 22.Qc8+ Kf7 23.Qxa8, in each case winning a pawn with a nice bishop-pair game. 21.dxe6 Nxe2+ 22.Qxe2 Nf8 23.Qa6 Bb7 24.Qxb6 Nxe6 25.b4 h6 26.Bc3 Qc7 27.Qa5 Qxa5 28.bxa5 Kf7 29.Ne5+ Bxe5 30.dxe5 Nc7 31.f4 Ke6 32.Bb4 Kd7 33.Bf1 1-0.


The arrival of wife Sofi in Jermuk brought Peter luck

Ivanchuk,V (2703) - Alekseev,Evgeny (2714) [A13]
5th FIDE GP Jermuk ARM (4), 12.08.2009
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 d4 5.0-0 c5 6.e3 Nc6 7.exd4 cxd4 8.d3 Be7 9.Re1 0-0 10.Na3 Ne8 11.Nc2 f6 12.Bd2 a5 13.a3 a4 14.Nb4 Nc7 15.Rb1 Bd7 16.Nh4 Na5 17.f4 g6 18.f5 gxf5 19.g4 f4 20.Bxf4 Na6 21.Nd5 exd5 22.Bxd5+ Kg7 23.Kh1 Re8? [23...Kh8 or 23...Nc6 was necessary

24.g5! Kh8 25.Qh5 Rg8 26.Bxg8 Kxg8. Now it is a forced mate. 27.g6 Bc6+ 28.Re4 Bxe4+ 29.dxe4 hxg6 30.Qxg6+ Kh8 31.Qh5+ and mate in two more moves. 1-0.


What could I do? He gave me the chance and I mated him – Vassily Ivanchuk

Current standings

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

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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