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Alekhine Memorial Round 5

  • SonofPearl
  • on 25.04.13 11:46.

php2dxLzm.jpegThe players in the Alekhine Memorial bade farewell to Paris today with another thrilling round for chess fans to enjoy!

World champion Vishy Anand clawed his way back to an even score with his first win of the tournament against DIng Liren. The Caro-Kann is taking a bit of beating in major tournaments lately, and Anand's novelty 14. Qe2 provoked the blunder 24...g6 after which black's king was doomed.

But the shock of the round was bottom seed Laurent Fressinet demolishing Vladimir Kramnik with the black pieces in just 32 painful moves for the Russian. Ouch!

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave completed a great day for the French fans by beating cellar-dweller Peter Svidler, also with the black pieces. The games between Michael Adams and Nikita Vitiugov, and Boris Gelfand and Lev Aronian ended all-square, so Maxime Vachier-Lagrave has the sole lead on 3½/5.  "Sometimes it's nice to be french :)" tweeted Maxime! 

The tournament now moves to St.Petersburg for the remaining 4 rounds, starting on Sunday.

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Tournament leader, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (all photos by Leslie McAllister)

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Vishy Anand scored an easy win against Ding Liren

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Laurent Fressinet made beating Vladimir Kramnik with black look simple!

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Lev Aronian survived a tricky game with Boris Gelfand

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Nikita Vitiugov achieved a draw against Michael Adams

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The Alekhine Memorial Standings after 5 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722
2 Laurent Fressinet FRA 2706 3
3 Boris Gelfand ISR 2739 3
4 Michael Adams ENG 2727 3
5 Levon Aronian ARM 2809 3
6 Vishy Anand IND 2783
7 Ding Liren CHN 2707 2
8 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801 2
9 Nikita Vitiugov  RUS 2712 2
10 Peter Svidler RUS 2747 1

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The Alekhine Memorial takes place from 21 April - 1 May. The official site can be found here, with live game analysis here and video commentary here (with archive).

The tournament is a 10-player single round robin competition, with the first half held in the Louvre in Paris and the second half in the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg.

The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start.  No draw offers are allowed until after 40 moves have been played.  The prize fund is €100,000 with €30,000 for first place.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC when in Paris, 10:00 UTC when in St. Petersburg), except the last round which is 1 hour earlier.

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The schedule of events

20 April 2013 Paris Opening Ceremony
21 April 2013 Paris Round 1
22 April 2013 Paris Round 2
23 April 2013 Paris Round 3
24 April 2013 Paris Round 4
25 April 2013 Paris Round 5
26 April 2013 St. Petersburg Welcome Reception
27 April 2013 St. Petersburg Children's Events
28 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 6
29 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 7
30 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 8
01 May 2013 St. Petersburg Round 9 & Prizegiving

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Games from the official website coverage. Photos by Leslie McAllister.

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  • vor 18 Monate

    vistascan

    @bolshevikhellraiser

     

    Everyone keeps forgetting that players of Anand and Kramnik's era had no computers. Having a chess engine of modern standards with opening books loaded is a HUGE advantage for the new generation of chess players. Things back then had to be done manually, including game analysis.

  • vor 18 Monate

    ThePoet1800

    I have to say that I think Kramnik is in great form. He just recently poured his heart and soul into the Candidates, where he finished level with Magnus Carlsen (and lost only due to a controversial tie-break system). Now here at the Alekhine I wouldn't say that he has played poorly. It's clearly an impressive bit of preparation by Laurent Fressinet (and research by his second, Richard Rapport) that caught Vlad off guard in this opening. But I wouldn't worry about him too much. There are still four rounds to go!

  • vor 18 Monate

    fritz_the_cat

    What the hell did go into Kramnik? To me he always has been on of the most respected players ever, though (or just because of) his "a little boring" style of playing. But has anybody ever seen an opening strategy like this?

  • vor 18 Monate

    shubham_the_best

    FINALLY anand scored a win!!..best of luck vishy....

  • vor 18 Monate

    kurunthalingam

    only 24 comments. if carlsen join this tournament the comments will be overfull.

  • vor 18 Monate

    bolshevikhellraiser

    @ chess pune I have to disagree. In his earlier years he wa a demolishing player, a great tactical attacker, but he has lost his edge over the years. I'm suprised he's held on to the World Championship this long, being that he was matched with Gelfand previously, and he's not even in the top five. He's rated #6 according to Fide's rating list. No way is he more talented than Carlsen. He hadn't come near the sucsess Carlsen has obtained at his age. In fact, Anand was 24 before he made it to the Candidates and was 28 before he qualified to challenge the World Champion ( which was Karpov) losing the match.

  • vor 18 Monate

    IndianHarry

    I saw some of them are saying that Carokann demolished. As per me Carokann has to handle properly. Check our Karpov games he is the expert even our Anand use to play Carokann against Karpov. If any one mishandle any openings will be hammered. I can give a example Kasparov got hammered by DeepBlue when he play Carokann against Deep blue.

  • vor 18 Monate

    David_Ch

    What a fabulous effort by Fressinet. It takes "guts" to sacrifice against someone of Kramnik's standard and it paid off with an exciting game and a great win.

    I was so enthralled that I stayed up till 2am local time to see it through to the end!

    Well done Laurent for playing a really creative and inspiring game. Such games seem to be rare in GM play these days.

  • vor 18 Monate

    chess_pune

    Certainly Anand is not a demolishing Player , earlier he lived under the shadow of Karpov and Kasparov ...... survived this long because of his sheer talent !

    He never burns his asss proteins for a win, he shows his class when he needs too. He has a family and young kids, ..... and still is manages to be the best in top five players.

    For me Anand is far more talented then carlsen or anybody...... he is just so cool with all the limited resources (time) he has with him.

  • vor 18 Monate

    ChocolateTeapot

    Mes sentiments exactement, AngeloPardi. Deux parties excellentes, et un très bon jour pour La France.

  • vor 18 Monate

    friendjonny

    Anand may not be doing great, but I do notice that he is back up to fourth on the live ratings list. That much is nice at least. 

  • vor 18 Monate

    SonofPearl

    @ Drumdaddy - thanks Wink

    @ Ericbryan - "clawed", rather than "crawled", but either way, it's not been a good tournament for Anand so far. Then again, Kramnik is faring even worse. And poor Svidler...Cry

  • vor 18 Monate

    Ericbryan

    How sad is that, "world champion vishy anand crawled to an EVEN score" that is just terrible that the "world champion" after 5 rounds gets back upto 50%. I cant wait for november.

  • vor 18 Monate

    GoodGoodChess

    Nice!

  • vor 18 Monate

    bolshevikhellraiser

    Wow, Anand finally won a game!

  • vor 18 Monate

    restinpeace

    instructive game from anand. kramniks lost was so horrible that a possible three queens for black is inevitable.

  • vor 18 Monate

    rahul_11297

    Caro-Kann demolished!!!!!

  • vor 18 Monate

    Arkarian

    Kramnik's loss was.... Painful to replay there.... Without any offense to a player who is a much greater player, it was just a complete schoolboy error for him even turning up today.

  • vor 18 Monate

    MMSANCHEZ

    If only france could do that to Russia in the olympiad. 

  • vor 18 Monate

    CP6033

    ouch on Svidler and Kramnik

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