Eljanov is almost there!

Playing with the black pieces, Jakovenko didn't really mind a draw today. He maintains his presence in the second-placed group, but this means that Eljanov just requires a last round draw to win the tournament outright.
Four White wins today, including Mamedyarov and Alekseev who are amongst six players on 'plus one'.

The best day of all for White comes in round 12!

Game No.NameRatingResultNameRating
1Peter Svidler27351-0Boris Gelfand2741
2Pavel Eljanov27510.5-0.5Dmitry Jakovenko2725
3Vladimir Akopian26941-0Vassily Ivanchuk2741
4Sahkhriyar Mamedyarov27631-0Peter Leko2735
5Vugar Gashimov27340.5-0.5Teimour Radjabov2740
6Wang Yue27520.5-0.5Ruslan Ponomariov2733
7Evgeny Alekseev27001-0Ernesto Inarkiev2669

Ivanchuk has looked rather unmotivated in recent games and it showed up rather badly today. Akopian moves off the bottom for the first time since the beginning of the tournament.

Gashimov couldn't beat Radjabov, so qualification for the Candidates will be decided in the last round with Radjabov still favourite to take the last spot.

Vladimir Akopian won quickly against an uninspired Ivanchuk. © official site
RankingNameCountryPresent RatingPoints
1stPavel EljanovUkraine27517.5
2nd-7thEvgeny AlekseevRussia27006.5
2nd-7thVugar GashimovAzerbaijan27346.5
2nd-7thDmitry JakovenkoRussia27256.5
2nd-7thShakhriyar MamedyarovAzerbaijan27636.5
2nd-7thRuslan PonomariovUkraine27336.5
2nd-7thTeimour RadjabovAzerbaijan27406.5
8th-9thPeter SvidlerRussia27356
8th-9thWang YueChina27526
10th-11thBoris GelfandIsrael27415.5
10th-11thPeter LekoHungary27355.5
12th-13thVladimir AkopianArmenia26945
12th-13thVassily IvanchukUkraine27415
14thErnesto InarkievRussia26694.5

Inarkiev's poor form continues as he had moved from first to last in the second half of the tournament.

Everyone has won at least one game now that Svidler has opened his account.

A first win for Svidler © official site.

For further information on this event, I suggest that you go to the official tournament site.

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