SIMPLECHESS

Nakamura and Kamsky ahead

Only the top two seeds remain on 100% after two rounds and will face off in round three later today with Gata Kamsky getting White.
Will this early meeting between the favourites ultimately decide the champion for 2010?

The results of the second round in full:

1GM Hikaru Nakamura27331-0GM Robert Hess2590
2GM Melikset Khachiyan25390-1GM Gata Kamsky2702
3GM Alexander Onischuk26990.5-0.5GM Larry Christiansen2578
4GM Jaan Ehlvest25910.5-0.5IM Irina Krush2455
5IM Levon Altounian24540.5-0.5GM Yury Shulman2613
6GM Varuzhan Akobian25991-0GM Jesse Kraai2492
7GM Alexander Shabalov25851-0GM Ben Finegold2539
8GM Sergey Kudrin25711-0GM Vinay Bhat2547
9IM Samuel Shankland25070.5-0.5GM Aleksandr Lenderman2598
10GM Gregory Kaidanov25770.5-0.5GM Joel Benjamin2565
11GM Dmitry Gurevich24880-1GM Alexander Stripunsky2570
12GM Ray Robson25690-1GM Alex Yermolinsky2528

The third round pairings are as follows:

BdNamesratingResultsNamesrating
1GM Gata Kamsky2702GM Hikaru Nakamura2733
2GM Sergey Kudrin2571GM Alexander Onischuk2699
3IM Irina Krush2455GM Varuzhan Akobian2599
4GM Larry Christiansen2578GM Jaan Ehlvest2591
5GM Yury Shulman2613GM Alexander Shabalov2585
6GM Robert Hess2590GM Melikset Khachiyan2539
7GM Alexander Stripunsky2570IM Levon Altounian2454
8GM Alex Yermolinsky2528GM Aleksandr Lenderman2598
9GM Ben Finegold2539GM Gregory Kaidanov2577
10GM Joel Benjamin2565IM Samuel Shankland2507
11GM Jesse Kraai2492GM Vinay Bhat2547
12GM Dmitry Gurevich2488GM Ray Robson2569

Apart from the perfect start from Nakamura and Kamsky, Irina Krush has had a good start.

At the bottom Junior champion Roy Robson has lost both games.

You can watch the games live and can find more information on the official tournament site.


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