SIMPLECHESS

No change in Astrakhan

All seven games were drawn in the third round in the FIDE Grand Prix tournament, so there is no change in the standings.
The same five players share the lead as you'll see below but in such a tight tournament there is plenty of time for an inspired player to turn things round even after a shaky start.

In today's round there were two English openings and two Petroff defences. Overall, play was 'cautious' as one can see by the results!

Game No.NameRatingResultNameRatingOpening
1Vladimir Akopian 26940.5-0.5Peter Svidler 2735English opening (A16)
2Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 27630.5-0.5Pavel Eljanov 2751Queen's Gambit Ragozin (D38)
3Vugar Gashimov 27340.5-0.5Boris Gelfand 2741Petroff's Defence (C42)
4Wang Yue27520.5-0.5Dmitry Jakovenko 2725Catalan opening (E05)
5Evgeny Alekseev 27000.5-0.5Vassily Ivanchuk2741Petroff's Defence (C42)
6Ernesto Inarkiev 26690.5-0.5 Peter Leko2735Spanish (C78)
7Ruslan Ponomariov 27330.5-0.5Teimour Radjabov 2740English opening (A11)

Here are the tournament rankings after three rounds.

RankingNameCountryPresent RatingPoints
1st-5thPavel EljanovUkraine27512
1st-5thVugar GashimovAzerbaijan27342
1st-5thBoris GelfandIsrael27412
1st-5thPeter LekoHungary27352
1st-5thRuslan PonomariovUkraine27332
6th-9thErnesto InarkievRussia26691.5
6th-9thDmitry JakovenkoRussia27251.5
6th-9thTeimour RadjabovAzerbaijan27401.5
6th-9thWang YueChina27521.5
10th-14thVladimir AkopianArmenia26941
10th-14thEvgeny AlekseevRussia27001
10th-14thVassily IvanchukUkraine27411
10th-14thShakhriyar MamedyarovAzerbaijan27631
10th-14thPeter SvidlerRussia27351

It's early days but it always helps to get off to a good start and of course any good fortunate comes in handy! For example Leko's win in the second round was on time when there was nothing special for him on the board.

Alekseev unfortunately lost on time in a fairly equal position. @ official site

Of all the players, the only one never to have made it to 2700 (so far!) is Ernesto Inarkiev.

Inarkiev: A solid start for the lowest ranked player. @ official site

The fourth round is tomorrow. If you want to follow the games as they happen or would like further information on this event, then go to the official tournament site.


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