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Onischuk and Akobian rejoin the leaders

The big clash between Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura was fought out to a draw. Alexander Onischuk and Varuzhan Akobian won their games and thus closed the gap. So after three rounds these four have their nose ahead with 2.5/3.

The third round results in full were as follows:

BdNamesratingResultsNamesrating
1GM Gata Kamsky27020.5-0.5GM Hikaru Nakamura2733
2GM Sergey Kudrin25710-1GM Alexander Onischuk2699
3IM Irina Krush24550-1GM Varuzhan Akobian2599
4GM Larry Christiansen25780.5-0.5GM Jaan Ehlvest2591
5GM Yury Shulman26131-0GM Alexander Shabalov2585
6GM Robert Hess25901-0GM Melikset Khachiyan2539
7GM Alexander Stripunsky25701-0IM Levon Altounian2454
8GM Alex Yermolinsky25280.5-0.5GM Aleksandr Lenderman2598
9GM Ben Finegold25390.5-0.5GM Gregory Kaidanov2577
10GM Joel Benjamin25651-0IM Samuel Shankland2507
11GM Jesse Kraai24921-0GM Vinay Bhat2547
12GM Dmitry Gurevich24880-1GM Ray Robson2569

The fourth round pairings pit Nakamura against third seed Alexander Onischuk, with Akobian playing Kamsky in the other battle involving the leaders:

1GM Hikaru Nakamura (2.5)2733GM Alexander Onischuk (2.5)2699
2GM Varuzhan Akobian (2.5)2599GM Gata Kamsky (2.5)2702
3GM Robert Hess(2)2590GM Yury Shulman (2)2613
4GM Jaan Ehlvest (2)2591GM Alexander Stripunsky (2)2570
5GM Alexander Shabalov(1.5)2585GM Larry Christiansen (2)2578
6GM Alex Yermolinsky(1.5)2528GM Sergey Kudrin (1.5)2571
7GM Jesse Kraai(1.5)2492GM Joel Benjamin (1.5)2565
8GM Ray Robson (1)2569IM Irina Krush (1.5)2455
9GM Aleksandr Lenderman(1)2598GM Ben Finegold (1)2539
10GM Gregory Kaidanov(1)2577GM Melikset Khachiyan (1)2539
11IM Levon Altounian(1)2454GM Vinay Bhat(0.5)2547
12IM Samuel Shankland(0.5)2507GM Dmitry Gurevich(0)2488

Onischuk has been in good form of late and Nakamura even considers him to be his most dangerous rival.

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

Onischuk: could it be his year? @ official site

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