Ponomariov strikes back!

Ruslan Ponomariov re-took the lead by winning against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the top-of-the-table encounter.
Vladimir Kramnik won his first game today against Arkadij Naiditsch with the tallest GM around, Sebastien Siebrecht, starting their game off!
In a day with all decisive games, Le Quang Liem won with Black, against Leko, to move into contention.

Black equalized in the Ponomariov-Mamedyarov clash and during a long series of manoeuvres, both players were probing to find a chink in their opponent's armour. Late on, Ponomariov found a way to seize the c-file and Mamedyarov resigned in the face of the coming king invasion.

Sole leader going into the rest day @ official site.

Kramnik played the Catalan, another example of this 'in vogue' opening system. Naiditsch sacrificed a pawn 'for play' but Kramnik resisted the pressure and broke out by sacrificing the exchange, safe in the knowledge that his opponent had a rook locked out of play. This fact essentially cost Black the game.

NameRatingCountryResultNameRatingCountryNo. of MovesOpening
Peter Leko2734HUN0-1Le Quang Liem2681VIE59Caro-Kann (Advance Variation)
Ruslan Ponomariov2734UKR1-0Shakhriyar Mamedyarov2761AZE51Nimzoindian Defence (4.Qc2)
Vladimir Kramnik2790RUS1-0Arkadij Naiditsch2684GER51Catalan opening

Peter Leko against Le Quang Liem was a struggle between the two bishops and a pair of knights. Black's superior pawn structure eventually became the main factor once the game had simplified. The Vietnamese player obtained a strong advanced pawn which cost White a piece and with Rook, knight and pawn against Rook and two pawns, he was able to mop up White's pawns without losing his own.

Posn.Player's NameWld. RankingNationRatingPoints
1stRuslan Ponomariov14UKR27343.5
2nd-3rdShakhriyar Mamedyarov6AZE27613
2nd-3rdLe Quang Liem55VIE26813
4thVladimir Kramnik4RUS27902.5
5th-6thPeter Leko16HUN27341.5
5th-6thArkadij Naiditsch51GER26841.5

Le Quang Liem has won two in a row and has now caught Mamedyarov in second place.

Up to equal second @ official site.

More news on Wednesday as tomorrow is a rest day!

The photos here are all by Georgios Souleidis from the tournament site. For more information (and further photos!) see the Official site

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