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Monday, December 20, 2010

Russian Men's Chess Superfinal - Karjakin catches up with Svidler to jointly lead again after R8

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Hello Everyone,

Even though Peter Svidler had surged ahead by half point in Round 6, Sergey Karjakin has caught up with him again by Round 8. The official website has a great live broadcast of games and lots of photos for you to check out.

Round 8 results

Grischuk, Alexander- Potkin, Vladimir½
Svidler, Peter- Zvjaginsev, Vadim½
Kurnosov, Igor- Karjakin, Sergey0-1
Vitiugov, Nikita- Malakhov, Vladimir0-1
Jakovenko, Dmitry- Nepomniachtchi, Ian½
Khismatullin, Denis- Tomashevsky, Evgeny½

Standings after 8 rounds

1.Karjakin, Sergeyg2760
2.Svidler, Peterg2722
3.Grischuk, Alexanderg27715
4.Nepomniachtchi, Iang27205
5.Tomashevsky, Evgenyg26994
6.Potkin, Vladimirg2646
7.Vitiugov, Nikitag2709
8.Kurnosov, Igorg2676
9.Malakhov, Vladimirg2712
10.Jakovenko, Dmitryg2726
11.Zvjaginsev, Vadimg26763
12.Khismatullin, Denisg2659

Earlier, in Round 7 the results were as follows:

Round 7 results

Tomashevsky, Evgeny- Vitiugov, Nikita½
Karjakin, Sergey- Khismatullin, Denis½
Kurnosov, Igor- Jakovenko, Dmitry1-0
Potkin, Vladimir- Svidler, Peter½
Malakhov, Vladimir- Grischuk, Alexander0-1
Zvjaginsev, Vadim- Nepomniachtchi, Ian0-1

Here is an interesting game from Round 8. You can run the moves in our pgnplayer or watch in flash below.

PGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Nc3 Ke8 10. h3 h5 11. Ne2 b6 12. Rd1 Ba6 13. Ned4 Nxd4 14. Nxd4 c5 15. Nf5 Be2 16. Rd2 Bc4 17. Ne3 Be6 18. Nd5 Rc8 19. b3 c6 20. Ne3 Rd8 21. Rxd8+ Kxd8 22. Bb2 g6 23. Rd1+ Kc7 24. f3 Bh6 25. Kf2 a5 26. a4 b5 27. axb5 cxb5 28. Nd5+ Kc6 29. Nc3 Bf8 30. Rd8 c4 31. Ke2 b4 32. Ne4 cxb3 33. cxb3 Bg7 34. Rd6+ Kb5 35. Rd3 Bh6 36. Kd1 Ra8 37. Kc2 Rc8+ 38. Kb1 Rc7 39. g4 Bf4 40. Nd6+ Ka6 41. Ne8 Rd7 42. Rxd7 Bxd7 43. Nf6 Be6 44. gxh5 Bxb3 45. Bc1 Bxc1 46. Kxc1 gxh5 47. f4 a4 48. f5 a3 49. Nd7 Bd5 50. e6 fxe6 51. f6 e5 52. Nxe5 b3 53. f7 b2+ 54. Kc2 Be4+ 55. Kd2 b1=Q 56. f8=Q Qc2+ 57. Ke3 a2 58. Qd6+ Kb5 59. Qb8+ Kc5 60. Nd7+ Kc6 61. Ne5+ Kd5 62. Nf7 Qc3+ 63. Kf4 Qf6+ 0-1

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