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Alekhine Memorial Round 6

  • SonofPearl
  • on 28-04-13 11:26.

phpQ9uzAt.jpegThe Alekhine Memorial resumed with round six today, having moved from the Louvre in Paris to the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg.

The fighting spirit survived the flight to Russia, but alas the decisive games did not. For the first time in the tournament all the day's games ended in draws.

The closest we came to a decisive game was the clash between top seed Lev Aronian and Mickey Adams. The English Grandmaster achieved a clearly winning position, but a time-trouble oversight with 37...fxg4?? allowed Aronian to miraculously save the game.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave still leads the competition by half a point, with a score of 4/6.

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Surprise tournament leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

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Mickey Adams (left) squandered a won position in time trouble

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Vladimir Kramnik drew a great game with Vishy Anand

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Laurent Fressinet drew his game with Nikita Vitiugov

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DIng Liren drew with Peter Svidler

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The Alekhine Memorial Standings after 6 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722 4
2 Boris Gelfand ISR 2739
3 Michael Adams ENG 2727
4 Laurent Fressinet FRA 2706
5 Levon Aronian ARM 2809
6 Vishy Anand IND 2783 3
7 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801
8 Ding Liren CHN 2707
9 Nikita Vitiugov  RUS 2712
10 Peter Svidler RUS 2747

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The Alekhine Memorial takes place from 21 April - 1 May. The official site can be found here, with live game analysis here and video commentary here (with archive).

The tournament is a 10-player single round robin competition, with the first half held in the Louvre in Paris and the second half in the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg.

The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start.  No draw offers are allowed until after 40 moves have been played.  The prize fund is €100,000 with €30,000 for first place.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC when in Paris, 10:00 UTC when in St. Petersburg), except the last round which is 1 hour earlier.

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The schedule of events

20 April 2013 Paris Opening Ceremony
21 April 2013 Paris Round 1
22 April 2013 Paris Round 2
23 April 2013 Paris Round 3
24 April 2013 Paris Round 4
25 April 2013 Paris Round 5
26 April 2013 St. Petersburg Welcome Reception
27 April 2013 St. Petersburg Children's Events
28 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 6
29 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 7
30 April 2013 St. Petersburg Round 8
01 May 2013 St. Petersburg Round 9 & Prizegiving

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Games and screenshots from the official website coverage.

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  • 15 maanden geleden

    vik9612

    where is R7 of alokhin memorial?

  • 15 maanden geleden

    InexperiencedExpert

    @albatrosses why?

  • 15 maanden geleden

    fabelhaft

    Kramnik started with white in four of his six games and is still at a minus score, not a good tournament for him.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    edpratomo

    bryancals: wrong tournament, dude

  • 15 maanden geleden

    leaderless

    the game with ponomariov vs nakamura an obvious draw but still playing!

  • 15 maanden geleden

    litohmags

    A knight?..a ghost!

  • 15 maanden geleden

    albatrosses

    Adams should have promoted to a bishop.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    gmpalomares

    Just to create humor would be the answer, why Knight.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    RosieChristensen

    I do love Mickey Adams. I was following the game all day on my phone and laughed when I saw the knight promotion.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    Sahasrara

    Alas is therefore (with dissapointment, grief).

  • 15 maanden geleden

    WannaPlayLot

    What does alas mean?

  • 15 maanden geleden

    aravot

    Aronian Adams game made my day! Chess is fantastic if you believe in it ...

  • 15 maanden geleden

    F22Raptor

    he kept playing probably because he was upset he spoiled a won position,  and defending was trickier than it looked.  He promoted to a knight as it would save aronian having to move the obvious move Kxq If he promoted to a queen.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    elo123

    Why did Mickey keep playing, and why did he promote to knight?

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