Mikhail Gurevich and Eric Hansen simplified the position quite quickly to reach an endgame with rooks and knights with very solid pawn structures for both sides. Draw in 25 moves.
Alexander Kovacevic and Maxim Rodshtein also signed a fast draw in 24 moves. However, the final position seems to offer some play – the pawn structures are not that solid and the queens are still on the board.
Yuri Vovk and Samvel Ter-Sahakyan had a longer fight. They signed the scoresheets in a position with K + B vs K. Vovk played actively in the opening and early middlegame, but the young Armenian correctly simplified to an opposite-colored bishops endgame to get the draw.
Chilean GM Mauricio Flores was not able to convert a R + 1 pawn vs N + 2 pawns endgame against GM Renier Vasquez from Spain. Flores played very actively, sacrificing a pawn in the opening for the initiative. Vasquez was forced to sacrifice an exchange to free his position and arrived to the mentioned inferior endgame after missing some chances in the middlegame. The peace treaty was signed on move 82.
First seed Krishnan Sasikiran is not having a good tournament. After drawing his first two games with lower rated opponents, he lost today against IM Karen Grigoryan. The Armenian played with white and went for a positional setup in the opening. He gained the initiative and simplified to an endgame with a bishop and five pawns against the Indian’s rook and two pawns. Sasikiran resigned on move 48. It will be hard for the favorite to recover from this setback, given the amount of players that share the lead.
However, the biggest upset of the day was the victory of the Polish untitled player Lukasz Jarmula (2164) over Croatian GM Ognjen Jovanic.
Standings after 5 rounds:
|6||g||VAZQUEZ IGARZA Renier||2565||ESP||4|
|11||g||EINGORN Vereslav S||2547||UKR||4|
|12||g||FLORES RIOS Mauricio||2481||CHI||4|
|20||g||VOROBIOV Evgeny E.||2584||RUS||4|
|24||m||GRIGORYAN Karen H.||2531||ARM||4|
|25||g||FEDORCHUK Sergey A.||2643||UKR||4|