Wednesday, February 27, 2013

26 players share the lead at Cappelle La Grande

The fifth round of Cappelle-La-Grande was played today. The first five boards finished with draws, so the leaders allowed the chasing pack to catch up at 4/5 points. This massive open has 564 participants, so the amount of leaders grew to 26.

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:

1mINDJIC Aleksandar2502SRB4
3gGHARAMIAN Tigran2661FRA4
4gKOVACEVIC Aleksandar2563SRB4
5gGUREVICH Mikhail2581TUR4
7gKHARITONOV Alexandr2536RUS4
8gFEDOROV Alexei2576BLR4
9gZHIGALKO Andrey2588BLR4
10gPETKOV Vladimir2559BUL4
11gEINGORN Vereslav S2547UKR4
12gFLORES RIOS Mauricio2481CHI4
13gSJUGIROV Sanan2646RUS4
14gAZAROV Sergei2627BLR4
15gVOVK Yuri2594UKR4
16gDANIN Alexandre2578RUS4
17gTER-SAHAKYAN Samvel2563ARM4
18mSTELLA Andrea2477ITA4
19gPAPIN Vasily2562RUS4
20gVOROBIOV Evgeny E.2584RUS4
21gHANSEN Eric2557CAN4
22gBOROVIKOV Vladislav2557UKR4
23gDJUKIC Nikola2538MNE4
24mGRIGORYAN Karen H.2531ARM4
25gFEDORCHUK Sergey A.2643UKR4
JARMULA Lukasz2164POL4