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Karen Asrian Memorial Tournament

Levon Aronian8.5/14(+3 -0 =11)[games]
Peter Leko8/14(+3 -1 =10)[games]
Alexander Morozevich7.5/14(+4 -3 =7)[games]
Boris Gelfand7.5/14(+5 -4 =5)[games]
Bu Xiangzhi7/14(+2 -2 =10)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian6.5/14(+1 -2 =11)[games]
Michael Adams6/14(+2 -4 =8)[games]
Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian5/14(+0 -4 =10)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gelfand vs Morozevich  ½-½472008Karen Asrian MemorialA40 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Akopian vs Aronian ½-½102008Karen Asrian MemorialD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
3. Leko vs Bu Xiangzhi 1-0332008Karen Asrian MemorialB56 Sicilian
4. Adams vs G Sargissian ½-½102008Karen Asrian MemorialC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Morozevich vs Gelfand 1-0512008Karen Asrian MemorialC42 Petrov Defense
6. Bu Xiangzhi vs Leko  ½-½232008Karen Asrian MemorialE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. Aronian vs Akopian  ½-½102008Karen Asrian MemorialD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
8. G Sargissian vs Adams ½-½92008Karen Asrian MemorialE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
9. Bu Xiangzhi vs G Sargissian  ½-½482008Karen Asrian MemorialA28 English
10. Akopian vs Leko  ½-½742008Karen Asrian MemorialC77 Ruy Lopez
11. Adams vs Morozevich  ½-½212008Karen Asrian MemorialC70 Ruy Lopez
12. Leko vs Akopian  ½-½242008Karen Asrian MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. Gelfand vs Aronian  ½-½302008Karen Asrian MemorialD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. G Sargissian vs Bu Xiangzhi  ½-½452008Karen Asrian MemorialD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Leko vs Aronian  ½-½412008Karen Asrian MemorialC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
16. Morozevich vs Adams 1-0372008Karen Asrian MemorialC53 Giuoco Piano
17. Aronian vs Gelfand 1-0522008Karen Asrian MemorialE17 Queen's Indian
18. Morozevich vs G Sargissian 0-1692008Karen Asrian MemorialA34 English, Symmetrical
19. Gelfand vs Bu Xiangzhi  ½-½322008Karen Asrian MemorialD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Adams vs Akopian  ½-½452008Karen Asrian MemorialE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
21. G Sargissian vs Morozevich ½-½472008Karen Asrian MemorialD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Akopian vs Adams 0-1492008Karen Asrian MemorialC78 Ruy Lopez
23. Aronian vs Leko  ½-½542008Karen Asrian MemorialE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
24. Bu Xiangzhi vs Gelfand 0-1312008Karen Asrian MemorialD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Leko vs Gelfand 1-0622008Karen Asrian MemorialC24 Bishop's Opening
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Jun-13-08  dumbgai: <shr0pshire> It's true that Bu had a disappointing M-Tel and a poor start to this tournament, but he just had a couple of nice wins against Adams and Morozevich! He's back up to an even score for this tournament.
Jun-14-08  arsen387: Yeah yesterday was clearly not Moro's day. 2 draws and 2 losses out of 4 games. While Bu to the contrary was +2 that day. And Leko is pretty impressive and is currently the leader deservedly.
Jun-14-08  Xaurus: to

This tournament has changed name to Asrian Chess Memorial


Round 12, leader Peter Leko 7'5 points

Jun-15-08  DCP23: GM Leko,Peter(HUN) (2741) - GM Morozevich,Alexander(RUS) (2774) [B90] Karen Asrian Memorial-Chess Giants Rapid Yerevan/Armenia (13), 15.06.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Nbd7 9.Qd2 b5 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.g4 Nb6 12.g5 b4 13.Nb1 Nfd7 14.Bxa6 Nc4 15.Bxc4 Rxc4 16.Qd3 Qa8 17.N1d2 Rc6 18.Kb1 Be7 19.Rc1 Nc5 20.Qe2 Na4 21.Rcd1 0-0 22.Nc1 Nc3+ 23.bxc3 bxc3 24.Qb5 Rb8 25.Qxb8+ Qxb8+ 26.Ndb3 Qb4 27.Ne2 Bxb3 28.axb3 Ra6 Black wins 0-1

Jun-15-08  DCP23: Final position:

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Jun-15-08  cannibal: Final standings (from the official site):
1st place: Levon Aronian
2nd place: Peter Leko
3rd place: Alexander Morozevich
4th place: Boris Gelfand

Leko showed nerves (as usual) in the final round, scoring -1 =1 against Moro.


Champion - Levon Aronian

Jun-15-08  micartouse: A bittersweet victory I imagine for the always impressive Aronian. It looks like he went undefeated in 14 rounds!
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  keypusher: <cannibal> <Leko showed nerves (as usual) in the final round, scoring -1 =1 against Moro.>

Well, maybe. But as Keres said about Botvinnik, anyone can lose to Morozevich, he is a very strong player.

Kudos to the Armenian chess federation for renaming this tournament in Karen Asrian's honor.

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  acirce: Yes, but losing with White in less than 30 moves isn't anything Lékó often does. Especially as he had no losses before today.
Jun-15-08  researchj: therefore he is no Giant. Neither is any of the others.
Jun-15-08  zluria: Nice comeback by Gelfand!
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  hedgeh0g: Am I the only one who finds the high percentage of draws among Armenian players in this tournament a little suspect?
Jun-15-08  DUS: I don't think there are too many psycho users here.
Jun-15-08  square dance: yes, there is probably the correct amount.
Jun-16-08  fictionist: <hedgeh0g: Am I the only one who finds the high percentage of draws among Armenian players in this tournament a little suspect?>

An Armenian won this tournament. Now, that's suspect!

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  acirce: The Armenians have fixed world chess.
Jun-16-08  Nikita Smirnov: Nice result by Aronian.5 wins and 11 draws.Hmm...
Something looks really strange in the chessworld...
Jun-16-08  Nikita Smirnov: Oh sorry.3 Wins.
Jun-16-08  Microdot: The real tournament standings:
1st place: Levon Aronian 8.5 points
2nd place: Peter Leko 8 points
3rd place: Alexander Morozevich 7.5 points
4th place: Boris Gelfand 7.5 points
Unfortunately's Tournament standings is not true that's because Morozevich finished at 3rd place and he took $40,000
Jun-16-08  notyetagm: <acirce: The Armenians have fixed world chess.>

Yes, it's all the fault of their new manager, Danailovian. :-)

Jun-16-08  falso contacto: acirce:The Armenians have fixed world chess.
what you mean?
Jun-16-08  PinkPanther: <hedgeh0g>
Make of it what you will, but it's fairly obvious that the Armenian players didn't try against each other in this tournament.
Jun-21-08  Nikita Smirnov: <notyetagm> that was a nice one.Danailovian.hehe
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