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Kasimdzhanov wins again in Elista, other games drawn

Online conference with top players and FIDE officials

Same story as yesterday, all pairings but one drawn, Rustam Kasimdzhanov once again being the lone winner. Only this time most of the games were uneventful and the players were quickly leaving the arena.

Grischuk, Radjabov and Jakovenko are sharing the first place with one round to go.

Therefore, the news of the day are that FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov held an online conference with World Champion Anand Vishwanathan, top Grandmasters Veselin Topalov, Vasily Ivanchuk, Magnus Carlsen (represented by his father Henrik) and Levon Aronian. Also present were Deputy President George Makropoulos, Vice President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, FIDE Commercial Director and Global Chess CEO Geoffrey Borg and PA to FIDE President Berik Balgabaev.

Tournament website reports that “The meeting lasted more than an hour and different opinions, suggestions, recommendations and constructive criticism was made by the players. FIDE President said that he would take the views of the players to the Presidential Board to be held in mid-March 2009 in Budapest where they will be reviewed closely.”

Round 12 results, 27th December 2008

Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672 - Cheparinov Ivan 2696 1-0

Bacrot Etienne 2705 - Grischuk Alexander 2719 draw

Radjabov Teimour 2751 - Akopian Vladimir 2679 draw

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 - Wang Yue 2736 draw

Leko Peter 2747 - Alexeev Evgeny 2715 draw

Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 - Eljanov Pavel 2720 draw

Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 - Gashimov Vugar 2703 draw

Round 13 pairings, 28th December 2008

Gashimov Vugar 2703 - Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672

Eljanov Pavel 2720 - Inarkiev Ernesto 2669

Alexeev Evgeny 2715 - Jakovenko Dmitry 2737

Wang Yue 2736 - Leko Peter 2747

Akopian Vladimir 2679 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731

Grischuk Alexander 2719 - Radjabov Teimour 2751

Cheparinov Ivan 2696 - Bacrot Etienne 2705

Round 12 standings:

1-3. Grischuk Alexander 2719 RUS, Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE and Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 RUS – 7.5

4. Gashimov Vugar 2703 AZE – 7.0

5-9. Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 AZE, Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 UZB, Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA, Leko Peter 2747 HUN and Wang Yue 2736 CHN – 6.0

10. Cheparinov Ivan 2696 BUL – 5.5

11-12. Alexeev Evgeny 2719 RUS and Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 RUS – 5.0

13-14. Eljanov Pavel 2720 UKR and Akopian Vladimir 2679 ARM – 4.5


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