Ivanchuk beats Morozevich in the first Leon semifinal

Ivanchuk wins by 2.5-1.5. Photos and replayable games

Ivanchuk practiced a lot of blitz games in a show of its own kind during Mtel Masters and later on he played solid chess against Navara. However, he has a difficult task today against Morozevich at the start of Leon 2009.

Here is the photo report from the beginning of round one, stay tuned for games and information. Update: Ivanchuk wins the first game against Morozevich, while the remaining three finished in draws, for total score 2.5-1.5. Ivanchuk advances to the Sunday’s final to defend his last year’s trophy.

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Honorary move by the head of the sports department of Castilla and Leon, Miguel Ignacio González, and the organizer Marcelino Sión

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Ivanchuk greets Miguel Ignacio González before the start of the semifinal

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The playing hall of Leon 2009 with Ivanchuk and Morozevich in game 1

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The game between Ivanchuk and Morozevich after move 10

Photos by Leontxo Garcia (Press Officer)

More about Leon 2009

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Preview and press conference