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Eljanov and Radjabov triumphant in Astrakhan

Final FIDE Grand-Prix tournament, on 9-25th May in Astrakhan, Russia

Two participants of the Astrakhan FIDE Grand Prix tournament were congratulated today by numerous chess enthusiasts from all over the world: Pavel Eljanov from Ukraine and Teimour Radjabov from Azerbaijan. Eljanov finished clear first in the tournament, while Radjabov earned a ticket to the Candidate matches.

The fate of the first place was determined quickly – the Ukrainian Grandmaster secured his victory by making a draw with Boris Gelfand. However, the struggle for the qualification ticket continued until the last minutes of the competition.

The contenders, Wang Yue and Radjabov, met in the last round, and the Chinese grandmaster needed to win the game in order to qualify. After six hours of play Wang Yue was a pawn up and had serious winning chances. However, the Azeri player defended resourcefully and managed to hold a draw, which provided him the second place in the overall Grand Prix standings.

GP Astrakhan Pavel Eljanov

Pavel Eljanov

GP Astrakhan Radjabov 1

Teimour Radjabov

GP Astrakhan Wang Yue 1

Wang Yue

Another qualification ticket went to the winner of the Grand Prix series – Levon Aronian from Armenia. Eight world’s strongest players will compete in the candidate matches later this year, and the winner will challenge the reigning World Champion Vishwanathan Anand.

Pavel Eljanov collected 8 points in 13 games and finished clear first. Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine), Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Alekseev (both Russia), and Teimour Radjabov tied for the second place with 7 points each.

GP Astrakhan Ponomariov 1

Ruslan Ponomariov

GP Astrakhan Inarkiev 1

Ernesto Inarkiev

GP Astrakhan Group

Alexander Huzman, Boris Gelfand, Pavel Eljanov and Michael Roiz

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Round 13 results:

GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 - GM Svidler Peter 2735 1 – 0

GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2733 - GM Alekseev Evgeny 2700 1/2 – 1/2

GM Radjabov Teimour 2740 - GM Wang Yue 2752 1/2 – 1/2

GM Leko Peter 2735 - GM Gashimov Vugar 2734 1 – 0

GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2741 - GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2763 1/2 – 1/2

GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2725 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2694 1/2 – 1/2

GM Gelfand Boris 2741 - GM Eljanov Pavel 2751 1/2 – 1/2

Final standings:

1 GM Eljanov Pavel 2751 UKR - 8.0

2 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2733 UKR - 7.0

3 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2725 RUS - 7.0

4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2763 AZE - 7.0

5 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2700 RUS - 7.0

6 GM Radjabov Teimour 2740 AZE - 7.0

7 GM Leko Peter 2735 HUN - 6.5

8 GM Gashimov Vugar 2734 AZE - 6.5

9 GM Wang Yue 2752 CHN - 6.5

10 GM Gelfand Boris 2741 ISR - 6.0

11 GM Svidler Peter 2735 RUS - 6.0

12 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2741 UKR - 5.5

13 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 RUS - 5.5

14 GM Akopian Vladimir 2694 ARM - 5.5

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