Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Aronian Wins, Carlsen loses

One of the requests at the end of the Queenstown International was to have more rounds. "I was just starting to come good" was the reason, although the overall quality of the tournament was also a factor.
The fact that most tournaments are 9 rounds these days is now a point of discussion at the Tata Steel event in The Netherlands. Last nights round saw Lev Aronian take a one point lead after he defeated Fabiano Caruana, while closest rival Magnus Carlsen lost to Sergey Karjakin. Remarkably for a tournament at this level, the win for Karjakin bring his record to 4 wins, 4 losses and only 1 draw. One theory is that the length of the event may be the reason the results seem a little unusual.
With 4 rounds to go Aronian looks to be the favourite, with Carlsen hoping that he can recover enough ground over the next 5 days (the players get another rest after round 10). Probably the best way to get to the lives coverage is via the chessvibes website and follow the links.

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