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peter_parr
13-08-2012, 01:56 PM
Many draws in Moscow

The Russian Championship Super-Final in Moscow has six joint leaders with 4.5/8 after most of the games between the top nine players resulted in draws. The top 8 players have each drawn at least five games with six-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler drawing all eight games. There is one round left to play. Organisers of some top level round robin grandmaster tournaments (including Biel July/August 2012) have recently adopted the soccer scoring system of three points for a win and one point for a draw to encourage more fighting chess and to try and reduce the number of agreed draws.

Leading scores after round eight (10 players, 2699 average rating, 9 rounds) :- S.Karjakin (2785), A.Grischuk (2763),D.Jakovenko (2722),D.Andreikin (2715), E.Alekseev (2673), V.Potkin (2651) all 4.5/8, P.Svidler (2749) 4, D.Dubov (2594),N.Vitiugov (2705) 3.5, S.Sjugirov (2635) 2. Natalija Pogonina (2448) leads the Women’s Championship with 6/9

Stop press:- The event resulted in a 6 way tie for first on 5/9, rapid play-off Monday!

Kevin Bonham
13-08-2012, 02:21 PM
Svidler beat Grischuk in round 9 so he made the six-way tie while Grischuk didn't.

Playoff is at 15/+10

Kevin Bonham
16-08-2012, 08:20 PM
Tiebreak scores:

4/5 Andreikin
3.5 Karjakin
3 Svidler
2.5 Jakovenko
1.5 Potkin
0.5 Alekseev.

Even the rapid tiebreak had 6 draws from 15 games.