Botvinnik Memorial 2012 is forming to be one of the most exciting open competitions of the season. With a large field of 2600+ Grandmasters, the top positions are up for grabs after six rounds. GMs Alekseev, Areshchenko, Popov, Aleksandrov, Romanov, Bukavshin, Hovhannisyan, and IM Demchenko are leading the field after 6 rounds with 5,0/6.
They are closely followed by a large group of players with 4,5/6, among which GMs Onischuk, Khairullin, Lysyj, Zvjaginsev, Khismatullin, Inarkiev, Khalifman, etc.
GMs Timofeev, Tiviakov, Matlakov, Andriasian are trailing behind, but in a field of 237 players anything is possible to the end.
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Here is a large photo gallery by SPB Chess, followed by the full standings. Click on the images for full size view.
Leaders after 6 rounds
|1||GM Alekseev, Evgeny||RUS||5|
|2||GM Areshchenko, Alexander||UKR||5|
|3||GM Popov, Valerij||RUS||5|
|4||GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej||BLR||5|
|5||GM Romanov, Evgeny||RUS||5|
|6||GM Bukavshin, Ivan||RUS||5|
|7||IM Demchenko, Anton||RUS||5|
|8||GM Hovhannisyan, Robert||ARM||5|
|9||GM Onischuk, Vladimir||UKR||4.5|
|10||GM Lintchevski, Daniil||RUS||4.5|
|11||GM Khairullin, Ildar||RUS||4.5|
|12||FM Lavrov, Maxim||RUS||4.5|
|13||GM Ponkratov, Pavel||RUS||4.5|
|14||GM Lysyj, Igor||RUS||4.5|
|15||GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim||RUS||4.5|
|16||GM Ovetchkin, Roman||RUS||4.5|
|17||GM Levin, Evgeny A.||RUS||4.5|
|18||GM Rogozenco, Dorian||ROU||4.5|
|19||IM Lovkov, Roman||i||RUS||4.5|
|20||IM Baryshpolets, Andrey||UKR||4.5|
|21||GM Fedorov, Alexei||BLR||4.5|
|22||GM Dvoirys, Semen I.||RUS||4.5|
|23||GM Khismatullin, Denis||RUS||4.5|
|24||GM Inarkiev, Ernesto||RUS||4.5|
|25||IM Pakhomov, Egor||RUS||4.5|
|27||GM Khalifman, Alexander||RUS||4.5|
|28||IM Kharchenko, Boris||UKR||4.5|
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