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.

Follow the games daily live at the official website.

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
26 Iljiushenok, Ilia RUS 4.5
27 GM Khalifman, Alexander RUS 4.5
28 IM Kharchenko, Boris UKR 4.5
29 Predke, Alexandr RUS 4.5
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