After 5 rounds, Morozevich still maintains his clear lead at the 2008 Tal Memorial in Moscow. However, Mamedyarov and Ponomariov now join Ivanchuk in 2nd place with just 1/2 point behind the leader. With the loss to Shak, Kamsky is now next to the bottom. Shirov draws two straight games after opening the tournament with 3 straight losses.

Standings after 5 rounds:

1. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2788 3½

2. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2742 3
3. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2718 3
4. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2781 3

5. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2720 2½
6. Leko, Peter g HUN 2741 2½
7. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2788 2½

8. Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2708 2
9. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2723 2

10. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2741 1

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