International News Today - Nov 24, 2011

I just finished watching the end of the Aronian-Svidler game. Beautiful piece sac by Aronian in a Q&N ending eventually left him with passers on b6 and h6 that couldn't both be stopped. This leaves him alone in 1st with 5/8 going into the final round. Only 1/2 point behind are Carlsen, Karjakin, Ivanchuk, and Nepomniachtchi. Aronian has black tomorrow against Nepo. Karjakin is white against Ivanchuk and Carlsen is black against Nakamura.

Hou Yifan is now up three games in the Women's World Championship (5-2). Humpy Koneru has to win all three of the final games to tie the match at 5-5. Their game today is in progess and Hou with black doesn't appear to be in any difficulty.

Six of the nine rounds are complete at the World Youth. Four Canadians have a score of 5/6 and strong medal aspirations. In the U8 group Luke Pulfer (BC) has been coming on strong and today has his work cut out for him against David Peng (USA) rated 1945 and 2nd ranked in the division. In the U10 division Yuanchen Zhang has been playing solidly and today comes up against Li Ruifeng (USA), ranked 9th at the outset.

Finally in the U12 division we now have two players tied for the lead. Olivier-Kenta Chiku-Ratte (QC), who drew yesterday and Michael Song (ON) who has joined the leaders. Olivier-Kenta is presently in 1st on tie-breakers and plays 6th ranked Murali Karthikeyan (India) while Michael plays 5th ranked Shahin Lorparizangeneh (Iran).

A number of other players can work their way up into the top boards with a win today......