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Beijing GP: Grischuk & Mamedyarov Maintain Lead, Karjakin Loses Again

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  • on 7/12/13, 10:18 AM.

Going into the second and last rest day, Alexander Grischuk and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov are still in shared first place at the FIDE Grand Prix in Beijing. Both players drew their games in round 8, against Anish Giri and Wang Yue respectively. Sergey Karjakin suffered his third straight loss, with White against Veselin Topalov. In the game between the 40-year-olds, Boris Gelfand defeated Vassily Ivanchuk.

These are tough times for Sergey Karjakin, who made such a strong impression during the first half of the tournament. The 23-year-old Russian grandmaster lost yet again, this time with the white pieces to Veselin Topalov. The game started as a Taimanov Sicilian where White played the English Attack, the main line against so many Sicilians these days. By putting his king's bishop on e7, Topalov managed to steer the game into a Scheveningen/Najdorf type of position where White's Qd2-f2 and Nc2-e3-g2 are less useful than e.g. h2-h4 and g4-g5. The ending that appeared on the board was slightly better for Black, but Karjakin might have kept things within the drawing zone until move 40, which was just a blunder. An excellent game by the Bulgarian, who has good chances now to finish either first or second in the overall Grand Prix standings (which qualify for the next Candidates tournament).

The only other decisive game was Boris Gelfand versus Vassily Ivanchuk, a Bayonet King's Indian with the old move 10.g3. (In the 1990s players like Vladimir Kramnik and Ivan Sokolov started to popularize 10.Re1 until it became the absolute main line.) The closed middlegame position required lots of piece maneuvering from both sides, and at some point the queens were traded. Just before the time control Gelfand missed the tactic 36. Nxe5! which would have decided the game immediately, but many hours later the Israeli grandmaster won anyway. In the final position 72...Nh7 73.Rh5 Rg7 74.Ke2 Ng5 75.Rh6 Nh3 was perhaps worth trying for Black.

Tournament leaders Alexander Grischuk and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov both drew their games with the black pieces. Grischuk played against Anish Giri, who started with 1.Nf3 but then transposed into a Sicilian, possibly in order to avoid the Berlin. It became a Classical Scheveningen where White's f4-f5 led to a massive series of exchanges.

Mamedyarov was a bit surprised by Wang Yue's choice of the Anti-Grünfeld and decided to avoid the theoretical lines by voluntarily trading on c3. White must have a tiny edge there, but not the way the Chinese played it. Black took over the initiative and declined a move repetition, but when White could suddenly take a pawn on the queenside, Mamedyarov was probably happy to draw after all.

Alexander Morozevich played the interesting and relatively new concept 4.c4!? in the 3.Bb5+ Sicilian. Wang Hao's moves looked healthy but 12...a5 weakened his queenside. The Russian GM demonstrated this with the surprising 14.Nc6!? and 15.Ne7!? and got some advantage, but the Chinese was never in serious danger.

Peter Leko and Gata Kamsky drew a Caro-Kann with 3...g6; a typical kind of opening for the American who likes solid, playable positions without too much theory. White seemed to be developing a dangerous initiative, but the queen trade 19...Qh4! and Kamsky's next few moves were very strong. Black's activity was just enough compensation for the pawn deficit.





Beijing GP 2013 | Scores

Round 1 15:00 CST 04.07.13   Round 2 15:00 CST 05.07.13
Giri 0-1 Karjakin   Karjakin 1-0 Wang Hao
Morozevich ½-½ Wang Yue   Grischuk ½-½ Ivanchuk
Gelfand 0-1 Topalov   Mamedyarov ½-½ Kamsky
Leko ½-½ Mamedyarov   Topalov ½-½ Leko
Kamsky 0-1 Grischuk   Wang Yue ½-½ Gelfand
Ivanchuk ½-½ Wang Hao   Giri ½-½ Morozevich
Round 3 15:00 CST 06.07.13   Round 4 15:00 CST 07.07.13
Morozevich 0-1 Karjakin   Karjakin ½-½ Grischuk
Gelfand 0-1 Giri   Mamedyarov 1-0 Wang Hao
Leko ½-½ Wang Yue   Topalov ½-½ Ivanchuk
Kamsky ½-½ Topalov   Wang Yue 1-0 Kamsky
Ivanchuk 0-1 Mamedyarov   Giri ½-½ Leko
Wang Hao ½-½ Grischuk   Morozevich 1-0 Gelfand
Round 5 15:00 CST 09.07.13   Round 6 15:00 CST 10.07.13
Gelfand ½-½ Karjakin   Karjakin 0-1 Mamedyarov
Leko ½-½ Morozevich   Topalov ½-½ Grischuk
Kamsky 0-1 Giri   Wang Yue 1-0 Wang Hao
Ivanchuk 1-0 Wang Yue   Giri ½-½ Ivanchuk
Wang Hao ½-½ Topalov   Morozevich 1-0 Kamsky
Grischuk 1-0 Mamedyarov   Gelfand ½-½ Leko
Round 7 15:00 CST 11.07.13   Round 8 15:00 CST 12.07.13
Leko 1-0 Karjakin   Karjakin 0-1 Topalov
Kamsky ½-½ Gelfand   Wang Yue ½-½ Mamedyarov
Ivanchuk 1-0 Morozevich   Giri ½-½ Grischuk
Wang Hao 1-0 Giri   Morozevich ½-½ Wang Hao
Grischuk 1-0 Wang Yue   Gelfand 1-0 Ivanchuk
Mamedyarov 1-0 Topalov   Leko ½-½ Kamsky
Round 9 15:00 CST 14.07.13   Round 10 15:00 CST 15.07.13
Kamsky - Karjakin   Karjakin - Wang Yue
Ivanchuk - Leko   Giri - Topalov
Wang Hao - Gelfand   Morozevich - Mamedyarov
Grischuk - Morozevich   Gelfand - Grischuk
Mamedyarov - Giri   Leko - Wang Hao
Topalov - Wang Yue   Kamsky - Ivanchuk
Round 11 13:00 CST 16.07.13        
Ivanchuk - Karjakin        
Wang Hao - Kamsky        
Grischuk - Leko        
Mamedyarov - Gelfand        
Topalov - Morozevich        
Wang Yue - Giri        

Beijing GP 2013 | Round 8 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Points SB
1 Grischuk,Alexander 2780 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5.5/8 21.25
2 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2761 0 * ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 5.5/8 20.75
3 Leko,Peter 2737 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5/8 17.50
4 Topalov,Veselin 2767 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 4.5/8 16.50
5 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2733 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ 0 4.0/8 16.50
6 Karjakin,Sergey 2776 ½ 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 ½ 4.0/8 15.25
7 Giri,Anish 2734 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 0 1 1 4.0/8 14.00
8 Wang,Yue 2705 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 4.0/8 13.50
9 Morozevich,Alexander 2736 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 4.0/8 12.75
10 Wang,Hao 2752 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ * 3.0/8 13.00
11 Gelfand,Boris 2773 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ 3.0/8 11.25
12 Kamsky,Gata 2763 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ * 2.0/8

The 5th Grand Prix takes place 4-16 July, 2013 in Beijing, China. The games start 15:00 CST (09:00 CET, 03:00 EDT); the final round starts two hours earlier. Tournament website: http://beijing2013.fide.com. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE. Games via TWIC.

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  • 14 months ago

    CP6033

    good win Gelfand

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