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Grand Prix: Gelfand Smashes Nakamura, Caruana Can Still Win

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 10/4/13, 3:35 AM.

The FIDE Grand Prix in Élancourt (Paris) will see an exciting last round as Fabiano Caruana can still win the tournament outright, and thus qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. On Thursday tournament leader Hikaru Nakamura lost a spectacular game to Boris Gelfand, while Caruana himself defeated Evgeny Tomashevsky. The all-French encounter Fressinet-Bacrot was won quickly by Black.

The last leg of the 2012-2013 Grand Prix series has been as unpredictable as London weather. A very quiet Wednesday was followed by a thunderstorm on Thursday, with three decisive games and a big change at the top of the leaderboard.

Hikaru Nakamura, who grabbed the lead in round 8, lost in spectacular fashion to Boris Gelfand. The Israeli grandmaster seems to be in top form again. As ChessVibes editor Arne Moll said last night:

“Gelfand is the real deal. Back in '89 Kasparov called him one of the most talented player of his generation and he's still there.”

The game started as a 6...Ng4 Najdorf, and after the players repeated once (who's fooling whom?), they went for one of the main lines. The first twenty moves came on the board quickly, and 20...Rc6 was the novelty. Nakamura could have expected it, because Gelfand chose this logical plan also in a similar position against Karjakin, at Wijk aan Zee 2012.

The logical push 21.f4 was answered by 21...Rfc8! and the knight on e5 was poisoned. Right there, Nakamura made a big mistake already: the straightforward 22.f5! would have been good, with roughly equal chances, while in the game Gelfand got a strong attack. He might have missed a quicker win, but he never let go of the initiative and in time trouble Nakamura eventually succumbed under the pressure.

This was excellent news for Fabiano Caruana, especially because he had managed to beat the super-solid Russian grandmaster Evgeny Tomashevsky, who had drawn his first nine games! In an Advance Caro-Kann, White got a nice space advantage. Tomashevsky's pawn sac wasn't a bad practical decision and on move 27 Black might still be able to hold it. However, there the Russian made a mistake which was refuted nicely by Caruana.


Etienne Bacrot reached his highest ever rating with a surprisingly quick win over his compatriot Laurent Fressinet, who truly mishandled a Bayonet King's Indian. Before he knew it, he was two healthy pawns down, and decided to call it a day. His comment:

“A disaster, what can I say?”


Leinier Dominguez chose the Petroff against Alexander Grischuk, who decided on 5.d3 instead of 5.d4, transposing into an Exchange French. Normally Black should have nothing to fear there, but Grischuk did manage to get a middlegame with some play. Still, after some exchanges the players started repeating moves quickly.


Ivanchuk-Giri was a "real" Petroff; the Ukrainian went for the main line and then chose 16.Qc1, the move Ray Robson also used to beat Andrey Volokitin at the 2013 World Cup. Surprisingly, Giri's 16...Qd7 was virtually a novelty and the Dutchman equalized rather easily. Perhaps White shouldn't take on d6. 


Ponomariov-Wang Hao was another Advance Caro-Kann (everyone is playing 3.e5 these days!) where Black was fine out of the opening. Just when Ponomariov seemed to get a slight initiative on the queenside, Wang Hao moved his queen and knight to the other side of the board and it was Black who was in control. He could have tried for more with 35...f6. 

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Paris Grand Prix 2013 | Results & pairings

Round 1 15:00 CET 22.09.13   Round 2 15:00 CET 23.09.13
Fressinet ½-½ Ponomariov   Ponomariov ½-½ Giri
Grischuk ½-½ Wang Hao   Tomashevsky ½-½ Gelfand
Caruana ½-½ Bacrot   Dominguez ½-½ Nakamura
Ivanchuk ½-½ Dominguez   Bacrot ½-½ Ivanchuk
Nakamura ½-½ Tomashevsky   Wang Hao ½-½ Caruana
Gelfand 1-0 Giri   Fressinet 1-0 Grischuk
Round 3 15:00 CET 24.09.13   Round 4 15:00 CET 25.09.13
Grischuk ½-½ Ponomariov   Ponomariov ½-½ Tomashevsky
Caruana 1-0 Fressinet   Dominguez 1-0 Giri
Ivanchuk 1-0 Wang Hao   Bacrot ½-½ Gelfand
Nakamura 1-0 Bacrot   Wang Hao ½-½ Nakamura
Gelfand 1-0 Dominguez   Fressinet 0-1 Ivanchuk
Giri ½-½ Tomashevsky   Grischuk ½-½ Caruana
Round 5 15:00 CET 27.09.13   Round 6 15:00 CET 28.09.13
Caruana ½-½ Ponomariov   Ponomariov

½-½

Dominguez
Ivanchuk 0-1 Grischuk   Bacrot ½-½ Tomashevsky
Nakamura ½-½ Fressinet   Wang Hao ½-½ Giri
Gelfand ½-½ Wang Hao   Fressinet ½-½ Gelfand
Giri 0-1 Bacrot   Grischuk ½-½ Nakamura
Tomashevsky ½-½ Dominguez   Caruana 1-0 Ivanchuk
Round 7 15:00 CET 29.09.13   Round 8 15:00 CET 30.09.13
Ivanchuk ½-½ Ponomariov   Ponomariov 0-1 Bacrot
Nakamura 1-0 Caruana   Wang Hao ½-½ Dominguez
Gelfand 1-0 Grischuk   Fressinet ½-½ Tomashevsky
Giri ½-½ Fressinet   Grischuk 1-0 Giri
Tomashevsky ½-½ Wang Hao   Caruana 1-0 Gelfand
Dominguez ½-½ Bacrot   Ivanchuk 0-1 Nakamura
Round 9 15:00 CET 02.10.13   Round 10 15:00 CET 03.10.13
Nakamura ½-½ Ponomariov   Ponomariov ½-½ Wang Hao
Gelfand ½-½ Ivanchuk   Fressinet 0-1 Bacrot
Giri ½-½ Caruana   Grischuk ½-½ Dominguez
Tomashevsky ½-½ Grischuk   Caruana 1-0 Tomashevsky
Dominguez ½-½ Fressinet   Ivanchuk ½-½ Giri
Bacrot ½-½ Wang Hao   Nakamura 0-1 Gelfand
Round 11 14:00 CET 04.10.13        
Gelfand - Ponomariov        
Giri - Nakamura        
Tomashevsky - Ivanchuk        
Dominguez - Caruana        
Bacrot - Grischuk        
Wang Hao - Fressinet        

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Paris Grand Prix 2013 | Round 10 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Score SB
1 Caruana,F 2779 phpfCo1l0.png 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 6.5/10 31.00
2 Gelfand,B 2764 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6.5/10 30.75
3 Nakamura,H 2772 1 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 6.0/10 30.75
4 Bacrot,E 2723 ½ ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6.0/10 27.25
5 Grischuk,A 2785 ½ 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 5.0/10 23.00
6 Dominguez,L 2757 0 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5.0/10 22.50
7 Wang,Hao 2736 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 0 ½ 4.5/10 23.50
8 Tomashevsky,E 2703 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 4.5/10 22.25
9 Ponomariov,R 2756 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 4.5/10 21.50
10 Ivanchuk,V 2731 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½ 4.5/10 21.00
11 Fressinet,L 2708 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 4.0/10
12 Giri,A 2737 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 3.0/10

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Photos by Alina l'Ami & Eric Cheymoi courtesy of FIDE. You can follow the games live here.

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  • 15 months ago

    OldChessDog

    Yeayyy for the old guy!!! ;-)

  • 15 months ago

    Marcokim

    At last I picked up on information of round 10 at 6:02am on Friday October 4th. Why did it take so long? I have been following the games on the tournament site from France for results which came in faster than Chess.com. So if the games ended on the date that they were played, why not post them on Chess.com the same day immediately. Just another day in the life of a chess player: Surprising.  

    My friend you take yourself way too seriously... lol... some volunteer guy has to get off work, pick up the kids, go home, prepare and eat dinner, get the kids to bed and then sit for 4 to 5hrs preparing this shebeng, probably sleep at 2am on a weekday. Cut him some slack will you.

  • 15 months ago

    friendjonny

    Remember back when practically everyone thought that Gelfand was unworthy as an opponent to Anand for the world championship! Gelfand is now rated higher than Anand in the live ratings. He has had a spectacular year for sure.

  • 15 months ago

    dani_el

    chessdoggblack I agree with you. I've also got the results faster from chessclub.com. However, don't forget that chess.com does quite a nice job giving you the PGNs, the comments and, above all, the narration which makes it more interesting for reading and worth waiting.

  • 15 months ago

    CP6033

    yes ok so If Gelfand wins Shirayco maymeador goes to the candidites. If Gefand is tied for first Shyrac goes to the candidates/ If caruana wins alone he goes to the candidates. what will happend in the big round 11?

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