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Karjakin on 3/3 in Beijing

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  • on 7/6/13, 3:22 PM.

Having won his first three games, Sergey Karjakin is having an excellent Grand Prix tournament so far. On Saturday the 23 year old grandmaster won against Alexander Morozevich with the black pieces to increase his lead in Beijing to a full point. Boris Gelfand lost on time against Anish Giri, while Vassily Ivanchuk blundered material on move 40 against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

Karjakin scored third victory in a sideline of the Queen's Indian: 10.Bd3, where 10.e5 is the normal move. "The last time I looked at this was about seven years ago," said Karjakin, who remembered that it was important to put back the knight on c6 to prevent White from playing  a3 and b4. After both players missed the tactic 14...Ngxe5! Nxe5 Bf6 16.f4 d6, the position was just very complicated. At some point Black started dominating the game completely; afterwards Morozevich called 16.Be3 a strategic mistake, where he should have taken en passant on f6.

Vassily Ivanchuk versus Shakhriyar Mamedyarov saw the interesting material imbalance BBN - Q and it looked like White was having an advantage. Black needed to give another exchange with 31...Re6, and because of his passed pawn he had just enough counterplay. In timetrouble Ivanchuk forgot to play h2-h4 and at move 40 he suddenly seemed to be in Zugzwang. In the game, his 40th move was losing but it was not easy to spot 40.h4! gxh4 41.gxh4 Qg4+ 42.Kf2 Qxh4+ 43.Rg3=.

The third winner of the day was Anish Giri, who also had a bit of luck. Being Dutch didn't help his Dutch Defence much and it was Boris Gelfand who controlled the position from the very start. Somehow Giri managed to avoid serious trouble, and then, before making is 38th move, Gelfand simply forgot about the clock and with two minutes on the clock he just let his flag fall!

In Wang Hao versus Alexander Grischuk, the Chinese repeated the move 7.f4!? which Peter Svidler used during the Candidates Tournament against Gelfand. White didn't continue well and got himself into a worse ending, but with a neat pawn sac he could reach a drawn opposite-coloured bishop ending.

Peter Leko and Wang Yue drew a Semi-Tarrasch where White found some original rook moves right after the opening. On move 24 the Chinese decided to sacrifice a pawn because in the resulting ending it would be 4 against 3 on one wing and indeed after many more moves he held it to a draw.

Gata Kamsky and Veselin Topalov played the longest game of the day; a great strategical fight that started as an Open Catalan. Was White winning in the ending? Who knows.

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 - Grischuk
Gelfand 0-1 Giri   Mamedyarov - Wang Hao
Leko ½-½ Wang Yue   Topalov - Ivanchuk
Kamsky ½-½ Topalov   Wang Yue - Kamsky
Ivanchuk 0-1 Mamedyarov   Giri - Leko
Wang Hao ½-½ Grischuk   Morozevich - Gelfand
Round 5 15:00 CST 09.07.13   Round 6 15:00 CST 10.07.13
Gelfand - Karjakin   Karjakin - Mamedyarov
Leko - Morozevich   Topalov - Grischuk
Kamsky - Giri   Wang Yue - Wang Hao
Ivanchuk - Wang Yue   Giri - Ivanchuk
Wang Hao - Topalov   Morozevich - Kamsky
Grischuk - Mamedyarov   Gelfand - Leko
Round 7 15:00 CST 11.07.13   Round 8 15:00 CST 12.07.13
Leko - Karjakin   Karjakin - Topalov
Kamsky - Gelfand   Wang Yue - Mamedyarov
Ivanchuk - Morozevich   Giri - Grischuk
Wang Hao - Giri   Morozevich - Wang Hao
Grischuk - Wang Yue   Gelfand - Ivanchuk
Mamedyarov - Topalov   Leko - 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 3 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Points SB
1 Karjakin,S 2776 * 1 1 1 3.0/3
2 Mamedyarov,S 2761 * ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 2.25
3 Grischuk,A 2780 * 1 ½ ½ 2.0/3 2.00
4 Topalov,V 2767 * ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 1.75
5 Leko,P 2737 ½ ½ * ½ 1.5/3 2.75
6 Wang Yue 2705 ½ * ½ ½ 1.5/3 1.50
7 Giri,A 2734 0 * ½ 1 1.5/3 1.00
8 Kamsky,G 2763 ½ 0 ½ * 1.0/3 2.00
9 Wang Hao 2752 0 ½ * ½ 1.0/3 1.50
10 Morozevich,A 2736 0 ½ ½ * 1.0/3 1.50
11 Ivanchuk,V 2733 0 ½ ½ * 1.0/3 1.50
12 Gelfand,B 2773 0 ½ 0 * 0.5/3

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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  • 16 months ago

    ragequitter

    Karjakin, Giri and Caruana are the upcoming competitions for Carlsen in more years to come.

  • 16 months ago

    Fixing_A_Hole

    2014 WC Match= Carlsen vs Karjakin

  • 16 months ago

    P_G_M

    Sleeping Gelfand :)

  • 16 months ago

    Pegglarr

    Giri is overrated. Don't rate him at all.

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