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Karjakin Sole Leader at Beijing Grand Prix

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  • on 7/5/13, 10:11 AM.

At the Beijing Grand Prix Sergey Karjakin won his second consecutive game and he's now the only player left with a perfect score. On Friday the Russian crushed Wang Hao of China with the white pieces, while the other five games ended in draws.

Boris Gelfand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg and Gata Kamsky chat at the start of the round 

Karjakin scored quite a smooth win against Wang Hao's Pirc Defence. The point of his fifth move is to avoid one of the two main lines, 5...c5, and normally White continues 6.Nf3 anyway. The Chinese played the principled 5...e5 and the next few moves are quite old theory in fact. White kept an advantage and his attack seemed to go by itself; 14...Bxg5 was probably a mistake.

Co-leader Veselin Topalov could not follow suit. For the second time in one month, the Bulgarian faced the tough task of trying to get an opening advantage against Peter Leko's Queen's Indian (they also played each other in Kiev last month). White sacrificed a pawn for quick development but Black gave it back at the right moment and then there was little to play for.

Alexander Grischuk, the third winner in the first round, drew with Vassily Ivanchuk. Aron Nimzowitsch would probably have approved of the way the Ukrainian played the Kan Sicilian: trading his king's bishop for a knight to spoil White's structure and using the blockading square on c5 for a knight. Grischuk decided to just give away one of his c-pawns and seek activity on the kingside, but it only led to a move repetition.

Anish Giri and Alexander Morozevich drew a Classical French. Black's 7...b6 is a sideline that should not be underestimated; if White just goes 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 Black continues 9...c4! followed by ...b5 with a strong attack. The Dutchman played it safe and castled kingside, which however was not enough for an advantage.

Wang Yue started with 1.g3!? but the game transposed into a Fianchetto Grünfeld. Boris Gelfand found a good setup for his pieces and equalized without problems.

Gata Kamsky equalized with remarkable ease in his black game against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Playing the Chebanenko Slav, the American improved upon his game with Wang Hao played last year in the same city. He played the opening quite fast, and so he probably earned this easy half point thanks to good preparation (and huge experience in this opening).

Beijing GP 2013 | Scores

Round 1 09:00 CET 04.07.13   Round 2 09:00 CET 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 09:00 CET 06.07.13   Round 4 09:00 CET 07.07.13
Morozevich - Karjakin   Karjakin - Grischuk
Gelfand - Giri   Mamedyarov - Wang Hao
Leko - Wang Yue   Topalov - Ivanchuk
Kamsky - Topalov   Wang Yue - Kamsky
Ivanchuk  - Mamedyarov   Giri - Leko
Wang Hao - Grischuk   Morozevich - Gelfand
Round 5 09:00 CET 09.07.13   Round 6 09:00 CET 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 09:00 CET 11.07.13   Round 8 09:00 CET 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 09:00 CET 14.07.13   Round 10 09:00 CET 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 07:00 CET 16.07.13        
Ivanchuk - Karjakin        
Wang Hao - Kamsky        
Grischuk - Leko        
Mamedyarov - Gelfand        
Topalov - Morozevich        
Wang Yue - Giri        

Beijing GP 2013 | Round 2 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Points SB
1 Karjakin,Sergey 2776 * 1 1 2.0/2
2 Grischuk,Alexander 2780 * ½ 1 1.5/2 1.00
3 Topalov,Veselin 2767 * ½ 1 1.5/2 1.00
4 Leko,Peter 2737 ½ * ½ 1.0/2 1.25
5 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2733 ½ * ½ 1.0/2 1.00
6 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2761 ½ * ½ 1.0/2 0.75
7 Morozevich,Alexander 2736 * ½ ½ 1.0/2 0.75
8 Wang,Yue 2705 ½ * ½ 1.0/2 0.75
9 Gelfand,Boris 2773 0 ½ * 0.5/2 0.50
10 Kamsky,Gata 2763 0 ½ * 0.5/2 0.50
11 Wang,Hao 2752 0 ½ * 0.5/2 0.50
12 Giri,Anish 2734 0 ½ * 0.5/2 0.50

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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  • 15 months ago

    Cheese1231

    karkakin dant get confindint there still player that can cach up like topalov and grischuk

  • 15 months ago

    ghtfry

    3rd round results via Chessdom:

    Gelfand-Giri 0-1

    Ivanchuk-Mamedyarov 0-1

    Kamsky-Topalov 1/2-1/2

    Leko-Wang Yue 1/2-1/2

    Morozevich-Karjakin 0-1

    Wang,Hao-Grischuk 1/2-1/2

  • 15 months ago

    CP6033

    Go Gelfand you can beat them all!

  • 15 months ago

    -_KNiGHt_-

    I told you the coffee would work Kamsky.  You can still win the whole thing.  Play genius now and be creative.  You can do it.    

     

    =)  

     

    Go Kamsky!

  • 15 months ago

    Cheese1231

    sergy has to win

  • 15 months ago

    Sahasrara

    Karjakin is a beast, he deserves his rating. 

  • 15 months ago

    RidgeHimself

    Is it just me or did Wang, Hao blunder his bishop on move 25? Perhaps he was calculating some lines with just a rook and queen to disturb whites king with major problems. Hmmm?

    I doubt it,( Well maybe) odds are he got frustrated of that, and at the end he pulled a Kamikaze attack. Guts or no glory kinda thing..  I'll quote Danny Rensch on this game "Ouch Town"

  • 15 months ago

    bambangismansanyoto

    Smilesemoga gambar skema caturnya bisa lebih besar seperti dichesslive,thanks Chess.com.Smile

  • 15 months ago

    bambangismansanyoto

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  • 15 months ago

    WFM ahappypawn

    I mean interesting

  • 15 months ago

    WFM ahappypawn

    Intresting

  • 15 months ago

    Suvel

    cool! that was fun to read

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