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Mamedyarov Wins In Beijing, Topalov First Qualifier For 2014 Candidates

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  • on 7/16/13, 8:30 AM.

With the two top boards finishing in quick draws, the FIDE Grand Prix was decided just a few hours into the final round: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the event, and Alexander Grischuk ended on second place. The two split the point with Boris Gelfand and Peter Leko respectively. Veselin Topalov, who defeated Alexander Morozevich, secured victory in the overall Grand Prix series after five of the six tournaments and is the first player to qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament.

In the last round everything was decided rather quickly. Runner-up Alexander Grischuk was the first player to call it a day. He said he was surprised by Leko's 13...Bxc3 and 14...Ne4 and decided to check the board of Mamedyarov-Gelfand. At that point, the Azerbaijani had a solid advantage, and so it was clear that he would never lose. Therefore Grischuk went for a move repetition and Leko didn't mind; he expected a difficult game with Black!

Mamedyarov and Gelfand played the old line with ...c5, dxc5 in the Fianchetto King's Indian, and because 15...Bg4 was inaccurate, White actually had something to play for. However, after Grischuk had drawn his game, Mamedyarov only needed a draw to finish clear first and that made him decide to go for 25.Rxe6.

By then the top three was clear: 1. Mamedyarov, 2. Grischuk, 3. Leko. Veselin Topalov could still join Leko in third place if he beat Alexander Morozevich. He did so, and the win turned out to be of crucial importance for the standings in the overall Grand Prix (see below). The game was quite a nice victory in a Philidor:

Gata Kamsky suffered yet another loss, against Wang Hao. In this Nimzo-Indian the American suggested 18...exd5!? 19.cxd5 and now 19... Nc7 or 19...f4 when Black gives up his bishop on a5 but creates dangerous counterplay against the white king. The game was a one-sided affair and strongly played by China's number one grandmaster. 

Wang Yue and Anish Giri played the same variation as Mamedyarov and Gelfand, and the result was also the same. In this game, however, it was Black who got an advantage after the inaccurate 21.Nd2 (with this move Wang Yue was planning 23. Bf3 Bxf3 24. exf3 but later he saw 24...Rc6! 25. Kf2 Ra6). Giri probably played g5-g4 too quickly and then Black couldn't make progress anymore.

Vassily Ivanchuk and Sergey Karjakin then also finished with a draw, after 51 moves in a Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower Defense. Black's early ...b5 was both positionally ugly and very solid. Perhaps White could have played e3-e4 somewhere, maybe prepared with f2-f3. After 28.h4, a move criticised by Ivanchuk after the game, this plan wasn't possible anymore.

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 ½-½ Karjakin   Karjakin ½-½ Wang Yue
Ivanchuk ½-½ Leko   Giri 1-0 Topalov
Wang Hao ½-½ Gelfand   Morozevich 1-0 Mamedyarov
Grischuk ½-½ Morozevich   Gelfand 1-0 Grischuk
Mamedyarov 1-0 Giri   Leko ½-½ Wang Hao
Topalov ½-½ Wang Yue   Kamsky 1-0 Ivanchuk
Round 11 13:00 CST 16.07.13        
Ivanchuk ½-½ Karjakin        
Wang Hao 1-0 Kamsky        
Grischuk ½-½ Leko        
Mamedyarov ½-½ Gelfand        
Topalov 1-0 Morozevich        
Wang Yue ½-½ Giri        


Beijing GP 2013 | Final standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Points SB
1 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2761 * 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 7.0/11
2 Grischuk,Alexander 2780 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 6.5/11
3 Leko,Peter 2737 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6.0/11 32.75
4 Topalov,Veselin 2767 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 6.0/11 31.75
5 Morozevich,Alexander 2736 1 ½ ½ 0 * 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 5.5/11 29.75
6 Karjakin,Sergey 2776 0 ½ 0 0 1 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 5.5/11 28.75
7 Giri,Anish 2734 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 0 1 5.5/11 28.75
8 Wang,Yue 2705 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 5.5/11 28.75
9 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2733 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ 0 5.0/11 28.25
10 Gelfand,Boris 2773 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ 5.0/11 27.75
11 Wang,Hao 2752 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ * 1 5.0/11 26.00
12 Kamsky,Gata 2763 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0 * 3.5/11


Grand Prix 2012-2013 | Current Standings

Name Fed Criteria London 2012 Tashkent 2012 Zug 2013 Thess. 2013 Beijing 2013 (Paris 2013) Best 3 total
Topalov BUL Rating 140   170 45 100   410
Mamedyarov AZE Rating 140 80 20   170   390
Grischuk RUS World Cup 90     85 140 x 315
Caruana ITA FIDE President   80 100 125   x 305
Morozevich RUS AGON   140 75 25 65   280
Karjakin RUS Rating   140 50   65 x 255
Wang Hao CHN AGON 70 140     30 x 240
Ponomariov UKR World Cup   50 100 85   x 235
Leko HUN AGON 80 50 50   100   230
Dominguez CUB AGON 35 20   170   x 225
Nakamura USA Rating 15   140 60   x 215
Kamsky USA Replacement   10 75 125 10   210
Gelfand ISR Match 140 30     30 x 200
Kasimdzhanov UZB AGON 35 80 20 70     185
Giri NED AGON 15   50   65 x 130
Svidler RUS World Cup   50   45   x 95
Ivanchuk UKR World Cup 55     10 30 x 95
Wang Yue CHN Replacement         65   65
Adams ENG Replacement 55           55
Bacrot FRA Replacement       25     25
Radjabov AZE AGON     20     x 20

The table above is taken from ChessVibes, who write:

"Veselin Topalov has secured overall victory in the Grand Prix. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is not certain of his second place yet; Alexander Grischuk can reach 400 points with clear first in the last event and Fabiano Caruana can reach 395 points with clear first. Both need clear first to surpass Mamedyarov. The first two places in the Grand Prix qualify directly for the 2014 Candidates Tournament."

Note that each player's total score will be based on his best three tournaments, so for each player who plays four of the six events, his worst score is not used for his total.

The 5th Grand Prix took place 4-16 July, 2013 in Beijing, China. Tournament website: http://beijing2013.fide.com. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE. Games via TWIC.

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  • 9 months ago

    P_G_M

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    P_G_M

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  • 9 months ago

    P_G_M

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  • 9 months ago

    P_G_M

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  • 9 months ago

    AkshitaGorti

    Great job Mamedyarov and to Topalov!

  • 9 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    @Marcokim

    None of these top level chess players smoke. Which indicates no research on your part. Please respect the international community of chess players, and keep your inappropriate comments to yourself and not on this site. "Just say no to drugs." Sealed

  • 9 months ago

    P_G_M

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  • 9 months ago

    jbeest

    The ChessVibes item quoted in re to the GP standings seems to indicate that only 90 GP pts will be available either to Grischuk or Caruana in Paris for a clear win of the tourney; but Mamedyarov got 170 pts for a clear win of this tournament, as did Topalov in Zug.  This confuses me, as I thought all six tournaments on the GP were of equal weight.  Could someone please explain?

  • 9 months ago

    layphyu

    guys how many points do you need to particpate in the candidate ? 
    i am guessing....400? :) 

  • 9 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    Wow, what a battle with most of the players within reach of winning in Beijing. Beautiful chess games that kept you in your seat looking for more. Very colorful display by chess.com staff, we need more of that. Ivanchuk slipped in his game with Gata, I believe he moved to fast: brain overload. Mamedyarov won as I reasoned: check my post. Grischuk is playing very good. The new draw "King" is Leko not Anand; and the beat goes on. *Chucky* hung in there fans. For now, farewell and I'll see you all in Paris. Cool

  • 9 months ago

    Ricardoruben

    Leko didn´t mind drawing??? How come???!!!

  • 9 months ago

    Twobit

    Mamedyarov reminds me of a concert pianist about to hit a Beethoven Sonata.

  • 9 months ago

    fabelhaft

    After the first three rounds it was discussed that it was no longer much of an advantage to be white, and then the remaining rounds had 20 white wins in the 23 decisive games.

  • 9 months ago

    drumdaddy

    Thanks, webmaster, for your outstanding coverage of the Beijing Grand Prix tournament. 

  • 9 months ago

    EvanTheTerrible

    The new table design for the standings is very nice. It is a pleasure to look at the score table now.

    Congratulations Topalov and Mamedyarov.

  • 9 months ago

    Marcokim

    Grischuk looks like he would whip out a joint and smoke to this.

  • 9 months ago

    bagpiper123456

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  • 9 months ago

    Apsd1109

    GG!

    @ ChessPlayer6033:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship_2014

    There is 1 more GP to go, it is going to be in Paris, France.
    Looking at the standings, only :
     Veselin Topalov (1st place as of posting this comment)
    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2nd place as of posting this comment)

    the 1st and 2nd place winners of all 6 GP's will be playing in candidates 2014 against carlsen or anand in WCC 2014.

    3rd place will be 1st alt to candidates 2014.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIDE_Grand_Prix_2012%E2%80%932013

    note that they dont have to play in all tournys, some people only played in 4 tournys.

    hope this makes things more clear... or not, chess is very complicated. lol.
     

  • 9 months ago

    CP6033

    could Gelfand make it to the candidate?

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