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Nakamura And Leko Win In London Grand Prix Round 2

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/22/12, 1:38 PM.

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Hikaru Nakamura and Peter Leko were winners in round 2 of the 2012 FIDE London Grand Prix.

Peter Leko took advantage of the inaccurate moves 32...Kf7 and 33...hxg5 from Vassily Ivanchuk to bring home a full point, while Rustam Kasimdzhanov blundered to allow Hikaru Nakamura a checkmate in 2 moves.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov played a creative rook sacrifice with 20...Rd3, which gave him a strong attack.  However, Michael Adams returned material and the game ended drawn.

The standings after two rounds:

Name Fed Elo Pts
Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2738
Leko, Peter  HUN  2737
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2752 1
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2754 1
Wang, Hao  CHN  2742 1
Giri, Anish  NED  2730 1
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2725 1
Adams, Michael  ENG  2722 1
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2729 1
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2783 1
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2684 ½
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2769 ½

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London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix Round 2 Michael Adams Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.jpg

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The London Grand Prix is the first tournament of the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix series. After the first contest in London, the series moves on to Tashkent, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin and Paris.  Each tournament is a single round-robin featuring 12 out of the 18 players in the Grand Prix, and each player competes in four of the six events.  Details of dates and participants can be found here.

The overall winner and runner-up of the Grand Prix qualify for the March 2014 Candidates Tournament.

The schedule for the London Grand Prix:

Arrival & Opening  20th September
1st Round  21st September
2nd Round  22nd September
3rd Round  23rd September
4th Round   24th September
5th Round  25th September
Free Day  26th September
6th Round    27th September
7th Round    28th September
8th Round   29th September
Free Day    30th September
9th Round  1st October
10th Round    2nd October
11th round & Closing  3rd October
Departure  4th October

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Rounds start at 14:00 local time (13:00 UTC). The time control is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then an extra 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment after the second time control.

Draws can only be claimed for triple-repetition of position, theoretical draws, or 50-move rule.

The official regulations for the 2012 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

Official website here. Games via TWIC. Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.

Look out for coverage at Chess.com/TV!

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  • 2 years ago

    nyLsel

    wow. Go Leko

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    The top rated players get a spot in the Candidates, so no need for Carlsen to play this type of events when he has stronger opposition to face in for example Bilbao.

  • 2 years ago

    godbobby

    naka great escape, luck  favours naka!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2 years ago

    rorschach1985

    Naka loses with the white pieces and then wins with black....go figure.

  • 2 years ago

    NimzoRoy

    Magnus, vishy and other super GMs are not in the house - dancentino

    Magnus skipped this because he already qualifies for the next World CH cycle right? I read that he, Kramnik and Aronian all skipped this tnmt for that reason is that right - and were they all invited in the first place?

  • 2 years ago

    GM_John

    Good Luck To GM'S!!!

  • 2 years ago

    dancentino

    Magnus, vishy and other super GMs are not in the house.

  • 2 years ago

    novzki41

    why is magnus not here? 

  • 2 years ago

    dzindzifan

    Naka rocked that guy!  He forced mated in two when that guy slipped.Cool

  • 2 years ago

    thehedgehog2000

    NAKAMURA!!

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Go Naka! 

  • 2 years ago

    duniel

    Fantastic line-up, superstars of the 2000s, great tournament ahead!

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