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Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 10

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/2/13, 10:10 AM.

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Gata Kamsky celebrated his 39th birthday today by taking the sole lead again in the Thessaloniki Grand Prix with just one round remaining. The American champion inflicted a fourth straight defeat on poor Alexander Morozevich, taking his own score to 7½/10.

The Cuban #1 Leinier Dominguez drew a lively encounter with Alexander Grischuk to lie in second place by half a point, and in the last game to finish Fabiano Caruana had a hard fight before eventually overcoming Veselin Topalov to stand in third place.

It promises to be an exciting final round, with Kamsky facing Caruana with the black pieces, while Dominguez will have white against Topalov.

Note that the final round starts 2 hours earlier than usual, at 12:00 local time (09:00 UTC).

Nearly there! Gata Kamsky takes a half point lead into the final round

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Dominguez's draw with Grischuk leaves him half a point adrift of the lead

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Fabiano Caruana eventually defeated Topalov in the last game to finish

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Ruslan Ponomariov defeated Etienne Bacrot

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Peter Svidler shared the points

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Vassily Ivanchuk drew his game with Hikaru Nakamura

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The standings after 10 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2741
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2723 7
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2774
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2779
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2742
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2699 5
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2725 4
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 4
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2760
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2755

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Final round Pairings

Kasimdzhanov Rustam v Grischuk Alexander
Nakamura Hikaru v Svidler Peter
Bacrot Etienne v Ivanchuk Vassily
Morozevich Alexander v Ponomariov Ruslan
Caruana Fabiano v Kamsky Gata
Dominguez Perez Leinier v Topalov Veselin

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The schedule for the 2013 Thessaloniki Grand Prix

21st May 2013 Arrival & Opening Ceremony
22nd May 2013 Round 1 
23rd May 2013 Round 2 
24th May 2013 Round 3 
25th May 2013 Round 4 
26th May 2013 Free Day 
27th May 2013 Round 5 
28th May 2013 Round 6 
29th May 2013 Round 7 
30th May 2013 Round 8 
31st May 2013 Free Day 
1st June 2013 Round 9 
2nd June 2013  Round 10 
3rd June 2013  Round 11 & Closing Ceremony
4th June 2013  Departure 

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The fourth Grand Prix of the 2012/13 series runs from 21 May - 4 June in Thessaloniki, Greece. The full pairings are available here.

The overall winner and runner-up of the 2012/13 Grand Prix series will qualify for the next Candidates Tournament, expected to be held in March 2014. The first three events were held in London, Tashkent and Zug. The current standings are shown here.

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. The best 3 scores of each player count towards their overall score. The official regulations for the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (11:00 UTC) except the final round which starts 2 hours earlier. The time control used is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment after move 60.

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich at the official website, which has live games, analysis and video.

Games via TWIC.

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Comments


  • 16 months ago

    Deantasanto

    @chessdoggblack Nearly all of the "bad things" that happened to Fischer were a result of his own actions. He breaks the law, he gets the resulting punishment for the crime. He does not get exemption simply because of his three years as a world champion. And yes, you do have the right to say whatever you want (well, not exactly since this website is the property of chess.com and they can do whatever they want with it, including removing comments, banning users, etc.) , but does that mean you should spew moronic and false statements out simply because you can? Does that mean you should try to make your statements harder to read with bold? And here is a definition of the word "relevant" since you clearly do not show understanding the of the simple word.

     

    rel·e·vant

     

    [rel-uh-vuhnt]

    adjective
    bearing upon or connected with the matter in hand; pertinent: a relevant remark.
     
    As you can see, your opinion that America is ungrateful and undeserving of a champion because of Fischer is not at all relevant to the Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 10.
  • 16 months ago

    satlen99

    congratulations to kamsky

  • 16 months ago

    restinpeace

    kamsky's impressing me lately! his win on  the usa championship and this tourneys results indicates that kamsky's rating should be over the 2800 plateau.

    kamsky for the win!

  • 16 months ago

    alnoth

    so... if caruana beats kamsky and topalov holds dominguez to a draw - who wins the tourney?

  • 16 months ago

    o_trelos

  • 16 months ago

    mwilliams273

    Go Gata Go!!!Cool

  • 16 months ago

    Deantasanto

    @chessdoggblack I doubt that many of us are nationalistic enough to actually care what country a world champion comes out of anymore. I care more for the player him or herself. And why are you posting that America deserves no world champion when it is not at all relevant to the post? Is it because you dislike Gata Kamsky's success? And no, chess players in America have not become "ungrateful" for Fischer's contributions to the chess world; rather we have made the distinction between his crazy rambling and his amazing chess. 

     

    Also, why do you bold random words whenever you say something?

  • 16 months ago

    friendjonny

    How many points would Kamsky win if he won this tournament outright?

  • 16 months ago

    CharlieJohnson

    The Topalov-Caruana game was a perfect example of "the one who makes the second to last mistake wins." Weird opening, strange imbalances, mystifying inaccuracies - it was a very entertaining game. 

  • 16 months ago

    HeadlessBishop

    well celebrated birthday, mr. kamsky! one more round, bring it home!

  • 16 months ago

    AleSGCHESS

    CARUANA doing great too!!

  • 16 months ago

    sittingpawn

    @chessdoggblack ??!??!?!?!?

     I suggest you do a little bit more research into the "great" Fischer. His ideas, that you so speak of, were ungrateful, disgracefull and fully in tow with the stereotype of the fine line between genius and mentally insane. Yes, he was a great chess player. That was about it.

  • 16 months ago

    CP6033

    Go Svilder hopefully no point will be shared against Hi Nakuruma. Meaning I hope he'll win.

  • 16 months ago

    NM ThinkPink99

    Kamsky's doing very well!

  • 16 months ago

    Amateur1223

    @MJo maybe Bxg6? Not sure, but it seems like if he responds Bxg6 then 23. Rg3+ mates; otherwise mate is fairly straightforward after something like Kh6 Bg7+

  • 16 months ago

    centurion33141

    Leinier has make a great run also,hope He does fine again Topalov tomorrow!

  • 16 months ago

    centurion33141

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  • 16 months ago

    Melchizedek10

    Wow Kamsky is definitely making a statement here recently with both U.S championship win and here in Greece and achieve his new highest rating...The mighty Kamsky has renew his name and memories to the fans...

  • 16 months ago

    MJo

    Anyone can give me a line in Kamsy - Morozevich after 21...Kxg7.

    I couldn't make 22.e5 work, 22.Rg3 seems good, but not sure.

  • 16 months ago

    Tyeee

    Kamsky gives himself a nice birthday present....another big WIN!

    Next up...Fellini's Revenge!

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