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Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 6

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/28/13, 1:13 PM.

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The sixth round of the Thessaloniki Grand Prix served up another three decisive games, all of them victories for the white pieces. So far in the tournament there have only been two wins for the black pieces - both by Leinier Dominguez!

Gata Kamky and Fabiano Caruana joined Dominguez at the top of the standings by beating Peter Svidler and Etienne Bacrot respectively.

Kamsky took full advantage of Svidler's time-trouble to gain a winning advantage, while Caruana gradually outplayed Bacrot after surprising him with his opening choice in another game marked by time-trouble.

The third decisive game was Ruslan Ponomariov's first win, and Vassily Ivanchuk's fourth loss. This time the end came after just 19 moves, and before a single capture had taken place! Ivanchuk is in one of his terrible downward spirals which are hard to watch, like a car crash played out in slow-motion. Will the Ukrainian find a way to recover his composure and show us how he can really play?

Gata Kamsky moved into a share of first place

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Fabiano Caruana chose the Scotch Opening to defeat Etienne Bacrot

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Don't give up Chucky!

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Hikaru Nakamura held Leinier Dominguez to a draw in a long endgame fight

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Veselin Topalov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov fought an exciting game down to bare kings

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In the battle of the Sashas, Morozevich (pictured) and Grischuk drew

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The standings after 6 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2741 4
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2723 4
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2774 4
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2742
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2779
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2760
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2699 3
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769 2
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 2
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2725 2
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2755 1

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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.

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  • 16 months ago

    mottsauce

    I don't think chucky's done with chess yet - every so often he uncorks a brilliant game (see ivanchuk v. kramnik at candidates 2013).

  • 16 months ago

    imurderpawns

    Kamsy! Kamsy! Kamsy!

    I generally root for Nakamura but he isn't doing very well any American is fine with me

  • 16 months ago

    restinpeace

    whats goin on with ivanchuk! 

  • 16 months ago

    SummerStorm

    (re: friendjonny) Kamsky Kamsky Kamsky!

     

    He was terrific in the US championship and is still going strong.

  • 16 months ago

    sollevy10

    i think ivanchuk was too quick to quit. ask MC Hammer b/c that is NOT too legit to quit...

  • 16 months ago

    friendjonny

    Kamsky! Kamsky! Kamsky!

    Come on! Cheer with me. 

  • 16 months ago

    C0ldSh0ckW1z

    Naka tweeted afterwards: "The way I am playing chess here in Greece is not for the faint of heart."

    I believe that applies to the general case, not just this tournament.  Following his games live definitely does not help my life expectancy, win, lose, or draw.

  • 16 months ago

    enrique28

    Ivanchuk!!!. You surprise us every tournament. For the best or the worst, but always a big surprise.

  • 16 months ago

    mottsauce

    man, what was Chucky thinking castling queenside?

  • 16 months ago

    Sam97

    Wow! Good point 64!

  • 16 months ago

    sixtyfoursquares

    Resiging without any pieces being traded must be a RECORD in itself in GM games!!  Can anyone confirm?

  • 16 months ago

    Oraoradeki

    Nakamura plays the Centre Counter! Yay!

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