Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 7

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/29/13, 10:57 AM.


Gata Kamsky and Fabiano Caruana both won their games with the black pieces in the 7th round of the Thessaloniki Grand Prix to share the lead with 5 points.

Kamsky's victory was achieved at the expense of lowest seed Rustam Kasimdzhanov, while Caruana took advantage of a blunder from Alexander Morozevich (47. Nf1??) to win their game.

It was also a good day for the other American representative in the field, Hikaru Nakamura, who won his game with the overall Grand Prix leader Veselin Topalov.

Gata Kamsky defeated Rustam Kasimdzhanov



Fabiano Caruana won his game with Alexander Morozevich



Hikaru Nakamura scored a win against Veselin Topalov



Peter Svidler



Vassily Ivanchuk took refuge from his demons in a short draw with white




Etienne Bacrot couldn't turn a slight plus into a win in the last game to finish



The standings after 7 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2741 5
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2774 5
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2723
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2742 4
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2779 4
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2760
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2699 3
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 3
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2725
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2755


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 


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.

5659 reads 16 comments
4 votes


  • 3 years ago


    Three American players win; ha-ha-ha! Kamsky, Nakamura and Caruana!!! Real Americans, no one can argue that...ha-ha!

  • 3 years ago


    Go Nakamura!

  • 3 years ago


    chucky had no moves .. black could have played d6 or something .. i don't know why grishchuk went for repetition .

  • 3 years ago


    Three American winners!  Bizarre.  

  • 3 years ago


    SummerStorm, lol Laughing

  • 3 years ago


    i thought games could not end that short!!!

  • 3 years ago


    Kamsky looks to be in good form, good job man!

  • 3 years ago


    Come on! Chuky you can still win...LOL...

  • 3 years ago


    Finally, evidence of testicles. Props to the Dutch Leningrad and to both sides of the QGA with 3.e4.

  • 3 years ago


    Kamsky !  Kamsky !  Kamsky !

    Isn't it amazing America has two in the top tournaments (Kamsky and Nakamura)? And, Caruana was basically an American product too. In what alternate universe does America do this well in chess?

  • 3 years ago


    whats wrong with chucky?

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