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Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 8

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/30/13, 11:29 AM.

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Gata Kamsky grabbed the sole lead of the Thessaloniki Grand Prix by beating his compatriot Hikaru Nakamura in a thrilling eighth round.

The all-American clash was virtually decided as early as move 15 when Nakamura blundered with Qa3?? The game continued until move 50, but there was no miracle escape from Nakamura this time. He tweeted, "When you start missing 1-2 move combinations in every game, it is time to take a long break from chess".

There was no shortage of excitement in the eighth round, even by the high standards set by the Thessaloniki Grand Prix so far, with only one game ending as a draw! Fabiano Caruana drew with the black pieces against Alexander Grischuk to drop half a point behind the leader Kamsky.

Joining Caruana on 5½ points is Leinier Dominguez, who thrashed Alexander Morozevich to stay in close contention at the top of the standings.

Friday is the last rest day, so round nine is on Saturday.

In the all-American clash, Gata Kamsky was a convincing winner

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Fabiano Caruana shares second place after drawing his game with Alexander Grischuk

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Surprise package Leinier Dominguez is still a contender

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Etienne Bacrot defeated Veselin Topalov (pictured) for his first win of the event

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Vassily Ivanchuk sacrificed the exchange in search of a win...but lost to Peter Svidler

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov inflicted Ruslan Ponomariov's first defeat of the competition

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The standings after 8 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2741 6
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2723
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2774
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2779
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2742 4
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2699 4
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2725
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2760
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 3
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2755

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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

    Tyeee

    Don't forget what happened to kamsky just before the start of this Grand Prix cycle...he was told that he was in and the next day after he was told Gashimov was taking his place in the Grand Prix due to some unexplained mis-calculation... He was in the middle of a game with Ivancuk and was completely crushed at the news. Much to Vassily's credit....he ended it in a draw on purpose! Then after the first GP tournament... Kamsky is given a spot in the next one at the last minute after poor Gashimov gets really sick. That tournament was his bad showing. As time has started to heal his bitter disappointment .. His results are getting much better as we all can see. If his form continues to improve.. He's got a shot !! If he rises to the form (relatively) that got him to the Worlds championship against Karpov when he was a kid...you couldn't beat that Story!!!

    Cheers!

  • 16 months ago

    NajdorfDefense

    How is 5th out of 12 a bad finish for Kamsky in the last Grand Prix? Combine that with a 1st this time if he continues and a great final Grand Prix he'll have every shot to finish in the top 2, remember, worst result is dropped, so finishing in dead last isn't a killer.

  • 16 months ago

    HeadlessBishop

    agreed, Czechman. Ivanchuk does look emotionally disturbed as of late in his pictures. 

  • 16 months ago

    o_trelos

    @pancara

    i think because after 38..Bxa6 . 39.Rb6 and white takes the black h pawn,opening the way to the white h pawn.It must be tottaly  winning with the help of the white Rook and Knight.

  • 16 months ago

    Czechman

    Somthing is up with Chucky. This guy runs so hot and cold that I'm convinced he must have some kind of emotional or physical problem that takes his mind off chess. Nothing else can explain his erratic performance.

    Time will tell.

  • 16 months ago

    bethatway

    Its funny, my two favorite players all along are on the opposite ends after the 8th, Gata and Vassily.

  • 16 months ago

    melvinbluestone

    Nakamura played crazy....... but Topalov looks crazy!

  • 16 months ago

    Estragon

    Kamsky is playing at the top of his form.  ...Qa3 was losing but Naka was in a bad way already.  Kamsky, remember, has been one match away from challenging Kasparov and Anand, played a FIDE match w/Karpov, won the World Cup, the World Rapid, and only lost to Gelfand in 2011 Candidates in the tiebreaks.  He was top five in the world 20 years ago, took eight years completely off.

  • 16 months ago

    -_KNiGHt_-

    I like this fellow Gata Kamsky!  He is pretty awesome.   =) 

  • 16 months ago

    Loomis

    pancara 38. ... Bxa6 39. Rb8 and white will regain one of the bishops. Nakamura wanted to keep his pair of bishops, they give more of a fighting chance.

  • 16 months ago

    pancara

    why Nakamura play 38. Bc6+ ?.. not 38.Bxa6 ?.. 

  • 16 months ago

    Tyeee

    Gata is the REAL US # 1 !!!

  • 16 months ago

    friendjonny

    Kamsky beats Nakamura? YES!!!

  • 16 months ago

    Octopus_Knight

    Ruy Lopez insanity this round.  

  • 16 months ago

    archmage81

    too bad Kamsky had a poor showing at the last two grand prix he played in, his chances of securing a spot are slim to none

  • 16 months ago

    06301989

    Gata defeated Nakamura while having a big time advantage (more than one hour). This is rare.

  • 16 months ago

    Czechman

    Gata gets payback for his loss to Naka in last year's USA Championship.

    Advice for Naka: People know who you are, there's no need to put your name on your back... yet.

  • 16 months ago

    sclukey

    Go Kamsky!

  • 16 months ago

    GeniusKJ

    Chucky :(

  • 16 months ago

    dashkee94

    Gata just keeps rollin' along.

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