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Zug 2013 FIDE Grand Prix Underway

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/18/13, 1:56 PM.

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The third Grand Prix of the 2012/13 series got underway today in Zug, Switzerland, with wins for Fabiano Caruana and Alexander Morozevich.  

Fabiano Caruana defeated Teimour Radjabov, who tried the Schliemann variation of the Ruy Lopez. Caruana got a comfortable edge out of the opening, and gradually improved his position, taking advantage of Radjabov's ugly tripled c-pawns!

Fabiano Caruana at the start of his game

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Alexander Morozevich's win came at the expense of Rustam Kasimdzhanov in a positional game. Morozevich avoided mainline theory by opening with a kingside fianchetto, and crept up on his opponent bit by bit, using his better co-ordinated pieces to bring home the victory.

Alexander Morozevich (right) defeated Rustam Kasimdzhanov

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All the other games ended drawn, with the longest being a hard-fought battle between Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura that lasted over 100 moves. Nakamura obtained an advantage out of the opening using the French defence, but Karjakin defended with great skill to save the draw.

Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura battled each other for 107 moves

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Anish Giri (left) and Veselin Topalov

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The Zug Grand Prix runs from 17 April - 1 May, and 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 current standings are 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.

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich and games from the official website.

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  • 17 months ago

    KiwiJuise

    And it almost seems like Radjabov ended up with the tripled pawns out of the opening... was that just bad prep, or what?

    Let's see some comments about schliemann defense.

  • 17 months ago

    KiwiJuise

    Thanks Nakamura! for playing the French defense. :)

    Thanks Morozevich! because your games are so cool. :)

  • 17 months ago

    LilJerseyFlowerCAT

    Eh, the '2800 club' doesn't really impress me due to the way ratings have been inflated - it's kind of like money, points were 'worth' more back then... by today's standards, Bobby Fischer's top rating would've been something like 2890, I believe ChessMetrics figured out. 

    Happy to see Anand get the hometown advantage, he may need it, and I really want an exciting battle between these two top players! 

  • 17 months ago

    Wappinschaw

    Sergey would do better if he took that silly badge off his arm.

  • 17 months ago

    XretxeD

    Once more Teimour in an unlucky performance... the trippled pawns were certainly the moment where he must have thought... "Not again!"... 

  • 17 months ago

    godbobby

    krmnik escpes from both tournments , toplaov waiting to crush kramnik ...

    missed chance!!!!!!!!!!!!! fabiano will win...

     

  • 17 months ago

    Sahasrara

    This tourney will be between Caruana, Moro and Sergei, I wonder who will take it. 

  • 17 months ago

    bigbikefan

    Ilyumzhinov must go!

  • 17 months ago

    Joel_Hernandez

    Nice games by Moro and Caruana.

    Caruana will be the next 2800+ and it might happen before the end of the year.

  • 17 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Gashimov has given up hope of ever playing chess again due to illness. 

  • 17 months ago

    georgethevampire

    wheres gashimov

  • 17 months ago

    Wappinschaw

    Go Sergey!!

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