Ivanchuk, Kasimdzhanov Win In London Grand Prix Round 8

Ivanchuk, Kasimdzhanov Win In London Grand Prix Round 8

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Yesterday, in round 7 of the London Grand Prix, Vassily Ivanchuk and Rustam Kasimdzhanov played a mere 11 moves before agreeing a draw. Well, the rest must have done them good, because they both won their games in round eight - the only players to win in the round.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Hikaru Nakamura, making it 3 losses in a row for the American who came into the tournament as top seed, but now lies in clear last place.

Rustam Kasimdzhanov won a queen ending with Michael Adams.  It was the first win of the event for Kasimdzhanov, and the second loss in consecutive rounds for Adams.

Leader Boris Gelfand had good chances against Anish Giri, but the game ended drawn.  Nevertheless, Gelfand maintains his lead with a score of 5½/8.  Tomorrow is rest day, so round 9 is on Monday.

The standings after 8 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2738
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2729 5
3 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2754
4 Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2752
5 Leko, Peter  HUN 2737
6 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2769 4
7 Wang, Hao  CHN 2742 4
8 Giri, Anish  NED 2730
9 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2725
10 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2684
11 Adams, Michael  ENG 2722 3
12 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2783

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Hikaru Nakamura and Vassily Ivanchuk

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Michael Adams

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Boris Gelfand and Anish Giri

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Leinier Dominguez Perez and Wang Hao

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Peter Leko and Alexander Grischuk

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Veselin Topalov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

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The London Grand Prix is the first tournament of the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix series. After London the series moves on to Tashkent, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin and Paris.  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.  Details of dates and participants can be found here.

The overall winner and runner-up of the Grand Prix qualify for the March 2014 Candidates Tournament.

The schedule for the London Grand Prix:

Arrival & Opening  20th September
1st Round  21st September
2nd Round  22nd September
3rd Round  23rd September
4th Round   24th September
5th Round  25th September
Free Day  26th September
6th Round    27th September
7th Round    28th September
8th Round   29th September
Free Day    30th September
9th Round  1st October
10th Round    2nd October
11th round & Closing  3rd October
Departure  4th October

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Rounds start at 14:00 local time (13:00 UTC). The time control is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then an extra 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment after the second time control.

Draws can only be claimed for triple-repetition of position, theoretical draws, or 50-move rule.

The official regulations for the 2012 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

Official website here. Games via TWIC. Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.

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