Beijing Grand Prix Starts Thursday

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  • on 7/3/13, 11:29 AM.

Only a week after the Tal Memorial has finished, chess fans can enjoy another super strong tournament: the 5th FIDE Grand Prix. It starts on Thursday in Beijing, China and has Boris Gelfand, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk, Gata Kamsky, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Leko, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Morozevich, Veselin Topalov, Wang Hao and Wang Yue as participants.

The 5th Grand Prix is organized by FIDE and the Chinese Chess Federation and takes place 4-16 July, 2013 in China's capital. As always it's a 12-player round robin, with 11 rounds and 2 rest days (July 8 and 13).

The time control is 120 minutes for 40 moves, then 60 minutes for 20 moves and then 15 minutes to finish the game. After the second time control the players get 30 seconds per move, so from move 61 onwards. The players will divide a prize fund of 170,000 Euros.

The FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012-2013 consists of six tournaments in total; Beijing is the fifth. Here are the top results of the previous tournaments:

  1. September 2012, London (England): 1-3. Veselin Topalov, Boris Gelfand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
  2. November 2012, Tashkent (Uzbekistan): 1-3. Sergey Karjakin, Wang Hao, Alexander Morozevich
  3. April 2013, Zug (Switzerland): 1. Veselin Topalov 2. Hikaru Nakamura 3-4. Ruslan Ponomariov, Fabiano Caruana
  4. May-June in Thessaloniki (Greece): 1. Leinier Dominguez 2-3. Fabiano Caruana, Gata Kamsky

18 top players were selected to compete in these tournament, and each player participates in four of the six. The winner and second placed player overall of the Grand Prix series will qualify for the Candidates Tournament, to be held in March 2014. Below are the current standings:

Grand Prix 2012-2013 Standings

Name Fed Critria London 2012 Tashkent 2012 Zug 2013 Thess. 2013 Beijing 2013 (Paris 2013) Best 3 total
Topalov BUL Rating 140   170 45 x   355
Caruana ITA FIDE   80 100 125   x 305
Mamedyarov AZE Rating 140 80 20   x   240
Morozevich RUS AGON   140 75 25 x   240
Ponomariov UKR World Cup   50 100 85   x 235
Dominguez CUB AGON 35 20   170   x 225
Nakamura USA Rating 15   140 60   x 215
Wang Hao CHN AGON 70 140     x x 210
Kamsky USA Repl.   10 75 125 x   210
Karjakin RUS Rating   140 50   x x 190
Kasimdzhanov UZB AGON 35 80 20 70     185
Leko HUN AGON 80 50 50   x   180
Grischuk RUS World Cup 90     85 x x 175
Gelfand ISR Match 140 30     x x 170
Svidler RUS World Cup   50   45   x 95
Giri NED AGON 15   50   x x 65
Ivanchuk UKR World Cup 55     10 x x 65
Adams ENG Repl. 55           55
Bacrot FRA Repl.       25     25
Radjabov AZE AGON     20 x x x 20
Wang Yue CHN Repl.         x   0

Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, Boris Gelfand and Peter Leko at the technical meeting | Photo FIDE

Beijing GP 2013, pairings

Round 1 09:00 CET 04.07.13   Round 2 09:00 CET 05.07.13
Giri - Karjakin   Karjakin - Wang Hao
Morozevich - Wang Yue   Grischuk - Ivanchuk
Gelfand - Topalov   Mamedyarov - Kamsky
Leko - Mamedyarov   Topalov - Leko
Kamsky - Grischuk   Wang Yue - Gelfand
Ivanchuk - Wang Hao   Giri - Morozevich
Round 3 09:00 CET 06.07.13   Round 4 09:00 CET 07.07.13
Morozevich - Karjakin   Karjakin - Grischuk
Gelfand - Giri   Mamedyarov - Wang Hao
Leko - Wang Yue   Topalov - Ivanchuk
Kamsky - Topalov   Wang Yue - Kamsky
Ivanchuk  - Mamedyarov   Giri - Leko
Wang Hao - Grischuk   Morozevich - Gelfand
Round 5 09:00 CET 09.07.13   Round 6 09:00 CET 10.07.13
Gelfand - Karjakin   Karjakin - Mamedyarov
Leko - Morozevich   Topalov - Grischuk
Kamsky - Giri   Wang Yue - Wang Hao
Ivanchuk - Wang Yue   Giri - Ivanchuk
Wang Hao - Topalov   Morozevich - Kamsky
Grischuk - Mamedyarov   Gelfand - Leko
Round 7 09:00 CET 11.07.13   Round 8 09:00 CET 12.07.13
Leko - Karjakin   Karjakin - Topalov
Kamsky - Gelfand   Wang Yue - Mamedyarov
Ivanchuk - Morozevich   Giri - Grischuk
Wang Hao - Giri   Morozevich - Wang Hao
Grischuk - Wang Yue   Gelfand - Ivanchuk
Mamedyarov - Topalov   Leko - Kamsky
Round 9 09:00 CET 14.07.13   Round 10 09:00 CET 15.07.13
Kamsky - Karjakin   Karjakin - Wang Yue
Ivanchuk - Leko   Giri - Topalov
Wang Hao - Gelfand   Morozevich - Mamedyarov
Grischuk - Morozevich   Gelfand - Grischuk
Mamedyarov - Giri   Leko - Wang Hao
Topalov - Wang Yue   Kamsky - Ivanchuk
Round 11 07:00 CET 16.07.13        
Ivanchuk - Karjakin        
Wang Hao - Kamsky        
Grischuk - Leko        
Mamedyarov - Gelfand        
Topalov - Morozevich        
Wang Yue - Giri        

The games will start at 15:00 CST (09:00 CET, 03:00 EDT); the final round starts two hours earlier. Tournament website:

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  • 3 years ago


    @ chessdoggblack

    You are absolutely right!  Mamedyarov!

  • 3 years ago


    Does the loser in the match between Anand- Carlsen can get chance to play in candidates?

  • 3 years ago


    Caruana or Karjakin. 

  • 3 years ago


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  • 3 years ago


    It seems that Mamedyarov and Gelfand are the clear favorites.

  • 3 years ago


    I don't know why some players are against time increments. It seems like a better way to play because it reduces the element of time as a factor in a game and puts somewhat more emphasis on skill. I would think that would be good.

  • 3 years ago


    All participants except Wang Yue (a one-time replacement) and Peter Leko (for whom this is the last Grand Prix of this cycle, and who hasn't collected enough points elsewhere) have at least a theoretical chance to get back into contention for the top 2 qualifying spots.

    For Topalov only, and only if he wins with a clear 1st place, this would mean direct qualification as the overall winner of the Grand Prix series.  For all others, even a clear 1st does not guarantee direct qualification, but is nevertheless a strong statement and placing them back into an increasingly small number of contenders.

    Still, even with a shared 4th place here (or better), Topalov will finish the overall series with 395 points (or more), which only four players can theoretically beat (independently of how well anyone performs): Gelfand, Wang Hao, Grischuk, and Karjakin.  All of these players are here in Beijing for the current Grand Prix, and all of them have one more Grand Prix tournament to play (in Paris), hence the chance to gain additional points there.

  • 3 years ago


    I'm pulling for Karjakin. But Gelfand is extremely strong lately. Should be excellent.

    I only hope that coverage is better than the Tal Memorial, as I don't speak chinese.

  • 3 years ago


    I think the absence of increment from the start is going to put Ivanchuck in time pressure in most of his games. 

  • 3 years ago




  • 3 years ago


    Gelfand is inspiring.  Wish him more years of winning chess.

  • 3 years ago


    Here's hoping Gelfand continues with his great chess playing.

  • 3 years ago


    No chance of anyone clinching anything when at least 2 of the top players have 2 WC tries left.

  • 3 years ago


    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Chucky to show his best form again!

  • 3 years ago


    I want Kamsky to do well here and maybe get back into the top ten. I doubt he'll qualify for the Candidate's tournament even if he wins first here, but it would still be awesome if he did. Go Kamsky!

  • 3 years ago


    I wouldn't want to go up against Gelfand right now. The man is on fire

  • 3 years ago


    Go Gelfand!

  • 3 years ago


    Go Kamsky! Looks like Topalov could clinch an overall first place here.

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