Boris Gelfand Leads London Grand Prix

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/24/12, 11:56 AM.

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Boris Gelfand continued his good start to the 2012 FIDE London Grand Prix by beating Wang Hao in round four to take the sole lead with 3 points.

Gelfand's former co-leaders had varying fortunes. Peter Leko was unable to achieve any advantage against Michael Adams and had to settle for a draw.  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov saddled himself with an ugly, passive position and Alexander Grischuk ensured that he paid the full price in the only other decisive game of the day.

The standings after 4 rounds:

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

Boris Gelfand and Wang Hao

London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix Round 4 Boris Gelfand Wang Hao.jpg


Alexander Grischuk and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix Round 4 Alexander Grischuk Shak Mamedyarov.jpg


Peter Leko and Michael Adams

London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix Round 4 Peter Leko Michael Adams.jpg


Anish Giri and Vassily Ivanchuk

London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix Round 4 Anish Giri Vassily Ivanchuk.jpg


Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Leinier Dominguez Perez

London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix Round 4 Rustam Kasimdzhanov Leinier Dominguez Perez.jpg


Hikaru Nakamura and Veselin Topalov

London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix Round 4 Hikaru Nakamura Veselin Topalov.jpg


The London Grand Prix is the first tournament of the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix series. After the first contest in 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


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 Macauley Peterson at the official website.

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  • 4 years ago


    Go on Boris :)

  • 4 years ago


    Maybe thin Wang Hao should eat better before game. It is really very important to eat well for thinking well for some hours in a row.

  • 4 years ago


    Gelfand simply bored his opponent into blundering. 

  • 4 years ago


    Gelfand is a nice lad, all his games are nice. I feel sorry for him he didn't win the world champs. We'll see what he'll do in the candidate matches next year.

  • 4 years ago


    "Sure, it's subtle and people tire by the time they reach a deep endgame stage, but I'm not entirely kidding here..."

    At least Wang's blunder gave those complaining about Nakamura "blundering away the win" in time trouble in a tricky tablebase position something to compare with.

  • 4 years ago


    Given how often these GMs blunder in rook endgames, there must be a serious business opportunity for whoever manages to streamline rook endgame education.  Sure, it's subtle and people tire by the time they reach a deep endgame stage, but I'm not entirely kidding here...

  • 4 years ago


    Topalov held Nakamura very well in that round; didn't give him any openings, and indeed pressed him a bit toward the end.  Good game for confidence building!

  • 4 years ago


    I was certain that Wang's Kh7 in the end had to be some kind of transmission mistake, it's just such a pointless move even if it wouldn't run into a trivial mate in two, and he had an hour on the clock as well. Not only Rxf4 drew instantly, but what on earth was he trying to accomplish with Kh7?

  • 4 years ago


    I think the guy was laughing, not crying.

  • 4 years ago


    Felt so bad for Wang Hao, he was nearly crying in the post-game interview. Poor guy that blunder was brutal. I also didn't like the way Boris Gelfand kinda just smirked while Hao was basically crying, I know he has every right to claim the win but he could have been a bit more sympathetic. If you watch the video on chessbase at 4:40:50, and the video under that you'll see what I mean.

  • 4 years ago


    I hope Naka has a strong finish.

  • 4 years ago


    I was watching this live on the feed.  Hao was certain he was in a good position after 58.Kf8 and starting happily walking around the room and observing the other game still going on.  Gelfand never left his seat and it was over 4 moves later.

  • 4 years ago


    Wow ! Gelfand-Hao finishing position is amazing! GO GELFAND!!!!

  • 4 years ago


    Nice job Boris Gelfand.  Hopefully he can keep this up and win the tournement.

  • 4 years ago


    Gelfand 2014 World Champion!

  • 4 years ago


    Wang Hao narrowly escaped yesterday , and today he was being pressed away by Boris untill he finally blundered

    Wow great job Boris , hope he can keep it up and proove all these so-called chess fans why he is already decades at the top.

    Also great game of Grishuk , sacing a knight for 4 passed pawns

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