Kamsky Wins In Mainz

Kamsky Wins In Mainz

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Gata Kamsky won the Grenke Rapid World Championship at the 2010 Chess Classic Mainz.

After the first day there were 12 players on a perfect 5/5 score, but only Kamsky made it to 8/8, helped by crucial wins against Lev Aronian and Sergey Karjakin. 

Kamsky won against Kasmdzhanov to make it 9/9 before taking 2 draws to seal the title with a score of 10/11.

The large chasing pack was headed by Gashimov, Aronian and Bareev, half a point behind.

World Champion Vishy Anand completed his 40-board simultaneous exhibition with 34 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. Congratulations to Henrik Karlzen and Bernd Grill on beating the champion!

Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk did even better in her 20-board Chess960 simul, with 16 wins, 4 draws and no losses!  The official site has a report (in German) with pictures here.

The top of the standings in the Grenke Rapid World Championship:


Name Nat Elo W D L Score
1  Kamsky, Gata USA 2713 9 2 0 10.0
2  Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2719 8 3 0 9.5
3  Aronian, Levon ARM 2783 9 1 1 9.5
4  Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2663 9 1 1 9.5
5  Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2747 8 2 1 9.0
6  Kempinski, Robert POL 2612 9 0 2 9.0
7  Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2760 8 2 1 9.0
8  Shirov, Alexei ESP 2749 8 2 1 9.0
9  Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2684 9 0 2 9.0

 

The rate of play was 20 minutes plus a 5 second increment per move.  A selection of Kamsky's games are below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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