Leinier Dominguez Wins The 2013 Thessaloniki Grand Prix

Leinier Dominguez Wins The 2013 Thessaloniki Grand Prix

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The Thessaloniki Grand Prix ended with a final round of high drama, as befitting a tournament which has brought so much excitement and so many hard-fought games for chess fans!

Leinier Dominguez pulled off the greatest tournament victory of his life by beating Veselin Topalov with a great display of endgame skill.  The Cuban #1 ended the tournament with an excellent 8/11 score. His only loss was to Gata Kamsky in the very first round!

Kamsky had led by half a point going undefeated into the final round, but the prospect of a tournament victory blew up in his face after a dramatic blunder with 35...Kh7?? against Fabiano Caruana.

US Champion Gata Kamsky's first loss of the event proved very costly...

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...allowing Fabiano Caruana to catch him in the standings

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Dominguez's victory against Topalov earned him first place!

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Nakamura ended a poor tournament on a high by beating Svidler

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A smile at last from Ivanchuk, presaging his first and only win of the event

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Morozevich ended a disastrous sequence of four losses with a final round draw

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Kasimdzhanov drew his final game with Grischuk

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The Final Standings

Name Fed Elo Pts
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2723 8
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2741
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2774
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2779 6
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2742 6
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2699
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 5
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2725 4
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2760 4
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2755

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The winner Leinier Dominguez receives his trophy

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The Grand Prix 2012/13 Standings

 Player London Tashkent  Zug  Thess. Pts
1  Veselin Topalov (BUL)  140 –  170 45 355
2  Fabiano Caruana (ITA)  –  80 100 125 305
3  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)  140 80 20 –  240
4  Alexander Morozevich (RUS)  –  140 75 25 240
5  Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR)  –  50 100 85 235
6  Leinier Domínguez (CUB)  35 20 –  170 225
7  Hikaru Nakamura (USA)  15 –  140 60 215
8  Wang Hao (CHN)  70 140 –  –  210
9  Gata Kamsky (USA) –  10 75 125 210
10  Sergey Karjakin (RUS)  –  140 50 –  190
11  Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB)  35 80 20 70 185
12  Peter Leko (HUN)  80 50 50 –  180
13  Alexander Grischuk (RUS)  90 –  –  85 175
14  Boris Gelfand (ISR)  140 30 –  –  170
15  Peter Svidler (RUS) –  50 –  45 95
16  Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)  55 –  –  10 65
17  Anish Giri (NED)  15 –  50 –  65
18  Michael Adams (ENG) 55 –  –  –  55
19  Étienne Bacrot (FRA) –  –  –  25 25
20  Teimour Radjabov (AZE) –  –  20 –  20

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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 first three events were held in London, Tashkent and Zug.

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.

The time control used is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment after move 60.

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich at the official website. Games via TWIC. Grand Prix standings via Wikipedia.

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