Tomashevsky Wins Tbilisi GP With Round To Spare, Leads Overall Standings

Tomashevsky Wins Tbilisi GP With Round To Spare, Leads Overall Standings

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Nothing changed in the standings after six draws on Thursday, and so GM Evgeny Tomashevsky won the Tbilisi Grand Prix with a round to spare.

In a round with many missed chances, the Russian GM kept his 1.5-point lead over GM Dmitry JakovenkoGM Teimour Radjabov is still in third place. Tomashevsky will win 170 GP points to reach 252 in total, which makes him the new leader in the overall GP standings.

All photos courtesy of FIDE.

The day before the penultimate round, GM Evgeny Tomashevsky was still modest about his performance.

“I also had some luck,” he said. That was certainly the case today; the tournament leader escaped with a draw after being lost against the winner of the previous Grand Prix, GM Dmitry Andreikin.

Tomashevsky's opening choice was remarkable. While the tournament situation called for a more solid system, he followed in Grischuk's footsteps and went for the sharp Noteboom variation of the Slav.

Although it was good for White in that first-round game, Andreikin decided not to copy Kasimdzhanov's approach completely. Instead he played a kind of “four pawns variation.”

Tomashevsky and Andreikin at the press conference. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

Initially Black's setup was healthy enough to simply stop those pawns by staring them in the eyes. Later, however, they started to roll, while the two Noteboom pawns were mere spectators on the queenside.

Tomashevsky had to give a piece for two pawns, and if Andreikin had pushed his c-pawn at the right moment, he could have won the game and kept the suspense in the tournament, but that didn't happen.

“It's a long and difficult tournament,” sighed GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov after his game with GM Baadur Jobava. The Uzbek player was responsible for the biggest oversight of the day.

After a remarkably “ugly” opening from Jobava, White was just clearly better. Kasimdzhanov played strongly and convincingly, but just when he could deliver the final blow, he chose the wrong square for his knight.

It looks like Jobava agreed to a draw out of courtesy towards his opponent, because in the final position he must be winning!?

A narrow escape for Baadur Jobava. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

And what about GM Leinier Dominguez? He missed some chances earlier in the tournament, and today he really should have won. His 13.Rg1 was virtually new and strong, and GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov didn't react well at all. After 18.g5 Black's position was very unpleasant, and two moves later lost.

It was Mamedyarov himself who pointed out at the press conference that 20.f6 would have won for White. Dominguez's play was strong as well, but getting low on time he missed some things and his opponent got away with a draw.

Dominguez and Mamedyarov shaking hands. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

GM Dmitry Jakovenko, the number two in the standings, was under some pressure against GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. In a 4.d3 Berlin he gave up the bishop pair in return for quick development. White won a pawn, but with opposite-colored bishops this didn't mean much.

MVL vs Jakovenko, with Giri watching. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

Yesterday ,GM Anish Giri promised that he wouldn't play his sharp Sicilian Taimanov stuff anymore, and today he delivered. Against GM Teimour Radjabov he chose one of the most solid options available: the Petroff.

Radjabov played the same as in a game versus Wang Hao from five years ago, which Giri surely had seen. The Dutchman was clearly well prepared, and solved his opening problems easily. He even avoided a draw at some point, where the position was very equal anyway. (The author is trying hard to avoid the term “dead draw.” Innocent)

A much more solid opening by Giri this time. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

GM Peter Svidler vs GM Alexander Grischuk was a quick draw in a Grünfeld. That's basically all there is to say; one gets the impression that neither player was in the mood for a real fight.

Svidler and Grischuk having some fun before the game. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

2015 Tbilisi FIDE Grand Prix | Round 10 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf Pts SB
1 Tomashevsky,Evgeny 2716 2938 7.5
2 Jakovenko,Dmitry 2733 2819 6.0
3 Radjabov,Teimour 2731 2782 5.5
4 Dominguez Perez,Leinier 2726 2740 5.0 24.50
5 Giri,Anish 2797 2741 5.0 24.00
6 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2759 2743 5.0 23.25
7 Kasimdzhanov,Rustam 2705 2748 5.0 23.00
8 Grischuk,Alexander 2810 2714 4.5 21.75
9 Jobava,Baadur 2696 2700 4.5 21.50
10 Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime 2775 2700 4.5 21.25
11 Svidler,Peter 2739 2673 4.0
12 Andreikin,Dmitry 2737 2642 3.5

With his win in Tbilisi, Tomashevsky will gain the maximum number of Grand Prix points: 170. This gets him to 252 in total, and now he is in first place, followed by GM Fabiano Caruana with 230 points and GM Hikaru Nakamura with 207 points.

Tomashevsky is the new overall leader in the Grand Prix. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix | Current Standings

Rank Name Rtg Baku Tashkent Tbilisi Khanty-Mansiysk Total
1 Tomashevsky 2716 82 170 x 252
2 Caruana 2811 155 75 x 230
3 Nakamura 2776 82 125 x 207
4 Andreikin 2737 20 170 x 190
5 Gelfand 2747 155 15 x 170
6 Mamedyarov 2759 35 125 x 160
7 Karjakin 2760 82 75 x 157
8 Radjabov 2731 50 50 x 100
9 Grischuk 2810 82 x x 82
9 Svidler 2739 82 x x 82
11 Jobava 2696 75 x x 75
11 Vachier-Lagrave 2775 75 x x 75
13 Kasimdzhanov 2706 35 15 x 50
14 Giri 2797 40 x x 40
15 Jakovenko 2733 30 x x 30
16 Dominguez 2726 10 x x 10

The fourth and final Grand Prix will be held May 13-27 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. After it finishes, the top two players in the overall standings will have qualified for the 2016 Candidates Tournament. 

In Khanty, the fight will probably be fought out between Tomashevsky, Caruana, Nakamura and Gelfand, although Karjakin has a theoretical chance as well.

But first there is one more round to be played tomorrow in Tbilisi, which starts two hours earlier; at 1 p.m. local time (GMT+4) which is 10 a.m. Amsterdam, 4 a.m. New York, 1 a.m. Los Angeles and 8 p.m. Sydney.

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