All Draws in Round 5 in Baku

All Draws in Round 5 in Baku

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
Oct 7, 2014, 9:37 AM |
20 | Chess Event Coverage

For the first time at the Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan all games ended in draws. After a peaceful fifth round, Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand continue to lead with six more rounds to go.

During the rest day some players joined an excursion (a guided tour through the city), some preferred to stay in the hotel and Mamedyarov attended a wedding of one of his good friends. A day later play was resumed in the Cultural Event Center, and for the first time in the tournament there was not a single decisive game.

Let's start with the leaders: Caruana and Gelfand. The former chose a very solid opening against Radjabov, the Lasker variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined, but revealed afterward that he didn't check the main line thoroughly!

Caruana spent so much time on Radjabov's 13.Qc2 (as played against Kramnik three years back), that he didn't know all details about what followed in the game. Nonetheless he equalized rather easily.


Caruana playing the solid Lasker Variation. | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

Playing White, Gelfand had the chance to go solo again at the top of the standings. However, his opponent Tomashevsky was playing quite well in a Stonewall and so the position was never more than slightly better for White.


Gelfand-Tomashevsky: a Slav-turned-into-a-Stonewall Dutch. | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

Mamedyarov-Grischuk was arguably the best game of the round. For 16 moves a Gelfand-Svidler rapid game from earlier this year was followed, and by then it was already a pretty wild middlegame. Grischuk seemed to be the one who had to be careful, but the official website reveals:

“Later Grischuk explained that he had analysed the position almost until the end. He was searching for winning attempts for White, but it turned out that black survives with precise sequence of moves.”

Mamedyarov and Grischuk in good spirits at the press conference. | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

Trailing the leaders by half a point, Nakamura was the one who got closest to a win in this round. He had an extra pawn in an ending with double rooks and opposite-colored bishops, when his opponent Dominguez “played too fast” and got into some trouble. However, on move 30 Nakamura returned the favor and let his opponent escape.

Nakamura came close vs Dominguez. | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

Karjakin-Kasimdzhanov was an interesting encounter since the latter is currently coaching the former! 

“Rustam is my coach so it's very hard to prepare against him. I think I managed to find a line which we hadn't prepared together,” said Karjakin. To the question if he liked how his pupil was playing, Kasimdzhanov replied: “For me this was a game like any other. (...) But this Bd1 and Ba2 was very nice so at least he is defending well!”


Pupil and coach: Karjakin and Kasimdzhanov. | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

Svidler-Andreikin wasn't too interesting as White failed to get a tangible advantage in a Tarrasch French. The queens were traded early on, and Black was just too solid in the endgame.

Nastja Karlovich, Peter Svidler and Dmitry Andreikin. | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

2014 Grand Prix, Baku | Round 5 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Caruana,F 2844 2900 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 1 1 3.5/5 8.50
2 Gelfand,B 2748 2910 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 1 3.5/5 7.50
3 Nakamura,H 2764 2839 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 1 3.0/5 6.75
4 Svidler,P 2732 2806 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 1 3.0/5 6.25
5 Kasimdzhanov,R 2706 2735 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ ½ 2.5/5 6.25
6 Tomashevsky,E 2701 2753 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 2.5/5 6.25
7 Radjabov,T 2726 2753 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 2.5/5 6.00
8 Karjakin,S 2767 2760 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½ 2.5/5 5.50
9 Dominguez,L 2751 2667 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png 2.0/5 5.75
10 Grischuk,A 2797 2679 0 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 2.0/5 4.75
11 Andreikin,D 2722 2600 0 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1.5/5 3.50
12 Mamedyarov,S 2764 2618 0 0 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.5/5 3.00

2014 Grand Prix, Baku | Schedule & Pairings

Round 1 15:00 AZST 02.10.14   Round 2 15:00 AZST 03.10.14
Dominguez ½-½ Kasimdzhanov   Kasimdzhanov ½-½ Radjabov
Tomashevsky ½-½ Grischuk   Svidler 1-0 Mamedyarov
Karjakin 0-1 Caruana   Andreikin 0-1 Nakamura
Gelfand 1-0 Andreikin   Caruana ½-½ Gelfand
Nakamura ½-½ Svidler   Grischuk ½-½ Karjakin
Mamedyarov ½-½ Radjabov   Dominguez ½-½ Tomashevsky
Round 3 15:00 AZST 04.10.14   Round 4 15:00 AZST 05.10.14
Tomashevsky ½-½ Kasimdzhanov   Kasimdzhanov ½-½ Svidler
Karjakin 1-0 Dominguez   Andreikin ½-½ Radjabov
Gelfand 1-0 Grischuk   Caruana 1-0 Mamedyarov
Nakamura ½-½ Caruana   Grischuk ½-½ Nakamura
Mamedyarov ½-½ Andreikin   Dominguez ½-½ Gelfand
Radjabov ½-½ Svidler   Tomashevsky ½-½ Karjakin
Round 5 15:00 AZST 07.10.14   Round 6 15:00 AZST 08.10.14
Karjakin ½-½ Kasimdzhanov   Kasimdzhanov - Andreikin
Gelfand ½-½ Tomashevsky   Caruana - Svidler
Nakamura ½-½ Dominguez   Grischuk - Radjabov
Mamedyarov ½-½ Grischuk   Dominguez - Mamedyarov
Radjabov ½-½ Caruana   Tomashevsky - Nakamura
Svidler ½-½ Andreikin   Karjakin - Gelfand
Round 7 15:00 AZST 09.10.14   Round 8 15:00 AZST 10.10.14
Gelfand - Kasimdzhanov   Kasimdzhanov - Caruana
Nakamura - Karjakin   Grischuk - Andreikin
Mamedyarov - Tomashevsky   Dominguez - Svidler
Radjabov - Dominguez   Tomashevsky - Radjabov
Svidler - Grischuk   Karjakin - Mamedyarov
Andreikin - Caruana   Gelfand - Nakamura
Round 9 15:00 AZST 12.10.14   Round 10 15:00 AZST 13.10.14
Nakamura - Kasimdzhanov   Kasimdzhanov - Grischuk
Mamedyarov - Gelfand   Dominguez - Caruana
Radjabov - Karjakin   Tomashevsky - Andreikin
Svidler - Tomashevsky   Karjakin - Svidler
Andreikin - Dominguez   Gelfand - Radjabov
Caruana - Grischuk   Nakamura - Mamedyarov
Round 11 13:00 AZST 14.10.14        
Mamedyarov - Kasimdzhanov        
Radjabov - Nakamura        
Svidler - Gelfand        
Andreikin - Karjakin        
Caruana - Tomashevsky        
Grischuk - Dominguez        

The total prize fund is €120,000. The games start each day at 15:00 local time which is 12:00 in Amsterdam, 11:00 in London, 06:00 in New York, 03:00 in Los Angeles and 20:00 in Sydney. The last round starts two hours earlier. The tournament website provides prodive live commentary by GMs Emil Sutovsky and GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko which can also be followed on Chess.com/TVThe winner and second placed player in the overall final standings of the Grand Prix will qualify for the Candidates’ Tournament to be held in the last quarter of 2015 or the first half of 2016. | Games via TWIC phpfCo1l0.png



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