Baku GP: Gelfand in Sole Lead as Grischuk Loses on Time

Baku GP: Gelfand in Sole Lead as Grischuk Loses on Time

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
Oct 4, 2014, 10:41 AM |
26 | Chess Event Coverage

With some help from his opponent Boris Gelfand took sole leadership in round 3 of the Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Israeli grandmaster is the only player on 2.5/3 as Alexander Grischuk lost on time in what was a drawn rook ending. In the only other decisive game, Sergey Karjakin defeated Leinier Dominguez.

The last game to finish in round 3 was also the most dramatic and most important for the tournament situation. Boris Gelfand had been pressing the whole game and reached a winning rook ending, but in timetrouble he failed to convert it. But then his opponent, Alexander Grischuk, failed to make the second time control (only then would the increment phase start), and so Gelfand won anyway, and became the sole leader.

Gelfand and Grischuk at the press conference | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

Like the first two days, the round saw two decisive games and four draws. The other winner was Sergey Karjakin, who beat Leinier Dominguez from a very quiet opening. White was always a bit better, but ending was perhaps still holdable until Dominguez more or less blundered into a lost bishop ending.

Domginuez waiting in the corridor for the press conference to start... | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

...while Karjakin joins his wife in the press room | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

Fabiano Caruana came close to beating Hikaru Nakamura, but the Italian had one hallucination and then all his advantage was gone. “This 36...Ng2? is amazing. I wanted to play 36...Ne6. (...) A terrible move, the rest I can live with,” he said. About the earlier phase, Nakamura said: “In this game I should just be a man, castle long and attack.”

Caruana and Nakamura at the press conference | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

Mamedyarov and Andreikin played an interesting Chebanenko Slav where the Azeri GM was surprised by the natural-looking 6...Nbd7. Soon after, he avoided a position where White has a slight edge because it didnt fit his style, and after a miscalculation his opponent Dmitry Andreikin got some winning chances, but it wasn't much.

GMs Genna Sosonko, guest in Baku, and Alexander Huzman, second of Gelfand | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

The other two draws were even all the time. Especially Radjabov-Svidler wasn't very interesting. “Sadly the game is over by move eleven. (...) Somebody has to go really crazy for something to happen in this position,” said Svidler.

The start of Kasimdzhanov-Tomashevsky | Photo © Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE


2014 Grand Prix, Baku | Round 3 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Gelfand,B 2748 3067 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 1 2.5/3
2 Caruana,F 2844 2880 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 2.0/3 3.75
3 Svidler,P 2732 2871 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 2.75
4 Nakamura,H 2764 2886 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 2.0/3 2.50
5 Radjabov,T 2726 2734 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1.5/3 2.25
6 Kasimdzhanov,R 2706 2726 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1.5/3 2.00
7 Tomashevsky,E 2701 2751 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1.5/3 1.75
8 Karjakin,S 2767 2797 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 1.5/3 1.50
9 Grischuk,A 2797 2619 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/3 1.50
10 Dominguez,L 2751 2605 ½ ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/3 1.50
11 Mamedyarov,S 2764 2607 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1.0/3 1.00
12 Andreikin,D 2722 2480 0 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 0.5/3

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 - Svidler
Karjakin 1-0 Dominguez   Andreikin - Radjabov
Gelfand 1-0 Grischuk   Caruana - Mamedyarov
Nakamura ½-½ Caruana   Grischuk - Nakamura
Mamedyarov  ½-½ Andreikin   Dominguez - Gelfand
Radjabov ½-½ Svidler   Tomashevsky - Karjakin
Round 5 15:00 AZST 07.10.14   Round 6 15:00 AZST 08.10.14
Karjakin - Kasimdzhanov   Kasimdzhanov - Andreikin
Gelfand - Tomashevsky   Caruana - Svidler
Nakamura - Dominguez   Grischuk - Radjabov
Mamedyarov - Grischuk   Dominguez - Mamedyarov
Radjabov - Caruana   Tomashevsky - Nakamura
Svidler - 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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