Baku Grand Prix ends in tie

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
May 5, 2008, 11:58 AM |
8 | Chess Event Coverage

Gashimov, Yue and Carlsen share 1st prize

So it's all over.  The first FIDE Grand Prix was a memorable event, produced lots of exciting chess and surprise winners.  At the start of the tournament Vugar Gashimov was overshadowed by his better known compatriots Radjabov and Mamedyarov.  No longer; he ended up undefeated and joint winner.

The other surprise package was Wang Yue of China who also went undefeated through 13 tough rounds.  Sharing the spoils with a late surge is the ratings favourite, 17 year-old Magnus Carlsen of Norway.  Magnus is already ranked 5th in the World; how long before he challenges for the no.1 position?  Look out Anand!

Alexander Grischuk just missed out on a share of 1st place after leading for several rounds, but he should be pleased with his result.  Maybe he'll forget about poker for good now?

Peter Svidler ended his tournament on a high note as he beat Inarkiev to lift himself up to an even score.  David Navara, the lowest ranked of the players also managed to end with a win against Cheparinov thereby ending the tournament with back to back wins and avoiding last place.

So congratulations to Gashimov, Yue and Carlsen who share the 72,500 Euro prize for 1st place.  The Grand Prix circus will roll on next to the Russian resort of Sochi, starting on the 30th July.

 The final round results in full:

Wang Yue

- Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

½-½

47

E32

Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2

Grischuk, Alexander

- Radjabov, Teimour

½-½

32

A15

English counter King's Fianchetto

Adams, Michael

- Gashimov, Vugar

½-½

42

C42

Petroff's Defence

Svidler, Peter

- Inarkiev, Ernesto

1-0

44

E63

King's Indian 6...Nc6

Karjakin, Sergey

- Kamsky, Gata

½-½

44

C95

Ruy Lopez Breyer

Navara, David

- Cheparinov, Ivan

1-0

33

D12

Slav Defence

Bacrot, Etienne

- Carlsen, Magnus

0-1

62

E21

Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3

The final crosstable:

        1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14  
1 Gashimov, Vugar  AZE  2679 *  ½  ½  1 ½  ½  1 ½  1 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  8
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2765 ½  *  ½  ½  0 1 ½  1 ½  ½  ½  ½  1 1 8
3 Wang Yue  CHN  2689 ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  1 ½  ½  1 1 ½  ½  ½  8
4 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2716 0 ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 1 ½  1  
5 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2752 ½  1 ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 0 1 1 0
6 Adams, Michael  ENG  2729 ½  0 ½  ½  ½  *  1 ½  0 0 1 1 ½  ½   
7 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2746 0 ½  0 ½  ½  0 *  ½  1 1 ½  ½  ½  1  
8 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2751 ½  0 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  *  1 ½  0 0 1 ½  6
9 Kamsky, Gata  USA  2726 0 ½  ½  ½  ½  1 0 0 *  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 6
10 Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  2732 ½  ½  0 ½  0 1 0 ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  1 6
11 Cheparinov, Ivan  BUL  2696 ½  ½  0 0 1 0 ½  1 ½  ½  *  0 0 1  
12 Navara, David  CZE  2672 ½  ½  ½  0 0 0 ½  1 ½  ½  1 *  ½  0  
13 Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2705 ½  0 ½  ½  0 ½  ½  0 ½  ½  1 ½  *  0 5
14 Inarkiev, Ernesto  RUS  2684 ½  0 ½  0 1 ½  0 ½  0 0 0 1 1 *  5

 

Decisive games from the final round:

 

 

 


 

All the games from the Baku Grand Prix can be downloaded here.
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