Eljanov Wins Astrakhan Grand Prix

Eljanov Wins Astrakhan Grand Prix

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
May 24, 2010, 11:33 AM |
11 | Chess Event Coverage

The final FIDE Grand Prix event in Astrakhan has deservedly been won by Pavel Eljanov (pictured).

Eljanov is the top rated Ukrainian Grandmaster at 2751 Elo, ahead of his illustrious and better known countrymen Vassily Ivanchuk and Ruslan Ponomariov among others.

There were a high percentage of draws in Astrakhan, but Eljanov was a notable exception, with his fighting result of 5 wins, 2 losses and 6 draws taking first place by a clear point on 8/13.

The final standings in Astrakhan:

Eljanov, Pavel   2751 *   0 ½   ½   0 1 1 ½   1 ½   ½   ½   1 1 8
Ponomariov, Ruslan  2733 1 *  0 ½  ½  ½  ½  1 ½  ½  1 0 ½  ½  7
Jakovenko, Dmitry  2725 ½  1 *  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  7
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  2763 ½  ½  ½  *  1 0 1 ½  ½  0 ½  ½  1 ½  7
Alekseev, Evgeny  2700 1 ½  ½  0 *  ½  0 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 1 7
Radjabov, Teimour  2740 0 ½  ½  1 ½  *  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 7
Leko, Peter  2735 0 ½  ½  0 1 ½  *  1 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½   
Gashimov, Vugar  2734 ½  0 ½  ½  ½  ½  0 *  ½  ½  ½  1 1 ½   
Wang Yue  2752 0 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  ½  1  
Gelfand, Boris  2741 ½  ½  ½  1 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  *  0 ½  0 ½  6
Svidler, Peter  2735 ½  0 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 *  ½  0 ½  6
Ivanchuk, Vassily  2741 ½  1 ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  0 ½  ½  ½  *  0 0  
Inarkiev, Ernesto  2669 0 ½  ½  0 0 ½  ½  0 ½  1 1 1 *  0  
Akopian, Vladimir  2694 0 ½  ½  ½  0 0 ½  ½  0 ½  ½  1 1 *   

 

Congratulations are also due to Teimour Radjabov who held off Wang Yue in the last round to earn his place as runner-up in the Grand Prix series as a whole, and therefore qualifies for the next world championship cycle.

So, the candidates for the next World Championship cycle to find a challenger for the champion Vishy Anand will be:

  • Veselin Topalov (loser against Anand last time)
  • Gata Kamsky (runner up in the last cycle)
  • Boris Gelfand (winner of the 2009 World Cup)
  • Lev Aronian (winner of the Grand Prix Series)
  • Teimour Radjabov (runner-up of the Grand Prix Series)
  • Magnus Carlsen (highest rated not otherwise qualified)
  • Vladimir Kramnik (next highest rated not otherwise qualified)
  • A wildcard chosen by the organisers (tbd, must be above 2700 Elo)

The format for the cycle has yet to be decided. It is not even clear yet if it will involve matches or a tournament.  The cycle should finish in time for a match against Anand sometime in 2012.

The final standings in the Grand Prix Series:

Player Baku Sochi Elista Nalchik Jermuk Astrakhan Best 3
 Levon Aronian (ARM) 
180
180 140
500
 Teimour Radjabov (AZE)  -60 150 153

116 419
 Alexander Grischuk (RUS)  105 -45 153 105

363
 Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS) 
90 153
-35 116 359
 Wang Yue (CHN)  153 120 80

-70 353
 Vugar Gashimov (AZE)  153 -65 110

70 333
 Peter Leko (HUN) 

80 140 100 -70 320
 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)  105
80 -55
116 301
 Evgeny Alekseev (RUS) 

-35 85 100 116 301
 Pavel Eljanov (UKR) 

35 -20 70 180 285
 Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR) 
65
20 180 -20 265
 Boris Gelfand (ISR) 
30
85 140 -45 255
 Etienne Bacrot (FRA)  -15
80 105 55
240
 Gata Kamsky (USA)  60 120
55 -55
235
 Sergey Karjakin (UKR)  60 90
-55 80
230
 Peter Svidler (RUS)  85 90
55
-45 230
 Rustam Kasimdjanov (UZB) 

80 20 100
200
 Vladimir Akopian (ARM) 

-15 140 35 20 195
 Ivan Cheparinov (BUL)  35 45 50
-10
130
 Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) 




116 116
 Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS)  15
-15
20 20 55

 

The tense final round game between Radjabov and Yue is below. If Yue had won, he would have taken the final qualifying spot.

 

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