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Gelfand Shocks Nakamura In London

Gelfand Shocks Nakamura In London

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The opening round of the 2012 FIDE London Grand Prix at Simpson's-In-The-Strand produced plenty of effort and high quality chess, but only one decisive game.

It was top seed Hikaru Nakamura who came to grief with the white pieces against recent world championship challenger Boris Gelfand. 

Vassily Ivanchuk fought hard for 110 moves but couldn't make his extra pawn count against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.  Michael Adams was a late replacement for Peter Svidler in the line-up and had a great opening game against Wang Hao, which didn't quite produce a full point..

Hikaru Nakamura lost his opening game to Boris Gelfand

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Vassily Ivanchuk pressed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov hard

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Anish Giri also had the better game with the black pieces against Leinier Dominguez Perez

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Michael Adams had a promising first game against Wang Hao

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Veselin Topalov drew his game with Alexander Grischuk

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Peter Leko was surprised by Kasimdzhanov's choice of 1.e4 and chose the solid Berlin

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The London Grand Prix is the first tournament of the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix series. After the first contest in London, the series moves on to Tashkent, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin and Paris.  Each tournament is a single round-robin featuring 12 out of the 18 players in the Grand Prix, and each player competes in four of the six events.  Details of dates and participants can be found here.

The overall winner and runner-up of the Grand Prix qualify for the March 2014 Candidates Tournament.

The schedule for the London Grand Prix:

Arrival & Opening  20th September
1st Round  21st September
2nd Round  22nd September
3rd Round  23rd September
4th Round   24th September
5th Round  25th September
Free Day  26th September
6th Round    27th September
7th Round    28th September
8th Round   29th September
Free Day    30th September
9th Round  1st October
10th Round    2nd October
11th round & Closing  3rd October
Departure  4th October


Rounds start at 14:00 local time (13:00 UTC). The time control is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then an extra 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment after the second time control.

Draws can only be claimed for triple-repetition of position, theoretical draws, or 50-move rule.

The official regulations for the 2012 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

Official website here. Games via TWIC. Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.

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