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Kamsky Wins In Mainz

Kamsky Wins In Mainz

Gata Kamsky won the Grenke Rapid World Championship at the 2010 Chess Classic Mainz.

After the first day there were 12 players on a perfect 5/5 score, but only Kamsky made it to 8/8, helped by crucial wins against Lev Aronian and Sergey Karjakin. 

Kamsky won against Kasmdzhanov to make it 9/9 before taking 2 draws to seal the title with a score of 10/11.

The large chasing pack was headed by Gashimov, Aronian and Bareev, half a point behind.

World Champion Vishy Anand completed his 40-board simultaneous exhibition with 34 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. Congratulations to Henrik Karlzen and Bernd Grill on beating the champion!

Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk did even better in her 20-board Chess960 simul, with 16 wins, 4 draws and no losses!  The official site has a report (in German) with pictures here.

The top of the standings in the Grenke Rapid World Championship:


Name Nat Elo W D L Score
1  Kamsky, Gata USA 2713 9 2 0 10.0
2  Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2719 8 3 0 9.5
3  Aronian, Levon ARM 2783 9 1 1 9.5
4  Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2663 9 1 1 9.5
5  Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2747 8 2 1 9.0
6  Kempinski, Robert POL 2612 9 0 2 9.0
7  Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2760 8 2 1 9.0
8  Shirov, Alexei ESP 2749 8 2 1 9.0
9  Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2684 9 0 2 9.0

 

The rate of play was 20 minutes plus a 5 second increment per move.  A selection of Kamsky's games are below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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