London Grand Prix 9th Round Thrills

London Grand Prix 9th Round Thrills

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After a rest day on Sunday, the refreshed players were in a fighting mood in round 9 of the FIDE London Grand Prix!

Boris Gelfand lost his first game of the tournament against Alexander Grischuk, which allowed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to snatch the lead with just two rounds remaining.  Mamedyarov beat Leinier Dominguez Perez with an aggressive attacking game to take his score to 6/9.

Elsewhere, Veselin Topalov scored his second win of the competition against an out-of-sorts Vassily Ivanchuk, and Michael Adams piled on the agony for Hikaru Nakamura by inflicting a fourth consecutive loss on the American.

The standings after 9 of 11 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2729 6
2 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2754
3 Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2752
4 Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2738
5 Leko, Peter  HUN 2737 5
6 Wang, Hao  CHN 2742
7 Giri, Anish  NED 2730 4
8 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2684 4
9 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2769 4
10 Adams, Michael  ENG 2722 4
11 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2725
12 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2783


Alexander Grischuk beat Boris Gelfand in round nine

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Beware the Shak attack! Mamedyarov takes the lead in London

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Veselin Topalov is one of three players just half a point behind the leader

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Last-minute replacement Michael Adams is holding his own in London

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Peter Leko clung on for a draw against Wang Hao

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov survived a breakthrough in a blocked position by Anish Giri

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On Sunday's rest day, many of the players visited the Saatchi Gallery's Art of Chess exhibition

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The London Grand Prix is the first tournament of the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix series. After 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 (except Saatchi gallery photo by Nastya Karlovich - see more here).

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