London Grand Prix Round 5

London Grand Prix Round 5

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Leader Boris Gelfand was permitted to play his 5th round game at a slightly earlier time by the organisers, in respect of the Jewish holy day Yom Kippur.  The result was a draw with the black pieces for the Israeli against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

Despite some exciting chess, round five produced no decisive games.  Vassily Ivanchuk played aggressively against Alexander Grischuk, but the game fizzled out to a repetition draw, while Anish Giri comfortably held for a draw against Michael Adams.

Wang Hao recovered from his loss yesterday, engaging in an exciting battle with Rustam Kasimdzhanov which finished all-square.  In another gripping game, Veselin Topalov was in an aggressive mood against Peter Leko, but the Hungarian managed to survive a strong attack to achieve a draw.

Last to finish - again - was Hikaru Nakamura, but this time it was the American who was holding on for a draw against Leinier Dominguez Perez, who missed winning sacrificial ideas with Bxg6 in the endgame.

The standings after round five

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

Boris Gelfand

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov

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Alexander Grischuk

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Peter Leko

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Leinier Dominguz Perez and Hikaru Nakamura

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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 Macauley Peterson at the official website.

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