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London Grand Prix Round 6: Nakamura Blunders

London Grand Prix Round 6: Nakamura Blunders

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Hikaru Nakamura lost with the white pieces against Wang Hao in round six of the FIDE London Grand Prix. Nakamura blundered with 45.Nxa4 and resigned two moves later.

There were two other decisive results in the round: Veselin Topalov won an impressive game against Leinier Dominguez Perez, and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated Rustam Kasimdzhanov thanks to a blunder from the Uzbek player on move 38.

Boris Gelfand drew his game against Vassily Ivanchuk and leads with 4 points out of 6.

The standings after 6 rounds

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


Hikaru Nakamura and Wang Hao shake hands at the start of their game

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Veselin Topalov was impressive against Leinier Dominguez Perez

London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix Round 6 Veselin Topalov Leinier Dominguez Perez.jpg



Shakhriyar Mamedyarov beat Rustam Kasimdzhanov

London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix Round 6 Rustam Kasimdzhanov Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.jpg



Alexander Grischuk and Michael Adams

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Peter Leko and Anish Giri

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Boris Gelfand and Vassily Ivanchuk

London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix Round 6 Boris Gelfand Vassily Ivanchuk.jpg


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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