Tbilisi GP Ends With Six More Draws, Tomashevsky Glorious Winner

Tbilisi GP Ends With Six More Draws, Tomashevsky Glorious Winner

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Like the day before, all games in the final round of the Tbilisi Grand Prix ended in draws.

Behind winner GM Evgeny Tomashevsky, who had secured first place yesterday, GM Dmitry Jakovenko ended second and GM Teimour Radjabov third. The winner of the previous Grand Prix, Dmitry Andreikin, finished in last place this time.

All photos courtesy of FIDE.

Whereas the first place was known already, on the last day the players could still try to improve their Elo or financial reward a little. And although most of the games were serious fights, they all ended in draws.

GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and GM Peter Svidler went for an extremely short draw in the last round:

Svidler and Mamedyarov: Not much to analyze. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

GM Evgeny Tomashevsky got his fourth King's Indian in the tournament, and played the 6.h3 variation for the fourth time! He called it a “principled” variation the other day, and he is sticking to that description.

He drew with Anish Giri in this line, but then beat Alexander Grischuk and Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Nonetheless GM Teimour Radjabov, a life-long KID player, went for it and drew without too many problems.

The tournament winner got 20,000 Euro for his fantastic result. Runner-up GM Dmitry Jakovenko, who earned 16,000 Euro, was held to a draw by GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov in a Queen's Gambit Declinde with 5.Bf4.

White didn't go for the highly topical 7.c5 but played 7.a3 instead. In the ending White's advantage (a slightly better bishop) was just minimal.

Dmitry Jakovenko can be happy with his second place! | Photo Maria Emelianova.

Without a doubt, the most interesting game of the round was GM Baadur Jobava vs Dmitry Andreikin. A Chebanenko Slav quickly left theory, and then Andreikin played a typical exchange sacrifice that is known from a topical line in the Queen's Gambit Accepted.

Jobava couldn't easily untangle on the kingside and had to give back the exchange and a pawn. After some tough defense he held the draw.

The players at a press conference hosted by GM Ivan Sokolov. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

GM Alexander Grischuk is not a fan of getting up early. The final round in a Grand Prix always starts two hours earlier, which was 1pm local time. “By the time I started preparing I had to run to the playing hall!” he said.

As a result, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had better knowledge of the opening, and got a slight edge in the middlegame in terms of pawn structure. However, the balance was never really restored because of the opposite-colored bishops.

Grischuk: 1 pm ist too early to prepare! | Photo Maria Emelianova.

The last game of the tournament to finish was GM Anish Giri vs Leinier Dominguez. Either player would have joined Radjabov in third place with a win, which would have meant a cheque of 12,000 Euro. However, the game was drawn, and both got 9,875 Euro for a shared fourth place.

The game was a Bogo-Indian, although it soon looked like a King's Indian or Breyer Ruy Lopez. White was slightly better, as Black's knight on g7 wasn't great (and his e7-bishop not much better than in a KID). However, without the rooks it was easier for Black to hold the draw.

The last game of the tournament lasted more than six hours. | Photo Maria Emelianova.

2015 Tbilisi FIDE Grand Prix | Final Standings

# Name Rtg Perf Pts SB
1 Tomashevsky,Evgeny 2716 2916 8.0
2 Jakovenko,Dmitry 2733 2808 6.5
3 Radjabov,Teimour 2731 2776 6.0
4 Dominguez Perez,Leinier 2726 2745 5.5 29.75
5 Giri,Anish 2797 2739 5.5 29.25
6 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2759 2747 5.5 28.75
7 Kasimdzhanov,Rustam 2705 2743 5.5 28.00
8 Grischuk,Alexander 2810 2710 5.0 26.25
9 Jobava,Baadur 2696 2706 5.0 26.00
10 Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime 2775 2716 5.0 26.00
11 Svidler,Peter 2739 2681 4.5
12 Andreikin,Dmitry 2737 2648 4.0

As we know, Tomashevsky gained the maximum number of Grand Prix points: 170. This got him to 252 in total, and now he is in first place.

At the moment, GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is in second place and GM Teimour Radjabov in fourth, but they have played their three legs and won't be in Khanty-Mansiysk.

2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix | Standings After Tbilisi

Rank Name Rtg Baku Tashkent Tbilisi Khanty-Mansiysk Total
1 Evgeny Tomashevsky  2716 82 170 x 252
2 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2759 35 125 75 235
3 Fabiano Caruana 2811 155 75 x 230
4 Teimour Radjabov 2731 50 50 110 210
5 Hikaru Nakamura 2776 82 125 x 207
6 Dmitry Andreikin 2737 20 170 10 200
7 Boris Gelfand 2747 155 15 x 170
8 Dmitry Jakovenko 2733 30 140 x 170
9 Sergey Karjakin 2760 82 75 x 157
10 Rustam Kasimdzhanov 2706 35 15 75 125
11 Alexander Grischuk 2810 82 40 x 122
12 Anish Giri 2797 40 75 x 115
13 Baadur Jobava 2696 75 40 x 115
14 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2775 75 40 x 115
15 Peter Svidler 2739 82 20 x 102
16 Leinier Dominguez 2726 10 75 x 85

The fourth and final Grand Prix will be held May 13-27 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. After it finishes, the top two players in the overall standings will have qualified for the 2016 Candidates Tournament. 

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