Tomashevsky Still Full Point Ahead After Tbilisi Round 5

Tomashevsky Still Full Point Ahead After Tbilisi Round 5

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Round five of the Tbilisi Grand Prix saw three decisive games, and GM Evgeny Tomashevsky was able to hold onto his full point lead over the field by drawing with GM Anish Giri in a balanced 6.h3 King's Indian Defense: 

Tomashevsky seems to be immune to blunders in Tbilisi. | Photo Maria Emilianova.

GM Baadur Jobava, despite going into the round with only 0.5/4, stayed true to his style and essayed his favorite setup of b2-b3,Bb2,Nc3,d2-d4, Qd2, and 0-0-0. His opponent, GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, developed logically but was unable to react accurately against the sacrifice 15.Bxg6!? and allowed a powerful attack.

Mamedyarov even had a draw in hand as the players were repeating moves when he suddenly played 26...Kf7??, overlooking a simple mate-in-two and resigned before 28.Qf8# was on the board.

Annotations by GM Dejan Bojkov:

GM Mamedyarov in high spirits, blissfully unaware of the coming tragedy. | Photo Maria Emilianova.

GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov employed GM Peter Svidler's own invention against the Grunfeld, choosing 5.Bd2 followed by the surprisingly effective plan of 6.e3 and 7.f4, a setup that Svidler himself famously introduced in the 2013 London Candidates’ Tournament.

Black achieved a reasonable position out of the opening, having some piece activity to compensate for White's bishops. But around the 20th move Kasimdzanov started to build up huge pressure against Black's center and Svidler collapsed within a few moves.

Revealing his devious opening strategy perhaps? | Photo | Maria Emilianova.

GM Dmitry Andreikin tried to press against GM Lenier Dominguez in a delayed Spanish Exchange, but Dominguez played calm and defended well, emerging with an edge by move 25.

Already by move 28 Andreikin was forced to sacrifice a piece with 28.Bxg5, but was unable to get enough compensation for it and Dominguez slowly but surely converted the piece-up endgame.

Andreikin vs. Dominguez. | Photo Maria Emilianova.

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and GM Teimour Radjabov engaged in a sharp Winawer French, perhaps testing each other's preparation. It seems as though both players were equally well prepared as the complex middlegame soon turned into a drawn endgame:

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. | Photo Maria Emilianova.

And lastly in a game that's almost not even worth showing, GM Dmitry Jakovenko and GM Alexander Grischuk payed homage to the 2011 Candidates’ Matches in Kazan:

With that Tomashevsky continues to lead with 4.0/5, trailed by Grischuk, Kasimdzhanov, Jakovenko, Giri, and Dominguez. Round six takes place tomorrow, February 21.

2015 Tbilisi FIDE Grand Prix | Round 5 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf Pts SB
1 Tomashevsky,E 2716 2999 4.0/5
2 Jakovenko,D 2733 2808 3.0/5 7.00
3 Grischuk,A 2810 2788 3.0/5 6.75
4 Giri,A 2797 2804 3.0/5 6.75
5 Kasimdzhanov,R 2705 2836 3.0/5 6.50
6 Dominguez Perez,L 2726 2807 3.0/5 6.00
7 Radjabov,T 2731 2733 2.5/5
8 Vachier Lagrave,M 2775 2680 2.0/5 5.00
9 Mamedyarov,S 2759 2656 2.0/5 3.50
10 Andreikin,D 2737 2618 1.5/5 4.50
11 Svidler,P 2739 2600 1.5/5 3.75
12 Jobava,Ba 2696 2603 1.5/5 3.25

The third FIDE Grand Prix runs February 15-27 in Tbilisi, Georgia. It is a round robin, with 11 rounds in total. There are two rest days, on February 19 and 24.

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IM Kostya Kavutskiy is a professional chess author, journalist, coach, commentator, and player. As a part of's content team since 2009, Kostya has recorded many video lectures, covered elite tournaments, written instructive articles & blogs, and has done many live commentary shows for Chess TV. Kostya has also written a number of articles for Chess Life magazine and Chess Life Online, and is currently an instructor for Chess University. In 2015, Modernized: The Open Sicilian was released, which Kostya co-authored with IM Zhanibek Amanov. Kostya's tournament accomplishments include winning the 2014 Southern California Closed Championship, as well as achieving his IM title in November 2016. In April 2017, he placed 6th in the star-studded 2017 Reykjavik Open. He currently resides in Mountain View, CA, and his plans are to pursue the GM title while working actively as a coach.



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