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Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 4

Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 4



After four rounds of the FIDE Thessaloniki Grand Prix, there are no fewer than 7 players "leading" on 2½ points. It seems that no-one is able to impose their authority on the rest of the field.

After yesterday's tragic loss on time, Vassily Ivanchuk was a shadow of his true self today against Veselin Topalov. Ivanchuk's choice of 17...Qc5 was punished ruthlessly with 18.e7! by the Bulgarian, and Ivanchuk offered his hand in resignation after just 21 moves.

The other decisive game of the day came in the encounter between Leinier Dominguez and Peter Svidler. Minor pieces were quickly exchanged in a Ruy Lopez to leave a queen and rook ending, and when Dominguez pushed his f-pawn to f5 and later f6, black's king had nowhere left to hide.

Sunday is the first rest day, so round five is on Monday.


Vassily Ivanchuk's body language didn't exactly bode well for his chances



Leinier Dominguez scored a nice win against Peter Svidler




Alexander Morozevich was held to a thrilling draw by Hikaru Nakamura



Fabiano Caruana drew with Rustam Kasimdzhanov



Etienne Bacrot held Alexander Grischuk to a draw



Ruslan Ponomariov also drew with Gata Kamsky




The standings after 4 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2741
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2699
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2779
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2723
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2774
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2760
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2742 2
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2725
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 1
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2755 ½ 


The schedule for the 2013 Thessaloniki Grand Prix

21st May 2013 Arrival & Opening Ceremony
22nd May 2013 Round 1 
23rd May 2013 Round 2 
24th May 2013 Round 3 
25th May 2013 Round 4 
26th May 2013 Free Day 
27th May 2013 Round 5 
28th May 2013 Round 6 
29th May 2013 Round 7 
30th May 2013 Round 8 
31st May 2013 Free Day 
1st June 2013 Round 9 
2nd June 2013  Round 10 
3rd June 2013  Round 11 & Closing Ceremony
4th June 2013  Departure 


The fourth Grand Prix of the 2012/13 series runs from 21 May - 4 June in Thessaloniki, Greece. The full pairings are available here.

The overall winner and runner-up of the 2012/13 Grand Prix series will qualify for the next Candidates Tournament, expected to be held in March 2014. The first three events were held in London, Tashkent and Zug. The current standings are shown here.

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. The best 3 scores of each player count towards their overall score. The official regulations for the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (11:00 UTC) except the final round which starts 2 hours earlier. The time control used is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment after move 60.

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich at the official website, which has live games, analysis and video.

Games via TWIC.

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