Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 9

Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 9

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Leinier Dominguez was a convincing winner of his clash with Fabiano Caruana in round 9 of the Thessaloniki Grand Prix, earning a share of the lead once more with just two rounds remaining.

The Cuban and his Italian foe had been sharing second place, but despite having the black pieces Dominguez scored a crucial win to pull level with Gata Kamsky who drew with Etienne Bacrot.

The only other decisive game of the round was a victory for Veselin Topalov against Alexander Morozevich, which takes the Bulgarian back to a level score in the tournament.

The pairings for the final two rounds can be found below.

Leinier Dominguez beat Fabiano Caruana to earn a share of the lead



Veselin Topalov scored a win against Alexander Morozevich




Gata Kamsky must now share the lead after his draw with Etienne Bacrot



Peter Svidler drew his game with Alexander Grischuk



Hikaru Nakamura could only draw with Ruslan Ponomariov



The board's behind you Vassily! Ivanchuk drew with Rustam Kasimdzhanov



The standings after 9 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2741
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2723
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2774
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2779 5
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2742
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2699
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2725 4
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769 4
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2760
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2755 2


Round 10 pairings

Grischuk Alexander v Dominguez Perez Leinier
Topalov Veselin v Caruana Fabiano
Kamsky Gata v Morozevich Alexander
Ponomariov Ruslan v Bacrot Etienne
Ivanchuk Vassily v Nakamura Hikaru
Svidler Peter v Kasimdzhanov Rustam


Round 11 Pairings

Kasimdzhanov Rustam v Grischuk Alexander
Nakamura Hikaru v Svidler Peter
Bacrot Etienne v Ivanchuk Vassily
Morozevich Alexander v Ponomariov Ruslan
Caruana Fabiano v Kamsky Gata
Dominguez Perez Leinier v Topalov Veselin


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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