Three Black Wins in First Round Beijing Grand Prix

Three Black Wins in First Round Beijing Grand Prix

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The first day at the Beijing Grand Prix was a good day for Black, with three games ending in draws and three '0-1' results. Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Sergey Karjakin (Russia) and Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) all won and took an early lead, but there are still ten more rounds to go.

The opening ceremony of the fifth stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012-2013 took place in the New Century Grand Hotel in Beijing. The players and guests were greeted by the President of Chinese Chess Assosiation Yang Junan and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

“The generous support by the leadership of the Administrative Center of Cards of Board Games, FIDE Vice President Mr. Chu Bo, the Chinese Chess Association and its President Mr. Yang Junan, have been key in bringing this event to its realization, to which I’m deeply grateful,” said Ilyumzhinov. Yang: “We think that holding the FIDE Grand Prix Series in China is not only about the trust of FIDE to the Chinese Chess Association, but also will promote the development of chess in China.”

After the speeches, FIDE Vice President Chu Bo announced the opening of the tournament. Deputy arbiter Anastasiya Sorokina then proceeded with the drawing of lots. She called up the players to come to the table and pick one of the Chinese classical figure sculptures which had the number inside.

The present for every player that held the pairing number
Sergey Karjakin (Russia) making his choice
Anish Giri (Netherlands) picked number one and starts with two white games

The opening ceremony was also attended by FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg, President of the European Chess Union Silvio Danailov, Director of FIDE Office in Moscow Berik Balgabaev, former World Champions Xie Jun, Xu Yuhua, and other distinguished guests.

The players list in Beijing is impressive with former FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov trying to repeat his performance in Zug, Switzerland earlier this year and clinching one of the two places in the overall GP standings - these two players will qualify for the forthcoming Candidates Tournament in 2014.

He will be challenged by several world class players. Boris Gelfand arrived shortly after his recent epic victory at the Tal Memorial and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov had a very good month of June, winning the World Rapid Championship and the Geneva Masters.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)

And let's not forget the top ten players Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Grischuk, as well as former Candidates  Vassily Ivanchuk and Peter Leko.

The top Chinese player Wang Hao, who is placed fourth in the overall Grand Prix at the moment, will also play in Beijing. GM Teimour Radjabov withdrew for personal reasons and has been replaced by China's third player, Wang Yue. On the day of the opening ceremony, Radjabov made his "personal reasons" clear on Twitter, as his wife gave birth to a daughter!

The first round was played on the 4th of July, but it was not a happy day for the American participant, Gata Kamsky. He played a strong pawn sacrifice in the opening against Russian Alexander Grischuk and got a very promising position. Kamsky then couldn't deliver the final blow (which probably wasn't there) and even lost on time in an unclear position.

Gata Kamsky: a bad day at the office
Alexander Grischuk

Beijing will be Veselin Topalov's last Grand Prix (every player needs to play four out of six), and he is defending his lead in the overall standings. So far so good for him, with a black win against Gelfand:

The third winner was Sergey Karjakin, who had to solve some problems early on as his opponent Anish Giri quickly brought a home-prepared variation on the board. White's energetic play looked quite dangerous, but the Russian grandmaster managed to avoid getting mated and then could just start running on the queenside.

In a Sicilian, Alexander Morozevich played the rare (well, at this level!) 2.f4 and, caught by surprise, Wang Yue answered with 2...d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 where 3...Nf6 is considered to be the best move. White then castled queenside and the position remained a bit strange with that d-pawn still on d2. Wang Yue held his own with his typical positional style of play.

Peter Leko vs. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was a very interesting draw that started as a 6.h3 Najdorf, that little pawn move once played by Bobby Fischer and these days one of the main lines of the Najdorf. Thanks to some sharp calculation Leko won material, but the Hungarian probably missed a way to cause more problems for his opponent in the BN-R ending.

The draw between Vassily Ivanchuk and Wang Hao was in fact the first game to finish in this round, and not too interesting.

Beijing GP 2013 | Scores

Round 1 09:00 CET 04.07.13   Round 2 09:00 CET 05.07.13
Giri 0-1 Karjakin   Karjakin - Wang Hao
Morozevich ½-½ Wang Yue   Grischuk - Ivanchuk
Gelfand 0-1 Topalov   Mamedyarov - Kamsky
Leko ½-½ Mamedyarov   Topalov - Leko
Kamsky 0-1 Grischuk   Wang Yue - Gelfand
Ivanchuk ½-½ Wang Hao   Giri - Morozevich
Round 3 09:00 CET 06.07.13   Round 4 09:00 CET 07.07.13
Morozevich - Karjakin   Karjakin - Grischuk
Gelfand - Giri   Mamedyarov - Wang Hao
Leko - Wang Yue   Topalov - Ivanchuk
Kamsky - Topalov   Wang Yue - Kamsky
Ivanchuk  - Mamedyarov   Giri - Leko
Wang Hao - Grischuk   Morozevich - Gelfand
Round 5 09:00 CET 09.07.13   Round 6 09:00 CET 10.07.13
Gelfand - Karjakin   Karjakin - Mamedyarov
Leko - Morozevich   Topalov - Grischuk
Kamsky - Giri   Wang Yue - Wang Hao
Ivanchuk - Wang Yue   Giri - Ivanchuk
Wang Hao - Topalov   Morozevich - Kamsky
Grischuk - Mamedyarov   Gelfand - Leko
Round 7 09:00 CET 11.07.13   Round 8 09:00 CET 12.07.13
Leko - Karjakin   Karjakin - Topalov
Kamsky - Gelfand   Wang Yue - Mamedyarov
Ivanchuk - Morozevich   Giri - Grischuk
Wang Hao - Giri   Morozevich - Wang Hao
Grischuk - Wang Yue   Gelfand - Ivanchuk
Mamedyarov - Topalov   Leko - Kamsky
Round 9 09:00 CET 14.07.13   Round 10 09:00 CET 15.07.13
Kamsky - Karjakin   Karjakin - Wang Yue
Ivanchuk - Leko   Giri - Topalov
Wang Hao - Gelfand   Morozevich - Mamedyarov
Grischuk - Morozevich   Gelfand - Grischuk
Mamedyarov - Giri   Leko - Wang Hao
Topalov - Wang Yue   Kamsky - Ivanchuk
Round 11 07:00 CET 16.07.13        
Ivanchuk - Karjakin        
Wang Hao - Kamsky        
Grischuk - Leko        
Mamedyarov - Gelfand        
Topalov - Morozevich        
Wang Yue - Giri        

Beijing GP 2013 | Round 1 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Points SB
1 Grischuk,Alexander 2780 * 1 1.0/1 0.00
2 Karjakin,Sergey 2776 * 1 1.0/1 0.00
3 Topalov,Veselin 2767 * 1 1.0/1 0.00
4 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2761 * ½ 0.5/1 0.25
5 Wang,Hao 2752 * ½ 0.5/1 0.25
6 Leko,Peter 2737 ½ * 0.5/1 0.25
7 Morozevich,Alexander 2736 * ½ 0.5/1 0.25
8 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2733 ½ * 0.5/1 0.25
9 Wang,Yue 2705 ½ * 0.5/1 0.25
10 Gelfand,Boris 2773 0 * 0.0/1 0.00
11 Kamsky,Gata 2763 0 * 0.0/1 0.00
12 Giri,Anish 2734 0 * 0.0/1 0.00

The 5th Grand Prix takes place 4-16 July, 2013 in Beijing, China. The games start 15:00 CST (09:00 CET, 03:00 EDT); the final round starts two hours earlier. Tournament website: Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE. Games via TWIC.

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