Triumph of the underdogs?

Triumph of the underdogs?

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Triumph of the underdogs?

In the penultimate round of the first FIDE Grand Prix event in Baku there were another 5 decisive games in this amazing tournament. Among the winners was unfancied Vugar Gashimov who crushed rival Alexander Grischuk to join Wang Yue at the top of the leaderboard.

Magnus Carlsen (pictured) was also among the winners today, beating Mickey Adams to move within half a point of the leaders and stay in contention.

Bacrot managed not to hang his Queen this round, but still eventually lost to Mamedyarov.  Svidler bounced back at the expense of Kamsky who has had a disappointing tournament after starting well in the early rounds.   The final winner was David Navara, the lowest ranked player in the event at 2672 Elo, who left it late to open his winning account by beating Radjabov.

Phew, what a round!  Although last rounds are traditionally quieter affairs, a lot is still at stake and the anti-draw offer rules could mean fighting chess to the very last - let's hope so.

The results in round 12:

Gashimov, Vugar - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 33 C72 Ruy Lopez Modern Steinitz
Carlsen, Magnus - Adams, Michael 1-0 56 E37 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Bacrot, Etienne 1-0 73 D15 Slav Defence
Cheparinov, Ivan - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 92 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Kamsky, Gata - Svidler, Peter 0-1 40 B96 Sicilian Najdorf
Radjabov, Teimour - Navara, David 0-1 47 B46 Sicilian Paulsen
Inarkiev, Ernesto - Wang Yue ½-½ 57 D15 Slav Defence


The table after round 12:

Rank Name Rtg FED Pts Tie-breaks
1 Gashimov Vugar 2679 AZE 44.25
2 Wang Yue 2689 CHN 43.00
3 Carlsen Magnus 2765 NOR 7 40.75
4 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 AZE 7 40.50
5 Grischuk Alexander 2716 RUS 7 39.50
6 Adams Michael 2729 ENG 6 34.00
7 Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL 33.00
8 Kamsky Gata 2726 USA 32.75
9 Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE 32.50
10 Karjakin Sergey 2732 UKR 32.00
11 Svidler Peter 2746 RUS 31.75
12 Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA 5 30.00
13 Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 RUS 5 29.75
14 Navara David 2672 CZE 27.25


The 13th and final round takes place on the 5th May at 2pm local time.  The pairings are: 

White   Black
Karjakin Sergey - Kamsky Gata
Navara David - Cheparinov Ivan
Grischuk Alexander - Radjabov Teimour
Adams Michael - Gashimov Vugar
Bacrot Etienne - Carlsen Magnus
Wang Yue - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
Svidler Peter - Inarkiev Ernesto







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