Wang Hao beats Ponomariov in Kings’ Tournament’s final round
In the last round of the Kings’ Tournament in Bucharest Wang Hao defeated Ruslan Ponomariov in a Semi-Tarrasch to finish on 4.5/8. The Chinese GM ended only half a point behind tournament winner Fabiano Caruana, who drew his last-round game with Teimour Radjabov quickly.
Fabiano Caruana became the winner of Kings’ Tournament 2013. After a quick draw in the last round with the black pieces against Radjabov, the Italian GM scored 5 points out of 8 and secured the first place.
Wang Hao-Ponomariov was a long game, where Black equalized after the opening, but then started to face some problems which the Ukrainian GM failed to solve. In the resulting endgame with rooks and opposite-coloured bishops Wang Hao won a pawn and then converted his material advantage to achieve his second win in a row in Bucharest.
Not a great finish, but still managed to win the Kings' Tournament. Traveling to Rodos tomorrow for the ECC. Hoping my team SOCAR will win!— Fabiano Caruana ( @FabianoCaruana) October 16, 2013
Kings’ Tournament 2013 | Final Standings
Photos courtesy of the Kings’ Tournament; round reports thanks to GM Dorian Rogozenco