Zug 2013 FIDE Grand Prix Round 3
The third round of the Renova Group FIDE Grand Prix in Zug, Switzerland failed to produce any decisive games, leaving Alexander Morozevich, Ruslan Ponomariov and Veselin Topalov as joint leaders with a score of 2/3 points.
Veselin Topalov came closest to winning his game in a complicated struggle with Gata Kamsky, but the Bulgarian missed his chance to take the sole lead.
Veselin Topalov (right) let his chance slip away
Fabiano Caruana (left) and Alexander Morozevich
Rustam Kasimdzhanov (left) and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
A big smile from Sergey Karjakin!
Anish Giri was easily held to a short draw by Teimour Radjabov
Peter Leko (left) was held to a draw by Hikaru Nakamura
The Zug Grand Prix standings after 3 rounds
The Zug Grand Prix runs from 17 April - 1 May, and 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 current standings are 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.
The schedule for the 2013 Zug Grand Prix
|17th April 2013||Arrival & Opening Ceremony|
|18th April 2013||Round 1|
|19th April 2013||Round 2|
|20th April 2013||Round 3|
|21st April 2013||Round 4|
|22nd April 2013||Free Day|
|23rd April 2013||Round 5|
|24th April 2013||Round 6|
|25th April 2013||Round 7|
|26th April 2013||Round 8|
|27th April 2013||Free Day|
|28th April 2013||Round 9|
|29th April 2013||Round 10|
|30th April 2013||Round 11 & Closing Ceremony|
|1st May 2013||Departure|
All rounds start at 14:00 local time (12:00 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.