Wang Hao beats Ponomariov in Kings’ Tournament’s final round

Wang Hao beats Ponomariov in Kings’ Tournament’s final round

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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.

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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.

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Caruana tweeted:

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Kings’ Tournament 2013 | Final Standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 Score Perf
1 Caruana,F 2779 phpfCo1l0.png ½0 ½1 5.0/8 2808
2 Wang Hao 2733 ½1 phpfCo1l0.png ½½ ½1 4.5/8 2775
3 Nisipeanu,LD 2674 phpfCo1l0.png ½½ ½½ 4.0/8 2746
4 Radjabov,T 2723 ½½ ½½ phpfCo1l0.png ½½ 3.5/8 2691
5 Ponomariov,R 2751 ½0 ½0 ½½ ½½ phpfCo1l0.png 3.0/8 2639

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Photos courtesy of the Kings’ Tournament; round reports thanks to GM Dorian Rogozenco

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