Gelfand Wins, Nakamura Loses In London

Gelfand Wins, Nakamura Loses In London

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Boris Gelfand kept his lead in the London Grand Prix after 7 rounds by beating Michael Adams.

Ratings favourite Hikaru Nakamura lost his third game of the tournament against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to prop up the standings. The other games in round seven were drawn.

The standings after 7 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2738 5
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2729
3 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2754 4
4 Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2752 4
5 Leko, Peter  HUN 2737 4
6 Wang, Hao  CHN 2742
7 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2769 3
8 Adams, Michael  ENG 2722 3
9 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2725 3
10 Giri, Anish  NED 2730 3
11 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2684
12 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2783

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Boris Gelfand won his third game of the tournament against Michael Adams

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov inflicted Hikaru Nakamura's third defeat

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Veselin Topalov played a dynamic game against Wang Hao but missed out on a win

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The London Grand Prix is the first tournament of the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix series. After the first contest in London, the series moves on to Tashkent, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin and Paris.  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.  Details of dates and participants can be found here.

The overall winner and runner-up of the Grand Prix qualify for the March 2014 Candidates Tournament.

The schedule for the London Grand Prix:

Arrival & Opening  20th September
1st Round  21st September
2nd Round  22nd September
3rd Round  23rd September
4th Round   24th September
5th Round  25th September
Free Day  26th September
6th Round    27th September
7th Round    28th September
8th Round   29th September
Free Day    30th September
9th Round  1st October
10th Round    2nd October
11th round & Closing  3rd October
Departure  4th October

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Rounds start at 14:00 local time (13:00 UTC). The time control is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then an extra 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment after the second time control.

Draws can only be claimed for triple-repetition of position, theoretical draws, or 50-move rule.

The official regulations for the 2012 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

Official website here. Games via TWIC. Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.

Look out for coverage at Chess.com/TV!

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