Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 5
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Going into the fifth round of the Thessaloniki Grand Prix there were a remarkable 7 players tied on 2½ points at the "top" of the leaderboard. By the end of the fifth round one player had risen above the pack to take the sole lead!
Leinier Dominguez is seeded 11th out of the 12 players taking part in the Thessaloniki Grand Prix, but by winning his third straight game against lowest seed Rustam Kasimdzhanov he now leads alone on 3½/5 points.
That win from the Cuban #1 turned out to be the only decisive game of the round as chances went begging in other games. Etienne Bacrot missed an opportunity to win a rook v knight endgame against Alexander Morozevich, and Fabiano Caruana couldn't break down Haikaru Nakamura's stubborn defence despite being better for most of the game.
Leinier Dominguez leads the Thessaloniki Grand Prix
Etienne Bacrot missed a golden chance
Hikaru Nakamura only just managed to fend off Fabiano Caruana
Ruslan Ponomariov has drawn all his games so far
Peter Svidler drew his game with Veselin Topalov
Vassily Ivanchuk was simply content to avoid a fourth straight loss
The standings after 5 rounds
|Dominguez Perez, Leinier||CUB||2723||3½|
The schedule for the 2013 Thessaloniki Grand Prix
|21st May 2013||Arrival & Opening Ceremony|
|22nd May 2013||Round 1|
|23rd May 2013||Round 2|
|24th May 2013||Round 3|
|25th May 2013||Round 4|
|26th May 2013||Free Day|
|27th May 2013||Round 5|
|28th May 2013||Round 6|
|29th May 2013||Round 7|
|30th May 2013||Round 8|
|31st May 2013||Free Day|
|1st June 2013||Round 9|
|2nd June 2013||Round 10|
|3rd June 2013||Round 11 & Closing Ceremony|
|4th June 2013||Departure|
The fourth Grand Prix of the 2012/13 series runs from 21 May - 4 June in Thessaloniki, Greece. The full pairings are available here.
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 first three events were held in London, Tashkent and Zug. The current standings are shown 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.
All rounds start at 14:00 local time (11:00 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.
Games via TWIC.