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Kevin Bonham
26-05-2013, 02:14 PM
Probably a bit late for a poll thread for this one! (Then again maybe not, there are seven leaders after all.)

This is the fourth GP and after this one we should have a much clearer idea of who is in the race for the 2014 Candidates and who is not.

After four rounds:

+1 Kamsky, Grischuk, Kasimdzhanov, Topalov, Caruana, Morozevich, Dominguez
= Ponomariov
-1 Bacrot, Svidler
-2 Nakamura
-3 Ivanchuk

Morozevich,Alexander (2760) - Nakamura,Hikaru (2775) [B80]
FIDE GP Thessaloniki 2013 Thessaloniki (4), 25.05.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be3 a6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.g4 h6 10.a3 Bb7 11.0-0-0 Rc8 12.h4 d5 13.Rg1 dxe4 14.g5 hxg5 15.hxg5 Nd5 16.Nxd5 Bxd5 17.g6 f5 18.fxe4 fxe4 19.Kb1 Ne5 20.Nxb5 Nf3 21.Qf2 Qf6 22.Qg3 axb5 23.Bxb5+ Ke7 24.c4 Rh2 25.Qxh2 Nxh2 26.cxd5 Qf5 27.Bg5+ Kd6 28.dxe6+ Ke5 29.Bd7 e3+ 30.Ka1 Bxa3 31.Bxc8 Qc2 32.bxa3 Qc3+ 33.Ka2 Qxc8 34.e7 Qc2+ 35.Ka1 Qc3+ 36.Ka2 Qc2+ 37.Ka1 Qc3+ 38.Ka2 Qc2+ ½-½

peter_parr
27-05-2013, 12:23 PM
The following article was published in the 41st year of my chess column in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 27th May 2013.

Three former world champions Veselin Topalov, Ruslan Ponomariov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov are competing in the fourth stage of the FIDE Grand Prix series in Thessaloniki, Greece. Black is too passive in the first game below but too aggressive in the second game.

P.Svidler (2769) v E.Bacrot (2725) D35
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Rb1 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nc6 9. Bb5 a6 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. Nf3 c5 12. O-O Be7 13. Be3 cxd4 14. Nxd4 Bd7 15. Qg4 O-O 16. Rfd1 Qe8 17. e5 Kh8 18. h3 Rb8 19. Qe4 h6 20. Rdc1 Qd8 21. Rb7 Ba3 22. Rc3 Be7? (better was 22…Rxb7) 23. Rcc7 Bc8? (Once again Rxb7 was the better option) 24. Ra7 Ba3 25. Rxf7 Rxf7 26. Rxf7 Qg8 27. Qf3 Bb2 1-0 (28 Rf8 or 28 Bxh6 wins).

A.Morozevich (2760) v P.Svidler (2769) C48
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Nd4 5. Ba4 Bc5 (best) 6. Nxe5 O-O 7. Nd3 Bb6 8.e5 Ne8 9. Nd5 c6 10. Ne3 d5 11. O-O f6 12. c3 Nf5 13. b4 Qc7 14. b5 fxe5 15. Ba3 Rf6 16. Nb4 e4 17. bxc6 Rh6 18. h3 Nh4? 19. Nbxd5 Qe5 20. cxb7 Nf3+? 21. Qxf3 exf3 22. bxa8=Q 1-0

Seven players share the lead after 4 rounds (12 players, 2753 average rating, 11 rounds) :- A.Morozevich (RUS 2760),V.Topalov (BUL 2793), F.Caruana (ITA 2774), G.Kamsky (USA 2741), A.Grischuk (RUS 2779), R.Kasimdzhanov (UZB 2699) and L.Dominguez (CUB 2723) all 2.5/4. The first six are undefeated. Leinier Dominguez lost to Gata Kamsky but defeated Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR 2755) and Peter Svidler .

The FIDE Grand Prix Series consists of 6 tournaments held over 2 years with 18 leading players each participating in 4 of the 6 tournaments. The top two players overall in the GP Series will qualify for the eight-player Candidates tournament in March 2014

ESFC1881
28-05-2013, 09:17 PM
http://thessaloniki2013.fide.com/en/main-page/40-static-content/133-live-games

live games here. 9pm melbourne time

ER
29-05-2013, 10:52 PM
Probably a bit late for a poll thread for this one! ...

Go Vassily! :clap:

Kevin Bonham
29-05-2013, 11:18 PM
JaK I'm not sure if its your cheerleading or his choice of my pet variation that put the mockers on him but your man was cleaned up by Ponomariov in 19 moves! (Admittedly a generously early resignation.)

Ponomariov,R (2742) - Ivanchuk,V (2755) [C05]
Makedonia Palace GP Thessaloniki GRE (6), 28.05.2013

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Ngf3 Nc6 7.Nb3 c4 8.Nbd2 b5 9.Be2 Nb6 10.Nf1 h5 11.Ne3 Bd7 12.0-0 Be7 13.b3 g6 14.Bd2 a6 15.Be1 Qc7 16.h3 0-0-0 17.a4 Kb7 18.Qb1 Na7 19.a5 1-0

After seven rounds with four to go:

+2 Kamsky, Dominguez, Caruana
+1 Ponomariov, Grischuk, Topalov, Morozevich
= Kasimdzhanov
-2 Nakamura, Bacrot, Svidler
-4 Ivanchuk

Adamski
29-05-2013, 11:41 PM
Good to see Gata going so well.

ER
29-05-2013, 11:54 PM
JaK I'm not sure if its your cheerleading or his choice of my pet variation that put the mockers on him but your man was cleaned up by Ponomariov in 19 moves! (Admittedly a generously early resignation.)

ha! don't you worry son, remember what he did to all the biggies at the candidates in the final rounds!

Kevin Bonham
29-05-2013, 11:58 PM
ha! don't you worry son, remember what he did to all the biggies at the candidates in the final rounds!

He'll be back some other tournament. So many times before it has been assumed Chucky has lost his marbles permanently and so many times before it has been wrong. He's just erratic.

The best he can do from here in this one is 50%.

Kevin Bonham
30-05-2013, 12:01 AM
Pono's comment:


This game had nothing to do with chess. It's pure psychology. As a team partner, I want Vassily to recover as soon as possible.

It seems the problem was Chucky played ...h5 and then having committed to not ...0-0ing got sucked into ...0-0-0ing, although Pono had already made preparations for dealing with ...0-0-0 that rendered the move basically suicidal.

ER
31-05-2013, 03:21 AM
Pono claimed draw by repetition, which was rejected and as a result three minutes were subtracted from his clock! (or were the three minutes added to Rustam's time?) Not that Pono lost because of that anyway!

Kevin Bonham
31-05-2013, 10:01 AM
Pono claimed draw by repetition, which was rejected and as a result three minutes were subtracted from his clock! (or were the three minutes added to Rustam's time?)

It would have been the latter.

Standings with three to go:

+4 Kamsky
+3 Dominguez, Caruana
+1 Grischuk
= Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov
-1 Bacrot, Topalov, Morozevich, Svidler
-2 Nakamura
-5 Ivanchuk

Denis_Jessop
31-05-2013, 02:15 PM
It would have been the latter.

Standings with three to go:

+4 Kamsky
+3 Dominguez, Caruana
+1 Grischuk
= Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov
-1 Bacrot, Topalov, Morozevich, Svidler
-2 Nakamura
-5 Ivanchuk

Forza Caruana !

DJ

Kevin Bonham
02-06-2013, 03:12 AM
Wins for Topalov with black against Morozevich (not very well played by Moro who made some dodgy decisions, gave up a piece for three pawns and ended up just getting mated or losing a rook) and Dominguez with black against Caruana (nice play by Dominguez with exchange sac, probably good for equality but eventually Caruana made mistakes)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Be3 h5 9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.Nd5 Bxd5 11.exd5 g6 12.Be2 Qc7 13.c4 a5 14.Rd1 a4 15.Na1 Qa5 16.Qxa5 Rxa5 17.Nc2 Bh6 18.Bf2 Ke7 19.g3 Ne8 20.0-0 f5 21.Rfe1 Nef6 22.Bf1 Kf7 23.Na3 e4 24.f4 g5 25.fxg5 Bxg5 26.Bd4 Ne5 27.Be2 h4 28.Rf1 Kg6 29.Nb5 Rxb5 30.cxb5 hxg3 31.hxg3 Rc8 32.Rf2 Nfg4 33.Bxg4 Nxg4 34.Re2 Rc4 35.a3 Bf6 36.Ba7 Be5 37.Kg2 Nf6 38.Rdd2 Rc8 39.Bd4 Re8 40.Re1 Kg5 41.Bxe5 Rxe5 42.Rd4 f4 43.gxf4+ Kxf4 44.Rxa4 Rxd5 45.Re2 Rxb5 46.b4 Rg5+ 47.Kf1 Ng4 48.Ke1 Ne3 49.Rf2+ Ke5 50.Ra7 Rg7 51.a4 d5 52.a5 d4 53.a6 Rg1+ 54.Ke2 bxa6 55.Re7+ Kd5 56.Rd7+ Kc4 57.Rc7+ Kb3 58.Rh2 Rg3 59.Rd7 d3+ 60.Ke1 Rf3 61.Rh1 Nc4 62.Rd4 Re3+ 63.Kf2 Re2+ 64.Kg3 Kc3 65.Rd8 d2 0-1

Standings with two to go:

+4 Kamsky, Dominguez
+2 Caruana
+1 Grischuk
= Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov, Topalov
-1 Bacrot, Svidler
-2 Nakamura, Morozevich
-5 Ivanchuk

Adamski
02-06-2013, 11:36 PM
Looks like one of Domingnuez's best performances. But I pick Gata to win it.

Kevin Bonham
03-06-2013, 12:18 AM
Think Adamski (or should that be Adkamsky?) will like this one:

Kamsky - Morozevich:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 cxd4 12.cxd4 exd4 13.Nxd4 Re8 14.Nc3 Bb7 15.Nf5 Rc8 16.Bg5 Nc4 17.Qd4 Nxb2 18.Bb3 Nc4 19.Rad1 Qd7 20.Rd3 Bd8 21.Nxg7 Re5 22.Nf5 Nxe4 23.Nh6+ Kf8 24.Bxd8 Rxd8 25.f4 1-0

Kevin Bonham
03-06-2013, 12:38 AM
Dominguez drew against Grischuk so Kamsky takes a half-point lead into the final round in which the key pairings are Caruana-Kamsky and Dominguez-Topalov. That's tomorrow night and it starts two hours earlier. Could be exciting (I may be too busy to pay attention though!)

peter_parr
03-06-2013, 11:47 AM
The following article was published in the 41st year of my chess column in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 3rd June 2013.

Thessaloniki Grand Prix
Peter Parr

Leinier Dominguez Perez (CUB 2723) and Gata Kamsky (USA 2741) share the lead on 6.5/9 with two rounds to play in the Thessaloniki,Greece Grand Prix (12 players, 2753 average rating).

Topalov,V (2793) - Ivanchuk,V (2755) [B30]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.0–0 Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 a6 7.Bf1 Bg4 8.h3 Bh5 9.d4 Bxf3 10.gxf3 cxd4 11.cxd4 d5 12.Nc3 e6 13.Bg5 Be7 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.exd5 Nxd4 16.Re4 Qb6 17.dxe6 Qc5 ? 18.e7 h5 19.Rc1 Rh6 20.Kh1 Rg6 21.Ne2 1–0

Kevin Bonham
04-06-2013, 01:31 AM
Dominguez wins!

8/11 Dominguez
7.5 Kamsky, Caruana
6 Grischuk, Ponomariov
5.5 Kasimdzhanov
5 Nakamura
4.5 Topalov, Svidler
4 Bacrot, Morozevich
3.5 Ivanchuk

Chucky managed a win against Bacrot in the last round but not enough to save him from the wooden spoon.

Topalov and Caruana are now the best placed players who have played three GPs but Wang Hao and Karjakin who have each played two are still well placed.

These results eliminate three players from contention for the top two spots: Kasmidzhanov, Leko and Svidler. Fifteen players remain in mathematical contention.

Dominguez called the result his best tournament ever, not surprisingly.

peter_parr
11-06-2013, 02:12 PM
The following article was published in the 41st year of my chess column in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 10th June 2013.

The fourth stage of the FIDE Grand Prix series was held in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Kasimdzhanov,R (2699) - Kamsky,G (2741) [A88] rd 7
1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.0–0 0–0 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 c6 8.b3 a5 9.Bb2 Na6 10.d5 Bd7 11.Nd4 cxd5 12.Nxd5 Nc5 13.Rb1 Nfe4 14.e3 Rc8 15.h4 Rf7 16.Ba1 h6 17.a4 g5 18.hxg5 hxg5 19.g4? e6 20.Nc3 Nxc3 21.Bxc3 f4 22.Re1 b6 23.Rc1 Qf8 24.Nf3 Bxc3 25.Rxc3 Qg7 26.Rc1 Bc6 27.exf4? gxf4 28.g5 e5 29.Qxd6 e4 30.Ne5 Qxg5 31.Nxf7 Kxf7 0–1

Leading final scores (12 players, 2753 average rating, 11 rounds) Leinier Dominguez Perez (CUB 2723) 8: G.Kamsky (USA 2741), F.Caruana (ITA 2774) 7.5 A.Grischuk (RUS 2779), R.Ponomariov (UKR 2742) 6.

Adamski
11-06-2013, 02:35 PM
Exciting to see a man from the land that gave us Capa win such a strong event.