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Kevin Bonham
06-07-2013, 06:51 PM
Karjakin
Grischuk
Mamedyarov
Topalov
Wang Yue
Giri
Wang Hao
Ivanchuk
Kamsky
Leko
Morozevich
Gelfand

In round 1 wins for black by Karjakin vs Giri, Topalov vs Gelfand, Grischuk vs Kamsky. In round 2 Karjakin won against Wang Hao and everyone else drew.

All these players except Leko and Wang Yue are in contention for the Grand Prix qualifying spots to the Candidates final. However Kamsky who is playing his last event in the series needs at least =3rd to have any chance to remain in contention. Morozevich needs at least 4th and Mamedyarov at least =4th. Giri and Ivanchuk who are playing their third event need at least =4th and 5th respectively, probably more.

Kevin Bonham
07-07-2013, 01:55 AM
Another clump of wins for black in round 3 -Karjakin over Morozevich, Giri over Gelfand, Mamedyarov over Ivanchuk. Karjakin now 3/3.

Kevin Bonham
07-07-2013, 09:07 PM
Finally Karjakin concedes half a point:

Karjakin - Grischuk

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bc1 Nf6 8.f3 e6 9.Be3 b5 10.Qd2 Nbd7 11.g4 h6 12.0-0-0 b4 13.Nce2 Qc7 14.h4 d5 15.Bf4 e5 16.Bh2 dxe4 17.g5 hxg5 18.hxg5 Rxh2 19.Rxh2 exd4 20.Rh8 Nd5 21.Qxd4 Bb7 22.fxe4 N5b6 23.Qxb4 0-0-0 24.Qb3 Bxe4 25.Nc3 Qf4+ 26.Kb1 Kc7 27.Bxa6 Nc5 28.Nb5+ Kc6 29.Na7+ Kc7 30.Nb5+ Kc6 31.Na7+ Kc7 1/2-1/2

peter_parr
08-07-2013, 01:12 PM
The following article was published in the 41st year of my chess column in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 8th July 2013.

Three wins for Karjakin in Beijing
Peter Parr

Sergey Karjakin has started the FIDE Grand Prix in Beijing by winning each of his first three games. Karjakin who won the super GM event in Norway in May with 7 of the top 10 world ranked players started that event with four consecutive wins. Leading scores after round 3 (12 players, 11 rounds) :- S.Karjakin (RUS 2776) 3 ; S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2761), A.Grischuk (RUS 2780),V.Topalov (BUL 2767) 2.

The Russian higher league (50 players including 30 grandmasters) held in Yekaterinburg was a qualification event for the Russian Championship Super Final in October. Ernesto Inarkiev 2680 edged out Ian Nepomniachtchi 2717 on tie-break each scoring 6.5/9.

Tomashevsky,Evgeny (2709) - Inarkiev,Ernesto (2680) [D11]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bd3 dxc4 6.Bxc4 Nbd7 7.00 Bd6 8.Re1 00 9.e4 e5 10.Bg5 Re8 11.Qb3 Qe7 12.Nbd2 b5 13.Bf1 a6 14.a4 Bb7 15.Rad1 Rad8 16.Bh4 Qf8 17.Bg3 Bb8 18.dxe5 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 Bxe5 20.Nxe5 Rxe5 21.Qg3 Rde8 22.Bd3 Qb4 23.Nf3 R5e7 24.e5 Nh5 25.Qg5 Nf4 26.Be4 Ne6 27.Qh4 g6 28.Qf6 bxa4 29.h4 c5 30.Bxb7 Rxb7 31.Rd6 Qxb2 32.h5 a3 33.h6 a2 34.Rxa6 c4 35.Kh2 Qb1 36.Kg3 c3 37.Qh4 c2 38.Qc4 Rf8 39.Rxa2 Rc7 01

Kevin Bonham
11-07-2013, 05:19 PM
Mamedyarov beat Karjakin in a very long game in round 6 so the leaderboard compresses:

+2 Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Grischuk
+1 Topalov, Morozevich, Giri, Wang Yue
= Leko, Ivanchuk
-3 Gelfand, Wang Hao
-4 Kamsky

Kamsky's chances for reaching the Candidates Matches via this route look just about finished and Ivanchuk is also at serious risk of elimination from contention. A bad result might also eliminate Gelfand if the results of others who are in contention are good.

Kevin Bonham
11-07-2013, 08:18 PM
I love it! Wang Hao sacs a piece on move 7 against the Philidor (well, a transposition into it) and wins.

Wang Hao - Giri

1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 exd4 6.Qxd4 Be7 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Ng5+ Ke8 9.Ne6 c5 10.Qd1 Qb6 11.Nxg7+ Kf7 12.Nf5 Bf8 13.0-0 d5 14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.Qxd5+ Ke8? [Losing 15...Qe6 is necessary] 16.Bg5 Qg6 17.Rad1 Rg8 18.f4 a5 19.e5 Qxf5 20.Qxg8 Ra6 21.Rfe1 Rg6 22.e6 1-0

Meanwhile Topalov gives Mamedyarov a free piece with a rather silly blunder - seems in playing ...Ne4 black just hadn't calculated some rather obvious problems a few moves deep. Bit embarrasing really.

Mamedyarov - Topalov

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Na6 7.g3 Nxc5 8.Bg2 Nce4 9.0-0 Bxc3 10.bxc3 d5 11.Ng5 Nd6 12.cxd5 exd5 13.Rd1 Bf5 14.Qb3 h6 15.Nh3 Bxh3 16.Bxh3 Re8 17.Bg2 Rxe2 18.Bxd5 Nxd5 19.Qxd5 Qf6 20.Bf4 Ne4 21.Qd3 Nxc3 22.Rac1 Nxd1 23.Qxe2 Nc3 24.Qc4 and black loses a piece 1-0

Kevin Bonham
12-07-2013, 12:07 AM
Leko bear Karjakin, Grischuk beat Wang Yue and Ivanchuk beat Moro so with four to go:

+3 Mamedyarov, Grischuk
+1 Karjakin, Leko, Ivanchuk
= Topalov,Morozevich, Wang Yue, Giri
-2 Wang Hao
-3 Gelfand
-4 Kamsky

peter_parr
12-07-2013, 09:12 AM
Giri = with 3.5/7

Kevin Bonham
12-07-2013, 12:18 PM
Thanks, fixed.

Adamski
12-07-2013, 02:34 PM
Art least one of the 2 GM's with a 2 point lead should win the event.

Kevin Bonham
12-07-2013, 02:40 PM
Art least one of the 2 GM's with a 2 point lead should win the event.

While you seem to specialise in posts that boldly predict the absolutely obvious, there is no 2 point lead. The way I've expressed scores above is as wins minus losses, so +3 vs +1 is actually a 1-point lead.

Kevin Bonham
13-07-2013, 01:41 AM
Karjakin started with three wins in a row, now has three losses in a row as he loses to Topalov. Topalov has a good ability to play a rubbish game one day and then forget it all the next. Gelfand also beat Ivanchuk, so it's Mamedyarov and Grischuk by a point from Leko and Topalov.

Adamski
13-07-2013, 03:58 PM
While you seem to specialise in posts that boldly predict the absolutely obvious, there is no 2 point lead. The way I've expressed scores above is as wins minus losses, so +3 vs +1 is actually a 1-point lead.
OK. I get it now. After 7 rounds (and ignoring draws for now) +3 could mean 5 wins and 2 losses for 5 points. +1 could mean 4 wins and 3 losses for 4 points which is indeed only a point behind.

Kevin Bonham
15-07-2013, 01:57 AM
Mamedyarov defeated Giri in the only win of the round and now leads alone by half a point with two to go, after Giri made a big tactical mistake.

peter_parr
15-07-2013, 11:46 AM
The following article was published in the 41st year of my chess column in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 15th July 2013.

Sergey Karjakin started the Beijing GP with three wins but is only on 4/8 after losing his last three games. Grischuk and Shakriyar Mamedyarov (AZE 2761) now share the lead with 5.5/8 ; V.Topalov (BUL 2767) and P.Leko (HUN 2737) are equal third on 4.5/8. There are three rounds left to play.

A.Morozevich (RUS 2736) v S.Karjakin (RUS 2776)
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.d4 e6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qb3 Nc6 6.Nbd2 Na5 7.Qc3 c5 8.dxc5 bxc5 9.e4 Bb7 10.Bd3 Nc6 11.e5 Ng4 12.00 Qc7 13.Re1 Be7 14.h3? Nh6 [14..Ngxe5!] 15.Nb3 f5 16.Be3 Nd8 17.Be2 a5 18.a4 Nhf7 19.Nfd2? Nxe5 20.Bf4 Qc6 21.f3 Ng6 22.Qxg7 Nf7 23.Bd3 Bf8 24.Qc3 Nxf4 25.Bxf5 Rg8 26.Ne4 000 27.Bg4 h5 28.gxf4 hxg4 29.hxg4 Qc7 30.Nxa5 Ba8 31.Qd2 Bh6 32.b4 Bxf4 33.Qf2 Bxe4 34.Rxe4 Ng5 35.Qe2 Rh8 01

Wang Hao (CHN 2752) v A. Giri (NED 2734)
1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 exd4 6.Qxd4 Be7 7.Bxf7+? Kxf7 8.Ng5+ Ke8 9.Ne6 c5 10.Qd1 Qb6 11.Nxg7+ Kf7 12.Nf5 Bf8 13.0-0 d5 14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.Qxd5+= Ke8? (Qe6 is correct) 16.Bg5 Qg6 17.Rad1 Rg8 18.f4 a5 19.e5 Qxf5 20.Qxg8 Ra6 21.Rfe1 Rg6 22.e6! 1-0
(after 22..Rxg8 23.exd7+ Kf7 24.d8(Q) wins.)

Kevin Bonham
17-07-2013, 06:07 AM
Mamedyarov wins the GP from Grischuk with Topalov and Leko equal third.

This result eliminates almost everyone else from contention for the top two GP places.

Topalov 410 and Mamedyarov 395 lead but have played their four events. Topalov has won the Grand Prix as no-one can catch him and qualifies for the next Candidates Final. The following can still catch Mamedyarov in Paris:

Grischuk - needs first outright
Caruana - needs first outright

peter_parr
22-07-2013, 02:20 PM
The following article was published in the 41st year of my chess column in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 22nd July 2013.

Azeri GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the Beijing, China Grand Prix scoring 5 wins,4 draws and 2 losses. Nine of the twelve participants scored within half-a-point of 50%

Mamedyarov,S (2761) - Giri,A (2734) [D90]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qa4+ Bd7 6.Qb3 dxc4 7.Qxc4 00 8.Bf4 c6 9.e4 b5 10.Qb3 c5 11.dxc5 Qa5 12.Bd2 b4 13.Nd5 Nc6 14.Bd3 Be6 15.Ng5 Rad8? (15... Bxd5 is better) 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Nxb4 Nd4 18.Qc4 Nd7 19.Nc6 Qxc5 20.Nxd8 Ne5? 21.Nxe6 Qd6 22.Nxd4+ Nxc4 23.Bxc4+ Kh8 24.Ne6 Rc8 25.Bd5 Bxb2 26.Rb1 Rc2 27.Rxb2 Rxb2 28.Bc3+ Kg8 10(29 Bxb2 wins)

Giri,A (2734) - Topalov,V (2767) [B12]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Bg6 6.00 Nh6 7.c3 Be7 8.Bxh6 gxh6 9.g3N 00 10.Nbd2 a5 11.Ne1 c5 12.h4 cxd4 13.h5 Be4 14.cxd4 Nc6 15.Bf3 Bf5? 16.g4 Nxd4 17.gxf5 Kh8? 18.f6 Bb4 19.Bg2 Rg8 20.Ndf3 Nc6 21.Nd3 Qb6 22.Kh1 Bc5 23.Qc1 10

Final scores (12 players, 2751 average rating, 11 rounds) :- S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2761) 7 ; A.Grischuk (RUS 2780) 6.5 ; P.Leko (HUN 2737, undefeated) and V.Topalov (BUL 2767) 6. WIM Anastasia Sorokina (AUS) was deputy arbiter.