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Kevin Bonham
02-10-2014, 11:30 PM
First Grand Prix of the 2014-5 series has started. Poll voting open for three days.

Kevin Bonham
02-10-2014, 11:47 PM
Gelfand - Andreikin

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 c5 6.d5 exd5 7.cxd5 Bxd5 8.Nc3 Bc6 9.e4 d6 10.O-O Be7 11.Nh4 g6 12.Bh6 Bf8 13.Bxf8 Kxf8 14.Qd2 Ne8 15.Rad1 Kg7 16.f4 Qc8 17.Nd5 Rf8 18.e5 dxe5 19.f5 Qd8 20.f6+ Nxf6 21.Nf5+ Kh8 22.Qh6 Rg8 23.Nxf6 1-0

03-10-2014, 01:04 PM
And for his next trick, Caruana destroys Karjakin with the black pieces.

Kevin Bonham
03-10-2014, 01:28 PM
When I looked about three hours in Caruana was still slightly worse.

Karjakin - Caruana

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.Rc1 Nbd7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.e3 c6 9.h3 Ne4 10.Bd3 Ndf6 11.O-O Bf5 12.Ne2 Nd7 13.Qb3 Qb6 14.Qc2 Bg6 15.Bh2 Rfe8 16.Nf4 Bd6 17.Nxg6 Bxh2+ 18.Kxh2 hxg6 19.g3 Qd8 20.Kg2 g5 21.Rh1 Qe7 22.b4 a5 23.b5 c5 24.h4 g4 25.Ng5 Rac8 26.Bxe4 dxe4 27.Qb3 g6 28.Rc4 b6 29.Rhc1 Rcd8 30.dxc5 Nxc5 31.Rxc5 bxc5 32.Rxc5 Rc8 33.Re5 Qf6 34.Rd5 Red8 35.a4 Rxd5 36.Qxd5 Rc2 37.Kh1 Rxf2 0-1

Keong Ang
03-10-2014, 08:10 PM
When I looked about three hours in Caruana was still slightly worse.
Apparently Karjakin did not realise Caruana had already completed his move at around move 30 because he was monitoring the game from a "live" screen in the player's room. Reportedly cost Karjakin 10 precious minutes that caused him to have time trouble.

Max Illingworth
03-10-2014, 10:17 PM
By the way, if Caruana doesn't win the tournament, I have a strong feeling it will be Gelfand as he tends to bring out his best for the tournaments that really matter. Right now Caruana is winning according to the computer, though I don't think it's as simple as the computer would suggest.

Kevin Bonham
04-10-2014, 12:22 AM
Well Gelfand managed to hold that, while Svidler beat Mamedyarov and Nakamura is going to beat Andreikin.

Kevin Bonham
11-10-2014, 07:19 AM
After 8 rounds Caruana and Gelfand share the lead by half a point from Kasimdzhanov, Karjakin, Svidler and Radjabov. Caruana did finally lose for the first time in a while, in round 7 to Andreikin.

11-10-2014, 09:45 AM
Karuana could have simplified against Andreikin and draw out of the opening (17...Nxc4) but he mistakenly opted to keep the pieces on board. Round 8, Andreikin almost lost to Grishuk but managed to hold endgame pawn down.

13-10-2014, 10:50 AM
Karuana lost second game...and he was winning once again but missed Rd2! followed up by Nxg2

15-10-2014, 09:29 AM
Is this the first ever chesschat tournament poll where every voter was correct?

15-10-2014, 10:43 AM
Amazing, +2 was enough to finish 2nd equal. All in all turned out to be pretty boring event. Karjakin-Svidler (rd 10) appears to be quite interesting though. Svidler seems to have missed several wins.

Kevin Bonham
15-10-2014, 04:31 PM
Is this the first ever chesschat tournament poll where every voter was correct?

First one I remember, unless there was some case where everyone picked Carlsen.

Anyway Bereaved has to win the poll for picking the less obvious choice of the two winners.

Kevin Bonham
17-10-2014, 10:06 AM
I note the GP has been cut back from six to four tournaments this cycle. There are 16 players of whom 12 play in each event, thus a player no longer gets to drop a bad tournament.