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Kevin Bonham
23-10-2014, 09:55 PM
Another one already, and with the new four-event system we should know a few things about who's making it and who's not by the end of this one.

I'm a bit slow off the mark with Vachier-Lagrave already 2/2 but I'll leave a poll up for 48 hrs.

Giri is second seed! He's come up in the world ...

MichaelBaron
25-10-2014, 11:23 AM
Lots of draws...Way too many draws :(

Kevin Bonham
27-10-2014, 10:49 AM
Nakamura has gone to the lead while Gelfand after his great success last time has slumped to equal last.

Karjakin - Jobava

1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ exf6 6. Bc4 Qe7+ 7. Be2 Qc7
8. d4 Bd6 9. O-O O-O 10. h3 Rd8 11. Be3 Nd7 12. c4 Nf8 13. Bd3 Ng6 14. Qc2 Be6
15. Rfe1 Qd7 16. Bd2 Bxh3 17. gxh3 Qxh3 18. Bxg6 hxg6 19. Re3 g5 20. c5 Bf4 21.
Rb3 Bc7 22. Qc4 Qh5 23. Kg2 Qg4+ 24. Kf1 Re8 25. Re1 Qh3+ 26. Kg1 Rxe1+ 27. Bxe1
Qg4+ 28. Kf1 Re8 29. Ng1 Bh2 30. Ne2 Rxe2 31. Rxb7 Re6 0-1

MichaelBaron
28-10-2014, 06:42 PM
Nice effort by Jobava (Karkjakin should have simplified and drawn earlier on in the game). Somehow reminicent of Karjakin-Svidler where white managed to survive though

Kevin Bonham
01-11-2014, 10:52 PM
Haven't been paying much attention to this lately but Andreikin leading with two rounds to go.

Geelong Grizzle
02-11-2014, 02:19 PM
With Giri on 9 draws out of 10, Caruana and Nakamura 8, and Kasimdzhanov, Jakovenko, Vachier-Lagrave and Andreikin on 7, the only interest now in this Draw/Yawn fest is whether Radjabov on 10/10 can make it 11 straight.

Kevin Bonham
02-11-2014, 02:25 PM
Yes a very high draw rate with 43 draws out of 60 games so far.

flushfyre
02-11-2014, 06:03 PM
And not merely the high draw rate, but it seems to me that most of the players are actually playing for draws, by enthusiastically exchanging pieces and offering move repetitions. No fun to watch at all.

Geelong Grizzle
02-11-2014, 06:24 PM
But the final round pairing of Jobava 5 1/2 (+3=5-2) v Mamedyarov 6 (+3=6-1) includes most victories singularly and collectively, and least draws singularly and collectively - and not only may result in an outright winner, but could produce some fireworks! :)

Kevin Bonham
03-11-2014, 10:47 PM
Andreikin has won the tournament. So with two GPs down, Caruana leads of those who have played two. Any of Grischuk, Svidler and Tomashevsky would need an outright first or =1st-2nd in Tbilisi to overtake him.

After 2 GP events Kasimdzhanov already cannot win the GP. I think it is still vaguely mathematically possible for him to come second but it's incredibly unlikely.