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Kevin Bonham
17-02-2015, 07:49 PM
Third out of four FIDE Grands Prix.

Giri
Andreikin
Mamedyarov
Radjabov
Grischuk
Svidler
Tomashevsky
Jobava
Vachier-Lagrave
Kasimdzhanov
Jakovenko
Dominguez

Kasimdzhanov is already eliminated from contention for winning the GP and it's highly unlikely he can finish second. With neither leader (Caruana and Nakamura) playing in this one, Andreikin needs at least 10th to stay in any kind of contention, Mamedyarov at least 7th, Radjabov at least =2nd/3rd. Jakovenko and Dominguez will also be out of it if they finish near the tail.

Kasimdzhanov was the only winner in round 2, beating Mamedyarov.

Grischuk, Tomashevsky and Giri lead after wins in round 1. Haven't bothered with the poll as I was too slow to notice event was starting.

Agent Smith
17-02-2015, 09:11 PM
Giri has been threatening recently...

Kevin Bonham
18-02-2015, 12:05 PM
Tomashevsky outright leader after round 3.

As things stand Andreikin, Dominguez, Jobava, Radjabov, Kasimdzhanov would be eliminated from contention for the two WC qualifying spots.

Adamski
18-02-2015, 06:53 PM
Giri is leaping up the Super GM list. Also now Contributing Editor for New In Chess. A young man going places.

Kevin Bonham
19-02-2015, 12:48 PM
Tomashevsky won again, with black against Mamedyarov. As things now stand, Andreikin, Mamedyarov, Radjabov and Kasimdzhanov are out of business for the two WC spots if their situation doesn't improve.

There's a real chance though that whatever happens in this GP, Caruana and Nakamura are going to qualify ahead of whatever anyone else might score here or in the last one.

MichaelBaron
20-02-2015, 01:39 AM
Jobava's creative play is not paying-off so far :(

Kevin Bonham
21-02-2015, 07:44 PM
Jobava finally got a win in round 5.

Tomashevsky still leads by a point; as things stand it is still the four playing their final event (Andreikin, Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Kasimdzhanov) who stand to be eliminated.

Actually I failed to notice before that if Tomashevsky wins he will be the leader going into the final event, in which he will play, which would make things interesting for Nakamura especially.

Kevin Bonham
22-02-2015, 06:48 AM
After winning the previous GP Andreikin is now dead last!

Grischuk lost to Radjabov but is still just world live #2.

Kevin Bonham
23-02-2015, 11:14 AM
Jobava on a roll, wins again. Tomashevsky now leads Jakovenko (who beat Giri) by half a point.

Kevin Bonham
24-02-2015, 10:53 PM
Amazing game!

Vachier-Lagrave - Tomashevsky:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.a4 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.Bd2 b4 11.c3 Rb8 12.cxb4 Bc8 13.b5 axb5 14.axb5 Rxb5 15.Ra8 Rb8 16.Rxb8 Nxb8 17.d4 exd4 18.Nxd4 c5 19.Nf3 Nc6 20.Bc3 Be6 21.Nbd2 d5 22.Ng5 Bg4 23.Qc2 c4 24.Nxc4 dxc4 25.Bxc4 Nd7 26.Nxf7 Rxf7 27.Bxf7+ Kxf7 28.Bxg7 Kxg7 29.Qxc6 Ne5 30.Qc3 Bf6 31.Qg3 h5 32.h3 h4 33.Qe3 Be6 34.b4 Qd3 35.Kh2 Be7 36.f4 Qxe3 37.Rxe3 Nc4 38.Re2 Bxb4 39.g3 Nd2 40.gxh4 Bc4 41.Rg2+ Kh6 42.Kg3 Bf1 43.Rh2 Bd3 44.Kg4 Nxe4 45.Kf5 Bd6 46.Rg2 Kh5 47.Rg8 Ng5+ 48.Kf6 Nh7+ 49.Kg7 Bxf4 50.Ra8 Be5+ 51.Kf7 Kxh4 52.Ra4+ Kh5 53.h4 Bb2 54.Rf4 Bc3 55.Ke6 Be1 56.Rf3 Bg6 57.Rf1 Bb4 58.Rf4 Nf8+ 59.Kd5 Be7 60.Rf1 Bc2 61.Rg1 Bb3+ 62.Ke4 Ng6 63.Kf5 Bd8 64.Ke4 Be6 65.Rd1 Be7 66.Ra1 Bc8 67.Ra5+ Kxh4 68.Ra1 Kg5 69.Rg1+ Bg4 70.Rg2 Bc5 71.Rg3 Nf4 72.Ke5 Bf2 73.Ra3 Bh3 74.Ra5 Bg2 75.Ra3 Ne2 76.Ra5 Bg3+ 77.Ke6+ Kg6 78.Ra6 Nd4+ 79.Ke7+ Kg7 80.Ra1 Bh3 81.Rh1 Bg4 82.Rg1 Ne2 83.Rf1 Bf4 84.Rd1 Nc3 85.Rd3 Ne4 86.Kd8 Nc5 87.Rd5 Ne4 88.Rd3 Ng5 89.Ke7 Nf7 90.Rd4 Bg5+ 91.Ke8 Ne5 0-1

With that Tomashevsky increases his lead to one point with three to play. Oh and Jobava won again!

Kevin Bonham
26-02-2015, 09:50 AM
Tomashavsky now 1.5 up with two to play. Highly likely he will win outright and go into the final GP event as the leader but having to score well to keep at least one of Caruana and Nakamura behind him.

Kevin Bonham
27-02-2015, 05:39 PM
Props to Tomashevsky for playing a wild and woolly Noteboom instead of boring stuff when he only needed a draw.

Tomashevsky has now won the GP which means he goes into the final event with 252 to Caruana's 230 and Nakamura's 207. Jakovenko will have at most 170, which would have him tied with Gelfand for fourth among those playing in the last event.

Andreikin, Kasimdzhanov and Radjabov are all now eliminated from the race for the two WC slots. Mamedyarov can still stay in theoretical contention for one if he improves his position in the final round but it would require two of Tomashevsky, Nakamura and Caruana to have total shockers in the final event.

Andreikin-Tomashevsky

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. a4 Bb4 6. e3 b5 7. Bd2 a5 8. axb5
Bxc3 9. Bxc3 cxb5 10. b3 Bb7 11. bxc4 b4 12. Bb2 Nf6 13. Bd3 O-O 14. O-O Nbd7
15. Nd2 Qc7 16. f4 a4 17. Rb1 Rfd8 18. Qe2 b3 19. Ba1 Nf8 20. e4 N6d7 21. Kh1
Re8 22. Qg4 Ng6 23. Qg3 Rad8 24. Bb2 Qd6 25. Ra1 Qb4 26. Qe3 f5 27. e5 Qb6 28.
Rg1 Bc6 29. h3 Nb8 30. Kh2 Na6 31. g4 Nb4 32. gxf5 Nxd3 33. Qxd3 exf5 34. Qe3
Nf8 35. Nf1 Qb4 36. d5 Qxc4 37. dxc6 Ne6 38. Qc1 Qb4 39. Ba3 Qb6 40. c7 Rc8 41.
Qe3 Qxc7 42. Ng3 Qc2+ 43. Rg2 Rc3 44. Nxf5 Rxe3 45. Nh6+ Kh8 46. Nf7+ Kg8 47.
Nh6+ 1/2-1/2

Agent Smith
27-02-2015, 11:14 PM
1: Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2716 28 RUS 7.5 / 10 X = . = = 1 1 1 1 1 = = 2940 +30 (+5 -0 =5)
2: Jakovenko, Dmitry 2733 32 RUS 6.0 / 10 = X = = 1 = . 1 = = = = 2820 +13 (+2 -0 =8)
3: Radjabov, Teimour 2731 28 AZE 5.5 / 10 . = X = = = = = = 1 = = 2783 +8 (+1 -0 =9)
4: Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2726 32 CUB 5.0 / 10 = = = X . = = 0 = = = 1 2740 +2 (+1 -1 =8)
5: Giri, Anish 2797 21 NED 5.0 / 10 = 0 = . X = = = = = 1 = 2740 -8 (+1 -1 =8)
6: Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2759 30 AZE 5.0 / 10 0 = = = = X 0 0 1 1 . 1 2742 -3 (+3 -3 =4)
7: Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2705 36 UZB 5.0 / 10 0 . = = = 1 X = = 0 1 = 2748 +6 (+2 -2 =6)
8: Jobava, Baadur 2696 32 GEO 4.5 / 10 0 0 = 1 = 1 = X 0 0 1 . 2713 +3 (+3 -4 =3)
9: Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2775 25 FRA 4.5 / 10 0 = = = = 0 = 1 X . = = 2697 -11 (+1 -2 =7)
10: Grischuk, Alexander 2810 32 RUS 4.5 / 10 0 = 0 = = 0 1 1 . X = = 2697 -16 (+2 -3 =5)
11: Svidler, Peter 2739 39 RUS 4.0 / 10 = = = = 0 . 0 0 = = X 1 2670 -9 (+1 -3 =6)
12: Andreikin, Dmitry 2737 25 RUS 3.5 / 10 = = = 0 = 0 = . = = 0 X 2639 -13 (+0 -3 =7)

Kevin Bonham
28-02-2015, 10:35 AM
With every game drawn in the final round, Mamedyarov can no longer mathematically make either of the World Champs slots unless Caruana doesn't even play the final event. He is currently second but even if Caruana finishes dead last in Khanty-Mansiysk, Caruana will overtake him.

Of the twelve playing in the final event, Dominguez cannot win the GP but he can finish second although it is incredibly unlikely.