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    Thessaloniki Grand Prix

    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

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    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
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      (28 Rf8 or 28 Bxh6 wins).

    A.Morozevich (2760) v P.Svidler (2769) C48
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    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

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    http://thessaloniki2013.fide.com/en/...133-live-games

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Probably a bit late for a poll thread for this one! ...
    Go Vassily!
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    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

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    After seven rounds with four to go:

    +2 Kamsky, Dominguez, Caruana
    +1 Ponomariov, Grischuk, Topalov, Morozevich
    = Kasimdzhanov
    -2 Nakamura, Bacrot, Svidler
    -4 Ivanchuk
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    Good to see Gata going so well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jak
    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%.
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    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.
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    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jak
    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    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 !

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    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)

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    Standings with two to go:

    +4 Kamsky, Dominguez
    +2 Caruana
    +1 Grischuk
    = Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov, Topalov
    -1 Bacrot, Svidler
    -2 Nakamura, Morozevich
    -5 Ivanchuk
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    Looks like one of Domingnuez's best performances. But I pick Gata to win it.
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    Think Adamski (or should that be Adkamsky?) will like this one:

    Kamsky - Morozevich:

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