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Kevin Bonham
09-05-2010, 07:04 PM
May 9-25

Final leg of the 2008-9 (yeah right) Grand Prix.

Participants

Vladimir Akopian (Armenia)
Evgeny Alekseev (Russia)
Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine)
Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan)
Boris Gelfand (Israel)
Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia)
Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine)
Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia)
Peter Leko (Hungary)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)
Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine)
Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan)
Peter Svidler (Russia)
Wang Yue (China)

Of these Radjabov, Wang Yue, Gashimov, Leko, Jakovenko, Ivanchuk, Mamedyarov and Alekseev are still in some sort of mathematical contention for the second GP spot in the Candidates Matches. In the cases of Mamedyarov, Alekseev and also Grischuk who has finished, it would be a freak event for them to qualify. Radjabov is in the best position followed by Wang Yue and Gashimov.

I'll probably pay more attention to this once the WC is over.

Aronian who has already qualified based on three GP events is not playing, and nor is Kasimdzhanov who has already failed based on three. Instead Ponomariov who has not played in any is competing.

Garvinator
09-05-2010, 10:18 PM
Vladimir Akopian (Armenia)
Evgeny Alekseev (Russia)
Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine)
Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan)
Boris Gelfand (Israel)
Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia)
Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine)
Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia)
Peter Leko (Hungary)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)
Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine)
Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan)
Peter Svidler (Russia)
Wang Yue (China)
I think the most 'interesting' thing about the look of this field is that except for Boris Gelfand, there are no players from any of the so-called western countries.

Kevin Bonham
11-05-2010, 01:08 AM
I think the most 'interesting' thing about the look of this field is that except for Boris Gelfand, there are no players from any of the so-called western countries.

Yes and if you include the rest of those who stayed for the whole GP, only Bacrot (France) and Kamsky (USA) are "western" and 14 of the 20 participants are from ex-Soviet nations.

The World Top 30 currently contains about six "westerners" so it is not a dramatic underrepresentation of "the west", but still it is notable that what was envisaged as a "world" Grand Prix has failed to deliver on that promise in terms of locations where events have been held.

Round 1: Gashimov beats Ivanchuk after Chucky traps his own queen with grace and artistry.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Nb8 11.Nbd2 Nbd7 12.Nf1 Re8 13.Ba2 Bf8 14.Ng5 Re7 15.f4 h6 16.Nf3 d5 17.fxe5 Nxe5 18.Nxe5 Rxe5 19.Bf4 Re8 20.e5 Nh7 21.d4 Ng5 22.Ng3 Ne6 23.Be3 g6 24.Rf1 Bg7 25.c3 c5 26.Qg4 Rc8 27.Rf2 Rc7 28.Raf1 Bc8 29.Qd1 c4 30.Bb1 Qh4 31.Kh2 a5 32.Ne2 Rf8 33.Qd2 Kh7 34.Rf6 Re7 35.R6f4 Nxf4 36.Rxf4 1-0

All the rest were draws.

Round 1 was tonight and rounds appear to start 9 pm our time.

Kevin Bonham
11-05-2010, 01:24 AM
Oh, and this sort of thing just makes it clear what a farce the Sofia Rule is (for those not already convinced of its demerits): What is the point of policing draw offers when unnecessary draws can still occur through very early repetitions? In this position white may well have had an overall edge despite bad pawn structure after 15.Ne4 Nxe4 (forced) 16.Bxe4 but we'll probably never know.

Wang Yue - Leko

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.Bg2 a6 6.Ne5 c5 7.Be3 Nd5 8.dxc5 Nd7 9.Nxc4 Nxe3 10.Nxe3 Bxc5 11.Nc3 0-0 12.0-0 Bxe3 13.fxe3 Qg5 14.Qd4 Nf6 15.Qf4 Qc5 16.Qd4 Qg5 17.Qf4 Qc5 18.Qd4 Qg5 draw

Igor_Goldenberg
11-05-2010, 09:43 AM
Quite often position does not allow for three-fold repetition.
I remember well a case where I had an extra pawn, but my opponent had an ample compensation. After swapping of queens I would have a choose one of four or five lines (each of them committing). Feeling uneasy about the position, I took the queen and offered a draw (which was accepted). Under Sofia or Gibraltar rule we would have to play on (with draw not necessary being the likely outcome).

While Sofia or Gibraltar rules do not eliminate all short draw, they greatly reduce the number.

Kevin Bonham
14-05-2010, 08:34 PM
After 4 rounds:

+1 Leko, Pono, Gashimov, Gelfand, Inarkiev, Eljanov
= Radjabov, Wang Yue, Jakovenko
-1 Mamedyarov, Svidler, Akopian, Alekseev
-2 Ivanchuk

Kevin Bonham
15-05-2010, 03:32 AM
Eljanov, who can't qualify, beat Wang Yue to move into the outright lead in round 5. Wang Yue will be struggling to land the World Champs spot from here but with the field still very bunched there is still time.

Ivanchuk recovered to -1 by beating Pono.

Wang Yue - Eljanov

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Be4 7.f3 Bg6 8.Qb3 Qc7 9.Bd2 Be7 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.O-O-O a6 12.c5 Nbd7 13.Na4 Rb8 14.Bd3 Rxh2 15.g4 Bd8 16.g5 Nh5 17.f4 Rxh1 18.Rxh1 Nf8 19.Rg1 Qc8 20.Qc2 Bc7 21.Kb1 Ke7 22.Bc1 Qe8 23.b3 Nd7 24.Nc3 a5 25.Ba3 Ra8 26.Na4 Kf8 27.Qh2 Ke7 28.Nb6 Ra7 29.Be2 Kd8 30.Bxh5 gxh5 31.Qxh5 g6 32.Qh7 Nxb6 33.cxb6 Bxb6 34.Qg7 a4 35.Kb2 axb3 36.axb3 Rxa3 37.Kxa3 Kc7 38.Rh1 Qe7+ 39.Kb2 Ba5 40.Rh7 Qb4 41.Qxf7+ Kb8 42.Rh2 Qc3+ 43.Ka2 Bb4 44.Qe8+ Ka7 45.Qxg6 Qxe3 46.Qc2 Bc3 47.g6 Qe1 48.b4 Bxd4 49.Qd3 Qg1 50.Re2 Kb8 51.Kb3 Qa1 52.f5 exf5 53.Qxf5 Qc3+ 0-1

Kevin Bonham
24-05-2010, 09:15 PM
Last round is tonight. Scores before this round:

7.5 (+3) Eljanov
6.5 (+1) Pono, Jakovenko, Mamedyarov, Alekseev, Radjabov, Gashimov
6 (=) Svidler, Wang Yue
5.5 (-1) Gelfand, Leko
5 (-2) Ivanchuk, Akopian
4.5 (-3) Inarkiev

One of Radjabov, Wang Yue, Gashimov and Jakovenko will come second in the Grand Prix after tonight's games (which are on now - early start.) Radjabov is in the best position because he has the best total from his best two previous events. Assuming Radjabov can score 60 or more points from this event, which seems prettty much certain even if he loses, Wang Yue needs to get 30 more points than Radjabov to tie him, Gashimov needs 40 more, Jakovenko needs 60 more. (10 points is normally one placing but there are bonus points for top three placings or shares thereof.)

Kevin Bonham
24-05-2010, 11:18 PM
Jakovenko has drawn with Akopian and by my calculations is now out of the running.

Max Illingworth
26-05-2010, 02:11 PM
Eljanov won the tournament with 8/13, and Radjabov qualified for the Candidates matches.

Round 1 Pairings for the Candidates Matches:

1. Topalovs vs Kamsky ( 1 vs 8 )
2. Carlsen vs Radjabov ( 2 vs 7 )
3. Kramnik vs Nominee ( 3 vs 6 )
4. Aronian vs Gelfand ( 4 vs 5 )

The nominee will be Gashimov or Mamedyarov.