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Grand Prix: Caruana Beats Ivanchuk, Catches Gelfand in First Place

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  • on 29-09-13 00:47.

As the only winner of the sixth round, Fabiano Caruana caught Boris Gelfand in first place at the Grand Prix in Élancourt (near Paris) on Saturday. The Italian grandmaster beat Vassily Ivanchuk with White in a Classical French, while Gelfand drew with Black against Laurent Fressinet in a 3.Bb5+ Sicilian. The other games also ended in draws and so Hikaru Nakamura is trailing the leaders by half a point.

It's not always the case, but in this Grand Prix leg the drawing percentage is quite high: 69.5% after six rounds. On Saturday there was only one decisive game: Fabiano Caruana beat Vassily Ivanchuk. The way that went was typical for the often emotional Chuky. In her report, Alina l'Ami explains what happened:

“Ivanchuk expressed his bewilderment in the press conference, saying he was calculating 16...f6 but than his "hands moved 16...Bd7"! He could not cope with the shock and quickly lost the game afterwards. (...) Vassily seemed to be excessively [emotional] and his resignation certainly looked premature. His opponent was visibly surprized, but Ivanchuk explained that he simply "could not stand his awful position"!”

“Luckily” for him the position was indeed lost.


And so Caruana is again a full point ahead of Alexander Grischuk, but this is only relevant for the final GP standings if the Italian actually manages to finish in sole first place.

Tail-ender Anish Giri boosted his confidence a bit with a solid draw with Black against Wang Hao, an opponent he had lost several times to before. In a 4...Bf5 Slav the Dutchman got a solid position where White's only trump was his bishop pair. Soon all minor pieces and the queens left the board, and the double rook ending was about equal. In fact, if anyone was better in the final position it was Giri.


Leinier Dominguez managed to surprise his opponent, Ruslan Ponomariov, by playing the Petroff. The former FIDE World Champion wasn't well prepared and played the opening more or less "out of book". As he said at the press conference, this didn't disturb him:

“Maybe it did not work out well today, but in practical play one can always hope to outplay his opponent, despite complete equality after the opening.”

White got some initiative on the kingside, but Black could easily parry the threats and then Ponomariov decided to force the draw.


Grischuk-Nakamura started as a Queen's Gambit Declined but quickly became a Closed Catalan. After the queens were traded Nakamura played very accurately and quickly got a slight advantage. At the press conference the players looked at the position after 17.Kxc4, as it's there where Black might have had an improvement. In the game, the position quickly became (very) equal.


Bacrot-Tomashevsky was an Anti-Marshall where Black's novelty 12...d5! equalized the position immediately. There's not much more to be said about this game; a lot of pieces were traded and it was only the anti-draw rule that prevented the players from shaking hands earlier.


Fressinet-Gelfand was also a very correct draw. At move 14 an interesting tactical sequence started, but with accurate play Gelfand held the balance.



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Paris Grand Prix 2013 | Results & pairings

Round 1 15:00 CET 22.09.13   Round 2 15:00 CET 23.09.13
Fressinet ½-½ Ponomariov   Ponomariov ½-½ Giri
Grischuk ½-½ Wang Hao   Tomashevsky ½-½ Gelfand
Caruana ½-½ Bacrot   Dominguez ½-½ Nakamura
Ivanchuk ½-½ Dominguez   Bacrot ½-½ Ivanchuk
Nakamura ½-½ Tomashevsky   Wang Hao ½-½ Caruana
Gelfand 1-0 Giri   Fressinet 1-0 Grischuk
Round 3 15:00 CET 24.09.13   Round 4 15:00 CET 25.09.13
Grischuk ½-½ Ponomariov   Ponomariov ½-½ Tomashevsky
Caruana 1-0 Fressinet   Dominguez 1-0 Giri
Ivanchuk 1-0 Wang Hao   Bacrot ½-½ Gelfand
Nakamura 1-0 Bacrot   Wang Hao ½-½ Nakamura
Gelfand 1-0 Dominguez   Fressinet 0-1 Ivanchuk
Giri ½-½ Tomashevsky   Grischuk ½-½ Caruana
Round 5 15:00 CET 27.09.13   Round 6 15:00 CET 28.09.13
Caruana ½-½ Ponomariov   Ponomariov


Ivanchuk 0-1 Grischuk   Bacrot ½-½ Tomashevsky
Nakamura ½-½ Fressinet   Wang Hao ½-½ Giri
Gelfand ½-½ Wang Hao   Fressinet ½-½ Gelfand
Giri 0-1 Bacrot   Grischuk ½-½ Nakamura
Tomashevsky ½-½ Dominguez   Caruana 1-0 Ivanchuk
Round 7 15:00 CET 29.09.13   Round 8 15:00 CET 30.09.13
Ivanchuk - Ponomariov   Ponomariov - Bacrot
Nakamura - Caruana   Wang Hao - Dominguez
Gelfand - Grischuk   Fressinet - Tomashevsky
Giri - Fressinet   Grischuk - Giri
Tomashevsky - Wang Hao   Caruana - Gelfand
Dominguez - Bacrot   Ivanchuk - Nakamura
Round 9 15:00 CET 02.10.13   Round 10 15:00 CET 03.10.13
Nakamura - Ponomariov   Ponomariov - Wang Hao
Gelfand - Ivanchuk   Fressinet - Bacrot
Giri - Caruana   Grischuk - Dominguez
Tomashevsky - Grischuk   Caruana - Tomashevsky
Dominguez - Fressinet   Ivanchuk - Giri
Bacrot - Wang Hao   Nakamura - Gelfand
Round 11 14:00 CET 04.10.13        
Gelfand - Ponomariov        
Giri - Nakamura        
Tomashevsky - Ivanchuk        
Dominguez - Caruana        
Bacrot - Grischuk        
Wang Hao - Fressinet        


Paris Grand Prix 2013 | Round 6 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Score SB
1 Caruana,Fabiano 2779 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 4.0/6 11.25
2 Gelfand,Boris 2764 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 4.0/6 10.00
3 Nakamura,Hikaru 2772 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 3.5/6
4 Grischuk,Alexander 2785 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 0 ½ 3.0/6 9.50
5 Tomashevsky,Evgeny 2703 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.0/6 9.00
6 Ponomariov,Ruslan 2756 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 3.0/6 8.50
7 Bacrot,Etienne 2723 ½ ½ 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 3.0/6 8.50
8 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2731 0 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 1 3.0/6 8.00
9 Dominguez Perez,Leinier 2757 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 3.0/6 7.75
10 Fressinet,Laurent 2708 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png 2.5/6 8.25
11 Wang,Hao 2736 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 2.5/6 8.00
12 Giri,Anish 2737 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.5/6


This report was cross-posted from ChessVibes with permission. Photos by Alina l'Ami courtesy of FIDE. You can follow the games live here.

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  • 11 maanden geleden


    Then loses to Naka and Gelfand is back on top. Sad day :(

  • 11 maanden geleden


    In chess game, one needs not to be emotional. It's a game that needs 99% mental attention and just 1% emotional share.
  • 11 maanden geleden


    Today, Naka does it by beating Caruna, pushing Caruana to second and placing him tied in first! Everyone else drew. So, very intense at Paris

  • 11 maanden geleden


    Great games, great tournament. Caruana is a beast Cool

  • 11 maanden geleden


    Lets not kick "Chucky" to the dirt. This has happen to me also while playing chess. It can be very emotional indeed; when we often think that we can play much better. And we certainly can, but under extreme pressure many things happen. Look at the score board again, other players have lost twice. Overall he does not appear for the worst in the tournament. How often have we come back from a losing position and won or drew the game to our surprise. Chess can and will take its toll on players. As the saying goes..."Humans are not machines,they're only human." Best of chess to "Chucky." Cool

  • 11 maanden geleden


    Tomashevsky has the most boring games. And I don't say that because of the draws, but it's like nothing happens. Pieces are traded and the game is so balanced all the time.

  • 11 maanden geleden


    gud job Caruana !Laughing

  • 11 maanden geleden


    Fabulous Fabiano!

  • 11 maanden geleden


    Go Naka! Do ur Naka opening!

  • 11 maanden geleden


    Gelfand is in drawing mode. He has to win. If the Caruana Gelfand game is decicive, then the winner should bring first with good play. Don' tforget  Nakamura, he is only half a point behind. but if The game is desicive, and naka doesnt' win, it should be a pinic for the winner. Go Gelfand! I think they will draw personally

  • 11 maanden geleden


    Boris is making picnic!

  • 11 maanden geleden


    Very cool.  



  • 11 maanden geleden


    In the line given in blue in the top game, black might win with ...43.d4

    If43. BxB, then PxP

  • 11 maanden geleden


    That's why Chucky never be a WC (since lost to Ponomariov)

  • 11 maanden geleden


    If Caruana can win with white against Gelfand, he has a good chance of finishing in sole first place.

  • 11 maanden geleden


    Chucky resigned quite early indeed.

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