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Beijing GP: Three-way Tie As Mamedyarov Beats Karjakin

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  • on 10-07-13 14:40.

In what was a truly dramatic game, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated Sergey Karjakin on Wednesday to join his opponent in the lead at the FIDE Grand Prix in Beijing. Alexander Grischuk, who drew with Black against Veselin Topalov, is the third player at the top of the leaderboard. There were two other decisive games this round: Wang Yue beat Wang Hao and Alexander Morozevich won against Gata Kamsky, who is having a disastrous tournament with a 1.0/6 score.

Like anyone else, (top) professionals hate losing. That's a fact. But you can imagine that a loss with White against the Petroff must feel even worse! Karjakin's kingside expansion with h3 and g4 was known, but at the press conference Mamedyarov said he didn't like it. Black was soon better and remained a pawn up in an ending. It was extremely difficult to win but of course Mamedyarov tried and tried, until he reached a winning position. With little time on the clock he then missed a killing check (74... Qf2+! 75. Kb3 Qb6+! or 75. Ka3 Qa7+!) and instead went for a queen ending that is a draw according to the tablebase. Karjakin defended flawlessly, until move 91...

This result meant that Grischuk could have taken the sole lead, but instead he's now shared first with Karjakin and Mamedyarov after a draw with Topalov. There was never any hope for more, as the Bulgarian went for a slightly better rook ending that appeared almost by force from Grischuk's Berlin. 

Gelfand and Leko also reached an ending basically right out of the opening, although this one was a bit more interesting. White played a temporary pawn sac to activate his rook, but it was not enough to create serious winning chances.

 

Morozevich moved up to a "plus one" score by beating Kamsky in a Grünfeld. The Russian was ready to fight, as he castled queenside and later avoided a move repetition. Kamsky has five more rounds to do some damage control.

Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed Anish Giri in a Closed Ruy Lopez and won a healthy pawn. The Ukrainian then started pushing his f-pawn, which eventually took on g2 from where it was protected by a beautiful bishop on d5. However, by controlling the dark squares Giri could avoid getting mated.

Wang Hao is the highest rated Chinese player, but it was Wang Yue (third on the Chinese rating list, behind Ding Liren) who won the all-Chinese encounter. It was quite a good game in fact where White's knight played a leading role; just wonderful how it's jumping all the time!

Beijing GP 2013 | Scores

Round 1 15:00 CST 04.07.13   Round 2 15:00 CST 05.07.13
Giri 0-1 Karjakin   Karjakin 1-0 Wang Hao
Morozevich ½-½ Wang Yue   Grischuk ½-½ Ivanchuk
Gelfand 0-1 Topalov   Mamedyarov ½-½ Kamsky
Leko ½-½ Mamedyarov   Topalov ½-½ Leko
Kamsky 0-1 Grischuk   Wang Yue ½-½ Gelfand
Ivanchuk ½-½ Wang Hao   Giri ½-½ Morozevich
Round 3 15:00 CST 06.07.13   Round 4 15:00 CST 07.07.13
Morozevich 0-1 Karjakin   Karjakin ½-½ Grischuk
Gelfand 0-1 Giri   Mamedyarov 1-0 Wang Hao
Leko ½-½ Wang Yue   Topalov ½-½ Ivanchuk
Kamsky ½-½ Topalov   Wang Yue 1-0 Kamsky
Ivanchuk 0-1 Mamedyarov   Giri ½-½ Leko
Wang Hao ½-½ Grischuk   Morozevich 1-0 Gelfand
Round 5 15:00 CST 09.07.13   Round 6 15:00 CST 10.07.13
Gelfand ½-½ Karjakin   Karjakin 0-1 Mamedyarov
Leko ½-½ Morozevich   Topalov ½-½ Grischuk
Kamsky 0-1 Giri   Wang Yue 1-0 Wang Hao
Ivanchuk 1-0 Wang Yue   Giri ½-½ Ivanchuk
Wang Hao ½-½ Topalov   Morozevich 1-0 Kamsky
Grischuk 1-0 Mamedyarov   Gelfand ½-½ Leko
Round 7 15:00 CST 11.07.13   Round 8 15:00 CST 12.07.13
Leko - Karjakin   Karjakin - Topalov
Kamsky - Gelfand   Wang Yue - Mamedyarov
Ivanchuk - Morozevich   Giri - Grischuk
Wang Hao - Giri   Morozevich - Wang Hao
Grischuk - Wang Yue   Gelfand - Ivanchuk
Mamedyarov - Topalov   Leko - Kamsky
Round 9 15:00 CST 14.07.13   Round 10 15:00 CST 15.07.13
Kamsky - Karjakin   Karjakin - Wang Yue
Ivanchuk - Leko   Giri - Topalov
Wang Hao - Gelfand   Morozevich - Mamedyarov
Grischuk - Morozevich   Gelfand - Grischuk
Mamedyarov - Giri   Leko - Wang Hao
Topalov - Wang Yue   Kamsky - Ivanchuk
Round 11 13:00 CST 16.07.13        
Ivanchuk - Karjakin        
Wang Hao - Kamsky        
Grischuk - Leko        
Mamedyarov - Gelfand        
Topalov - Morozevich        
Wang Yue - Giri        

Beijing GP 2013 | Round 6 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Points SB
1 Karjakin,Sergey 2776 * ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 4.0/6 11.25
2 Grischuk,Alexander 2780 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0/6 11.00
3 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2761 1 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 4.0/6 10.50
4 Topalov,Veselin 2767 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 3.5/6 7.75
5 Morozevich,Alexander 2736 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 3.5/6 7.50
6 Giri,Anish 2734 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 3.5/6 7.25
7 Wang Yue 2705 ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 3.5/6 6.50
8 Leko,Peter 2737 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 3.0/6 9.75
9 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2733 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ 3.0/6 9.75
10 Gelfand,Boris 2773 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 1.5/6 5.25
11 Wang Hao 2752 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1.5/6 5.25
12 Kamsky,Gata 2763 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 * 1.0/6

The 5th Grand Prix takes place 4-16 July, 2013 in Beijing, China. The games start 15:00 CST (09:00 CET, 03:00 EDT); the final round starts two hours earlier. Tournament website: http://beijing2013.fide.com. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE. Games via TWIC.

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  • 14 maanden geleden

    chessdoggblack

    A perfect picture. Ivanchuk: "Chucky" picture of the "concentrating  chess player" could be wought millions. Cool

  • 14 maanden geleden

    Lawdoginator

    Go Wang Yue! 

  • 14 maanden geleden

    mischa84

    Anish Giri may improve his results if he spends more time staring at the board.

  • 14 maanden geleden

    alexis_umpacan

    how nice.. i want 2 join them ^_^

  • 14 maanden geleden

    MasoudCh

    Becauase the game was over. Just check a few lines with engines.

  • 14 maanden geleden

    Boxwood-n-Ebony

    @Firestopr

    Ng5 will win the e6 pawn and I assume that's enough for these guys.

  • 14 maanden geleden

    Fixing_A_Hole

    Morozevich is 2/2 with the Russian system of the Grunfeld here in Beijing, cool!  

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