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Grand Prix: Nakamura Leads After Round 8

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  • on 2013.10.01. 1:03.

After a few quiet days, the Grand Prix in Élancourt heated up again on Monday with four decisive games. Hikaru Nakamura was worse throughout his game, but defended well and even won as Vassily Ivanchuk lost on time in a drawn position. The American grandmaster is the sole leader now as Boris Gelfand lost to Fabiano Caruana. Alexander Grischuk won his white game against Anish Giri, and Etienne Bacrot won with Black against Ruslan Ponomariov. Tuesday is a rest day.

The top of the standings at the Grand Prix was shaken up considerably on Monday as tournament leader Boris Gelfand lost for the first time, against the number three in the leaderboard, Fabiano Caruana. Hikaru Nakamura, who was half a point behind Gelfand, took over the lead as he got one half point thanks to good defense, and another half point because Vassily Ivanchuk handled the clock badly and lost on time in a drawn ending. Going into the second and final rest day, the American is now half a point ahead of Caruana & Gelfand. Behind them, Etienne Bacrot is on "plus one".

As so often, Ivanchuk was involved in a dramatic game. The Ukrainian got a slight advantage in a 5.d3 Ruy Lopez due to an inaccuracy by Nakamura on move 17. But then, after reaching the time control, Ivanchuk spent almost an hour (!) on his 41st move, trying to calculate a forced win. In the end he went for 41.Kg2 (a move he could have made "after a minute", as he said himself) and Nakamura held everything together while sacrificing his f-pawn. In huge time trouble Ivanchuk allowed some complications and his flag fell five moves before the second time control.

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It took about ten minutes before press officer Alina l'Ami managed to convince Ivanchuk to join the press conference, while Nakamura had already started analyzing with Sergey Tiviakov. When he finally arrived, Chucky, still upset, immediately grabbed the mouse and started explaining what he had been looking at on move 40. It eventually became clear that Nakamura had looked at the positions more objectively. He said:

“My opponent was always a bit better but I never saw a clear win for him.”

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Fabiano Caruana bounced back from his first loss with a smooth win over Boris Gelfand. His rare move 5.d4 in the 3.Bb5 e6 Sicilian worked like a charm mostly due to one big mistake from Black: 12...e5. Gelfand called it a "horrible move" and after 13.g3! he must have realized what he had done.

“Now the knight on g6 is really terrible and Black probably has a really bad position,”

said Caruana, who had a few easy moves to make but then faced some stiff resistance. However, the Italian calculated very accurately and fearlessly took all the material that was thrown at him.

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Alexander Grischuk kept pace with Caruana as he beat tail-ender Anish Giri in the first game of the round to finish.

“I was lucky because usually Anish knows everything but today he didn't know the theory,”

said Grischuk, who reached an ending that's known to be better for White.

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When Giri also missed 16...c6, he had to suffer till the end.

“ completely underestimated the danger,”

said Giri about the ending.

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Ruslan Ponomariov started with seven draws in the tournament, and during his game with Etienne Bacrot he was determined to avoid another one. Well, he succeeded! Quite cheerfully, at the press conference he said:

“The good news is that I did not play another draw. The bad news is that I lost!”

Neither player really expected to reach one of the absolute main lines of the Benoni, but Bacrot knew the theory more than his opponent. He got excellent compensation for a sacrificed pawn, as the ending was a good version of the Volga/Benko Gambit. Only one small mistake by Ponomariov was enough to get into serious trouble. Commentator Tiviakov praised Bacrot for finishing the game so efficiently.

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Wang Hao-Dominguez was an Open Catalan where the Cuban chose a solid but slightly passive variation. In a future game White could perhaps try a knight manoeuvre to b6, where it keeps the black queen away from play at least for a while and prevents Black from doubling rooks. In the game Dominguez solved all his problems and even got a slight advantage, and so the Chinese was probably happy to be able to repeat moves.

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Fressinet-Tomashevsky, the longest game of the round, was another quiet, Closed Ruy Lopez. The Frenchman managed to get a slight opening advantage but should have continued his plan of doubling rooks with 26.Rha1. But, he got another chance much later in the game: according to Tomashevsky 46.Kd3! would have been winning. The Russian's pawn sac 46...d3! was a fantastic practical decision.

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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

½-½

Dominguez
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 ½-½ Ponomariov   Ponomariov 0-1 Bacrot
Nakamura 1-0 Caruana   Wang Hao ½-½ Dominguez
Gelfand 1-0 Grischuk   Fressinet ½-½ Tomashevsky
Giri ½-½ Fressinet   Grischuk 1-0 Giri
Tomashevsky ½-½ Wang Hao   Caruana 1-0 Gelfand
Dominguez ½-½ Bacrot   Ivanchuk 0-1 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        

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Paris Grand Prix 2013 | Round 8 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Score SB
1 Nakamura,N 2772 phpfCo1l0.png 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5.5/8
2 Caruana,F 2779 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5.0/8 19.75
3 Gelfand,B 2764 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 5.0/8 17.75
4 Bacrot,E 2723 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 4.5/8
5 Tomashevsky,E 2703 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.0/8 15.75
6 Grischuk,A 2785 ½ ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 0 ½ 1 1 4.0/8 14.25
7 Dominguez,L 2757 ½ 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0/8 14.25
8 Wang Hao 2736 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 0 ½ 3.5/8 14.75
9 Fressinet,L 2708 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 0 ½ 3.5/8 14.00
10 Ponomariov,R 2756 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 3.5/8 13.00
11 Ivanchuk,V 2731 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 3.5/8 13.00
12 Giri,A 2737 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 2.0/8

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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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  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    Domi1966

    Cada partida linda. Sou fã de Bacrot e ponomariov.

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    JBades6310

    @chessdoggblack fair enough, I just find it surprising. I remember at the candidates tournament Chucky lost more than one game because he didn't manage his time well and couldn't reach the 40th move. I've never seen an elite player do this time and time again

    no disrespect to Chucky though, he's clearly a truly brilliant player

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    CP6033

    JEMORANGE nakamura is going into the candidates?? i  don't think so but maybe

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    CP6033

    hey round 9 is all draws! tomeschevy has had 9 draws in 9 games

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    JBades6310

    yeah it's pretty amazing forrie, at least naka drew magnus in both games at the sinquefield cup. btw you only need one more comment for your 1000th comment!

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    forrie

    naka IS very close to 2nd in the world on the live ratings....however there is a huge gap between 1 and 2, and Calsen and Naka.

    On chessgames databasis: I knew there was a gap but this is a gorge....

    Classical games: Magnus Carlsen beat Hikaru Nakamura 7 to 0, with 15 draws.
    Including rapid/exhibition games: Magnus Carlsen beat Hikaru Nakamura 12 to 5, with 20 draws.
    Only rapid/exhibition games: Magnus Carlsen tied Hikaru Nakamura 5 to 5, with 5 draws.

        *The figures above are based only on games present in our database which may be incomplete.

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    weitiandilixin

    Wang Hao draw draw draw draw draw draw draw draw draw draw draw draw draw draw draw draw  !!!!!!

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    SebLeb0210

    VERY NICE BLOG !

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    boojingmie

    SealedChucky will strike back and will take the top five position.

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    Lawdoginator

    Go Naka!

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    JBades6310

    I don't understand how someone as high rated as Ivanchuk could be so terrible at managing his clock

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    chessfan19

    Caruana for the win

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    kingspasski

    cheers webmaster

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    b2b2

    Chucky's loss on time is a consequence of his previous losses.  It appears he cannot let go of previous games, takes them almost too seriously.  Losing a game of chess is not the end of the world.  He can smile, kick back and know that he is still in the top 1% of chessplayers, a premier and elite player.

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    JEMORANGE

    I agree, with Naka playing so well, it will be awesome to see him in the candidates!

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    Krestez

    @P_G_M Only Grischuk and Caruana will get into the Candidates if they win this. Nakamura might win, but this doesn't mean he gets invited to the Candidates. He might get the wildcard, though. Who knows?...

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    AshrafAmir

    in any chess game, its always a pity to lose on time !!

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    ceschreu

    It's remarkable that if Nakmura 'd win 1 more game, he would become second on the live rating list (surpassing Aronian and Kramnik). Two wins would get him into the 2800 region. Go for it.

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    deepak64

    Good post and good games.

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    CP6033

    Go gelfand! you can still win this!

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