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London Grand Prix 9th Round Thrills

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2012.10.01. 12:31.

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After a rest day on Sunday, the refreshed players were in a fighting mood in round 9 of the FIDE London Grand Prix!

Boris Gelfand lost his first game of the tournament against Alexander Grischuk, which allowed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to snatch the lead with just two rounds remaining.  Mamedyarov beat Leinier Dominguez Perez with an aggressive attacking game to take his score to 6/9.

Elsewhere, Veselin Topalov scored his second win of the competition against an out-of-sorts Vassily Ivanchuk, and Michael Adams piled on the agony for Hikaru Nakamura by inflicting a fourth consecutive loss on the American.

The standings after 9 of 11 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2729 6
2 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2754
3 Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2752
4 Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2738
5 Leko, Peter  HUN 2737 5
6 Wang, Hao  CHN 2742
7 Giri, Anish  NED 2730 4
8 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2684 4
9 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2769 4
10 Adams, Michael  ENG 2722 4
11 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2725
12 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2783

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Alexander Grischuk beat Boris Gelfand in round nine

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Beware the Shak attack! Mamedyarov takes the lead in London

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Veselin Topalov is one of three players just half a point behind the leader

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Last-minute replacement Michael Adams is holding his own in London

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Peter Leko clung on for a draw against Wang Hao

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov survived a breakthrough in a blocked position by Anish Giri

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On Sunday's rest day, many of the players visited the Saatchi Gallery's Art of Chess exhibition

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The London Grand Prix is the first tournament of the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix series. After London the series moves on to Tashkent, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin and Paris.  Each tournament is a single round-robin featuring 12 out of the 18 players in the Grand Prix, and each player competes in four of the six events.  Details of dates and participants can be found here.

The overall winner and runner-up of the Grand Prix qualify for the March 2014 Candidates Tournament.

The schedule for the London Grand Prix:

Arrival & Opening  20th September
1st Round  21st September
2nd Round  22nd September
3rd Round  23rd September
4th Round   24th September
5th Round  25th September
Free Day  26th September
6th Round    27th September
7th Round    28th September
8th Round   29th September
Free Day    30th September
9th Round  1st October
10th Round    2nd October
11th round & Closing  3rd October
Departure  4th October

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Rounds start at 14:00 local time (13:00 UTC). The time control is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then an extra 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment after the second time control.

Draws can only be claimed for triple-repetition of position, theoretical draws, or 50-move rule.

The official regulations for the 2012 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

Official website here. Games via TWIC. Photos by Ray Morris-Hill (except Saatchi gallery photo by Nastya Karlovich - see more here).

Look out for coverage at Chess.com/TV!

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  • 2 év ezelőtt

    FilipinoChess

    @mottsauce thank you! you're not too bad yourself. as for your challenge i have a better idea accept me as a friend and i'll look at one of your  current games and i would love to discuss some of its features with you, short of suggesting to you what to move. deal? besides i dont like beating on a friend lol i'm joking you are no pushover with your 2000+ rating as against mine.Smile

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    mottsauce

    What a great guy!  I've decided I like you, FilipinoChess.  Let's have a game.

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    FilipinoChess

    @mottsauce, only because you say please, bye. lolLaughing

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    mottsauce

    that doesn't excuse blatant racism.  Please go away.

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    FilipinoChess

    @czechman, because i'm tired of seeing naka haters with u.s. flag on their username. sorry. 

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    Demidjinn

    I think you are going to want to see the next game by Naka. Unless I am mistaken. He should have a good chance to win today (I have been looking at the position after 51. -, Ke7;). Here is crossing my fingers! *cross*

    I like Naka's style too :)

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    Czechman

    Fillpinochess said:
    "White people like to think they are the only real Americans in America"

    WTF is that supposed to mean and what justifies making such a comment?

    Can't you post anything without going off on a racist rant? And where is the moderator? Aren't comments like this against the rules here?

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    dzindzifan

    Naka is getting ROCKED!  But this is only going to make his comeback sweeter!  He will rise again to greatness by year's end!

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    Chess_Lover11

    and Naka didn't see that! Undecided

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    Chess_Lover11

    Gelfand ignored the castling rule just for a silly pawn! 

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    mobidi

    Poor Gelfand ! Boleslavsky is alive,poor student....Embarassed

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    melvinbluestone

    Please! Please! Don't show any more Nakamura games........ it's too painful! Also, I don't think that's Kasimdzhanov. I think it's Bob Balaban from Seinfeld........

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    Lawdoginator

    Poor Naka. Poor, poor Naka. This has got to be tough. 

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    FilipinoChess

    When Naka said you're only as good as your teammates he meant that even if you're LeBron James you can't win a championship ring in Cleveland. Come on guys. Naka is American regardless of his ethnicity.Get off his back.Smile

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    Aknaim

    He's brought it upon himself. Making inapprpriate comments about others, what goes around comes around. Lets hope his manners improve next time he breaks the top 10 so that Karma won't get him again. Yell

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    Andre_Harding

    I'm convinced that Twitter is a very dangerous thing...celebrities and athletes have "proven" this time and time again.

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    P_G_M

    Nakamura created bad karma for himself when he critized his team mates Laughing

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    bigbikefan

    who cares about Nakamura's rating when that Rd4-Ra4-Ra6 manoeuvre by him is straight out of a 1800 rated player book

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    DESTROYER8

    THank god the Ocotber fide list wasn't really posted in October!  That wouldv'e succked with Naka being 11,  thank god he's number 5 on fIDE list.

    Pheew!

  • 2 év ezelőtt

    GeniusKJ

    Naka out of top 10 on the live ratings! He'll be back though

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