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Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 3 - UPDATED

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2013.05.24. 10:21.

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The third round of the FIDE Thessaloniki Grand Prix didn't quite produce the sparks of the first two rounds, with only one game ending in a decisive result.

Vassily Ivanchuk should have won against the Cuban Leinier Perez-Dominguez, after dominating the game and achieving a clearly won position. However, instead the Ukrainian ended up losing on time. Perhaps Ivanchuk should only play in tournaments with an increment from the start of the game!  Grand Prix events use the time control 40 moves in 2 hours, then 20 moves in 1 hour, then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment after move 60.

UPDATE: The official website has given more details about the dramatic finish to the game:

Another mistake (by Ivanchuk) followed as white left the Knight en prise, but Dominguez didn't want to take it and instead attempted to make a draw by perpetual check. The Cuban explained the motives for this act.

In Linares 2009 he and Ivanchuk run into huge time trouble and in all the speed the Ukrainian was knocking some pieces down. It wasn't anything drastic and Dominguez didn't object. After the time control Ivanchuk emerged with a winning position but he immediately offered a draw because he felt bad about the knocked pieces. In today's game, however, Ivanchuk failed to reach the time control and his flag dropped before the last move. As draw offers are not allowed, Dominguez had to wait for the three-fold repetition to make a claim, but this never occurred. He still tried to register the game as a draw, but the Chief Arbiter had no grounds to accept as the flag already fell.

Dominguez said he is very sorry that he couldn't return the favor in fair-play.

Hikaru Nakamura finally got on the scoreboard with a draw against Etienne Bacrot, despite another long game which was the last to finish.

Oh, Chucky! Not again!

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Apart from Ivanchuk's self-destruction, the most memorable game of the day was the clash between Gata Kamsky and Alexander Grischuk.  The reigning US Champion should have put away his opponent after conjuring up a strong attack from the simple London system, but the game ended with a perpetual just before the time control.

Gata Kamsky misses a golden chance against Alexander Grischuk

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Fabiano Caruana drew with Peter Svidler

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Veselin Topalov drew his game with Ruslan Ponomariov

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov

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Etienne Bacrot couldn't make it 0-3 for Hikaru Nakamura

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The standings after 3 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2741 2
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2779 2
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2760 2
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2774 2
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2699 2
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2742
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2723
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2725 1
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2755 ½ 
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 ½

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The schedule for the 2013 Thessaloniki Grand Prix

21st May 2013 Arrival & Opening Ceremony
22nd May 2013 Round 1 
23rd May 2013 Round 2 
24th May 2013 Round 3 
25th May 2013 Round 4 
26th May 2013 Free Day 
27th May 2013 Round 5 
28th May 2013 Round 6 
29th May 2013 Round 7 
30th May 2013 Round 8 
31st May 2013 Free Day 
1st June 2013 Round 9 
2nd June 2013  Round 10 
3rd June 2013  Round 11 & Closing Ceremony
4th June 2013  Departure 

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The fourth Grand Prix of the 2012/13 series runs from 21 May - 4 June in Thessaloniki, Greece. The full pairings are available here.

The overall winner and runner-up of the 2012/13 Grand Prix series will qualify for the next Candidates Tournament, expected to be held in March 2014. The first three events were held in London, Tashkent and Zug. The current standings are shown here.

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. The best 3 scores of each player count towards their overall score. The official regulations for the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (11:00 UTC) except the final round which starts 2 hours earlier. The time control used is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment after move 60.

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich at the official website, which has live games, analysis and video.

Games via TWIC.

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  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    Abhishek2

    Good Job Chucky! Sportsmanlike, sad the favor was not returned.

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    Zinsch

    I thought that in order to win by time, you have to claim it and the arbiter can only declare a game won by time, if the player made a claim.

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    MrMars

    ivanchuck just won my heart.

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    cubaje

    greeneyedksunya 

    Why did not chucky go 25. Bxb8?

    25... Qxd6 26.Bxd6 Rd8.

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    SonofPearl

    UPDATE: The official website has given more details about the dramatic finish to the Ivanchuk game (included in the article above now):

    Another mistake (by Ivanchuk) followed as white left the Knight en prise, but Dominguez didn't want to take it and instead attempted to make a draw by perpetual check. The Cuban explained the motives for this act.

    In Linares 2009 he and Ivanchuk run into huge time trouble and in all the speed the Ukrainian was knocking some pieces down. It wasn't anything drastic and Dominguez didn't object. After the time control Ivanchuk emerged with a winning position but he immediately offered a draw because he felt bad about the knocked pieces. In today's game, however, Ivanchuk failed to reach the time control and his flag dropped before the last move. As draw offers are not allowed, Dominguez had to wait for the three-fold repetition to make a claim, but this never occurred. He still tried to register the game as a draw, but the Chief Arbiter had no grounds to accept as the flag already fell.

    Dominguez said he is very sorry that he couldn't return the favor in fair-play.

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    o_trelos

    @greeneyedksunya

    because:25. Bxb8 Qxd6 26. Bxd6Rd8 and black gets either the white B or the white N...

    i think...


    @Bochumer

    true.

    Anand once said that Chucky in his day is the best player in the world...

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    Bochumer

    At some point in his career, Chucky was world champion material. Maverick against whome one can never prepare. This is perhaps true even today. Its Chucky who beats himself....:-(

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    leaderless

    in move 30 kamsky can not take the queen because of Nb4+ Kb1 Rxg6 black is winning......

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    Melchizedek10

    Really wonder who will be the lucky "7" to reach the 2800 club...there are a couple who in the top ten just 15-25 points away...

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    greeneyedksunya

    Why did not chucky go 25. Bxb8?

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    Mkhitar

    OK thanks

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    birdboy1

    not a winning line, but Rxg6 wins the queen back and the black king is safe

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    Mkhitar

    Why Kamsky did not take the Queen on move 30?

    29...Qa2+ 30. Kxa2 Nb4+, 31. Kb1 and it seems King is safe. Anyone with winning variation after King takes Queen?

  • 16 hónap ezelőtt

    mastermind15937

    Why, Vasya? :*(

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