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Zug 2013 FIDE Grand Prix Round 6

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2013.04.24. 23:00.

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Official Website Report

Both leaders Veselin Topalov and Alexander Morozevich finished their games in draws while Ruslan Ponomariov outplayed Gata Kamsky to join two other leaders on the top.  Hikaru Nakamura won the first game in the tournament against Rustam Kasimdzhanov   The craziest game of the sixth round between  Fabiano Caruana and Sergey Karjakin ended in a draw, but not before either player had had a winning position.

Nakamura was obviously in a mood for complications as he first went for 1…Nc6 and then chose 3…Nge7 in the Ruy Lopez. Kasimdzhanov played very well and got a solid advantage up until the dubious sacrifice 26.Rxd6?! which Black reacted very well to and took the upper hand defending against the immediate threats to emerge with a piece extra for three pawns. This might not have been enough to win but Rustam was in time trouble and made a few mistakes. According to Rustam, the last mistake was 37.Be2. He should have played 37.Be4, changing the pieces and keeping good chances to make a draw. After the move Be2 Black pieces came close to the White’s king and there was no defence against checkmate.

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Shall I offer to play the Nimzowitsch? Yeah, why not...

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Interestingly, Ponomariov tested his opponent with 1.c4.  Kamsky spent some time on his first move choice and then replied 1…c6 which soon transposed into a Caro Kann - Panov Botvinnik with Bb4. Kamsky avoided the main line with 10…Bb7 and instead chose 10…Bxc3 which allowed white to resolve the traditional isolated pawn structure. “I tried to trick my opponent with this move order today. We had English, then Slav, Panov and even ended up in some Nimzo”, explained Ruslan Ponomariov.  The new move came on with 15…Rfd8 but Kamsky was spending a lot of time on the position and around move 25 had only 4 minutes left for 15 moves in a very difficult position. Both players agreed that Black could have tried to play f6 earlier in order not to let White to get so strong initiative. 29.d5! was a nice touch and White dominated from that point on. “The tournament is very strong and it’s hard to win at least one game here. I have +2 which I believe is a good result, taking into consideration my previous results in Grand Prix events”, said former world champion during the press-conference. 

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Ruslan Ponomariov defeated Gata Kamsky

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After yesterday’s game Mamedyarov decided not to spend much time for preparation and just play some fighting chess. Anish Giri cleverly chose a line with little complications and one which they had both played before, as white! Mamedyarov tried to tempt Giri to take on c4 after 4.Bg5 but black went for a Ragozin setup with a slight improvement of 13…Bd7. In the post game analysis the players spent some time on 19.Nh5 and although White may have been better, he could not convert the position into a concrete advantage. Once queens came off there was a steadfast exchange of pieces in very short time and a draw was agreed on move 46. However, after inaccurate move 29.Rb1 Black could have tried to play for more with 29…a5. “I’ve already said to myself it is a draw and in such case it’s not a good idea to change my mind. Maybe I have slight pressure in this position”, explained Anish Giri.

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Anish Giri drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

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Following yesterday’s game, Radjabov wanted to come back to the event and he selected the Alekhine variation against the Nimzo Indian. The line they followed was quite extensively played before and the new move was 17.0-0-0 but this did not change much. However, White decided to check Black’s preparation and Veselin Topalov had to play precisely in order to equalize.  It seems both opponents were familiar with many different lines in this opening as the players used around 1 hour each for the 30 odd moves played today.
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Veselin Topalov drew his game with Teimour Radjabov
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Morozevich played a positional line against Leko and they chose the Symmetrical English. Black chose a minor line with 6…Bc5 instead of the main line 6…Qb6 or 6…Bb4 transposing to the Nimzo Indian. The idea of Black was just to avoid repeating the line with Qb6 played between same opponents in Tashkent. Hungarian player lost that important game and it was psychologically hard to repeat the same line.  White in turn, chose a rarely played line with 10.Nd5!? instead of 10.Bf4. “If I would have been ready for Nd5 I would have reacted immediately”, said Peter Leko at the press-conference.  Leko’s 12…d5 was a new move compared to the previous 12..b5. There was very little movement in the equality line however as both players played extremely accurate and gave no chance to the other side to take any realistic advantage. “Today I feel very happy because it’s a first game when I equalized with White and I’m pretty happy that I’m improving. I was not so sure after the opening if I would be able to do it today but once I played Qe4 I thought it should be ok. Maybe I had some advantage but not enough to put some real pressure. So, I plan to keep on playing game by game and equalizing”, commented Alexander Morozevich on his play.

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Alexander Morozevich and Peter Leko drew their game

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6 of the GMs in this event became a Grandmaster before the age of 15! The record holder Karjakin (GM at 12 years and 7 months but now a ripe 23 years old!) was Black against Caruana who also achieved his title at a very young age. They chose the positional variation of the Ruy Lopez Berlin with 4.d3 and while Black maintained equality till move 19, Karjakin then chose the dubious 20…Ne5?! which gave Caruana the opportunity to get a winning advantage with 21.f4! However, Caruana missed the easy 35.Rxe7+ Bxe7 36.Qe6+ Kf8 37.d6 Bd8 38.d7 Be7 39.Qd6 winning immediately. After 37…a4 Black was back in the game as the pawn had to be blockaded before it became a runner. Fabiano Caruana started to make mistakes and it was hard for Italian player  to defend his position after 42.d6.  Computer was showing -6 in Black’s favor when suddenly Sergey “helped” his opponent to survive. 48…Bd4?? 49. Bd4 Rd4 50.Rf6! and it’s a draw on the board!  During the press-conference Sergey pointed out that probably he just didn’t deserve to win this game. His opponent replied with a smile that most likely both of them deserved to lose it.

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Sergey Karjakin drew with Fabiano Caruana

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The Zug Grand Prix standings after 6 rounds

Name Elo Fed Pts
Ponomariov Ruslan 2733 UKR 4
Morozevich Alexander 2758 RUS 4
Topalov Veselin 2771 BUL 4
Caruana Fabiano 2772 ITA
Karjakin Sergey 2786 RUS
Nakamura Hikaru 2767 USA 3
Kamsky Gata 2741 USA
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 AZE
Giri Anish 2727 NED
Leko Peter 2744 HUN
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2709 UZB 2
Radjabov Teimour 2793 AZE 2

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The Zug Grand Prix runs from 17 April - 1 May, and 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 current standings are 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.

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The schedule for the 2013 Zug Grand Prix

17th April 2013  Arrival & Opening Ceremony
18th April 2013  Round 1 
19th April 2013  Round 2 
20th April 2013  Round 3 
21st April 2013  Round 4 
22nd April 2013  Free Day 
23rd April 2013  Round 5 
24th April 2013  Round 6 
25th April 2013  Round 7 
26th April 2013  Round 8 
27th April 2013  Free Day 
28th April 2013  Round 9 
29th April 2013  Round 10 
30th April 2013  Round 11 & Closing Ceremony
1st May 2013  Departure 

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All rounds start at 14:00 local time (12:00 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.

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Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich and games from the official website.

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  • 18 hónap ezelőtt

    SonofPearl

    @ kungfujonny - Well spotted. Having consulted TWIC's game record the move 45...e4 doesn't seem to have been played. So Moro didn't miss the win, because it never happened.  The pgn at the official website (which I am using as my source) is incorrect.

    These damn electronic board errors! Yell

  • 18 hónap ezelőtt

    ChocolateTeapot

    Well spotted, kungfujohnny. 45...e4+ was a gross blunder, that Moro failed to spot.

  • 18 hónap ezelőtt

    kungfujohnny

    Someone please explain to me, as I seem to be too stupid to figure out how on earth Morozevich ever took a draw in this position...  White simply swings his king to the queenside and takes the rook... there are no escape squares and his king cannot reach that side to protect... What am I missing?

  • 18 hónap ezelőtt

    bagpiper123456

    <friendjohnny> 

    Loser of WCC

    2 from Grand Prix

    3 from World Cup

    2 by virtue of rating.

  • 18 hónap ezelőtt

    melvinbluestone

    So Nakamura tries the Cozio Defense (by transposition)! I tell ya', this idea, 3...Nge7, is underrated. I fooled around with it a while back, and managed to lose almost every game with it. Since I don't know what I'm doing, I logically concluded the Cozio Defense is pretty good......

  • 18 hónap ezelőtt

    friendjonny

    If only the winner and the runner up of the Grand Prix qualify for the 2014 candidates, where do the others come from?

    Grand Prix = 2

    2013 World Championship runner up = 1

    Qualifications by Rating = 4?

  • 18 hónap ezelőtt

    Paulzzz

    I am glad Ruslan Ponomariov seems to be in due form. Hope he will win this tournament. He can do it, really.

  • 18 hónap ezelőtt

    ChocolateTeapot

    That is right, Lawdoginator. Zug and Zwang used to be two separate cities, like Buda and Pest.

  • 18 hónap ezelőtt

    GoodGoodChess

    Cool...!

  • 18 hónap ezelőtt

    Lawdoginator

    Zug-zwang! 

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