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Mamedyarov Sole Leader After Round 9 Beijing Grand Prix

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  • on 14/07/13 12:18.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was the only winner of the day in Beijing and so Azerbaijan's number one grandmaster is the sole leader at the FIDE Grand Prix after nine rounds of play. On Sunday Mamedyarov defeated Anish Giri of the Netherlands rather easily, while Alexander Grischuk of Russia had to be satisfied with a draw against his compatriot Alexander Morozevich. The last two rounds will be played on Monday and Tuesday.

Mamedyarov's win was a surprisingly quick affair. He managed to surprise his opponent with one of the many sidelines in the Grünfeld, 5.Qa4+, although the Dutchman seemed to be knowing what he was doing. However, 15...Rad8? was a huge mistake (Black should take with Bxd5 and play Nc6-e5) after which White won way too many pieces for his queen.

At the press conference, Giri said:

I cannot really explain what happened. I remembered there was Rad8 in this line but now I’m not sure where exactly. I would automatically play 15…Bd5 if I was not so concentrated on my preparation.

Sergey Karjakin finally ended his series of losses as he drew his black game with Gata Kamsky. The American played one of his pet openings, the London System, and quite an original middlegame came on the board with opposite castling, but little attacking chances for either side. The players shuffled the pieces a bit here and there and agreed to a draw on move 52.

The game Vassily Ivanchuk versus Peter Leko, on the contrary, was very theoretical. Well, at least for the Hungarian, who knew the game Topalov-Aronian from the Norway Chess Tournament which was followed for twenty moves. Ivanchuk spent quite some time on the clock but didn't get more than Topalov: a draw.

Wang Hao and Boris Gelfand played a Semi-Tarrasch where White's setup was similar to how Black plays in the Queen's Gambit Declined. White had comfortable position but the Chinese player allowed Gelfand to get the initiative. Then, with 34.Nxf5? he blundered a piecebut Gelfand didn't see the intermediate move Nc3!. Also right at the end Gelfand missed the win, as instead of taking on e4, the forced maneuver 83…Qg8-c4-f1 wins.

Alexander Grischuk needed to win to keep the pace with Mamedyarov, but he didn't succeed. Alexander Morozevich chose the solid Slav, and got two knights for two bishops but he could create just enough counterplay on the kingside to hold the balance.

Veselin Topalov faced a well prepared Wang Yue, who declined an exchange sacrifice from the Bulgarian and preferred to play with two rooks against a queen. Both kings were not 100% safe but with opposite-coloured bishops, neither side could create serious threats.

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 1-0 Karjakin   Karjakin 0-1 Topalov
Kamsky ½-½ Gelfand   Wang Yue ½-½ Mamedyarov
Ivanchuk 1-0 Morozevich   Giri ½-½ Grischuk
Wang Hao 1-0 Giri   Morozevich ½-½ Wang Hao
Grischuk 1-0 Wang Yue   Gelfand 1-0 Ivanchuk
Mamedyarov 1-0 Topalov   Leko ½-½ Kamsky
Round 9 15:00 CST 14.07.13   Round 10 15:00 CST 15.07.13
Kamsky ½-½ Karjakin   Karjakin - Wang Yue
Ivanchuk ½-½ Leko   Giri - Topalov
Wang Hao ½-½ Gelfand   Morozevich - Mamedyarov
Grischuk ½-½ Morozevich   Gelfand - Grischuk
Mamedyarov 1-0 Giri   Leko - Wang Hao
Topalov ½-½ 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 9 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Points SB
1 Mamedyarov,S 2761 * 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 6.5/9
2 Grischuk,A 2780 1 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6.0/9
3 Leko,P 2737 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 5.0/9 22.00
4 Topalov,V 2767 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 5.0/9 21.00
5 Ivanchuk,V 2733 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ ½ 0 4.5/9 20.75
6 Wang Yue 2705 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 4.5/9 18.25
7 Karjakin,Sergey 2776 0 ½ 0 0 * 1 1 1 ½ ½ 4.5/9 18.00
8 Morozevich,A 2736 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 4.5/9 17.50
9 Giri,A 2734 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 0 1 1 4.0/9
10 Wang Hao 2752 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 * ½ 3.5/9 15.75
11 Gelfand,B 2773 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 3.5/9 14.50
12 Kamsky,G 2763 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ * 2.5/9

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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  • 17 mesi fa

    Ricardoruben

    I would prefer that only win would give points. Or that drawing would not be allowed as a result, let´s say after they draw the regular match, they play 15 min matches until one gets a win. That way, you are punishing drawing by forcing them to get even more tired by playing more games.

  • 17 mesi fa

    yahya1993

    Anand <3 

  • 17 mesi fa

    vaiuuii

    Both Mamedyarov and Grischuk lost in today's round ten. Just one more round to go.

  • 17 mesi fa

    xxbro

    yes shivakrishna, it is impossible to believe that. machines are way better than us  in calculation and psychology...

  • 17 mesi fa

    shivakrishna1990

    Can't believe that Gelfand missed a easy winSurprised

  • 17 mesi fa

    webmaster

    Oops, name corrected!

  • 17 mesi fa

    soumitra13

    thanx for news

  • 17 mesi fa

    ChocolateTeapot

    Did Mamedyarov change his name or something?

    He has probably been spelling it wrong. A lot of these foreign players find it difficult to spell their names correctly. Peter Leko usually gets his right though.

  • 17 mesi fa

    btenorio93

    I hate Leko style but he sure is a solid player because he still has not lost a game.

  • 17 mesi fa

    IM Squarology

    Mamededyarov...

    Did Mamedyarov change his name or something? :)

  • 17 mesi fa

    -_KNiGHt_-

    Kamsky will get a win.    =) 

  • 17 mesi fa

    drumdaddy

    I predicted before the first round that Mamedyarov would win. I hope that I didn't just jinx his last two rounds which are against Moro and Gelfand.

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