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Mamedyarov Wins In Beijing, Topalov First Qualifier For 2014 Candidates

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  • on 16/07/13 08:30.

With the two top boards finishing in quick draws, the FIDE Grand Prix was decided just a few hours into the final round: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the event, and Alexander Grischuk ended on second place. The two split the point with Boris Gelfand and Peter Leko respectively. Veselin Topalov, who defeated Alexander Morozevich, secured victory in the overall Grand Prix series after five of the six tournaments and is the first player to qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament.

In the last round everything was decided rather quickly. Runner-up Alexander Grischuk was the first player to call it a day. He said he was surprised by Leko's 13...Bxc3 and 14...Ne4 and decided to check the board of Mamedyarov-Gelfand. At that point, the Azerbaijani had a solid advantage, and so it was clear that he would never lose. Therefore Grischuk went for a move repetition and Leko didn't mind; he expected a difficult game with Black!

Mamedyarov and Gelfand played the old line with ...c5, dxc5 in the Fianchetto King's Indian, and because 15...Bg4 was inaccurate, White actually had something to play for. However, after Grischuk had drawn his game, Mamedyarov only needed a draw to finish clear first and that made him decide to go for 25.Rxe6.

By then the top three was clear: 1. Mamedyarov, 2. Grischuk, 3. Leko. Veselin Topalov could still join Leko in third place if he beat Alexander Morozevich. He did so, and the win turned out to be of crucial importance for the standings in the overall Grand Prix (see below). The game was quite a nice victory in a Philidor:

Gata Kamsky suffered yet another loss, against Wang Hao. In this Nimzo-Indian the American suggested 18...exd5!? 19.cxd5 and now 19... Nc7 or 19...f4 when Black gives up his bishop on a5 but creates dangerous counterplay against the white king. The game was a one-sided affair and strongly played by China's number one grandmaster. 

Wang Yue and Anish Giri played the same variation as Mamedyarov and Gelfand, and the result was also the same. In this game, however, it was Black who got an advantage after the inaccurate 21.Nd2 (with this move Wang Yue was planning 23. Bf3 Bxf3 24. exf3 but later he saw 24...Rc6! 25. Kf2 Ra6). Giri probably played g5-g4 too quickly and then Black couldn't make progress anymore.

Vassily Ivanchuk and Sergey Karjakin then also finished with a draw, after 51 moves in a Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower Defense. Black's early ...b5 was both positionally ugly and very solid. Perhaps White could have played e3-e4 somewhere, maybe prepared with f2-f3. After 28.h4, a move criticised by Ivanchuk after the game, this plan wasn't possible anymore.

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 ½-½ Wang Yue
Ivanchuk ½-½ Leko   Giri 1-0 Topalov
Wang Hao ½-½ Gelfand   Morozevich 1-0 Mamedyarov
Grischuk ½-½ Morozevich   Gelfand 1-0 Grischuk
Mamedyarov 1-0 Giri   Leko ½-½ Wang Hao
Topalov ½-½ Wang Yue   Kamsky 1-0 Ivanchuk
Round 11 13:00 CST 16.07.13        
Ivanchuk ½-½ Karjakin        
Wang Hao 1-0 Kamsky        
Grischuk ½-½ Leko        
Mamedyarov ½-½ Gelfand        
Topalov 1-0 Morozevich        
Wang Yue ½-½ Giri        


Beijing GP 2013 | Final standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Points SB
1 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2761 * 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 7.0/11
2 Grischuk,Alexander 2780 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 6.5/11
3 Leko,Peter 2737 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6.0/11 32.75
4 Topalov,Veselin 2767 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 6.0/11 31.75
5 Morozevich,Alexander 2736 1 ½ ½ 0 * 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 5.5/11 29.75
6 Karjakin,Sergey 2776 0 ½ 0 0 1 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 5.5/11 28.75
7 Giri,Anish 2734 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 0 1 5.5/11 28.75
8 Wang,Yue 2705 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 5.5/11 28.75
9 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2733 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ 0 5.0/11 28.25
10 Gelfand,Boris 2773 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ 5.0/11 27.75
11 Wang,Hao 2752 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ * 1 5.0/11 26.00
12 Kamsky,Gata 2763 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0 * 3.5/11


Grand Prix 2012-2013 | Current Standings

Name Fed Criteria London 2012 Tashkent 2012 Zug 2013 Thess. 2013 Beijing 2013 (Paris 2013) Best 3 total
Topalov BUL Rating 140   170 45 100   410
Mamedyarov AZE Rating 140 80 20   170   390
Grischuk RUS World Cup 90     85 140 x 315
Caruana ITA FIDE President   80 100 125   x 305
Morozevich RUS AGON   140 75 25 65   280
Karjakin RUS Rating   140 50   65 x 255
Wang Hao CHN AGON 70 140     30 x 240
Ponomariov UKR World Cup   50 100 85   x 235
Leko HUN AGON 80 50 50   100   230
Dominguez CUB AGON 35 20   170   x 225
Nakamura USA Rating 15   140 60   x 215
Kamsky USA Replacement   10 75 125 10   210
Gelfand ISR Match 140 30     30 x 200
Kasimdzhanov UZB AGON 35 80 20 70     185
Giri NED AGON 15   50   65 x 130
Svidler RUS World Cup   50   45   x 95
Ivanchuk UKR World Cup 55     10 30 x 95
Wang Yue CHN Replacement         65   65
Adams ENG Replacement 55           55
Bacrot FRA Replacement       25     25
Radjabov AZE AGON     20     x 20

The table above is taken from ChessVibes, who write:

"Veselin Topalov has secured overall victory in the Grand Prix. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is not certain of his second place yet; Alexander Grischuk can reach 400 points with clear first in the last event and Fabiano Caruana can reach 395 points with clear first. Both need clear first to surpass Mamedyarov. The first two places in the Grand Prix qualify directly for the 2014 Candidates Tournament."

Note that each player's total score will be based on his best three tournaments, so for each player who plays four of the six events, his worst score is not used for his total.

The 5th Grand Prix took place 4-16 July, 2013 in Beijing, China. Tournament website: http://beijing2013.fide.com. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE. Games via TWIC.

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  • 15 mesi fa

    Marcokim

    Azerbaidjan has a Turk-language like Turkey. Farsi (Persian) is not closely related. Therefore Turkish. It is probably a difference like Romanic languages and Germanic languages in Europe.

    I always thought they were Persians... anyway your explanation makes sense. Although I have heard Iranians call them "our fellow brothers"... let me wikipedia...


    The word "Āzar" (Persian: آذر‎) means Fire and baijan was originally rendered as "Pāyegān" (Persian: پایگان‎), meaning Guardian/Protector (Āzar Pāyegān = "Guardians of Fire") (Persian: آذر پایگان‎). After the Muslim conquest of Persia many Persian words lost their original form as in Arabic there are no letters for pronouncing "G / P / ZH / CH"; hence, "Azar Paigān" came to be known as Azarbaijan (e.g., the Persian language in Persian is now both known as Pārsi (Persian: پارسی‎) and Fārsi due to the Arab invasion of Greater Iran and the great resistance of Iranians around the north.

  • 15 mesi fa

    viche83

    Azerbaidjan has a Turk-language like Turkey. Farsi (Persian) is not closely related. Therefore Turkish. It is probably a difference like Romanic languages and Germanic languages in Europe.

  • 15 mesi fa

    Marcokim

    congratulations to Məmmədyarov and all turks

    Are they Persians or Turks?



  • 15 mesi fa

    Sasha-64

    Topalov fellow!

  • 15 mesi fa

    fabelhaft

    "Originally it was the best of four results but because of Radjabov abandoning the Grand Prix FIDE needed to change the format to the best of three which of course takes away excitement of the Grand Prix"

    No, it was always the three best events, just like in the previous Grand Prix series, and there were no changes in the format when for example Gashimov withdrew or Radjabov didn't play all events this time, or when Carlsen and Adams withdrew during the previous cycle.

  • 15 mesi fa

    Baldvin

    Chessdoggblack: What has research got to do with it? They could all be smoking ganja from the comfort of their own homes without you ever knowing about it. And why, should he say "no to drugs" exactly? Maybe you should do some research..

  • 15 mesi fa

    Blastingchess

    P G M, the good thing with the new formula to qualify for the candidates (taking the best three instead of the four tournament results) is that you really need to WIN at least one of the tournament to qualify. the need to win, plus the fact that the worst result doesn't count, favorise risk taking. so it's not a bad thing maybe and can add exitement to the grand prix tourneys instead of taking it away.

    just a thought..

  • 15 mesi fa

    Mh1664

    hmmm

  • 16 mesi fa

    seymur222

    congratulations to Məmmədyarov and all turks

  • 16 mesi fa

    -_KNiGHt_-

    It was another great contest.  Congrats to everyone.    =)  

  • 16 mesi fa

    drvijayshah

    nice games

  • 16 mesi fa

    P_G_M

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  • 16 mesi fa

    lorax_lorax

    @P_G_M

    Grand Prix total only accounts for the three best tournament performances. Other than Grischuk and Caruana, no other player is legally able to attain 400 pts (taking in mind that one of the scores will be replaced by the newer and better one).

  • 16 mesi fa

    lorax_lorax

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  • 16 mesi fa

    kidpoolside

    Ricardoruben:

    because that's what he does. 

  • 16 mesi fa

    RheinFire

    @jbeest

    The tournaments are of equal weigth, but only the three best results of each player count for the overall score. That's why Topalov has 410 points instead of 455 and Mamedyarov has 390 instead of 410.

    For example, if Karjakin is clear first in the last leg of the Grand Prix, he will get 170 points, but its 50 points result in Zug will be dropped. Therefore he will end up with 375 points (170+140+65).

  • 16 mesi fa

    jbeest

    Thanks for answering my question, P_G_M !

  • 16 mesi fa

    P_G_M

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  • 16 mesi fa

    P_G_M

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  • 16 mesi fa

    P_G_M

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