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Zug 2013 FIDE Grand Prix Round 2

  • SonofPearl
  • on 19/04/13 12:19.

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The second round of the Renova Group FIDE Grand Prix in Zug, Switzerland produced great entertainment and three wins for the white pieces.

Fabiano Caruana fell back to an even score after being slowly and imperceptibly outplayed by Ruslan Ponomariov in a nice game for the Ukrainian.  That win puts Ponomariov into a share of the lead with Alexander Morozevich and Veselin Topalov.

Caruana lost his second round game to Ponomariov

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Morozevich drew his game with Mamedyarov

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov recovered from his opening round loss yesterday to defeat Gata Kamsky. Kamsky got into time trouble and was unable to maintain the balance in the position.

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Kamsky suffered a loss to Kasimdzhanov

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A third win for the white pieces saw Veselin Topalov defeat Peter Leko in a hard fought game. 

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Topalov scored a win against Leko

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An out-of-form Teimour Radjabov stopped the rot with a draw against Sergey Karjakin.

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Saying a prayer? Radjabov needs to find his form

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Hikaru Nakamura tested Anish Giri's endgame defences

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Nakamura was easy to spot from the back view as well!

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The Zug Grand Prix standings after 2 rounds

Name Elo Fed Pts
Morozevich Alexander 2758 RUS
Ponomariov Ruslan 2733 UKR
Topalov Veselin 2771 BUL
Caruana Fabiano 2772 ITA 1
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2709 UZB 1
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 AZE 1
Giri Anish 2727 NED 1
Nakamura Hikaru 2767 USA 1
Karjakin Sergey 2786 RUS 1
Radjabov Teimour 2793 AZE ½
Leko Peter 2744 HUN ½
Kamsky Gata 2741 USA ½

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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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  • 16 mesi fa

    opticRED

    Radjabov is wearing the same "stripped shirt" since time began Laughing. I mean all photos posted here in chess.com new, radjabov is wearing the same shirt.....or I do owe him an apology...Laughing

  • 16 mesi fa

    _valentin_

    It seems that Nakamura is loudly advertising that he's looking for more sponsors.  Which many top players certainly do.  That wide-open space on the back of his T-shirt screams "I am available!  Buy me." while really only saying "Nakamura" in a tongue-in-cheek way.

  • 16 mesi fa

    Sahasrara

    Ruslan is not to be underestimated, he is a tough player, I would put him in the same league as Chucky. 

  • 16 mesi fa

    kiloNewton

    unlucky shirt of Radjabov!

  • 16 mesi fa

    kinimaru

    hard worker for winning

  • 16 mesi fa

    Lawdoginator

    I like Nakamura's shirt. 

  • 16 mesi fa

    sunandthreestars

    since Radjabov is superstitious I think he should try a checkered shirt.

  • 16 mesi fa

    Suvel

    Cool thanks for the great coverage!

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