Baku Closing

by Alejandro Ramirez
10/16/2014 – The first leg of the Grand Prix series has finished, and since the series is now only four tournaments long every result will count (unlike previously where you could 'replace' a bad result). This means that immediately we have some players well positioned for the top spots, while others will have to work hard for their qualification to the Candidate's.

The first stage of the 2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The tournament will run from October 1st to October 15, 2014. Some of the strongest players in the world will compete in a Round Robin event. The winner and runner-up of the Grand Prix series will earn their spot at the 2016 Candidate's Tournament.

Closing Ceremony

The relative small closing ceremony took place in the Mugham Club of Azerbaijan. The restaurant specializes in traditional Azerbaijani cuisine, and many consider it to be the best in the entire country in this regard!

As in many final dinners, the tables were more or less organized depending on the guest's 'role' in the tournament

The player's table, which usually includes wives, girlfriends and/or coaches

Also important is the dignitaries table

Traditional dances to accompany traditional food

The group of players with the winners in the middle...

Gelfand and Caruana split the big check

More dances to continue the night

Finally one of the commentators, Emil Sutovsky, entertained the crowd with his singing!
You can watch a small clip of this in Sutovsky's Facebook Profile.

Finally a beautiful shot of Baku by Maria Emelianova

Grand Prix Standings

  Player
FIDE rating
Sep 2014
Baku
Tashkent
Tblisi
Moscow
Total
1  Fabiano Caruana (ITA)
2801
155
x
 
x
155
1  Boris Gelfand (ISR)
2748
155
x
 
x
155
3  Sergey Karjakin (RUS)
2777
82
x
 
x
82
3  Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
2789
82
 
x
x
82
3  Peter Svidler (RUS)
2732
82
 
x
x
82
3  Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS)
2701
82
 
x
x
82
3  Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
2782
82
x
 
x
82
8  Teimur Radjabov (AZE)
2717
50
x
x
 
50
9  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)
2756
35
x
x
 
35
9  Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB)
2706
35
x
x
 
35
11  Dmitry Andreikin (RUS)
2722
20
x
x
 
20
12  Leinier Dominguez (CUB)
2756
10
 
x
x
10
13  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)
2768
 
x
x
x
0
13  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS)
2747
 
x
x
x
0
13  Baadur Jobava (GEO)
2717
 
x
x
x
0
13  Anish Giri (NED)
2758
 
x
x
x
0

Gelfand and Caruana didn't only split the first and second money prize of 20,000 and 15,000 euros, but also the 170 and 140 Grand Prix points for the winner and runner-up. This puts them currently 73 points ahead of a group of people that tied for third: Karjakin, Grischuk, Svidler and Tomashevsky.

The next Grand Prix will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan... the players only have five days to prepare for it! The tournament is scheduled to start on the 20th of this month and we will be providing daily reports of the tournament. Grischuk, Svidler, Tomashevsky and Dominguez will be missing this event and joining the players in their behalf will be Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Jakovenko, Jobava and Giri.

The two leaders of the Grand Prix will be playing in the same tournaments, and both are missing the third in the series - therefore nothing will be set in stone after Tblisi (which is reported to replace Tehran as the third Grand Prix host).

Top 20 Live Ratings

1   Norway
2863.0
0.0
2   Italy
2838.8
−5.2
3   Bulgaria
2800.0
0.0
4 1 Armenia
2797.4
+4.4
5 1 Russia
2794.6
−2.4
6   India
2791.8
+6.8
7   Netherlands
2774.7
+6.7
8   Russia
2769.6
+2.6
9   United-States
2767.0
+3.0
10 4 Philippines
2762.0
+7.0
11   Russia
2760.0
0.0
12 4 Israel
2758.5
+10.5
13 3 Azerbaijan
2757.0
−7.0
14 1 France
2750.6
−6.4
15 2 Russia
2747.0
0.0
16 4 England
2744.8
−13.2
17 1 Poland
2742.0
0.0
18 2 Russia
2740.2
+8.2
19   Russia
2738.0
0.0
20 1 Hungary
2731.0
0.0

The biggest change in the top 20 must be Dominguez exclusion from it. With the Cubans massive rating drop from the Grand Prix he is now in place 24, down from 15. Radjabov inches closer to this list and sits in place 21, but has not reached Leko's rating yet (he is missing one point).

Gelfand's solid gain of 10.5 points (effectively 11) puts him in the 12th place. Caruana lost some rating despite winning the tournament, but that doesn't put his number two position in the world in any danger.

The new guy in the top-10 is Wesley So who gained a nice seven points in the Las Vegas Millionaire Chess Tournament and surpassed Kramnik; this was aided by Mamedyarov's bad performance and the Azerbaijani drops to place 13.

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Final Standings

Schedule

Round 01 – October 02 2014, 15:00h
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
½-½
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
0-1
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Gelfand, Boris 2748
1-0
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
½-½
Svidler, Peter 2732
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Round 02 – October 03 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Svidler, Peter 2732
1-0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
0-1
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
½-½
Gelfand, Boris 2748
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
Round 03 – October 04 2014, 15:00h
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
1-0
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
Gelfand, Boris 2748
1-0
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
½-½
Svidler, Peter 2732
Round 04 – October 05 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
½-½
Svidler, Peter 2732
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
1-0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
½-½
Gelfand, Boris 2748
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Round 05 – October 07 2014, 15:00h
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
½-½
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
½-½
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Svidler, Peter 2732
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Round 06 – October 08 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
1-0
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
1-0
Svidler, Peter 2732
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
0-1
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
½-½
Gelfand, Boris 2748
Round 07 – October 09 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
0-1
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
½-½
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
Svidler, Peter 2732
½-½
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
1-0
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Round 08 – October 10 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
½-½
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
0-1
Svidler, Peter 2732
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Round 09 – October 12 2014, 15:00h
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
1-0
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
1-0
Gelfand, Boris 2748
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Svidler, Peter 2732
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
1-0
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
0-1
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
Round 10 – October 13 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
0-1
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
Dominguez, Leinier 2751
0-1
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
1-0
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
½-½
Svidler, Peter 2732
Gelfand, Boris 2748
1-0
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Round 11 – October 14 2014, 13:00h
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Svidler, Peter 2732
½-½
Gelfand, Boris 2748
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2701
Grischuk, Alexander 2797
1-0
Dominguez, Leinier 2751

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Topics Grand Prix , Baku

Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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johan haag johan haag 10/16/2014 11:00
Isnt Kramnik and Aronian in the Grand Prix?
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