Beijing Rd6: Mamedyarov strikes, joins leaders

7/10/2013 – In a very important result for the standings, Mamedyarov was able to vanquish the leader Karjakin top join him at the top. Now Grischuk, Mamedyarov and Karjakin all lead with 4/6. Kamsky was demolished in a Gruenfeld by Morozevich and Wang Yue won the Chinese duel. Ivanchuk had a clear advantage against Giri but was unable to convert. Report and standings.

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The fifth stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series is taking place between the 3rd and 17th of July 2013 on the premises of the Chinese Chess Association in Beijing. The time controls are 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 61 onwards. The games start at 3 p.m. local time, except the last round. The Grand Prix Series consists of six tournaments to be held over two years (2012-2013). 18 top players participate in four of these six tournaments. The winner and second placed player overall of the Grand Prix Series will qualify for the Candidates Tournament to be held in March 2014.

Round 06 – July 10 2013, 15:00h
Karjakin Sergey 2776
0-1
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Topalov Veselin 2767
½-½
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Wang Yue 2705
1-0
Wang Hao 2752
Giri Anish 2734
½-½
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Morozevich Alexander 2736
1-0
Kamsky Gata 2763
Gelfand Boris 2773
½-½
Leko Peter 2737

Making the event possible: A local Chinese journalist, Deputy Arbiter Anastasiya Sorokina,  organizer Abigail Tian and journalist Nastja Karlovich

Karjakin, Sergey - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1
Mamedyarov was able to obtain a pleasant advantage from this Petroff defense, a certainly unusual situation, in the way of a better pawn structure and pressure against the h-pawn. Karjakin soon sacrificed it to free his pieces and after some simplification the resulting endgame saw the Azeri having an extra pawn. What followed was an incredibly long struggle in which Mamedyarov kept trying to promote his last remaining d-pawn in a queen endgame. Karjakin held on correctly for many moves but finally cracked with 87.Kb2?! and subsequently lost the game.

Topalov, Veselin - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½
Topalov's advantage throughout the game was minimal. By the time he converted it into an extra pawn all of the remaining foot soldiers were on the same side. The 3-on-2 in one flank rook endgame was not a problem for Grischuk to hold.

Nothing makes chess players happier than finding something cool over the board

"You... you're kind of good at this aren't you?" GMs Grischuk and Leko

Gelfand, Boris - Leko, Peter ½-½
It seemed as if Gelfand was going to obtain something out of the opening when massive simplifications gave White more space and better development. However one wrong move, 15.Rc7+?! and Leko was able to simplify even further and solidify his position.

Giri, Anish - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½
Giri quickly lost a daring e-pawn that went to the sixth rank as early as move 17. Ivanchuk was always better in this game but was unable to find a plan towards stabilizing his advantage as he was saddled with an extremely weak pawn on g2. In time pressure he lost his way and allowed Giri to equalize.

Ivanchuk concentrated as hard as possible, but couldn't break Anish Giri's defenses

Wang Yue - Wang Hao 1-0
The battle between the Chinese players was staged in a relatively quiet Catlan. Positionally it seemed like Wang Hao was fine, but Wang Yue launched his knight forward to the attack and caused havoc in his opponent's position, eventually ending in a very unpleasant endgame for Black in which his crippled pawns and passive bishop put him in a serious disadvantage. Wang Hao resigned as White was about to snag the e6 pawn.

Wang Hao found himself in the losing end of the Catalan today against his compatriot

Hou Yifan couldn't miss the duel between the top Chinese. Today it was announced that Yifan would play in the upcoming World Cup as she was one of the President's Nominees.

Morozevich, Alexander - Kamsky, Gata 1-0
Kamsky deviated from his usual a6 Slav and prefered a more reputable Gruenfeld defense. This backfired quite obviously as Morozevich obtained a nearly decisive advantage from the opening, gobbling pawn after pawn until Kamsky had to resign.

Kamsky wasn't a happy camper with his Gruenfeld experiment

Information and pictures by FIDE press chief WGM Anastasiya Karlovich

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Schedule and pairings

The games start at 9:00h European time, 11:00h Moscow, 3 a.m. New York.
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Round 01 – July 04 2013, 15:00h
Giri Anish 2734
0-1
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Morozevich Alexander 2736
½-½
Wang Yue 2705
Gelfand Boris 2773
0-1
Topalov Veselin 2767
Leko Peter 2737
½-½
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Kamsky Gata 2763
0-1
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
½-½
Wang Hao 2752
Round 02 – July 05 2013, 15:00h
Karjakin Sergey 2776
1-0
Wang Hao 2752
Grischuk Alexander 2780
½-½
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
½-½
Kamsky Gata 2763
Topalov Veselin 2767
½-½
Leko Peter 2737
Wang Yue 2705
½-½
Gelfand Boris 2773
Giri Anish 2734
½-½
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Round 03 – July 06 2013, 15:00h
Morozevich Alexander 2736
0-1
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Gelfand Boris 2773
0-1
Giri Anish 2734
Leko Peter 2737
½-½
Wang Yue 2705
Kamsky Gata 2763
½-½
Topalov Veselin 2767
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
0-1
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Wang Hao 2752
½-½
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Round 04 – July 07 2013, 15:00h
Karjakin Sergey 2776
½-½
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
1-0
Wang Hao 2752
Topalov Veselin 2767
½-½
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Wang Yue 2705
1-0
Kamsky Gata 2763
Giri Anish 2734
½-½
Leko Peter 2737
Morozevich Alexander 2736
1-0
Gelfand Boris 2773
Round 05 – July 09 2013, 15:00h
Gelfand Boris 2773
½-½
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Leko Peter 2737
½-½
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Kamsky Gata 2763
0-1
Giri Anish 2734
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
1-0
Wang Yue 2705
Wang Hao 2752
½-½
Topalov Veselin 2767
Grischuk Alexander 2780
1-0
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Round 06 – July 10 2013, 15:00h
Karjakin Sergey 2776
0-1
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Topalov Veselin 2767
½-½
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Wang Yue 2705
1-0
Wang Hao 2752
Giri Anish 2734
½-½
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Morozevich Alexander 2736
1-0
Kamsky Gata 2763
Gelfand Boris 2773
½-½
Leko Peter 2737
Round 07 – July 11 2013, 15:00h
Leko Peter 2737
-
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Kamsky Gata 2763
-
Gelfand Boris 2773
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
-
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Wang Hao 2752
-
Giri Anish 2734
Grischuk Alexander 2780
-
Wang Yue 2705
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
-
Topalov Veselin 2767
Round 08 – July 12 2013, 15:00h
Karjakin Sergey 2776
-
Topalov Veselin 2767
Wang Yue 2705
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Giri Anish 2734
-
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Morozevich Alexander 2736
-
Wang Hao 2752
Gelfand Boris 2773
-
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Leko Peter 2737
-
Kamsky Gata 2763
Round 09 – July 14 2013, 15:00h
Kamsky Gata 2763
-
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
-
Leko Peter 2737
Wang Hao 2752
-
Gelfand Boris 2773
Grischuk Alexander 2780
-
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
-
Giri Anish 2734
Topalov Veselin 2767
-
Wang Yue 2705
Round 10 – July 15 2013, 15:00h
Karjakin Sergey 2776
-
Wang Yue 2705
Giri Anish 2734
-
Topalov Veselin 2767
Morozevich Alexander 2736
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Gelfand Boris 2773
-
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Leko Peter 2737
-
Wang Hao 2752
Kamsky Gata 2763
-
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Round 11 – July 16 2013, 15:00h
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
-
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Wang Hao 2752
-
Kamsky Gata 2763
Grischuk Alexander 2780
-
Leko Peter 2737
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
-
Gelfand Boris 2773
Topalov Veselin 2767
-
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Wang Yue 2705
-
Giri Anish 2734

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