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Beijing Rd7: Five White Wins

7/11/2013 – Very important victories were scored with the White pieces as Grischuk and Mamedyarov now take a commanding full point lead over third place. Karjakin fell victim to Leko's precision in a nearly equal game while Grischuk ground down Wang Yue in a technical game. Wang Hao destroyed Giri in barely 22 moves and Ivanchuk also had a one sided game against Morozevich. Report and analysis.
 

 

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 07 – July 11 2013, 15:00h
Leko Peter 2737
1-0
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Kamsky Gata 2763
½-½
Gelfand Boris 2773
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
1-0
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Wang Hao 2752
1-0
Giri Anish 2734
Grischuk Alexander 2780
1-0
Wang Yue 2705
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
1-0
Topalov Veselin 2767

An interested Grischuk observes as Leko knocks Karjakin out of the top spot

Leko, Peter - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0
Under normal circumstances Karjakin would probably have easily held this draw against Peter Leko. He successfully simplified the position and it seemed like he was out of dangerous waters when the symmetrical structure and the endgame appeared on the board. However this was not the case as an important slip in time pressure forced him to weaken his kingside decisively. Leko pounced, took a pawn and converted the endgame.

Kamsky and Gelfand still wish to rebound from this tournament, as they are both in the last two places

Kamsky, Gata - Gelfand. Boris ½-½
Kamsky's opening experiment left him with the pair of bishops, however it was Gelfand that was better in the endgame with a passed a-pawn that seemed difficult to stop. The American defended accurately and held the draw.

Despite recent good performances, Gelfand has been uanble to win a game this tournament

Ivanchuk, Vassily - Morozevich, Alexander 1-0
Morozevich destroyed his pawn structure to obtain active play for his pieces and an initiative on the queenside. Through some inacuracies by the Russian and excellent play from Ivanchuk White was able to obtain a winning advantage since the initiative evaporated but the pawn deficiencies remained. Ivanchuk grabbed one pawn and Morozevich started sacrificiing trying to complicate the issue, but to no avail.

Anish had no idea what was coming his way this game

Wang Hao - Giri, Anish 1-0
A quick and daring sacrifice gave Wang Hao two pawns and the initiative against an exposed king for a piece. Giri immediately lost his way and sacrificed one pawn for unclear reasons, while his king remained exposed. Every move that Giri played allowed the Chinese to be more and more incisive with his attack, until his position collapsed in only 22 moves.

Grischuk had to work hard for his win, but eventually achieved it and is also in the lead

Grischuk, Alexander - Wang Yue 1-0
A strong pawn sacrifice by Grischuk shattered Wang Yue's structure. Grischuk kept playing very precise moves throughout the game, eventually seizing the initiative and recuperating his pawn. The endgame was very unpleasant for Black as Grischuk was able to net yet another pawn and with absolutely impeccable technique he won the full point.

Mamedyarov took advantage of a serious miscalculation by Topalov to keep the lead

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Topalov, Veselin 1-0
In a nearly equal position Topalov decided to simplify the position a little by trading off some pieces and placing his knight on e4. This turned out to be a huge mistake as after the simplifications his knight was trapped and he was forced to resign. Proof that even players of Topalov's caliber can make serious mistakes.

Information and pictures by FIDE press chief WGM Anastasiya Karlovich

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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
1-0
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Kamsky Gata 2763
½-½
Gelfand Boris 2773
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
1-0
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Wang Hao 2752
1-0
Giri Anish 2734
Grischuk Alexander 2780
1-0
Wang Yue 2705
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
1-0
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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