Beijing Rd8: Gelfand, Topalov score

7/12/2013 – Gelfand was able to outplay Ivancuhk from a King's Indian until the Ukrainian couldn't handle the pressure and resigned. Karjakin played a questionable game against Topalov who seized an early initiative and converted in the endgame. The remaining games were draws without real winning chances. Report and GM analysis.

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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 08 – July 12 2013, 15:00h
Karjakin Sergey 2776
0-1
Topalov Veselin 2767
Wang Yue 2705
½-½
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Giri Anish 2734
½-½
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Morozevich Alexander 2736
½-½
Wang Hao 2752
Gelfand Boris 2773
1-0
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Leko Peter 2737
½-½
Kamsky Gata 2763

Karjakin, Sergey - Topalov, Veselin 0-1
Karjakin played this Paulsen in a very strange way. He never really got his kingside attack rolling and Topalov was able to estabilsh a permanent advantage. Karjakin was holding on, but on move 40 he committed a blunder that allowed Topalov to establish a winning position with his two connected passed pawns.

Topalov won with Black and Karjakin is 0/3 in the last three games.

Once again our express analysis comes from GM Alexander Ipatov from Turkey, 
bungy-jumping adventurer whom you can follow his blog at http://blog.alexipatov.com/.

[Event "FIDE GP Beijing 2013"]
[Site "Beijing"]
[Date "2013.07.12"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Karjakin, Sergey"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B48"]
[WhiteElo "2782"]
[BlackElo "2784"]
[Annotator "A,Ipatov"]
[PlyCount "104"]
[EventDate "2013.??.??"]
[EventCountry "CHN"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8.
O-O-O Be7 9. f3 b5 10. g4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bb7 {This position recently arose
twice in games of GM Vladimir Potkin.} 12. Qf2 (12. g5 Nh5 13. Kb1 O-O 14. Bd3
e5 15. Bf2 g6 16. Nd5 Bxd5 17. exd5 Bc5 18. d6 Qb6 {and Black was fine in
Akopian,V (2691)-Potkin,V (2647) Khanty-Mansiysk 2013}) 12... O-O 13. Bd3 $146
{This is a novelty according to my Mega Database.} (13. Bb6 Qb8 14. g5 Nh5 15.
Be3 Bc6 16. Ne2 b4 17. Nd4 Bb7 18. Bc4 a5 {with counterplay on the queenside.
Sanal,V (2418)-Potkin,V (2665) Nakhchivan 2013}) 13... Rac8 14. Ne2 d6 ({The
engine is fearless and suggests} 14... d5 $5 15. e5 Ne4 $1 16. Qe3 (16. fxe4 $2
dxe4 {White's bishop is trapped and his position will be in ruins soon.}) 16...
Nc5 17. Kb1 Nxd3 18. cxd3 Qc2+ 19. Ka1 b4 {and Black seizes the initiative on
queenside.}) 15. Ng3 Nd7 16. Rhe1 Nc5 17. Kb1 Rfd8 18. b3 e5 19. Bb2 Bh4 20.
Rg1 g6 {Preventing any Ng3-f5 in the future. Now the only way for White to
open up the position is to push f3-f4.} 21. Qe3 f6 {Closing the diagonal a1-h8
in advance in view of f3-f4.} 22. f4 exf4 23. Qxf4 d5 $1 {Forcing the queen's
exchange which is clearly on Black's favour.} 24. Qxc7 (24. Qf3 $2 dxe4 25.
Nxe4 Nxe4 26. Bxe4 Qxc2+ $3 27. Bxc2 Bxf3) 24... Rxc7 25. Rgf1 d4 {Gaining
space advantage and limiting the activity of White's dark-squared bishop.
Black is dominating everywhere.} 26. Rf3 Re7 27. Ba3 Re5 28. Bxc5 Rxc5 29. c4
bxc4 30. Bxc4+ Kg7 31. Kb2 Rg5 32. h3 h5 33. Ne2 hxg4 34. hxg4 Rxg4 35. Nxd4
Kh7 36. Rh3 g5 37. Kc3 Bxe4 38. Bxa6 f5 39. Bd3 Kg6 40. Nf3 Bg3 41. Be2 Rc8+
42. Kd2 Rc2+ 43. Ke3 Rc3+ 44. Bd3 Bxd3 45. Rxd3 Bf4+ 46. Ke2 Rg2+ 47. Kf1 Rxd3
48. Kxg2 Rd8 49. Ne1 Rd2+ 50. Kf1 g4 51. Rc3 Rxa2 52. Nd3 Kg5 {Conclusion : A
very convincing victory by Veselin. White failed to obtain the opening
advantage and even got worse, so Topalov grabbed the initiative in the opening
and didn't give any serious chance later to his opponent.} 0-1

 

 

 

Wang Yue - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½
Mamedyarov's Gruenfeld was hardly put to the test in this game as Wang Yue quickly exchanged piecse and with a symmetrical pawn structure the players agreed to a draw.

Giri, Anish - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½
Grischuk played a very precise game in this Scheveningen. White normally gets a serious attack on the kingside but through clever maneouvers he was able to neutralize all the threats and put White's attack out of commission. Giri forced massive simplifications that gave him no advantage in the resulting double rook endgame.

Morozevich, Alexander - Wang Hao
Morozevich banked on his outside passed pawn on the queenside to give him the advantage and potentially tie Black's pieces to stopping it from queening. However Wang Hao used his rook and queen successfully to stop Morozevich from creating any real threats and he simply could not make any progress.

Gelfand, Boris - Ivanchuk, Vassily 1-0
Ivanchuk had the unpleasant task of defending without space or counterplay in this King's Indian Defense. Gelfand managed to exchange just enough pieces that his b-file and attack on the weak d6 pawn were still more than just annoying. Ivanchuk resigned in a position in which he was about to lose d6, but arguably there was still some play left in that position.

Gelfand tortured Ivanchuk until the Ukrainian couldn't take the pressure

Leko, Peter - Kamsky, Gata ½-½
Despite losing a pawn early on, Kamsky was able to retain counterplay due to his very active rooks on the open file. Leko tried to create some counterplay with his own rooks but that came at the cost of his material advantage. At the end material evend out and neither side could play for a win.

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
0-1
Topalov Veselin 2767
Wang Yue 2705
½-½
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Giri Anish 2734
½-½
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Morozevich Alexander 2736
½-½
Wang Hao 2752
Gelfand Boris 2773
1-0
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Leko Peter 2737
½-½
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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