Final GP Begins Tomorrow

by Alejandro Ramirez
5/13/2015 – The final leg of the Grand Prix series is upon us. With two direct qualifying spots to the Candidates Tournament later this year, the Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix tournament promises to be an exciting one. Three players are clearly favorites for the spots, Tomashevsky, Caruana and Nakamura, however nothing is set in stone and realistically many players can earn their qualification.

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The fourth and final stage of the 2014-2015 Grand Prix Series. This tournament is specially important as it will determine the winner and runner up of this year, both of which will automatically qualify for the 2015 Candidates Tournament - the winner of that will challenge Magnus Carlsen to the World Championship Matcch! The tournament is taking place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Ugra, Russia from May 13 to May 27.

Grand Prix Standings

The tournament, of course, rather strong - but the most important thing here will be determining who qualifies to the Candidates Tournament. Only the top two earn the automatic spot (though it looks very likely that Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura make it by rating).

  Player Baku Tashkent Tbilisi Khanty-
Mansiysk
Total
1  Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS) 82   170 x 252
2  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 35 125 75   235
3  Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 155 75   x 230
4  Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 50 50 110   210
5  Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 82 125   x 207
6  Dmitry Andreikin (RUS) 20 170 10   200
7  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS)   30 140 x 170
8  Boris Gelfand (ISR) 155 15   x 170
9  Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 82 75   x 157
10  Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB) 35 15 75   125
11  Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 82   40 x 122
12  Baadur Jobava (GEO)   75 40 x 115
12  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)   75 40 x 115
14  Anish Giri (NED)   40 75 x 115
15  Peter Svidler (RUS) 82   20 x 102
16  Leinier Domínguez (CUB) 10   75 x 85

The Candidates so far has only one person qualified to it: Anand as the player who lost the 2014 World Championship Match.

After the Tbilisi GP we can see that Tomashevsky and Mamedyarov are currently leading the charge, but things are not so simple. Players only participate in three Grand Prix tournaments, and every single tournament counts. Because of this, for example, Mamedyarov has no chance at all to qualify. Realistically the three favorites to take the two spots are Tomashevsky, who is currently in the lead, Nakamura and Caruana.

It is important for Tomashevsky to qualify via the GP, as if both Nakamura and Caruana grab the spots, Tomashevsky will not get an invite. If Tomashevsky wins one of the spots, it still seems very likely both Caruana and Nakamura will qualify based on rating.

Opening Ceremony

The Jewelry House "Lobortas" has designed and created the Big and Small Cups to award the FIDE Grand Prix series winner. The Cups were presented by Igor Lobortas, Head of the House, at the first Grand Prix of the series in Baku back in October of last year.

Geoffrey Borg, the strongest player from Malta.
Also he is FIDE CEO.

The players are on the right side, but a couple are missing due to travel delays

Dmitry Jakovenko with five as his starting seed

Current leader of the Grand Prix: Evgeny Tomashevsky

Italian-soon-to-be-American Fabiano Caruana

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with number one. Well, a sub had to stand in for this one.

A nice gift for the players

The Ugra Chess Academy, where the battles will go down

The action starts tomorrow and, as usual, you can follow live on www.playchess.com

Tomorrow's pairings are:

Round 01 – May 13 2015, 15:00h
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2754   Gelfand, Boris 2744
Jobava, Baadur 2699   Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2749
Grischuk, Alexander 2780   Svidler, Peter 2734
Caruana, Fabiano 2803   Dominguez, Leinier 2734
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2738   Giri, Anish 2776
Karjakin, Sergey 2753   Nakamura, Hikaru 2799

Photos from the official website

Schedule

Round 01 – May 13 2015, 15:00h
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2754   Gelfand, Boris 2744
Jobava, Baadur 2699   Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2749
Grischuk, Alexander 2780   Svidler, Peter 2734
Caruana, Fabiano 2803   Dominguez, Leinier 2734
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2738   Giri, Anish 2776
Karjakin, Sergey 2753   Nakamura, Hikaru 2799
Round 02 – May 14 2015, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2744   Nakamura, Hikaru 2799
Giri, Anish 2776   Karjakin, Sergey 2753
Dominguez, Leinier 2734   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2738
Svidler, Peter 2734   Caruana, Fabiano 2803
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2749   Grischuk, Alexander 2780
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2754   Jobava, Baadur 2699
Round 03 – May 15 2015, 15:00h
Jobava, Baadur 2699   Gelfand, Boris 2744
Grischuk, Alexander 2780   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2754
Caruana, Fabiano 2803   Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2749
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2738   Svidler, Peter 2734
Karjakin, Sergey 2753   Dominguez, Leinier 2734
Nakamura, Hikaru 2799   Giri, Anish 2776
Round 04 – May 16 2015, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2744   Giri, Anish 2776
Dominguez, Leinier 2734   Nakamura, Hikaru 2799
Svidler, Peter 2734   Karjakin, Sergey 2753
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2749   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2738
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2754   Caruana, Fabiano 2803
Jobava, Baadur 2699   Grischuk, Alexander 2780
Round 05 – May 18 2015, 15:00h
Grischuk, Alexander 2780   Gelfand, Boris 2744
Caruana, Fabiano 2803   Jobava, Baadur 2699
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2738   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2754
Karjakin, Sergey 2753   Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2749
Nakamura, Hikaru 2799   Svidler, Peter 2734
Giri, Anish 2776   Dominguez, Leinier 2734
Round 06 – May 19 2015, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2744   Dominguez, Leinier 2734
Svidler, Peter 2734   Giri, Anish 2776
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2749   Nakamura, Hikaru 2799
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2754   Karjakin, Sergey 2753
Jobava, Baadur 2699   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2738
Grischuk, Alexander 2780   Caruana, Fabiano 2803
Round 07 – May 20 2015, 15:00h
Caruana, Fabiano 2803   Gelfand, Boris 2744
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2738   Grischuk, Alexander 2780
Karjakin, Sergey 2753   Jobava, Baadur 2699
Nakamura, Hikaru 2799   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2754
Giri, Anish 2776   Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2749
Dominguez, Leinier 2734   Svidler, Peter 2734
Round 08 – May 21 2015, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2744   Svidler, Peter 2734
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2749   Dominguez, Leinier 2734
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2754   Giri, Anish 2776
Jobava, Baadur 2699   Nakamura, Hikaru 2799
Grischuk, Alexander 2780   Karjakin, Sergey 2753
Caruana, Fabiano 2803   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2738
Round 09 – May 23 2015, 15:00h
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2738   Gelfand, Boris 2744
Karjakin, Sergey 2753   Caruana, Fabiano 2803
Nakamura, Hikaru 2799   Grischuk, Alexander 2780
Giri, Anish 2776   Jobava, Baadur 2699
Dominguez, Leinier 2734   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2754
Svidler, Peter 2734   Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2749
Round 10 – May 24 2015, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2744   Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2749
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2754   Svidler, Peter 2734
Jobava, Baadur 2699   Dominguez, Leinier 2734
Grischuk, Alexander 2780   Giri, Anish 2776
Caruana, Fabiano 2803   Nakamura, Hikaru 2799
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2738   Karjakin, Sergey 2753
Round 11 – May 25 2015, 15:00h
Karjakin, Sergey 2753   Gelfand, Boris 2744
Nakamura, Hikaru 2799   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2738
Giri, Anish 2776   Caruana, Fabiano 2803
Dominguez, Leinier 2734   Grischuk, Alexander 2780
Svidler, Peter 2734   Jobava, Baadur 2699
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2749   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2754

Links

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Topics Grand Prix, Khanty

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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Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 5/14/2015 02:00
To cheat3 and beck 15. Just noticed that, in this article, as mentioned by Beck15, in presenting the schedule, it begins by “Round 01 – May 13 2015, 15:00h. So you are correct. Sorry.

If you continue to read the schedule, it is written "round 2, May 14" and so on. The games of round 1 do begin on May 14, and all the other schedule rounds and days off follow accordingly. And the dates which are jumped do not make the correction: they are jumped because of the days off.

If this is corrected, the reader must be aware that these comments have been made before the correction.
beck15 beck15 5/14/2015 01:25
Round 01 – May 13 2015, 15:00h
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