Beijing Rd5: Three wins, Grischuk now clear second

7/9/2013 – Yesterday Karjakin led, Mamedyarov was second and Grischuk was third. In round four Grischuk beat Mamedyarov to switch places with him in the standings, while Sergey Karjakin's draw against Boris Gelfand left him in the lead. Giri and Ivanchuk scored wins against Kamsky and Wang Yue. Report with standings 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 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

The third Mengxi Cup Go Tournament is being held adjacent to the Grand Prix

The photogenic deputy arbiter making sure the clocks are set right

Grischuk, Alexander - Shakhriyar, Mamedyarov 1-0
In a typical reverse dragon, White was able to obtain strong pressure on the queenside while Black had some space advantage but was unable to do much with it. Mamedyarov's mistake came when he traded on e4 too quickly, after which White's pressure on the queenside following the thematic sacrifice on c6 was too much for him to handle.

Grischuk: "I have a hard time playing Shakhriyar. My daughter is in love with him, she says she roots for me but I can see in her eyes it is not true".

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 "2013.07.09"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Grischuk, Alexander"]
[Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A29"]
[WhiteElo "2779"]
[BlackElo "2753"]
[Annotator "A,Ipatov"]
[PlyCount "121"]
[EventDate "2013.??.??"]
[EventCountry "CHN"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. O-O Be7 8.
a3 O-O 9. d3 {The Dragon Variation of Sicilian Defence but with reversed
colours.} Be6 10. Be3 Nd5 11. Nxd5 Bxd5 12. Qa4 Re8 ({A recent game on top
level was} 12... a6 13. Rac1 f6 14. Nd2 Bxg2 15. Kxg2 Qd5+ 16. f3 Rfc8 17. Qc4
Qxc4 18. Rxc4 $14 {and White got a superior endgame in Kramnik,V (2803)
-Karjakin,S (2782) Moscow 2013}) 13. Rac1 a6 14. Rfd1 Bf8 15. Rc3 h6 16. Rdc1
Rc8 17. Bh3 Rb8 18. Bf5 {White aims to exchange the light-squared bishops and
then increase the pressure on the c-file.} g6 19. Be4 Bxe4 20. dxe4 Qd7 21. Kg2
Qe6 22. b4 {White has a slightly better position because of the more active
pieces and clear plan of seizing the initiative on the queenside.} Qg4 23. Qc2
Qe6 24. Qa4 Qg4 25. Qc2 Qe6 26. h3 {White logically declines the repetition.
Black has no active counterplay, since any f7-f5 would just weaken the
position of Black's King.} g5 27. Qa4 Qg6 28. Nd2 Rbd8 29. Rxc6 $1 {A
justified exchange sacrifice.} bxc6 30. Rxc6 Re6 31. Rc4 {White has just one
pawn for the exchange, but as before Black lacks an active plan and also he
has multiple weaknesses on both sides.} h5 32. Nf3 Be7 33. Nd2 g4 34. h4 Bf8
35. Qc2 c6 36. Nf1 Red6 37. Bg5 R8d7 38. Be3 Re6 39. Rc3 Rd8 40. Nd2 Bg7 $2 {
This is a mistake. It allows White to bring his Rook to a5.} 41. Rc5 $1 Bf8 42.
Ra5 c5 43. bxc5 {Now White has two pawns and in the same time keeps the
initiative.} Rc6 44. Ra4 Qe6 45. Rc4 Rc7 46. Nb3 Qc6 47. a4 Rb8 48. Qc3 Qe6 49.
Nc1 Rb2 $2 {Too ambitious. Black gives up the third pawn for no reason.} (49...
f6 $5 {Protecting the pawn-e5 in advance.}) 50. Qxb2 Qxc4 51. Qxe5 Rc6 52. Qd5
Qxa4 53. Nd3 {Black has a very weak kingside so White is aiming to organize a
direct attack on Black's King} Re6 54. Bd4 Bg7 55. e5 Bh6 56. Nf4 Bxf4 57. gxf4
Qc2 58. e4 Qd1 59. f5 Re8 60. e6 Qf3+ 61. Kg1 {Conclusion : A good positional
game by Grischuk. Black lost because of some overly ambitious moves which were
not justified. Of course, passive defence is not the style of Shahriyar!} 1-0

 

 

Kamsky, Gata - Giri, Anish 0-1
Kamsky played one of his non main line Sicilians, this time a Rossolimo, to obtain a playable and interesting position. The truly strange decision came when he sacrificed (blundered?) the e4 pawn after which Black not only had an extra pawn but he also obtained central control. Giri played a good game and didn't forgive his opponents mistakes.

A little friendly chat before the round between Mamedayarov (left), Leko (right), and Topalov (center) who we recognize by his... coat

Topalov did not approve much of Kamsky's decisions this game

Leko, Peter - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½
Another unusual Sicilian but in this case White obtained next to nothing from the opening as the position quickly locked up and neither side could make any significant progress. The players agreed on a draw in a position in which it was hard to simply come up with a significant plan.

Wang Hao - Topalov, Veselin ½-½
Wang Hao sacrificed a pawn to obtain the pair of bishops and significant pressure on Black's queenside as well as weakening the kingside. However Topalov's defense was unbreakable and although White was able to regain his pawn back, he was unable to sustain his positional advantages and the endgame was eventually drawn.

Ivanchuk, Vassily - Wang Yue 1-0
In a highly unusual game Ivanchuk daringly sacrificed a pawn and then put his king in an awkward position in order to trap his opponent's bishop in the middle of the board! The e5 bishop was Ivanchuk's target, but Wang Yue obtained compensation in the form of two pawns and an attack on that king that was stuck in the center of the board. The tense struggle turned awry after 29...Rfd8?! as he should have immediately forced a draw with 29...Nf3! and 30...Nxh2!, allowing his knight to join the fray and create perpetual check opportunities.

Gelfand, Boris - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½
Karjakin was successfully able to diffuse Gelfand's d4. Despite this the Israeli was able to obtain some positional initiative and created weaknesses in his opponent's camp. Karjakin cleverly closed down the center so that, despite having two weaknesses, they weren't able to be attacked simultaneously. For this reason he created a fortress that Gelfand was unable to breach.

The spectators were quite interested in Grischuk's positional play...

...but one of them was considerably stronger than the others

A fan asks today's special guest, GM Hou Yifan, for her autograph

Information and pictures by FIDE press chief WGM Anastasiya Karlovich

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Schedule and pairings

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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
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Topalov Veselin 2767
-
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Wang Yue 2705
-
Wang Hao 2752
Giri Anish 2734
-
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Morozevich Alexander 2736
-
Kamsky Gata 2763
Gelfand Boris 2773
-
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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