Beijing Rd9: Mamedyarov wins, leads

7/14/2013 – Mamedyarov was the only player to emerge victorious in today's round after Anish Giri played a horrible move early on in the game. The Azerbaijani quickly capitalized on his opponent's blunder and is now the sole leader of the event. Gelfand missed a couple of wins against Wang Hao while none of the other games had much life to it. Report and pictures.

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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 09 – July 14 2013, 15:00h
Kamsky Gata 2763
½-½
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
½-½
Leko Peter 2737
Wang Hao 2752
½-½
Gelfand Boris 2773
Grischuk Alexander 2780
½-½
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
1-0
Giri Anish 2734
Topalov Veselin 2767
½-½
Wang Yue 2705

Karjakin stopped the bleeding and obtained an important draw with black

Kamsky, Gata - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½
Kamsky on ocassions decides to use unknown 1.d4 systems coupled with a quick Bf4 to make the game strategically interesting, theoretically off-beat and relatively closed. This seemed to work today as Karjakin gave White some strategic pluses. Unfortunately for him the American closed the position a little bit too much, and was unable to make any progress despite enjoying those pluses.

Ivanchuk, Vassily - Leko, Peter ½-½
The Karpov variation of the Nimzo-Indian is a line that has been tried time and time again. The specific continuation in this game is a typical idea: Black sacrifices a pawn but shatters White's kingside and simplifies all of the incoming pressure. Leko had to show only simple technique to hold the draw in the rook endgame as White's extra pawn was meaningless.

Wang Hao - Gelfand, Boris ½-½
This certainly was a game full of mistakes. Wang Hao obtained a comfortable position with the two bishops, but strangely decided to trade one of them off early for an opponent's knight. Soon afterwards he blundered a piece in time trouble but Gelfand did not see the correct tactical continuation. Through further errors White found himself in the defending side of an ugly queen endgame, and just when it seemed he would reach the draw a gross blunder on move 82 was met by an excellent king move to the corner that forced coronation. However Gelfand was unable to find the subsequent queen maneouver (Qg8-c4-f1) that would secure the win and instead settled for an immediate draw.

Yifan hasn't missed a beat in the Grand Prix since winning the Asian Indoor tournament and regaining second place in the live top women's list

Grischuk, Alexander - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½
White seems to be obtaining a solid but small edge from these type of Slav positions in which he can successfully trade the f3 knight for the light-squared bishop. However that is all Grischuk was able to obtain and he was unable to fully break Morozevich's defenses.

Punishing opponent's mistakes has been his key to the top: Mamedyarov is now solo leader

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Giri, Anish 1-0
Giri must have forgotten his preparation, or his tactical ability, as a quick blunder in the form of 15...Rad8?? allowed Mamedyarov to obtain a decisive amount of material early on in the game, while the rest of the moves were truly unnecessary.

Unfortunately for Giri his mstake came early and it was too costly

Topalov, Veselin - Wang Yue ½-½
Topalov's superior pawn structure was strangely compensated by Black's activity given by the early rook lift Rh8-g6-e6. A truly strange game, in which Black quickly sacrificed his queen to obtain an impregnable position.

Information and pictures by FIDE press chief WGM Anastasiya Karlovich

Standings

Schedule and pairings

Note: Time given is the local round time.

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
½-½
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
½-½
Leko Peter 2737
Wang Hao 2752
½-½
Gelfand Boris 2773
Grischuk Alexander 2780
½-½
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
1-0
Giri Anish 2734
Topalov Veselin 2767
½-½
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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