Bucharest 06: A simul, a party, and two draws

10/13/2013 – While the other players were busy battling each other in the 7th edition of the King's Cup, Wang Hao kindly gave a simultaneous exhibition to local players in a McDonald's not far from the playing site. In the tournament the games ended in two fighting draws, especially as Radjabov tried to push against Ponomariov with Black. Pono just turned 30 and the organizers threw a small party for him. Details inside.

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The opening ceremony of the 7th edition of Kings Tournament Romgaz took place on the 6th of October in the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (Piata Romana Nr.6). This international tournament is organized by the Sports Club “Elisabeta Polihroniade” and is a part of the Grand Slam circuit. The Kings Tournament will be a double round robin competition with 5 world-class participants: Fabiano Caruana (Italy, GM, 2779), the former World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine, GM, 2756), Wang Hao (China, GM, 2736), Radjabov Teimour (Azerbaijan, GM, 2733) and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, (Romania, GM, 2665). This year’s edition will be played in the Magna Auditorium and Conference Hall "Virgil Madgearu" of the  Bucharest University of Economic Studies – a partner of the Kings Tournament. The rounds will start every day from the 7th until the 17th October at 3:30 p.m. (last round starts at 1:30 p.m) and entrance will be free for spectators.

McDonald's Simul

Wang Hao didn't fully have a "day off". While his opponent's were battling over the board he was gracious enough to give a simultaneous exhibition for young players of Bucharest! The simul was held at a McDonald's that is just a stone throws away from the playing hall.

The General Manager of McDonalds, Daniel Boaje, inaugurated the exhibition

The only draw of the event: twelve year old Andreea Nastase

A young player proving her strength in the simul

What can be happier for a kid than a simul against a grandmaster and at McDonald's?

"Excuse me, Mr. GM, that's a Sicilian you are facing"

At the end Wang Hao showed who is boss and the simul was a 17.5-0.5 score in favor of him

Round 6

Round 6 – October 12, 15:30h
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
½-½
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Wang Hao 2733
bye
   

Caruana keeps his lead, he simply couldn't break Nisipeanu's defense today though

"I played all natural moves, and suddenly I was worse!" - Ponomariov

This man turned 30 yesterday but Radjabov did not give him any gifts

Ponomariov's 30th birthday party!

The organizers hosted a little dinner in honor of Ponomariov's 30th birthday. Here are some of the pictures:

A toast

Cheers

And cake!

Player Post-Mortems:

 

Analysis of Round 6

Information and photos by Dorian Rogozenco

Standings

Schedule

Round 1 – October 07, 15:30h
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
½-½
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
0-1
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Wang Hao 2733
bye
   
Round 2 – October 08, 15:30h
Wang Hao 2733
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
½-½
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
bye
   
Round 3 – October 09, 15:30h
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
1-0
Wang Hao 2733
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
½-½
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
bye
   
Round 4 – October 10, 15:30h
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
½-½
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Wang Hao 2733 ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
bye
   
Round 5 – October 11, 15:30h
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
½-½
Wang Hao 2733
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
1-0
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
bye
   
Round 6 – October 12, 15:30h
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
½-½
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Wang Hao 2733
bye
   
Round 7 – October 13, 15:30h
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Wang Hao 2733
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
bye
   
Round 8 – October 14, 15:30h
Wang Hao 2733
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
bye
   
Round 9 – October 15, 15:30h
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Wang Hao 2733
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
bye
   
Round 10 – October 16, 13:30h
Wang Hao 2733
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2751
Radjabov, Teimour 2723
Caruana, Fabiano 2779
Nisipeanu, L.-D. 2674
bye
   

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