Elista R12: Kasimdzhanov beats Cheparinov, all other games drawn

12/27/2008 – Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan, one of Vishy Anand's trusted seconds (at the World Championship in Bonn) had a very spotty start to this event. But today he scored his second victory in succession, this time against Ivan Cheparinov of Bulgaria, one of former FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov's trusted seconds. All other games were drawn, the table remains essentially the same.

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FIDE Grand Prix in Elista 2008

The Third FIDE Grand Prix tournament is taking place in Elista from December 13 to 29, 2008. Despite the recent withdrawals (Carlsen, Adams) and the absence of players like Anand, Kramnik and Topalov the tournament is very strong, with a category of 19. The venue, originally Doha, is now "City Chess" in Elista, Kalmykia.

Results

Round 12: Saturday, December 27, 2008

Rustam Kasimdzhanov
1-0
Ivan Cheparinov
Etienne Bacrot
½-½
Alexander Grischuk
Teimour Radjabov
½-½
Vladimir Akopian
Shakh. Mamedyarov
½-½
Wang Yue
Peter Leko
½-½
Evgeny Alekseev
Dmitry Jakovenko
½-½
Pavel Eljanov
Ernesto Inarkiev
½-½
Vugar Gashimov

Kasimdzhanov,R (2672) - Cheparinov,I (2696) [E92]
FIDE Grand Prix Elista RUS (12), 27.12.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 0-0 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3 Ng4 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 Nh6 11.d5 Nd7 12.0-0 f5 13.exf5 Nc5 14.Qd2 g4 15.Nh4 a5 16.f3 gxf3 17.Rxf3

17...Ng4 18.h3 Bh6 19.Qe1 e4 20.Rf1. Interesting and tempting was 20.hxg4 exf3 21.Nxf3. 20...Ne5 21.Bxe5 dxe5 22.g4 Be3+ 23.Kh1 Ra6 24.Ng2 Bd4 25.Qg3 Qg5 26.Rad1

26...Bxf5 27.Nb5 Qg7 28.Kh2 (why not 28...Qa3+–, we ask diffidently) 28...Bg6 29.Rxf8+ Kxf8 30.Nxc7 Rf6. Little tactical point: 30...Qxc7? 31.Rxd4!) 31.Nb5 Bxb2? 32.g5 Rf5 33.Bg4 Rf7 34.Rb1

34...Nd3. 34...Bd4 does not work because of 35.Nxd4 and Black cannot retake: 35...exd4?? 36.Qb8+ Ke7 37.d6 mate! 35.Rxb2 Nxb2 36.Qa3+ Kg8 37.Qxb2. The spoils of battle for White: two knights for a rook, and a winning position. 37...Rf1 38.Nd6 Qe7 39.Be6+ Kf8 40.Qxe5 Qg7 41.Qxg7+ Kxg7 42.Nxb7 Rf2 43.c5 Rd2 44.c6 e3 45.Kg3 e2 46.c7 1-0.


Afterwards "Kasim" discusses the game with tournament annotator GM Sergey Shipov

Standings after twelve rounds

Statistics: White has won 29% of the games, Black 8%, while 63% of the games were drawn.


FIDE Grand Prix Elista 2008 – Schedule and results

Round 1: Sunday December 14, 2008

Etienne Bacrot
½-½
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Teimour Radjabov
½-½
Ivan Cheparinov
Shakh. Mamedyarov
½-½
Alexander Grischuk
Peter Leko
½-½
Vladimir Akopian
Dmitry Jakovenko
1-0
Wang Yue
Ernesto Inarkiev
½-½
Evgeny Alekseev
Vugar Gashimov
1-0
Pavel Eljanov

Round 2: Monday, December 15, 2008

Rustam Kasimdzhanov
½-½
Pavel Eljanov
Evgeny Alekseev
½-½
Vugar Gashimov
Wang Yue
½-½
Ernesto Inarkiev
Vladimir Akopian
½-½
Dmitry Jakovenko
Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Peter Leko
Ivan Cheparinov
½-½
Shakh. Mamedyarov
Etienne Bacrot
0-1
Teimour Radjabov

Round 3: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Teimour Radjabov
1-0
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Shakh. Mamedyarov
½-½
Etienne Bacrot
Peter Leko
1-0
Ivan Cheparinov
Dmitry Jakovenko
½-½
Alexander Grischuk
Ernesto Inarkiev
½-½
Vladimir Akopian
Vugar Gashimov
½-½
Wang Yue
Pavel Eljanov
1-0
Evgeny Alekseev

Round 4: Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rustam Kasimdzhanov
0-1
Evgeny Alekseev
Wang Yue
1-0
Pavel Eljanov
Vladimir Akopian
½-½
Vugar Gashimov
Alexander Grischuk
½-½
Ernesto Inarkiev
Ivan Cheparinov
½-½
Dmitry Jakovenko
Etienne Bacrot
1-0
Peter Leko
Teimour Radjabov
½-½
Shakh. Mamedyarov

Round 5: Thursday, December 18, 2008

Shakh. Mamedyarov
½-½
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Peter Leko
½-½
Teimour Radjabov
Dmitry Jakovenko
½-½
Etienne Bacrot
Ernesto Inarkiev
0-1
Ivan Cheparinov
Vugar Gashimov
1-0
Alexander Grischuk
Pavel Eljanov
½-½
Vladimir Akopian
Evgeny Alekseev
½-½
Wang Yue

Round 6: Saturday, December 20, 2008

Rustam Kasimdzhanov
½-½
Wang Yue
Vladimir Akopian
0-1
Evgeny Alekseev
Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Pavel Eljanov
Ivan Cheparinov
½-½
Vugar Gashimov
Etienne Bacrot
½-½
Ernesto Inarkiev
Teimour Radjabov
½-½
Dmitry Jakovenko
Shakh. Mamedyarov
½-½
Peter Leko

Round 7: Sunday, December 21, 2008

Peter Leko
½-½
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Dmitry Jakovenko
½-½
Shakh. Mamedyarov
Ernesto Inarkiev
1-0
Teimour Radjabov
Vugar Gashimov
½-½
Etienne Bacrot
Pavel Eljanov
1-0
Ivan Cheparinov
Evgeny Alekseev
0-1
Alexander Grischuk
Wang Yue
½-½
Vladimir Akopian

Round 8: Monday, December 22, 2008

Rustam Kasimdzhanov
1-0
Vladimir Akopian
Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Wang Yue
Ivan Cheparinov
1-0
Evgeny Alekseev
Etienne Bacrot
½-½
Pavel Eljanov
Teimour Radjabov
½-½
Vugar Gashimov
Shakh. Mamedyarov
½-½
Ernesto Inarkiev
Peter Leko
½-½
Dmitry Jakovenko

Round 9: Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dmitry Jakovenko
1-0
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Ernesto Inarkiev
½-½
Peter Leko
Vugar Gashimov
1-0
Shakh. Mamedyarov
Pavel Eljanov
0-1
Teimour Radjabov
Evgeny Alekseev
½-½
Etienne Bacrot
Wang Yue
1-0
Ivan Cheparinov
Vladimir Akopian
½-½
Alexander Grischuk

Round 10: Thursday, December 25, 2008

Rustam Kasimdzhanov
½-½
Alexander Grischuk
Ivan Cheparinov
1-0
Vladimir Akopian
Etienne Bacrot
½-½
Wang Yue
Teimour Radjabov
1-0
Evgeny Alekseev
Shakh. Mamedyarov
1-0
Pavel Eljanov
Peter Leko
1-0
Vugar Gashimov
Dmitry Jakovenko
1-0
Ernesto Inarkiev

Round 11: Friday, December 26, 2008

Ernesto Inarkiev
0-1
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Vugar Gashimov
½-½
Dmitry Jakovenko
Pavel Eljanov
½-½
Peter Leko
Evgeny Alekseev
½-½
Shakh. Mamedyarov
Wang Yue
½-½
Teimour Radjabov
Vladimir Akopian
½-½
Etienne Bacrot
Alexander Grischuk
½-½
Ivan Cheparinov

Round 12: Saturday, December 27, 2008

Rustam Kasimdzhanov
1-0
Ivan Cheparinov
Etienne Bacrot
½-½
Alexander Grischuk
Teimour Radjabov
½-½
Vladimir Akopian
Shakh. Mamedyarov
½-½
Wang Yue
Peter Leko
½-½
Evgeny Alekseev
Dmitry Jakovenko
½-½
Pavel Eljanov
Ernesto Inarkiev
½-½
Vugar Gashimov

Round 13: Sunday, December 28, 2008

Vugar Gashimov
-
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Pavel Eljanov
-
Ernesto Inarkiev
Evgeny Alekseev
-
Dmitry Jakovenko
Wang Yue
-
Peter Leko
Vladimir Akopian
-
Shakh. Mamedyarov
Alexander Grischuk
-
Teimour Radjabov
Ivan Cheparinov
-
Etienne Bacrot
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