FIDE Grand Prix in Sochi begins – Grischuk, Radjabov win

8/1/2008 – The Second FIDE Grand Prix Tournament is taking place in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, from July 30 to August 15, 2008, with 14 players from ten different countries. The field is dominated by Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk, who is 37 points ahead of the next highest ranked player in the field. In round one it was Alexander Grischuk and Teimour Radjabov who scored. Illustrated report.

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FIDE Grand Prix in Sochi 2008

The Second FIDE Grand Prix Tournament is taking place in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, from July 30 to August 15, 2008, with 14 players from ten different countries. The field is dominated by Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk, who is 37 point ahead of the next highest ranked player in the field. The other players who already participated in the first Grand Prix in Baku, are Peter Svidler (RUS), Alexander Grischuk (RUS), Sergey Karjakin (UKR), Gata Kamsky (USA), Ivan Cheparinov (BUL) and David Navara (CZE). For Levon Aronian (ARM), Boris Gelfand (ISR), Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS, the host city's nominated player) and Mohamad Al Modiahki (QTR), Sochi 2008 will be the first Grand Prix tournament. The event is a category 19 with an average rating of 2708.

Sochi is very close to the Russian border with Georgia. It is famous for its spectacular scenery, with the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains overlooking the gentle shores of the Black Sea. The resort has a temperate climate and boasts many sanatoria and mineral baths.

To put things in perspective here is the location of Sochi on a map of Russia:

Round one report

Round 1: Thursday, July 31st

Svidler Peter
½-½
Kamsky Gata
Cheparinov Ivan
½-½
Gashimov Vugar
Gelfand Boris
½-½
Jakovenko Dmitry
Radjabov Teimour
1-0
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
Grischuk Alexander
1-0
Karjakin Sergey
Wang Yue
½-½
Aronian Levon
Navara David
½-½
Ivanchuk Vassily


Dance number at the festive opening ceremony


... including acting and comedy-drama


The players – and guest of honour Anatoly Karpov – are encouraged to participate


The drawing of colours – here with Boris Gelfand getting the number three


The game Alexander Grischuk vs Sergey Karjakin – Grischuk won in 41 moves


The second decisive game: Mohamad Al-Modiahki vs Radjabov – Radjabov won in 48


Videos by Europe Echecs

FIDE Grand Prix Sochi 2008 – Schedule and results

Round 1: Thursday, July 31st

Svidler Peter
½-½
Kamsky Gata
Cheparinov Ivan
½-½
Gashimov Vugar
Gelfand Boris
½-½
Jakovenko Dmitry
Radjabov Teimour
1-0
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
Grischuk Alexander
1-0
Karjakin Sergey
Wang Yue
½-½
Aronian Levon
Navara David
½-½
Ivanchuk Vassily

Round 2: Friday, August 1st

Kamsky Gata
-
Ivanchuk Vassily
Aronian Levon
-
Navara David
Karjakin Sergey
-
Wang Yue
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
-
Grischuk Alexander
Jakovenko Dmitry
-
Radjabov Teimour
Gashimov Vugar
-
Gelfand Boris
Svidler Peter
-
Cheparinov Ivan
GamesReport

Round 3: Saturday, August 2nd

Cheparinov Ivan
-
Kamsky Gata
Gelfand Boris
-
Svidler Peter
Radjabov Teimour
-
Gashimov Vugar
Grischuk Alexander
-
Jakovenko Dmitry
Wang Yue
-
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
Navara David
-
Karjakin Sergey
Ivanchuk Vassily
-
Aronian Levon
GamesReport

Round 4: Sunday, August 3rd

Kamsky Gata
-
Aronian Levon
Karjakin Sergey
-
Ivanchuk Vassily
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
-
Navara David
Jakovenko Dmitry
-
Wang Yue
Gashimov Vugar
-
Grischuk Alexander
Svidler Peter
-
Radjabov Teimour
Cheparinov Ivan
-
Gelfand Boris
GamesReport

Round 5: Monday, August 4h

Gelfand Boris
-
Kamsky Gata
Radjabov Teimour
-
Cheparinov Ivan
Grischuk Alexander
-
Svidler Peter
Wang Yue
-
Gashimov Vugar
Navara David
-
Jakovenko Dmitry
Ivanchuk Vassily
-
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
Aronian Levon
-
Karjakin Sergey
GamesReport

Round 6: Wednesday, August 6th

Kamsky Gata
-
Karjakin Sergey
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
-
Aronian Levon
Jakovenko Dmitry
-
Ivanchuk Vassily
Gashimov Vugar
-
Navara David
Svidler Peter
-
Wang Yue
Cheparinov Ivan
-
Grischuk Alexander
Gelfand Boris
-
Radjabov Teimour
GamesReport

Round 7: Thursday, August 7th

Radjabov Teimour
-
Kamsky Gata
Grischuk Alexander
-
Gelfand Boris
Wang Yue
-
Cheparinov Ivan
Navara David
-
Svidler Peter
Ivanchuk Vassily
-
Gashimov Vugar
Aronian Levon
-
Jakovenko Dmitry
Karjakin Sergey
-
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
GamesReport

Round 8: Friday, August 8th

Kamsky Gata
-
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
Jakovenko Dmitry
-
Karjakin Sergey
Gashimov Vugar
-
Aronian Levon
Svidler Peter
-
Ivanchuk Vassily
Cheparinov Ivan
-
Navara David
Gelfand Boris
-
Wang Yue
Radjabov Teimour
-
Grischuk Alexander
GamesReport

Round 9: Saturday, August 9th

Grischuk Alexander
-
Kamsky Gata
Wang Yue
-
Radjabov Teimour
Navara David
-
Gelfand Boris
Ivanchuk Vassily
-
Cheparinov Ivan
Aronian Levon
-
Svidler Peter
Karjakin Sergey
-
Gashimov Vugar
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
-
Jakovenko Dmitry
GamesReport

Round 10: Monday, August 11th

Kamsky Gata
-
Jakovenko Dmitry
Gashimov Vugar
-
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
Svidler Peter
-
Karjakin Sergey
Cheparinov Ivan
-
Aronian Levon
Gelfand Boris
-
Ivanchuk Vassily
Radjabov Teimour
-
Navara David
Grischuk Alexander
-
Wang Yue
GamesReport

Round 11: Tuesday, August 12rd

Wang Yue
-
Kamsky Gata
Navara David
-
Grischuk Alexander
Ivanchuk Vassily
-
Radjabov Teimour
Aronian Levon
-
Gelfand Boris
Karjakin Sergey
-
Cheparinov Ivan
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
-
Svidler Peter
Jakovenko Dmitry
-
Gashimov Vugar
GamesReport

Round 12: Wednesday, August 13th

Kamsky Gata
-
Gashimov Vugar
Svidler Peter
-
Jakovenko Dmitry
Cheparinov Ivan
-
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
Gelfand Boris
-
Karjakin Sergey
Radjabov Teimour
-
Aronian Levon
Grischuk Alexander
-
Ivanchuk Vassily
Wang Yue
-
Navara David
GamesReport

Round 13: Thursday, August 14th

Navara David
-
Kamsky Gata
Ivanchuk Vassily
-
Wang Yue
Aronian Levon
-
Grischuk Alexander
Karjakin Sergey
-
Radjabov Teimour
Al-Modiahki Mohamad
-
Gelfand Boris
Jakovenko Dmitry
-
Cheparinov Ivan
Gashimov Vugar
-
Svidler Peter
GamesReport
Friday, August 15th
Departure

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