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Ivanchuk, Kasimdzhanov Win In London Grand Prix Round 8

  • SonofPearl
  • on 29.09.2012, 13:44.

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Yesterday, in round 7 of the London Grand Prix, Vassily Ivanchuk and Rustam Kasimdzhanov played a mere 11 moves before agreeing a draw. Well, the rest must have done them good, because they both won their games in round eight - the only players to win in the round.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Hikaru Nakamura, making it 3 losses in a row for the American who came into the tournament as top seed, but now lies in clear last place.

Rustam Kasimdzhanov won a queen ending with Michael Adams.  It was the first win of the event for Kasimdzhanov, and the second loss in consecutive rounds for Adams.

Leader Boris Gelfand had good chances against Anish Giri, but the game ended drawn.  Nevertheless, Gelfand maintains his lead with a score of 5½/8.  Tomorrow is rest day, so round 9 is on Monday.

The standings after 8 rounds

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2738
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2729 5
3 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2754
4 Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2752
5 Leko, Peter  HUN 2737
6 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2769 4
7 Wang, Hao  CHN 2742 4
8 Giri, Anish  NED 2730
9 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2725
10 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2684
11 Adams, Michael  ENG 2722 3
12 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2783

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Hikaru Nakamura and Vassily Ivanchuk

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Michael Adams

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Boris Gelfand and Anish Giri

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Leinier Dominguez Perez and Wang Hao

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Peter Leko and Alexander Grischuk

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Veselin Topalov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

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The London Grand Prix is the first tournament of the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix series. After London the series moves on to Tashkent, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin and Paris.  Each tournament is a single round-robin featuring 12 out of the 18 players in the Grand Prix, and each player competes in four of the six events.  Details of dates and participants can be found here.

The overall winner and runner-up of the Grand Prix qualify for the March 2014 Candidates Tournament.

The schedule for the London Grand Prix:

Arrival & Opening  20th September
1st Round  21st September
2nd Round  22nd September
3rd Round  23rd September
4th Round   24th September
5th Round  25th September
Free Day  26th September
6th Round    27th September
7th Round    28th September
8th Round   29th September
Free Day    30th September
9th Round  1st October
10th Round    2nd October
11th round & Closing  3rd October
Departure  4th October

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Rounds start at 14:00 local time (13:00 UTC). The time control is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then an extra 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment after the second time control.

Draws can only be claimed for triple-repetition of position, theoretical draws, or 50-move rule.

The official regulations for the 2012 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

Official website here. Games via TWIC. Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.

Look out for coverage at Chess.com/TV!

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  • 2 lat temu

    Kenji_Yamazaki

    yes, Naka is good, but like mobidi said he needs to study his opponent's game, there is only one Capablanca

  • 2 lat temu

    joeybantog

    easier said than done

  • 2 lat temu

    zezpwn44

    I'm tired of seeing chess fans whine about draws, honestly. The two winners weren't "rewarded" for making a quick draw. They were rewarded for playing very good chess against GM-level opposition today. Draws are part of the game. This is a round robin, so it's not like quick draws are even very beneficial for the people taking them. We look at their games because we want to, not because they're there to put on a show for us. This isn't the NFL.

  • 2 lat temu

    mobidi

    Naka is good,but he needs to do HOMEWORK. In such high level ,playing only by improvization or believing ??? -it's " mission impossible" Cry

  • 2 lat temu

    diogens

    I think Naka is a great player. His win vs. Kamsky with black in the US Champ was awesome, in a MUST WIN situation. This experience will serve him good. Others recently passed such nightmares: Ivanchuk in Reggio Emilia, Giri in WaZee, Morozevich in TalM. Is part of professional chess to regain confidence for a successful comeback.

  • 2 lat temu

    kingspasski

    Nice 1 Gelfand :)

  • 2 lat temu

    Lawdoginator

    The two guys who took a controversial extra day off with an eleven move draw are the only two guys who win the next day. This is bad for chess. They were rewarded for violating the spirit of the game. And poor Naka who plays so dynamically, suffers another loss to one of the miscreants. 

  • 2 lat temu

    melvinbluestone

    Wow! It's kind of disturbing how some people are reveling in Nakamura's misfortunes........ What did he do? Kick your dogs or something??  Cripes! He's just a chess player.......

  • 2 lat temu

    FoxForceFive

    Naka's play is good for the fans but I also like to see him win in technical positions like a Kamsky or a Carlsen.

  • 2 lat temu

    FoxForceFive

    Its clear that Naka needs to give the endgame and its transition from the Middlegame more respect and study.  Players also are avoiding playing dynamic  positions against him and playing it safe.  His opening play lacks depth in this competition and hes wasting a lot of energy improvising and trying to turn technical positions into dynamic ones where his creative energy is superior.  His desire to win is clouding his judgement. His loss against Wang Hao was allowing him to change the pawn structure in his favor. I think his Ego got in the way. He wanted to get revenge after losing his previous games against him and that cost him. I think it also has to do with the way he lost before because he lost in dynamic positions which are Naka's specialty.  Once Naka's play in Technical positions improves he will be great like Carlsen.

  • 2 lat temu

    EternalChess

    Well Naka got lucky once too many times in Olympiad AND this tournament.. finally he's losing lost games.

  • 2 lat temu

    jovalac

    This is definitely not the tournament for Nakamura. Almost 5 losses (almost lost against Leinier, too).

  • 2 lat temu

    bagpiper123456

    I'm quite happy Gelfand is winning. If he continues like this, he could enter the top ten in the ratings.

  • 2 lat temu

    Kazemi1990

    i think this is not nakamura

  • 2 lat temu

    Aknaim

    Lets see how Naka responds on his twitter this time. I wonder what his excuse is for losing now. Undecided

  • 2 lat temu

    Sadalmelik

    This time i will refrain myself from any comments,like naka did on his twitter account.Wink

  • 2 lat temu

    TheMagicianPaul

    Finally, justice being served..

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