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Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 2

  • SonofPearl
  • on 23.05.2013, 11:55.

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In terms of results, the second round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Thessaloniki, Greece, was a carbon-copy of the first; 3 decisive games, all won by players with the white pieces.

Peter Svidler had crushed Etienne Bacrot on the opening day in just 27 moves, but he lost even more quickly against his compatriot Alexander Morozevich today. Svidler's ill-advised sortie with 16...e4, 17...Rh6 and 18...Nh4 backfired spectacularly and he resigned after Morozevich promoted a pawn to a queen on move 22.

Fabiano Caruana sacrificed the exchange for a pawn against Vassily Ivanchuk in a Ruy Lopez, eventually winning another pawn to establish connected passed pawns on the a- and b-files.  Once the passed pawns rolled up the board, the young Italian GM secured a fine victory.

In the last game to finish, Alexander Grischuk gradually wore down Hikaru Nakamura's stubborn defence in a long bishop endgame.  The American conceded his second tournament loss after fighting in vain for 121 moves.

Alexander Morozevich scored a quick kill against Peter Svidler in round two

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Fabiano Caruana defeated Vassily Ivanchuk

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Alexander Grischuk finally overcame Hikaru Nakamura's resistance after 121 moves

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It's a bad start for Hikaru Nakamura, losing his first two games

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Veselin Topalov survived in an inferior endgame against Gata Kamsky

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Leinier Perez Dominguez and Ruslan Ponomariov drew after just 19 moves

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Etienne Bacrot recovered from his first round drubbing to draw with Rustam Kasimdzhanov

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The standings after 2 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2741
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2774
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2760
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2779
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2699
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793 1
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769 1
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2742 1
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2755 ½ 
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2725 ½
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2723 ½
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775 0

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The schedule for the 2013 Thessaloniki Grand Prix

21st May 2013 Arrival & Opening Ceremony
22nd May 2013 Round 1 
23rd May 2013 Round 2 
24th May 2013 Round 3 
25th May 2013 Round 4 
26th May 2013 Free Day 
27th May 2013 Round 5 
28th May 2013 Round 6 
29th May 2013 Round 7 
30th May 2013 Round 8 
31st May 2013 Free Day 
1st June 2013 Round 9 
2nd June 2013  Round 10 
3rd June 2013  Round 11 & Closing Ceremony
4th June 2013  Departure 

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The fourth Grand Prix of the 2012/13 series runs from 21 May - 4 June in Thessaloniki, Greece. The full pairings are available here.

The overall winner and runner-up of the 2012/13 Grand Prix series will qualify for the next Candidates Tournament, expected to be held in March 2014. The first three events were held in London, Tashkent and Zug. The current standings are shown here.

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. The best 3 scores of each player count towards their overall score. The official regulations for the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (11:00 UTC) except the final round which starts 2 hours earlier. The time control used is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment after move 60.

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich at the official website, which has live games, analysis and video.

Games via TWIC.

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  • 14 miesięcy temu

    sunivagu

    please weakup naka. 

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Aaronsky72

    Wow, the Morozevich Svidler game played like a game from the romantic era of chess, old fashioned opening, blatant threats, exciting sharp play, a direct attack on the King pawn structure and a surprising (in that he bothered playing it) aggressive albeit preplanned desperate move Nf3 resulting in a sudden and fairly obvious win with Pxa8

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Lawdoginator

    Does Naka ever get the white pieces? 

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    cimzowitsch

    any grim photo of chucky?Wink

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    edpratomo

    has a. karlovich switched job from pro chess player to pro photographer and chess host? 

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    edpratomo

    pono becomes kitten in front of kasparov. here he is acting tiger.. LOL Tongue Out

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Wicked_Soul

    And Ponormariov thinks to himself: "I am going to draw you, like it or not!"

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    marklimpin

    Ponomariov Tiger look to Dominguez Perez!!

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    friendjonny

    No picture of Kamsky?

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    C-D-B

    You know when chubby babys puff out their cheeks and look sad, thats Nakamura!

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    albatrosses

    Nakamura strikes twice. One more and he is out.

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Wappinschaw

    He'd do better without the silly hat,[Nakamura].

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Fisikos

    Look at Nakamura - just priceless haha :)

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Melchizedek10

    When player dont have enough energy to play, things are bound to happen...usually with the case if one play one tournament after another...It must be Plato's influence or new age enlightenment that lift the spirit of these super GM's who are playing with white here in Greece..:)

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    Sahasrara

    Moro may not be consistent, but some of his games are brilliant, I never count him out. 

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    SonofPearl

    Nakamura on twitter: "Sometimes there are tournaments where nothing can go right, but my opponent did play well today".

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    xaveform

    Ponomariov looks vicious here. 

  • 14 miesięcy temu

    dashkee94

    When has Naka ever started 0-2?  That picture of him is priceless.

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