Beijing GP: Grischuk, Karjakin, Topalov win in first round
Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin and Veselin Topalov all won their games with black in the first round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Beijing, China. Grischuk beat Kamsky in a Rossolimo Sicilian that ended in a time scrable. Giri had prepared a deep line in the Berlin Ending, but Karjakin played well and refuted his opponent's material sacrifices. Veselin Topalov won against Boris Gelfand in a Grünfeld where Black's passed pawn proved more dangerous than White's.
Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE
It's fair to say that the first round of the Beijing Grand Prix started with a bang, with five great fights, three wins for Black, one terrible time scramble and just one dull draw! In a Queen's Gambit Accepted (by transposition), Vassily Ivanchuk got absolutely nothing with White and drew in 28 moves with the highest rated of the two Chinese participants, Wang Hao.
Gata Kamsky sacrificed a pawn in the opening (a Rossolimo Sicilian with an early c2-c4) and seemed to be dominating the game completely. Around move 25, Alexander Grischuk could hardly move anything and he was probably happy with a draw there. As they were getting closer to move 40, both players were getting short of time, Kamsky went for a sharp winning attempt, Grischuk missed a one-move win and then Kamsky apparently lost on time in a position he doesn't need to lose. Drama!
The game Boris Gelfand versus Veselin Topalov was the top game of the round, as it was the winner of the Tal Memorial against the leader of the Grand Prix! The Bulgarian played the Grünfeld, the Israeli played the Russian System, and then Topalov chose the line Garry Kasparov played a lot: 7...Na6. The early ...g5 and ...h6 was relatively new, and didn't equalize completely, until Gelfand went for the wrong pawn. Black's passed pawn on c3 became more dangerous than Jonathan Rowson's "Delroy" on d6 and just before the time control things got out of control for White.
After he recently finished school, and turned 19 on June 28th, Anish Giri tweeted:
Spent my Birthday on a training session. Have to be rewarded for that in the coming Beijing GP, if you ask me. :)
— Anish Giri (@anishgiri) June 29, 2013
In his first round game against Sergey Karjakin, the Dutchman immediately showed that he came to Beijing well prepared. He played 1.e4, went for one of the absolute main lines of the Berlin Ending, came up with a novelty and continued playing fast. However, perhaps not all of his pawn sacrifices were correct, because Black managed to untangle and then ended up with a winning position.
Alexander Morozevich always adds some extra flavour to a tournament. In the first round it was his opening choice: 2.f4 in the Sicilian. As Wang Yue refrained from the critical 3...Nf6, White got a slight edge. The Chinese continued to prefer solid moves over active ones, and even sacrificed a pawn to enforce a position with opposite-coloured bishops. Not too ambitious play from the last seed, but hey, every draw he gets is a moral victory.
The draw between Peter Leko and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was one of the most fascinating games of the round. In a 6.h3 Najdorf the position exploded at move 18 with Black's positionally justified but tactically risky pawn push. Leko's funny manner of exchanging queens had a deep idea behind it, and the Hungarian won two pieces for a rook. It might have been winning for White somewhere, but it was never very clear and Mamedyarov managed to create enough counterplay.
Grand Prix Beijing 2013 | Pairings & results
|Round 1||09:00 CET||04.07.13||Round 2||09:00 CET||05.07.13|
|Round 3||09:00 CET||06.07.13||Round 4||09:00 CET||07.07.13|
|Round 5||09:00 CET||09.07.13||Round 6||09:00 CET||10.07.13|
|Kamsky||-||Giri||Wang Yue||-||Wang Hao|
|Round 7||09:00 CET||11.07.13||Round 8||09:00 CET||12.07.13|
|Wang Hao||-||Giri||Morozevich||-||Wang Hao|
|Round 9||09:00 CET||14.07.13||Round 10||09:00 CET||15.07.13|
|Round 11||07:00 CET||16.07.13|
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