Reports | July 07, 2013 23:13

Beijing GP R4: Mamedyarov narows gap with Karjakin

Beijing GP R4: Mamedyarov narows gap with Karjakin

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov came half a point closer to tournament leader Sergey Karjakin in round 4 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Beijing, China. The Azerbaijani defeated Wang Hao in a Slav, while Karjakin drew his game with Alexander Grischuk quickly. In the same round Boris Gelfand suffered another loss, in a Grünfeld against Alexander Morozevich, while Wang Yue beat Gata Kamsky in a long and difficult rook ending. Monday is a rest day.

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE

Maybe the players in Beijing are lucky to be playing a chess tournament inside, in the air-conditioned premises of the Chinese Chess Federation. Outside, the weather in the Chinese capital is not very pleasant: about 32 degrees Celcius and more than 90% humidity! Besides that, it's just "a different location but the same players", as Peter Leko put it.

The Hungarian was happy to draw relatively quicky with Anish Giri after yesterday's very tough game. The Dutchman played 4.e3 and 5.Nge2 but doesn't believe it gives White anything, even though it was the system with which Carlsen crushed Anand at the Tal Memorial.

I just tried to surprise him. It was either the King's Gambit or this.

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Sergey Karjakin made a surprising remark at the press conference:

Maybe my results don't show it but I don't feel I'm fine and playing good.

Because of the tournament situation he decided to play a line in the English Attack which is just a draw, but only if Black remembers everything. Alexander Grischuk faced this sharp line already for the third time in one year, and so he knew everything pretty well.

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov narrowed the gap with Karjakin as he won a very sharp Slav against Wang Hao. The Chinese tried to surprise his opponent and went for quite sharp and principled line. However, Mamedyarov found some strong moves at the board and was in control for most of the game. At the end Wang Hao missed one chance to get a draw, but he blundered.

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Alexander Morozevich admitted that his opening set-up shouldn't offer White an advantage, but he didn't expect Boris Gelfand to play Kasparov's 7...Na6 in the Grünfeld. After the opening the game was about equal, but it was suddenly over when Gelfand didn't react well to a slightly dubious but very interesting bishop sacrifice.

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Veselin Topalov played Vassily Ivanchuk and the game became a Hedgehog type of position, where Black had traded on of White's bishops for a knight. Topalov didn't like his position in the middlegame and was a bit lucky that the tactics worked for him. Just before the time control both players missed a chance for an advantage, and so the draw was satisfactory result.

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Wang Yue won his first game of the tournament, against Gata Kamsky. It started as a Symmetrical English but the game was not very theoretical, and both sides developed quietly. The Chinese kept a slight advantage and won a pawn, but it remained a bit unclear and very complicated. After the time control a rook ending appeared on the board that might have been holdable, but it was not easy and Kamsky didn't manage to save it.

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Grand Prix Beijing 2013 | Pairings & results

Round 1 09:00 CET 04.07.13   Round 2 09:00 CET 05.07.13
Giri 0-1 Karjakin   Karjakin 1-0 Wang Hao
Morozevich ½-½ Wang Yue   Grischuk ½-½ Ivanchuk
Gelfand 0-1 Topalov   Mamedyarov ½-½ Kamsky
Leko ½-½ Mamedyarov   Topalov ½-½ Leko
Kamsky 0-1 Grischuk   Wang Yue ½-½ Gelfand
Ivanchuk ½-½ Wang Hao   Giri ½-½ Morozevich
Round 3 09:00 CET 06.07.13   Round 4 09:00 CET 07.07.13
Morozevich 0-1 Karjakin   Karjakin ½-½ Grischuk
Gelfand 0-1 Giri   Mamedyarov 1-0 Wang Hao
Leko ½-½ Wang Yue   Topalov ½-½ Ivanchuk
Kamsky ½-½ Topalov   Wang Yue 1-0 Kamsky
Ivanchuk 0-1 Mamedyarov   Giri ½-½ Leko
Wang Hao  ½-½ Grischuk   Morozevich 1-0 Gelfand
Round 5 09:00 CET 09.07.13   Round 6 09:00 CET 10.07.13
Gelfand - Karjakin   Karjakin - Mamedyarov
Leko - Morozevich   Topalov - Grischuk
Kamsky - Giri   Wang Yue - Wang Hao
Ivanchuk - Wang Yue   Giri - Ivanchuk
Wang Hao - Topalov   Morozevich - Kamsky
Grischuk - Mamedyarov   Gelfand - Leko
Round 7 09:00 CET 11.07.13   Round 8 09:00 CET 12.07.13
Leko - Karjakin   Karjakin - Topalov
Kamsky - Gelfand   Wang Yue - Mamedyarov
Ivanchuk - Morozevich   Giri - Grischuk
Wang Hao - Giri   Morozevich - Wang Hao
Grischuk - Wang Yue   Gelfand - Ivanchuk
Mamedyarov - Topalov   Leko - Kamsky
Round 9 09:00 CET 14.07.13   Round 10 09:00 CET 15.07.13
Kamsky - Karjakin   Karjakin - Wang Yue
Ivanchuk - Leko   Giri - Topalov
Wang Hao - Gelfand   Morozevich - Mamedyarov
Grischuk - Morozevich   Gelfand - Grischuk
Mamedyarov - Giri   Leko - Wang Hao
Topalov - Wang Yue   Kamsky - Ivanchuk
Round 11 07:00 CET 16.07.13        
Ivanchuk - Karjakin        
Wang Hao - Kamsky        
Grischuk - Leko        
Mamedyarov - Gelfand        
Topalov - Morozevich        
Wang Yue - Giri        

Grand Prix Beijing 2013 | Round 4 standings

 


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Anonymous's picture

What Karjakin said in the press conference is maybe surprising but highly clever ... His opponents will not know where to put him on the map

He is growing up ... Incredible fight both with chess and the words

Fishy's picture

Great pictures! Thank you, miss Karlovich.
Awesome as ever!

Anonymous's picture

True ! We're ten galaxies away from the PC administration awfull lightning that put those men in extreme public conditions. They deserve better and so do we

S3's picture

Good to see these players don't complain about the "different climate and food", even tho some of them are twice as old as the whining pretender.

Chess Fan's picture

Who is the "whining pretender" S3?

S3's picture

Carleson, of course. Remember him about chennai

S4's picture

...and kramenik of course

S4's picture

Yeah, Giri, that whining pretender...

Septimus 's picture

"...Kamsky didn't manage to safe it."
should read
"...save it".

Thanks for the updates Peter. You are da man!

Thomas Oliver's picture

As a matter of fact, current and predicted daytime temperatures in Berlin (where the event was initially supposed to take place) are also 25-27 degrees - and there the venue might not be air-conditioned.

Septimus 's picture

90% humidity makes a huge difference in comfort level. For example today on my long run (15mi) I suffered a lot and had to slow down by almost 45s a mile, because the humidity jumped from a manageable 50% yesterday to 80% this morning. Temperature was about the same 80F (27C) but man was it tough or what...Just to put it in perspective, I do the same distance in the winter (1C) at about 30s/mile faster.

BTW, I am of the opinion that players should not be complaining (not that they were) and should just get on with it. Insulting the host is never a good move.

Chess Fan's picture

Septimus, are you from Russian?

Septimus 's picture

No man. I'm from the US. I don't know if it gets super hot in Russia. I'd like to visit Russia though. I heard the women are smoking hot.

Thomas Oliver's picture

It does make a difference in physical sports. I am a runner myself, for me about 15C is ideal - I was also out of my comfort zone doing a half-marathon last "spring" with temperatures of 1C, light near-freezing rain and heavy wind. I know people who qualified for the European Ch marathon in Barcelona in August one year, they simply had to cope with the heat and adapt their running speed and strategy (some managed better than others). And the Olympic marathon in Beijing was still tougher.

But hey, these guys are playing chess - "they are lucky to play inside with air-conditioning" is almost as odd as "in Wijk aan Zee, they were lucky that the venue has heating and a proper roof to protect against snow or rain". And the players probably wouldn't want to play somewhere in the Gobi desert where humidity isn't a problem ... but sand storms can occur :).

P.S.: I think Septimus is from the USA - giving his running speed per mile and temperatures initially in Fahrenheit.

Septimus 's picture

Thomas, what did you finish your half in?

I think too much is being made out of the weather. Maybe not the best for checking out the sights the city has to offer, but I doubt the players have the time. I bet most of them are working on their preparations (indoors) even on the rest day.

Thomas Oliver's picture

Off-topic and of marginal interest for most readers, but anyway ... : In that particular race, given the conditions time didn't really matter and every finisher was sort of a winner - many others didn't show up or ran just 10km. I stayed with a group of somewhat slower friends until about 13k, then speeding up to end up alone against the wind to finish in 1:49.
The next race was worse as it suddenly turned relatively warm - 18C ain't too much but it is after weeks of awful weather, the same day top runners were also struggling in the Rotterdam Marathon.
In general I (often successfully) aim for 1:40-1:45 or "1 hour plus age in minutes" - now I am 45, my personal best of 1:36 is from 2002. By and large, I compare my running strength to my chess strength (Elo 1900-2000, also higher and closer to 2100 in my younger years).

S3's picture

Had to run from the cops again, septimus?

Chess Fan's picture

Ouch!
Thanks Thomas for coming up with the unusual interesting facts, as usual.

Ruben's picture

Here in Holland in my livingroom also 25.5 C with no airco. Seems to be hot everywere.

Anthony Migchels's picture

Did we ever have a World Champion who was not in the top 10?

Chess Fan's picture

Theory-wise, possible yes. Though it may not happened before. It is only now that we have so many good players (at least 10) who are capable of having higher Elo temporarily than the World Champion.

Ruben's picture

I think we never had but if Topolov Mamedyarov and Nakamura all win only 5 rating pionts then Anand is allready the nr 10. So it will be possible maybe soon.

Rob's picture

Leko's proving he can draw with the best. But can he win???

pravardhan's picture

Rustam Kasimdzhanov became FIDE world champion when he was out of top 30!!

Chess Fan's picture

Good point. But the "Unified World Champion" is even more special. But your point is good. Rustam clearly beat the best players in the world at that time, except for ut most three who were not participating.

Ruben's picture

Kasimdzhanav and Polomariov I do not count as World Champions.

Chess Fan's picture

I feel sad for Boris Gelfand. Hope he picks himself up in this tournament. He can.

Anonymous's picture

Last year it was repeated in absurdum that Gelfand only should be evaluated based on his results in World Championship related events. Now he was 10th in his previous qualifier in Tashkent, is last here, and had no success in the Candidates either, and suddenly his real strength was only showed in Tal Memorial. How quickly things change.

Thomas Oliver's picture

The complete recent picture for Gelfand is three bad events (candidates event, Tashkent and now Beijing GP) and three good to great events (shared first in London GP and Alekhine Memorial, sole first in Tal Memorial). For some reason, he became an erratic player comparable to Ivanchuk, Morozevich and Nakamura - while not quite sharing their "overly dynamic" style and changes of mood.

Coco Loco's picture

I bet a lot of variance in tournament results is simply due to chance. Program a computer to run a few tourney simulations (including chance of win/draw/loss based on Elo) and you'll get all sorts of "surprising"outcomes.

Septimus 's picture

Gelfand is far better than Ivanchuck, who is probably the most overhyped player ever. When was the last time he won a decent tournament. He should have been banned from playing for a minimum of 2yrs after throwing games in the candidates tournament.

Anonymous's picture

stupid comment

Anonymous's picture

hey Septimumuse ! WATCH THIS

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=12183

Now you can shut up and study

Ruben's picture

Why? He won Tal memorial with was really great for him!

ShockeR's picture

What I find the worst thing about this particular tournament is that its a 2nd big tournament in a row in which we dont have an english live video cast..

its pretty pathetic if you ask me..

bolivar's picture

And we don't even have a spanish live video cast either, pretty pathetic..

ShockeR's picture

If you are trying to be sarcasting, then I completely dont get your point..

no english cast for such a big tournaments is like not having an english cast of.. lets say Champions League games or something like that.. so yeah, it IS really pathetic..

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