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Beijing Grand Prix: Karjakin also wins third

Beijing Grand Prix: Karjakin also wins third

Sergey Karjakin als won his third game at the FIDE Grand Prix in Beijing, China and increased his lead to a full point. On Saturday he outplayed Alexander Morozevich with Black in a Queen's Indian. Alexander Grischuk, Veselin Topalov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who beat Vassily Ivanchuk, are trailing by a point. Anish Giri won against Boris Gelfand, who lost on time.

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE

After a good start of 2/2, Sergey Karjakin added another win, and an easy one. Alexander Morozevich couldn't get an opening advantage against the Queen's Indian and already went wrong on move 14. Karjakin missed a chance, but a few moves later Morozevich refrained from taking en passant and was left with a "strategically lost position", as he said himself after the game. He soon lost a pawn and the game was basically decided already. An excellent start for Karjakin!

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Boris Gelfand was better throughout the game against Anish Giri, but lost anyway. How is that possible? Well, in a Dutch Defence that didn't go too well, the Dutch grandmaster managed to hang on with 16...Rd7! and when White didn't find the best plan, it was more or less OK for Black. Just before the time control the players reached an unclear ending, and then at move 38, with two minutes on the clock, Gelfand started thinking, forgot about the clock and lost on time.

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Vassily Ivanchuk's game saw a dramatic finish that we've seen so often lately in the games of the Ukrainian. In an Open Catalan at some point he got three pieces for a queen, and his opponent Shakhriyar Mameyarov had to give another exchange to avoid real danger towards his king. Then, one move before the time control, Ivanchuk placed his rook on an unprotected square and his position was suddenly lost. When press officer Anastasiya Karlovich asked him if he could "try something different", Ivanchuk answered:

Card games, maybe.

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Peter Leko plays both 1.e4 and 1.d4, but he wasn't sure what his opponent Wang Yue would play against 1.e4. He thought the Slav would be guaranteed after 1.d4, but the Chinese surprised him with the topical Semi-Tarrasch. The Hungarian found a very nice rook manoeuvre, and just when things were getting dangerous for Black, Wang Yue wisely decided to sacrifice a pawn and play an ending a pawn down, but with all pawns on one side. Top-level chess!

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Against Alexander Grischuk, Wang Hao repeated Peter Svidler's remarkable 7.f4!? in the 5.Bd2 Grünfeld but a few moves later he went for the wrong plan and Black was already slightly better. With an amazing sacrifice on the queenside the Chinese liquidated to an opposite-coloured bishop ending where Black had two passed pawns, but could not make progress.

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The longest game was also one of the best, between two great fighters: Gata Kamsky and Veselin Topalov. White kept the initiative throughout the game but it's not clear if he could really win somewhere.

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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 - Grischuk
Gelfand 0-1 Giri   Mamedyarov - Wang Hao
Leko ½-½ Wang Yue   Topalov - Ivanchuk
Kamsky ½-½ Topalov   Wang Yue - Kamsky
Ivanchuk 0-1 Mamedyarov   Giri - Leko
Wang Hao  ½-½ Grischuk   Morozevich - 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 3 standings


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popeye's picture

oh chuky why do you torture you fans so much.....the best player no doubt on your day but when not your day a tragic figure...

Fishy's picture

Karjakin is on a killing spree!! xD

redivivo's picture

Giri won with black against Gelfand also last year and is undefeated against him, but this one looked weird. Unusual to see a top player just forget about the clock in a simple endgame position that otherwise is impossible to lose.

KchessK's picture

Sergey is on a roll! his comments after he beat Morozevich in round 3
Morozevich, who keeps going down from the live ratings list. I wish he fights back and get out of this losing streak.

Ollie's picture

Why is Grischuk allways sitting like a hunchback?

Marten's picture

Peter, is it maybe possible to re-play the games with reversed colors?
I like playing with black at the bottom when there is a game being played with an opening I also play.
Would be a nice feature.

Anonymous's picture

What do you think that button in lower left corner is for?

AAR's picture

Button doesn't work correctly in old IE versions.
It works well in Chrome.

Feuertrunken's picture

"So far, so good!"

Stephen's picture

Very instructive endgames ! Especially liked Kamsky-Topalov

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