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Beijing Grand Prix starts tomorrow, Wang Yue replaces Radjabov

Beijing Grand Prix starts tomorrow, Wang Yue replaces Radjabov

Today is the opening ceremony and tomorrow it starts: the fifth Grand Prix in the 2012-2013 series, in Beijing, China. The participants are Boris Gelfand, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk, Gata Kamsky, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Leko, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Morozevich, Veselin Topalov, Wang Hao and Wang Yue. The latter replaces Teimour Radjabov, who left the Grand Prix for personal reasons.

The FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012-2013 consists of a total of six tournaments, of which the fifth starts tomorrow in Beijing, China. The first was held in September in London, the second in November in Tashkent, the third in April in Zug and the fourth in May-June in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Eighteen players participate in four of these six tournaments. The winner and second placed player overall of the Grand Prix series will qualify for the Candidates Tournament to be held in March 2014.

The time control at the Grand Prix tournaments is 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes plus an increment of 30 seconds per move, from move 61 onwards.

The total prize fund for each Grand Prix is 170,000 EUR while a further 70,000 EUR is being provided to the accumulated prize fund for the overall Grand Prix series standings.

FIDE Grand Prix 2012-2013 | Leg 4 standings

Name Fed Critria London 2012 Tashkent 2012 Zug 2013 Thess. 2013 Beijing 2013 (Paris 2013) Best 3 total
Topalov BUL Rating 140   170 45 x   355
Caruana ITA FIDE Pres.   80 100 125   x 305
Mamedyarov AZE Rating 140 80 20   x   240
Morozevich RUS AGON   140 75 25 x   240
Ponomariov UKR World Cup   50 100 85   x 235
Dominguez CUB AGON 35 20   170   x 225
Nakamura USA Rating 15   140 60   x 215
Wang Hao CHN AGON 70 140     x x 210
Kamsky USA Replacement   10 75 125 x   210
Karjakin RUS Rating   140 50   x x 190
Kasimdzhanov UZB AGON 35 80 20 70     185
Leko HUN AGON 80 50 50   x   180
Grischuk RUS World Cup 90     85 x x 175
Gelfand ISR Match 140 30     x x 170
Svidler RUS World Cup   50   45   x 95
Giri NED AGON 15   50   x x 65
Ivanchuk UKR World Cup 55     10 x x 65
Adams ENG Replacement 55           55
Bacrot FRA Replacement       25     25
Radjabov AZE AGON     20 x x x 20
Wang Yue CHN Replacement         x   0

The tournament is very important for a number of players. If Veselin Topalov, the current overall leader, manages to score a decent result, he is likely to secure at least second place and thus qualification for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. However, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (in great form, at least in rapid games!), Alexander Morozevich, Wang Hao, Gata Kamsky and Sergey Karjakin can all surpass Topalov with a sole victory in Beijing combined with a bad result for the Bulgarian. Other players can also reach the top in the last leg (e.g. with good results in the last two events, Boris Gelfand can still make it too), so nothing has been decided yet.

This fifth Grand Prix was originally going to take place in Berlin, but after FIDE took over from AGON in finding sponsors, we are seeing different cities for all new events. For the fifth GP, the organizer is the Chinese Chess Association and the playing hall will be at their premises. The New Century Grand Hotel will host the players.

The tournament takes place July 3rd-17th, 2013. The opening ceremony will be held today, the first round is tomorrow, the last on July 16th and rest days on July 8th and 13th. The games will start at 15:00 CST (09:00 CET, 03:00 EDT); the final round starts two hours earlier.

The tournament website is

Grand Prix Beijing 2013 | Pairings

Round 1 09:00 CET 04.07.13   Round 2 09:00 CET 05.07.13
Giri - Karjakin   Karjakin - Wang Hao
Morozevich - Wang Yue   Grischuk - Ivanchuk
Gelfand - Topalov   Mamedyarov - Kamsky
Leko - Mamedyarov   Topalov - Leko
Kamsky - Grischuk   Wang Yue - Gelfand
Ivanchuk - Wang Hao   Giri - Morozevich
Round 3 09:00 CET 06.07.13   Round 4 09:00 CET 07.07.13
Morozevich - Karjakin   Karjakin - Grischuk
Gelfand - Giri   Mamedyarov - Wang Hao
Leko - Wang Yue   Topalov - Ivanchuk
Kamsky - Topalov   Wang Yue - Kamsky
Ivanchuk  - Mamedyarov   Giri - Leko
Wang Hao - 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        


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Anonymous's picture

no doubt that Mamedyarov is the favorite for this one. I don't think that Topalov can continue to play at the same level he did previously. Plus he will have many wolves behind him. Dominguez must have wings, and Karjakin must win if he wants to have a chance for the candidates. Many fights for sure !

Zooty's picture

No doubt?
Grischuk, Gelfand, Karjakin, Topalov etc. play.
Really no doubt??

Anonymous's picture

Mame in good shape is a killer player ... Now, i agree that the other players are incredible, but when i said " no doubt " it was to say that " I " think that with what Mame showed lately he is the favorite ... Now, let's see ... The only thing i want, is to see great fights ... the rest is a detail

Stian's picture

I just hope Moro does well... he did so well in Tashkent and it looked so good for so long and then he collapsed. Please get some stability in you, Moro!

thorino's picture

Go Boris, Go !!!

Morley's picture

Three-way tie between Chucky, Kamsky, and Gelfand. C'mon old guard!

eric's picture

top-3 will be: Topalov, Karjakin, and Gelfand or Kamsky :)

Thomas Oliver's picture

Topalov seems to be rather confident about qualifying via the GP Series - along with Anand and Carlsen (who already at least qualified for the next candidates event) he is the only world top player skipping the World Cup.

I don't think he will finish at the very top in Beijing: some other players have more incentive to take risks - someone will be rewarded, others will pay the prize for it.

Predictions are particularly tricky because two players - Ivanchuk and Morozevich - can finish in first place, last place or anywhere in between. For Ivanchuk it might depend on how he approaches the tournament: Does he consider himself under pressure - with two excellent results even he could still qualify? Or is he fairly relaxed, because he doesn't believe in his chance or doesn't care?

pravardhan's picture

How are the other 6 players are going to be selected for candidates??

2 from GP series
1 from World Championship match(Anand or Carlsen)
2 from World Cup
3 from rating

Am I correct??

hansie's picture

What about the Candidate from the Host Country? Radjabov was the host's candidate last time.

Thomas Oliver's picture

The following players qualify for the candidates event, in that order of priority:
- loser of the WCh match Anand-Carlsen
- the 2 World Cup finalists
- two players from the GP Series
- two players by rating (average of the 12 lists August 2012-July 2013), who must have played either the GP Series or the World Cup
- one organizer nominee.

If one or both of the World Cup finalists also finish in the top two of the GP Series, the third or even fourth place in the GP Series becomes relevant. If Aronian and/or Kramnik reach the final of the World Cup, the next ones by rating will qualify for the candidates event - these are Karjakin, Radjabov(!), Caruana, Nakamura and Topalov. It follows that Kramnik can qualify his compatriot Karjakin for the candidates event.

calvin's picture

its only 2 by rating for the next candidates. that means Aronian, Kramnik will be there definitely!

Averell Dalton's picture

in Baku they are awaiting a new Radjabov,

after Gashimovs healthproblems and Radjabovs concentrationproblems, it's Mamadjarov who will hopely steal the show.

these GP stages have amazing line-ups. Much stronger then the so-called supertournaments like Wijk Aan Zee, Dortmund, London Classic, ...

pravardhan's picture

I hope the organiser committee nominates Caruana in case he fails to quailfy through World Cup or GP.!!

Excalibur's picture

Averell Dalton: The Grand Prix are also called "Super-Tournaments". Its all about cat anyway.

Remco G's picture

Giri's first tournament after finishing school. Here's hoping he will at least win a game this time.

Pharmd646's picture

Thanksamundo for the post.Really thank you! Awesome. dgdeedk

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