Nakamura beats Giri in 10th round London Grand Prix
Hikaru Nakamura's losing streak came to an end on Tuesday at the FIDE Grand Prix in London. The American grandmaster beat Anish Giri in 65 moves with a breakthrough combination. As all the other games were drawn, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov still leads with one round to go. The final round will start tomorrow at 12:00 (noon) local time (13:00 CET) so two hours earlier.
Nakamura beats Giri in a Petroff | Photo © ChessVibes
Quite a few famous chess players attended the 10th round of the Grand Prix on Tuesday. Ray Keene, Danny King, Stuart Conquest and Jon Speelman have been visiting the event on a regular basis, and the latter spent most of his 56th birthday like any other round in Simpson's. Luke McShane, Julian Hodgson, Lawrence Trent and Dominic Lawson came by as well, but before most of these people arrived, the new tournament leader had already drawn his game.
Half a point ahead of the pack, and playing Black in the penultimate round, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov could hardly be blamed. His opponent, Wang Hao, has shown himself to be a very creative player, already in the opening phase, and this time it was no different. In the 4...Bf5 Caro-Kann the Chinese went for the slightly extravagant 5.Nc5!? – tried by none other than Bobby Fischer – but Mamedyarov was hardly surprised as he could remember a game Khairullin-Dreev, and decided to follow it.
Leinier Dominguez and Vassily Ivanchuk played a very equal game. The Ukrainian still has a very wide opening repertoire, and this time he chose an old line of the Ruy Lopez. (Isn't it great when you can play just anything, and pick whatever suits your mood?)
In today's videos you'll see the players signing tournament posters. We're not exactly sure how many the organizers asked them to sign, but it seemed to be about a hundred!
Kasimdzanov and Grischuk played, according to the latter, a very bad game. Black was winning after the opening, then spoilt it, then mistakenly avoided a perpetual and then held a slightly worse rook ending to a draw.
Yesterday Grischuk said that it's always a challenge to fight against World Championship preparation. Playing Gelfand, Leko decided to return to a line he played several times ten years ago, and did manage to get a slight edge. However, it cost him time on the clock and after an inaccuracy on move 33 the position was equal.
Topalov and Adams also drew their game, but in this case it was quite clear that White was better all the time. The Bulgarian was a bit disappointed that he didn't manage to do more with that nice ending he got, but part of that disappointment was no doubt connected to the standings.
Yet again Nakamura was the last to finish, but this time things went very well for him. Against Giri's Petroff he decided to swap queens at an early stage, and he got a slight edge. The ending should have been a draw, but one inaccurate move by Giri was enough for Nakamura to strike with a tactical breakthrough.
Schedule & pairings
|Round 1||15:00 CET||21.09.12||Round 2||15:00 CET||22.09.12|
|Round 3||15:00 CET||23.09.12||Round 4||15:00 CET||24.09.12|
|Wang Hao||½-½||Grischuk||Gelfand||1-0||Wang Hao|
|Round 5||15:00 CET||25.09.12||Round 6||15:00 CET||27.09.12|
|Round 7||15:00 CET||28.09.12||Round 8||15:00 CET||29.09.12|
|Round 9||15:00 CET||01.10.12||Round 10||15:00 CET||02.10.12|
|Round 11||13:00 CET||03.10.12|
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