Beijing Grand Prix: Mamedyarov beats Karjakin, three players lead
The Grand Prix tournament in Beijing is wide open again as Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated tournament leader Sergey Karjakin in round 6. They are sharing the lead with Alexander Grischuk, who drew his game with Veselin Topalov. Alexander Morozevich won against Gata Kamsky and Wang Yue beat his compatriot Wang Hao.
Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE
Anish Giri and Vassily Ivanchuk played the still topical 6.d3 Ruy Lopez where things didn't go too well for White in the opening. He pushed his pawn to e6 but saw it disappear from the board a few moves later. Black eventually got a protected passed pawn on g2, in front of White's king, but Ivanchuk didn't know how to make progress.
Boris Gelfand and Peter Leko transposed from an English into a Semi-Tarrasch and already at move 13 both players had only rooks and one bishop left. White had more space and the initiative, but Leko defended accurately.
In a Petroff defense Sergey Karjakin chose a doubtful plan with 11.h3 and 12. g4 and according to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Black had good position after 12…h5 due to the weaknesses in White's pawn structure. The tournament leader then missed an opportunity to make a draw with the accurate 25. Qh3! and had to struggle hard in a worse endgame.
Four or five times I played badly and my opponent could make a draw,
said Mamedyarov at the press conference. After many hours of defence, the Russian player made a crucial mistake with 91.Kb3 (not 87.Kb2 as mentioned on the official site) and then the queen ending was lost.
The game between the two Wangs didn't end in a draw, which some might have expected. No, Wang won! Yue that is. Black played a bit of a strange combination between the Catalan and the QGA and tried to hang on to his c-pawn, but soon he had to give his other c-pawn. With some tricky knight manoeuvres Wang Yue managed to keep an advantage in the ending; at some point it was a classic knigth versus bad bishop.
Alexander Morozevich again went for the Russian System against Gata Kamsky's Grünfeld, and where the tournament saw 7...Na6 in two earlier games, the American chose 7...Bg4. White's castling on the queenside made the game quite sharp but for a moment it looked like it was going to end in a perpetual. However, Morozevich decided to play on, took a dangerous pawn on a7 and soon it became clear that he had evaluated the resulting position accurately.
Alexander Grischuk didn't play his Najdorf but this time the Berlin against Veselin Topalov, who chose a line that immediately led to a rook ending. Black's pawn structure was slightly weakened, but it's hard to write about this without including the well known saying that all rook endings are drawn...
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||0-1||Giri||Wang Yue||1-0||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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