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Karjakin maintains lead in Beijing, Grischuk now in second place

Karjakin maintains lead in Beijing, Grischuk moves to second place

On Tuesday Alexander Grischuk defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and in doing so he took over second place in the leader board. Sergey Karjakin drew with Boris Gelfand and maintained his half point lead. Anish Giri won his second game in the tournament, and this time it was a convincing win against Gata Kamsy. Vassily Ivanchuk won his first, with White against Wang Yue.

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE

Tournament leader Sergey Karjakin is having some back problems, and so on the rest day he decided to try a Chinese massage. It was quite a painful experience, as he said at the press conference:

She used her feet, so she was standing on top of me! I thought I was dying!

When press officer Nastja Karlovich asked him why he didn't scream, Karjakin laughed:

Because I'm the man!

So far Karjakin is certainly da man in Beijing, where he kept his half point lead in the fifth round. His opponent Boris Gelfand played the same line as last year during the World Rapid Championship in Astana, but a slightly improved version of course. After lots of manoeuvring it was Karjakin who avoided a move repetition, only to find himself in a slightly worsed ending a few moves later. Gelfand said he remembered rook endings by Capablanca and Rubinstein with the same pawn structure, but he couldn't find a good plan.

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov could have caught Karjakin in first place, but it was not the Azerbaijani's day. Asked what he missed during the game, he replied:

I missed everything.

Alexander Grischuk got out of the opening with a clear advantage, but then played "slowly" and used a lot of time on the clock. The Russian felt he wasn't 100% in control but when Mamedyarov decided to force matters at move 49, the tactics worked for White. Grischuk, who is now in second place, started his press conference with the following gem:

It's very difficult to play against Shakhriyar because my daughter is in love with him and she secretely roots for him! She says she's rooting for me, but I can see in her eyes that she's lying.

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It wasn't Gata Kamsky's day either. In a 3.Bb5 Sicilian, he found himself looking at a lost position about ten moves after the opening was over. Giri, who did most of the talking during the press conference, gave the impression that he had studied the positions deeply. Although he missed one quicker win, the 19-year-old Dutchman finished the game very well, and he can be proud of his second win in the GP series.

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To continue the theme, it certainly was Vassily Ivanchuk's day. The Ukrainian demonstrated very sharp calculation during the game, and he avoided many tricks. Wang Yue thought Black's piece sac was good, but Ivanchuk wasn't sure.

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It was also "the day of Nb5", because this happened in the game Peter Leko vs Alexander Morozevich as well. The structure was very different, and in fact this line doesn't give White much, as Leko admitted. The game was full of little subtleties, but they didn't change the evaluation.

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Wang Hao and Veselin Topalov also drew their game, which saw a curious moment. Everything looked more or less fine, but afterwards the players were told that a surprising bishop move would have decided the game instantly in White's favour! Besides that, it was always more or less equal.

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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 ½-½ Karjakin   Karjakin - Mamedyarov
Leko ½-½ Morozevich   Topalov - Grischuk
Kamsky 0-1 Giri   Wang Yue - Wang Hao
Ivanchuk 1-0 Wang Yue   Giri - Ivanchuk
Wang Hao ½-½ Topalov   Morozevich - Kamsky
Grischuk 1-0 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 5 standings


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Anonymous's picture

Nice game by Ivanchuk.

Anonymous's picture

Was it Septimumuse yesterday who insulted Ivanchuk ? Oh yes it was !

Septimus 's picture

A single swallow doth not a summer make.

Anonymous's picture

Septimus is very fashionable, Ivanchuk is eternal

Anonymous's picture

Ivanchuk is a genius ! So glad to see him in his own world again and again and again

Shibin's picture

what was the surprising bishop move???

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Anónimo's picture

21. Bd6! Just replay the game and you will find why.

Thomas Oliver's picture

Most of all, it was "the day of c4": three times at an early stage in a Sicilian (with indeed quite different structures, plans and results), once as early as move 1 (the way to beat Mamedyarov?) and - but that's more for the sake of completeness - twice after 1.d4 Nf6.

Crow T Robot's picture

I love Grischuk's personality! He makes me laugh so much! Go Grischuk Go!

Angel's picture

Anybody wanna bet if we'll see a decisive Leko game?

Anonymous's picture

Against Gelfand and wang hao. Plus 2 for Leko at the end

Aldrin Caraig's picture

The photos are excellent...

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