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Beijing Grand Prix: Mamedyarov beats Karjakin, three players lead

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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 0-1 Mamedyarov
Leko ½-½ Morozevich   Topalov ½-½ Grischuk
Kamsky 0-1 Giri   Wang Yue 1-0 Wang Hao
Ivanchuk 1-0 Wang Yue   Giri ½-½ Ivanchuk
Wang Hao ½-½ Topalov   Morozevich 1-0 Kamsky
Grischuk 1-0 Mamedyarov   Gelfand ½-½ 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 6 standings


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Anonymous's picture

Leko has truly mastered the art of the draw.

celso's picture

He could also change his name to Peter Draw Leko.

Bertil's picture

I have always said that Peter Lekos real rating is about 3000. His analysis is sharp like a razor blade. Only one thing misses him as a chess player...

Thomas Oliver's picture

For sure, Leko knows a lot about chess - and this, combined with his attitude towards the game, might be part of the 'problem' (if it is considered a problem): He refrains from dubious or speculative continuations just to unbalance the game and increase the probability of a decisive result _either way_.

"Correct" chess often leads to draws, but can also result in model games and model wins. Leko never had too many wins, but - at least during the many years when he was a top10 player - he had a few such games. In some cases, a gradually accumulated positional advantage was eventually exploited in a direct kingside attack. Nowadays he lost some of his former strength - temporarily or for good remains to be seen.

RS's picture

Drawnik is the inspiration to all the draw makers. Even if he is not participating he still is there as an inspirational draw god

Anonymous's picture

And what would it be dear neighbor ?

RS's picture

Now we have Drawnik, Drawchuk, Drawko, Drawvich, Drawrov, Drawky participating in the FIDE grand prix. They successfully demontrate their draw making skills from time to time

Thomas Oliver's picture

Who is Drawnik? Even if Kramnik still deserved that name, he doesn't participate in the FIDE Grand Prix.

As to Leko, people seem to imply that he wants or enjoys to draw all of his games - looking at his actual games that doesn't seem to be the case. True, he doesn't mind to draw with black, and two of his opponents (Giri and Gelfand) didn't really test or challenge him - as Leko is solid but potentially dangerous, opponents don't take risks against him. With white, he played a wild game against Mamedyarov (drawn in the end), tried hard against Wang Yue but the advantage was insufficient to win, and I would say he also tried against Morozevich.

His tournament is, or could be comparable to Wang Yue's who has three decisive games: a tactical one going wrong, and two positional ones going right for him.

jussu's picture

Not to mention Gelfand, Wang Hao, and Kamsky, who all have the same number of wins as Leko, but have, of course, been playing much better, as evidenced by their lower number of those dreadful draws.

S42's picture

So you prefer Blunderchuk, Blunderosevich, Blunderkamura?

S42's picture

... and of course Wang Blun Der

kerouac25's picture

You guys suck. These guys play the best chess on the world so cut the crap and enjoy!

Anonymous's picture

What a game by Moro !

RG13's picture

Indeed it was a beautiful game by Morozevich. I wish someone would sponsor a match between him and Ivanchuk!

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