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Dominguez & Ivanchuk score in 4th round Grand Prix

Dominguez & Ivanchuk score in 4th round Grand Prix

Leinier Dominguez and Vassily Ivanchuk won their games in the fourth round of the Grand Prix in Élancourt (near Paris). Dominguez beat Anish Giri in a rook ending that started as a Bc5 Ruy Lopez. In a Queen's Indian against Laurent Fressinet, Ivanchuk was lucky to survive what was probably a lost position around move 30, and even won in the end. This way the Ukrainian joined Boris Gelfand in the lead. The other games, including the big clash between Grischuk and Caruana, ended in draws. Thursday is a rest day in Élancourt.

Photos by Alina l'Ami courtesy of FIDE

Most people believe in the advantage of the first move, and the data of millions of chess games show that White simply scores slightly better. Still, the fact that it took four rounds to have a black win in Élancourt didn't mean much. However, even that black win should have been a white win...

Fressinet was well on his way to score his second win in the tournament, as his aggressive middlegame play worked out well. Ivanchuk was basically outplayed, and the players agreed that 30.Qe2! would have been close to winning. In the endgame White was also slightly better, but a series of small mistakes even led to a loss for the Frenchman.

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The big game of the round was of course the clash between Grischuk and Caruana as each of them can still qualify for the 2014 Candidates by winning this last GP alone. The game didn't disappoint; in a reversed King's Indian Attack Grischuk played a promising pawn sac and quickly reached a better ending. The Russian GM then gave two pieces for a rook, because he saw he would end up with two extra pawns. At the press concerence it was established that either 39.g4 or 39.g3 would have resulted in a technically winning position for White; in the game Caruana escaped with a draw.

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Leinier Dominguez beat Anish Giri in a bit of a strange game. The Dutchman followed his preparation and played the first twenty moves without thinking, but then he must have mixed up the move order or something like that, because instead of 21...Rxe3 his 21...Rb6? could be answered by 22.Rf3! and White suddenly remained a pawn up. 

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Wang Hao played the Réti against Nakamura and an interesting structure came on the board when White took on e4 with the d-pawn. Play became quite concrete when the Chinese GM sacrificed a pawn, but Black was fine after the accurate 21...a5!.

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Ponomariov-Tomashevsky was a Stonewall Dutch where the Russian was a solid as always. Each time a top player handles it like this and gets a relatively easy draw, one wonders why this opening isn't more popular.

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Bacrot decided to test Gelfand in "World Championship territory": the 3.Bb5 Sicilian that appeared several times between Anand and Gelfand last year in Moscow. The Frenchman deviated from one of these games on move 14 but his different setup of pieces didn't make much difference and the Israeli GM easily equalized.

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Paris Grand Prix 2013 | Results & pairings

Round 1 15:00 CET 22.09.13   Round 2 15:00 CET 23.09.13
Fressinet ½-½ Ponomariov   Ponomariov ½-½ Giri
Grischuk ½-½ Wang Hao   Tomashevsky ½-½ Gelfand
Caruana ½-½ Bacrot   Dominguez ½-½ Nakamura
Ivanchuk ½-½ Dominguez   Bacrot ½-½ Ivanchuk
Nakamura ½-½ Tomashevsky   Wang Hao ½-½ Caruana
Gelfand 1-0 Giri   Fressinet 1-0 Grischuk
Round 3 15:00 CET 24.09.13   Round 4 15:00 CET 25.09.13
Grischuk ½-½ Ponomariov   Ponomariov ½-½ Tomashevsky
Caruana 1-0 Fressinet   Dominguez 1-0 Giri
Ivanchuk 1-0 Wang Hao   Bacrot ½-½ Gelfand
Nakamura 1-0 Bacrot   Wang Hao ½-½ Nakamura
Gelfand 1-0 Dominguez   Fressinet 0-1 Ivanchuk
Giri ½-½ Tomashevsky   Grischuk ½-½ Caruana
Round 5 15:00 CET 27.09.13   Round 6 15:00 CET 28.09.13
Caruana - Ponomariov   Ponomariov - Dominguez
Ivanchuk - Grischuk   Bacrot - Tomashevsky
Nakamura - Fressinet   Wang Hao - Giri
Gelfand - Wang Hao   Fressinet - Gelfand
Giri - Bacrot   Grischuk - Nakamura
Tomashevsky - Dominguez   Caruana - Ivanchuk
Round 7 15:00 CET 29.09.13   Round 8 15:00 CET 30.09.13
Ivanchuk - Ponomariov   Ponomariov - Bacrot
Nakamura - Caruana   Wang Hao - Dominguez
Gelfand - Grischuk   Fressinet - Tomashevsky
Giri - Fressinet   Grischuk - Giri
Tomashevsky - Wang Hao   Caruana - Gelfand
Dominguez - Bacrot   Ivanchuk - Nakamura
Round 9 15:00 CET 02.10.13   Round 10 15:00 CET 03.10.13
Nakamura - Ponomariov   Ponomariov - Wang Hao
Gelfand - Ivanchuk   Fressinet - Bacrot
Giri - Caruana   Grischuk - Dominguez
Tomashevsky - Grischuk   Caruana - Tomashevsky
Dominguez - Fressinet   Ivanchuk - Giri
Bacrot - Wang Hao   Nakamura - Gelfand
Round 11 14:00 CET 04.10.13        
Gelfand - Ponomariov        
Giri - Nakamura        
Tomashevsky - Ivanchuk        
Dominguez - Caruana        
Bacrot - Grischuk        
Wang Hao - Fressinet        

Paris Grand Prix 2013 | Round 4 standings


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:-$'s picture

tiviakov is great with his assessment of games, he doesn't mean to offend when giving his press conference comments its just his honest way. Tough he they get the guns I say, only bitter because they lost & know her right!

europatzer's picture

Fair comment, but its still boring and unexciting
most uninspiring chess event of the year !

Anonymous's picture

I strongly disagree! The games are very interesting and I really love the live feed from the boards. It's just like sitting next to the players.

Bronkenstein's picture

Let´s hope Chucky is waking up (and not just for this tournament...)

PS Grischuk maybe could consider returning to one of those comfy chairs. He can relax now... =)

Charles Taylor's picture

Someone was saying that Grischuk is not able to support himself solely on chess, but also plays poker.

If I could make a suggestion, if he dressed a little better and took some pride in his appearance he might land some commercial endorsements. As it is now, he looks like he just came out of the Salvation Army.

RG13's picture

@Charles Taylor
I think your comment has merit. Also a good manager to promote him may be helpful. FM Lilov seems to be doing quite well and he is about 200 points weaker than Grischuk.

Septimus's picture

CT, is that your real name or did you escape from Liberia?

But, LOL on the Salvation army comment.

Vítor Almeida's picture

Go Ivanchuk!

Anonymous's picture

Gelfand and Ivanchuk at the 2 top spots! Awesome :)

PeterV's picture

Nice pictures by Alina l'Ami.

bayde's picture

Yeah, I don't think Tiviakov means to be annoying, but I'm realizing that he is probably way, way up on the autistic spectrum. The robotic voice, the complete unawareness of social conventions.. Asperger's syndrome, for sure. Poor guy. He shouldn't be doing this kind of work, though.

Cyric Renner's picture

You amateur Psychologists are a real hoot. Now everyone that maybe a little socially awkward is Aspergers/Autistic for sure.

Tiviakov happens to be very open and blunt with his comments. I personally find it very refreshing.

Anonymous's picture

I'm just tired of all the amateur psychologists/apologists out there who use Asperger's /Autism as an excuse for being rude. Both conditions are rare and wouldn't account for the large number of people who don't find it necessary to be polite to others.
Tiviakov is fine for commentary, but he is too rude and argumentative for post-mortem interviews.

bayde's picture

He's not just a little awkward, he talks like a robot. It's called "blunted affect."

And both conditions are less rare among chessplayers, mathematicians, scientists, etc, meaning people who are deeply into pattern-recognition type things.

Anonymous's picture

Actually, it's called "English as a Second Language," and it's quite common among those for whom English is not their first language. It is especially prevalent among those who learned to speak English in a non-English speaking country.

On the other hand, it might just be "Bad Audio Recording Syndrome," commonly found any where sub-standard audio equipment is used, say, at a FIDE event.

cak's picture

Self-promotion and overstating one's ability combined with unrealistic goals for the future is socially desirable behaviour, while actually being good at something is a sign of autism.

Anonymous's picture

Wrong, actually being good at something is a sign of gdoudmacherism, not autism.

mazetas's picture

The games are great but commentary poor ,GP in Thessaloniki had more interesting and fun in commentary!

AAR's picture

because instead of 21...Rxe3 his 21...Rb6? could be answered by 22.Rf3!
--- what happened to Giri - even a club player will go for Rxe3.

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