Final leg FIDE Grand Prix to start in Paris September 21st
The last leg of the FIDE Grand Prix series 2012-2013 will be held September 21st-October 5th in Paris, France. FIDE had to find replacements for the three players that stepped out from the tournament for personal reasons: Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov. They have been replaced by Laurent Fressinet, Etienne Bacrot and Evgeny Tomashevsky.
Several tournaments of the Grand Prix series were relocated to different cities, but the last one was scheduled for Paris, and will be held in Paris. The venue is quite an interesting choice: it will be the Chapelle de la Villedieu, ten miles west of Versailles. The official website of the tournament is up.
Here's the list of participants and a small biography written by the press officer of the tournament, Alina l'Ami:
- Bacrot, Etienne: the former child prodigy remains one of the strongest French players and promises to satisfy the locals demands with an honorable spot in the final standings;
- Caruana, Fabiano: had a meteoric rise in the past year, winning several big tournaments with his versatile playing style; currently he is one of the two players from this tournament (next to Grischuk) with a chance to make it to the Candidates event if he will grab the first place unshared;
- Dominguez Perez, Leinier: coming from a country where chess is enormously popular, the country of Capablanca, the Cuban player proved his class by winning one of the previous GP editions, the strong Thessaloniki event; he has now the highest rating of his career, 2757;
- Fressinet, Laurent: in the past few years he established himself as a 2700+ player and recently won the Men's Rapid at SportAccord World Mind Games form Beijing;
- Gelfand, Boris: has been around on top level chess for more than 25 years – a classical player with a phenomenal weaponry; he recently had a peak in his career when he qualified for the World Championship match against Anand, who only managed to defeat him by winning the tiebreak; the 8th Tal Memorial of this year was also won by Boris, so we shall see if experience will again prevail over the youth impetus;
- Giri, Anish: for the Dutch prodigy, the GP series is a wonderful launching platform on his way to the very top, because Anish aims for nothing less than his abilities;
- Grischuk, Alexander: in a shoulder to shoulder combat, Grischuk is the second contender for the final spot in the Candidates event, under the same clause as Caruana: to win unshared in Paris; as a versed player in the Candidates: Mexico (2007) and Kazan (2011) – the Russian time-trouble lover will be an interesting player to be watched;
- Ivanchuk Vassily: alias “Chucky” is a rather unpredictable and very original player, who, if in his best shape, can literally beat anyone in the world!; needles to mention his provocative but multilateral playing style, with a proverbial memory and always in search of the truth;
- Nakamura Hikaru: the American proves that he can (!), with his very ambitious and aggressive style;
- Ponomariov Ruslan: former world champion and one of the youngest GM in the history, the Ukrainian amazes with his branded skills of getting water out of stone, in some of what other people would regard as the most deserted positions;
- Tomashevsky, Evgeny: is in great shape, as we could see from his amazing fighting skills in the World Cup, where he eliminated Aronian, Morozevich and Kamsky! He only lost against Dmitry Andreikin; had he won, he would have been qualified for the Candidates already!
- Wang Hao: the strongest Chinese player at the moment, Wang Hao has the fame of being able to upset the top class elite, as he showed to all of us this year in his beautiful wins against Carlsen in Norway and twice Anand (Norway + Wijk Aan Zee).
FIDE Grand Prix 2012-2013 | Leg 5 standings
|Name||Fed||Criteria||London 2012||Tashkent 2012||Zug 2013||Thess. 2013||Beijing 2013||(Paris 2013)||Best 3 total|
Veselin Topalov has already secured overall victory in the Grand Prix. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is not certain of his second place yet; Alexander Grischuk can reach 400 points with clear first in the last event and Fabiano Caruana can reach 395 points with clear first. Both need clear first to surpass Mamedyarov. The first two places in the Grand Prix qualify directly for the 2014 Candidates Tournament.
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