Reports | September 28, 2012 21:44

Gelfand maintains lead in London with win over Adams, Mamedyarov beats Nakamura

Boris Gelfand moved to "plus three" at the FIDE Grand Prix in London by beating Mickey Adams in Friday's round 7. The Israeli grandmaster is now half a point ahead of just one player, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who inflicted the second consecutive loss upon top seed Hikaru Nakamura. In other news, the draw between Vassily Ivanchuk and Rustam Kasimdzhanov lasted only 11 moves.

Boris Gelfand, still on top | Photo © Ray Morris-Hill

Event Grand Prix | PGN via TWIC
Dates September 20-October 4, 2012
Location London, UK
System 12-player round robin
Players Hikaru Nakamura, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Grischuk, Veselin Topalov, Peter Svidler, Wang Hao, Boris Gelfand, Peter Leko, Shakriyar Mamedyarov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Anish Giri, Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Rate of play

120 minutes for the Ô¨Årst 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then each player will be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control and an increment of 30 seconds per move will be allowed from move 61 onwards

Extra Players will not be allowed to offer draws directly to their opponents; players will continue to play if the arbiter does not authorise the draw

It's a bit of a challenge to explain what happened at the start of the seventh round in London: at move nine Vassily Ivanchuk and Rustam Kasimdzhanov started repeating the moves, and at move eleven, before they were officially allowed to do so, they agreed to a draw.

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Kasimdzhanov was interviewed afterwards and he made clear that he was surprised that his opponent started repeating. He felt that the White player also has a little more responsibility to create something. Finally, Kasim referred to his open letter from last year in which he argued that draws should be abolished altogether.

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Boris Gelfand is still relying heavily on his hard work he did for his world title match, and why not. Like Vishy Anand, Mickey Adams avoided Gelfand's Sveshnikov with 3.Bb5 and then deviated from one of his own games at move 13. At some point the Englishman, who substituted for Peter Svidler for this first Grand Prix, sacrificed a pawn. Gelfand responded accurately and then profited from a big mistake by his opponent just before the time control.

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After round 6 half a point behind Gelfand were Alexander Grischuk, Peter Leko, Veselin Topalov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Only the latter managed to win his game, but quite convincingly. The Azerbaijani pushed Hikaru Nakamura to last place in the leaderboard.

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Anish Giri again got a Sicilian on the board, but this time with White and starting from 1.Nf3! Alexander Grischuk played the Kan wih Bf8-c5-a7 and an early ...b6 made his bishop on a7 look a bit weird. It turned out to be useful because Giri decided to play on the queenside.

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Veselin Topalov played another very inspired and creative game, with Black against Wang Hao. Sacrificing two pawns in the opening, winning one back and then giving up one more, the Bulgarian held the initiative throughout the game but it was just not enough to win because of very accurate play by the Chinese.

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Leinier Dominguez tried 4.d3 against Peter Leko's Berlin. It became a bit of a theoretical duel and the Hungarian got a chance to show a more or less forced draw.

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So Gelfand is still half a point ahead. He'll face Giri, Grischuk, Leko and then Kasimdzhanov in the remaining rounds. Runner-up Mamedyarov plays Topalov, Dominguez, Wang Hao and then Leko.

Schedule & pairings

Round 1 15:00 CET 21.09.12   Round 2 15:00 CET 22.09.12
Kasimdzhanov ½-½ Leko   Leko 1-0 Ivanchuk
Nakamura 0-1 Gelfand   Adams ½-½ Mamedyarov
Topalov ½-½ Grischuk   Giri ½-½ Wang Hao
Dominguez ½-½ Giri   Grischuk ½-½ Dominguez
Wang Hao ½-½ Adams   Gelfand ½-½ Topalov
Mamedyarov ½-½ Ivanchuk   Kasimdzhanov 0-1 Nakamura
Round 3 15:00 CET 23.09.12   Round 4 15:00 CET 24.09.12
Nakamura ½-½ Leko   Leko ½-½ Adams
Topalov ½-½ Kasimdzhanov   Giri ½-½ Ivanchuk
Dominguez ½-½ Gelfand   Grischuk 1-0 Mamedyarov
Wang Hao ½-½ Grischuk   Gelfand 1-0 Wang Hao
Mamedyarov 1-0 Giri   Kasimdzhanov ½-½ Dominguez
Ivanchuk ½-½ Adams   Nakamura ½-½ Topalov
Round 5 15:00 CET 25.09.12   Round 6 15:00 CET 27.09.12
Topalov ½-½ Leko   Leko ½-½ Giri
Dominguez ½-½ Nakamura   Grischuk ½-½ Adams
Wang Hao ½-½ Kasimdzhanov   Gelfand ½-½ Ivanchuk
Mamedyarov ½-½ Gelfand   Kasimdzhanov 0-1 Mamedyarov
Ivanchuk ½-½ Grischuk   Nakamura 0-1 Wang Hao
Adams ½-½ Giri   Topalov 1-0 Dominguez
Round 7 15:00 CET 28.09.12   Round 8 15:00 CET 29.09.12
Dominguez ½-½ Leko   Leko - Grischuk
Wang Hao ½-½ Topalov   Gelfand - Giri
Mamedyarov 1-0 Nakamura   Kasimdzhanov - Adams
Ivanchuk ½-½ Kasimdzhanov   Nakamura - Ivanchuk
Adams 0-1 Gelfand   Topalov - Mamedyarov
Giri ½-½ Grischuk   Dominguez - Wang Hao
Round 9 15:00 CET 01.10.12   Round 10 15:00 CET 02.10.12
Wang Hao - Leko   Leko - Gelfand
Mamedyarov - Dominguez   Kasimdzhanov - Grischuk
Ivanchuk - Topalov   Nakamura - Giri
Adams - Nakamura   Topalov - Adams
Giri - Kasimdzhanov   Dominguez - Ivanchuk
Grischuk - Gelfand   Wang Hao - Mamedyarov
Round 11 12:00 CET 03.10.12        
Mamedyarov - Leko        
Ivanchuk - Wang Hao        
Adams - Dominguez        
Giri - Topalov        
Grischuk - Nakamura        
Gelfand - Kasimdzhanov        

London GP 2012 | Round 7 standings


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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


chesshire cat's picture

Take heart, people are moving from long-term judgements based on one game to long-term judgements based on several. At this rate, in a few decades we just might have some evidence-based judgments. PS the Naka schadenfreude is just plain nasty.

PP (nl)'s picture

Great to see Topalov at work being Topalov again. What a great game! Chess needs players like him!

I hope he will be invited for Tata in Januari again!


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