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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|Round 3||15:00 CET||23.09.12||Round 4||15:00 CET||24.09.12|
|Wang Hao||½-½||Grischuk||Gelfand||1-0||Wang Hao|
|Round 5||15:00 CET||25.09.12||Round 6||15:00 CET||27.09.12|
|Round 7||15:00 CET||28.09.12||Round 8||15:00 CET||29.09.12|
|Round 9||15:00 CET||01.10.12||Round 10||15:00 CET||02.10.12|
|Round 11||12:00 CET||03.10.12|
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