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Thessaloniki R9: Dominguez beats Caruana, leads with Kamsky
Saturday, June 01, 2013 23:18
Leinier Dominguez joined Gata Kamsky in the lead in round 9 of the Grand Prix in Thessaloniki, Greece. The Cuban grandmaster defeated Fabiano Caruana with the black pieces on Saturday while Kamsky drew his game with Etienne Bacrot. With two rounds to go, Dominguez and Kamsky are now a point ahead of Caruana. Veselin Topalov bounced back from two...
Thursday, May 30, 2013 22:31
Gata Kamsky is the sole leader at the Thessaloniki Grand Prix after eight rounds of play. The American grandmaster defeated his compatriot Hikaru Nakamura on Thursday, while co-leader Fabiano Caruana split the point with Alexander Grischuk – the only draw of the day! In a round where five out of six games started as a Ruy Lopez, Dominguez beat...
Thessaloniki GP R7: Caruana & Kamsky win again and maintain lead
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 20:41
Gata Kamsky and Fabiano Caruana won their black games in round 7 of the Thessaloniki Grand Prix and so they are still tied for first place. Kamsky outplayed Rustam Kasimdzhanov in a Leningrad Dutch, while Caruana defeated Alexander Morozevich from a Symmetrical English. The other leader, Leinier Dominguez, escaped with a draw against Etienne...
Thessaloniki GP R6: Caruana & Kamsky join Dominguez on top
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 23:07
In the Thessaloniki Grand Prix's 6th round Fabiano Caruana and Gata Kamsky joined Leinier Dominguez in the lead. Kamsky won against Peter Svidler with 1.c4, while Caruana defeated Etienne Bacrot in a Scotch game. Vassily Ivanchuk lost in just 19 moves to Ruslan Ponomariov. All photos by Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE The fourth Grand Prix...
Thessaloniki GP R5: Dominguez wins again and grabs the lead
Monday, May 27, 2013 20:49
Who would have thought that Leinier Dominguez of Cuba would be leading the Grand Prix in Thessaloniki after five rounds? Especially since the Cuban lost his first game and drew the next, this was an unlikely scenario but three consecutive wins (today a fine rook ending against Rustam Kasimdzhanov) catapulted him to the top of the standings....
Round 4 Thessaloniki GP
Saturday, May 25, 2013 19:42
Clearly still affected by his dramatic game the other day, Vassily Ivanchuk lost his third game in a row in round 4 of the Grand Prix in Thessaloniki. Against Veselin Topalov, who played a 3.Bb5 Sicilian, the Ukrainian played fast, missed some tactics and had to resign after a bit more than hour of play. Leinier Dominguez defeated Peter Svidler in...
Thessaloniki GP R3: Another timetrouble drama for Ivanchuk
Friday, May 24, 2013 20:07
The third round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Thessaloniki was marked by another dramatic time trouble loss for Vassily Ivanchuk, similar to the many examples at the London Candidates tournament in March. In a completely winning position, with less than a minute on the clock the Ukrainian couldn't find his way in the complications and even lost, on...
Caruana, Grischuk, Morozevich win in round 2 Thessaloniki GP
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Thursday, May 23, 2013 20:58
After two rounds there is a five-way tie for first place at the FIDE Grand Prix in Thessaloniki. On Thursday Alexander Morozevich defeated Peter Svider, who missed a tactic in a complicated, Spanish Four Knights middlegame. Fabiano Caruana defeated Vassily Ivanchuk in classical positional style, using a nice exchange sacrifice. After 6.5 hours of...
4th Grand Prix has started in Thessaloniki
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 20:06
The 4th FIDE Grand Prix tournament started today in Thessaloniki, Greece. The participants are Etienne Bacrot, Fabiano Caruana, Leinier Dominguez, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk, Gata Kamsky, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Alexander Morozevich, Hikaru Nakamura, Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Svidler and Veselin Topalov. In the first round Svidler defeated...
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 19:53
Bela Khotenashvili scored an upset victory at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Geneva. In what was the tournament of her life (at least until now!) the International Master from Georgia finished clear first, with 8.0/11, a 2681 performance and her final GM norm. Half a point behind came Anna Muzychuk (Slovenia), while Tatiana Kosintseva (Russia) and...

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