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Grand Prix R11: all games drawn, Caruana & Gelfand share victory
Friday, October 04, 2013 20:39
The FIDE Grand Prix in Élancourt was won by Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand, as all games in the final round ended in draws. This means that Shakhriyar Mamedyarov keeps his second place in the overall GP standings, and with it his ticket to the 2014 Candidates tournament (together with Veselin Topalov, who won the Grand Prix). Photos by Alina l'...
Grand Prix: Gelfand & Caruana back in the lead, one round to go
Thursday, October 03, 2013 21:43
The FIDE Grand Prix in Élancourt will see an exciting last round as Fabiano Caruana can still win the tournament outright, and thus qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. On Thursday tournament leader Hikaru Nakamura lost a spectacular game to Boris Gelfand, while Caruana himself defeated Evgeny Tomashevsky. The all-French encounter Fressinet...
Humpy Koneru wins Tashkent Grand Prix
Thursday, October 03, 2013 12:55
Humpy Koneru won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The Indian grandmaster finished on 8/11 (just like three months ago in Dilijan, Armenia), a full point ahead of Bela Khotenashvili and Kateryna Lagno. Humpy is leading the GP overall standings; she's 30 points ahead of Bela Khotenashvili. All photos © Maria Emelianova courtesy...
Grand Prix R9: all games drawn, Nakamura maintains lead
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 21:34
All games in round 9 of the Grand Prix in Élancourt ended in draws. Hikaru Nakamura is still leading the tournament, with two rounds to go. Photos by Alina l'Ami courtesy of FIDE With six draws on Wednesday the drawing percentage at the Grand Prix went up to 68.5% again, making it clear that the participants are quite evenly matched, and getting...
Grand Prix R8: Nakamura in sole lead after lucky win
Monday, September 30, 2013 22:00
After a few quiet days, the Grand Prix in Élancourt heated up again on Monday with four decisive games. Hikaru Nakamura was worse throughout his game, but defended well and even won as Vassily Ivanchuk lost on time in a drawn position. The American grandmaster is the sole leader now as Boris Gelfand lost to Fabiano Caruana. Alexander Grischuk won...
Grand Prix: Caruana & Grischuk both lose
Sunday, September 29, 2013 23:00
Fabiano Caruana and Alexander Grischuk, the two players who have so much to gain in Élancourt, both lost their games in round 7 of the Grand Prix. On Sunday Caruana went down against Hikaru Nakamura in a Grünfeld, where a queen sacrifice didn't work in the end. Boris Gelfand regained sole lead with a win against Grischuk in an irregular 1.d4...
Grand Prix: Caruana beats Ivanchuk, catches Gelfand
Saturday, September 28, 2013 23:02
As the only winner of the sixth round, Fabiano Caruana caught Boris Gelfand in first place at the Grand Prix in Élancourt (near Paris) on Saturday. The Italian grandmaster beat Vassily Ivanchuk with White in a Classical French, while Gelfand drew with Black against Laurent Fressinet in a 3.Bb5+ Sicilian. The other games also ended in draws and so...
Bacrot and Grischuk win in fifth round Grand Prix
Friday, September 27, 2013 23:50
On Friday Alexander Grischuk and Etienne Bacrot both won their black games at the Grand Prix in Élancourt (near Paris). In this fifth round, Grischuk beat Vassily Ivanchuk in a Grünfeld. Anish Giri's loss to Bacrot was his third in the tournament; the Dutchman went down in an ending that started as a Symmetrical English. Boris Gelfand kept his...
Dominguez & Ivanchuk score in 4th round Grand Prix
Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:35
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....
Four winners in spectacular third round FIDE Grand Prix
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 22:13
A spectacular third round at the Grand Prix in Élancourt (near Paris) saw four decisive games, and two that lasted more than six hours. Fabiano Caruana beat Laurent Fressinet in a double rook ending on move 39, Hikaru Nakamura needed 35 moves to win against Etienne Bacrot in a QGD Exchange, Vassily Ivanchuk profited from Wang Hao's mistakes in the...