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FIDE Grand Prix London 2012 (4)

Gelfand takes the lead on 3/4 in the London Grand Prix

Gelfand against Wang Hao. Photo © Macauley Peterson.

Gelfand against Wang Hao. Photo © Macauley Peterson. | http://london2012.fide.com

Boris Gelfand took the lead on 3/4 after defeating Wang Hao in a Closed Catalan. Wang got into a tangle and had to defend a 5 vs 4 pawn ending. It seemed that Gelfand's chances were much reduced in time trouble going up to move 40 and indeed Wang got within sight of the draw in a Rook and Pawn ending before 55.Kh7?? (Rxf4!) walked into mate. Alexander Grischuk had the most attractive win but Shakhriyar Mamedyarov got a terribly passive position which encouraged an entirely sound piece sacrifice after which he was just lost. The remaining games were drawn. Gelfand 3/4, Grischuk and Leko 2.5/4.

Rustam Kazimdzhanov drew with Leinier Dominguez Perez in a fairly quiet game where he had a small initiative.

Anish Giri tried a line that Vassily Ivanchuk had played in the 1980s and it wasn't really clear he knew it. It was Ivanchuk who got into time pressure however and the game was drawn by repetition.

Michael Adams had the slightly better of it on the black side of a Ruy Lopez against Peter Leko but it didn't prove enough to win.

Hikaru Nakamura tried to exploit a slighly better structure against Veselin Topalov but the game which was the final one to finish was drawn.

1st FIDE GP London (ENG), 21 ix-3 x 2012 cat. XX (2739)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2738 * . . ½ ½ 1 . . . 1 . . 3 2943
2. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2754 . * . ½ ½ . . 1 . ½ . . 2832
3. Leko, Peter g HUN 2737 . . * . . ½ ½ . ½ . 1 . 2834
4. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2752 ½ ½ . * . ½ . . ½ . . . 2 2739
5. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2725 ½ ½ . . * . . . ½ . . ½ 2 2726
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2783 0 . ½ ½ . * . . 1 . . . 2 2727
7. Adams, Michael g ENG 2722 . . ½ . . . * ½ . ½ ½ . 2 2744
8. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2729 . 0 . . . . ½ * . . ½ 1 2 2743
9. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2684 . . ½ ½ ½ 0 . . * . . . 2662
10. Wang, Hao g CHN 2742 0 ½ . . . . ½ . . * . ½ 2649
11. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2769 . . 0 . . . ½ ½ . . * ½ 2642
12. Giri, Anish g NED 2730 . . . . ½ . . 0 . ½ ½ * 2654
Round 4 (September 24, 2012)
Gelfand, Boris - Wang, Hao 1-0 56 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
Grischuk, Alexander - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 46 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Leko, Peter - Adams, Michael ½-½ 47 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Nakamura, Hikaru - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 52 B22 Sicilian Alapin
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 59 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Giri, Anish - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 33 D97 Gruenfeld Russian

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