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FIDE London Grand Prix 2012 (5)

Tired play and all draws in Round 5 of London Grand Prix

Leinier Dominguez and Hikaru Nakamura in Round 5. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill.

Leinier Dominguez and Hikaru Nakamura in Round 5. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill. |

After 5 rounds in as many days the play in the 5th Round of the London FIDE Grand Prix lacked much fire with many games finishing quite early with most of the pieces traded off. The exceptions were Topalov vs Leko where Topalov's exchange sacrifice eventually looked a bit risky but Leko came no where near showing this. The final game to finish saw Nakamura entomb his bishop on a2 but again Leinier Dominguez Perez didn't seem to do a very good job at exploiting this. Rest day Wednesday Round 6 on Thursday.

After 5 rounds in as many days the play in the 5th Round of the London FIDE Grand Prix lacked much fire with many games finishing quite early with most of the pieces traded off. The exceptions were Topalov vs Leko where Topalov's exchange sacrifice eventually looked a bit risky but Leko came no where nearm showing this. The final game to finish saw Nakamura entomb his bishop on a2 but again Leinier Dominguez Perez didn't seem to do a very good job at exploiting this. Rest day Wednesday Round 6 on Thursday.

Hikaru Nakamura was pressing with black against Leinier Dominguez Perez before first time control but then he entombed his bishop on a2 and surely should have been forced to work harder for the draw than he eventually did.

Hikaru Nakamura

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Leinier Dominguez Perez

Position after 41...b3. Probably even Nakamura was asking himself what his bishop was doing on a2.

42. Re1 Qa5 43. Rad1 Bg7 44. Qxa5 Rxa5 45. Rd2 Ra7 46. Bd3 f5 47. Rde2 fxe4 48. Bxe4 Kf8 49. h4 Bd4 50. g4 Kg7 51. g5 Rf7 52. Kg3 Rff8 53. Kg4 Re5 54. Rh1 h6 55. Rhe1 Rfe8 56. Nc7 Rf8 57. Nd5 Rf7 58. Rd2 Re8 59. Ree2 Ref8 60. f4 Rh8 61. Kg3 Ra7 62. Kg2 Re8 63. Bd3 Rxe2+ 64. Rxe2 hxg5 65. hxg5 Kf7 66. Kf3 Bg7 67. Kg4 Rb7 68. Rh2 Rb8 69. Re2 Rb7 70. Rh2 Rb8 71. Nf6 Rh8 72. Rxh8 Bxh8 73. f5 gxf5+ 74. Kxf5 Bg7 75. Be4 Bh8 76. Bd5+ Ke7 77. Be4 Kf7 78. Kf4 Bxf6 79. gxf6 Kxf6 80. Bd3 Ke6 81. Ke4 d5+ 82. cxd5+ Kd6 83. Bc4 Bb1+ 84. Ke3 Bc2 85. Kd2 Be4 86. Bxb3 Bxd5 87. Bxd5 Kxd5 88. Kc3 c4 89. b3 cxb3 90. Kxb3 1/2-1/2

Veselin Topalov sacrificed the exchange as white against Peter Leko and at one stage it looked like he might be in slight trouble (34...Qb7 maybe) but the game was drawn without much incident after that.

Michael Adams tried for a little while against Anish Giri's solid Petroff Defence but in the end agreed to a draw by repetition.

Vassily Ivanchuk couldn't break down Alexander Grischuk's Gruenfeld Defence and repeated to draw in 26 moves.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov tested Boris Gelfand's Gruenfeld Defence but pieces and pawns disappeared to leave a totally drawn bishops of opposite colours ending.

Wang Hao was another player with the white pieces who didn't achieve much out of the opening. His game against Rustam Kasimdzhanov was drawn after 35 moves again by repetition.

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 ½ . . . 1 . 2895
2. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2754 . * . ½ ½ . 1 . ½ . ½ . 3 2815
3. Leko, Peter g HUN 2737 . . * ½ . ½ . ½ 1 ½ . . 3 2814
4. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2752 ½ ½ ½ * . ½ . . . ½ . . 2739
5. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2725 ½ ½ . . * ½ . . . ½ . ½ 2737
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2783 0 . ½ ½ ½ * . . . 1 . . 2727
7. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2729 ½ 0 . . . . * ½ ½ . . 1 2742
8. Adams, Michael g ENG 2722 . . ½ . . . ½ * ½ . ½ ½ 2741
9. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2769 . ½ 0 . . . ½ ½ * . . ½ 2 2662
10. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2684 . . ½ ½ ½ 0 . . . * ½ . 2 2675
11. Wang, Hao g CHN 2742 0 ½ . . . . . ½ . ½ * ½ 2 2653
12. Giri, Anish g NED 2730 . . . . ½ . 0 ½ ½ . ½ * 2 2665
Round 5 (September 25, 2012)
Topalov, Veselin - Leko, Peter ½-½ 56 E15 Queens Indian
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 90 C60 Ruy Lopez
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 34 D94 Gruenfeld Closed
Adams, Michael - Giri, Anish ½-½ 34 C42 Petroff's Defence
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 26 D86 Gruenfeld Simagin
Wang, Hao - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam ½-½ 35 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit

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