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FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki 2013 (9)

Dominguez defeats Caruana in Thessaloniki Round 9 to join Kamsky in lead

Dominguez against Caruana in Round 9. Photo ©

Dominguez against Caruana in Round 9. Photo © | http://thessaloniki2013.fide.com

Leinier Dominguez Perez continued his fantastic form by defeating Fabiano Caruana with black in a Najdorf Sicilian in the FIDE Grand Prix in Thessaloniki. Queens were swapped off on move 16 and the resulting position seemed very comfortable for Dominguez, on move 29 he gave up the exchange for a long lasting initiative and put Caruana under pressure, 52.a5? gave more ground and 56.Rd7+ lost. Dominguez thus caught Gata Kamsky on 6.5/9.

Kamsky had a comfortable draw with black against Etienne Bacrot with the Chebanenko/Schlechter Slav he specialises in. Bacrot thought he should be better out of the opening but gradually realised he wasn't in time to trade down to a draw.

Veselin Topalov and Alexander Morozevich were on a run of losses and it was Topalov who emerged the winner after choosing a variation against the Caro-Kann that didn't impress. 20.a4 was risky and 23.Nd2 (23.Nc5! although even when pointed out Topalov wasn't convinced) was almost the last error. Morozevich fought on but Topalov managed to remain in control for the full point.

Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk had almost diametrically opposed opinion of their game in a Benoni. Svidler thought he was doing OK and was looking for chances before things became a bit difficult and his opponent let him back in the game. Grischuk thought he so outplayed Svidler in the opening he wouldn't even like to joke about it. Personally I think white's structure always looked ropey but it was space and that was their battleground. I would rather have been black and I guess I'm not alone.

Kasimdzhanov eventually got a small advantage in an ending against Ivanchuk but it didn't amount to quite enough for a win after good defence.

Hikaru Nakamura surprised Ruslan Ponomariov with a Veresov which the latter hadn't really studied at all. Ponomariov thought that he relaxed after getting a reasonable opening and Nakamura was a bit better for a while. Things then became very complicated but likely as not the position remained equal and eventually drawn.

Round 9 Standings: Kamsky, Dominguez 6.5/9, Caruana 5.5pts, Grischuk 5pts, Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov, Topalov 4.5pts, Bacrot, Svidler 4pts, Nakamura, Morozevich 3.5pts, Ivanchuk 2pts.

Round 10 Pairings: Grischuk-Dominguez, Topalov-Caruana, Kamsky-Morozevich, Ponomariov-Bacrot, Ivanchuk-Nakamura, Svidler-Kasimdzhanov.

Makedonia Palace FIDE GP Thessaloniki GRE (GRE), 22 v-4 vi 2013 cat. XXI (2753)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2741 * 1 . ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 . ½ 2917
2. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2723 0 * 1 . ½ 1 . ½ 1 ½ 1 1 2914
3. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2774 . 0 * ½ ½ ½ . 1 ½ ½ 1 1 2827
4. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2779 ½ . ½ * ½ . ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5 2802
5. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2742 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ . ½ ½ . 1 2756
6. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2699 0 0 ½ . 1 * ½ ½ . 1 ½ ½ 2754
7. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2793 ½ . . ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 0 1 1 2749
8. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2725 ½ ½ 0 ½ . ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ . 4 2714
9. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2769 0 0 ½ ½ ½ . ½ 1 * . 0 1 4 2711
10. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ . * ½ . 2668
11. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2760 . 0 0 ½ . ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ * ½ 2674
12. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2755 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 . 0 . ½ * 2 2533
Round 9 (June 1, 2013)
Caruana, Fabiano - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 0-1 65 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 51 B52 Sicilian Rossolimo
Bacrot, Etienne - Kamsky, Gata ½-½ 49 D15 Slav Defence
Svidler, Peter - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 64 E71 King's Indian 5.h3
Nakamura, Hikaru - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 49 D01 Queen's Pawn Richter/Veresov
Morozevich, Alexander - Topalov, Veselin 0-1 44 B12 Caro Kann Advanced

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