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FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki 2013 (2)

Five way tie for first place after Thessaloniki second round

Morozevich against Svidler. Photo ©

Morozevich against Svidler. Photo © | http://thessaloniki2013.fide.com

The second round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Thessaloniki provided three more decisive games and ended with Alexander Morozevich, Fabiano Caruana, Gata Kamsky, Alexander Grischuk and Rustam Kasimdzhanov tied for first on 1.5/2.

The first game to finish was a rather shocking defeat for Peter Svidler in only 22 moves of a Four Knights Rubinstein variation by Alexander Morozevich. Morozevich's preparation for the game didn't go well and he found 13.b4!? over the board, this move sharpened the struggle. In a double edged position Svidler then miscalculated with 16...e4 (17... Rxc6 18. Nbxd5! was his miscalculation although that doesn't look all that convincing even without this) and rather than just be two pawns down Svidler played the immediately losing 18...Nh4?

Fabiano Caruana outplayed Vassily Ivanchuk in a Modern Steinitz Ruy Lopez. Caruana played a very interesting exchange sacrifice which left him with a big bind. He brought home the full point in 55 moves although in truth Ivanchuk didn't put up much resistance in the end.

Hikaru Nakamura went dead last after losing to Alexander Grischuk in the final game to finish. Nakamura thought he should only be slightly worse but Grischuk got more than that. 70.Bf8? was a strange error, Nakamura apparently thought it was some kind of repetition, and then his defensive task became close to impossible from the 50/50 drawing chances Grischuk thought he had at that point.

The remaining games were drawn. Gata Kamsky seeemed very content to draw with black calling all the variations drawish in the press conference but I suspect he had very significant winning chances against Veselin Topalov who has recently been picking up points in a rather unconvincing manner, not that he ever seems all that impressed with his own play either, Topalov has higher standards for himself. The way the game went Kamsky had pressure but not more. Etienne Bacrot and Rustam Kasimdzhanov was yet another topical outing of the 8.Rb1 against the Gruenfeld. Apparently both players are a bit puzzled at the popularity as nothing has happened to change the theoretical verdict of drawish. Leinier Dominguez Perez and Ruslan Ponomariov drew quickly in a Ruy Lopez Closed.

Round 2 Standings: Morozevich, Caruana, Kamsky, Grischuk, Kasimdzhanov 1,5pts, Topalov, Ponomariov, Svidler, 1pt, Bacrot, Ivanchuk, Dominguez 0.5pts, Nakamura 0.

Round 3 Pairings: Kamsky-Grischuk, Ponomariov-Topalov, Ivanchuk-Dominguez, Svidler-Caruana, Kasimdzhanov-Morozevich, Nakamura-Etienne.

Caruana,Fabiano (2774) - Ivanchuk,Vassily (2755) [C76]
Makedonia Palace GP Thessaloniki GRE (2.4), 23.05.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c3 g6 6.d4 Bd7 7.0-0 Bg7 8.h3 h6

[8...b5 9.Bb3 Nf6 10.Re1 0-0 11.Nbd2 h6 12.Nf1 Nh5 13.Ne3 Kh7 14.a4 Na5 15.Bc2 c6 16.dxe5 bxa4 17.exd6 Nb3 18.Rxa4 Nxc1 19.Qxc1 c5 20.Rc4 Rc8 21.e5 f5 22.exf6 Qxf6 23.Ng4 Qxd6 24.Rd1 Qe6 25.Rxd7 Qxd7 26.Bxg6+ Kh8 27.Nfe5 Qe6 28.Bxh5 Rf5 29.Nf7+ Rxf7 30.Bxf7 Qxf7 31.Qf4 Qg6 32.Qe4 Qd6 33.Ne3 Rd8 34.Nf5 Qb8 35.Qg4 Bf8 36.b4 Qe5 37.bxc5 Rb8 38.Rb4 Rd8 39.Rd4 Re8 40.Nd6 Re7 41.Rf4 Qe1+ 42.Kh2 Bg7 43.Nf5 1-0 Chirila,I (2462)-Karthikeyan,P (2426)/Vung Tau City VIE 2008/The Week in Chess 730]

9.Be3 Nge7 10.Nbd2 0-0 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Bc5 Re8 13.Re1 b6 14.Ba3 Na7 15.Bxd7 Qxd7 16.Nc4 Qe6 17.Ne3 Nb5 18.Bxe7 Rxe7 19.Qa4

Vassily Ivanchuk

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Fabiano Caruana

Position after 19.Qa4

All a bit unpleasant for black but not so very much as black is solid.

19...Nd6?!

[19...Rd7 20.Nd5 Nd6 21.Qc6 Rc8 and the white on d5 isn't so well placed.]

20.Qc6 Rc8 21.Rad1 Kh7 22.Rd2

Rd2 is kind of strange.

[22.Re2]

22...Ne8 23.Qb7

[23.Qd5]

23...Nd6 24.Rxd6 cxd6 25.Qxa6

Vassily Ivanchuk

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Fabiano Caruana

Position after 25.Qxa6

What I did was pretty interesting.

25...Rcc7

[25...f5 26.Nd2 fxe4 27.Nxe4]

26.Nd5 Ra7 27.Qb5 Reb7

His rook are very passive.

28.a4 f5 29.Nd2 Bf6

Very strange.

[29...fxe4 30.c4]

30.Qe8

Vassily Ivanchuk

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Fabiano Caruana

Position after 30.Qe8

I got very excited with Qe8. I wanted to win the game without any trouble.

[30.Nc4]

30...Be7 31.c4 Qg8 32.Qc6 Qd8 33.b3 Qd7 34.Qxd7

[34.Qb5 Ra5 35.Qb4 still very unpleasant.]

34...Rxd7 35.Nxb6 Rdb7 36.Nc8 Ra6 37.Nxe7 Rxe7 38.Re3 Kg7 39.Rd3 Rb7 40.Kf1

It doesn't seem so clear.

40...Rab6?!

Because white will get to play a5 with tempo but it doesn't change so much.

41.Ke2 Kf6 42.Kd1 Ke6 43.Kc2 h5 44.f3 Kf6?

Vassily Ivanchuk

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Fabiano Caruana

Position after 44...Kf6?

Caruana was very surprised by this as now he can go on the queenside. He felt this was the decisive mistake as he wasn't entirely sure how he was going to exploit his advantage before this but he thought he must find one eventually.

[44...Rb8 trying to hold on the b-file but Caruana thought he would find a way eventually.]

45.Kc3 Ra6 46.Rd5 Kg5 47.a5 Kf4 48.b4 Kg3 49.Nb3 Kxg2 50.b5 Ra8 51.Rxd6 Kxf3 52.a6 Rg7 53.Nc5 fxe4 54.b6 e3 55.Rf6+ 1-0

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. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2760 * . . . . . . 1 . ½ . . 2955
2. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2774 . * . . . . ½ . . 1 . . 2941
3. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2741 . . * . . ½ . . . . 1 . 2951
4. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2779 . . . * . ½ . . . . . 1 2977
5. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2699 . . . . * . . . ½ . . 1 2943
6. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2793 . . ½ ½ . * . . . . . . 1 2760
7. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2742 . ½ . . . . * . . . ½ . 1 2748
8. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2769 0 . . . . . . * 1 . . . 1 2742
9. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2725 . . . . ½ . . 0 * . . . ½ 2541
10. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2755 ½ 0 . . . . . . . * . . ½ 2574
11. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2723 . . 0 . . . ½ . . . * . ½ 2548
12. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775 . . . 0 0 . . . . . . * 0
Round 2 (May 23, 2013)
Morozevich, Alexander - Svidler, Peter 1-0 22 C48 Four Knights Rubinstein
Caruana, Fabiano - Ivanchuk, Vassily 1-0 55 C76 Ruy Lopez Modern Steinitz
Grischuk, Alexander - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 121 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Topalov, Veselin - Kamsky, Gata ½-½ 47 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Bacrot, Etienne - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam ½-½ 35 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 19 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed

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