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FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki 2013 (7)

Kamsky and Caruana lead after Thessaloniki Round 7

Kamsky won yet again in Round 7. Photo ©

Kamsky won yet again in Round 7. Photo © | http://thessaloniki2013.fide.com

Gata Kamsky hit top form in completely outplaying Rustam Kasimdzhanov with black in Round 7 of the Thesseloniki Grand Prix. Kamsky chose the Dutch Defence at the board and this seemed to be spot on as his opponent made a number of inaccuracies and was demolished on the kingside. Kamsky already leading moved to 5/7.

Kamsky was joined much later in the lead by Fabiano Caruana who was very unhappy with his opening against Alexander Morozevich but mutual time trouble ended with him having much the better of it after move 40 and Morozevich didn't resist much after that.

Hikaru Nakamura played another marathon game but this time he was rewarded with a win in a difficult endgame against Veselin Topalov.

Leinier Dominguez Perez was lost against Etienne Bacrot but somehow he escaped with a draw in the final game to finish.

Peter Svidler is clearly finding motivation tough out of the running. He didn't get anything with white against Ruslan Ponomariov and they drew in 25 moves.

Vassily Ivanchuk was in clear trouble after his last loss but was given an easy pass today by Alexander Grischuk with a repetition and draw in only 13 moves.

Round 7 Standings: Kamsky, Caruana 5pts, Domginuez 4.5pts, Ponomariov, Grischuk 4pts, Topalov, Morozevich 3.5pts, Nakamura, Kasimdzhanov 3pts, Bacrot, Svidler 2.5pts, Ivanchuk 1.5pts

Round 8 Pairings Thurs 29th May 12pm BST: Grischuk-Caruana, Dominguez-Morozevich, Topalov-Bacrot, Kamsky-Nakamura, Ponomariov-Kasimdzhanov, Ivanchuk-Svidler

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 ½ . . 1 . 1 ½ 5 2909
2. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2774 . * . ½ . . 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5 2904
3. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2723 0 . * ½ . . . ½ 1 ½ 1 1 2845
4. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2742 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ . . . . ½ 1 4 2812
5. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2779 ½ . . ½ * ½ ½ 1 . ½ . ½ 4 2805
6. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2793 ½ . . ½ ½ * . 0 ½ . ½ 1 2751
7. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2760 . 0 . . ½ . * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 2753
8. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775 . ½ ½ . 0 1 ½ * 0 ½ . . 3 2700
9. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2699 0 ½ 0 . . ½ ½ 1 * ½ . . 3 2705
10. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2725 . 0 ½ . ½ . ½ ½ ½ * 0 . 2652
11. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2769 0 ½ 0 ½ . ½ 0 . . 1 * . 2649
12. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2755 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ . . . . * 2528
Round 7 (May 29, 2013)
Morozevich, Alexander - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 62 A34 English Symmetrical
Nakamura, Hikaru - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 74 B92 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Kamsky, Gata 0-1 31 A88 Dutch Leningrad
Bacrot, Etienne - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 80 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Svidler, Peter - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 25 D20 QGA
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 13 A39 English Symmetrical

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