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FIDE Grand Prix Zug 2013 (7)

Kamsky beats Morozevich in Zug Round 7

Gata Kamsky who has been quite grumpy in this event had something to smile about today. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich.

Gata Kamsky who has been quite grumpy in this event had something to smile about today. Photo © Anastasiya Karlovich. | http://zug2013.fide.com

Gata Kamsky won the only decisive game of the day beating joint leader Alexander Morozevich in 40 moves. This leaves Ruslan Ponomariov and Veselin Topalov sharing the lead on 4.5/7.

Morozevich seemed to get the better of a very peculiar Sicilian Dragon which remained closed and almost like a Benoni. Then Morozevich went wrong, possibly he just overlooked one move but after 20...Nf6 it became level then 24...Bd7? was a terrible error 25.Bh4! and Morozevich's position quickly became unplayable.

Nakamura-Radjabov was a Chelyabinsk Variation of the Sicilian where Nakamura ground away without getting anything looking like an advantage.

Giri-Caruana was an 8.Rb1 Gruenfeld with very typical play that may prove instructive and typical but never departed from equality.

Leko-Mamedyarov was a Cozio Def. Deferred, Ruy Lopez where Leko had a theoretical advantage for a while but it seems that Mamedyarov then had a slight edge before the draw was agreed.

Veselin Topalov rather lost the theoretical battle against Ruslan Ponomariov in a Nimzo-Indian after his 16.Rb2 turned out to be too slow. Ponomariov then tried for 72 moves to convert a small technical advantage before having to settle for a draw.

Karjakin-Kasimdzhanov was a Mieses Variation, Scotch which was roughly balanced throughout.

I didn't get to see any of the press conferences of the day and the archive wasn't up when I wrote this.

Round 7 Standings: Ponomariov, Topalov 4.5pts, Karjakin, Morozevich, Caruana 4pts, Kamsky, Nakamura 3.5pts, Giri, Mamedyarov, Leko 3pts, Kasimdzhanov, Radjabov 2.5pts

Round 8 Pairings Fri 25th Apr 2013 Kasimdzhanov-Radjabov, Ponomariov-Nakamura, Morozevich-Topalov, Mamedyarov-Kamsky, Caruana-Leko, Karjakin-Giri

FIDE GP Zug Zug (SUI), 18-30 iv 2013 cat. XXI (2756)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2733 * ½ ½ . 1 1 . ½ ½ ½ . . 2860
2. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2771 ½ * . . . ½ 1 ½ . 1 ½ ½ 2846
3. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2786 ½ . * ½ ½ . ½ . 1 . ½ ½ 4 2806
4. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2758 . . ½ * ½ 0 . 1 ½ ½ 1 . 4 2799
5. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2772 0 . ½ ½ * . . ½ ½ . 1 1 4 2803
6. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2741 0 ½ . 1 . * ½ . . ½ 0 1 2753
7. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2767 . 0 ½ . . ½ * ½ . ½ 1 ½ 2753
8. Giri, Anish g NED 2727 ½ ½ . 0 ½ . ½ * ½ . . ½ 3 2715
9. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2766 ½ . 0 ½ ½ . . ½ * ½ ½ . 3 2697
10. Leko, Peter g HUN 2744 ½ 0 . ½ . ½ ½ . ½ * . ½ 3 2711
11. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2709 . ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 . ½ . * . 2663
12. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2793 . ½ ½ . 0 0 ½ ½ . ½ . * 2656
Round 7 (April 25, 2013)
Topalov, Veselin - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 72 E52 Nimzo Indian
Karjakin, Sergey - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam ½-½ 38 C45 Scotch Game
Kamsky, Gata - Morozevich, Alexander 1-0 40 A42 Modern Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 54 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Giri, Anish - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 42 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Leko, Peter - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 42 C70 Ruy Lopez

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