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FIDE Grand Prix Zug 2013 (8)

Veselin Topalov leads Zug GP alone on 5.5/8 after beating Morozevich

Veselin Topalov leads the Zug Grand Prix. Photo ©

Veselin Topalov leads the Zug Grand Prix. Photo © | http://zug2013.fide.com

Veselin Topalov beat Alexander Morozevich in a long complicated Symmetrical English where he slowly exploited an advantage. Morozevich missed a final chance to resist with 51.c4 near the end and Topalov won shortly after. Topalov leads the Zug Grand Prix with 5.5/8 half a point clear of Rusland Ponomariov and is a point clear of Caruana and Karjakin both of whom he is yet to meet.

Ruslan Ponomariov was put under sustained pressure by Hikaru Nakamura but managed to draw the game in the end. Nakamura suggested after the game that 27...Qh5 was a much better version of the game.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov had a small advantage against Gata Kamsky in a Slav but didn't get anything concrete.

Peter Leko said that he'd probably played around 100 Anti-Marshall Ruy Lopezes as black and Fabiano Caruana had studied a lot of them. Leko said engines suggest that lines Leko believed to be equal 10 years ago were now a bit difficult but today he did slightly better than equalise and the game was drawn by repetition.

Sergey Karjakin came quite close to a decisive edge against Anish Giri who was having to find his way out of danger move by move in a King's Indian. According to the computer 23.f5 allowed black equality and indeed Giri quickly forced a draw, they considered the better 23.e5 but neither fancied the rather out of control position that results from it.

Kasimdzhanov-Karjakin was a fairly forcing variation of the QGD which led to equality for black.

Round 8 Standings: Topalov 5.5pts, Ponomariov 5pts, Caruana, Karjakin 4.5pts Kamsky, Morozevich, Nakamura 4pts, Giri, Leko, Mamedyatov 3.5pts Kasimdzhanov, Radjabov 3pts

Rest day Saturday.

Round 9 28th Apr 2013 1pm: Giri-Kasimdzhanov, Leko-Karjakin, Kamsky-Caruana, Topalov-Mamedyarov, Nakamura-Morozevich, Radjabov-Ponomariov.

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. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2771 * ½ . . ½ 1 1 ½ 1 . ½ ½ 2887
2. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2733 ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ . ½ ½ ½ . . 5 2854
3. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2786 . ½ * ½ . ½ ½ ½ . 1 ½ ½ 2796
4. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2772 . 0 ½ * . . ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 2795
5. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2741 ½ 0 . . * ½ 1 . ½ ½ 0 1 4 2755
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2767 0 ½ ½ . ½ * . ½ ½ . 1 ½ 4 2750
7. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2758 0 . ½ ½ 0 . * 1 ½ ½ 1 . 4 2752
8. Giri, Anish g NED 2727 ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ 0 * . ½ . ½ 2725
9. Leko, Peter g HUN 2744 0 ½ . ½ ½ ½ ½ . * ½ . ½ 2719
10. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2766 . ½ 0 ½ ½ . ½ ½ ½ * ½ . 2703
11. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2709 ½ . ½ 0 1 0 0 . . ½ * ½ 3 2682
12. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2793 ½ . ½ 0 0 ½ . ½ ½ . ½ * 3 2665
Round 8 (April 26, 2013)
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 83 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Karjakin, Sergey - Giri, Anish ½-½ 32 E81 King's Indian Saemisch
Caruana, Fabiano - Leko, Peter ½-½ 33 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Morozevich, Alexander - Topalov, Veselin 0-1 55 A33 English Symmetrical
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Kamsky, Gata ½-½ 42 D15 Slav Defence
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 32 D37 QGD 5.Bf4

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