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Thessaloniki Grand Prix Round 5

  • SonofPearl
  • on 27.05.13 11:16.

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Going into the fifth round of the Thessaloniki Grand Prix there were a remarkable 7 players tied on 2½ points at the "top" of the leaderboard. By the end of the fifth round one player had risen above the pack to take the sole lead!

Leinier Dominguez is seeded 11th out of the 12 players taking part in the Thessaloniki Grand Prix, but by winning his third straight game against lowest seed Rustam Kasimdzhanov he now leads alone on 3½/5 points.

That win from the Cuban #1 turned out to be the only decisive game of the round as chances went begging in other games. Etienne Bacrot missed an opportunity to win a rook v knight endgame against Alexander Morozevich, and Fabiano Caruana couldn't break down Haikaru Nakamura's stubborn defence despite being better for most of the game.

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Leinier Dominguez leads the Thessaloniki Grand Prix

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Etienne Bacrot missed a golden chance

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Hikaru Nakamura only just managed to fend off Fabiano Caruana

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Ruslan Ponomariov has drawn all his games so far

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Peter Svidler drew his game with Veselin Topalov

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Vassily Ivanchuk was simply content to avoid a fourth straight loss

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The standings after 5 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2723
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2741 3
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2779 3
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2793 3
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2760 3
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2774 3
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2742
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2699
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2769 2
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2725 2
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2775
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2755 1

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The schedule for the 2013 Thessaloniki Grand Prix

21st May 2013 Arrival & Opening Ceremony
22nd May 2013 Round 1 
23rd May 2013 Round 2 
24th May 2013 Round 3 
25th May 2013 Round 4 
26th May 2013 Free Day 
27th May 2013 Round 5 
28th May 2013 Round 6 
29th May 2013 Round 7 
30th May 2013 Round 8 
31st May 2013 Free Day 
1st June 2013 Round 9 
2nd June 2013  Round 10 
3rd June 2013  Round 11 & Closing Ceremony
4th June 2013  Departure 

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The fourth Grand Prix of the 2012/13 series runs from 21 May - 4 June in Thessaloniki, Greece. The full pairings are available here.

The overall winner and runner-up of the 2012/13 Grand Prix series will qualify for the next Candidates Tournament, expected to be held in March 2014. The first three events were held in London, Tashkent and Zug. The current standings are shown here.

Each tournament is a single round-robin featuring 12 out of the 18 players in the Grand Prix, and each player competes in four of the six events. The best 3 scores of each player count towards their overall score. The official regulations for the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

All rounds start at 14:00 local time (11:00 UTC) except the final round which starts 2 hours earlier. The time control used is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment after move 60.

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich at the official website, which has live games, analysis and video.

Games via TWIC.

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  • vor 17 Monate

    elam

    Thessaloniki ... what a city!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ6A5EBVBVo

  • vor 17 Monate

    SonofPearl

    @ Piyush23 The explanation you are looking for is here: http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-use-the-chesscom-diagr

  • vor 17 Monate

    Piyush23

    can anyone tell me how to post this kind of chess boards...

    in which there is forwad an d reverse button for moves...pls help me

  • vor 17 Monate

    tpolit

    Caruana is the best player in this company,
    i wish him to win the tournament.
  • vor 17 Monate

    BCG1

    sixtyfour- this is an easy draw with the king and rook very active. For instance 44 Kc6 Nf4 45 Kd6 Nxh5 46 Kd5.

  • vor 17 Monate

    sixtyfoursquares

    In Svidler-Topolav game; it looks like black can go for a win; as the two white pawns seems to be falling!!  Can anyone explain; why it was drawn??

  • vor 17 Monate

    joncasals5

    Caruana is a very strong player.. in my opinion, he is the favorite in this tournment.. Go Leinier! 

  • vor 17 Monate

    chichito

    great for lenier he keeps on rolling!!!

  • vor 17 Monate

    FirebrandX

    A bad tournament for Nakamura thus far. He likely should have lost to Caruana, who displayed very nice positional understanding in the game.

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