London Chess Grand Prix R7: Gelfand Holds on to Lead; Mamedyarov half-a-point Behind
Here is the Round 7 report by GM Robert Fontaine straight from the London Chess Grand Prix 2012.
Before the 7th round, we still had one leader, Boris Gelfand (4/6), chased by a pack of four players (Grischuk, Topalov, Mamedyarov and Leko) with 3.5/6. Strangely, none of them are facing each other today. The UK production company Sunset+Vine, famous for their innovations in televising major events, are shooting the whole day for the second time this week. Game-by-game summary is as follows:
Approaching the time trouble, Hao managed to survive from his opponent’s attack and eventually equalized. A tough draw for the young Chinese player and a disappointment for Topalov.
Anyone is expecting blood in that game! “Shak” and Hikaru have explosive styles based on attack. So far, Hikaru’s results are not as he expects. Without any big surprise, we had a King’s Indian arriving on the board and Shakhriyar went for a quiet line based on g3, Bg2. White took the space and Hikaru decided to change the course of the game by playing 17…c5?!
It appeared that White suddenly took the advantage by creating some attack after 18.e5! Mamedyarov kept on pressuring his opponent until the time trouble, where Black couldn’t find the best defence. Mamedyarov is scoring his second full point in a row.
Boris even went for the a2-pawn, which seemed risky. Black kept his two pawn advantage until the rook endgame and managed to win. An important victory for Boris who is in real good shape so far!
All photos used in this report kindly provided by Ray Morris-Hill Photography.
Standings after seven rounds have Boris Gelfand at 5 points out of 7 with Mamedyarov right behind at 4.5. Three players are at 4 points each - Grischuk, Topalov and Leko. Wang Hao is at 3.5 points. Four players are at 3 points each - Ivanchuk, Adams, Dominguez, Giri. Two players are at 2.5 each - Kasimdzhanov and Nakamura.
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