London Chess Grand Prix R9: Mamedyarov Takes Lead; Grischuk Beats Gelfand (Updated)
The First FIDE Chess Grand Prix is taking place from September 21 to October 3 in Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, London. A very exciting Round 9 took place with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov taking over the lead from Boris Gelfand. The latter has led so far for most of the tournament. Here is the official report by GM Robert Fontaine. The tournament has a prize fund of 240,000 Euros.
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2729 - Dominguez Perez Leinier 2725 1-0
Ivanchuk Vassily 2769 - Topalov Veselin 2752 0-1
Adams Michael 2722 - Nakamura Hikaru 2783 1-0
Giri Anish 2730 - Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2684 ½-½
Grischuk Alexander 2754 - Gelfand Boris 2738 1-0
Nakamura and Mamedyarov chose the Caro Kann as a main weapon against 1.e4. Once more, the American player seemed well prepared and spent just fourteen minutes for 21 moves! Adams managed to install the strong Knight on “e5” with the bishop “c3” and pawn on “f4”. White increased their advantage and Nakamura made a huge mistake 26…Rb8? and got absolutely hopeless position. The tournament is a nightmare for Hikaru who has now lost five games.
Ivanchuk opted for a strange opening choice in a kind of King’s Indian reverse. The Ukrainian player played solidly and didn’t create a lot of danger. The position of the Bulgarian player looked even better, putting pressure on the d3 pawn.
Leinier went for a solid Bogo-Indian today against Mamedyarov. Probably the Cuban player wanted to play a safe line, but “Shak” showed his intentions with the aggressive 10.g4, 11.g5. Dominguez decided logically to counter attack on the queen-side and in the centre by d6-d5. Mamedyarov kept control of the position, exchanging pieces to arrive in a very confortable endgame with two bishops against knights.
Wang Hao decided to go quickly to the endgame in one of the main line of the Nimzowich. White looked a bit better thanks to their powerful bishop on “d4”. The Chinese player had to exchange a pair of rooks but couldn’t penetrate in black’s position. Leko created a strong blockade with his king on f7 and his rook on d7. After suffering, Peter managed to draw the endgame!
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