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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Paris Chess Grand Prix 2013: Caruana wins on tiebreak with Gelfand, Gives Mamedyarov the Candidates Spot

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Top three - Caruana, Gelfand and Nakamura - with the FIDE President, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the President of Commission of Finances in St.Quentin, Bernard Tabarie, the FFE President, Diego Salazar, and the IA Laurent Freyd

Did we forget to tell you about the Paris Chess Grand Prix that concluded recently? The event just concluded a few days back. Of the 12 top Grandmasters, eventually it was Fabiano Caruana who took the title. The next two spots were won by Boris Gelfand and Hikaru Nakamura. Caruana beat Gelfand on tiebreak for the title. Interestingly, Caruana's victory brought good news for someone not even in the city!

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov qualified for the Candidates 2014 as he stood second in the overall Grand Prix series behind Veselin Topalov. Alexander Grischuk had a theoretical chance, along with Caruana, to take Mamedyarov's spot in the Candidates if either of them had finished the Paris event with a clear first.

Mamedyarov finished second in the overall Grand Prix standings with 390 points. Topalov has already qualified with 410 points.

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