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FIDE Grand Prix Baku Tournament

Fabiano Caruana6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Boris Gelfand6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Alexander Grischuk6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Peter Svidler6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky6/11(+1 -0 =10)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Teimour Radjabov5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014)

Played in Baku, Azerbaijan 2-14 October 2014. This was the first tournament in the Grand Prix series 2014-15, the other ones being FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015) and FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015). Each player collected Grand Prix points (GPP) from three of the four events. Official site: http://baku2014.fide.com/. Crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 GPP =1 Caruana * 1 0 1 1 0 1 6 155 =1 Gelfand * 1 1 0 1 6 155 =3 Karjakin 0 * 1 1 6 82 =3 Grischuk 1 0 * 0 1 1 6 82 =3 Svidler 0 * 1 1 6 82 =3 Tomashevsky * 1 6 82 =3 Nakamura 0 * 1 1 6 82 8 Radjabov 0 1 * 5 50 =9 Mamedyarov 0 1 0 * 5 35 =9 Kasimdzhanov 0 0 * 1 5 35 11 Andreikin 1 0 0 0 0 * 1 4 20 12 Dominguez 0 0 0 0 0 * 3 10

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nakamura vs Svidler ½-½322014FIDE Grand Prix BakuC78 Ruy Lopez
2. Karjakin vs Caruana 0-1372014FIDE Grand Prix BakuD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Mamedyarov vs Radjabov ½-½312014FIDE Grand Prix BakuA20 English
4. Tomashevsky vs Grischuk ½-½322014FIDE Grand Prix BakuD97 Grunfeld, Russian
5. Gelfand vs D Andreikin 1-0232014FIDE Grand Prix BakuE15 Queen's Indian
6. L Dominguez vs Kasimdzhanov ½-½302014FIDE Grand Prix BakuA15 English
7. Kasimdzhanov vs Radjabov ½-½422014FIDE Grand Prix BakuC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Svidler vs Mamedyarov 1-0362014FIDE Grand Prix BakuD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. D Andreikin vs Nakamura 0-1482014FIDE Grand Prix BakuA80 Dutch
10. Caruana vs Gelfand ½-½372014FIDE Grand Prix BakuB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. L Dominguez vs Tomashevsky ½-½1002014FIDE Grand Prix BakuC78 Ruy Lopez
12. Grischuk vs Karjakin ½-½472014FIDE Grand Prix BakuE15 Queen's Indian
13. Mamedyarov vs D Andreikin  ½-½362014FIDE Grand Prix BakuD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Karjakin vs L Dominguez 1-0412014FIDE Grand Prix BakuA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Gelfand vs Grischuk 1-0602014FIDE Grand Prix BakuE17 Queen's Indian
16. Radjabov vs Svidler ½-½312014FIDE Grand Prix BakuA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
17. Nakamura vs Caruana ½-½502014FIDE Grand Prix BakuD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Tomashevsky vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½442014FIDE Grand Prix BakuD85 Grunfeld
19. Caruana vs Mamedyarov 1-0342014FIDE Grand Prix BakuD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. D Andreikin vs Radjabov ½-½412014FIDE Grand Prix BakuE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
21. Kasimdzhanov vs Svidler ½-½452014FIDE Grand Prix BakuC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
22. Grischuk vs Nakamura ½-½482014FIDE Grand Prix BakuE97 King's Indian
23. Tomashevsky vs Karjakin ½-½312014FIDE Grand Prix BakuE00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. L Dominguez vs Gelfand ½-½332014FIDE Grand Prix BakuB33 Sicilian
25. Karjakin vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½302014FIDE Grand Prix BakuA33 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Oct-15-14  1d410: People aren't even allowed to forfeit anymore.. Geez
Oct-15-14  1d410: We could have at least had Maghami play Caruana and Nakamura and bridge differences between America and Iran at least, even though Israel seems to be out of the question. What incompetence by FIDE>
Oct-15-14  starry2013: jphamlore - Anand was also fortunate with the lineup at the last Candidates. Aronian was the favourite but otherwise it was an event that could have had a stronger lineup.
Oct-15-14  starry2013: Disappointed Iran fell through it would be nice seeing somewhere different stage something like this rather than just the usual places.
Oct-15-14  1d410: <starry 2013> I agree about the location. Am so upset, may need to take more medication.
Oct-15-14  MNW: <AT: Caruana lost 2 games means he played worse chess and thus should be second.>

He also won more. Are we going to count that too?

Oct-15-14  jared10001: So how is the ratings reserve calculated? What are Topalov's chances of being invited to the candidates on ratings, if we assume Caruana is going to finish in the top two of the GP series?
Oct-16-14  fgh: <1d410: We could have at least had Maghami play Caruana and Nakamura and bridge differences between America and Iran>

You actually believe that 2 chess games, played in a tournament with almost no coverage in American media, are going to improve the diplomatic relationships between the US and Iran? Hahahaha! Go see a shrink!

And speaking of "almost no coverage", here's an example of what I mean: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/...

Oct-16-14  vkk: serious question

why is caruana playing in the grand prix?

does he have to for candidates qualifying?

its safe to say the others arent going to catch him... aronians game isnt on point lately, and topalov has unpredictable results...

Oct-16-14  evlozare: <vkk> because he wants to stamped his class and qualify through the grand prix and not by ratings. FIDE might change the rules again just as they did the last time requiring the rating qualifiers to at least participate in the world cup.

this time around, they might change the rules again by rating, computing the average not by a year but by two years. then kramnik and radja will qualify by ratings.

Oct-16-14  donjova: Besides that, he decided to play in the Grand Prix before the Sinquefield Cup and his huge rating gain.
Oct-16-14  starry2013: I hope not by two years, it already favours those that drop down the list somewhat. Chess needs to be more flexible and acknowledge changes.

Topalov has been playing ok this year overall but he didn't prepare for the Candidates by playing much at all competitively, it was like he was just using that as a warmup for this year.

Oct-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: FIDE with its leadership is the cause for all these calamities about locations. The whole voting system, the false democracy with corrupt, insignificant countries selling votes, make this institution the opposite of what it should be. The fact is, unfortunately, it will never change. So players all around the world will have to abide to the most crazy and horrendous decisions by Kirsan & Co., who don't give a damn about the players' wishes. They regard them as pawns in their own game, and pawns should be silent and obey. In the dark Middle Ages and in 2014.
Oct-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <FIFA with its leadership is the cause for all these calamities about locations. The whole voting system, the false democracy with corrupt, insignificant countries selling votes, make this institution the opposite of what it should be. The fact is, unfortunately, it will never change. So players all around the world will have to abide to the most crazy and horrendous decisions by Blatter & Co., who don't give a damn about the players' wishes.>
Oct-16-14  1d410: <fgh> You can't just kick out the Arab players because there is no coverage! The media is a joke.
Oct-16-14  1d410: they are sock puppets for the Big Government.
Oct-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <fgh> Relations between Iran and the USA are improving. A shared position on the Syria/Isis situation is a key impetus. Chess may not count for much, but every little helps.
Oct-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Iran is being offered a LOT of money in the removal of trade barriers and unfrozen western assets, to stop their nuke program. Maybe there can be a real, general thaw.

Or, the Iranians will simply take all they can get now and restart their nuke program a few years later...

Oct-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <SirRuthless> -- <a fun game for the rest of the field where we can see some King's gambits and wild QGA/Veresov/Larsen attack lines>

All the openings you mention are quite playable. They are not all seen regularly at super-GM level, but for different reasons. The King's Gambit, for example, has been largely neutralized by theory and poses no great threat to Black. Similarly, the (Nimzo-)-Larsen 1.b3 (or 1.Nf3 and 2.b3) is not sufficiently assertive for White to gain a reliable advantage, though it's quite playable.

The QGA, by contrast, is eminently playable, and used by several GMs such as Baburin. The Richter-Veresov, 1.d4 with Nc3, is playable but positionally dubious, which is why strong players rarely try it.

Oct-16-14  jphamlore: If one wants to see unusual openings, just hope Richard Rapport rises to the very top.
Oct-17-14  vkk: or you can always count on Morozevich to make a comeback.
Oct-18-14  ndg2: Why isn't the Tashkent Grand Prix there yet?
Oct-18-14  gokusano: <ndg2: Why isn't the Tashkent Grand Prix there yet?> When will it be held?
Oct-18-14  ndg2: <gokusano><When will it be held?>It begins on Monday
Oct-19-14  gokusano: Thanx ndg2
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