|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 * ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 6½ 155
=1 Gelfand ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 6½ 155
=3 Karjakin 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6 82
=3 Grischuk 1 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 6 82
=3 Svidler 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 6 82
=3 Tomashevsky ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 6 82
=3 Nakamura ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 6 82
8 Radjabov ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 5½ 50
=9 Mamedyarov 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 5 35
=9 Kasimdzhanov ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 5 35
11 Andreikin 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 4½ 20
12 Dominguez 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * 3 10
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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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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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