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FIDE Grand Prix Tournament

Levon Aronian8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Teimour Radjabov8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Yue Wang7.5/13(+2 -0 =11)[games]
Gata Kamsky7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov7/14(+4 -4 =6)[games]
Peter Svidler7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Sergey Karjakin7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Vugar Gashimov6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Alexander Grischuk6/13(+1 -2 =10)[games]
Boris Gelfand5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
David Navara4/13(+0 -5 =8)[games]
Mohamad Al-Modiahki4/13(+1 -6 =6)[games]
Vladimir Akopian0.5/1(+0 -0 =1)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev0.5/1(+0 -0 =1)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev0/1(+0 -1 =0)[games]

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 93  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Wang vs Aronian ½-½322008FIDE Grand PrixD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Svidler vs Kamsky ½-½352008FIDE Grand PrixB12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. I Cheparinov vs V Gashimov ½-½452008FIDE Grand PrixC42 Petrov Defense
4. Radjabov vs M Al-Modiahki 1-0482008FIDE Grand PrixA06 Reti Opening
5. Grischuk vs Karjakin 1-0412008FIDE Grand PrixD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Gelfand vs Jakovenko ½-½422008FIDE Grand PrixE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. Navara vs Ivanchuk ½-½392008FIDE Grand PrixE15 Queen's Indian
8. Jakovenko vs Radjabov ½-½572008FIDE Grand PrixE97 King's Indian
9. Kamsky vs Ivanchuk 1-0472008FIDE Grand PrixB33 Sicilian
10. M Al-Modiahki vs Grischuk ½-½342008FIDE Grand PrixC18 French, Winawer
11. V Gashimov vs Gelfand ½-½392008FIDE Grand PrixC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. Svidler vs I Cheparinov 0-1392008FIDE Grand PrixC67 Ruy Lopez
13. Karjakin vs Y Wang ½-½412008FIDE Grand PrixC67 Ruy Lopez
14. Aronian vs Navara 1-0462008FIDE Grand PrixD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Grischuk vs Jakovenko ½-½872008FIDE Grand PrixE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
16. Y Wang vs M Al-Modiahki ½-½432008FIDE Grand PrixD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Navara vs Karjakin ½-½442008FIDE Grand PrixA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. Ivanchuk vs Aronian 1-0442008FIDE Grand PrixD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Gelfand vs Svidler  ½-½532008FIDE Grand PrixA15 English
20. Radjabov vs V Gashimov ½-½242008FIDE Grand PrixC42 Petrov Defense
21. I Cheparinov vs Kamsky 1-0412008FIDE Grand PrixD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
22. M Al-Modiahki vs Navara 1-0482008FIDE Grand PrixB40 Sicilian
23. Karjakin vs Ivanchuk ½-½252008FIDE Grand PrixC42 Petrov Defense
24. Jakovenko vs Y Wang ½-½742008FIDE Grand PrixD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Kamsky vs Aronian ½-½372008FIDE Grand PrixD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Aug-14-08  HFBA: A note for the people who manage the website (I don't know if it's been posted yet, but Aronian won the tournament half a point ahead of the field, not one and a half like the description says.
Aug-14-08  Marmot PFL: <messachess> "Black is better, there's no doubt about that.Question is how much.Main problem of White are his Rooks, they can't find any open file.Plus his pawn structure is badly damaged and disabled for any serious use.Also we should not forget the psychological pressure.Radjabov was more that hour ahead on clock and, this position is very very ungrateful to play as White.There is no clear plan, there is nothing you can do.You can just sit tight and wait...such tragedy for White..." Karjakin. I think white made a mistake trading queens. Might have lost either way but it's easier to fight back with queens than in a lost ending. Also when you lose you don't suffer as long.
Aug-14-08  messachess: <Kamsky's big mistake> Well, he started out with med-school ambitions, etc. Then, there is the family influence.
Aug-14-08  messachess: It was probably something like: "Let's do this. If you beat Karpov, stay in chess. You lose, go to med-school."
Aug-14-08  Jim Bartle: but hey, no pressure...
Aug-14-08  randzo: We can said that Aronian has now great chances to win Grand Prix
Aug-14-08  messachess: How about Svidler, winning his last three games!
Aug-14-08  cannibal: Thanks, <TheBB>, for the crosstable! We can see the great value of <unshared> top places there. Aronian with his unshared 1st would need only a shared 5th-6th (if he were the one to play in the next GP tournament, that is) to pull ahead of Wang Yue, who had shared 1st and 3rd so far.
Aug-14-08  gazzawhite: Al-Modiahki came last yet still performed above his rating. Seems to suggest that he MAY be a little out of his league here. At least he won a game.
Aug-14-08  DUS: <Since Karjakin-Radjabov will probably be a decisive game Aronians needs to try to win without taking the risk of losing. Hard task.>

Indeed Aronian won without taking the risk of losing. In his performance it wasn't hard task at all.

Aug-14-08  DUS: <How about Svidler, winning his last three games!> I think they were great games by a super GM.
Aug-14-08  Atking: Agree with your lats posts <DUS>. Especially the smooth way Aronian won the last game. very Impressive.
Aug-14-08  arkansaw: Leko vs Wang would be interesting....or boring depending on how you see it
Aug-14-08  messachess: <Leko vs Wang> 1,001 draws and 1 ...................canceled (too much pressure.)
Aug-15-08  arsen387: Congratulations to Aronian. He won this tournament fairly and did it in style. +4 in 13 games and 5 victories, including 2 technically perfect endgame wins against Navara and Modiahki, and 2 Capablanca style amazingly beautiful wins against Chepa and Grischuk. Very impressive tournament.
Aug-15-08  yalie: Wang Yue interview after Sochi (and some training from Kramnik):

"I have noticed that Aronian always takes chances, is lucky a little. In our head to head game, though I was no worse.

My repertoire is more suited for a match where beating Wang Yue is no small feat.

Aronian, as usual, was efficient and won against the tailenders, but couldnt win against his opponents 2-9 on the ranking list - while I finished an undefeated +2."

Aronian's response: "Maybe Wang Yue should eat more spinach."

Aug-15-08  arsen387: <yalie: Aronian's response: "Maybe Wang Yue should eat more spinach." > ROTFL! Cool answer. I really like this guy
Aug-15-08  ahmadov: Aronian silently became the leader and then won the tournament... Congratulations!
Aug-15-08  arnaud1959: <HFBA> You should look also at the number of games. At that point Aronian had 8.5/13, Radjabov and Karjakin 7/12
Aug-15-08  amateur05: Brilliant games in the last round!
Aug-15-08  ahmadov: <amateur05: Brilliant games in the last round!> Yes, I wish the whole tournament would like that...
Aug-15-08  amateur05: <ahmadov> Agree. Also nice to see the Berlin wall being knocked down in Jako-Chepa.
Aug-15-08  Cactus: What's happened to Gelfand lately? As a big fan I was very pleased in Mexico, but since then he's seemed to have been near the bottom of every tournement he's in despite being one of the top ranked. Age mabye? And as a Grischuk fan, it seems like he pulled a Ponomoriov, have an prodigal rise to chess prowess, and then simply stop improving. Strange...
Aug-15-08  dumbgai: Despite tying for last place in the Sochi GP with 4/13, Al-Modiahki will actually GAIN rating points. Compare that to Svidler, who recovered nicely from a slow start to finish with a plus score but will nonetheless lose rating points.
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