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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
4th FIDE Grand Prix Tournament

Levon Aronian8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Peter Leko7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Etienne Bacrot7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Alexander Grischuk7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Boris Gelfand6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Peter Svidler6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Gata Kamsky6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Pavel Eljanov5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Mamedyarov vs Aronian 0-13220094th FIDE Grand PrixC28 Vienna Game
2. E Alekseev vs Svidler ½-½3720094th FIDE Grand PrixD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Leko vs Kamsky ½-½12120094th FIDE Grand PrixA15 English
4. Akopian vs Kasimdzhanov ½-½4120094th FIDE Grand PrixC42 Petrov Defense
5. Karjakin vs Eljanov ½-½4520094th FIDE Grand PrixC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Grischuk vs Gelfand 1-05020094th FIDE Grand PrixD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
7. Ivanchuk vs Bacrot ½-½2720094th FIDE Grand PrixA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Kamsky vs Bacrot ½-½8120094th FIDE Grand PrixC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
9. Gelfand vs E Alekseev ½-½3520094th FIDE Grand PrixD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Eljanov vs Grischuk ½-½2820094th FIDE Grand PrixD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Kasimdzhanov vs Karjakin ½-½2320094th FIDE Grand PrixD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Svidler vs Ivanchuk 1-02920094th FIDE Grand PrixC78 Ruy Lopez
13. Leko vs Mamedyarov ½-½3720094th FIDE Grand PrixB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
14. Aronian vs Akopian 1-09420094th FIDE Grand PrixD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Bacrot vs Svidler ½-½3620094th FIDE Grand PrixC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
16. Karjakin vs Aronian 1-03420094th FIDE Grand PrixC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. Mamedyarov vs Kamsky ½-½4320094th FIDE Grand PrixD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
18. Akopian vs Leko 0-16120094th FIDE Grand PrixD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Grischuk vs Kasimdzhanov 1-03920094th FIDE Grand PrixD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. E Alekseev vs Eljanov 1-05720094th FIDE Grand PrixD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Ivanchuk vs Gelfand ½-½3020094th FIDE Grand PrixD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Kamsky vs Svidler 1-07420094th FIDE Grand PrixC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Gelfand vs Bacrot ½-½5120094th FIDE Grand PrixE15 Queen's Indian
24. Eljanov vs Ivanchuk ½-½4720094th FIDE Grand PrixD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Kasimdzhanov vs E Alekseev ½-½7920094th FIDE Grand PrixC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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Apr-29-09  Davolni: Just as you said it MAL!!!

Showtime the Armenian style!!!

LOL!!!

I'm real happy for Aronian, and specially for Akopian, for such a nice finish!!!

And as far as thanking everyone, I just felt like thanking the players for their great show for us spectators, and also everybody else who made this thing possible!

That's all...
wanna call it an Oscar, or miss universe... up to you ;) lol

;)

Apr-29-09  jurado96: nice finish for such a great player
well deserved victory
Apr-29-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  JointheArmy: <JointheArmy><I wonder if a short draw is in order tomorrow. It would make sense for both Leko and Aronian since they would both share first place.

If I was Aronian, I would push Leko hard. He tends to fold under pressure.>

Not to gloat, but did I call that @#$% or what?

Apr-29-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  swordfish: Yes, congratulations to Aronian, who seems to have the knack of finishing at or near the top of strong tournaments. Also, Leko and Akopian -equal second is quite a good showing.
Apr-29-09  messachess: A fine tournament. Thanks to all the players for some great fan-pleasing games, and congrats to Aronian on 1st place.
Apr-29-09  messachess: also, maybe this is a breakout tourney for Akopian--great tournament, and much appreciated effort by Leko, with a chance for 1st!
Apr-29-09  arnaud1959: There's only 2 pts difference between the 2nd and the 14th (last). All the players proved that they deserved to be in this tournament.
Apr-29-09  Jim Bartle: Did Bacrot start with eight draws, and finish with five decisive games?
Apr-29-09  Udit Narayan: Yeah, he must read the boards and about all the people calling him Bacdraw.
Apr-29-09  parmetd: yes Jim.
Apr-29-09  karoaper: <Udit Narayan: Yeah, he must read the boards and about all the people calling him Bacdraw.> I'm sure whenever he reads such snide nicknames, he becomes a total mess, can't sleep or eat for weeks, probably goes into depression, gets on medicine, etc. In other words, a reaction similar to what you or I would have after being called a "poopyhead" by some 5 year old.
Apr-29-09  Octavia: Levon lives in Berlin, Deutschland, doesn't he? Pro chess players are best off when living in the centre of Europe, cause its easy to travel everywhere by surface transport.
Apr-29-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <* FIDE Grand Prix Standings *

#. Player : Points (points/GP)

1. Radjabov : 363 [ 60 . 150 . 153 . x ]
1. Grischuk : 363 [ 105 . 45 . 153 . 105 ]
3. Aronian : 360 [ x . 180 . x . 180 ]
4. Wang Yue : 353 [ 153 . 120 . 80 . x ]
5. Gashimov : 328 [ 153 . 65 . 110 . x ]
6. Jakovenko : 243 [ x . 90 . 153 . x ]
7. Mamed : 240 [ 105 . x . 80 . 55 ]
8. Kamsky : 235 [ 60 . 120 . x . 55 ]
9. Svidler : 230 [ 85 . 90 . x . 55 ]
10. Leko : 220 [ x . x . 80 . 140 ]
11. Karjakin : 205 [ 60 . 90 . x . 55 ]
12. Bacrot : 200 [ 15 . x . 80 . 105 ]
13. Akopian : 155 [ x . x . 15 . 140 ]
15. Cheparinov : 130 [ 35 . 45 . 50 . x ]
16. Alekseev : 120 [ x . x . 35 . 85 ]
17. Gelfand : 115 [ x . 30 . x . 85 ]
18. Kasim : 100 [ x . x . 80 . 20 ]
19. Ivanchuk : 85 [ x . 65 . x . 20 ]
21. Eljanov : 55 [ x . x . 35 . 20 ]
23. Inarkiev : 30 [ 15 . x . 15 . x ]>

With 2 unshared 1st places in his two tournaments so far, Aronian is of course the one with the best chances for qualifying to the candidates from one of the 2 GP spots; even a half-decent result in one of his two remaining tournaments should probably be enough. After this tournament, Svidler and Karjakin are left without any chance to qualify this way, even if they get the maximum number of points in their last tournament (and so is Kamsky - but he's already guaranteed a spot, so it doesn't really matter...)

Apr-29-09  adair10: Aronian won both Sochi and Nalchik in a similar manner. In both tournaments he achieved needed +4 score in a must-win last rounds against Grischuk in Sochi and Leko in Nalchik.

Feel sorry for Leko who, if not the last round defeat, had an excellent performance.

Apr-29-09  Vasilyev90: God Bless Armenia1I hope LevonAronian becomes the next world champion!I'll also marry an Armenian woman someday!
Apr-30-09  ahmadov: <adair10: Aronian won both Sochi and Nalchik in a similar manner. In both tournaments he achieved needed +4 score in a must-win last rounds against Grischuk in Sochi and Leko in Nalchik.> And now Aronian has best chances to be one of those three winners of the entire FIDE Grand Prix...
Apr-30-09  ahmadov: I am not very familiar with Bacrot performance, but was this tournament one of his best in last few years?
Apr-30-09  arnaud1959: Probably yes. At least at this level I think. But recently he won Aeroflot open 2009, which was a pretty strong tournament. http://www.aeroflotchess.com/result...
Apr-30-09  Valmy: YES Bacrot did well and without this stupid loss agains Grishuk he would be join second. But of course every player can regret a "stupid loss " or two!
Apr-30-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  extremepleasure2: Do you know how many players from FIDE Grand Prix will qualify in Candidates event of World Championship Cycle? Is there any link for that?
Apr-30-09  arsen387: Congrats to Aronian for winning this in style, a well-deserved victory. But what Akopian did, is more impressive I think. Noone could expect that he'll finish with +2 and 4 wins! especially after his -2 after the first 4 rounds. Great job by Armenians! I hope Leko will win on of his remaining 2 Grand Prix's, shared 2nd is not the end of all hopes
Apr-30-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: Two players qualify from the GP to the candidates.

<In 2011, there will be a Candidate Matches/Tournament consisting of GM Kamsky, the loser of the Anand-Topalov match, two players from the Grand Prix series and one player from the World Cup, two highest rated players not already qualified and a player nominated by the organizer. The winner will play the World Champion [i.e., the winner of the Anand-Topalov match] in 2011.> (http://www.fide.com/component/conte...)

That is, unless they change the rules again in the middle of the cycle, which is always a possibility with FIDE.

Apr-30-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  extremepleasure2: Thank you for your answer Eyal.

In the link you posted it says that one player from the World Cup will be include to the cyle.

Do you know when the World Cup will be held and where?

Apr-30-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <extremepleasure2> The World Cup is supposed to take place during November-December this year, in Khanty-Mansiysk - just like in 2007. The format also seems to be the same - knockout with 128 players at the start. See http://www.fide.com/component/conte...
Apr-30-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <All the participants were presented memorable awards: Gata Kamsky for his "Will to victory", Rustam Kasimdzhanov was called "Chess Ciceron", Shakhriyar Mamedyarov became an "All-round developed sportsmen", "The prize of the viewers sympathies" went to Vassily Ivanchuk> (http://nalchik2009.fide.com/)

Mamedyarov getting an award as "All-round developed sportsmen" - there's a sick joke.

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