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FIDE Grand Prix Tournament

Pavel Eljanov8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Teimour Radjabov7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko7/13(+1 -0 =12)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Vugar Gashimov6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Peter Leko6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Yue Wang6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Boris Gelfand6/13(+1 -2 =10)[games]
Peter Svidler6/13(+1 -2 =10)[games]
Vladimir Akopian5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev5.5/13(+3 -5 =5)[games]

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Eljanov vs Svidler ½-½442010FIDE Grand PrixD80 Grunfeld
2. E Inarkiev vs Ponomariov  ½-½412010FIDE Grand PrixC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. Mamedyarov vs Jakovenko ½-½352010FIDE Grand PrixE20 Nimzo-Indian
4. V Gashimov vs Ivanchuk 1-0362010FIDE Grand PrixC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. V Akopian vs Gelfand ½-½392010FIDE Grand PrixC42 Petrov Defense
6. Y Wang vs Leko ½-½182010FIDE Grand PrixE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
7. E Alekseev vs Radjabov  ½-½252010FIDE Grand PrixA15 English
8. Jakovenko vs V Gashimov ½-½252010FIDE Grand PrixA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
9. Radjabov vs E Inarkiev ½-½282010FIDE Grand PrixC45 Scotch Game
10. Gelfand vs Mamedyarov 1-0392010FIDE Grand PrixA15 English
11. Leko vs E Alekseev 1-0402010FIDE Grand PrixA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
12. Eljanov vs V Akopian 1-0642010FIDE Grand PrixD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Ivanchuk vs Y Wang ½-½272010FIDE Grand PrixA00 Uncommon Opening
14. Svidler vs Ponomariov 0-1252010FIDE Grand PrixC67 Ruy Lopez
15. E Inarkiev vs Leko  ½-½562010FIDE Grand PrixC78 Ruy Lopez
16. V Akopian vs Svidler  ½-½232010FIDE Grand PrixA15 English
17. E Alekseev vs Ivanchuk ½-½432010FIDE Grand PrixC42 Petrov Defense
18. V Gashimov vs Gelfand ½-½292010FIDE Grand PrixC42 Petrov Defense
19. Mamedyarov vs Eljanov ½-½362010FIDE Grand PrixD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. Ponomariov vs Radjabov ½-½332010FIDE Grand PrixA15 English
21. Y Wang vs Jakovenko ½-½352010FIDE Grand PrixE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
22. Jakovenko vs E Alekseev  ½-½302010FIDE Grand PrixE17 Queen's Indian
23. Svidler vs Radjabov ½-½252010FIDE Grand PrixA15 English
24. Ivanchuk vs E Inarkiev 0-1452010FIDE Grand PrixB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. Leko vs Ponomariov  ½-½442010FIDE Grand PrixC67 Ruy Lopez
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May-24-10  Hesam7: <Eyal: A round robin would definitely have to be either in a different place than Azebaijan or without Aronian, since as far as I know he (or the Armenian Federation in his name - still categorically refuses to play in Baku... And at any rate the problem with that hasn't been solved yet - supposedly they should be looking for a second venue for his match(es).>

I really hope there is another bid for a double round robin or longer matches (at least make the final 8 games long!) the current situation is very unsatisfactory.

May-25-10  percyblakeney: Maybe Mamedyarov would be a good pick to play against Kramnik. He recently won a blitz tiebreak minimatch 2-0 against him, after also beating him in the rapid event in Baku. Also before that Mamedyarov had a plus against Kramnik in non-classical chess. In classical the only decisive game was won by Kramnik, after Mamedyarov declined a draw offer with black but eventually lost, that was three years ago though.

This can be compared with Gashimov's (non-classical) stats:

May-25-10  Rolfo: Are organizers already picked and fixed for the candidat matches?
May-25-10  Kazzak: Unfortunately, we got no photos of Gelfand vs. Eljanov at the board, but here's a shot from the press conference.

Brothers in Chess:

May-25-10  hellopolgar: now, if only wang converted his queen + rook into 1 point vs pavel's queen + bishop(Wang Yue vs Eljanov, 2010)...he would not only win this prix, but also get to participate in the Candidates' Match...
May-26-10  gorash: Great feat by Eljanov. He showed he is not only capable of beating sub-2700 opposition (at which he is superb though, that's where his 2750ish rating comes from) but 2700+ SGMs.

Ivanchuk, Leko, Gelfand and Svidler were a bit dismal on the other hand.

May-26-10  arkansaw: Aronian is simply being idiotic, I don't see Radjabov making such childish demands, or even Akopian. If some 2700 player thinks he has become indispensable, somebody should set the record straight.
May-26-10  Bobby Fiske: Who is the FIDE Director responsible for picking the farewell gift to the players?:
May-26-10  szachista: arkansaw:
Aronian didn't play in Baku (1st GP tournament), Azeri players didn't play in Jermuk (5th tournament). Any guesses why?
May-26-10  researchj: The countries are in a state of war with each other.
May-26-10  randzo: I like Jakovenko .He lost only 5 games in 4 Grand Prix tournaments .he says that draw is normal outcome and i agree with him.
May-27-10  tarlan13: Any news when and how will Azerbaijan decide on their 2nd candidate (Mamedyarov/Gashimov)?
May-27-10  ahmadov: They still have some time, but most probably it will be Mamedyarov...
May-27-10  arsen387: <I don't see Radjabov making such childish demands> then you don't see the obvious :)
May-27-10  Bobby Fiske: I read an interview with Aronian recently. I can’t find the link, but he explained why he doesn’t want to play in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Aronian is Armenian, and the 2 countries have fought a brutal war not so long ago. Read more here:

-He said that the Candidates is an extremely tough and challenging tournament, where he need to focus and concentrate maximum while playing. He said that he trusted the organizers, and that he had no fear being inside the playing venue. However when playing tournaments, he likes to walk the streets and relax outside, and that this was not possible to do without fear (for life/mob?). He didn’t want to sit in his hotel room for weeks, as a prisoner. Seems quite reasonable to me. Probably his games will be played in Kirsan’s Kalmykia. No big deal.

May-27-10  Bobby Fiske: Found the link to the interview at Aronian's forum:

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  HeMateMe: A tough group of players. I see Aronian beating Gelfand and Carlsen beating Radjabov as the only real 'sure things'.

Topa/Kamsky previous results might be misleading. Kamsky might now be closer to the form he had as a 22 year old than he was when Topalov was beating him the past few years. I think chances are even, despite Tops's 7-1 history over Kamsky.

May-27-10  Pawnsgambit: I do not think Aronion will play in Baku.
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  HeMateMe: If he's a chess player, he won't turn down the Candidates cycle. Another location might be offered, because of the regional fighting/difficulties.
May-27-10  ahmadov: <arsen387: <I don't see Radjabov making such childish demands> then you don't see the obvious :)> Trying to find something wrong in Radjabov is not the best way of defending Aronian...
May-27-10  frogbert: <Kamsky might now be closer to the form he had as a 22 year old than he was when Topalov was beating him the past few years.>

hemateme, looking at rating performances of the two during the years after kamsky's comeback gives a different picture. there's no indication anywhere that kamsky is any better now than say 2,5 years ago when he won the wcc, while topalov has performed extremely well for nearly two years now.

but in 4 games just one mistake can be fatal, of course.

May-27-10  frogbert: <Another location might be offered, because of the regional fighting/difficulties.>

i thought that was agreed upon long ago...

May-27-10  Blunderdome: I did a research paper on the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan a while back. I don't claim to be an expert, but I can sympathize with Aronian's preference not to travel to Baku. "Childish demands" has nothing to do with it.

As far as goes, I'm rooting for Radja like always. I neither root for nor against Aronian.

May-28-10  arsen387: <ahmadov> I was not trying to find smth wrong in Radjabov, but in <arkansaw>'s post. Coz there is nothing childish for Aronian in declining to play in Baku, just like there would be nothing childish for Radjabov in declining to play in Yerevan. They may be great individuals, but still they depend from their national federations and it's almost improbable that the federations would let them to do that, even if the players themselves won't mind
May-28-10  ahmadov: <arsen387> Now having lived with this conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan for more than 20 years, I realize that for the resolution of the conflict between these two countries, there is no option other than mutual respect to our rights and cooperation. Sportpersons and journalists can help eliminate hatred and start establishing mutual trust at this time. Aronian's visit to Baku could also contribute to establishing trust and helping the two nations to understand each other... Therefore, I do not believe his decision to refuse to play in Baku was a wise idea...
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