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🏆 FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013)

Player: Alexander Morozevich

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ivanchuk vs Morozevich ½-½622013FIDE Grand Prix ThessalonikiE97 King's Indian
2. Morozevich vs Svidler 1-0222013FIDE Grand Prix ThessalonikiC48 Four Knights
3. Kasimdzhanov vs Morozevich ½-½412013FIDE Grand Prix ThessalonikiE91 King's Indian
4. Morozevich vs Nakamura ½-½382013FIDE Grand Prix ThessalonikiB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Bacrot vs Morozevich ½-½812013FIDE Grand Prix ThessalonikiD90 Grunfeld
6. Grischuk vs Morozevich  ½-½442013FIDE Grand Prix ThessalonikiC77 Ruy Lopez
7. Morozevich vs Caruana 0-1622013FIDE Grand Prix ThessalonikiA34 English, Symmetrical
8. Dominguez Perez vs Morozevich 1-0432013FIDE Grand Prix ThessalonikiC78 Ruy Lopez
9. Morozevich vs Topalov 0-1442013FIDE Grand Prix ThessalonikiB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. Kamsky vs Morozevich 1-0252013FIDE Grand Prix ThessalonikiC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Morozevich vs Ponomariov  ½-½552013FIDE Grand Prix ThessalonikiA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jun-03-13  Arcturar: Yeah....FIDE shuffling venues around like this isn't good at all. And where the f is AGON? I thought Paulson bought the rights to organize this cycle? They seem to have dissapeared entirely after the Candidates (which was not badly organized at all). Though Beijing is a great place as well!
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  plang: <badest: <parmetd: thanks Eyal, looks like this one last round loss could be a sole factor in costing Gata the 2nd gp spot :(> I sure hope Topa didn't fold on purpose to shrink Gata's chances to qualify.>

Why would he do that - it wouldn't make sense. Topalov hasn't clinched yet anyway he needs the points.

The way the Grand Prix is set up one game is not likely to cost someone qualification.

Jun-03-13  nok: <parmetd: thanks Eyal, looks like this one last round loss could be a sole factor in costing Gata the 2nd gp spot :(>

A bad operation it was. If he'd held the draw Gata would have 240 GP points to Fab's 290. Now he's left with 210 to Fab's 305, and has to be top three in Beijing where midpack would have been sufficient.

Jun-03-13  badest: <plang> Well... I think <nok> just summarized it. Now Kamsky needs a shared win (140p) at least.

It is "one game" but it had a big consequence on the ordering.

Jun-03-13  Eyal: <Absentee: Besides, both he [Topalov] and Caruana are already in, regardless of future Grand Prix results.>

You mean in the Candidates? They're not - certainly not Caruana, but even Topalov didn't clinch qualification yet because of the lousy result that he got here. There are several players who can theoretically still get more points than the 355 that he currently has, if they win clear 1st or even 2nd in their remaining tournament - e.g., Mamedyarov (who can reach a maximum of 390), Morozevich (385), Dominguez (375), Nakamura (370), Kamsky (370), not to mention players with 2 more tournaments to play like Karjakin.

Jun-03-13  Eyal: <A bad operation it was. If he'd held the draw Gata would have 240 GP points to Fab's 290. Now he's left with 210 to Fab's 305, and has to be top three in Beijing where midpack would have been sufficient.>

Even with 240 Kamsky would probably need a very good result in his remaining tournament to qualify; midpack would very likely not be enough. Caruana also has one more tournament to play, and of course Kamsky isn't competing just with him - there are some 8-10 more players still with realistic chances in the picture.

Jun-03-13  nok: I meant sufficient to catch Fab, but indeed <someone> will likely post 320 or more (Karjakin? Fab himself?) I think Topalov is safe though.
Jun-03-13  Eyal: But even if we look only at Caruana - let's say it was 290 (with the breakdown 100 80 110) vs. Kamsky's 240 (10 75 155). And say Caruana gets another clear 3rd in his remaining tournament, which isn't unlikely - in such a case Caruana would have a total of 320 points and Kamsky would need to improve his worst score by <more> than 80 points (since the tiebreak is the 4th best result, which is lousy for Kamsky) - meaning more than 90 points in his remaining tournament, i.e. something better than clear 4th.
Jun-03-13  nok: We're in agreement.
Jun-03-13  MarbleSkull: Neat how the top three players lost to each other.
Jun-03-13  Eyal: The chessvibes article quoted several post-tournament tweets:

Caruana: <A good finish put me on +4 and shared 2nd place. Congrats to Lenier Dominguez for winning the event and Gata Kamsky on a great performance.> (

Nakamura: <Finally finished with the Grand Prix here in Thessaloniki. Great organization and a deserving winner.> (

Ponomariov: <This terrible tournament with lots of missing chances finally finished for me! Next Khanty - I hope receive new rating in rapid and blitz :)> (; <It was funny to see face of American consul during closing ceremony when Cuban anthem was played :) My felicidades to Lenier - great result!> (

Eljanov: <Very glad to see that Lenier took clear 1st in Thessaloniki! Always thought that he is underrated player in our very strong generation!> (

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  Lupara: <Eyal> I quoted the Caruana tweet earlier. I didn't see any of the other tweets at the time.

Thank you for posting the additional tweets. Its nice to see that class and good sportsmanship is still alive.

Jun-03-13  nok: I just noticed that the last Candidates had no Grand Prix qualifiers. The GP was skipped, actually. Why?
Jun-03-13  dahtah: Kind of sad Gata didn't place first.

My consolation now is Miami leading Indiana by 15 at halftime.

Go Miami !

Jun-03-13  fisayo123: <nok> I think there was not enough time to ram in a new cycle in the space of one year (2011-2012). The cycle apparently is only used once every two Candidates tournament (if that makes any sense).

Most of the qualifiers last time were from the previous World cup and Ratings.

Jun-03-13  brankat: An excellent tournament. Thirty decisive games out of 66!

Congratulations to GM Dominguez!

GMs Caruana and Kamsky had also put on a great show.

Jun-04-13  virginmind: Congratulations to Dominguez! And to Kamsky! Caruana too. And hey, did anyone notice Grischuk is the sole undefeated?
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  moronovich: Congratulations to Dominguez and a fantastic performance.

And I am happy on behalf of all the cuban chessafficionados who followed the games on a daily basis on the big screens set for the occasion.

Chessaloniki rocks !

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  moronovich: <And hey, did anyone notice Grischuk is the sole undefeated?>

HiĀ“<virginmind> !

At least Grischuk did himself and said that he now has overtaken the title of drawking from Leko,and even called himself Drawschuk ;)

Jun-04-13  virginmind: Hi <moronovich>, yes but he was very solid, at least if we look at the results and now with 2780 in the live ratings he has a chance to get an Elo peak of his career. Gotta check with the previous lists but I don't think he has surpassed 2780 before...
Jun-04-13  SugarDom: Gata got spanked by the kid. 9.5 pts shy of 2800.

Will Caruana break 2800 soon or will he do another Radjabov?

Jun-04-13  SirRuthless: <SugarDom> Tal Memorial will answer that for us. It is tough to follow up one breakout event with another but Caruana could enter that club in style after the next month or so.
Jun-04-13  fgh: <SugarDom>: I'm now fully convinced that Caruana will be the 7th player in history to reach 2800. He is younger than Radjabov (who is now closer to 2700 than to 2800 anyway), Karjakin, and Nakamura, and is currently ahead of them.
Jun-04-13  KlingonBorgTatar: <SugarDom> Klingon Komrad and Brother!!!! Yup , Gata got spanked by a kid. Perhaps , the problem of the difficult opponent or as we say here in Manila, contrapelo? !! ? I wouldn't count Kamsky out in the WC cycle though. As the old Tatar proverb says, " Never Count a Tatar Warrior Dead, until You've Seen the corpse ; And EVEN THEN , Don't be too sure......!!! Spasibo bolshoe tovarich!!
Jun-04-13  SugarDom: Caruana will be the player to watch at the Tal memorial next week.
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