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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Sberbank GM Rapid Tournament

Sergey Karjakin6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Veselin Topalov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Peter Leko5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Sergei Zhigalko5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Anton Korobov4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Pavel Eljanov4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Alexander Areshchenko4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Anatoly Karpov3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch2/9(+2 -7 =0)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Zhigalko vs Eljanov  1-0582013Sberbank GM RapidC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
2. A Korobov vs Tomashevsky  0-1582013Sberbank GM RapidE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. Eljanov vs Karjakin 1-0332013Sberbank GM RapidA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Topalov vs S Zhigalko 1-0542013Sberbank GM RapidE15 Queen's Indian
5. Leko vs Karpov ½-½312013Sberbank GM RapidB01 Scandinavian
6. Naiditsch vs Areshchenko  0-1532013Sberbank GM RapidB50 Sicilian
7. Karpov vs A Korobov 0-1542013Sberbank GM RapidD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Karjakin vs Leko  ½-½572013Sberbank GM RapidC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. Areshchenko vs Topalov 0-1482013Sberbank GM RapidC02 French, Advance
10. Leko vs S Zhigalko  ½-½732013Sberbank GM RapidA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
11. A Korobov vs Karjakin  0-1852013Sberbank GM RapidE12 Queen's Indian
12. Karpov vs Tomashevsky  ½-½292013Sberbank GM RapidD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Topalov vs Naiditsch 1-0472013Sberbank GM RapidC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. Eljanov vs Areshchenko  ½-½512013Sberbank GM RapidA34 English, Symmetrical
15. Tomashevsky vs Naiditsch  1-0612013Sberbank GM RapidD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Leko vs Tomashevsky 1-0672013Sberbank GM RapidC78 Ruy Lopez
17. Eljanov vs A Korobov  ½-½462013Sberbank GM RapidA30 English, Symmetrical
18. Karpov vs Naiditsch 0-1462013Sberbank GM RapidA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
19. A Korobov vs Topalov  0-1562013Sberbank GM RapidE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
20. Tomashevsky vs S Zhigalko  ½-½462013Sberbank GM RapidE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
21. Karjakin vs Areshchenko  ½-½602013Sberbank GM RapidB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Leko vs Eljanov  1-0422013Sberbank GM RapidC78 Ruy Lopez
23. Topalov vs Karpov ½-½342013Sberbank GM RapidB01 Scandinavian
24. Naiditsch vs Karjakin 0-1372013Sberbank GM RapidC78 Ruy Lopez
25. A Korobov vs Leko  ½-½502013Sberbank GM RapidA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jun-07-13  ajile: <Conrad93: Kiev is not in Russia...

Dear God, ChessGames.com, it is the capital of Ukraine.

Do people still have trouble telling the two countries apart?>

The real problem is that nobody has played the Leningrad Dutch yet. Unacceptable.

Jun-07-13  mindanalyzer: I agree with you <KKDEREK>; Definitely Leko is the master of draws, 6 freaking draws out of 9 games in RAPID!!! Jeesshhh
Jun-07-13  Arcturar: Too bad Karpov didn't do well this time, although it warms my heart to see how much aupport he has, lol. And gratz to Karjakin! What a clutch performance to catch Topalov! He isn't World Rapid Champ for nothing!
Jun-07-13
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  perfidious: <The real problem is that nobody has played the Leningrad Dutch yet. Unacceptable.>

If someone starts referring to it as the St Petersburg or Petrograd Dutch, what then?

Someone should have invited Malaniuk and we would have our fix of the Leningrad.

Sometimes the PC crap, come to obsession over utmost precision of nomenclature, can be a bother, to say the least.

Jun-07-13  ajile: <perfidious: Someone should have invited Malaniuk and we would have our fix of the Leningrad.>

Does he even play anymore in tournaments like this? I would love to see him in some Leningrad Dutch 7..Qe8 games against top current GM's.

http://nezhmet.wordpress.com/2008/0...

Jun-08-13  parmetd: It is funny that Naiditsch's two wins were both black and one of them against the immobile Leko.
Jun-08-13
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  Eyal: Heh I remember that Alex Yermolinsky, who was doing daily round reports for ICC during the Grand Prix, started to wax nostalgic for several minutes of Malaniuk and the Dutch when he came to talk about Kasimdzhanov vs Kamsky, 2013.
Jun-08-13  QueentakesKing: Again, my bold prediction--Karjakin is the next K!!!
Jun-08-13  QueentakesKing: Karpov is playing<*****>5 stars!
Jun-08-13  QueentakesKing: Can some chess- loving rich billionaires chip in for a couple of sessions of brain stem cell therapy for Anatoly! I want the 'old' Anatoly back.
Jun-08-13
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  Octavia: <Conrad93: Kiev is not in Russia...

Dear God, ChessGames.com, it is the capital of Ukraine.

Do people still have trouble telling the two countries apart?>

how come nobody told these good people that young Karjakin is from the Ukraine? Congratulations for winning it !!!

Jun-08-13  kingfu: Karpov needs to dump the Scandinavian and get back to 1... c6.

Interesting note in Karjakin's bio: It says he is Ukrainian but a citizen of Russia.

Jun-08-13
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  PawnSac: If he'd lay off the Scandinavian he would have a better showing.
Jun-08-13  Jason Frost: So Caruana is American and Nakamura Japanese?!
Jun-09-13  messachess: I could look it up, but somebody, please, what's the time control here?
Jun-09-13  messachess: It's 25 minutes for the whole game + 10 seconds increment per move.
Jun-09-13  kingfu: Thanks, messachess. It is always a factor for how much analysis time you have in a game. I generally pay little attention to blitz chess.

The nationality of professional chess players is cloudy these days. I suppose they move to the tournaments (read money). Many of the Russians have moved to New York (Moscow winter) and Chicago (great franks).

Christiansen lived in Europe for a long time. Lots of tournaments (money) there.

Jun-09-13  Conrad93: < Karpov needs to dump the Scandinavian and get back to 1... c6. Interesting note in Karjakin's bio: It says he is Ukrainian but a citizen of Russia.>

He says in an interview that it was due to better support in Russia. Russia's chess scene is far better, even though Ukraine has won the Olympiad several times.

Jun-10-13  messachess: I think it's great that Karpov still plays occasionally like this. That shows not only love for the game but for the environment of chess competition as well: going up against the young stars, hanging out in the tournament room, just being there and doing it with no hope of winning.

He sure doesn't need the money. It's a great and generous gesture. You will surely not see Kasparov doing this: way too much ego.

Jun-10-13  Conrad93: < I think it's great that Karpov still plays occasionally like this. That shows not only love for the game but for the environment of chess competition as well: going up against the young stars, hanging out in the tournament room, just being there and doing it with no hope of winning. He sure doesn't need the money. It's a great and generous gesture. You will surely not see Kasparov doing this: way too much ego.>

Yes, he is one of the kindest Chess World Champions without a doubt.

His personality really makes you love chess.

Jun-10-13  QueentakesKing: Hey, hey, hey-- Karpov beat Eljanov, conqueror of Karjakin and Topalov. Awesome:-)
Jun-10-13  kingfu: I just checked the French Team Championships.
The Scandinavian was only played 6 times out of 524 games. White won 4, Black won one and there was one draw.

Anatoly, what gives with the Scandinavian? Maybe he wants to drill for oil in Finland!

Karpov is one of my favorite players. Everybody scoffed when he "inherited" the Championship. All he did was stay Champion for 10 years. Only Kasparov could unseat him. Even Karpov laments not being able to play Fischer. I would not be surprised if Karpov put up the funds for Sberbank!

Guess how many times the Scandinavian will be played at the upcoming Tal Memorial? Mine is zero.

Jun-11-13  arunjangity3: Nice, zero draws for Naiditsch.
Jun-17-13  madlydeeply: <conrad93 Yes, he is one of the kindest Chess World Champions without a doubt.>

Funny when I was a kid he came across as completely corrupt and vile. Both Korchnoi and Kasparov matches were ugly. I had to learn to let go of the shenanigans and just appreciate his chess.

Oct-19-13
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