Round 10: Mamedyarov loses but keeps leading
In the 10th round of Grand Prix in Beijing four games were decisive. The leader of tournament Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was defeated by Alexander Morozevich. His nearest rival Alexander Grischuk also lost against Boris Gelfand, and, as a result, both Mamedyarov and Grischuk keep their first and second places. Alexander Morozevich and Peter Leko share the third place. After yesterday’s drama the luck came back to Anish Giri and he won against Veselin Topalov. Vassily Ivanchuk got promising position against Gata Kamsky but unexpectedly lost. Two Chinese players Wang Hao and Wang Yue drew against Peter Leko and Sergey Karjakin respectively.
The last round will start at 1 p.m. local time. The closing ceremony will be at 8 p.m. at the New Century Grand Hotel.
Giri , Anish–Topalov, Veselin 1-0
Veselin Topalov chose to play Caro-Kann against Anish Giri and everything was going normal way until 15th move. After 15.Bf3 Black could have changed the bishops or played 15…Nd4 but Veselin Topalov chose to play 15…Bf5 instead.
It was not too late to play back 16…Be4 after 16.g4 but former world champion suddenly left his bishop under the threat. Veselin could not explain what exactly he missed. His original idea was to play 16…Bb4 but White was still better in that line.
Morozevich, Alexander – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1/2-1/2
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov chose to play quite rare move 8…Qd5 in Grunfeld against Alexander Morozevich, who expected only 8…Qb6. The endgame seemed balanced but Black had more passive position. Both players tried to make logical moves and it’s hard to say where things went wrong for Black. White harmonically placed his pieces and after 33.b5 ruined Black’s position. 32….Ne8 was the best attempt to hold the position.
Kamsky, Gata – Ivanchuk, Vassily 1-0
Vasily Ivanchuk obtained better position after 10…c4. According to Gata Kamsky, he simply missed this move and could have played 10.Bd6 Qd6 11.dc Qc5 12. Nc3 with equal position. Later on Ukrainian player missed his advantage and it was time to play for a draw. However, Gata Kamsky managed to get some chances in the endgame and eventually tricked his opponent in the time trouble.
Karjakin, Sergey – Wang, Yue 1/2-1/2
For the second time in the tournament Sergey Karjakin chose to play Petroff Defense and got playable position with many interesting options. The critical moment was on the 26th move. The players agreed It would be better for White to keep the black square bishops and play 26.Bf3 instead of 26.Bg7. There was also an interesting attempt to play 26.h4!?, proposed by Wang Yue. After precise 33…Qc5 Black equalized the position.
Leko, Peter - Wang Hao 1/2-1/2
After yesterday’s derby Wang Hao chose to play solid Slav Defence and Peter Leko went for Exchange variation. White obtained small and stable advantage but could not find the plan to increase the pressure. “I could not find any plan to improve my position. Black cannot be worse if he can afford playing such moves as 27…Rcd8”, explained Peter Leko his decision to go for a draw.
Gelfand, Boris - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0
The King's Indian Defense was played and Alexander Grischuk spent too much time trying to solve the opening problems. Boris Gelfand got very comfortable position and in the time trouble of his opponent won a pawn and found good attacking recourse 43.g4.