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Topalov Wins 2013 Zug Grand Prix

  • SonofPearl
  • on 30/04/13 11:58.

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Veselin Topalov finished the FIDE Zug Grand Prix in style by winning his final round game against Sergey Karjakin.

That victory, the only decisive game of the final round, ensured that Topalov scored the maximum 170 Grand Prix ranking points for sole first place.  He now leads the overall standings by 70 clear points (see below).

The overall winner and runner-up of the 2012/13 Grand Prix series will qualify for the next Candidates Tournament, expected to be held in March 2014.

All other games in the final round were drawn.

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The final standings in the Zug Grand Prix

# Name Elo Fed Pts
1 Topalov Veselin 2771 BUL 8
2 Nakamura Hikaru 2767 USA
3 Ponomariov Ruslan 2733 UKR 6
4 Caruana Fabiano 2772 ITA 6
5 Kamsky Gata 2741 USA
6 Morozevich Alexander 2758 RUS
7 Karjakin Sergey 2786 RUS 5
8 Giri Anish 2727 NED 5
9 Leko Peter 2744 HUN 5
10 Radjabov Teimour 2793 AZE
11 Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2709 UZB
12 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 AZE

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Veselin Topalov won the tournament by an impressive 1½ point margin

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Each tournament is a single round-robin featuring 12 out of the 18 players in the Grand Prix, and each player competes in four of the six events. The best 3 scores of each player count towards their overall score. The official regulations for the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand declined to participate in the Grand Prix as they are likely to qualify for the 2014 Candidates by virtue of their high ratings (or status as World Champion).

The latest Grand Prix standings after 3 of 6 competitions

# Player  Elo London  Tashkent  Zug  Pts
1  Veselin Topalov (BUL)  2752 140 –  170 310
2  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)  2729 140 80 20 240
3  Alexander Morozevich (RUS)  2770 –  140 75 215
4  Wang Hao (CHN)  2726 70 140 –  210
5  Sergey Karjakin (RUS)  2785 –  140 50 190
6  Fabiano Caruana (ITA)  2773 –  80 100 180
7  Peter Leko (HUN)  2737 80 50 50 180
8  Boris Gelfand (ISR)  2738 140 30 –  170
9  Hikaru Nakamura (USA)  2778 15 –  140 155
10  Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR)  2734 –  50 100 150
11  Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB)  2684 35 80 20 135
12  Alexander Grischuk (RUS)  2763 90 –  –  90
13  Gata Kamsky (USA) 2746 –  10 75 85
14  Anish Giri (NED)  2711 15 –  50 65
15  Michael Adams (ENG) 2722 55 –  –  55
16  Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)  2769 55 –  –  55
17  Leinier Domínguez (CUB)  2725 35 20 –  55
18  Peter Svidler (RUS)  2749 –  50 –  50
19  Teimour Radjabov (AZE)  2788 –  –  20 20

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Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich. Games via TWIC. Overall standings table via Wikipedia.

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  • hace 15 meses

    nebunulpecal

    @newzild, C0ldSh0ckW1z: I know that the kings in the centre of the board indicate the result, but I don't understand what's the need for that. The scoresheets are signed, the result appears on the table, so? It looks so childish... Anyway, how long are the kings supposed to stay there? Smile

  • hace 15 meses

    GoodGoodChess

    Congratulations Topalov!!!

  • hace 15 meses

    EternalChess

    Topalov is in beast form!

  • hace 15 meses

    SonofPearl

    @ restinpeace - no, as Kingseye has commented, the winner and runner-up of the overall Grand Prix series (comprising 6 events) will qualify. This is just one of the six tournaments.

    3 of the 6 tournaments have now been completed and the standings are at the bottom of the article. Each player plays in 4 tournaments maximum and his best 3 scores count for their total.

    Topalov looks like a safe bet for one of the qualifying spots!

  • hace 15 meses

    godbobby

    Topalov next candidates tournament!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow!!!!!!!

    He is a big threat for all top grandmasters////////

     

  • hace 15 meses

    APawnCanDream

    @restinpeace no, there are three more grand prix tournaments to go and the current standings are at the bottom of the article...

  • hace 15 meses

    _valentin_

    Excellent performance by Topalov here (and in the previous Grand Prix).  Like he did in his best years prior to 2010, and like Carlsen has been doing since.  It'll be an interesting encounter when the two do meet in the future.

  • hace 15 meses

    restinpeace

    so nakamura and topalov will be joining the next candidate match? am i right @sonofpearl?

  • hace 15 meses

    C0ldSh0ckW1z

    @ newzild: Actually from what I've seen, both kings get moved to the center regardless of the outcome.  The result is shown by which color square they are placed on.  Placing the two kings on squares of the same color indicates a win for that color, placing them on their respective color indicates a draw.

    This Grand Prix format means that we can't really count out anyone at this point, but it seems that it will be difficult for Leko and Kasimdzhanov to advance as it is already mathematically impossible for them to catch Topalov, and I'm pretty sure Topalov's current total will not be enough for the second spot when it's all said and done.

  • hace 15 meses

    edpratomo

    Aknaim: did you forget that pono is a former world champion? yes he is the coward world champion :-) 

  • hace 15 meses

    newzild

    nebunulpecal: it signifies that the game was a draw. If only one king is in the middle of the board, then it means that the player with that colour won.

  • hace 15 meses

    nebunulpecal

    Btw, could someone please explain what is that ridiculous custom of putting the kings in the centre of the board at the end of the game? I saw it many times, but I cannot fathom the reason for it. What's supposed to accomplish?

  • hace 15 meses

    Ericbryan

    where's the next grand prix?

  • hace 15 meses

    maistor_tri4ko

    Bravo, Vesko!

  • hace 15 meses

    DESTROYER8

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  • hace 15 meses

    leaderless

    all lines are draw in the game of naka vs caruana..

  • hace 15 meses

    Octopus_Knight

    Congrats Topalov.  

  • hace 15 meses

    MF VPA

    Topo can topple anyone if he is determined! CongratsKiss

  • hace 15 meses

    kinimaru

     i send trophy for u mr tovalov

  • hace 15 meses

    MI pfren

    Can somebody please explain me why the Nakamura vs Caruana game ended in a draw? Black was clearly winning (in my opinion..)


    Elementary endgame lesson #2: The rook pawn cannot go anywhere with a "wrong" coloured bishop. That is unless you mean the position after 58.Ke4, which actually was never played.

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