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Wang Hao beats Ponomariov in Kings’ Tournament’s final round

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 16/10/13 11:07.

In the last round of the Kings’ Tournament in Bucharest Wang Hao defeated Ruslan Ponomariov in a Semi-Tarrasch to finish on 4.5/8. The Chinese GM ended only half a point behind tournament winner Fabiano Caruana, who drew his last-round game with Teimour Radjabov quickly.

Fabiano Caruana became the winner of Kings’ Tournament 2013. After a quick draw in the last round with the black pieces against Radjabov, the Italian GM scored 5 points out of 8 and secured the first place.

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Wang Hao-Ponomariov was a long game, where Black equalized after the opening, but then started to face some problems which the Ukrainian GM failed to solve. In the resulting endgame with rooks and opposite-coloured bishops Wang Hao won a pawn and then converted his material advantage to achieve his second win in a row in Bucharest.

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Caruana tweeted:

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Kings’ Tournament 2013 | Final Standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 Score Perf
1 Caruana,F 2779 phpfCo1l0.png ½0 ½1 5.0/8 2808
2 Wang Hao 2733 ½1 phpfCo1l0.png ½½ ½1 4.5/8 2775
3 Nisipeanu,LD 2674 phpfCo1l0.png ½½ ½½ 4.0/8 2746
4 Radjabov,T 2723 ½½ ½½ phpfCo1l0.png ½½ 3.5/8 2691
5 Ponomariov,R 2751 ½0 ½0 ½½ ½½ phpfCo1l0.png 3.0/8 2639

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Photos courtesy of the Kings’ Tournament; round reports thanks to GM Dorian Rogozenco

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  • hace 11 meses

    P_G_M

    I still believe that  Anand has a decent opportunity to beat Carlsen. 

    Their last game where Carlsen easily beat Anand, I believe that it was a phsicological trick by Anand so Carlsen will believe that he can easily beat him and do not fully feel the need to prepare too much for the WCC. 

  • hace 11 meses

    MI pfren

    I believe that Carlsen has the handicap of never playing a match against one of the top eight players in the world. Anand on the other hand has great experience in match play and could be the winning key to retain the World Championship Title.


    Carlsen will win easily, because he is clearly the strongest player. Simple as that, the rest are useless speculation.

  • hace 11 meses

    gregdocot

    Congrats, Iano!

  • hace 11 meses

    r_k_ting

    Radjabov could have played his part in what would have been an exciting finish to the tournament. But instead he chose the cowardly route.

    What is the point of turning up to a tournament if your intention is simply to draw all your games. I hope tournament organizers take note and refuse to invite these players in future.

  • hace 11 meses

    Ricardoruben

    Wang hao  hen hao!! :)

  • hace 11 meses

    P_G_M

    Currently Caruana is the strongest player not qualified for the 2014 Candidates.

    I believe that Carlsen has the handicap of never playing a match against one of the top eight players in the world. Anand on the other hand has great experience in match play and could be the winning key to retain the World Championship Title.

  • hace 11 meses

    albatrosses

    Typical safe play by radjabov. No guts, no Carlsen like performance.

  • hace 11 meses

    wjcsz

    great!!!    Wanghao!!!

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