2013 FIDE Grand Prix (Switzerland)

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The first in a 2013 series of FIDE Grand Prix events kicks off on April 17th in Zug, Switzerland with several of the top brass competing. The last cycle culminated in the Candidate’s Tournament ending with GM Magnus Carlsen earning the right to challenge World Champion Viswanathan Anand. That match will take place (tentatively) in Chennai, India in November.

The tournament’s field features six of the top ten players led by Teimour Radjabov who had a poor showing in the Candidate’s tournament, but looks to start afresh in a tough field. Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Fabiano Caruana are aspirants as well as America’s Hikaru Nakamura. There are a couple of familiar faces such as former World Champion Veselin Topalov and FIDE World Champions Ruslan Ponomariov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

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The Grand Prix Series consists of six tournaments features 18 of the world’s top players participating in four of six tournaments over a two-year span. The players placing first and second overall will qualify for the Candidates Tournament to be held in March 2014.

Official: https://zug2013.fide.com/en/main-page
Games: https://www.thechessdrum.net/palview6/zuggrandprix2013.pgn

2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series
April 17th – May 1st, 2013 (Zug, Switzerland)
Group A
#
Name
Title
Federation
Flag
Rating
1 Radjabov, Teimour GM Azerbaijan
2793
2 Karjakin, Sergey GM Russia
2786
3 Caruana, Fabiano GM Italy
2772
4 Topalov, Veselin GM Bulgaria
2771
5 Nakamura, Hikaru GM USA
2769
6 Mamedyarov, Shakriyar GM Azerbaijan
2752
7 Morozevich, Alexander GM Russia
2758
8 Leko, Peter GM Hungary
2744
9 Kamsky, Gata GM USA
2741
10 Ponomariov, Ruslan GM Ukraine
2733
11 Giri, Anish GM Netherlands
2727
12 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam GM Uzbekistan
2709
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  1. 2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series
    April 17th – May 1st, 2013 (Zug, Switzerland)
    Pairings – Round #1
    #
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    Result
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    1.1 Morozevich
    2758
    1-0
    Kasimdzhnov
    2709
    1.2 Mamedyarov
    2766
    ½-½
    Ponomariov
    2733
    1.3 Caruana
    2772
    1-0
    Radjabov
    2793
    1.4 Karjakin
    2786
    ½-½
    Nakamura
    2767
    1.5 Giri
    2727
    ½-½
    Topalov
    2771
    1.6 Leko
    2744
    ½-½
    Kamsky
    2741
    Games

  2. 2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series
    April 17th – May 1st, 2013 (Zug, Switzerland)
    Pairings – Round #2
    #
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    Result
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    2.1 Kasimdzhnov
    2709
    1-0
    Kamsky
    2741
    2.2 Topalov
    2771
    1-0
    Leko
    2744
    2.3 Nakamura
    2767
    ½-½
    Giri
    2727
    2.4 Radjabov
    2793
    ½-½
    Karjakin
    2786
    2.5 Ponomariov
    2733
    1-0
    Caruana
    2772
    2.6 Morozevich
    2758
    ½-½
    Mamedyarov
    2766
    Games

  3. 2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series
    April 17th – May 1st, 2013 (Zug, Switzerland)
    Pairings – Round #3
    #
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    Result
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    3.1 Caruana
    2772
    ½-½
    Morozevich
    2758
    3.2 Mamedyarov
    2766
    ½-½
    Kasimdzhnov
    2709
    3.3 Karjakin
    2786
    ½-½
    Ponomariov
    2733
    3.4 Giri
    2727
    ½-½
    Radjabov
    2793
    3.5 Leko
    2744
    ½-½
    Nakamura
    2767
    3.6 Kamsky
    2741
    ½-½
    Topalov
    2771
    Games

  4. Hikaru Nakamura sporting a cap from Società e rosa del Calcio Napoli football club.

    Hikaru Nakamura sporting a cap from a Napoli-based football club.
    Photo FIDE press chief WGM Anastasiya Karlovich.

    2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series
    April 17th – May 1st, 2013 (Zug, Switzerland)
    Pairings – Round #4
    #
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    Result
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    4.1 Kasimdzhnov
    2709
    ½-½
    Topalov
    2771
    4.2 Nakamura
    2767
    ½-½
    Kamsky
    2741
    4.3 Radjabov
    2793
    ½-½
    Leko
    2744
    4.4 Ponomariov
    2733
    ½-½
    Giri
    2727
    4.5 Morozevich
    2758
    ½-½
    Karjakin
    2786
    4.6 Mamedyarov
    2766
    ½-½
    Caruana
    2772
    Games

    Standings

    1st-3rd: Alexander Morozevich, 2.5/4 (+2 -0 =2), Ruslan Ponomariov, 2.5/4 (+1 -0 =3), Veselin Topalov, 2.5/4 (+1 -0 =3), 4th-9th: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 2/4 (+0 -0 =4), Sergey Karjakin 2/4 (+0 -0 =4), Anish Giri, 2/4 (+0 -0 =4), Fabiano Caruana, 2/4 (+1 -1 =2), Rustam Kasimdzhanov, 2/4 (+1 -1 =2), Hikaru Nakamura, 2/4 (+0 -0 =4), 10th-12th: Gata Kamsky, 1.5/4 (+0 -1 =3), Peter Leko, 1.5/4 (+0 -1 =3), Teimour Radjabov, 1.5/4 (+0 -1 =3)

  5. Tension rebuilds after a nice rest day.

    Tension rebuilds after a nice rest day.

    Tension rebuilds after a nice rest day.

    Chess players generally have good judgment in choices.
    Chess wives, Firuza Kasimdzhanov (Rustam) and Sophie Leko (Peter).

    Topalov shares lead with Morozevich. Is he back?

    Veselin Topalov shares lead with Alexander Morozevich. Is he back?
    Photos FIDE press chief WGM Anastasiya Karlovich.

    2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series
    April 17th – May 1st, 2013 (Zug, Switzerland)
    Pairings – Round #5
    #
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    Result
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    5.1 Leko
    2744
    ½-½
    Ponomariov
    2733
    5.2 Karjakin
    2786
    1-0
    Mamedyarov
    2766
    5.3 Giri
    2727
    0-1
    Morozevich
    2758
    5.4 Caruana
    2772
    1-0
    Kasimdzhnov
    2709
    5.5 Kamsky
    2741
    1-0
    Radjabov
    2793
    5.6 Topalov
    2771
    1-0
    Nakamura
    2767
    Games

    Standings

    1st-2nd: Alexander Morozevich, 3.5/5 (+2 -0 =3), Veselin Topalov, 3.5/5 (+2 -0 =3), 3rd-5th: Ruslan Ponomariov, 3/5 (+1 -0 =4), Sergey Karjakin 3/5 (+1 -0 =4), Fabiano Caruana, 3/5 (+2 -1 =2), 6th: Gata Kamsky, 2.5/5 (+1 -1 =3), 7th-11th: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 2/5 (+0 -1 =4), Rustam Kasimdzhanov, 2/5 (+1 -2 =2), Anish Giri, 2/5 (+0 -1 =4), Hikaru Nakamura, 2/5 (+0 -1 =4), Peter Leko, 2/5 (+0 -1 =4), 12th: Teimour Radjabov, 1.5/5 (+0 -2 =3)

  6. hmmm…some observers are suggesting that Radjabov go play some tournaments that are just a tier down or so, so he can get back to his winning ways.

  7. Ruslan Ponomariov

    Ruslan Ponomariov
    Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich.

    2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series
    April 17th – May 1st, 2013 (Zug, Switzerland)
    Pairings – Round #6
    #
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    Result
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    6.1 Mamedyarov
    2766
    ½-½
    Giri
    2727
    6.2 Radjabov
    2793
    ½-½
    Topalov
    2771
    6.3 Ponomariov
    2733
    1-0
    Kamsky
    2741
    6.4 Morozevich
    2758
    ½-½
    Leko
    2744
    6.5 Kasimdzhnov
    2709
    0-1
    Nakamura
    2767
    6.6 Caruana
    2772
    ½-½
    Karjakin
    2786
    Games

    Standings

    1st-3rd: Ruslan Ponomariov, 4/6 (+2 -0 =4), Alexander Morozevich, 4/6 (+2 -0 =4), Veselin Topalov, 4/6 (+2 -0 =4), 4th-5th: Fabiano Caruana, 3.5/6 (+2 -1 =3), Sergey Karjakin 3.5/6 (+1 -0 =5), 6th: Hikaru Nakamura, 3/6 (+1 -1 =4), 7th-10th: Gata Kamsky, 2.5/6 (+1 -2 =3), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 2.5/6 (+0 -1 =5), Anish Giri, 2.5/6 (+0 -1 =5), Peter Leko, 2.5/6 (+0 -1 =5), 11th-12th: Rustam Kasimdzhanov, 2/6 (+1 -3 =2), Teimour Radjabov, 2/6 (+0 -2 =4)

  8. Alexander Morozevich vs. Gata Kamsky. Kamsky won with a crushing attack.

    Alexander Morozevich vs. Gata Kamsky. Kamsky won with a crushing attack. Seemed like Madames Leko and Kasimdzhanov knew something was about to happen. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich.

    2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series
    April 17th – May 1st, 2013 (Zug, Switzerland)
    Pairings – Round #7
    #
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    Result
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    7.1 Nakamura
    2767
    ½-½
    Radjabov
    2793
    7.2 Giri
    2727
    ½-½
    Caruana
    2772
    7.3 Leko
    2744
    ½-½
    Mamedyarov
    2766
    7.4 Kamsky
    2741
    1-0
    Morozevich
    2758
    7.5 Topalov
    2771
    ½-½
    Ponomariov
    2733
    7.6 Karjakin
    2786
    ½-½
    Kasimdzhanov
    2709
    Games

    Standings

    1st-2nd: Ruslan Ponomariov, 4.5/7 (+2 -0 =5), Veselin Topalov, 4.5/7 (+2 -0 =5), 3rd-5th: Alexander Morozevich, 4/7 (+2 -1 =4), Fabiano Caruana, 4/7 (+2 -1 =4), Sergey Karjakin 4/7 (+1 -0 =6), 6th-7th: Gata Kamsky, 3.5/7 (+2 -2 =3), Hikaru Nakamura, 3.5/7 (+1 -1 =5), 8th-10th: Anish Giri, 3/7 (+0 -1 =6), Peter Leko, 3/7 (+0 -1 =6), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 3/7 (+0 -1 =6), 11th-12th: Rustam Kasimdzhanov, 2.5/7 (+1 -3 =3), Teimour Radjabov, 2.5/7 (+0 -2 =5)

  9. Teimour Radjabov is still trying to find his form. Fans are beginning to worry. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich.

    Teimour Radjabov is still trying to find his form. Fans are beginning to worry. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich.

    2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series
    April 17th – May 1st, 2013 (Zug, Switzerland)
    Pairings – Round #8
    #
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    Result
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    8.1 Kasimdzhanov
    2709
    ½-½
    Radjabov
    2793
    8.2 Ponomariov
    2733
    ½-½
    Nakamura
    2767
    8.3 Morozevich
    2758
    0-1
    Topalov
    2771
    8.4 Mamedyarov
    2766
    ½-½
    Kamsky
    2741
    8.5 Caruana
    2772
    ½-½
    Leko
    2744
    8.6 Karjakin
    2786
    ½-½
    Giri
    2727
    Games

    Standings

    1st: Veselin Topalov, 5.5/8 (+3 -0 =5), 2nd: Ruslan Ponomariov, 5/8 (+2 -0 =6), 3rd-4th: Fabiano Caruana, 4.5/8 (+2 -1 =5), Sergey Karjakin 4.5/8 (+1 -0 =7), 5th-7th: Gata Kamsky, 4/8 (+2 -2 =4), Alexander Morozevich, 4/8 (+2 -2 =4), Hikaru Nakamura, 4/8 (+1 -1 =6), 8th-10th: Anish Giri, 3.5/8 (+0 -1 =7), Peter Leko, 3.5/8 (+0 -1 =7), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 3.5/8 (+0 -1 =7), 11th-12th: Rustam Kasimdzhanov, 3/8 (+1 -3 =3), Teimour Radjabov, 3/8 (+0 -2 =6)

  10. Caruana makes his move!

    GM Fabiano Caruana

    2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series
    April 17th – May 1st, 2013 (Zug, Switzerland)
    Pairings – Round #9
    #
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    Result
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    9.1 Leko
    2744
    ½-½
    Karjakin
    2786
    9.2 Giri
    2727
    ½-½
    Kasimdzhanov
    2709
    9.3 Kamsky
    2741
    0-1
    Caruana
    2772
    9.4 Topalov
    2771
    ½-½
    Mamedyarov
    2766
    9.5 Nakamura
    2767
    1-0
    Morozevich
    2758
    9.6 Radjabov
    2793
    1-0
    Ponomariov
    2733
    Games

    Standings

    1st: Veselin Topalov, 6/9 (+3 -0 =6), 2nd: Fabiano Caruana, 5.5/9 (+3 -1 =5), 3rd-5th: Ruslan Ponomariov, 5/9 (+2 -1 =6), Hikaru Nakamura, 5/9 (+2 -1 =6), Sergey Karjakin 5/9 (+1 -0 =8), 6th-11th: Gata Kamsky, 4/9 (+2 -3 =4), Alexander Morozevich, 4/9 (+2 -3 =4), Teimour Radjabov, 4/9 (+1 -2 =6), Anish Giri, 4/9 (+0 -1 =8), Peter Leko, 4/9 (+0 -1 =8), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 4/9 (+0 -1 =8), 12th: Rustam Kasimdzhanov, 3.5/9 (+1 -3 =5),

  11. 2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series
    April 17th – May 1st, 2013 (Zug, Switzerland)
    Pairings – Round #10
    #
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    Result
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    10.1 Kasimdzhanov
    2709
    ½-½
    Ponomariov
    2733
    10.2 Morozevich
    2758
    1-0
    Radjabov
    2793
    10.3 Mamedyarov
    2766
    0-1
    Nakamura
    2767
    10.4 Caruana
    2772
    0-1
    Topalov
    2771
    10.5 Karjakin
    2786
    0-1
    Kamsky
    2741
    10.6 Giri
    2727
    ½-½
    Leko
    2744
    Games

    Standings

    1st: Veselin Topalov, 7.0/10 (+4 -0 =6), 2nd: Hikaru Nakamura, 6.0/10 (+3 -1 =6), 3rd-4th: Ruslan Ponomariov, 5.5/10 (+2 -1 =7), Fabiano Caruana, 5.5/10 (+3 -2 =5), 5th-7th: Gata Kamsky, 5.0/10 (+3 -3 =5), Sergey Karjakin 5.0/10 (+1 -1 =8), Alexander Morozevich, 5.0/10 (+3 -3 =4), 8th-9th: Anish Giri, 4.5/10 (+0 -1 =9), Peter Leko, 4.5/10 (+0 -1 =9), 10th-12th: Teimour Radjabov, 4/10 (+1 -3 =6), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 4/10 (+0 -2 =8), 12th: Rustam Kasimdzhanov, 3.5/9 (+1 -3 =5),

  12. GM Fabiano Caruana

    Veselin Topalov collects his 25,000euro check. The Bulgarian was in top form.

    2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series
    April 17th – May 1st, 2013 (Zug, Switzerland)
    Pairings – Round #11
    #
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    Result
    Name
    Flag
    Rating
    11.1 Leko
    2744
    ½-½
    Kasimdzhanov
    2709
    11.2 Kamsky
    2741
    ½-½
    Giri
    2727
    11.3 Topalov
    2771
    1-0
    Karjakin
    2786
    11.4 Nakamura
    2767
    ½-½
    Caruana
    2772
    11.5 Radjabov
    2793
    ½-½
    Mamedyarov
    2766
    11.6 Ponomariov
    2733
    ½-½
    Morozevich
    2758
    Games

    Standings

    1st: Veselin Topalov, 8.0/11 (+5 -0 =6), 2nd: Hikaru Nakamura, 6.5/11 (+3 -1 =7), 3rd-4th: Ruslan Ponomariov, 6/11 (+2 -1 =8), Fabiano Caruana, 6.0/11 (+3 -2 =6), 5th-6th: Gata Kamsky, 5.5/11 (+3 -3 =5), Alexander Morozevich, 5.5/11 (+3 -3 =5), 7th-9th: Anish Giri, 5.0/11 (+0 -1 =10), Peter Leko, 5.0/11 (+0 -1 =10), Sergey Karjakin 5.0/11 (+1 -2 =8), 10th-12th: Teimour Radjabov, 4.5/11 (+1 -3 =7), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 4.5/11 (+0 -2 =9), 12th: Rustam Kasimdzhanov, 4.5/11 (+1 -3 =7)

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