The 5th event of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012/13 was ended in Beijing by crowning Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The player from Azerbaijan therefore obtained the second victory during the currently ongoing series.
Mamedyarov scores 7.0 points in 11 duels
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Elo 2761) won the Grand Prix in Beijing at 7.0 points out of a total of eleven games. The number 12 in worldwide rankings won five duels and ended five games in draws. The Azerbaijani was only defeated by the Russians Alexander Grischuk (5th/Elo 2780), who ranked 2nd at 6.5 points in overall standings, and Alexander Morozevich (19th/Elo 2736). Behind Grischuk rank Vesselin Topalov (10th/Elo 2767) from Bulgaria and the Hungarian Peter Leko (18th/Elo 2737) at each 6.0 points. Far off in the very last position ranks Gata Kamsky. The US- American is positioned 11th in the FIDE world rankings at an Elo of 2763 scored only 3.5 points in eleven games the FIDE Grand Prix in Beijing. He achieved five draws and one victory – along with five defeats.
Topalov still up front in overall standings
Vesselin Topalov from Bulgaria was able to defend the lead in overall standings at the FIDE Grand Prix Series. The winner at Zug and London has a cumulative rating of 410 points. However, the Bulgarian now has serious competition in Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, the victor at Beijing, who now obtains 395 points in overall ratings of the tournament series. Mamedyarov is followed by Grischuk (315 points), the world’s number 3 – Fabiano Caruana (305 points) from Italy who did not compete in China, and Morozevich (280 points). The last tournament is scheduled for September 18th 2013 in Paris.
Candidates for World Championship 2014 at Grand Prix Series
The FIDE Grand Prix Series is not only lucrative because of its lush prize money, but also because individual victories and the general ratings add points to the players’ scores. Also, the Grand Prix Series is part of the qualification games for the World Championship in 2014; the overall winner and runner-up qualify for the Candidates’ Tournament 2014. Third place is first in replacement. Therefore, it’s not surprising for most of the world’s top-class players to be present in the tournaments at the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012/13. The only world-class players to cancel the event were current number 1 in worldwide rankings – Magnus Carlsen – and Levon Aronian, along with former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and current World Champion Visvanathan Anand.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe