Chess Grand Prix 2012 / 2013: Final Showdown in Paris

Starting tomorrow, September 21st 2013, all eyes of the chess world are turned towards Paris. Until October 5th, the French capital is hosting the last event of the Chess Grand Prix Series 2012/2013 of the FIDE.


Karjakin, Radjabov, and Svidler won’t compete in Paris

After the competitions in London, Tashkent, Zug (instead of Lisbon), Thessaloniki (instead of Madrid), and Beijing (instead of Berlin) the final station of the FIDE Chess World Cup 2012/2013 is now Paris. Every tournament is cast with 12 world-class chess players of which each may participate in 4 contests. As a few players withdrew their participation, 23 professionals lined up for the Chess World Cup. Due to the absence of Karjakin, Radjabov, and Svidler, substitute players Tomashevsky, Fressinet, and Bacrot will be participating in Paris. Bacrot was part of the Thessaloniki tournament already.


Veselin Topalov has clear overall lead

There are three players with the potential of winning the FIDE Chess Grand Prix Series who could be the first successors of the first FIDE Grand Prix victor Levon Aronian (2008 – 2010). Firstly, the currently leading Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria has chances on winning the title – even though he played all four of his tournaments and won’t be competing in Paris. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is in 2nd place of the overall standings, but will be absent as well. Topalov, at 410 points, is 20 points ahead off the Azerbaijani. Secondly, Alexander Grischuk from Russia and, thirdly, Fabiano Caruana from Italy can still win the title. Grischuk currently holds 315 points, while Caruana has 305. To win the Grand Prix 2012/2013 both grandmasters have to at least come off 3rd in Paris, on conditions that the other doesn’t rank any higher.


The winners of previous stations of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012/2013

The first tournament of the Chess Grand Prix 2012/2013 was hosted in Londonin September 2012, in which Topalov prevailed over Gelfand and Mamedyarov. In November 2012, the tournament in Tashkent followed – Karjakin won, followed by Wang Hao and Morozevich. The next station was Zug in April which was obtained by the BulgarianTopalov who was able to beat Nakamura (USA) and Ponomariov (Ukraine). The month after that, at the tournament in Thessaloniki, the Cuban Dominguez triumphed and ranked ahead off Caruana and Kamsky (USA). The Azerbaijani Mamedyarov won the last tournament in Beijing, Grischuk followed in 2nd and Topalov in 3rd place.


Veselin Topalov

Veselin Topalov

Picture: Peeters

written by Michael, translated by Birthe