FIDE Grand Prix 2015 Ends Today

Source: http://khantymansiysk2015.fide.com

Source: http://khantymansiysk2015.fide.com

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From May 14 to 18, Khanty Mansiysk was stage to the fourth and last tournament of the current FIDE Grand Prix Series. A total of four tournament were carried out in the 2014/15 World Championship cycle, which is rather unusual, as previous Grand Prix Series were fought in six rounds. The FIDE has not provided explanation about this particular change, but chess experts speculate that not enough applications for hosting events were submitted.

A prize money fund of 120,000 EUR was available at every tournament, 20,000 EUR of which were the victors’ rewards. The winner and runner-up qualify for participating at the Candidates’ Tournament.

According to the rule set, each of the sixteen participating chess players compete in three out of four events.

Players in Khanty Mansiysk were: Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Jakovenko, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Baadur Jobava und Sergey Karjakin. The ELO therefore ranged between 2699 (Jobava) and 2803 (Caruana) points.

Jakovenko won the tournament, however his performance was not good enough to secure one of the two qualifying slots. Nobody was able to surpass Caruana and Nakamura, which is why the two top-players deservedly earned the right to participate in the Candidates’ Tournament that is scheduled to run from March 9 to 28 2016 to bring forward Magnus Carlsen’s world championship challenger.

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Final Results Grand Prix 2015 (all four tournaments)
Player FIDE rating
May 2015
Baku Tashkent Tbilisi Khanty-
Mansiysk
Total
1  Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2803 155 75 140 370
2  Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2799 82 125 140 347
3  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS) 2738 30 140 140 310
4  Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS) 2749 82 170 30 282
5  Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2744 155 15 85 255
6  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 2735 35 125 75 235
7  Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2753 82 75 55 212
8  Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 2738 50 50 110 210
9  Dmitry Andreikin (RUS) 2723 20 170 10 200
10  Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 2810 82 40 55 177
11  Leinier Dominguez (CUB) 2734 10 85 170
12  Anish Giri (NED) 2776 40 75 55 170
13  Peter Svidler (RUS) 2734 82 20 55 157
14  Baadur Jobava (GEO) 2699 75 40 20 135
15  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 2754 75 40 10 125
16  Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB) 2715 35 15 75 125

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Final Rankings Khanty Mansiysk
Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED Pts Res.
1 5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 RUS
2 7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 USA 1
3 4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 ITA ½
4 9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 CUB 6 ½
5 12 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 ISR 6 ½
6 10 GM Svidler Peter 2734 RUS 2
7 3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 RUS 2
8 8 GM Giri Anish 2776 NED 1
9 6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 RUS 1
10 11 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 RUS 5 0
11 2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 GEO 4 0
12 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 FRA 0

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Individual Round Results
Round 1 on 2015/05/14 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1/2 – 1/2 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 12
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 0 – 1 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 11
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 1/2 – 1/2 GM Svidler Peter 2734 10
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 1/2 – 1/2 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 9
5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 1 – 0 GM Giri Anish 2776 8
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1/2 – 1/2 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 7
Round 2 on 2015/05/15 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 1/2 – 1/2 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 7
8 GM Giri Anish 2776 1/2 – 1/2 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 6
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 1 – 0 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 5
10 GM Svidler Peter 2734 1/2 – 1/2 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 4
11 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 1/2 – 1/2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 3
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 2
Round 3 on 2015/05/16 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 1/2 – 1/2 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 12
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 1/2 – 1/2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 1 – 0 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 11
5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 0 – 1 GM Svidler Peter 2734 10
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1/2 – 1/2 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 9
7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 1/2 – 1/2 GM Giri Anish 2776 8
Round 4 on 2015/05/17 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 1/2 – 1/2 GM Giri Anish 2776 8
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 1/2 – 1/2 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 7
10 GM Svidler Peter 2734 1/2 – 1/2 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 6
11 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 5
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 0 – 1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 4
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 1/2 – 1/2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 3
Round 5 on 2015/05/19 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 1/2 – 1/2 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 12
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 2
5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 1 – 0 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1 – 0 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 11
7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 1/2 – 1/2 GM Svidler Peter 2734 10
8 GM Giri Anish 2776 1/2 – 1/2 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 9
Round 6 on 2015/05/20 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 1/2 – 1/2 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 9
10 GM Svidler Peter 2734 1 – 0 GM Giri Anish 2776 8
11 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 1/2 – 1/2 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 7
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 0 – 1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 6
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 5
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 0 – 1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 4
Round 7 on 2015/05/21 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 1/2 – 1/2 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 12
5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 1/2 – 1/2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 3
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 2
7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 1 – 0 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1
8 GM Giri Anish 2776 1 – 0 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 11
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 1 – 0 GM Svidler Peter 2734 10
Round 8 on 2015/05/22 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 1 – 0 GM Svidler Peter 2734 10
11 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 1/2 – 1/2 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 9
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1/2 – 1/2 GM Giri Anish 2776 8
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 0 – 1 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 7
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 1 – 0 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 6
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 0 – 1 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 5
Round 9 on 2015/05/24 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 1/2 – 1/2 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 12
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1/2 – 1/2 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 4
7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 1/2 – 1/2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 3
8 GM Giri Anish 2776 1 – 0 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 2
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 1/2 – 1/2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1
10 GM Svidler Peter 2734 0 – 1 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 11
Round 10 on 2015/05/25 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 1/2 – 1/2 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 11
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1/2 – 1/2 GM Svidler Peter 2734 10
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 1 – 0 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 9
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 1/2 – 1/2 GM Giri Anish 2776 8
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 1/2 – 1/2 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 7
5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 1 – 0 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 6
Round 11 on 2015/05/26 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1/2 – 1/2 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 12
7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 5
8 GM Giri Anish 2776 1/2 – 1/2 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 4
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 1/2 – 1/2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 3
10 GM Svidler Peter 2734 1 – 0 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 2
11 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 1/2 – 1/2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1

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Chessimo reported about the first Grand Prix tournament as well as the second and third.

Find pictures, videos and game analyses of the final event on the official tournament website.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

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Two Victors at the FIDE Grand Prix in Baku

Baku Grand Prix

The first tournament of the new FIDE Grand Prix Series was scheduled to run from October 1 to 15 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The World Championship series of 2014/15 consists of four tournaments, which is rather extraordinary, as until now a full cycle always has always been made up of six tournaments. The FIDE remains silent and names no reasons for this significant chance. People are speculating, though, that there weren’t enough applicants willing to host the events.

The total prize fund for each tournament holds 120,000 EUR, of which the victor receives 20,000 EUR. Both winner and runner-up are also granted the right to participate in the Candidates’ Tournament.

The tournament in Baku was staffed with twelve top-class super-grandmasters with ELOs of 2700 and above: Dominguez Perez, Tomashevsky, Karjakin, Gelfand, Nakamura, Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Svidler, Andreikin, Caruana, Grischuk, and Kasimdzhanov. Fabiano Caruana with starting number 10 had been the top-favorite competitor all along, holding the highest ELO-rating of 2844 points. Despite having the lowest ELO-rating of all participants, Evgeny Tomashesky managed to obtain a terrific 6th rank.

First rank was shared by Fabiano Caruana (4 victories) from Italy and the Israeli Boris Gelfand (3 victories):

FINAL RESULTS

Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED Pts
1 10 Caruana Fabiano 2844 ITA
2 4 Gelfand Boris 2748 ISR
3 3 Karjakin Sergey 2767 RUS 6
4 11 Grischuk Alexander 2797 RUS 6
5 8 Svidler Peter 2732 RUS 6
6 2 Tomashevsky Evgeny 2701 RUS 6
7 5 Nakamura Hikaru 2764 USA 6
8 7 Radjabov Teimour 2726 AZE
9 6 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764 AZE 5
10 12 Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2706 UZB 5
11 9 Andreikin Dmitry 2722 RUS
12 1 Dominguez Perez Leinier 2751 CUB 3

The ELO-rating may be an indicator for a player’s strength and abilities, but is certainly not the only measure for a player’s performance. This is quite obvious when studying the rounds’ individual results.

Round 1. October 2, 2014. 3 p.m.
Name Res. Name
Dominguez Perez Leinier ½ – ½ Kasimdzhanov Rustam
Tomashevsky Evgeny ½ – ½ Grischuk Alexander
Karjakin Sergey 0 – 1 Caruana Fabiano
Gelfand Boris 1 – 0 Andreikin Dmitry
Nakamura Hikaru ½ – ½ Svidler Peter
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar ½ – ½ Radjabov Teimour
Round 2. October 3, 2014. 3 p.m.
Name Res. Name
Kasimdzhanov Rustam ½ – ½ Radjabov Teimour
Svidler Peter 1 – 0 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
Andreikin Dmitry 0 – 1 Nakamura Hikaru
Caruana Fabiano ½ – ½ Gelfand Boris
Grischuk Alexander ½ – ½ Karjakin Sergey
Dominguez Perez Leinier ½ – ½ Tomashevsky Evgeny
Round 3. October 4, 2014. 3 p.m.
Name Res. Name
Tomashevsky Evgeny ½ – ½ Kasimdzhanov Rustam
Karjakin Sergey 1 – 0 Dominguez Perez Leinier
Gelfand Boris 1 – 0 Grischuk Alexander
Nakamura Hikaru ½ – ½ Caruana Fabiano
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar ½ – ½ Andreikin Dmitry
Radjabov Teimour ½ – ½ Svidler Peter
Round 4. October 5, 2014. 3 p.m.
Name Res. Name
Kasimdzhanov Rustam ½ – ½ Svidler Peter
Andreikin Dmitry ½ – ½ Radjabov Teimour
Caruana Fabiano 1 – 0 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
Grischuk Alexander ½ – ½ Nakamura Hikaru
Dominguez Perez Leinier ½ – ½ Gelfand Boris
Tomashevsky Evgeny ½ – ½ Karjakin Sergey
Round 5. October 7, 2014. 3 p.m.
Name Res. Name
Karjakin Sergey ½ – ½ Kasimdzhanov Rustam
Gelfand Boris ½ – ½ Tomashevsky Evgeny
Nakamura Hikaru ½ – ½ Dominguez Perez Leinier
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar ½ – ½ Grischuk Alexander
Radjabov Teimour ½ – ½ Caruana Fabiano
Svidler Peter ½ – ½ Andreikin Dmitry
Round 6. October 8, 2014. 3 p.m.
Name Res. Name
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 1 – 0 Andreikin Dmitry
Caruana Fabiano 1 – 0 Svidler Peter
Grischuk Alexander 0 – 1 Radjabov Teimour
Dominguez Perez Leinier ½ – ½ Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
Tomashevsky Evgeny ½ – ½ Nakamura Hikaru
Karjakin Sergey ½ – ½ Gelfand Boris
Round 7. October 9, 2014. 3 p.m.
Name Res. Name
Gelfand Boris ½ – ½ Kasimdzhanov Rustam
Nakamura Hikaru 0 – 1 Karjakin Sergey
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar ½ – ½ Tomashevsky Evgeny
Radjabov Teimour ½ – ½ Dominguez Perez Leinier
Svidler Peter ½ – ½ Grischuk Alexander
Andreikin Dmitry 1 – 0 Caruana Fabiano
Round 8. October 10, 2014. 3 p.m.
Name Res. Name
Kasimdzhanov Rustam ½ – ½ Caruana Fabiano
Grischuk Alexander ½ – ½ Andreikin Dmitry
Dominguez Perez Leinier 0 – 1 Svidler Peter
Tomashevsky Evgeny ½ – ½ Radjabov Teimour
Karjakin Sergey ½ – ½ Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
Gelfand Boris ½ – ½ Nakamura Hikaru
Round 9. October 12, 2014. 3 p.m.
Name Res. Name
Nakamura Hikaru 1 – 0 Kasimdzhanov Rustam
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 1 – 0 Gelfand Boris
Radjabov Teimour ½ – ½ Karjakin Sergey
Svidler Peter ½ – ½ Tomashevsky Evgeny
Andreikin Dmitry 1 – 0 Dominguez Perez Leinier
Caruana Fabiano 0 – 1 Grischuk Alexander
Round 10. October 13, 2014. 3 p.m.
Name Res. Name
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 0 – 1 Grischuk Alexander
Dominguez Perez Leinier 0 – 1 Caruana Fabiano
Tomashevsky Evgeny 1 – 0 Andreikin Dmitry
Karjakin Sergey ½ – ½ Svidler Peter
Gelfand Boris 1 – 0 Radjabov Teimour
Nakamura Hikaru ½ – ½ Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
Round 11. October 14, 2014. 1 p.m.
Name Res. Name
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar ½ – ½ Kasimdzhanov Rustam
Radjabov Teimour ½ – ½ Nakamura Hikaru
Svidler Peter ½ – ½ Gelfand Boris
Andreikin Dmitry ½ – ½ Karjakin Sergey
Caruana Fabiano ½ – ½ Tomashevsky Evgeny
Grischuk Alexander 1 – 0 Dominguez Perez Leinier

Italian superstar Fabiano Caruana had to comply with defeats in the duels against Dmitry Andreikin (ELO 2722), Alexander Grischuk (ELO 2797), and Leinier Dominguez Perez (ELO 2751) in rounds 7, 9, and 10. Quite a surprise, considering the fact that Andreikin and Dominguez Perez are in last and second-last place in the final rankings.

Sixteen competitors will participate in the Grand Prix Series. In accordance with the rule set, each player can compete in three of the four tournaments. Along with the twelve participants of Baku, chess enthusiasts can look forward to seeing Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Dmitry Jakovenko, and Ehsan Ghaem Maghani in action. The next tournament of the series is scheduled from October 20 to November 3 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe