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

Peter Svidler leaps forward in Chess World Rankings and nominates for Candidates’ Tournament

The Russian Peter Svidler is on everyone’s lips these days; after the 37 year-old recently became Russian National Champion, there is yet another great reason for celebration.

 

Svidler advances four ranks in World Rankings

Peter Svidler

In the November edition of the FIDE World Rankings, Svidler took a great leap forward. Placing 17th at an Elo-rating of 2740 in October, the 7 times Russian Champion now holds an Elo of 2752 points and therefore takes rank 13 in the November edition of the rankings. Thus, Peter Svidler is the fourth best Russian player in the world of chess. The table is still lead by World Championship Challenger Magnus Carlsen, who will try to dethrone Visvanathan Anand (8th / Elo 2775) in a duel starting by the end of the week. Carlsen hold an unaltered Elo-rating of 2870 points.

 

Aronian and Kramnik switch positions in World Rankings

Behind Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik switched positions again. The Armenian was able to enhance his Elo-rating by 6 points to 2801 and is back in the runner-up position. Kramnik, on the other hand, hold an Elo of 2793 (-3) in November 2013 and fell back on 3rd place. Best German player is still Arkadij Naiditsch with an Elo of 2727 (+3), who advanced from rank 26 to 25.

In the women’s category, the World Rankings remain unchanged. The Hungarian Judith Polgar leads the rankings at an Elo-rating of 2689 points, followed by the Chinese World Champion Yifan Hou (Elo 2629 / +8) and Humpy Koneru from India (Elo 2618 / +11). Elisabeth Paehtz increased her Elo-rating by 9 points (now 2449) and is still the best German player. Paehtz leaped forward from rank 41 to 35!

 

Organizers of Candidates’ Tournament 2014 nominated Peter Svidler  

Over and above the great progress in World Rankings, Peter Svidler may celebrate another Milestone in his career. The Russian world-class player was nominated to participate in the Candidates’ Tournament 2014, which will be hosted by the Russian city Chanty-Mansijsk. From March 12th to 30th, he will not only face the loser of the World Championship duel between Anand and Carlsen, but also his fellow countrymen Andreikin, Kramnik, and Karjakin. Veselin Topalov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov will also be among the eight participants in Chanty-Mansijsk.

 

Picture: Wikipedia

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

 

Peter Svidler: Player’s Profile of the Russian Chess Champion

For a long time Peter Svidler has been part of the world’s chess elite. Especially after his recent victory of the Russian National Championship, it is time to take a closer look at the grandmaster.

 

Two times World Champion of U18 category

Peter Svidler

On June 17th 1976 Pjotr Weniaminowitsch Swidler was born in St. Petersburg, which was still called Leningrad at his time of birth. At 6 years old he was taught to play chess and as a 17 year-old teenager he first won the World Championship of the under 18 year-olds. One year later, he repeatedly triumphed at this event. In between these first two milestones of his career, Svidler was awarded with the grandmaster title of the FIDE. In 1994, the Russian grandmaster was able to win the Russian National Championship for the first time, which he repeated another six times during the last decade; the last victory just recently. In the German Chess Major League, the Russian plays for the current Champion OSG Baden-Baden.

 

Several tournament victories during career

During his career, Peter Svidler (Elo 2740) has achieved many successes, such as tournament victories in Tilburg (1997), in Dortmund (1998 & 2006), in Biel / Bienne (2000), in Moscow (2003) and in Gibraltar (2008). The greatest success of the world’s number 17 is the triumph at the Chess World Cup 2011 in Chanty-Mansijsk. Also, since 1994, Svidler has lined up for his home country Russia in the Chess Olympics eight times. In 2001, he made it to semi-finals of the FIDE Chess World Championship in Moscow, but was defeated by the final winner Ruslan Ponomarjow at 1.5:2.5 points. Lastly, he was the runner-up at the FIDE World Championship 2005 in Argentina in and ranked 5th at the World Championship 2007 in Mexico.

 

Three times World Champion in Chess960

The Russian grandmaster is an enthusiastic representative of Chess960. At the annually carried out World Championship in Main, he replaced Péter Lékó as the World Champion in 2003 and successfully defended his title the following two years. In 2006, however, he was superseded by Levon Aronian. Furthermore, he became European Team Champion with the Russian national team at Crete in 2007, at which he was rated top-favorite player. In 7 duels he scored 6.0 points. Peter Svidler will most certainly continue his career with farther successes, as he showed us with his great performance at the Russian National Championship in 2013.

 

Picture: Soboky

 

written by Michael, translated by Birthe