The last event of the Chess Grand Prix Series 2012 / 2013 took place in Paris. Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand share 1st place, but both missed their chances on the best two ranks of the overall standings which would have meant the qualification for 2014’s Candidates’ Tournament.
Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand at 7.0 points each
Before the last round even started tension was in the air, as Caruana and Gelfand led the field at each 6.5 points. In order to qualify for the Candidates’ Tournament through the FIDE Grand Prix 2012 / 2013, Caruana (Elo 2779) would have been required to be the only winner of Paris. But in the deciding duel, the Italian was only able to achieve a draw against Leinier Dominguez Perez (Elo 2757) and therefore had to share the gold medal with Boris Gelfand (Elo 2764), whose match against Ruslan Ponomariov (Elo 2756) ended in a draw also. Both scored 7.0 points throughout the tournament.
Nakamura and Bacrot cannot pass by
The winners at the French capital remained the “only” two victors of the event and owe their thanks to two other players. The grandmasters Hikaru Nakamura (Elo 2772) and Etienne Bacrot (Elo 2723) both ended their final games in draws and thus shared rank 3 at 6.5 points. The US-American faced Anish Giri (Elo 2737) in his last duel, while the Frenchman played against Alexander Grischuk (Elo 2785).
Veselin Topalov overall winner of the Grand Prix 2012 / 2013
The overall victory of the FIDE Grand Prix 2012 / 2013 was obtained by a player who wasn’t even present in Paris. Veselin Topalov (Elo 2752) defended the lead at 410 points out of his best three tournaments. The Bulgarian grandmaster won the tournaments in London (October 2012) and Zug (May 2013) and ranked 3rd in Beijing in July this year. Runner-up in overall standings is Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who was also absent in Paris. The Azerbaijani grandmaster has scored 390 points through a shared victory in London, a successful performance in Beijing, and a 5th rank in Tashkent last December. To qualify for the Candidates’ Tournament in 2014, Fabiano Caruana needed to be the only winner of the last tournament in Paris which would have set him on 2nd rank in overall standings. Through the shared 1st rank in Paris, 4th rank in Zug in May, and 2nd rank in Thessaloniki in June, the Italian obtains 380 points – 10 points behind Mamedyarov – and therefore ranks 3rd in overall standings.
Picture shows Boris Gelfand and Visvanathan Anand, Source: Rodrigo Fernández
written by Michael, translated by Birthe