Somewhat unexpectedly, the FIDE Grand Prix in Greece’s capital was dominated by Leinier Dominguez. The Cuban ranked first in the tournament and clearly improved his position in overall standings of the Grand Prix Series.
Dominguez with 8.0 points at Thessaloniki Grand Prix
At the end of the FIDE Grand Prix in the Greek port city, Leinier Dominguez had won six of the eleven matches and scored 8.0 points. He suffered only one defeat against the US- American opponent Gata Kamsky. Before the great success at the fourth of six stages in the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012/ 13, the grandmaster had only reached rank 10 in London and rank 11 in Taschkent. Dominguez was rewarded with 170 points in Thessaloniki and now attains rank 6, after his victory in Greece increased his overall score to 225 points.
Fabiano Caruana and Gata Kamsky on following ranks
Leinier Dominguez is immediately followed by Fabiano Caruana and Gata Kamsky, who fought a tough battle for ranks two and three. In the end, the Italian grandmaster Caruana ranked 2nd (7.5 points), while the US- American player Kamsky remained 3rd at an equal score. Caruana was only defeated once, by Dominguez, but had one remis more than the Grand Prix winner. In turn, the American grandmaster beat the Cuban winner at the chess Grand Prix in Greece, but lost the match against Caruana. Therefore, he completed the tournament with five victories and five draws. The Italian Fabiano Caruana currently ranks 2nd with 305 points in overall standings, while Kamsky only attains 9th place at 210 points.
Topalov only 8th in Thessaloniki
The overall ranking of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012/ 13 continues to be headed by Veselin Topalov, although the Bulgarian chess grandmaster only reached rank 8 out of 12 in Thessaloniki. The leading player could only win two out of eleven matches and along with four defeats, ended up with five remise. He completed the tournament in Greece with 4.5 points, which adds another 45 points to his total score. As the winner of the Grand Prix in London and Zug and with 355 points in overall standings, Topalov remains head of the FIDE Grand Prix Series.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe