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4th FIDE Grand Prix Tournament

Levon Aronian8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Peter Leko7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Vladimir Akopian7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Alexander Grischuk7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Etienne Bacrot7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Boris Gelfand6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Peter Svidler6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Gata Kamsky6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Pavel Eljanov5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Leko vs Kamsky ½-½12120094th FIDE Grand PrixA15 English
2. Ivanchuk vs Bacrot ½-½2720094th FIDE Grand PrixA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Grischuk vs Gelfand 1-05020094th FIDE Grand PrixD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
4. Karjakin vs Eljanov ½-½4520094th FIDE Grand PrixC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. V Akopian vs Kasimdzhanov ½-½4120094th FIDE Grand PrixC42 Petrov Defense
6. Mamedyarov vs Aronian 0-13220094th FIDE Grand PrixC28 Vienna Game
7. E Alekseev vs Svidler ½-½3720094th FIDE Grand PrixD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Leko vs Mamedyarov ½-½3720094th FIDE Grand PrixB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
9. Svidler vs Ivanchuk 1-02920094th FIDE Grand PrixC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Kasimdzhanov vs Karjakin ½-½2320094th FIDE Grand PrixD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Eljanov vs Grischuk ½-½2820094th FIDE Grand PrixD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Gelfand vs E Alekseev ½-½3520094th FIDE Grand PrixD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Kamsky vs Bacrot ½-½8120094th FIDE Grand PrixC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
14. Aronian vs V Akopian 1-09420094th FIDE Grand PrixD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. E Alekseev vs Eljanov 1-05720094th FIDE Grand PrixD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Bacrot vs Svidler ½-½3620094th FIDE Grand PrixC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. Ivanchuk vs Gelfand ½-½3020094th FIDE Grand PrixD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Grischuk vs Kasimdzhanov 1-03920094th FIDE Grand PrixD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. V Akopian vs Leko 0-16120094th FIDE Grand PrixD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Mamedyarov vs Kamsky ½-½4320094th FIDE Grand PrixD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
21. Karjakin vs Aronian 1-03420094th FIDE Grand PrixC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. Kamsky vs Svidler 1-07420094th FIDE Grand PrixC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Mamedyarov vs V Akopian ½-½3920094th FIDE Grand PrixE15 Queen's Indian
24. Leko vs Karjakin ½-½4020094th FIDE Grand PrixD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Kasimdzhanov vs E Alekseev ½-½7920094th FIDE Grand PrixC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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Apr-30-09  ahmadov: I am not very familiar with Bacrot performance, but was this tournament one of his best in last few years?
Apr-30-09  arnaud1959: Probably yes. At least at this level I think. But recently he won Aeroflot open 2009, which was a pretty strong tournament.
Apr-30-09  Valmy: YES Bacrot did well and without this stupid loss agains Grishuk he would be join second. But of course every player can regret a "stupid loss " or two!
Apr-30-09  extremepleasure2: Do you know how many players from FIDE Grand Prix will qualify in Candidates event of World Championship Cycle? Is there any link for that?
Apr-30-09  arsen387: Congrats to Aronian for winning this in style, a well-deserved victory. But what Akopian did, is more impressive I think. Noone could expect that he'll finish with +2 and 4 wins! especially after his -2 after the first 4 rounds. Great job by Armenians! I hope Leko will win on of his remaining 2 Grand Prix's, shared 2nd is not the end of all hopes
Apr-30-09  Eyal: Two players qualify from the GP to the candidates.

<In 2011, there will be a Candidate Matches/Tournament consisting of GM Kamsky, the loser of the Anand-Topalov match, two players from the Grand Prix series and one player from the World Cup, two highest rated players not already qualified and a player nominated by the organizer. The winner will play the World Champion [i.e., the winner of the Anand-Topalov match] in 2011.> (

That is, unless they change the rules again in the middle of the cycle, which is always a possibility with FIDE.

Apr-30-09  extremepleasure2: Thank you for your answer Eyal.

In the link you posted it says that one player from the World Cup will be include to the cyle.

Do you know when the World Cup will be held and where?

Apr-30-09  Eyal: <extremepleasure2> The World Cup is supposed to take place during November-December this year, in Khanty-Mansiysk - just like in 2007. The format also seems to be the same - knockout with 128 players at the start. See
Apr-30-09  Eyal: <All the participants were presented memorable awards: Gata Kamsky for his "Will to victory", Rustam Kasimdzhanov was called "Chess Ciceron", Shakhriyar Mamedyarov became an "All-round developed sportsmen", "The prize of the viewers sympathies" went to Vassily Ivanchuk> (

Mamedyarov getting an award as "All-round developed sportsmen" - there's a sick joke.

Apr-30-09  FHBradley: <Eyal:> Perhaps Mamedyarov's prize was meant as an irony, though I doubt people in FIDE has any sense of that.
Apr-30-09  arsen387: <Mamedyarov getting an award as "All-round developed sportsmen" - there's a sick joke.> maybe the 'all-round developed' is not about his chess skills but smth else? :)
Apr-30-09  Vakus: Arsen, in the official statement it must have been said, that Mamedyarov got his prize for not making any allegations on cheating after each loss. And this can be truly called "all-round developed sportsmen". :))
Apr-30-09  arsen387: LOL, btw, isn't sportsmEn the plural form of sportsmAn? if so, then again, that award is some bad joke, as in official site too it's written with 'e' :)
Apr-30-09  VaselineTopLove: So what does this result mean for Aronian? What does he get to do next as a winner? and where do the winners of the other Grand Prixs meet? Didn't Carlsen also win one but when FIDE proposed a change to the system, he dropped out of this cycle? So does his win still count?

Sorry i'm not very well versed with how the grand prix cycle works.

Apr-30-09  Eyal: <VaselineTopLove> Qualification from the Grand Prix is not determined by wins per se, but by the total number of points accumulated by the player from the 4 tournaments he plays in the series (which is supposed to consist of 6 tournaments overall) - see <amadeus>'s explanation of the pointing system on p.32, and the current standings which he posted on p.49. And no, Carlsen's result doesn't count since he withdrew from the series.
Apr-30-09  Eyal: Btw, there's a table of the current Grand Prix Standings at chessvibes' report of the final round as well: (they just forgot to mention that Navara has been excluded too).
Apr-30-09  znprdx: Without wishing to to contradict the glowing kudos offered by many posters with respect to what in many ways was a memorable tournament _ although the single robin concept is by definition tragically flawed. However there were some truly great struggles and few meaningless draws, but for the record, with a view to some kind of critical objectivity, at least three things stand out:

The missed attack by Svidler vs. Leko was almost inexplicable at this level of play: a ‘C’ player in blitz would have played it without hesitation

I was the most disappointed by Grishuk refusing to fight in the last round – that draw was shameful considering he had such a great tournament.

But worse was Leko’s rolling over and playing dead – at least he didn’t take the easy road...BUT he defeated himself by burying his queen: <Apr-29-09 virginmind: Leko's queen should resign> Cute!!, BINGO...

Aronian just had to play natural moves...until Leko forced him to play Re5. What could have been a wonderful battle piddled out to nothing... see my note: Aronian vs Leko, 2009

Apr-30-09  Davolni: Arsen jan, Vakus jan, Hayer jan, bolorin shnorhavorum em es mer haxtanakov!!

Apren Levonn u Vladimire!!!

Erkusin el maladec!!!
Akopianin vor voobshe!!! 2rd tex enknel, edkan el hesht ban chi eskan joxovrdi mejic!!!

Shat lav xaxac!!

Apren irenk, u ta Astvac estexi u Sochii haxtanakov sksvi Levoni haxtarshave depi amenabardzr kochmane!!!

Apr-30-09  s4life: <arsen387: <Mamedyarov getting an award as "All-round developed sportsmen" - there's a sick joke.> maybe the 'all-round developed' is not about his chess skills but smth else? :)>

Wouldn't it make more sense if it was referred to his chess skills? I mean he obviously has plenty of them, it's on other areas that he's pretty much undeveloped.

May-02-09  arsen387: <s4life> I'm sure that 'all-round developed' was about his chess skills and certainly he has plenty of them, looking at his rating is enough to say that. I was just joking, because there were players in this tournament who deserved such title surely no less if not more than him. What about him being pretty much undeveloped in other areas, I know nothing about that :)

<Davolni> bari or Dav jan. Iroq halal a erkusin el. Iranc nman txeqn en vor mer azgi anuy barcr en pahum

May-02-09  Eyal: <
1. Radjabov : 363 [ 60 . 150 . 153 . x ]
1. Grischuk : 363 [ 105 . 45 . 153 . 105 ]
3. Aronian : 360 [ x . 180 . x . 180 ]>

Btw, since the 1st tiebreak for overall result is the 4th best result (, article 7.2), all that Radjabov needs in his one remaining tournament in order to score better than Grischuk (who already completed his 4 tournaments) is to get more than 45 points - which means anything better than unshared 11th or shared 10th place. And Aronian can't finish with less than 370 points, since even unshared last place gives 10 points. So Grischuk's chances of qualifying from the GP look rather slim.

May-16-09  s4life: <arsen387: What about him being pretty much undeveloped in other areas, I know nothing about that :)>

Well, he certainly has trouble assuming responsibility for his losses against lower rated opponents.

May-23-09  Shajmaty: <Marmot PFL: Not a good event for Ivanchuk so far. maybe he needs tougher competition to excel (2750+).> Not really: look at MTel played a month later! It's more a matter of "being fit".
Jun-06-09  humangraymatter: <kramputz> Are you fascist? Who are the people you admire?
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