Caruana Content With Quick Draw. Mamedyarov Qualifies to Candidates

Время публикации: 04.10.2013 21:40 | Последнее обновление: 07.10.2013 02:43

Grand Prix Series finished in Paris

GM Caruana had to finish with clear first in the last stage of Grand Prix in order to surpass Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in overall standings and to qualify to the Candidates. Italian, quite surprisingly, preferred an easy draw in the encounter against Leinier Dominguez. 


13.Rd2!? A rare move which practically hasn't been played before. Dominguez is like hinting: if you will play Rc8, I will be able to strike on b5 as my с2 square will already be defended...
13...Rc8?! Taking into account tournament situation the move was quite strange. There was and the rook even looks better in some variants.
14.Bxb5 axb5 15.Nxb5 Qc6?! Here Caruana could avoid repetition: 15...Qd8! 16.Qa7 It's not rulled out that Italian didn't like
16...Bc6? because of 17.Bb6. However correct was 16...0-0! 17.Qxb7 Bxg5 18.Bxg5 Qxg5. Black is without a pawn but with compensationa nd fight.
16.Na7 Qc7? Even here Black could avoid a quick draw! 16...e5 17.Qxe5 Qc7. В случае 18.Qxc7 Rxc7 19.Nb5 Rc8 Black is not any worse.  18.Qd4! was stronger and here black has to find 18...Rb8! But after 18...Rd8 it can still continue the fight.
17.Nb5 Qc6 18.Na7 Qc7 19.Nb5 Qc6 1/2

The draw made Caruana entirely dependent on the result of Gelfand - Ponomariov encounter. Only Gelfand's loss could help Italian to take clear first. Gelfand drew and joined Caruana at the top of the table.

Thus, GM Mamedyarov became second participant of the Candidates qualified from the Grand Prix Series. Veselin Topalov was first. 

Information on the tournament

[Event "FIDE GP Paris"] [Site "Elancourt FRA"] [Date "2013.10.04"] [Round "11.2"] [White "Dominguez Perez, Leinier"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B48"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Taimanov variation"] [EventDate "2013.09.22"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. O-O-O Be7 9. f3 b5 10. g4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Bb7 12. g5 Nh5 13. Rd2 Rc8 14. Bxb5 axb5 15. Nxb5 Qc6 16. Na7 Qc7 17. Nb5 Qc6 18. Na7 Qc7 19. Nb5 Qc6 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE GP Paris"] [Site "Elancourt FRA"] [Date "2013.10.04"] [Round "11.5"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Ponomariov, Ruslan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A88"] [Opening "Dutch"] [Variation "Leningrad, main variation with c6"] [EventDate "2013.09.22"] 1. d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. O-O O-O 6. c4 d6 7. Nc3 c6 8. b3 Na6 9. Bb2 Qc7 10. d5 e5 11. dxe6 Bxe6 12. Ng5 Bd7 13. Qd2 Rad8 14. Rad1 Bc8 15. Rfe1 Nc5 16. Qc2 a5 17. Nf3 Rfe8 18. Nd4 Qf7 19. Bc1 h6 20. Bb2 Kh7 21. e3 Nfe4 22. Rf1 Nf6 23. Rfe1 Nfe4 24. Rf1 Nf6 1/2-1/2


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