Monday, May 10, 2010

Grand Prix Round 1

I can't believe it already started and I had heard nothing.  If somebody who follows such things pretty closely isn't aware it's going on, then FIDE is clearly not doing its job.

Anyway, the 6th and final Grand Prix event is underway in Astrakhan, which means all six events ended up taking place in a tiny little-known corner of the world.  Not very good for world chess.

As I speculated back in August (wow, it really has been a long time since the last one), Aronian was left out of this event since he already had first place guaranteed.  However, Kasimdhanov appears to have skipped this event and been replaced with Ruslan Ponomariov (his name is misspelled on the official website), who has not taken part in any of the five preceding events.  Not sure I understand that.

In any event, in round 1 the only decisive result was Gashimov over Ivanchuk:
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3Bb7 9. d3 d6 10. a3 Nb8 11. Nbd2 Nbd7 12. Nf1 Re8 13. Ba2 Bf8 14. Ng5 Re7 15.f4 h6 16. Nf3 d5 17. fxe5 Nxe5 18. Nxe5 Rxe5 19. Bf4 Re8 20. e5 Nh7 21. d4 Ng5 22. Ng3 Ne6 23. Be3 g6 24. Rf1 Bg7 25. c3 c5 26. Qg4 Rc8 27. Rf2 Rc7 28. Raf1 Bc8 29. Qd1 c4 30. Bb1 Qh4 31. Kh2 a5 32. Ne2 Rf8 33. Qd2 Kh7 34. Rf6 Re7 35. R6f4 Nxf4 36. Rxf4 1-0

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