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    Monday
    Nov132017

    2017 Champions Showdown, Day 4: Americans Sweep; Carlsen Crushing

    It was a great day for the American players, who rolled on to victory. Hikaru Nakamura was always going to win against Veselin Topalov, entering the final day with a big lead and an overwhelming favorite in the blitz. To no one's surprise - including Topalov's - he finished like a hammer, winning nine games and drawing three. The scoring in the blitz was 2-1-0, so he won the session 21-3 and won overall by a ridiculous 61.5-30.5 margin. All the matches have a $100,000 prize fund split 60-40, so Nakamura won $60,000 to Topalov's $40,000.

    In the other two matches, the Americans continued the comebacks they had started at the end of day 3. Fabiano Caruana had won three games followed by a draw at the end of the previous day to close to within four points, and on day 4 he won, drew, and won again to equalize the scores. Having done so, Grischuk enjoyed his one bright spot when he won the fourth game - and even that took a lot of help: Caruana made a fingerfehler in the opening to lose a pawn, and when Caruana fought back to a drawn position he made two further errors to lose the game. But that was the end of his good news: in the last eight games the pattern kept repeating: a draw followed by a Caruana win. In all, Caruana won six games, lost just one, and drew five. He won the session 17-7 and the match 49-43.

    Wesley So likewise continued his great comeback. He had won the last three games on day 3, and although he was still down seven points he too overcame his deficit. He won his first two games, drew, and won two more games to take the lead. The rest of the way the play was closer, but So never surrendered his lead. Overall he went +7-2=3, winning the section 17-7 and the match 47.5-44.5.

    Finally, the world champion proved his greatness yet again. Magnus Carlsen dominated Ding Liren in the g/20 portion of the match, winning three games and drawing three. As you may recall, Carlsen led 12.5-7.5 after the first day, and with each of the 20-minute games weighted on a 4-2-0 basis he took day 2 18-6 and leads the match 30.5-13.5 going into the 10-minute games, which will start momentarily.

    Congratulations to the Americans...and probably to Carlsen too, barring a quasi-miracle.

    Saturday
    Nov112017

    2017 Champions Showdown, Day 3

    It was a good day for the underdogs/those who were trailing, as none of them lost ground on their opponents - though in every case they started off on the wrong foot.

    Thus Veselin Topalov started off with a loss as Black against Hikaru Nakamura, but struck back in the next game. The same pattern happened in the next two games, with first Nakamura and then Topalov again winning with Black. The last two games were drawn, and so while they split the 10-minute games 4-4 (or rather, 12-12 on the 3-1.5-0 scoring used for the 10-minute portion of the match) Nakamura keeps his hefty overall lead, 40.5-27.5 going into the last day.

    Fabiano Caruana came into the day four points behind Alexander Grischuk - the difference provided by the latter's win in the final game in the g/20 portion of the match. It looked like it was about to become a blowout in the g/10 after Grischuk scored 3.5 points in their first four games, thanks in part to his own successful play but also due to some egregious blunders by Caruana. But Caruana righted the ship, winning three games in a row before drawing the last game, so Grischuk maintains his 4-point lead (36-32) heading into the finale.

    Wesley So came into the day with a significant deficit against Leinier Dominguez, and after four draws and a loss in the game/10 portion it looked like the match was as good as over. But not yet! So won the last three games of the day, and trails 37.5-30.5.

    Sunday's action comprises 12 five-minute games, each worth two points (2-1-0 scoring), so none of the matches have been clinched yet (though Topalov's chances of coming back are extremely low).

    The fourth match started today, and will continue through Tuesday: Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren. They played four 30-minute games, drawing the first three before Carlsen won and took the lead in game four. Carlsen had White in games 1 and 3, but should have lost that first game. He was bailed out, and then Ding was bailed out in game 3 when he too was entirely lost. Carlsen's win in game 4 was impressive, pressuring his opponent in a nominally equal ending until he broke. Following the pattern of the earlier matches, they will play six 20-minute games tomorrow.

    Saturday
    Nov112017

    2017 Champions Showdown, Day 2

    Some interesting chess is being played, but the quality of the games is decreasing as the time control gets shorter, thanks especially to the lack of increment. The last rounds were particularly horrible: in their penultimate game Dominguez beat So in a time scramble where So was better on the board and on the clock, but Dominguez moved faster, and both sides engaged in quasi-illegal to illegal behavior (because the board and pieces are slick enough to host a mini-curling match, the pieces rarely wound up where they were supposed to; additionally, Dominguez made two-handed captures, which is certainly against FIDE's rules, as we learned from a Nakamura game back in 2016, if I recall correctly). And in the final round Caruana left his queen en prise in a winning position (and with some time on his clock!), while Topalov failed to defeat Nakamura despite having an extra piece.

    One thing that has been instructive, from a chess point of view, is that we've repeatedly seen (both days) that the anti-Berlin plan of playing 4.d3, taking on c6, and then mounting a kingside attack with castling queenside and playing g4 is surprisingly toothless. And there have been other interesting opening ideas as well. But the lack of time, and probably some fatigue as well, is spoiling the games and severing the logical connection of what's happening during most of the game and its final result.

    Anyway, here are the results: Nakamura won two games and drew four against Topalov, which meant that he went 16-8 in this section on the 4-2-0 scoring. Since he led after the first day 12.5-7.5, his overall lead is 28.5-15.5.

    Grischuk went +2-1=3 against Caruana, winning the day 14-10. They split on day one, so Grischuk has a narrow 24-20 lead overall.

    Dominguez went +3-1=2 against So. Thus, like Nakamura, he won the day 16-8, and since he - again like Nakamura - went 12.5-7.5 the first day he likewise leads overall with a 28.5-15.5 score.

    Today there will be eight rounds of game/10 with the same pairings, and it is also the first day of Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren, who will contest four g/30s.

    The action starts in 20 minutes or so (2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. local time in St. Louis).

    Friday
    Nov102017

    2017 Champions Showdown, Day 1

    The chess on day one of the 2017 Champions Showdown wasn't the best you'll ever see, but it was entertaining. Before moving on, a couple of details need to be added to my initial description of the event.

    First, there is no increment at any stage of the matches. Day 1 was game/30', with no increment, and the same will be true of today's g/20' action, day 3's g/10' games, and likewise for the g/5' contests of the final day.

    Second, the scoring system is weighted. The four 30-minute games counted for five points each, today's six 20-minute games will count for four points per game, the eight 10-minute for three points each, and two points a pop for each of the 12 five-minute games. (All of this applies to the Magnus Carlsen-Ding Liren match as well; the only difference between it and the other three is that it starts tomorrow, two days after the other matches began; and runs until Tuesday, likewise finishing two days after the other matches end.)

    To the review: All three matches were tied after three of the four games, but in the end Hikaru Nakamura and Leinier Dominguez led their matches 2.5-1.5 - or rather, 12.5-7.5 - over Veselin Topalov and Wesley So, respectively, while Fabiano Caruana and Alexander Grischuk were tied at 2-2 (10-10).

    Nakamura-Topalov: Topalov had White in game 1, a sharp Advance Caro-Kann that first looked a bit better for White, then a bit better for Black, before finishing in a repetition. In game 2 Nakamura was better almost throughout the game, but near the end Topalov did well to reach an objectively drawn ending. However, the lack of an increment played its part, and the dubious 57...Bd6 and the outright blunder 59...f5 lost the game immediately. In game 3 Topalov struck back with a crushing win, helped significantly by Nakamura mixing up moves in his preparation. It was a nice win by Topalov, but it could have been a mini-immortal had he spotted Qd2 in the line 20.Ng5+ Kg8 21.Nxe6 fxe6 22.Bxe6+ Kh7 23.Qd2!!, with the idea that the otherwise natural and logical 23...Ng8 is broken by 24.Qxd3+! cxd3 25.Bf5#!. Finally, Nakamura won again in game four when Topalov sacrificed his c-pawn in the ending, putting too much faith in his active rooks. The hoped-for counterplay didn't exist, and with little time on the clock Topalov was unable to hold the pawn-down ending.

    Caruana-Grischuk: Caruana struck first in game 1, winning convincingly on the white side of a positional Najdorf thanks largely to Grischuk's very bad 26...h5. He needed to play 26...d5 to create more scope for his pieces, but 26...h5 created loads of fresh weaknesses for Caruana to exploit, and he did. Game 2 finished in a draw and perhaps rightly so. The game was hard-fought, with both players rejecting draws near the end, and came down to a time scramble.

    (Excursus: the chess pieces they are using are horrible for blitz chess and increment/delay-free time scrambles! It's all well and good to play on attractive, large wooden pieces, and they have to use some sort of DGT set, but the pieces they're using aren't designed for blitz. They're too big for the players' hands - watch them in time trouble - they all look awkward - and the players will have to decide whether or not they're willing to chip and break the pieces in time trouble. With all due respect to the St. Louis club and House of Staunton, I say move and bash and let the chips fall where they may - literally. Even so, they will still be slower with these pieces than they would with a slightly smaller-sized set.)

    Back to the time scramble. With the players both under 10 seconds, Caruana decided to just move his king in the general direction of his clock, while Grischuk hoovered up all of Black's pieces. In the end, Grischuk's clock hit zeros before he took Caruana's last unit, a solitary bishop on c5. Grischuk hadn't hit the clock before the zeros appeared, which may or may not be relevant, and a still shot later revealed that he hadn't even taken the bishop when he ran out of time - which is entirely relevant. Because it was still technically possible for Caruana to deliver mate with the bishop (e.g. White promotes to a light-squared bishop, and then there's the construction Kh8+Bg8 vs. kh6+bf6), the rules say that Caruana is entitled to a win. It seems, however, that it was unclear whether Grischuk had managed to take the bishop (even if he hadn't hit the clock), and Caruana wasn't interested in arguing for a win, so the game was declared a draw.

    The game will likely be remembered for the time scramble, but it should have been remembered for something else. On move 41 Caruana could have played ...g3, which both players saw and rejected because of the obvious 42.Qxb6. What they missed was the follow-up 42...Qh3!, which threatens mate on g2. Taking the queen allows a different mate on g2, with the pawn, while Caruana's clever suggestion in a post-game interview, 43.Qf2, is busted by 43...Qxh2+!.

    Grischuk struck back in game 3, winning easily when Caruana's hoped for kingside attack proved to be a bust. Finally, Grischuk had some chances in game 4 as well, but Caruana escaped with a draw when Grischuk allowed too many exchanges.

    Dominguez-So: All four games were Berlins, with just the amount of excitement we've all come to associate with that opening. Jokes (?) aside, games 1 and 3 were very similar, with So trying to exploit a structural advantage that was simply incapable of being exploited, giving Dominguez a pair of easy draws. Dominguez's anti-Berlin efforts didn't bear much fruit in the first game, which So drew easily, and in the last game Black was doing fine from a theoretical perspective as well. The position was very sharp though, and resulted in a time scramble. Right up to the end the position was drawish (and equal almost throughout), but the clock made the difference. Instead of 54...Kf7, with equality, So played 54...Bd3?? and resigned after 55.Ng5+, winning a rook for free.

    The tournament is making an excellent case for increments!

    The day two action starts in about 20 minutes.

    Wednesday
    Nov082017

    2017 Champions Showdown Starts Tomorrow/Today (Thursday)

    St. Louis is the entertainment capital of the chess world, and their latest offering is a new edition of the Champions Showdown. It is a vehicle for the United States's Big Three, and in addition there's the biggest of the big: the World Champion. Each of the four - champ Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, and Hikaru Nakamura - will play 30 games, and none against each other. Instead, they are matched up as follows:

    • Hikaru Nakamura vs. Veselin Topalov
    • Fabiano Caruana vs. Alexander Grischuk
    • Wesley So vs. Leinier Dominguez
    • Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren

    The first three matches start tomorrow/today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. local time (= 2 p.m. ET), while the last one starts on Saturday. Correspondingly, the first three matches end on Sunday, while Carlsen and Ding will keep us entertained through Tuesday.

    The time controls will drop as the matches go on: Day 1 will see four g/30s, day 2 six g/20s, day 3 offers eight g/10s, and the final day will have 12 five-minute games.

    Each match has its own $100,000 prize fund, with a 60-40 split for the winner and loser, respectively.

    Predictions? I expect Carlsen to win his match comfortably, Nakamura to crush Topalov, and Grischuk to defeat Caruana. So-Dominguez feels like a coin flip to me, but I'll trust So to play enough like his peak self of 2016 to pull it off.

    Tuesday
    Oct242017

    Coming Attractions: The Champions Showdown in St. Louis

    Here's the press release from the Saint Louis Chess Club:

    SAINT LOUIS, October 23, 2017 — The Saint Louis Chess Club will host a series of four matches, the Champions Showdown, November 9-14. In an exciting twist, the three top American players and current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, will face their opponents in 10 games of rapid and 20 games of blitz. Tournament play will begin November 9 at 1 p.m., with World Champion Magnus Carlsen and No. 1 Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren beginning November 11 at 1 p.m.

    The match-ups include Fabiano Caruana (USA) vs. Alexander Grishchuk (Russia); Hikaru Nakamura (USA) vs. former World Champion Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria); and reigning U.S. Chess Champion Wesley So (USA) vs. Leinier Dominguez (Cuba). These matches will be held November 9th through 12th.

    For the first time in recent history, each match will feature play with no delay or increment, meaning the games will be faster and more exhilarating for fans to watch, both online and in person at the Saint Louis Chess Club. Each day the games will be faster with less time on the clocks.

    “We were looking for something special for some of the world’s top players to come to Saint Louis in November,” said Tony Rich, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Chess Club. “With no time increments or delay, we believe this will be one of the most watched and exciting set of matches of the year.”

    For a complete schedule and to watch live, visit uschesschamps.com. The matches will be broadcast live at 1 p.m., CDT, with the final day starting at 11 a.m.

    Friday
    May222015

    Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix, Round 8: Three Lead

    As the rounds go on the players get more tired, and as they get more tired the blunders start to accumulate. There were four decisive games in Khanty-Mansiysk today, and in at least three of them the errors were more unforced than forced.

    Fabiano Caruana started the round in clear first and had White against Dmitry Jakovenko, and things were proceeding smoothly. Jakovenko sacrificed a pawn to make things messy, but it really looked like a two-result game: either Caruana would grind out a victory, or Black would draw either by having enough counterplay to keep White from doing what he wanted or by reaching a drawn opposite-colored bishop ending. After a while it looked more like the latter than the former, but a Black win was out of the question until Caruana's 36.Qb3??, overlooking or underestimating 36...c4. (The problem is that 37.dxc4 Qa5 wins a piece.) Black went from being a pawn down to a monster pawn up, and when White decided to avoid the queen ending with 41.Rf2? Black was on his way to delivering mate.

    Fortunately for Caruana, he's still in a first place tie. (Jakovenko, surprisingly, is just a half a point behind.) With a win either Leinier Dominguez or Sergey Karjakin could have leapfrogged into first, but neither did. Dominguez was worse forever against Evgeny Tomashevsky, but defended pretty much perfectly and drew in 101 moves. He is thus tied for first. As for Karjakin, he lost to Alexander Grischuk, and in one move. He had come under some pressure near the end of the time control, but after Grischuk's 39.Qe8+ the position would be about equal after 39...Kh6. Instead, Karjakin played 39...Nf7??, still with several minutes on the clock, and resigned after 40.Qg8.

    The third member of the leading triumvirate is Hikaru Nakamura. His opponent was Baadur Jobava, so you know it must have been an exciting game. Jobava flung his kingside pawns in the opening, but something went wrong and Nakamura was soon better - much better. He was well on his way to a pretty straightforward victory until he played 44...exf5; either 44...gxf5 or especially 44...dxe4 gxf5 would have made his life much simpler. The point is that Nakamura wound up with a group of pawns around his king that constituted a sort of do-it-yourself mating net, and while there were other improvements available to Nakamura later on Jobava had loads of counterplay based on Black's terrible king.

    A key moment came on move 67, when Jobava played 67.Ke7. Given his intention to play Nxg6 next, he should have played 67.Kd5 instead, when the same continuation as in the game would lead to a draw: 67.Kd5 Kg8 68.Nxg6 Rxg6 69.Rxh5 Rg4 70.Ke6! g6 71.Rh1! Kg7 72.Ke5! Ra4 73.Rh2 etc., and when Black plays ...g5 White plays Kf5, and then it's trivial. In the 67.Ke7(?) version, the sac failed, as there was no way to get the king back or to create a sort of mutual standoff where Black must let the king back in order to make progress. Maybe White could have held if he hadn't played 68.Nxg6 - I'll leave that to you guys to work out.

    The final winner of the day was Boris Gelfand, whose win over Peter Svidler was his first win of the tournament - and despite that he's just half a point out of first. This was one of those games where the evaluation moved in waves: equal at the start of the game, then White (Gelfand) was much better (maybe winning), then Black got back to equal, then White was better again, then equal, then White was better...and the third time, Svidler couldn't get back on the wave and he - or rather, his position - went under.

    The last game of the day was an uneventful draw between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Anish Giri. For Vachier-Lagrave, it was enough to break a four-game losing streak, while Giri was probably tired from yesterday's marathon with Tomashevsky and reasonably happy to get an easy draw with Black going into the rest day. When the players resume battle on Sunday, these will be the pairings:

    • Jakovenko (4.5) - Gelfand (4.5)
    • Karjakin (4.5) - Caruana (5)
    • Nakamura (5) - Grischuk (4)
    • Giri (3.5) - Jobava (3)
    • Dominguez (5) - Vachier-Lagrave (2)
    • Svidler (4) - Tomashevsky (3)

    Friday
    May222015

    Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix, Round 7: Caruana Still Leads; Dominguez & Karjakin Half a Point Back

    As the Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansyisk starts heading down the home stretch, it's looking like Fabiano Caruana is pretty nearly guaranteed a spot in the next Candidates' event. Meanwhile, it looks increasingly unlikely that Evgeny Tomashevsky will gain the other spot from the Grand Prix, as a fresh loss has put him at -2 and in 11th place - next to last.

    Starting from the top of the table, Caruana had the white pieces against Boris Gelfand, and Gelfand showed that even when he isn't winning a lot of games (so far, he has drawn them all) he can always be counted on for strong preparation and resilient play. Gelfand was never in the slightest trouble and drew comfortably.

    Sergey Karjakin started the round half a point behind Caruana, and ended it the same way. He had White against Baadur Jobava, which might have seemed a good opportunity to catch up. Jobava played another of his slightly eccentric lines - the Hecht-Reefschlager line of the French (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nc6!?/?!) and a complicated and non-traditional middlegame ensued. Karjakin was probably a bit better most of the way, but couldn't maintain it and the game was agreed drawn in a messy position where anything could have happened. It was a pity that they stopped the game where they did, but fortunately such truncated games have been a rarity in super-GM tournaments the past few years.

    Peter Svidler was also tied for second, half a point back, but he was defeated by Leinier Dominguez who leapfrogged him into second place. Dominguez simply played a very good game and was the deserved winner. If we want to blame one move in particular, we can make 25...Nh5 the culprit; the gutys 25...g5 might have been what Svidler needed to keep soul and body together.

    Hikaru Nakamura closed to within a point of Caruana with his first win of the tournament, a rather easy victory against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who is in a kind of free fall at the moment. MVL lost rather badly, getting in trouble early and then blundering with 25...Rd4??, missing the simple 26.Qc3 Bc8 27.Rce1. This strengthens Nakamura's chances of qualifying for the Candidates', while for Vachier-Lagrave it was his fourth loss in a row.

    The day's other winner was Anish Giri, who put a serious dent in Tomashevsky's dwindling hopes for a Candidates' berth. Around move 25 or so Giri thought that Black should have opted for a setup with ...f5 and ...Bf6, when he would stand quite well. Tomashevsky waited too long, and once Giri got in 32.f4 it was all going to be suffering for Black. It took a while, but Giri reeled in the full point in the second time control.

    Finally, there was a third draw on the day, a 21-move brevity (17 moves plus the repetition) between Dmitry Jakovenko and Alexander Grischuk. Hopefully they'll provide more excitement tomorrow, when the pairings are as follows:

    • Gelfand (3.5) - Svidler (4)
    • Tomashevsky (2.5) - Dominguez (4.5)
    • Vachier-Lagrave (1.5) - Giri (3)
    • Jobava (3) - Nakamura (4)
    • Grischuk (3) - Karjakin (4.5)
    • Caruana (5) - Jakovenko (3.5)

    Friday
    May152015

    Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix, Round 2: Dominguez Wins; Many Squander Chances

    In practice, chess is a competition first and an art second, but it doesn't mean that players and fans don't prefer to see wins where the game is a well-integrated whole. A good opening idea gets the eventual winner of to a good start, followed by powerful and logical play in the middlegame and endgame (if necessary). Whether the win is strategic in nature, a display of attacking genius, or a demonstration of tactical wizardry, that sense of unity and consistency is needed for a fully satisfying game. Anything less is like an incomplete story, and in most of today's games at the Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix the stories were missing intelligible endings.

    The sorriest finish of the lot today was seen in the game between Evgeny Tomashevsky and Alexander Grischuk. With the exception of a brief hiccup in the middlegame, Tomashevsky totally outplayed Grischuk and had an overwhelmingly winning position. (We're talking +5, +10, even +30.) It was almost impossible not to win it, even in time trouble, but sadly Tomashevsky found a way to let Grischuk live. The easiest way to win was 39.Qxd6, after which nothing short of the police placing Tomashevsky under arrest could have saved Black. There were further chances even after that, but a secular miracle happened and Grischuk drew.

    This, as I said, was only the most egregious example. Peter Svidler had a very large advantage against Fabiano Caruana before letting him off the hook, Sergey Karjakin had a significant advantage against Anish Giri and was still better at the end when they called it a day, Hikaru Nakamura was pressing throughout against Boris Gelfand (though maybe never winning), and in the game between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Baadur Jobava it was first MVL and then Jobava who enjoyed serious winning chances.

    The one exception was the game between Leinier Dominguez and Dmitry Jakovenko. Dominguez played strong, imaginative chess and won a very nice game. Not a perfect game, but a very good one - especially from move 25 on. (Only his 35th move could be improved upon, and to censure that move would be cavilling of the highest (or lowest) order.

    With the win Dominguez knocked Jakovenko out of a tie for first with Tomashevsky and took his place; Jobava and Giri are in last, and everyone else is on 50% going into round 3. Here are the pairings for that round:

    • Jobava - Gelfand
    • Grischuk - Vachier-Lagrave
    • Caruana - Tomashevsky
    • Jakovenko - Svidler
    • Karjakin - Dominguez
    • Nakamura - Giri

    Tuesday
    Jun042013

    Thessaloniki Grand Prix, Round 11: Dominguez Wins The Tournament

    Surprise, surprise! In keeping with recent tradition (Carlsen & Kramnik in London, Moiseenko in the European Championship, etc.), the leader going into the last round, Gata Kamsky, stumbled over the final obstacle and lost. As a result of Kamsky's loss to Fabiano Caruana, Leinier Dominguez was given a chance to not only catch him but bypass him, and he did with a win over Veselin Topalov. Victory in this Grand Prix tournament is the greatest result of Dominguez's career to date - at least in classical chess, as he won the world blitz championship back in 2008.

    Dominguez had White in that deciding game, but didn't get anything out of the opening; maybe he was even a little worse. A little at a time he obtained a small advantage, and when almost all of the pieces got vacuumed up towards the end of the first time control, the result was a rook ending where White had an outside passer and thus good practical chances. In fact, Dominguez was given two chances to win, and he took the second. The first came on move 53, when 53.b7 would have won: 53...Rb2+ 54.Kc3! Rb6 55.Rh7 h2 56.Rxh2 and Black is lost. If he doesn't take, White plays Rh7 and wins by scooping up the kingside pawns; if he does, then after 56...Rxb7 57.Rh8+ Kc7 58.Rh7+ White trades rooks and invades with the king. He missed it, and a few moves later Topalov could have held the draw with 58...Kb7. Instead, he missed that on 61...Rg3 62.Rg7 Rg4 the bad position of his king would cost him the game to the trick 63.Rxg6 Rxf4+ 65.Ke5+/Kg5+.

    As for Caruana - Kamsky, Caruana may be the world's greatest expert in the Ruy Lopez, but he was only slightly better after 35.Qd1. Had Kamsky played 35...Qf6, that evaluation would have remained in place. Instead, Kamsky blundered with 35...Kh7. Maybe he only saw the funny non-tactic 36.Qh5+ Nh6 37.Qxh6+(??) Kxh6 38.Nf5+ (great, but illegal) and thought that all was well. Instead of 37.Qxh6+, Caruana played 37.Re6, which wins a piece on the spot and forced Kamsky's resignation. As a result, Caruana tied with Kamsky for second, half a point behind Dominguez.

    The other two decisive games were rather odd. Nakamura was clearly worse against Svidler and Ivanchuk was clearly worse against Bacrot; naturally, Nakamura and Ivanchuk both won. Morozevich was also clearly worse in his game with Ponomariov, but he "only" managed to draw. Kasimdzhanov - Grischuk was the day's other draw, and a clean one.

    Final Standings:

    • 1. Dominguez 8 (of 11)
    • 2-3. Caruana, Kamsky 7.5
    • 4-5. Ponomariov, Grischuk 6
    • 6. Kasimdzhanov 5.5
    • 7. Nakamura 5
    • 8-9. Topalov, Svidler 4.5
    • 10-11. Bacrot, Morozevich 4
    • 12. Ivanchuk 3.5