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Closing Ceremony of Thessaloniki Grand Prix
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The closing ceremony of the 4th stage of FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012-2013 took place in the Amphitryon hall of Makedonia Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki (Greece) on 3rd June.

The players and guests were addressed by the Tournament Director Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, President of the Greek Chess Federation Georgios Makropoulos, representative of Greek government MP Kostantinos Gioulekas  and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

Chief Arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos announced the standings and winners. Each player was greeted with a round of applause.
Pictures are here.
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Leinier Dominguez wins Thessaloniki Grand Prix!
IMG 3925Leinier Dominguez outplayed Veselin Topalov in the longest game of the day to overtake Gata Kamsky and claim a clear first place in the Thessaloniki Grand Prix. The Cuban finished the tournament with 8/11 points.

In the other key encounter Fabiano Caruana made a good favour for Dominguez by defeating the overnight leader Kamsky to finally catch him on the shared second place.

Hikaru Nakamura won against Peter Svidler to finish the tournament in good mood, while Vassily Ivanchuk scored his first victory in the game against Etienne Bacrot.

Results, standings and photo gallery are updated.



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Kamsky defeats Morozevich, leads before the last round
IMG 3788The penultimate round of the Thessaloniki Grand Prix has set the stage for exciting final round on Monday 12:00 local time.

Gata Kamsky celebrated his birthday with a quick and convincing victory against Alexander Morozevich, who suffered fourth consecutive loss.

Leinier Dominguez survived Alexander Grischuk's assault to stay in the contention for the first place. Fabiano Caruana bounced back after yesterday's loss by defeating Veselin Topalov in a wild game.

Ruslan Ponomariov scored a nice victory against Etienne Bacrot.

The closing ceremony will be broadcasted live in the video section from Monday 19:00 local time.

Results, pairings, standings and photo gallery are updated.

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Round 9: Dominguez joins Kamsky in lead
IMG 3709Leinier Dominguez defeated Fabiano Caruana with black pieces to join Gata Kamsky in the shared first place with 6,5 points each. American champion was held to a draw by Etienne Bacrot.

Veselin Topalov scored against Alexander Morozevich who extended the losing row to three rounds. The other four games were drawn.

Caruana is third with 5,5 points, while Grischuk is fourth with 5 points.

Results, pairings, standings and photo gallery are updated.

Download the 9th round report in Greek (PDF).

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Round 8: Gata Kamsky extends winning streak
IMG 3269Gata Kamsky defeated his compatriot Hikaru Nakamura to score third consecutive victory and move into sole lead after round 8 of the Thessaloniki Grand Prix.

Five games started with Ruy Lopez and only Nakamura defended with French.

Leinier Dominguez remains in contention for the first place after beating Alexander Morozevich in a fine positional style. He is now sharing the second place with Fabiano Caruana who held an inferior game against Alexander Grischuk.

Etienne Bacrot got his first tournament win in the match with Veselin Topalov. Peter Svidler and Rustam Kasimdzhanov were also successful to complete the fantastic round with five decisive games.

Results, pairings, standings and photo gallery are updated.

Download the 8th round report in Greek (PDF).

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