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Round 2: More decisive games, five players in the lead
IMG 2081The second round of the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Thessaloniki produced more decisive results and now we have as many as five players sharing the lead with 1,5 points each.

Alexander Morozevich, Fabiano Caruana and Alexander Grischuk took advantage of the white pieces and signed important victories. The other three games were drawn.

Hikaru Nakamura, arriving directly from Norway Chess tournament, has a difficult start with two losses in two consecutive games with black pieces.

Results, pairings, standings and photo gallery are updated.

Download the 2nd round report in Greek (PDF).
Round 1: Svidler, Kamsky and Kasimdzhanov Win
IMG 1904The first round of the fourth stage of FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Thessaloniki got under way on 22nd May, with the Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savvidis, main sponsor of the event, making the first symbolic move in the game Kamsky - Dominguez.

After playing 1.e2-e4, Savvidis told Kamsky "now you have no right to lose this game". The American champion lived up to the expectations and went on to defeat Leinier Dominguez.

To complete the fortunate day for Mr Savvidis, his club PAOK Saloniki beat Asteras Tripolis 2-1 in the Greek Football Super-Liga play-off.

Peter Svidler and Rustam Kasimdzhanov also started with victories, while the other three games were drawn. Results, pairings, standings and photo gallery are updated.

Download the 1st round report in Greek (PDF).

The fourth stage of Grand Prix was opened in Thessaloniki
IMG 1669The opening 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 the 21st of May.

The players and guests were greeted by the Tournament Director Theodoros Tsorbatsoglou, President of the Greek Chess Federation Georgios Makropoulos, General Secretary of Sports Kiriaki Gianakidou, Minister of Macedonia & Thrace Theodoros G. Karaoglou, Governor of the Region of Central Macedonia Apostolos Tzitzikostas, and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

Chief Arbiter Takis Nikolopoulos then proceeded with drawing of lots. He called up the players to come to the table and pick of the rooks in the shape of White Tower, the famous landmark of Thessaloniki. Pictures
FIDE Grand Prix 2012-2013 Standings
Standings are inclusive of the first three (of six) tournaments in the series (London 2012, Tashkent 2012, Zug 2013).

Name FED Criteria  Thessaloniki Best 3 Total
Topalov, Veselin BUL Rating x 310
Mamedyarov, Shakriyar AZE Rating 240
Morozevich, Alexander RUS AGON x 215
Wang, Hao CHN AGON 210
Karjakin, Sergey RUS Rating 190
Caruana, Fabiano ITA Fide President x 180
Leko, Peter HUN AGON 180
Gelfand, Boris ISR Match 170
Nakamura, Hikaru USA Rating x 155
Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR World Cup x 150
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB AGON x 135
Grischuk, Alexander RUS World Cup x 90
Kamsky, Gata USA First Res. x 85
Giri, Anish NLD AGON 65
Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR World Cup x 55
Adams, Michael ENG Replacement 55
Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB AGON x 55
Svidler, Peter RUS World Cup x 50
Radjabov, Teimour AZE Rating 20
Bacrot, Etienne FRA Replacement x 0

You can download the FIDE Grand Prix 2012-2013 Cumulative Standings (Excel)

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