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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.
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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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Round 7: Caruana and Kamsky win again, share the lead
IMG 3142Fabiano Caruana and Gata Kamsky continued the winning streak to remain joint leaders after the 7th round of Thessaloniki Grand Prix.

Kamsky outplayed Rustam Kasimdzhanov with black pieces, while Caruana took advantage of Alexander Morozevich's blunder to keep up the pace. In one of the longer games of the day Hikaru Nakamura defeated Veselin Topalov.

Tournament sponsor Ivan Savvidis visited the playing hall and watched the games before heading to the football match of his club PAOK.

Results, pairings, standings and photo gallery are updated.

Download the 7th round report in Greek (PDF).
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Round 6: Caruana and Kamsky join Dominguez on top
IMG 2983Fabiano Caruana and Gata Kamsky won their games in the 6th round of Thessaloniki Grand Prix to join Leinier Dominguez in shared lead.

Dominguez outplayed Hikaru Nakamura but couldn't convert the winning position into the full point.

Vassily Ivanchuk collapsed again and lost to Ruslan Ponomariov after only 19 moves and barely 75 minutes of play.

Results, pairings, standings and photo gallery are updated.

Download the 6th round report in Greek (PDF).

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Round 5: Leinier Dominguez going strong
IMG 2855Leinier Dominguez continued the winning row in Thessaloniki Grand Prix as he defeated the former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov with black pieces in the 5th round. After the third consecutive victory Dominguez is leading the race with 3,5 points.

For some time it looked like Caruana and Morozevich will join in the shared lead, but they couldn't convert their games into full points.

Results, pairings, standings and photo gallery are updated.

Download the 5th round report in Greek (PDF).

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Round 4: Topalov and Dominguez win, seven players share the lead
IMG 2562Veselin Topalov and Leinier Dominguez won their games in the 4th round of the Thessaloniki Grand Prix to catch the other five players in the shared lead.

The remaining games were drawn, but not without fight. Morozevich and Nakamura played the spectacular game in Naidorf Sicilian. Caruana pressed for a long time but Kasimdzhanov was able to hold on to a draw.

Kamsky and Ponomariov had a fairly even position until the American made a mistake. However, the winning sequence was visible only to the computer eyes and the game ended in a draw.

Results, pairings, standings and photo gallery are updated.

Download the 4th round report in Greek (PDF).
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Round 3: Dominguez defeats Ivanchuk
IMG 2330Cuban Grandmaster Leinier Dominguez improved his ranking after defeating Vassily Ivanchuk in the third round of the Thessaloniki Grand Prix.

Ivanchuk lost on time failing to execute the last 40th move. Dominguez was ready to repeat the moves but there was no time to claim a draw. Read more below.

The remaining games were drawn and five players continue to share the lead.

Results, pairings, standings and photo gallery are updated.

Download the 3rd round report in Greek (PDF).

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