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GRENKE Chess Classic in Baden-Baden 2013 (Games and Results)

GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2013

Stage at GRENKE Chess Classic in Baden-Baden. Photol ©

Stage at GRENKE Chess Classic in Baden-Baden. Photol © | http://www.grenkechessclassic.de

The GRENKE Chess Classic took place in Baden-Baden 7th-17th February 2013. Players: Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Michael Adams, Arkadij Naiditsch, Daniel Fridman and Georg Meier. Viswanathan Anand took clear first with 6.5/10 for his first classical tournament victory since Linares Morelia 2008. Stories games and results from the main event and open.

Anand takes clear first place in Baden-Baden tournament (10)

World Chess Champion Viswanathan won the 1st GRENKE Chess Classic with a score of 6.5/10 half a point clear of Fabiano Caruana who couldn't covert a winning position against Daniel Fridman to take the event into a rapid and possibly blitz playoff. This is Anand's first triumph since Morelia/Linares 2008 and this win was clearly important for him (although he could only speculate when interviewed about it as Caruana was still playing) Anand won an interesting but flawed struggle against a dispirited Arkadij Naiditsch whose tournament had clearly run its course after missing a win in round 8 and losing against Fabiano Caruana. Anand followed the game Kasparov vs the World for some time and obtained what he thought was a superior position with knight and two pawns vs rook. Anand was highly critical of his 24...a5 suggesting 24...Rc7 was much better. Naiditsch managed to escape into a drawn Rook and Pawn ending but "he really underestimated the problem" according to Anand and blitzed away was lost after 33.Ke1 when 33.Ke2 would have saved the game with the key tempi becoming apparent if play followed the course of the game. Fabiano Caruana had to be patient against Daniel Fridman's exchange Slav but got some chances as Fridman got into time trouble and then blundered a pawn to a simple tactic. Then Caruana looked like he was going to convert until Fridman found the tricky 54. f5+! but recovered to get a winning position again which he would have got after 65...f4! instead 65...Ke4? 66.d5 won an important tempo and the game was drawn. Caruana has fought well but felt his bad form from Wijk aan Zee finally caught up with him. Michael Adams drew a rather strange game against Georg Meier who had the chance to win the exchange but blundered almost immediately allowing Adams counterplay. Meier decided not to win the exchange at all and the game was soon draw. Meier said afterwards "In the second half probably people thought a different player joined the tournament because the first half it was just shocking what I did." He certainly looked impressive in the second half. He finished level with his opponent Adams who played pretty well but found wins very hard to some by. A very interesting tournament altogether. Final Standings: Anand 6.5pts, Caruana 6 pts, Adams, Meier 5pts, Naiditsch 4 pts and Fridman 3.5pts.

1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2013 (10)

Naiditsch vs Anand in the final round. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Naiditsch vs Anand in the final round. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.grenkechessclassic.de

GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2013 (Baden Baden GER)
Thu 7th Feb 2013 - Sun 17th Feb 2013 - Official Site - Results - Live

GRENKE Chess Classic (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games

Chess Classic Elo Op (80 players 9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:120m+30m) - Games in PGN: Open Games

GRENKE Chess Classic (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games

1st GRENKE Chess Classic Baden Baden GER (GER), 7-17 ii 2013 cat. XIX (2714)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2780 * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 2811
2. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2757 ½ ½ * * ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 6 2777
3. Adams, Michael g ENG 2725 ½ ½ ½ 1 * * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 5 2712
4. Meier, Georg g GER 2640 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * * 0 1 ½ 1 5 2729
5. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2716 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 * * ½ 1 4 2641
6. Fridman, Daniel g GER 2667 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * * 2613

Round 1 (February 7, 2013)
Caruana, Fabiano - Meier, Georg 1-0 36 C10 French Rubinstein
Adams, Michael - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 43 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Naiditsch, Arkadij - Fridman, Daniel ½-½ 48 C47 Four Knights
Round 2 (February 8, 2013)
Anand, Viswanathan - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 40 C92 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
Naiditsch, Arkadij - Adams, Michael 1-0 79 E56 Nimzo Indian
Fridman, Daniel - Meier, Georg ½-½ 26 A16 English Opening
Round 3 (February 9, 2013)
Caruana, Fabiano - Naiditsch, Arkadij 1-0 38 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Adams, Michael - Fridman, Daniel ½-½ 58 E06 Catalan
Meier, Georg - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 33 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Round 4 (February 10, 2013)
Adams, Michael - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 50 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Naiditsch, Arkadij - Meier, Georg 1-0 33 D12 Slav Defence
Fridman, Daniel - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 58 A33 English Symmetrical
Round 5 (February 11, 2013)
Anand, Viswanathan - Naiditsch, Arkadij 1-0 38 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Caruana, Fabiano - Fridman, Daniel ½-½ 41 C42 Petroff's Defence
Meier, Georg - Adams, Michael ½-½ 35 E00 Catalan
Round 6 (February 13, 2013)
Anand, Viswanathan - Adams, Michael ½-½ 41 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Meier, Georg - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 47 D12 Slav Defence
Fridman, Daniel - Naiditsch, Arkadij 0-1 45 E97 King's Indian Classical
Round 7 (February 14, 2013)
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 44 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Adams, Michael - Naiditsch, Arkadij ½-½ 52 A20 English Opening
Meier, Georg - Fridman, Daniel 1-0 60 E06 Catalan
Round 8 (February 15, 2013)
Anand, Viswanathan - Meier, Georg ½-½ 56 C10 French Rubinstein
Naiditsch, Arkadij - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 49 C69 Ruy Lopez Exchange
Fridman, Daniel - Adams, Michael ½-½ 37 E34 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Round 9 (February 16, 2013)
Anand, Viswanathan - Fridman, Daniel 1-0 47 C42 Petroff's Defence
Caruana, Fabiano - Adams, Michael 0-1 54 E00 Catalan
Meier, Georg - Naiditsch, Arkadij 1-0 47 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Round 10 (February 17, 2013)
Adams, Michael - Meier, Georg ½-½ 32 C00 French Defence
Naiditsch, Arkadij - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 49 B52 Sicilian Rossolimo
Fridman, Daniel - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 86 D10 Slav Defence

Chess Classic Elo Op (80 players 9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC: 120m+30m) - Games in PGN: Open Games

Chess Classic Elo Op Baden Baden GER Thu 7th Feb 2013 - Sun 17th Feb 2013
Leading Final Round 9 Standings:
RkNameTiFEDRtgPtsTB1TB2
1Bacrot EtienneGMFRA27047.046.50.0
2Negi ParimarjanGMIND26386.546.00.0
3Felgaer RubenGMARG25576.545.50.0
4Sanikidze TornikeGMGEO25536.545.00.0
5Chatalbashev BorisGMBUL25526.045.50.0
6Iordachescu ViorelGMMDA26105.547.50.0
7Karpatchev AleksandrGMRUS24845.545.00.0
8Tereick BenjaminIMGER23825.542.50.0
9Weber TomFMLUX23805.541.00.0
10Bücker StefanFMGER23425.538.00.0
Schut LisaWIMNED22835.538.00.0
12Krulich RomanCMMNC22155.038.50.0
13Agrest InnaWIMSWE21744.541.50.0
14Vogel JaapFMNED21904.539.50.0
15Frick ChristophGER22504.538.50.0
16Tolhuizen LudoNED21544.534.50.0
Fichter FabianGER20714.534.50.0
18Berndt MatthiasGER21364.534.00.0
19Hoegener ClaudeLUX20594.532.50.0
20Schmid WolfgangFMGER22094.040.00.0
21Feiler JürgenGER21384.036.50.0
22Partenheimer AxelGER21884.033.51.0
23Riehle MarcoGER18514.033.50.0
24Bohnert DominikGER19384.030.50.0
25Buttenmüller ThomasSUI21563.536.50.0
26Kühn KoljaGER19443.534.00.0
27Ehmann ThiloGER18613.528.50.0
28Naundorf MaikGER21293.038.00.0
29Gkogkas DimitriosGRE22183.030.50.0
30Ditmas HughGER19962.529.50.0
31Welling GerardIMNED23492.034.00.0
32Magar JohannesGER20752.031.00.0
33Rückleben Hermann Dr.GER20211.028.50.0
34Ledent PhilippeBEL18830.026.00.0
34 players

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