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Round 6: Fabiano Caruana surges ahead
Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana defeated Peter Svidler in the 6th round of FIDE Grand Prix in Baku to move into sole lead with 4,5 points. Yesterday's co-leader Boris Gelfand was held to a draw by Sergey Karjakin.

In the other decisive games Rustam Kasimdzhanov scored against Dmitry Andreikin, and the local chess fans are thrilled about Teimour Radjabov's first victory, against Alexander Grischuk.

Leinier Dominguez - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Evgeny Tomashevsky - Hikaru Nakamura were drawn.

Results and pairings are here, crosstable is here. Visit also the photo gallery and replay the games.

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Round 5: All games drawn

Following the rest day, the FIDE Grand Prix in Baku continued with round 5 on Tuesday. In the longest game of the day Hikaru Namakura tried to convert the advantage of two pawns but Leinier Dominguez defended accurately and escaped with a tie.

With all games drawn, Boris Gelfand and Fabiano Caruana continue to lead the standings with 3.5 points each. Results and pairings are here, crosstable is here.

See also the photo galleries

Free day activities

On Monday, 6th of October, players, and guests of the FIDE Grand Prix enjoyed the first free day and some of them decided to follow the agenda kindly proposed by the organizers. All participants took a touristic train, which drove them to one of the best restaurants of Baku next to Baku Crystal Hall. Everyone could enjoy wonderful mix of Azeri food and great hospitality, while looking at the sea view and a future playing venue of the World Chess Olympiad 2016, which previously hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.
Fabiano Caruana, Boris Gelfand and Sergey Karjakin preferred to come back to the hotel right after the launch while the others decided to attend an excursion to the Old City of Baku. Pictures from the rest day are in our gallery.
Round 4: Caruana joins Gelfand on top

In the only decisive game of the 4th round of FIDE Grand Prix in Baku, Italian star Fabiano Caruana defeated the local hero Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to catch the former world championship challenger Boris Gelfand on the shared first place.

The remaining five games were drawn. Gelfand and Caruana are on the top of the crosstable with 3 points each. Full standings here.

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