The final FIDE Grand Prix event in Paris, France had the potential to be anticlimactic — but there was also the chance for some high drama. While Veselin Topalov was already locked in to the first Candidates position as the top finisher in the Grand Prix series, the second spot was only tentatively held by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Perhaps tentatively is too weak a word to use, as Mamedyarov could only be caught by Fabiano Caruana or Alexander Grischuk, and only if one of those two players were to win outright without sharing the lead with another player.

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