Mamedyarov won on Tuesday while Vachier-Lagrave drew in Round 4 of the year’s first Grand Prix.
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Feb 21
The two players won the first games of their quarterfinal matches and now only need to draw to advance to the semifinals.
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The French grandmaster only drew, but it was enough to hold on to the lead as his nearest rivals also did not win.
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Though there were upsets early on, and one underdog remains, most of the top seeds have made it through to the final eight.
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He has won his first two games in the first Grand Prix of the year.
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The other half will be determined Sunday in tiebreaker games.
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The first round of the first Grand Prix produced three decisive games.
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Three of the 18 players in the first Grand Prix notched victories in Round 1.
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Several high seeds fared well by winning the first game of their matches.
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Joop van Oosterom, who died last year, sponsored many great tournaments that produced some wonderful games.
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A few lower seeds pulled off upsets to keep their hopes alive.
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