The faces of the players as the tournament came to an end
Sergey Karjakin of Russia during the final round, a game that he won to clinch the title.
Fabiano Caruana of the United States. He was tied with Karjakin before the last round, but an inferior tie-breaker meant he needed a win to win the tournament, and he had Black. He went for broke with the Rauzer Variation of the Sicilian Defense, but a miscalculation at the end cost him the game and a shot at the title.
Viswanathan Anand of India, the former World Champion. He won as many games as Karjakin (four), but his three losses were costly and he had to settle for a tie for second. Still, after his recent struggles, he said that he was encouraged by his performance.
Levon Aronian of Armenia. He started the tournament well, with a +2 score, and was tied for the lead. But two losses in the second half cost him any hope of winning the tournament. Afterward, he said he was "heart-broken" at the missed opportunities.
Hikaru Nakamura of the United States. He scored -2 in the first half of the tournament, but came roaring back in the second half to end at an even score. In the end, he was satisfied with how he bounced back.
Peter Svidler of Russia. He prepared hard and had some good positions, but was disappointed in his final score of 50 percent.
Anish Giri of the Netherlands was disappointed by drawing every game but said that it was just unusual set of coincidences that stopped him from cashing in on several promising positions.
Anish Giri of the Netherlands, left, and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, in the broadcast studio after their game. It might be the final time that fans see Topalov in such a setting. Topalov, who lost five games and won none, hinted at retirement during the post-game interview.
Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Fabiano Caruana of the United States discussing their dramatic final round encounter in the broadcast studio after the game.
The press crowd around the winner, Sergey Karjakin.
FIDE and World Chess announces today that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018. The world’s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport’s appeal among global audiences – and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.
After 9 days of intense chess battles at the last leg of the World Chess Grand Prix series 2017 in Palma de Mallorca, the two winners of the series were finally determined: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, overall 340 points in the series) and Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 336,4 points). They qualified for the Candidates Tournament – the next part of the World Chess Championship cycle, which leads up to the Championship match.
The sole leader of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix Levon Aronian made a quick draw with Evgeny Tomashevsky today, inviting the group of rivals to join him at the top. But same as in the previous rounds all games on the top boards finished peacefully and not a single player came close to catching up with him.
After seven rounds Aronian is in the lead with 4,5 points. A group of 8 players is half a point behind, including Vachier-Lagrave. In order to qualify for the Candidates, the Frenchman needs to win at least one more game. Boris Gelfand defeated Alexander Riazantsev, Pavel Eljanov won against Jon Ludvig Hammer, while Teimour Rajabov outplayed Li Chao. After the victory the Azerbaijani Grandmaster still hopes to qualify, but in that case has to win both games.
Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, made the first symbolic move to start the fourth round, which turned out to be the most exciting round of the tournament so far, with six decisive games out of nine.
In the Third Round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca games between the four leaders, Vachier-Lagrave-Aronian and Rajabov-Giri, finished in a draw. Peter Svidler joined the group of leaders by beating Jon-Ludvig Hammer in the third round.
The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE 2017 World Chess Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca – a prestigious qualifier for the World Chess Candidates Tournament.
Katerina Lagno, one of the strongest Russian women-grandmasters won the historic Moscow Blitz Tournament, beating her fellow Russian Olympic team members Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya.
After a draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimur Rajabov won the tournament. One of the strongest players, Rajabov had not won a major tournament lately, but has shown phenomenal form in Geneva and managed to overpower some of top world’s players