Four decisive games in Round 1 of Geneva Grand Prix
ByEditorsJul 06 — 11:01 PM
The third tournament of the Grand Prix Series is likely to have more decisive games than usual as grandmasters fight for their place in the Candidates Tournament.
The 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix series continued with the third tournament, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from July 5 to July 16.
The tournament is being held in Hotel Le Richemond, set on the banks of Lake Geneva, by the famous Jet d’Eau. The Grand Prix will use its finest contemporary spaces - Paul Klee Salon & Galerie Rachmaninof, a private walkway beneath a dramatic glass ceiling.
In the first round Teimur Rajabov of Azerbaijan rejected a draw offer and proceeded to defeat Anish Giri with black pieces. Rajabov’s optimism was based on the fact that Giri spent a lot of time in the opening, and was in time trouble. Rajabov tried to make the game more complicated.
The strategy worked as white made several errors and Azeri Grandmaster was able to launch a strong attack through the open e-file.
In a replay of the first round of Sharjah Grand Prix, Michael Adams was able to defeat Salem A.R. Saleh. White was enjoying a slight advantage until black strayed with his rook and then erred badly with 28…d5. Adams duly converted the material into full point.
Pavel Eljanov played the Italian opening for the first time, but the only woman in the Grand Prix series, Hou Yifan from China, held the ground with black pieces.
In the later stage of the game, however, she made a very bad decision by playing 35…f3. White simply besieged the pawn and then collected it after the time control. The resulting ending was an easy win for white.
In the longest game of the day, Pentala Harikrishna won against Alexander Riazantsev with black pieces. After the long maneuvering in the middlegame, black appeared to be slightly better, but white established some kind of fortress.
With one hasty pawn-break, white ruined the status-quo and black obtained a strong attack. The Indian Grandmaster converted the advantage in the minor-pieces endgame.
The remaining five games were drawn.
Round 2 pairings:
GM Rajabov Teimur 2724 - GM Eljanov Pavel 2739
GM Harikrishna Pentala 2737 - GM Adams Michael 2736
GM Grischuk Alexander 2761 - GM Rapport Richard 2694
GM Li Chao B 2735 - GM Svidler Peter 2749
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2742 - GM Gelfand Boris 2728
GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2638 - GM Giri Anish 2775
GM Hou Yifan 2666 - GM Riazantsev Alexander 2654
The Grand Prix is being organized by Agon Limited, the commercial partner of the World Chess Federation, the game’s governing body. Agon has the exclusive commercial rights to organize the cycle of the World Championship.
Each Grand Prix has a prize fund of 130,000 euros. The Geneva Grand Prix is supported by EG Capital Advisors, Kaspersky Lab and S.T. Dupont.
Twenty-four of the world’s best players are competing in the Grand Prix, with 18 of them participating in each of the tournaments.
The first Grand Prix tournament was held in Sharjah, UAE, in February. The second stage was in Moscow, in May. Top two finishers in the series wil qualify for the 2018 Candidates Tournament.
After two stages Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is leading in overall Grand Prix Series with 280 points, Ding Liren is on the second place with 240 points. Alexander Grischuk and Maxime Vachire-Lagrave share the third place with 211,4 points.
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.
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