Five decisive games in the second round of the Geneva Grand Prix as the battle intensifies
Teimur Rajabov scored his second consecutive victory to emerge sole leader after two rounds of the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix in Geneva.
In the post-game interview Rajabov was very unhappy about his clock handling, stating that at some point he made a move with only one second left. But after calming down he said this is a very good start for such a strong tournament.
Speaking about the game itself, Rajabov was skeptical about Eljanov’s 15…Bb4, which allowed white to push d5. In the resulting position white was left with a dominant Nd5, and he skillfully outplayed his opponent.
Radjabov, Teimour vs. Eljanov, Pavel
FIDE Grand Prix |Geneva |Round 2.1 |07 Jul 2017 |ECO: E16 |1-0
To complete the happy day for the Azeri chess fans, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, the current overall leader in Grand Prix, defeated Ernesto Inarkiev of Russia. The black queen was pursued around the board until black made a terrible mistake and allowed his strongest piece to be trapped on f5.
Anish Giri bounced back after the yesterday’s loss by scoring against Salem A.R.Saleh. Black pressed the opponent’s queenside and after a timely queen’s exchange white position simply collapsed. The players analysed the game in great detail, party because, as Giri said, “in Swiss system we don’t know our pairings in advance, so I don’t have to rush to prepare for the next round”.
As a great expert in classical openings, Levon Aronian continuously pressed Dmitry Jakovenko on both flanks until the first cracks appeared in white’s position. Employing some imaginative tactics, Aronian convincingly brought the victory home.
Jakovenko, Dmitry vs. Aronian, Levon
FIDE Grand Prix |Geneva |Round 2.1 |07 Jul 2017 |ECO: C50 |0-1
Alexander Grischuk was better in navigating the locked structure of Ruy Lopez than his opponent Richard Rapport. After the time control white established a powerful passed pawn and then with a neat tactics snatched one of the black’s. The rest of the game was only a matter of technique.
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