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.
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
World’s best chess players, bankers, diplomats, watchmakers and businessmen came together to celebrate the opening of the FIDE World Chess Geneva Grand Prix at the Four Seasons Hotel. Geneva is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles which will possibly determine a winner of the series.