Teimur Rajabov remains in the lead after four rounds of play in the Geneva Grand Prix and as many as six players follow him at short distance of half a point behind.
Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated the world’s top female player Hou Yifan. In a popular line of Anti-Berlin Ruy Lopez white “bluffed” with 13.h5 leaving the b2-pawn en prise, but black passed on the offer. Nepomniachtchi disapproved 21…Bxf5, after which white got the structure that he aimed for.
Amassing the heavy pieces against the black king, white finally broke through around the first time control, and shortly after claimed a victory.
Peter Svidler modestly said that he didn’t do much in today’s game and that Michael Adams simply self-destruct. Apparently 16…Qc4 was a serious mistake after which black is losing the d5-pawn almost by force.
Svidler snatched another pawn on h7, but he was also critical of his own play as he allowed unnecessary complications. Nevertheless, white’s position was overwhelming and he converted to full point.
The battle between Salem A.R.Saleh and Richard Rapport was truly spectacular, but nothing less was expected from the two inspired players.
Salem admitted that it is very difficult to prepare for Rapport, but he was pleased with the resulting position in the Sicilian defence. After 12.f4, and particularly 14.e5, the position became very sharp.
The material balance was changing move-by-move, and at some point black was two pieces down while seeking the counterplay. Salem agreed that this was the best practical chance.
White gave one piece back to assume a firm grip on the game, and he proceeded to seal the win at the first time control.
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