Teimour Radjabov retained the lead in the Geneva Grand Prix
ByEditorsJul 15 — 8:45 AM
Before the final round of the Geneva Grand Prix, it’s not clear who is going to capture the coveted nomination to the Candidates Tournament. Dramatic 9th round of the tournament is taking place today.
Alexander Grischuk could not catch Radjabov as his game with Shakhryar Mamedyarov was drawn after a lot of excitement. Grischuk held the advantage for most of the game, but Mamedyarov found a fantastic exchange sacrifice that granted him excellent counterplay.
Grischuk, Alexander vs. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
FIDE Grand Prix |Geneva |Round 8.1 |14 Jul 2017 |ECO: C95 |1/2-1/2
Pentala Harikrishna dropped from the shared second place after a loss to Li Chao. Black sacrificed a pawn in the Ragozin defence and his compensation was sufficient, but white rejected a draw offer and found a way to bring his forces into play.
Black slipped with 22…Bd5 and white stabilized his advantage. Li Chao pointed that 22…Bc6 was more challenging. It took a long time to convert into victory, but Chinese never allowed a shadow of doubt.
Chao, Li vs. Harikrishna, Pentala
FIDE Grand Prix |Geneva |Round 8.1 |14 Jul 2017 |ECO: D30 |1-0
Levon Aronian went all guns blazing with black pieces against Ian Nepomniachtchi and succeeded in creating just enough of chaos on the chessboard.
White kept his cool and defended with precision, aside from the moment when he allowed 24…Nxg2 25.Kxg2 Qxh3+, but black likely rejected this line due to massive simplification.
In the resulting position white had two pawns for the exchange, but his pieces were perfectly coordinated to support the phalanx and soon black had to admit the defeat.
Richard Rapport played a solid opening, which soon resembled the French defence, but it didn’t take long before he started seeking complications.
Michael Adams accepted the challenge and efficiently exposed white’s structural defects. Black collected one pawn and after the time control he won another. White gave up on move 53.
In the longest game of the day Anish Giri demonstrated a brilliant endgame technique to score against Hou Yifan.
Black actually entered the ending being pawn down with pair of bishops as a compensation. But after the wonderful 29…f5, the poor coordination of white pieces was exposed. After a handful of moves it was black who was pawn up.
The resulting position with all rooks on the board was very difficult but Giri provided a lecture that will be quoted in all endgame manuals.
The remaining five games were drawn.
Round 9 pairings:
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian – GM Radjabov Teimour
GM Giri Anish – GM Grischuk Alexander
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar – GM Li Chao B
GM Riazantsev Alexander – GM Adams Michael
GM Harikrishna Pentala – GM Jakovenko Dmitry
GM Inarkiev Ernesto – GM Gelfand Boris
GM Svidler Peter – GM Hou Yifan
GM Eljanov Pavel – GM Rapport Richard
GM Aronian Levon – GM Salem A. R. Saleh
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.