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
Azeri grandmaster Teimour Radjabov won the 2017 FIDE World Chess Geneva Grand Prix after the draw in the last round against Ian Nepomniatchtchi, his closest rival who finished second.
Alexander Grischuk of Russia has equal amount of 5,5 points and shares the second place with Ian. None of the participants has yet reserved a coveted nomination in the Candidates Tournament that will take place in March of 2018 and will determine the Challenger in the World Chess Championship Match.
It’s a first major win for Rajabov in a decade. Considered one of the strongest players in the world, he apparently lost his form after the 2012 Candidates Tournament. In 2017, Rajabov is clearly back into the elite chess and is not among the top-20, according to Live Ratings.
In his interview after the last round, Rajabov said that he is happy with his games and is looking forward to the final tournament in the series. Rajabov, along with his compatriot Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Ding Riren, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave have a chance to reach first and second places in the Series, capturing a momination in the Candidates Tournament.
Sergey Karjakin of Russia, who already has a place in the Candidates Tournament as participant of the 2016 World Chess Championship Match, was the first to congratulate Rajabov on Twitter.
Congratulations @rajachess with excellent win in Grand Prix!He did not win strong tournaments recently, but I always knew he can do that!💪💪💪
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.