After an extremely tense fourth round, yesterday was the quietest day of the 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca: all the players drew their games.
“Generally, it’s the most important game in the tournament. I mean, you don’t want to go to a rest day being upset,” said Levon Aronian after the game with Ding Liren. Anish Giri had different thoughts on that: “Levon considers a draw as a good result today because he beat me yesterday. I believe that two games before the rest day are important, not one!”
Sebastia Nadal, President of the Winter Chess, made the first symbolic move in the game between Ding Liren and Levon Aronian, the finalists of the recent World Cup in Tbilisi. Ding Liren decided not to repeat the openings from the final match in Georgia, but to play something new against Aronian. Until some point the players were following the line, which happened in the game Nakamura-Aronian in the previous Grand Prix. Hikaru chose 10.Bf6 after 9…h6 but Ding Liren opted for 10.Bh4. After an unpopular, yet interesting 10…g5 it turned out that Ding Liren was out of his preparation. The Chinese Grandmaster decided to simplify the position and after a few exchanges the draw was agreed.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave didn’t achieve much with white pieces against Hikaru Nakamura and after 13 moves the players agreed for a draw. Teimour Rajabov tried to find a playable position and delay a draw. He used, for instance, Reversed King’s Indian – the type of position clearly unusual for Pentala Harikrishna. “I think I got to play a little, but Pentala was busy solving problems all the time – and he did it well”, said Teimour after the game.
No chess today. Back to the boards on Thursday.
Photos from day five by Valeriy Belobeev are here.
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