Round Six: Levon Aronian Misses Chances but Keeps Leading
ByEditorsNov 22 — 11:05 PM
Things are getting serious after the tournament has reached its equator. Levon Aronian made a draw with Peter Svidler, yet remained the sole leader of the tournament after six rounds.
Richard Rapport and Evgeny Tomashevsky defeated Alexander Riazantsev and Teimour Rajabov accordingly to join the group of six players with plus one, including Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Ding Liren, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Jakovenko and Pentala Harikishna. Boris Gelfand suffered another loss in the tournament, this time at the hands of Ernesto Inarkiev. Other games finished in a draw.
IM Sabrina Vega Gutiérrez, current women’s champion of Spain, made the first symbolic move in the game Levon Aronian-Peter Svidler.
Peter Svidler was in trouble right from the very opening: “I have a suspicion that Levon Aronian looked at the line, which happened in the game, in more detail, because I think it’s more difficult to look at it in less detail than I did.” Levon Aronian was happy about his position after the opening, but was disappointed with his decision of 20.Ng5: “When I was playing fast, I was doing the right moves, then I thought for 25 minutes, got carried away and blundered 21…Rae8.” The White’s advantage slipped away and the game finished in a draw after a few moves.
According to Richard Rapport, he was satisfied with his position after the opening, but believed that things got out of control afterwards. Alexander Riazantsev declined a draw offer after 25…Qg5 but most probably missed a strong idea 27…c5. It was White’s turn to be careful, but the Russian Grandmaster didn’t manage to hold the position playing under time pressure.
Ernesto Inarkiev and Boris Gelfand played two matches against each other in Ingushetia (Russia) and continued their theoretical discussion in the English opening. Inarkiev had difficult times with Black after 1.c4 and it was his first victory in classical game over Gelfand with Black pieces. The Russian Grandmaster managed to equalize comfortably and the moment Gelfand decided to complicate the position he felt it should not work for White. Ernesto was happy to find 20…Na2 and thought his position was better after.
Teimour Rajabov dropped back to minus one with a loss against Evgeny Tomashevsky. The game could have finished in a draw around move 20, but Teimour decided to play on. “At least I tried! #chess”, wrote Azerbaijani Grandmaster in his twitter.
Evgeniy Tomashvesky had a similar experience as his opponent at the last stage of the previous Grand Prix Series in Khanty-Mansiysk. He also had a chance to qualify for the Candidates back then and knew how difficult it was to play under such pressure. The two opponents had different motivation. The Russian Grandmaster was slowly increasing his advantage and won a pawn on move 40. He was sure that Black could have defended better, but at the same time believed White’s position had to be winning.
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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