Round Eight: Rajabov and MVL May Still Qualify for the Candidates
ByEditorsNov 24 — 10:37 PM
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.
Richard Rapport and Dmitry Jakovenko signed peace right after the opening stage. Playing with black pieces Maxime Vachier-Lagrave decided not to take risk in the game against Ernesto Inarkiev. Ding Liren was not familiar with the opening, but managed to equalize against Peter Svidler. Hikaru Nakamura and Pentala Harikrishna played a very sharp and complex game with chances for both sides, but it eventually ended in a draw as well.
As in the previous day, three decisive games were played on the lower boards. Li Chao defeated Anish Giri. Giri must have underestimated the strength of White’s position after the opening. The Chinese Grandmaster transferred the game into a slightly better ending and showed good technique while converting his advantage.
Two longest games of the round finished in a draw. Francisco Vallejo Pons and Pavel Eljanov were playing for hours the drawish ending, while Ludvig Hammer missed a massive advantage in the game against Alexander Riazantsev.
The hero of the day was Teimour Rajabov, who defeated Boris Gelfand. After two consecutive victories the Azerbaijani Grandmaster now shares the second place and has chances to qualify for the Candidates. He needs to win against Richard Rapport in the last round. The Frenchman will play against Dmitry Jakovenko. The leaders of the Grand Prix series Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk can only follow the games and wait for the outcome.
The fate of two places in the Candidates will be decided in the ninth round of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix. The games start at 2 pm local time.
Photos from day eight 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.
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