After two rounds, Ding Liren and Hou Yifan of China are tied for the lead of the second Grand Prix tournament.
Hou Yifan and Ding Liren, the two Chinese players in the Moscow Grand Prix, are tied for the lead after two rounds. While Hou drew in Round 2 with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, Ding beat Ernesto Inarkiev of Russia to catch up to his compatriot.
There was one other decisive game as Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia bounced back from his Round 1 loss to Hou to beat Jon Ludvig Hammer of Norway.
The Moscow Grand Prix is the second of four in the series. Each tournament has a prize fund of 130,000 euros. The Moscow tournament is being held in the Telegraph building in central Moscow, a landmark building that is steps from the Kremlin. The Telegraph was also the site of the 2016 Candidates tournament.
The top two finishers in the Grand Prix will qualify for the Candidates tournament next year to select a challenger for the World Championship.
Twenty-four of the top players in the world are competing in the Grand Prix, with 18 playing in each Grand Prix. (Each player competes in three of the four tournaments.)
The Grand Prix is organized by Agon Limited, the commercial partner of the World Chess Federation, the game’s governing body. Agon has the exclusive commercial rights to organize the cycle of the World Championship.
The Grand Prix is sponsored by Kaspersky Lab, the global cybersecurity company, PhosAgro, a giant Russian fertilizer company, and EG Capital Advisors, a global financial management company.
Though three of the seven games that were drawn in Round 2 were hard-fought, four were short and uninspired – three ended in less than 20 moves. Though such risk-averse play may be understandable given the high stakes, it is not exciting for the fans. The player who has best exemplified this trend is Alexander Grischuk of Russia, who drew his first game against Salem Saleh of the United Arab Emirates in 11 moves, and his second against Evgeny Tomashevsky, a compatriot, in 15 moves.
On the other end of the spectrum, Pentala Harikrishna of India has really worked hard. His first game against Hammer went 92 moves, and his second draw, against Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain, was 82 moves.
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