Three Decisive Games in the First Round of Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix
ByEditorsNov 17 — 2:52 PM
Image by Valeriy Belobeev
The 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series continued today in Palma de Mallorca with its final, fourth tournament, which will last well until the two winners are announced on November 25.
Grand Prix rounds are played at Hotel Iberostar Bahia de Palma, official partner of the tournament, set right next to an already deserted beach line. Sunny, albeit cold – the off-season location is what players seem to be most pleased about in this tournament.
The first ceremonial move in the game Jakovenko-Aronian was made by Rodrigo Moscardó, General Manager of the Iberostar Spain and the Mediterranean sea, in the presence of Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, players and honorary guests.
Of all players in this last leg of the series, Teimour Rajabov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are the only ones who still have chances to qualify for the Candidates Tournament. As of now, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk are leading in the Grand Prix Series, but have already played their three tournaments out of four.
In the first round Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ernesto Inarkiev and Anish Giri outplayed their opponents, while 6 other games finished in a draw.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave appeared better prepared in the opening against Boris Gelfand. The two players resumed their theoretical battle in the Accelerated Dragon from the Moscow Grand Prix. Satisfied with the game’s outcome, Vachier-Lagrave could not point out when exactly things went wrong for the Israeli player.
Alexander Riazantsev comfortably equalized with Black pieces against Teimour Rajabov and the players agreed for a draw after 2 hours of play.
Ernesto Inarkiev played a game full of prophylactic moves against Li Chao. Russian player was enjoying a slightly better position and was trying to not let his opponent get active. This strategy worked out well for him. The Chinese player tried to break through by playing 19…c5, however the attempt failed. According to Inarkiev, after 20.Bc5 Black has no Be5 because of 21. de Rd1 22.Rd1 Qc5 23.Rd8 Kg7 24. Qb5!
After 20…f6 Black’s position was lost.
In the longest game of the day, Anish Giri won against Richard Rapport. The Dutch Grandmaster was unsure about his decision to castle long. It turned out that after unexpected 14…b5 White was in trouble. Few moves after, Anish was more optimistic about his position and declined the draw offer of his opponent. Later on, Richard Rapport made few errors and went for a dubious sacrifice, which was proven wrong in the game.
The local hero Francisco Vallejo Pons showed an interesting idea in the opening 3…b5 against Ding Liren and after 8…Bd5 was sure Black got comfortable position. After most of the pieces were traded the game finished in a draw.
Watch the games broadcasted at https://worldchess.com/gp2017/.
Photos from the First Round by Valeriy Belobeev are available here.
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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