Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk Qualify for the Candidates
ByEditorsNov 27 — 2:37 PM
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.
Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia) won the Palma leg of the Grand Prix Series, both scored 5 ½ points.
The Grand Prix, a series of four Swiss-style tournaments with 24 participants, was held in Sharjah, UAE, Moscow, Russia, Geneva, Switzerland, and, finally, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, says: “This is the first Grand Prix cycle that was held under a Swiss system, which allowed us to invite 24 players instead of 16. I am glad that the Series was successful and also very happy that for the first time ever it featured a female player, Hou Yifan of China, who did so well! I hope the spectators and players liked the new system and we’ll continue to work with them to make the cycle more interesting for both fans and players. We learned a lot from organizing the Series and can’t wait for the Candidates and the Match: we have a very intense chess year ahead!”
The next stage of the World Chess Championship cycle, the Candidates Tournament, will take place in Berlin, Germany, on March 10—28, 2018. Six other participants of the Candidates include Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the previous World Championship challenger, Levon Aronian of Armenia and Ding Liren of China (the winner and runner-up of the 2017 FIDE World Cup), the wildcard choice Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and two more players who will qualify by rating and who will be announced later this year (current rating scores indicate that the two remaining participants will be Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So, both from the US).
Tickets are now available for purchase here: http://www.ticketmaster.de/artist/fide-world-chess-candidates-tournament-tickets/989876. A 10% discount will be offered on tickets during Christmas sale (December 4, 2017 – January 10, 2018). The Candidates Tournament will be broadcasted exclusively on www.worldchess.com/berlin and on media partners’ sites.
Leading brands continue to support the Championship cycle and will be represented in the Candidates Tournament: EG Capital Advisors, an international asset management company, the Official Partner; Kaspersky Lab as World Chess and FIDE Official Cybersecurity Partner; S.T. Dupont as Official Writing Instrument; and Isklar as Official Water.
Official hashtags of the Tournament are #candidates2018 and #berlinplayschess.
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.
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