A Horse Named Stranger Posted July 15, 2017 Share Posted July 15, 2017 Well, quite a bit of chess has been is being played atm. The third Grand Prix is about to finish, with Harikrishna vs. Jakovenko being the last game going. It's of some signifcance towards the Grand Prix standings. Depending on whether Pentala manages to grind out a win somehow (I don't see how tbh), he could take some points away from Grischuk by joining him and Nepo as shared seconds. He has some pressure with his extra pawn, but I think Jako should hold. But the big news is the winner in Geneva is Teimour Radjabov. I am not exactly sure how that happened, a few years ago, it looked his career was rather on a downward trajectory ever since he fathered a child and moved to London. But Radja suddenly even is in contention of qualifying for the candidates. Anyway. Mamedyarov has more or less done his homework. It wasn't a great event for him, but he kept a narrow lead over Grischuk in the Grand Prix standings and it would take some really unfortunate turn of events at Palma to knock him out (Ding Liren and Radja would both need to get over 100 points at Palma to knock out Mamedyarov, or MVL would need to gather 130 points and either Ding Liren or Radja score 100 points+ ). On the other hand, Grischuk's position is way less safe. Either Ding Liren or Radja scoring 100 points there or MVL scoring 130 points would knock him out. So Sascha can really just watch and hope for the best. Anyway, it's really not the only Super Tournament going on atm. Meanwhile in China Wei Yi is cruising through a very strong field. When I say strong field I mean: Ding Liren, Ivanchuk, (former Fide Champion) Ponomariov, Le Quang Liem, Wang Hao, Yu Yangyi, Naiditsch, Malakhov, Lu Shanglei (the weakest link with 2640), and Wei Yi. And by cruising I mean Wei Yi is atm sole leader with 5/6. (draws against Ding Liren and Ivanchuk). This tournament is somewhat criminally under reported. Oh, and Dortmund has started, today. Fedoseev started off with a black win over big Vlad. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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