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FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah Tournament

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave3.5/5(+2 -0 =3)[view games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov3.5/5(+2 -0 =3)[view games]
Michael Adams3/5(+2 -1 =2)[view games]
Dmitry Jakovenko3/5(+1 -0 =4)[view games]
Hikaru Nakamura3/5(+1 -0 =4)[view games]
Alexander Grischuk3/5(+1 -0 =4)[view games]
Ding Liren2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[view games]
Levon Aronian2.5/5(+0 -0 =5)[view games]
Yifan Hou2.5/5(+0 -0 =5)[view games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons2.5/5(+0 -0 =5)[view games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi2.5/5(+0 -0 =5)[view games]
Li Chao2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[view games]
Richard Rapport2/5(+1 -2 =2)[view games]
Pavel Eljanov2/5(+0 -1 =4)[view games]
Alexander Riazantsev2/5(+0 -1 =4)[view games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer2/5(+0 -1 =4)[view games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky1.5/5(+0 -2 =3)[view games]
A R Saleh Salem1.5/5(+0 -2 =3)[view games] Chess Event Description
FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017)

The Sharjah FIDE Grand Prix is taking place from 18-27 February in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. 18 players compete in a 9-round Swiss Open for a top prize of 20,000 out of a 130,000 prize fund.

This is the first of four events in the 2017 Grand Prix series, from which the top two players will qualify for the 2018 Candidates Tournament. The 24 players competing in the Grand Prix series must each play in three of the four events.

The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, and then 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1.

Prize money and GP points are shared in case of a tie. (1)

Official site (Agon):
Pairings and results:
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ChessBookie Action:
FIDE Grand Prix Round 6: Adams - Vachier-Lagrave
FIDE Grand Prix Round 6: Jakovenko - Mamedyarov
FIDE Grand Prix Round 6: Nakamura - Grischuk
FIDE Grand Prix Round 6: Pick Three

(1) Chess24: Sharjah FIDE Grand Prix

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Li Chao 1-050 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC42 Petrov Defense
2. Grischuk vs J L Hammer  ½-½41 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA20 English
3. Yifan Hou vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½43 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Adams vs A R Saleh Salem 1-060 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA34 English, Symmetrical
5. A Riazantsev vs Eljanov  ½-½32 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Ding Liren vs R Rapport 0-140 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahE16 Queen's Indian
7. F Vallejo Pons vs Mamedyarov ½-½23 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA06 Reti Opening
8. Nakamura vs Jakovenko  ½-½60 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA16 English
9. Tomashevsky vs Aronian  ½-½22 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC50 Giuoco Piano
10. A R Saleh Salem vs Ding Liren 0-134 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC53 Giuoco Piano
11. Li Chao vs Yifan Hou ½-½95 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Jakovenko vs Grischuk  ½-½24 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahD85 Grunfeld
13. I Nepomniachtchi vs A Riazantsev  ½-½73 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA06 Reti Opening
14. Eljanov vs F Vallejo Pons ½-½38 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC42 Petrov Defense
15. Mamedyarov vs Tomashevsky 1-037 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahE12 Queen's Indian
16. J L Hammer vs Nakamura  ½-½23 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahE17 Queen's Indian
17. Aronian vs Adams  ½-½24 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC53 Giuoco Piano
18. R Rapport vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-154 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
19. Tomashevsky vs A R Saleh Salem  ½-½23 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA48 King's Indian
20. A Riazantsev vs Li Chao  ½-½20 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahE60 King's Indian Defense
21. Yifan Hou vs Jakovenko ½-½34 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC50 Giuoco Piano
22. F Vallejo Pons vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½26 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA15 English
23. Ding Liren vs J L Hammer  ½-½48 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Nakamura vs R Rapport 1-055 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
25. Grischuk vs Aronian  ½-½20 2017 FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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  ketchuplover: The Grand Prix is 27 rounds
Feb-21-17  stst: < in such a long tournament, it makes sense to draw the top seed and fight for points against the lower rated players.>

That's precisely the reason I doubt tourneys can determine the real heroes. Such acts are, sorry to say, acts of "cow..." (u figure it out.)

Matches, and matches only, for real masters!!

Feb-21-17  stst: <...There just wasn't enough horsepower left on the board...> Agreed, I was just eye-balling the board instantly without really going thru, but, agreed that neither side got enough to win it. BTW, will check your 42. Ng3... instead of Nh4-g2? thx
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  beenthere240: I was trying to recreate the move without looking at a board. Shows how good I am at blindfold!
Feb-21-17  SometimesGood: Not much of interest to this event. For me, I am interested in few punch lines. Can MVL overtake Fab in rating? That could be a great upset for Fab! I always greatly respect Shakh. Maybe it's his time to become a real contender for WC? Can Hikaru win GP? Where are Ding Liren, Pavel Eljanov and Levon Aronian now? And finally can Yifan Hou get more than 50%?
Feb-22-17  stst: Hou v PE move 43.Ng3 checked... yeah, the N dance to capture h5 pawn is some treat, until Nf5 and W took over with Nxf5+ and losing a pawn is somewhat inferior though. But that's also Stockfish's suggestion?! Wonder if the other Ne8 to aim at the f6 W-pawn might be an alternative ... Well, game over anyway, and it's some new one to check it out....
Feb-22-17  Imran Iskandar: Hopefully Hou can push for a win against Salem.
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  botvinnik64: An interesting tournament marred, from my perspective, by the website: I really don't like the boards that they give us plebes to watch; and, hey, I am not paying $10 to watch the video!
Feb-22-17  activechess55: Pavel showed great fighting spirit yesterday against Hou, playing for a win from a position of no advantage.

Today, two old warhorses (Adams and Grischuk) stand good chance.

Rapport played predictable queens indian again. He needs some motivation in order to return with absurd stuff.

Feb-22-17  dream31: Prospects for Hou ? She was joint first with Nigel Short in Gibraltar 2012 and reached 2686 at her peak. Some of her games have style and creativity like Bobby Fischer ((Hou v Ider, Gibraltar 2017). ? Does Carlsen have brilliant games like this ? She can now concentrate on chess for a while (she was going to unuversity for studies, but has completed this. She plays Carlsen and matched him quite well recently except blundering at the end. Maybe she is underrated and could give the big guys a good contest??
Feb-22-17  scholes: I think Hou is somewhere 2700-50 strength. No way she is weaker than Rapport.
Feb-22-17  fisayo123: She just got destroyed by Nigel Short in a match recently. She's nowhere near 2700-2750 strength.
Feb-22-17  stst: Queen O'draw!!

Latest from chessbomb: Hou v Salem: 1/2

Not really that bad, if she draws all the way thru - should rank roughly also 1/2!!

Feb-22-17  stst: < I am not paying $10 to watch the video!>

Enjoy the free lunch at

Feb-22-17  stst: <I think Hou is somewhere 2700-50 strength. No way she is weaker than Rapport.>

She's working to get in!!

Yet, Hou needs some spice from Rapport ~ Jobava, whom I like their sudden & abrupt fists deviated from normal theory.

Feb-22-17  dream31: Short is 2675 elo according to Highest was only 2712. Short leads Hou 3 games to 2, with 5 draws in classical games. Short leads by a few games if rapid and exhibition games are counted. I don't think Short will outclass Hou. Hou plays some great creative games. Check out youtube for some analysis by kingcrusher.
Feb-22-17  Marmot PFL: Hou's peak rating is below 2690 and lower than that now. At age 22 she could still well make 2700 but 2750 is probably too high (hope I'm wrong).
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  Absentee: <scholes: I think Hou is somewhere 2700-50 strength.>

Based on...?

Feb-22-17  john barleycorn: at least, the Giri impersonators are cut in half by this round.

Francisco Vallejo Pons
Ian Nepomniachtchi
Yifan Hou
Levon Aronian

are still in the race

Feb-22-17  devere: Instead of multiple 9 round Swiss tournaments I'd rather see one giant Swiss (20+ rounds?) with the top three or four finishers qualifying for the candidates tournament. With that many rounds you could let 1000 people play (most at their own expense) and still come to a very definitive result. And it would be a grand event.
Feb-22-17  donjova: <devere>, something like this? Manila Interzonal (1990)

I think it would be interesting. I would actually like to see Grand-Prix alternating between different formats: round-robin tournaments, big swisses and also knockout matches, longer than the World Cup ones. The latter might be the most difficult to organize, although I believe in the span of one entire GP/WC cycle, it could be done.

Feb-22-17  Imran Iskandar: Personally, I'd like to see a Grand Chess Tour-like series of tournaments, where the top two play a match.

About the pay-per-view system FIDE has, I'd like to raise an interesting question: considering the struggle to find sponsors for some chess tournaments, are pay-per-view tournaments necessary?

Feb-22-17  Imran Iskandar: Another question I'm curious to know the opinions to is if you had the power to sponsor a match of any number of games between top players today, whom would you choose?

I'd obviously choose the two Cars.

Feb-22-17  Conrad93: Yeah, Hou Yifan isn't anywhere near 2750. Her rating and performance against the top 20 says otherwise.
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