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FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah Tournament

Alexander Grischuk5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ding Liren5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Michael Adams5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Richard Rapport4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Pavel Eljanov4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Li Chao4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons4.5/9(+0 -0 =9)[games]
Levon Aronian4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Yifan Hou4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
A R Saleh Salem3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017)

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

This was the first of four events in the 2017 Grand Prix series, from which the top two players would 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 was 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 shared in case of a tie. (1)


(1) Chess24: Sharjah FIDE Grand Prix

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 81  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vachier-Lagrave vs Li Chao 1-0502017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC42 Petrov Defense
2. Grischuk vs J L Hammer  ½-½412017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA20 English
3. Yifan Hou vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½432017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Adams vs A R Saleh Salem 1-0602017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA34 English, Symmetrical
5. A Riazantsev vs Eljanov  ½-½322017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Ding Liren vs Rapport 0-1402017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahE16 Queen's Indian
7. F Vallejo Pons vs Mamedyarov ½-½232017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA06 Reti Opening
8. Nakamura vs Jakovenko  ½-½602017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA16 English
9. Tomashevsky vs Aronian  ½-½222017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC50 Giuoco Piano
10. A R Saleh Salem vs Ding Liren 0-1342017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC53 Giuoco Piano
11. Li Chao vs Yifan Hou ½-½952017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Jakovenko vs Grischuk  ½-½242017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahD85 Grunfeld
13. Nepomniachtchi vs A Riazantsev  ½-½732017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA06 Reti Opening
14. Eljanov vs F Vallejo Pons ½-½382017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC42 Petrov Defense
15. Mamedyarov vs Tomashevsky 1-0372017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahE12 Queen's Indian
16. J L Hammer vs Nakamura  ½-½232017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahE17 Queen's Indian
17. Aronian vs Adams  ½-½242017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC53 Giuoco Piano
18. Rapport vs Vachier-Lagrave 0-1542017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
19. Tomashevsky vs A R Saleh Salem  ½-½232017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Riazantsev vs Li Chao  ½-½202017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahE60 King's Indian Defense
21. Yifan Hou vs Jakovenko ½-½342017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC50 Giuoco Piano
22. F Vallejo Pons vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½262017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA15 English
23. Ding Liren vs J L Hammer  ½-½482017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Nakamura vs Rapport 1-0552017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
25. Grischuk vs Aronian  ½-½202017FIDE Grand Prix SharjahC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 81  PGN Download
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Feb-27-17  stst: < stst: <GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar v GM Hou Yifan > Queen O'Draw may sink with this.

Unfortunately, I hit this one.
Mamed the first killer of the Q.

Feb-27-17  stst: <in her honor - "Queens gambit: neither accepted nor declined.">

Unfortunately too, this one fails to work in her favor!!

Feb-27-17  stst: <FischerBobby: she was probably bored of solid draws and prefered to lose a game>

Some rooted fan for Hou from Chessbomb.
Quite true, the entire game tracks her inclination not to simply equalize, but keeps searching for counter-attacks, but too prematurely... the B&R on the K-side still not fully in action yet, impossible to pierce through W's R&Q defense + the two B's distant threats...

Feb-27-17  activechess55:

A kibitzer wanted to crack another draw-joke about queen o'draw. But he had to, abruptly, shut up. The reason? Queen o' draw threatened to play f3 and g4 in the opening!

Feb-27-17  botvinnik64: Three way for first. Is there a playoff or do they "split" the GP points?
Feb-27-17  AzingaBonzer: Lemon Erronian erred today.
Feb-27-17  Marmot PFL: No tie breaks used in individual GP events.
Feb-27-17  dm1991: Some small unsignificant statistics trivia.

So the Leko award goes to Paco Vallejo. he was prone to short draws but normally he was relatively combative. I thought it will be Aronian, MVL (he's quite drawish) or one of the Russians winning this one. Also Paco does win the early leave award with 6 under 30 move draws.

The most combative award goes to Pavel Eljanov. He's the only one, who didn't have an under 30 move draw and also with Rapport and Li Chao had the biggest amount of decisive games. If i remember correctly beside being very "correct" and "orthodox" Pavel is very combative.

Feb-27-17  tuttifrutty: What a snoozer feast. Free sleeping pills for all. Remember, a tourney without Wesley is no tourney at all.
Feb-27-17  john barleycorn: <tuttifrutty: ... Remember, a tourney without Wesley is no tourney at all.>

thank you. the rest of the world almost forgot about Mr. So Duling.

Feb-27-17  starry2013: All the leaders had 5 whites.
Feb-27-17  john barleycorn: who won?
Feb-27-17  Monoceros: Chess fans: somehow managing to be even _worse_ than gamers as a community. Well done, folks.
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: On a sidenote: all three winners qualified by rating here.
Feb-27-17  stst: No TB, so, if, just an "if," counted solely on points, then 5.5 and 5.0 toppers should be granted to some sort of recognition (to join the fight for Candidates??)

But, clearly not, since it would be too many. And, also Mr. So has not come into play yet.

Anyway, looks like MC can relax at least for the entire 2017. No challenger will be determined this year? - Have to check with FIDE.

Feb-27-17  botvinnik64: ChessBase was not spare in its criticism (?), observation, of the tournament: " astonishing rate of draws..." Ok, true, but there were some good ones...zzz...I think...Pavel played the most enterprising chess. He never disappoints.
Feb-27-17  1971: One of the most boring tournaments in a very long time. It's what happens when you have a roster full of uninspired mercenaries, who are there to simply collect a check as safely as possible. Bunch of loserZzz.
Feb-27-17  starry2013: The quick draw people got rewarded, that's what's most annoying.
Feb-28-17  rokko: This is more about qualification for Candidates than a check - the rules did not award any extra bonus to single first (unlike Grand Chess Tour) - why would MVL or Grischuk risk losing 70 GP points where a win would have only brought them an extra 30? Those who should have shown more fighting spirit were those in the next group (Jakovenko, Nepomniatchi, Nakamura).
Feb-28-17  rokko: Even if Naka probably did what he could to create imbalances against a solid player like Adams...
Feb-28-17  starry2013: I think the point is it wasn't just the last round.
Feb-28-17  activechess55:

Congratulations Grischuk for a fine win! Kudos to MVL and Shak for the 1st-place-tie!

Feb-28-17  activechess55:

Naka Vs Grischuk game was highlight of the event. Grischuk said, he finds it difficult to remember things at his age. Then, he proceeded to remember a ten-year-old game of his! Then he also remembered a previous game all the way till 30th move! Naka showed what is the right time to introduce a novelty. It's move 31!

Conventional logic says, one who introduces the novelty ought to win the game. But Naka missed 46.h5 that led to victory. He forgot that, in modern chess, king's safety lie in front of the pawns and not behind!

Mar-01-17  Betterthan99: make me a samwich whiny biotch
Feb-12-18  TheTamale: Yay! Sharjah! That's where my in-laws live. I've visited. Nice place, nice people. (I visited in November, though. Don't think I'd like it so much in August.)
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