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Berlin GP R2: Nakamura, Rapport and Leinier score a win

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/02/2022

Vidit Gujrathi and Pentala Harikrishna drew their second round games against Vincent Keymer and Wesley So respectively. Leinier Dominguez Perez arguably scored the most exciting win of the round against Alexei Shirov. Hikaru Nakamura defeated Andrey Esipenko in his own typical style. Richard Rapport bounced back from his first round defeat to win against Vladimir Fedoseev by tapping on to his creative side. Harikrishna drew with So. Vidit will face Dubov in the next round and Harikrishna will be up against Leinier. Round 4 of Pool stage starts today at 7:30 p.m. IST. Photo: World Chess

Vidit and Harikrishna draw with Keymer and So

The second round of FIDE Berlin GP 2022 also witnessed three decisive games, one from Pool A, B and D each. Rapport was the only one to bounce back with a win.

Richard Rapport showed his creativity against Vladimir Fedoseev | Photo: World Chess

Pool A: Nakamura - Esipenko: 1-0

Andrey Esipenko overstretched his pawn to d3. It only created a future target for his opponent Hikaru Nakamura.

Position after 23...Qe6

23...Qe6 created an opening for White which he was looking for. Find out the correct sequence of moves which Nakamura executed during the game.

Hikaru Nakamura: I was considering wearing my pineapple tie before the game! | Video: World Chess

Nakamura scored victory in his typical fashion | Photo: World Chess

Bacrot got a good position, but Grischuk as always managed to wriggle out of trouble | Photo: World Chess

Pool B: Rapport - Fedoseev: 1-0

Vladimir Fedoseev went all-in on his attack against Richard Rapport's king which was almost a sitting duck at the center of the board. The Hungary no.1 then showcased his creative side.

Position after 21...Nc1

21...Nc1 is nothing but a scare tactic. 21...R1a2 was a better alternative. White went 22.Ng4 R8a2 23.Nxf6+ Kf8 24.Kf2 Rxe2+ 25.Kg3 Rc2 26.Kh4 Kg7 27.Nh5+ Kg6

Position after 27...Kg6

27...Kg6 turned out be black king's misadventure. Find out why.

Radosław Wojtaszek: I would never play the Grob's attack | Video: World Chess

Wojtaszek was unable to maximize his advantage against Oparin | Photo: World Chess

Pool C: Keymer - Vidit: 0.5-0.5

Vidit Gujrathi had a solid draw with Germany no.1 Vincent Keymer.

Vidit's smart decision against Keymer | Video: ChessBase India
Vidit Gujrathi reacts on Greedy VD on the FIDE Grand Prix 2022 | Video: World Chess

Dubov-Aronian ended in a draw | Photo: World Chess

Pool D: Shirov - Leinier: 0-1

USA no.4 Leinier Dominguez Perez decided to light the board on fire before his opponent Alexei Shirov could do the same.

Position after 15...Nxe4

Black made his intentions clear of launching his own attack, 15...Nxe4 before White could do something. We got the following position after few moves

Position after 24.Qd1

White had to play 24.Qf2 to keep fighting chances. Find out the best continuation for Black after 24.Qd1

Leinier won a sharp encounter against Shirov | Photo: World Chess

Harikrishna had a solid draw against So | Photo: World Chess
FIDE Grand Prix 2022 Berlin GP Round 2 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 2 games

Round 2 results

Pool A, B and D had one decisive game each | Photo: World Chess

Time control

The time control for each standard game in pools and play-off is: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. In case if a player arrives at the chessboard with a delay of up to 15 minutes from the actual start of the game, he/she should be charged of five hundred (500) euros deducted from his/her prize money. In case of delay of more than 15 minutes, the player loses the game (without financial penalty).


The players cannot draw any game by mutual agreement before black’s 30th move. A claim for a draw before black’s 30th move is permitted only in the case of a draw by repetition.


Each Grand Prix tournament has a total prize fund - €150000.

The winner of each GP earns €24000 and the runner-up gets €18000



FIDE GP 2022 Regulations

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