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Jerusalem GP R1.2: So advances, Harikrishna in the tie-breaks with Karjakin

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/12/2019

Harikrishna held Karjakin to a draw again in game 2 of round 1. Harikrishna will play tie-break matches against Karjakin on Friday. The fourth leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series organized by World Chess is currently ongoing at the Notre Dame Center Jerusalem. Yossi Gilad, Head of Engineering at Algorand, opened the round with the first symbolic move. All the return games of the first round at Jerusalem Grand Prix were drawn, except for Wesley So winning against Yu Yangyi. The American becomes the first player to advance to the next stage of the event and was very happy to win his first match in the Grand Prix Series 2019 without playing tie-break. Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess

So is the first player to advance to round 2

Wesley So becomes the first player to advance to round 2 of Jerusalem GP. Grischuk qualifies to Candidates 2020 as none of his rivals who could catch up to him won their game and advanced to round 2 yet.

The first official Fischer Random World Champion Wesley So is the first to advance to round 2 | Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess

Yu Yangyi got into unpleasant situation after sticking the bishop on e4 with 15...Be4.

So - Yangyi

Position after 15...Be4

In order to relieve the pressure, Black temporarily sacrificed the central pawn, but then the White's pair of bishops got into prominence. According to Yu Yangyi, the crucial mistake in the game was 31…Qc4. He missed 35.e6, when he was choosing this line. Wesley managed to break through and the victory in the game guaranteed his place in the second round.

The line in the Italian game, that was always favoured by Sveshnikov and also came into fashion since last year, happened in the game between Sergey Karjakin and Pentala Harikrishna. After many exchanges, the position became pretty equal and Karjakin didn`t find a clear way to get any advantage. The game ended in a draw by repetition.

Harikrishna and Karjakin will play the tie-breakers | Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess

Ian Nepomniachtchi was on the verge of losing against Boris Gelfand, but the Israeli player did not find the precise way to convert his advantage in the middle game. Black's 10...Bd7 was inaccurate, taking away the retreat square for the knight, which eventually landed on g8. The correct choice was 10...a5, as played long ago by former world champion Khalifman. Playing under the time pressure Boris Gelfand missed the last chance to play for a win after 34.c6. Ian Nepomniachtchi was clearly relieved after the game, admitting he had to defend a really bad position today.

Boris would be hoping to catch Nepomniachtchi in the tie-breaks | Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess

Wang Hao was also in a very dubious situation against David Navara in the endgame but managed to hold it. This game went on for more than 80 moves and finished last. Wang Hao said afterwards he could not concentrate well and simply blundered a pawn. The Chinese Grandmaster was thinking even to resign in the endgame but after Navara`s king left the safe corner, he got some hopes to save the game.

Wang Hao played solid and saved the game | Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess

Dmitry Andreikin and Radek Wojtaszek took quite some time to complete the opening despite all the moves being well-known theory. 15...c5 was the key move to equalize for Black, nevertheless Andreikin believed White can still try to play for a win. A few inaccurate moves by Wojtaszek, allowed the Russian player to play for a win, but he could not convert his advantage into a full point. Ironically, the second game of their match ended up with the same drawish endgame – two kings and a pawn.

Dmitry Andreikin | Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov could also feel fortunate to have avoided the elimination. The Sicilian Four Knights, something of an Azeri speciality, developed into a normal position until Mamedyarov lashed to grab the g2-pawn. White missed a great opportunity to play 23.Rh2!, holding onto the h4-pawn, with Rg1 coming in next. 24...g5 also seemed as a bit too much, but Jakovenko did not hold the advantage and the game ended with repetition.

Shakh has won FIDE Grand Prix Riga in July 2019 | Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess

Anish Giri and Wei Yi drew after only 10 moves and delayed the decision until the tiebreak. Their first game was the longest of the first day though. "My biggest chess hero is Magnus Carlsen and I'm slowly learning his tricks. This time I started to borrow his tricks from the world championship match and just decided to go for tie-break", Anish Giri commented after the game.

Giri and Navara share a laugh | Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave did not find a way to break Veselin Topalov's Berlin Ruy Lopez. The exchange sacrifice by Black created some sort of fortress and a draw was agreed shortly afterwards.

Former World Champion Topalov will play against MVL in the tie-breaks | Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess


Source: Press Release


Fourteen players will play tie-break matches of round 1 today at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST

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