Alexander Grischuk wins match against Ding Liren

by Johannes Fischer
7/25/2016 – From 19th to 22nd July the Chinese number one Ding Liren, with a rating of 2778 currently number eight in the world, and Russian grandmaster Alexander Grischuk, with a rating of 2747 currently number 18 in the world, played a four-game match in Wenzhou, China. Grischuk won the first game from a worse position and Ding Liren did not manage to equalise the score in the following three games. Grischuk won the match 2.5-1.5.

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The first game that turned out to decide the match on first sight looks like a convincing win for Grischuk who seemed to punish the extravagant rook moves of his opponent with a pawn-sacrifice that gave him ample compensation which he finally turned into a better endgame which he could win. However, the engines tell a different story and think that Grischuk was rather lucky.

 

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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".

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