FIDE Grand Prix in Jerusalem: Nepomniachtchi wins!

by ChessBase
12/22/2019 – A draw in the second game of the Jerusalem Grand Prix Final gave Ian Nepomniachtchi tournament victory and secured him a spot in next year's Candidates Tournament. Wei Yi managed to mix things up with the black pieces, only to get an inferior position which came to a close when a draw by repetition was agreed. The one remaining spot in the Candidates still up for grabs is the organizer's wildcard, and the Russian Chess Federation will more than likely grant it to Kirill Alekseenko. | Photo: Niki Riga

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Nepomniactchi qualifies for the Candidates

Ian Nepomniachtchi beat Wei Yi in the final of the fourth Grand Prix event of the year to get second place in the yearly series. Thus, he joined Alexander Grischuk in getting a spot in next year's Candidates Tournament through this qualifying path.

This means Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will most likely miss out on playing the Candidates for a second cycle in a row, as the Russian Chess Federation — the organizer of the event — announced they will grant the wildcard to a player from their country. Coincidentally, the one other eligible player to get the nomination — Kirill Alekseenko — is Russian, so he is the one expected to get the last spot.

Replay game two of the final with computer analysis. Full report coming shortly.


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Live games and commentary

Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second bonus per move starting from move 1.

 

Official broadcast with GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko via worldchess.com

Players

# Player Country
1 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Azerbaijan
2 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave France
3 Anish Giri Netherlands
4 Wesley So United States
5 Sergey Karjakin Russia
6 Yu Yangyi China
7 Ian Nepomniachtchi Russia
8 Veselin Topalov Bulgaria
9 Dmitry Jakovenko Russia
10 David Navara Czech Republic
11 Radoslaw Wojtaszek Poland
12 Wei Yi China
13 Pentala Harikrishna India
14 Boris Gelfand Israel
15 Dmitry Andreikin Russia
16 Wang Hao China

The tournament will be played once again in a knockout format, with mini-matches similar to the World Cup, from December 11th to the 23rd. There is one rest day before the final on the 20th of December. The games start at 12 Noon UTC (14:00 CET / 8:00 AM EST).

The venue is the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center.

Venue in Jerusalem

An historic, Vatican-owned guest house and pilgrim centre, built in the 19th century opposite the Old City

Standings after three tournaments

# Player Rating (November) Moscow Riga Hamburg Israel Total
1 Alexander Grischuk 2764 7 3 10   20
2 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2772 0 10 -   10
3 Ian Nepomniachtchi 2773 9 - 0   9
4 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2777 - 8 5   13
5 Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2728 5 - 0   5
6 Wesley So 2760 1 3 -   4
7 Hikaru Nakamura 2741 3 0 0   3
8 Peter Svidler 2719 2 0 2   4
9 Daniil Dubov 2699 2 0 3   5
10 Wei Yi 2724 2 - 0   2
11 Veselin Topalov 2736 - 1 2   3
12 Yu Yangyi 2753 - 1 1   2
13 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2748 0 1 7   8
14 Sergey Karjakin 2754 0 1 -   1
15 Teimour Radjabov 2776 0 - 0   0
16 Levon Aronian 2772 0 0 -   0
17 Nikita Vitiugov 2751 0 0 0   0
18 Pentala Harikrishna 2731 - 0 0   0
19 David Navara 2703 - 0 1   1
20 Anish Giri 2776 0 0 -   0
21 Dmitry Jakovenko 2691 0 - 0   0

Players in bold are participating in Jerusalem

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