The 11th and Final round of the Khanty-Mansiysk FIDE Grand Prix 2015 saw just one decisive game as Svidler overcame Jobava with the White pieces in a French Defence game.
The above result, however, had no impact on the top standings as Jakovenko, Nakamura and Caruana jointly won the tournament. But the jackpot was bagged by the latter two who made it to the next Candidates Tournament courtesy of their superior scores at the end of the 2014-15 Grand Prix cycle. The winner of the Candidates Tournament will gain the right to challenge World Champion Magnus Carlsen for a World Championship Match.
The 10th round of the Khanty Mansiysk FIDE GP 2015 saw some interesting twists as Jobava defeated overnight joint leader Dominguez while Jakovenko patiently overcame Karjakin to join Nakamura and Caruana at the top of the table. The rest of the games were drawn.
With one round to go, the trio of Jakovenko, Nakamura and Caruana are being closely followed by Dominguez and Gelfand with 5.5 points each.
Interestingly, Nakamura and Jakovenko are scheduled to clash in the last round of the tournament which makes the upcoming final round all the more exciting.
The 9th round of the Khanty-Mansiysk FIDE GP 2015 witnessed two decisive games as Giri overcame Jobava while Tomashevsky beat Svidler. The rest of the games ended in draws. However, the draw between Jakovenko and Gelfand saw a pretty finish with Gelfand leaving his Queen en-prise to force a nice stalemate.
After 9 rounds, Dominguez, Caruana and Nakamura lead the pack with 5.5/9 each. Three others – Gelfand, Jakovenko and Karjakin – are on the second spot with 5 points each. This leaves the field wide open with just two rounds to go.
The 8th round of the on-going Khanty Mansiysk FIDE Grand Prix 2015 proved to be a dramatic one. Nakamura and Dominguez caught up overnight sole-leader Caruana at the top of the table as Jakovenko beat Caruana with the black pieces.
Amongst the other decisive results, Nakamura defeated Jobava in a game which was marred with mutual mistakes, despite the former dominating for the major part of the game. Also, Grischuk overcame Karjakin while Gelfand beat Svidler. This was Gelfand’s first win of the tournament after registering a rally of 7 consecutive draws.
The 6th round of the Khanty-Mansiysk FIDE Grand Prix 2015 was easily the most exciting round of the tournament so far. Three decisive results were witnessed in this round with the rest of the games ending in draws.
The game that attracted the most interest in Round 6 was undoubtedly Grischuk vs Caruana. After an intense struggle throughout, the former missed an important chance of setting up a fortress in a Rook+Bishop vs Rook+Bishop+Pawn endgame. This allowed Caruana to grab the full-point and maintain his sole lead with 5 more rounds to go.
In the other decisive games, Svidler swiftly overcame Giri while Karjakin beat Vachier-Lagrave. This was Vachier-Lagrave’s 3rd loss on the trot.
Overnight joint-leader GM Fabiano Caruana raced clear ahead of the rest of the field as he won an important game with the black pieces against GM Vachier-Lagrave in the 4th round of the Khanty-Mansiysk FIDE GP 2015. The latter over-extended on all fronts in the middlegame and Caruana was spot on in taking advantage of the same.
The 3rd round of the Khanty-Mansiysk FIDE GP 2015 witnessed two decisive games as GMs Caruana and Svidler overcame GMs Tomashevsky and Jakovenko respectively. This was Jakovenko’s second consecutive defeat. The rest of the games ended in draws, albeit not short of some excitement.
After 3 rounds, Caruana, Svidler and Dominguez lead the table with 2/3 each. The trio is being closely followed by 6 other players on 1.5/3.
The 2nd round of the Khanty Mansiysk FIDE GP 2015 saw only one decisive game in which Dominguez overcame the first-round winner Jakovenko in 36 moves. Dominguez’s play was quite inspirational as he sacrificed the exchange just out of the opening. Although he did stumble on his way with the questionable 19. Bxd4, Jakovenko was unable to take due advantage of the same. After that, Dominguez never looked back and went on to register a fantastic victory. You may replay the game here: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1791983
After 2 rounds, Dominguez and Tomashevsky lead the pack with 1.5/2.
The opening round of the Khanty-Mansiysk FIDE GP 2015 saw two decisive games while the remaining games finished in draws. Amongst the drawn games, only MVL – Gelfand proved to be an exciting one.
The best game of the day was Jakovenko’s nice positional win over Anish Giri. In a Ragozin Defence, Giri surprisingly opened the position on his own despite Jakovenko possessing the Bishop pair. The ploy backfired on Giri as Jakovenko was able to force matters into an advantageous Rook ending (for Jakovenko), which the Russian player won in a clinical fashion.
However, the other decisive game – Jobava vs Tomashevsky – was nowhere near one-sided. Jobava obtained an excellent position right out of the opening but later went astray in the middlegame. Tomashevsky pounced upon this opportunity and decided the game in his favour in the middlegame itself.