Wei Yi To Play Nepomniachtchi In Jerusalem Grand Prix Final
The semifinal tiebreak between Navara and Wei. Photo: Niki Riga/World Chess.

Wei Yi To Play Nepomniachtchi In Jerusalem Grand Prix Final

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Wei Yi will be the opponent for Ian Nepomniachtchi in the final of the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix in Jerusalem. On Thursday, the Chinese grandmaster defeated David Navara in the tiebreak of their semifinal.

The final, starting on Saturday, will determine the winner of the last leg in this year's Grand Prix. The overall winner of FIDE Grand Prix is already known: Alexander Grischuk of Russia.

Nepomniachtchi can still finish second in the overall standings by winning the final, which will mean a big bonus for him: participation in the 2020 Candidates' Tournament. For Wei, the final will be just about Jerusalem, and a win there would be one of his biggest successes so far for the 20-year-old grandmaster from Yancheng.

Wei Yi 2019 Grand Prix Jerusalem Chess
Wei Yi. Photo: Niki Riga/World Chess.

The first rapid game between Navara and Wei was similar to their classical games: quite a bit of theory followed by a hard-fought ending with bare kings. It was Navara who had to defend for most of the time after a miscalculation in the middlegame:

The second rapid game was a different story. In a quiet opening, Navara forgot about a well-known idea, got into a bad position right away and lost without much of a fight.

"My opponent just played better than me today and won deservedly," Navara said. "I don't regret too much that I lost this match because I'm already tired and have lack of energy for the final anyway, but of course I tried to play well.  And I'm a bit embarrassed about the way how I lost the last game. I can play better sometimes but not today."

David Navara 2019 Grand Prix Jerusalem Chess
David Navara. Photo: Niki Riga/World Chess.

Friday is a rest day in Jerusalem. The final between Nepomniachtchi Wei will start on Saturday at 3 p.m. local time (14:00 CET, 8 a.m. Eastern and 5 a.m. Pacific). 


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