Grandelius Wins Abu Dhabi Masters On Tiebreak

Grandelius Wins Abu Dhabi Masters On Tiebreak

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Aug 31, 2015, 9:45 AM |
5 | Chess Event Coverage

On Sunday GM Nils Grandelius scored his career's best result, winning the strong Abu Dhabi Masters on tiebreak. The 22-year-old Swedish GM edged out GMs Martyn KravtsivBaadur JobavaAlexander Areshchenko and Richard Rapport.

All photos courtesy of the Abu Dhabi Chess Club.

This brief report picks up the Abu Dhabi Masters where we left it: after round six, when GMs Nils Grandelius, Martyn Kravtsiv, Alexander Areshchenko, Richard Rapport and Abhijeet Gupta were sharing first place.

Grandelius made a big step towards tournament victory in round seven, when he defeated GM Richard Rapport with the black pieces. The Hungarian grandmaster played the Trompowsky. Grandelius responded with a solid variation and slowly outplayed his opponent:

Grandelius was the sole leader with two rounds go to, as boards two (Gupta-Areshchnko) and three (Kravtsiv-Akopian) ended in draws.

Following a typical Hollywood scenario, Grandelius went down in the penultimate round, before rising up again to emerge victoriously after all. It was Ukrainian GM Areshchenko who played a very powerful game that deviated from a 1942 encounter on move 14:


Meanwhile Martyn Kravtsiv, another Ukranian, scored a somewhat lucky win as Abhijeet Gupta collapsed in time trouble. The Indian had a clear perpetual twice just before the time control but let his king be checkmated instead:


In the final round compatriots Kravtsiv and Areshchenko used a line from the Poisoned Pawn Najdorf to draw quickly, hoping that no other players would finish on seven points. Instead, three caught them in first place: Rapport, Jobava and Grandelius.

Rapport defeated Polish grandmaster Dariusz Swiercz, again using the Trompowsky. The two main themes were White's monster bishop on d5, and the control of the d-line.


Jobava's last round win was against Armenian GM Tigran Petrosian. The game was about equal when Jobava suddenly got the opportunity to play a thematic pawn sacrifice. From that moment he was in full control:


The last name that was added to the group of people with 7.0/9 was Grandelius, who won a fantastic battle against the highly experienced, 43-year-old Vladimir Akopian:


As it turned out, Grandelius had the best tiebreak and so he was declared the winner. After his victory at the European Youth Chess Championship in 2011 in Albena, Bulgaria this must be Grandelius' new career's best performance.

Nils Grandelius wins the Abu Dhabi Masters
 

2015 Abu Dhabi Masters | Final Standings

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 rtg+/-
1 12 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2628 7 0 2609 53 19,2
2 24 GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2599 7 0 2601 53,5 21,6
3 5 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2664 7 0 2596 51,5 12,4
4 7 GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2661 7 0 2565 50 11,1
5 4 GM Rapport Richard HUN 2671 7 0 2550 48 8,6
6 27 GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2595 6,5 0 2571 48,5 14,4
7 22 GM Prohaszka Peter HUN 2602 6,5 0 2553 45,5 10,9
8 10 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2647 6,5 0 2529 46 3,7
9 17 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2619 6,5 0 2517 49 5,3
10 13 GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2625 6 0 2584 50,5 7,8
11 3 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2697 6 0 2574 48,5 -1,9
12 19 GM Swiercz Dariusz POL 2617 6 0 2568 49,5 6
13 9 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2647 6 0 2556 45,5 1,4
14 15 GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2623 6 0 2526 47,5 1,6
15 37 GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2552 6 0 2526 45 9,1
16 16 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2620 6 0 2504 46,5 -1,3
17 6 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2664 6 0 2489 44,5 -6,7
18 2 GM Almasi Zoltan HUN 2700 6 0 2479 43 -10,6
19 18 GM Onischuk Vladimir UKR 2618 6 0 2455 43 -5,6
20 48 IM Sadzikowski Daniel POL 2480 6 0 2359 40 -0,7

(Full final standings here.)


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