The Race for First of Moscow Grand Prix Tightens
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Ding Liren continue to lead the Moscow Grand Prix after both drew in Round 6 on Thursday, but there are now six players within a half point of the leaders.
Ding drew a hard-fought, roller-coaster game with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave , while Mamedyarov agreed to an early peace with Teimour Radjabov, a compatriot. Ding Liren found an interesting exchange sacrifice during his home preparation and when Maxime Vachier-Lagrave finally realized what had happened his position was already bad. Nevertheless, french player found a very nice defence and after 30…Rf4 converted the game into a drawish rook ending.
Ding and Mamedyarov now have 4 points apiece.
There were three decisive games in Round 6: Boris Gelfand of Israel beat Pentala Harikrishna of India, Hikaru Nakamura of the United State defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, and Michael Adams of England beat Ernesto Inarkiev of Russia.
The Moscow Grand Prix is the second in a series of four tournaments. The top two finishers will qualify for the Candidates tournament next year to select a challenger for the World Championship.