Moscow Grand Prix, Round 2, Day 3: Down to the Final Four
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 1:53AM
Dennis Monokroussos in 2019 Grand Prix, 2019 Moscow Grand Prix, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi

It was tiebreak time in the quarterfinals of the Moscow Grand Prix, and all three tiebreakers were settled after a pair of rapid games. The smoothest winner was Hikaru Nakamura, who ground out a win with Black against Daniil Dubov in the first game and coasted to a draw in the rematch, having enjoyed a large, even winning advantage almost from start to finish.

The next match was between Wesley So and Alexander Grischuk. Grischuk achieved an easy draw with Black in the Sveshnikov - and could have played for more at the end - and then ground out a win in the endgame in his white game. He will play Nakamura in the semi-finals.

That leaves the tiebreaker between Wei Yi and Ian Nepomniachtchi, to see who would face Radoslaw Wojtaszek (who won in the classical portion of the match). Wei Yi had some winning chances in game 1, as his extra piece was more valuable than Black's three scattered pawns. He couldn't find a way to convert his advantage, and in the rematch he lost badly. Within four moves after Nepo improved on an earlier game played against Wei in that same line, unforced errors left him with a completely lost position.

The tiebreak games, with my annotations, are here. The semi-finals will be played tomorrow/today at the usual time; the only guaranteed rest day comes before the final match.

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