All three games of the 9th round of the Grenke Chess Classic continues. It’s remarkable that there have been very few games that finished before the time control in the whole event. This feature can be attributed to the fact that the organizers banned draw offers before move 40 and put together a slightly unbalanced and very interesting field.
Viswanathan Anand has a big opportunity to close the gap that separates him from the leader Caruana today. He has a pretty big edge over Fridman. His advantage lies in the fact that he is an exchange up and that Fridman has doubled g-pawns that might become big weaknesses. The World Champion should be able to convert this endgame.
The German clash currently favors Meier. He also has an important edge over Naiditsch. Just like Anand, he is an exchange up, but Naiditsch is currently two pawns up, however these pawns might fall quite soon. Georg Meier has been demonstrating very good play in the last rounds, recovering this way from his early setbacks.