Teimour Radjabov emerged clear winner of the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix in Geneva after sharing the point with his nearest follower Ian Nepomniachtchi in the final round. Interview with the players
Several minutes earlier Alexander Grischuk split the point with Anish Giri, thus he could not catch the champion. Interview with the players
Among the decided games, Peter Svidler scored a nice victory against Hou Yifan, while Levon Aronian defeated Salem A.R.Saleh.
The closing ceremony was scheduled for 8pm, but as everyone arrived ready, Harikrishna and Jakovenko were still playing the notorious R+B vs R ending. Jakovenko demonstrated great skill in defending the difficult ending to finally secure a draw. With 30 minutes delay, the ceremony began.
FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer awarded the trophy and medals. President of Geneva Chess Federation GM Gilles Miralles also delivered a speech. The winner Radjabov thanked everyone for following Geneva and promised that the fans will enjoy in the last Grand Prix tournament in Palma de Mallorka.
Radjabov earned 20.000 EUR and 170 Grand Prix points for the clear first place. Nepomniachtchi and Grischuk took 13.500 EUR and 105 GP points each.
In the overall Grand Prix standings Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is leading with 340 points, while Grischuk is second with 316,4. They have completed three events each and will cautiously await the results from the final 4th leg.
Radjabov jumped through to the third place with 241,4 points. Ding Liren on 240 and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on 211,4 can also hope to earn one of the two qualifying spots for the Candidates Tournament.