Today the Rapid World Championships starts in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with a record 2 million USD in total prize fund!
Two of Malmö AS top players, GM Baadur Jobava and GM Levan Pantsulaia are taking part in this dazzling event!
Pantsulaia had a very promising start with a win over top 10 player GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but unfortunately he lost his match in the fourth round.
Jobava however had a an amazing five first five rounds, with four wins and one draw, now being in the lead with 4.5 points together with GM Fedoseev!
In the fourth round, he got a very impressive win over GM Wang Hao, Below the position after move 19 in that game. Jobava plays with the white pieces.
Man, what a move! And this was the beginning of the end where Jobava was completely dominating the game.
The game ended:
20… Rxd1 21. Rxd1 Bf6 22. Na7 O-O 23. h3 b524. Nd6 Bd7 25. hxg4 fxg4 26. Qxg4 Be7 27. Qxg6+ hxg6 28. Bf3 Rb8 29. Nxf7 1-0
In the fifth round, Jobava comfortably won against English GM Luke McShane with the black pieces. Pantsulaia is 35th with 3.0 out of 5 after the first day.