It was clear from the beginning of the fourth round that the GRENKE Open is one of the toughest chess tournaments in the world. Several players made the decision to agree on quick draws in order to save their strength for coming games. Among them were Andrey Sumets and Nikita Vitiugov, who had already finished their game before other players entered the room. Of course battles were also fought in the main field, and nine strong title holders will continue further in the tournament after the first four rounds. Among them is the Swedish Nils Grandelius pictured below.
After every round we publish many photos, which you can find here. In this article we present some of them which stand out in our opinion.
Hou Yifan durig the opening of the GRENKE Chess Open
There weren’t any big surprises in the second round of the GRENKE Chess Open. The start of the second day saw some title holders only drawing to lower rated opponents, as well as a number of tournament favorites achieving relatively straight forward victories. Among them was Richard Rapport from Hungary.
The second day of the GRENKE Chess Open 2017 ends with a lot of exciting games. We made a highlight video of day two for you. Enjoy the impressions of our chess tournament. We wish you good luck with your preparation for round 4!