With a dogged win on Tueday in Round 4 of the Sharjah Grand Prix, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan moved into a tie for first place with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.
Hikaru Nakamura of the United States, who drew with Vachier-Lagrave in Round 4, is a half point in sole possession of third place.
The Sharjah Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates is the first in a series of four tournaments that will determine two qualifiers for next year’s Candidates tournament to select a challenger for the World Championship. There are 24 players in the Grand Prix and 18 in each competition. In addition to Sharjah, the tournaments will be held in Moscow, Geneva and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
The prize fund for each Grand Prix is 130,000 euros, with 20,000 for first place. The series is being organized by Agon, the company that holds the commercials rights to the World Championship cycle, under the auspices of the World Chess Federation, also known as FIDE, which is the game’s governing body.
Standings after four rounds
|6||10||GM||Li Chao B||CHN||2720||2,0|
|18||GM||Hammer Jon Ludvig||NOR||2628||2,0|
|10||13||GM||Vallejo Pons Francisco||ESP||2709||2,0|
|18||16||GM||Salem A.R. Saleh||UAE||2656||1,0|