The first stage of the Opera Euro Rapid tournament within the Champions Chess Tour has ended, APAsport reports.
The last 5 rounds were played on the third day of the competition with a prize fund of $ 100,000.
Azerbaijani chess player Teymur Rajabov, who did not lose in the first 10 matches, did not lose again. The 34-year-old grandmaster has four draws in a row with Ding Liren (China), Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) and Wesley So (USA). Azerbaijani representative faced a principal opponent in the last match of the preliminary stage. He faced Levon Aronian from Armenia and again was satisfied with 0.5 points.
Thus, Rajabov, who won 1 of 15 games and drew 14, scored 8 points. With this result, he took 7th place and reached the quarterfinals. Along with Rajabov, Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 9.5 points), Anish Giri (Netherlands, 9.5), Wesley So (USA, 9), Levon Aronian (Armenia, 8.5), Maxim Vachier-Lagrave (France, 8) , 5), Jan Krzysztof Duda (Poland, 8) and Daniel Dubov (Russia, 7.5) qualified for the playoffs.