Nakamura, Hikaru - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Wojtaszek, Radoslaw ½-½
Moscow Semifinals Begin With Two Nervous, Tense Draws
Nerves were on display on Thursday in the first games of the semifinals of the Moscow Grand Prix – the players in both games had winning chances when the games were stopped by mutual agreement.
The first game to finish on Thursday was between Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia and Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland. Arguably, that draw was the more curious of the two. The other game featured Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and Alexander Grischuk of Russia. The opening was a Giuoco Piano, which is Italian for “quiet game.” The opening usually features a lot of quiet maneuvering, but it can become very tactical if the center opens.
The matches resume Friday at 3 PM local time.