There are strong players, and then there are strong players who are also lucky. The Armenian grandmaster Karen Grigoryan is more often the former, but in yesterday’s game against the experienced Portuguese IM Paulo Dias he was the latter.
Paul Dias, with the Black pieces, achieved a very comfortable position in the middlegame.
On move 22, instead of simply retreating his Queen to e7 or d8, Dias — very uncharacteristically – captured a poison pawn and then found himself resigning just 3 moves later. Let’s see what went wrong…
gm Grigoryan,K – im Dias,P Figueira da Foz rd 5 (1-0)
Standings after round 5
With his victory over Paulo Dias, Karen moves into 2nd position, half a point behind the tournament leader Nino Batsiashvili. They will meet in round 6.