Alexander Grischuk, one of the favourites to win the Grand Prix in Élancourt (near Paris), suffered an early loss against Laurent Fressinet in the second round on Monday. The Frenchman played the rare move 4.Bf4 against Grischuk’s Queen’s Indian, but the ending was not so clear. When Grischuk got into timetrouble, Fressinet outplayed him and won on move 44. The other five games ended in draws and so Fressinet shares the lead with Boris Gelfand.
Photos by Alina l’Ami courtesy of FIDE