Magnus Carlsen Invitational: on the verge of elimination
5 rounds to climb the standings
The format of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour occasions makes for a really entertaining third day of motion, with the Grandmasters combating to outlive ending within the prime half of the leaderboard. Whereas the lowest-rated gamers have struggled to this point within the Magnus Carlsen Invitational (the 4 entrants rated beneath 2,700 are within the backside spots of the leaderboard), some massive names are additionally getting ready to elimination.
Heading into the ultimate 5 rounds of the all-play-all part, solely Anish Giri and Magnus Carlsen might be actually assured about their possibilities of reaching the knockout stage – they clearly rank first and second with 8 and 7½ factors respectively. Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura are doing effectively on 6½, however are nonetheless not removed from the 5-point threshold, as Levon Aronian, Daniil Dubov and Ian Nepomniachtchi are presently in Seventh-Ninth place with a rating of fifty p.c. Within the preliminary spherical Skilling Open – additionally a spherical robin event with 16 gamers – two gamers have been eradicated earlier than the knockout after gathering 8/15 factors.
At present, figures equivalent to Nepomniachtchi, Teimour Radjabov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov are within the decrease half of the desk, so we will anticipate them to come back out swinging on Monday.
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Spherical 6: The meteoric victory of So’s
After chess was the rule on day one of many preliminary spherical, gamers stored tempo within the first spherical of day 2. Giri, Firouzja, Nepomniachtchi, So and Sergey Karjakin all scored factors out of the spherical. door.
So, who unexpectedly misplaced twice with white on Saturday, beat Aronian with a superb show on a pointy aperture variation:
Aronian 13 … f5 was overly optimistic, as his queen aspect is totally underdeveloped and White has his cash close to the weakened black king place. So didn’t hesitate to go all-in for the assault, permitting his opponent to catch a chunk with 14.Qh3 g4 15.Qxh6 gxf3 16.Bxf3 Qxd4:
17.0-0, in fact! So continued to carry items to the assault, even dropping his remaining knight two strikes later. The American completed his opponent in model:
29.Re6, distracting the queen. Black has nothing higher than 29 … Qd7, however then got here 30.Rxa8 Nc7 31.Rd8 Nxe6 32.Rxe8 + Nf8 and 33.Rxf8 – a brutal assault. Aronian has resigned.
Endgame evaluation by GM Karsten Müller (Pichot v Dubov)
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Spherical 7: Giri’s fifth consecutive victory
After his spectacular efficiency at Wijk aan Zee, Giri continues to show his energy within the fourth spherical of the Champions Chess Tour. The Dutchman has received 5 consecutive matches between rounds 3 and seven on the Magnus Carlsen Invitational. On lap 7, he inflicted Aronian’s second lack of the day:
There isn’t any technique to save White’s digital pawn, however Aronian’s selection wasn’t the perfect to proceed the struggle in a double-edged sword place – it adopted. 36.Bf5 Rxe5 37.Bd7 Re3 + 38.Kh2 Bxd7 39.Rxd7 and 39 … Ne5, branching off the towers. White threw within the towel.
So, Nakamura, Carlsen and Nils Grandelius additionally received in spherical 7.
Endgame evaluation by GM Karsten Müller (Van Foreest v Radjabov)
Spherical 8: Carlsen beats Nepomniachtchi in a bitter struggle
As Giri’s profitable streak drew to a detailed, Carlsen claimed his second (of three) consecutive victory in Spherical 8. A tense battle from a Sicilian emerged in his match towards Nepomniachtchi, and the Russian mistakenly sacrificed a coin at transfer 46:
46.Bxc4 and, in fact, Carlsen can’t seize because of 47.Rd6. The world champion had 46 … Kg8, nonetheless, after 47.Qe5 Kg1 + 48.Ka2 Black can safely seize the bishop with 48 … dxc4.
Two strokes later, Carlsen neglected a tactic Nepomniachtchi may have used to avoid wasting a draw by perpetual verify, however fortunately for the world champion his opponent additionally didn’t see recourse. Carlsen’s b-pawn was an excessive amount of for Nepo to cope with:
51 … Ra1 – White can’t take due to 52 … b2 + 53.Kb1 Ba2 + promotion. White as an alternative resigned after 52.Qe5 Ra2 + 53.Kb1 Rxd2 54.Rxd2 b2.
Karjakin, David Anton and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave additionally scored full factors within the eighth spherical.
Spherical 9: Combat chess
As in spherical 5, seven of the eight matches ended decisively in spherical 9, besides this time across the draw was not a dull 14-stroke encounter – Dubov and Giri parted methods after combating for 47 strikes and leaving two bare kings on the board.
Argentina basic supervisor Alan Pichot, who certified to take part by profitable a double 4-player spherical robin, suffered his fifth lack of the occasion in spherical 9, to Vachier-Lagrave. The 22-year-old from Buenos Aires tweeted: “Typically I ponder if I am taking part in towards human beings!”
By momentos me pregunto si estoy jugando contra seres humanos!
– Alan Pichot (@ alan_pichot1) March 14, 2021
World champion Magnus Carlsen will remark later that whereas he was not very blissful along with his sport, he was very blissful to see his rivals struggle as arduous as they did within the first two days of competitors.
Spherical 10: Van Foreest’s Enormous Mistake
It hadn’t been a great day for both Van Foreest (2 losses and a pair of attracts) or Aronian (3 losses and 1 draw), however Woman Luck smiled on the Armenian on the very finish of Sunday’s closing spherical. Van Foreest had a very profitable place, when he all of a sudden received it flawed in checkmate:
64 … Qf5 miss at 65.Qh8 + Kg5 66.Qh4 # – f5 was the one king escape slot on this configuration.
Giri, Karjakin and Firouzja additionally ended the day on a excessive notice.