Tata Metal Chess 2022 R7: Carlsen Grabs Sole Lead; Dubov Forfeits Recreation


GM Magnus Carlsen gained his second sport in a row and is now the only chief after seven rounds within the 2022 Tata Metal Chess Event. The world champion defeated GM Praggnanandhaa R. with the black items on Saturday.

GM Daniil Dubov forfeited his sport vs. GM Anish Giri because the Russian GM refused to play with a face masks. The organizers had requested him to take action after somebody in his inside circle had examined optimistic for Covid-19.

Final 12 months, the organizers managed to carry their event in Wijk aan Zee in the midst of the pandemic with none points. In hindsight, one might add miraculously. This 12 months, with the extremely contagious omicron variant raging, it was sheer unimaginable.

After the 2 circumstances of corona within the morning of the third spherical, when two seconds (coaches) of gamers examined optimistic, there was one other case on Saturday morning: somebody near Dubov. Awaiting a PCR check outcome for Dubov, the organizers requested the Russian GM to put on a masks throughout play, regardless that the overall rule on the event is that face masks are compulsory in every single place besides when sitting on the board. Dubov refused to take action and known as it “a matter of precept.” When he hadn’t arrived on the board half an hour into the spherical, the sport was declared a win by forfeit for Giri.

Unsurprisingly, the entire scenario was extensively mentioned on social media. One query was whether or not it was communicated to the gamers beforehand that the masks could be a necessity on the board as properly in case of shut contact to a Covid-positive particular person. One other fascinating level that was made was whether or not the organizers might have postponed the Dubov-Giri sport to the following relaxation day.

GM Sergey Karjakin, who had criticized Dubov just lately for serving to Carlsen on this planet championship, this time supported his compatriot as he tweeted after ending his personal sport:

Robert Moens (Tata Metal Communications & Public Affairs) commented to Chess.com: “This particular scenario wasn’t mentioned beforehand, no. Nonetheless, the gamers’ contract does embrace a clause that the organizers can take the mandatory measures in case surprising conditions relating to Covid come up. As a result of the event physician deemed it unwise for Dubov to play and not using a face masks, we as organizers made this request to Dubov, who totally understood our determination however determined to not play the sport out of precept. We didn’t take into account suspending the sport as a result of Dubov might have performed as we speak, albeit with a face masks. It was his determination to not play.”

The scenario at present is that Dubov can proceed enjoying the event and not using a face masks in case the outcomes of his newest PCR and antigen assessments come out negatively. If he will get examined optimistic, he will not be capable to play any extra video games and all his outcomes will probably be faraway from the event crosstable as a result of the event wasn’t midway by means of but for him.

Spherical seven in motion, aside from Giri-Dubov. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

In addition to Giri’s forfeit win, the seventh spherical noticed three extra decisive video games. A very powerful one was Carlsen’s win vs. Praggnanandhaa, with which the Norwegian GM grew to become the only chief.

Aside from two on-line video games, it was the primary time these two gamers met on the chessboard. Apparently, Carlsen tried the Queen’s Gambit Accepted (not the commonest protection vs. 1.d4 today) and acquired out of the opening with none issues. He acquired the benefit when Praggnanandhaa selected the sub-optimal plan of maneuvering his queen to the kingside, and shortly after, Black had a successful place.

Interviewed afterward, Carlsen did not agree it was a easy win. “I believe I actually tousled in direction of the tip, no less than virtually talking. I imply, I allowed this Ng7 stuff. However possibly that was just one second. I used to be struggling to discover a option to form of consolidate correctly after which, I’ve to say, I did not actually handle. I gave him means too many counter-chances there.”

The event shouldn’t be going in addition to final 12 months for GM Jorden van Foreest, however a 50 % rating midway shouldn’t be dangerous in any respect. At the moment the Dutchman defeated GM Vidit Gujrathi which suggests he nonetheless solely performed one draw thus far.

“It looks as if I am enjoying a roller-coaster occasion right here, whereas I lastly thought I grew up a bit and have become a bit extra stable, however nothing of that appears to be true in any respect,” he mentioned in his interview. “I misplaced three video games and I additionally gained three video games. At the moment I wished play solidly, I did not need to go loopy and lose probably a 3rd sport in a row, however the sport type of acquired loopy, in order that was not deliberate. Luckily, issues went properly for me.”

GM Fabiano Caruana improved his rating vs. GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda to 3-0 (apart from three attracts), but it surely was removed from simple as we speak. Because the American GM defined himself:

“It wasn’t a great sport, I’m positive. My place was very snug the entire sport and in some unspecified time in the future I used to be clearly beginning to win after which issues went unsuitable within the run as much as transfer 40. I’m positive I had one thing a lot better than what I did; I don’t know precisely what, it’s all a little bit of a blur now, however I’m positive that after transfer 40 he shouldn’t lose this place. What anxious me extra was that I do take numerous danger as properly as a result of my king is all the time in a mating web.”

Caruana additionally revealed in his post-game interview that his coach GM Vladimir Chuchelov had examined optimistic for Covid earlier within the event and is in isolation, so now it is recognized who the opposite coach was, apart from Praggnanandhaa’s coach GM Ramesh R.B.

It implies that, like Pragg, Caruana has been spending most of his event on their lonesome, and he mentioned about this: “I do not need to make excuses, however I’ve been emotionally and bodily drained principally all the journey right here.” Chuchelov is sort of asymptomatic by now, so hopefully he can be a part of Caruana quickly once more.

Fabiano Caruana walking
Caruana on his means from the lodge to the enjoying corridor. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.


Of the three attracts, GM Andrey Esipenko vs. GM Sam Shankland was essentially the most fascinating. It was a slender escape for the American participant who was strolling on a tightrope after the opening (a pointy Taimanov Sicilian) however later defended fairly properly.

Sam Shankland closeup
Good protection by Sam Shankland. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

Requested whether or not he was pleased together with his outcomes thus far, Esipenko mentioned: “Yeah, in all probability I’m pleased, however I had some possibilities towards Mamedyarov and Vidit as properly, however the final two rounds I used to be utterly shedding towards Caruana and Dubov, so, yeah, in all probability I’m pleased!”

Spherical 7 Standings Masters















# Fed Title Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts SB
1 Carlsen 2865 2872

½ 1

1

½ ½

1 ½ 5.0/7
2 Mamedyarov 2767 2831

½ ½

½

1 1

½

½ 4.5/7
3 Esipenko 2714 2810 ½ ½

½

½ 1

½ ½

4.0/7 14.75
4 Giri 2772 2796 0 ½

½

1 ½

1 ½

4.0/7 13.25
5 Vidit 2727 2788

½ ½

½

0 ½ 1 1

4.0/7 12.75
6 Rapport 2763 2776 0 ½

1 0 ½

1 1 4.0/7 11.75
7 Caruana 2792 2735

½ 0 ½

½

1 ½ ½

3.5/7 11.5
8 Karjakin 2743 2734

0 ½

½ 1 ½

½

½ 3.5/7 11
9 Van Foreest 2702 2735 ½ 0

1 0

0

1 1 3.5/7 11
10 Duda 2760 2703 ½ 0

½ 1 0 ½

½

3.0/7 11.5
11 Shankland 2708 2665

½

0 ½ ½

½ ½ ½ 3.0/7 9.25
12 Dubov 2720 2645

½ ½ 0 0

½ ½

½

2.5/7 9.25
13 Praggnanandhaa 2612 2646 0

½

0

0 ½ ½

1 2.5/7 7
14 Grandelius 2672 2578 ½ ½

0

½ 0

½

0 2.0/7

Event chief GM Arjun Erigaisi was the final to complete his sport within the Challengers after defending a troublesome sport towards one among his closest rivals, GM Rinat Jumabayev of Kazakhstan.

Arjun Erigaisi Tata 2022
Arjun Erigaisi nonetheless leads by a full level. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

Spherical 7 Standings Challengers












# Fed Title Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts SB
1 Erigaisi 2632 2869

½

½ 1 1 1

1

1

6.0/7
2 Nguyen 2613 2709

½ 1

½

½

½

1 1 5.0/7
3 Jumabayev 2631 2655 ½ ½

1

½

1

½

½ 4.5/7 15.5
4 Bjerre 2586 2654

0

½

½

1 ½

1

1 4.5/7 11.75
5 Van Foreest 2539 2634 ½

0 ½

½ 1

1

½

4.0/7 14
6 Murzin 2519 2620 0 ½

½ ½ 1 1 ½

4.0/7 12.25
7 Warmerdam 2607 2610 0

½ ½

½

1 ½ 1

4.0/7 11.5
8 Ganguly 2627 2591 0

½ ½ ½

½

1

1 4.0/7 10.25
9 L’Ami 2622 2537

½

0 0 ½

1

1 ½ 3.5/7
10 Dardha 2532 2459 0

0 ½

0

½

½ 1

2.5/7 6.75
11 Shuvalova 2516 2453

½

0 0 0

0

1 1 2.5/7 5
12 Vogel 2452 2432 0

½ 0

½ ½ 0

½

2.0/7
13 Zhu 2478 2336

0

½

0

0 0 0

1 1.5/7
14 Maurizzi 2502 2271

0 ½ 0

0 ½

0

0 1.0/7

All video games spherical 7


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