Tata Metal Chess R11: Carlsen Misses Win, Dubov Checks Constructive


GM Magnus Carlsen continues to guide the 2022 Tata Metal Chess Event regardless of lacking a win in his recreation with GM Vidit Gujrathi in spherical 11. GM Richard Rapport is half a degree behind after getting a forfeit win vs. GM Daniil Dubov, who dropped out of the event due to a constructive Covid check.

GM Anish Giri fell behind as he misplaced to his compatriot GM Jorden van Foreest, who had success with a positional alternate sacrifice. In the meantime, GM Fabiano Caruana defeated GM Praggnanandhaa R. with the black items.

Two and a half hours earlier than the beginning of the spherical, the Tata Metal organizers despatched out a press launch with the information that Dubov needed to depart the event after testing constructive for the coronavirus in a PCR check on Thursday. Event director Jeroen van den Berg was quoted: “I really feel unhappy for Daniil that he now has to go away our event. The entire group of the Tata Metal Chess Event feels for him, needs him all one of the best in these making an attempt occasions and hopes that the rest of the 12 months will deliver him sporting success.”

The information was maybe not a giant shock considering that somebody near Dubov had examined constructive earlier this week. The Russian GM was then requested to put on a face masks for his subsequent recreation, which he refused out of precept. He misplaced the sport, vs. Giri, with out enjoying. Damaging assessments then made it attainable for Dubov to return to normality and play and not using a masks as earlier than, till a check on Thursday got here out constructive.

A forfeit win for Rapport vs. Dubov. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

Dubov dropping out past the midway level signifies that the outcomes of his earlier video games will stand and that he’ll forfeit the video games in opposition to the opponents he was to face within the final three rounds. They’re Rapport immediately, Praggnanandhaa R. on Saturday, and within the last spherical on Sunday, Carlsen. Subsequently, the probabilities for the world champion to win his eighth title in Wijk aan Zee have solely elevated.

The scenario might have been even higher for Carlsen, who immediately spoiled a successful benefit in a rook endgame—one thing very uncommon for the Norwegian GM, whom many contemplate to be one of the best endgame participant within the historical past of the sport. It have to be mentioned that the win was removed from trivial.

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Carlsen and Vidit checking the engine strains of their rook endgame within the press room. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

“It wasn’t very apparent. I suppose that was the second I ought to have taken extra time to suppose, nevertheless it wasn’t simple,” Carlsen mentioned, after seeing the engine line on a pc display screen within the press room. “I am nonetheless making an attempt to wrap my head round it a bit bit.”

Initially, the sport was anticipated to finish in a draw faster as Vidit performed extraordinarily effectively for fairly some time and the gamers reached a really drawish endgame. Nevertheless, in slight time-trouble, the Indian participant went for an unfavorable liquidation right into a rook endgame the place he was truly misplaced for a number of strikes.

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Carlsen and Vidit of their extremely sophisticated rook endgame. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

Carlsen, nonetheless, made the “hasty” transfer 36.d7, after which the analysis of the engines dropped to 0.00 once more. Vidit made no extra errors and held, which means he’s nonetheless unbeaten in classical chess in opposition to Carlsen, having drawn all three of their video games.

He had ready some humorous strains to begin his interview. “I might make a neater draw, however you realize, what is the level in that?” Vidit mentioned. “To begin with, many individuals are making agreed attracts, so it’s a must to placed on one thing for a present. I used to be enjoying further lengthy on that behalf. After which, Magnus can be not enjoying on the final day, so he would miss enjoying, so I believed, OK, let’s make it extra attention-grabbing.”

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Vidit: “I might make a neater draw, however you realize, what is the level in that?” Picture: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

Van Foreest beat Giri for the primary time in a classical recreation, thereby leveling the rating between the 2 Dutch GMs. Their earlier three video games had resulted in attracts whereas Giri received their first encounter, in 2017 in Reykjavik.

It is also the second 12 months in a row that Van Foreest is getting in the way in which of Giri’s desires of event victory, after the youngest of the 2 Dutchmen surprisingly received the playoff for first place final 12 months.

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The handshake earlier than the sport. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

In what was a traditional Nimzo-Indian, Giri targeted his play on the queenside, pressuring White’s doubled c-pawn. Because it turned out, he had deserted his king an excessive amount of as Van Foreest acquired the possibility to play a promising alternate sacrifice.

The place the place Van Foreest performed 16.Rxf6!

Giri needed to change plans and swap to defending his king, however he did not discover essentially the most tenacious protection and was overrun on the kingside.

“I’m very completely happy and happy with the sport,” mentioned Van Foreest. “I wished to go for a combat immediately after my loss two days in the past, so I believed, let’s give it a strive. I performed a really dangerous line, however I believed it would give White good probabilities for combat as effectively.”

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Giri holding a white knight whereas pondering. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

Through the Chess.com broadcast, the conclusion was that the alternate sacrifice might need been even stronger a transfer earlier. Van Foreest did take a look at that however reasoned: “I believed, along with his pawn on c5, I get this good bind with all of the pawns in the midst of the board. Whereas if his pawn is on c7, he can typically, for instance, shortly switch his knight from b7 to c5. So I did not suppose it was so clear there; I wasn’t even certain how clear it was within the recreation, however because it seems, it was in all probability superb for White all the time.”

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Giri and Van Foreest additionally checked their recreation within the press room. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

In a coincidence, two of his seconds on the planet championship match helped Carlsen immediately: Dubov by guaranteeing him a free level on Sunday, and Van Foreest by beating his most important rival within the event.

Carlsen complimented Van Foreest: “I gotta say, he performed an excellent recreation so far as I might see. It goes to point out his prime stage may be very excessive. He can play some superior video games, and I’m completely happy for him.”

He can play some superior video games, and I’m completely happy for him.
—Magnus Carlsen

In what was their first ever encounter, Caruana was barely worse out of the opening however ultimately defeated Praggnanandhaa in a reasonably good recreation. Particularly the ultimate section was good, described by co-commentator WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni as “a masterpiece.”

As Caruana identified, Pragg’s massive mistake was 23.Nd4 when White acquired into hassle surprisingly shortly. “The endgame, I feel, is dropping; though it is a bit bit shut, it is form of concrete,” mentioned Caruana, who ended up catching his opponent’s king in a mating internet.

Carlsen has only one extra recreation left, nevertheless it’s a giant one: as Black in opposition to Caruana, tomorrow. Runner-up Rapport is Black in opposition to GM Andrey Esipenko. If the world champion manages to maintain his half-point lead, that might clinch the event as he’s sure of a full level on Sunday.

“I am extra involved about my very own efficiency, to be sincere,” Carlsen mentioned concerning the scenario. “In the present day wasn’t nice. However yeah, clearly I acquired very fortunate with the circumstances that had been out of my management. I simply hope that Daniil is doing fantastic. It appeared this morning that he was feeling OK and I actually hope he could make it to Berlin for the Grand Prix. The event was form of ruined for him anyway, however that is I feel his greatest precedence–in addition to, clearly, staying comparatively wholesome.”

Spherical 11 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 2855 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½

½ ½ ½

½ 1 7.5/11
2 Rapport 2763 2830 0

½

½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 7.0/11
3 Giri 2772 2801 0

½ 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1

½ 6.5/11 33.5
4 Mamedyarov 2767 2793 0 ½ ½ ½ ½

1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 6.5/11 32.5
5 Esipenko 2714 2779 ½

0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½

6.0/11 32.75
6 Karjakin 2743 2771 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0

½ 1 ½

½ ½ 1 6.0/11 31.75
7 Vidit 2727 2766 ½ ½ ½

½

½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 0 6.0/11 30.5
8 Caruana 2792 2750

0 0

½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 6.0/11 27.75
9 Van Foreest 2702 2740 ½ 0 1 0 0 0 1 ½

½ 1 1 5.5/11
10 Duda 2760 2713 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0

½ ½

½ 5.0/11
11 Shankland 2708 2679 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½

0 ½

½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5/11
12 Dubov 2720 2606

0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0

3.5/11 19.75
13 Grandelius 2672 2606 ½ 0

½ ½ ½ 0 0 0

½ 1 0 3.5/11 18.75
14 Praggnanandhaa 2612 2619 0 0 ½ 0

0 1 0 0 ½ ½

1 3.5/11 17.5

GM Arjun Erigaisi drew his recreation in spherical 11 pretty shortly, however is not there but. Each GM Thai Dai Van Nguyen and GM Jonas Buhl Bjerre received their video games immediately and are one and a half factors behind, and Nguyen performs Erigaisi tomorrow. It stays to be seen how a lot this recreation shall be affected by the truth that the Czech GM wanted nearly seven hours immediately to beat the German IM Roven Vogel:

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Nguyen vs. Vogel. Picture: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Metal Chess.

Bjerre received once more immediately, however not with out some fortune:

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Bjerre vs. Murzin. Picture: Jurriaan Hoefsmit/Tata Metal Chess.

Spherical 11 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 2816 1

½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1

½ 1 1 9.0/11
2 Bjerre 2586 2702 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1

1

7.5/11 38
3 Nguyen 2613 2676

1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½

½ 1 ½ 1 1 7.5/11 36.25
4 Jumabayev 2631 2618 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½

1 1 ½

½ ½ 6.5/11
5 Warmerdam 2607 2596 0 ½ ½ ½ ½

½ ½

½ 1 ½ 1 6.0/11
6 Van Foreest 2539 2575 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½

0 1

½ 5.5/11 31.5
7 Murzin 2519 2568 0 0 ½ ½

½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½

5.5/11 27.25
8 L’Ami 2622 2544 ½ 0 ½

½ 0 ½

½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5.5/11 26.75
9 Gangul 2627 2545 0 0

0 ½ ½ ½

½ 1 ½ 1 1 5.5/11 22.75
10 Dardha 2532 2498 0 ½ ½ 0

0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 4.5/11
11 Maurizzi 2502 2473

0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 1 0

0 4.0/11 21.75
12 Shuvalova 2516 2460 ½

½

0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 4.0/11 19.5
13 Vogel 2452 2409 0 0 0 ½ ½

½ ½ 0 ½

½ 0 3.0/11 16
14 Zhu 2478 2400 0

0 ½ 0 ½

0 0 0 1 0 1 3.0/11 13

All video games spherical 11


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