Tata Metal Chess R3: Vidit Defends Brilliantly To Seize Sole Lead


GM Vidit Gujrathi is the only chief on the Tata Metal Chess Match after defending brilliantly in opposition to GM Daniil Dubov, who performed creatively however finally over-pressed. Co-leaders Jan-Krzysztof Duda and GM Magnus Carlsen drew, whereas GM Richard Rapport, GM Andrey Esipenko, and GM Jorden van Foreest all gained their video games in spherical three.

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Whereas the third spherical noticed some beautiful, tactical chess and it felt just like the 84th Tata Metal Chess Match was actually taking off, behind the scenes the organizers had different worries. Even with out the presence of amateurs, there’s all the time a danger of a Covid outbreak when holding an occasion in the course of the pandemic.

Like final 12 months, gamers, coaches, and crew are required to put on face masks (gamers can take them off whereas on the board) and are examined repeatedly. Up to now, not one of the gamers examined optimistic for the coronavirus, knock on wooden.

Nevertheless, earlier than the beginning of the spherical, two seconds of gamers examined optimistic and went into quarantine. The organizers knowledgeable Chess.com that, in response to shut contact tracing, the gamers for whom the seconds work have been retested as a precaution and examined detrimental for Covid-19.

One of many two seconds is GM Ramesh R.B., who assists GM Praggnanandhaa R. in Wijk aan Zee. The Indian coach revealed on Twitter that he had examined optimistic. Fortunately, from the very begin, his pupil has been one of many few gamers who’s sporting his face masks on the board all of the occasions.

With the excessive transmissibility of the omicron variant and the Netherlands registering one other file of latest corona instances this Monday, it would not be unlikely that extra instances will pop up in Wijk aan Zee as nicely. Let’s hope not, and let’s rapidly transfer to the video games.

The techniques have been nearly all over the place on this spherical, however one encounter stood out with a bunch of fantastic motifs multi function sport. Even when it had resulted in a draw, we’d have chosen it as Recreation Of The Day, however ultimately Dubov went unsuitable and Vidit was rewarded for his good protection with a full level and the only lead within the event.

A key second was the next.

Having performed the attention-grabbing 8.Na3 within the opening (an Italian) which allowed 8…Bxa3 and the doubling of the a-pawns, Dubov obtained the possibility to indicate the compensation, the open b-file, with the beautiful 21.Rxb7!!,the purpose being 21…Nxb7 22.Bb5+! (not 22.Nxf5? Rxf5 23.Rxe4 Re5) Kf7 and solely then 23.Nxf5 with a robust assault.

Vidit, nevertheless, discovered the most effective reply 21…Rf6!! and continued to play completely, after which there was nothing greater than a perpetual. It appears Dubov wished extra with 32.f3, however that was simply an excessive amount of.

“I believed that I used to be fairly misplaced, that is what my feeling was, however now once I checked the sport with a weak engine it says I performed all the most effective strikes so I am very comfortable about that,” mentioned Vidit. “If all these strikes have been good, then I’d undoubtedly say it is certainly one of my most memorable video games. But when they are not good, then I will choose one thing else!”

If all these strikes have been good, then I’d undoubtedly say it is certainly one of my most memorable video games.
—Vidit Gujrathi

Rapport’s tactic on the finish of his sport with GM Nils Grandelius was simpler however nonetheless fairly a pleasant geometrical sequence. (It additionally wasn’t the primary time that he surprised with placing a rook en prise on h1!).

The Hungarian GM is absolutely again within the event with two consecutive wins, whereas Grandelius has been struggling to date.

We choose up the sport a bit earlier although, to indicate a exceptional alternative for White. If Grandelius had extra time on the clock, he may need been capable of finding it:

Moreover Rapport, there was another participant within the Masters group who did not draw a sport but. Van Foreest bounced again from his pointless loss the opposite day with a positive win vs. Praggnanandhaa, which obtained attention-grabbing as early because the third transfer. As soon as once more, the 22-year-old Dutchman confirmed to be filled with opening concepts—the explanation why he was a part of Carlsen’s staff in the course of the 2021 world championship.

On this case, it was 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4!?

Whereas creating the bishop to c4 is totally regular after 1…e5, right here it’s uncommon since you give Black the possibility to push away that bishop with tempo utilizing ….e6 and …d5, which is what occurred. Nonetheless, as of late something is feasible!

“I had been planning to play this line for a very long time already, particularly in classical chess, however I by no means obtained the possibility,” mentioned Van Foreest. “The idea is evolving quickly and also you’re making an attempt to catch your opponent off-guard. Today individuals to strive to try this as quickly as attainable, principally.”

Van Foreest turned it right into a pawn sacrifice on transfer 11 and the compensation was clear: Black’s horrible doubled c-pawns, which quickly obtained firm on the e-file with one other set of doubled pawns, dubbed “goal-post pawns” by our commentators.

Van Foreest: “It is slightly bit simpler to play as White, it is perhaps not all that a lot, however undoubtedly long-term White has superb prospects of lastly taking all of the pawns. Principally, that is what occurred.”

32-year-old GM Sergey Karjakin confronted his second compatriot straight, and once more it did not go so nicely. After failing to get a gap benefit vs. Dubov yesterday, the 2016 world championship candidate misplaced to 19-year-old Esipenko right this moment, a consequence that seems like a altering of the guard. That is a bit untimely although, as a result of Karjakin is likely one of the 2022 candidates and Esipenko is not.

Karjakin’s selection of 31…Reb8 was odd:

Esipenko Karjakin Tata 2022
Esipenko vs. Karjakin. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

After retaining his world title, Carlsen said that his new ambition is to interrupt 2900 in the future. If that is nonetheless going to occur, it will not be in Wijk aan Zee this 12 months now that he scored a second draw. (The astronomical scores of both 12.5/13 or 13/13 would have been wanted to take action.)

In an Anti-Marshall Ruy Lopez, Duda adopted GM Ian Nepomniachtchi’s method from the title match after which it was Carlsen who first deviated, utilizing a transfer performed earlier than by… Duda.

“I form of conceded the theoretical battle by going 13…h6 as an alternative of 13…d5,” mentioned Carlsen. “I principally simply wished to play some comparatively quiet place and progressively equalize, however I feel he performed it very cleverly with 16.Qc2 and 18.d4, which I had form of underestimated. He obtained slightly extra stress than I had hoped he would.”

22…Rb2! was intelligent from the world champion, on his flip, and buying and selling the rooks was too tempting for Duda. Carlsen thought that was the place White misplaced his benefit.

Duda Carlsen 2022
Duda-Carlsen, the FIDE World Cup winner vs. the world champion. Picture: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

GM Anish Giri drew his white sport with GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, which was a bit disappointing for him, after he had gained a pawn within the opening. Within the all-American conflict, GM Fabiano Caruana was pushing for a very long time vs. GM Sam Shankland however could not convert and even needed to be cautious himself on the finish.

Spherical 3 Standings Masters















# Fed Title Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4


1 Vidit 2727 3019

½

1 1

2.5/3
2 Duda 2760 2867

½

1

½

2.0/3 3.5
3 Carlsen 2865 2869

½ ½

1

2.0/3 3
4 Esipenko 2714 2912

½

½

1

2.0/3 2.75
5 Rapport 2763 2831

0

1

1 2.0/3 2.5
6 Van Foreest 2702 2802

0

1

1 2.0/3 1.5
7 Caruana 2792 2726 ½

½

½

1.5/3 2.25
8 Mamedyarov 2767 2736

½

½

½

1.5/3 2
9 Praggnanandhaa 2612 2624

½

0

½

1.0/3 1.5
10 Giri 2772 2628

0

½ ½

1.0/3 1.25
11 Karjakin 2743 2622

0

½

½

1.0/3 1.25
12 Dubov 2720 2626 0

½

½

1.0/3 1.25
13 Shankland 2708 2610 0

½

½ 1.0/3 1
14 Grandelius 2672 2445

0 0

½ 0.5/3

Two gamers joined IM Volodar Murzin in first place within the Challengers group. The primary to take action was GM Arjun Erigaisi, the 18-year-old Indian participant who did so nicely in quick time controls final 12 months at each the Lindores Abbey Mikhail Tal memorial blitz and the Tata Metal India Speedy and Blitz tournaments.

He gained his second sport in a row, right this moment vs. the Belgian GM Daniel Dardha following Carlsen’s recipe of taking part in vs. the Kalashnikov Sicilian. To be truthful, Dardha was doing OK in some unspecified time in the future:

Arjun Erigaisi
Will this event be Arjun Erigaisi’s breakthrough in classical chess? Picture: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

The opposite winner was the GM Thai Dai Van Nguyen, the son of a Vietnamese businessman and the youngest grandmaster ever within the Czech Republic. WGM Zhu Jiner misplaced her third straight sport and it appears this time it went unsuitable solely deep within the rook endgame:

Spherical 3 Standings Challengers















# Fed Title Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4


1 Nguyen 2613 2844

½ 1

1 2.5/3 3
2 Murzin 2519 2779

½

1

1

2.5/3 2.25
3 Erigaisi 2632 2838

½ 1

1

2.5/3 2
4 Jumabayev 2631 2671 ½

1

½

2.0/3 2.5
5 Bjerre 2586 2699 0

1

1

2.0/3 2.5
6 Ganguly 2627 2669

½ ½

1

2.0/3 1.5
7 L’Ami 2622 2647

0

1

1 2.0/3 1
8 Vogel 2452 2552

½

½

½

1.5/3
9 Van Foreest 2539 2510

½ 0

½

1.0/3 2.25
10 Warmerdam 2607 2450

0

½

½

1.0/3 1.75
11 Shuvalova 2516 2420

0

0

1 1.0/3 0
12 Maurizzi 2502 2336

½ 0 0

0.5/3 1
13 Dardha 2532 2255

0 0

½

0.5/3 0.75
14 Zhu 2478 1784 0

0

0

0.0/3

All video games spherical 3


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