Tue. Sep 27th, 2022

GM Timur Radjabov defeated his countryman GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to achieve second place within the eighth spherical of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour ultimate on Sunday. GM Magnus Carlsen didn’t recuperate from yesterday’s loss and misplaced 1-3 to GM Levon Aronian.

For different encounters, GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda confronted GM Wesley So, GM Anish Giri performed GM Maxim Vachier-Lagrave, and eventually, Russian star GM Vladislav Artemyev competed towards GM Hikaru Nakamura.


Regardless of onerous defeats in some latest rounds, there was nonetheless an opportunity to battle for second place within the sequence, however successful just a few ultimate matches can be essential. Duda, then again, defeated Artemiev on Saturday and have to be feeling enthusiastic about his chess. Let’s examine how the gamers approached the match with that psychological mindset.

Within the first sport, So selected one of many quickest strains towards Grunfeld, named 3.f3. Nevertheless, Duda reacted very effectively and rapidly acquired an enormous benefit, which the American participant ultimately managed to neutralize to maintain the draw.

Within the subsequent spherical, the American participant selected to simply accept the Queen’s Gambit and was confidently simplifying the place. Instantly, the Polish star acquired an excellent tactical shot, however that solely led to additional simplification and one other draw.

Within the third spherical, he went for a Neo-Catalan sort of setup, however Duda was correct and did not let the state of affairs turn out to be unbalanced or inferior. One other stable draw!

The ultimate sport noticed one other stable draw, and the gamers superior to the playoffs.

GM Wesley So
GM Wesley So received the playoff to win his match. Picture: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Within the first blitz sport, the English had white items and rapidly acquired right into a shedding place. Nevertheless, his opponent made a mistake and allowed a large kingside assault, after which the American Grandmaster flawlessly transformed his benefit. Within the subsequent sport, So took the win within the occasion of a draw and received the match.


Saturday was an attention-grabbing day for the world champions, who misplaced their match 1-3 however completed first in your complete sequence. Although there can be no strain on him to win the sequence, it was sure that he would do his greatest to make a stable comeback.

Nevertheless, Armenia’s primary was in no way keen about that sort of state of affairs. Within the first spherical, after opening with 1.e4, he answered the world champion 1…Nc6!? Noticed, reacted very precisely, acquired an enormous benefit, and strongly transformed to pursue it.

Within the subsequent sport, Carlsen used a Mykenas variation to keep away from the Nimzo place, however to no avail. On the finish of the day, he solely managed to get a pawn on a drawn rook endgame, which Aronian simply grabbed.

To stage the rating, the Norwegian star went for the King’s Indian setup within the third sport, however Aronian dealt with the state of affairs very confidently. After sacrificing one other trade (recall his sport from the earlier spherical, comparable to Aronian-kiri), Aronian discovered the place below agency management. The world champion survived below strain, however victory was by no means a risk.

Lastly, within the final speedy sport, Carlsen discovered himself in one other successful place. Nevertheless, in contrast to yesterday, this time they’d white items.

To attain a full level, he selected the formidable Samish variation, however did not assault a lot as compensation for the cube pawn construction. The Armenian Grandmaster stored issues below management. When the world champions moved their middle ahead forward of time, Aronian tackled all the way in which to safe the successful place and seal the match 3–1. There have been many powerful days for the world champion.

levon aronian
GM Levon Aronian received a troublesome match towards the world champion. Picture: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.


After beating the world champion 3-1 on Saturday, Radzabov received once more, this time towards Mamedyarov.

It was very attention-grabbing to take a position how this match would prove, as a result of usually, two Azeri stars by no means play one another in a event, lengthy earlier than at all times agreeing to a draw. In fact, this time there can solely be one winner.

Sadly, this pattern of brief attracts continued. Within the first two video games, gamers select the well-known draw variations in Ragozin and Berlin to keep away from a single transfer of their very own.

Nonetheless, they acquired battle in spherical three, the place Radjabov picked up an formidable line towards Ragozin within the type of White, however rapidly discovered himself in scorching water, as he misplaced a pawn, got here below strain, and noticed his place falling. Amazingly, the event chief managed to defend the place the place he was down three (!) pawns, reaching an analogous rating earlier than the final speedy sport.

Within the ultimate speedy encounter, Fianchetto Grunfeld resulted in a parity. Nevertheless, after Radjabov quickly sacrificed a pawn, his opponent had a significant benefit when the rook landed on d6. Black managed to bail out, and after White made an enormous mistake, it was quickly over. Profitable one other match with no tiebreak, the chief scored three full factors and moved to second place forward of Sou.


Within the first sport of the match, Giri selected the 6.Bf4 variation in one of the crucial fashionable positions in symmetrical English. He acquired a really snug endgame with a greater pawn construction and turned the benefit with astonishing ease.

Within the subsequent sport, the Dutch participant selected the Petroff Protection and met a uncommon edge with the sacrifice of the pawn. He was a pawn for a lot of the sport, however was a straightforward draw with extra lively items and bishop pairs. In actual fact, he might have aspirated for much more on the very finish, however he selected to repeat steps, an comprehensible resolution, given his lead.

Being one level forward, within the third spherical Giri selected to surrender the benefit of getting the white items and went for a well-known draw at Grünfeld.

Within the final speedy sport, MVL selected a distinct line towards Petroff however to no avail. In actual fact, he virtually misplaced it rapidly. Within the occasion of a win, Giri selected a sequence that drew the sport with drive and received the match with no playoff, receiving a full three factors.


Nakamura had white items within the first sport. The gamers introduced out the symmetrical Fianchetto Grunfeld, and after some time, the resemblance turned troublesome, because the American participant had a transparent benefit. Nevertheless, just a few strikes later this went away, and shortly the gamers agreed to a draw.

After choosing up his trusty English within the subsequent sport, Artemiev acquired an analogous spot. Nevertheless, he ignored the rising threats to the king, ended up below a really robust assault, and noticed his place collapse very quickly.

Sport three noticed Nakamura select a innocent model of Reti. When his state of affairs started to deteriorate in a short time, the Russian Grandmaster took the place and received the fabric. Sadly, he was not capable of convert an additional pawn within the endgame, so Nakamura acquired off the hook and maintained a one level lead earlier than the final sport.

Artemyev was in a successful place within the ultimate spherical, and he managed to realize a big benefit. Nakamura desperately made the sacrifice, however the place was utterly misplaced. The Russian Grandmaster simply transformed his benefit and took the match to the playoffs.

2021 GM Dejan Bojkov Gott

The American grandmaster has received just a few playoff matches in a row, and immediately was no exception. He scored 1.5/2 within the blitz and acquired two match factors.

All Video games Spherical 8


, irrigated participant Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 rating bonus gross
1 Magnus Carlson 2855 0 3 0 3 0 2 2

2 12 16.5 28.5
2 Taimur Radjabovi 2763 3 3 3 1 1 1

3 3 18 6 24
3 wesley so 2778

0 0 1 3 2 0 2 3 1 1 12.5 23.5
4 levon aronian 2782 3 0 3 0 3 3 1 0

13 8 21
5 Hikaru Nakamura 2736 0 2 2 3 2 1 2

2 14 4 18
6 Vladislav Artemiev 2699 3 2 0 0 1

2 0 3 1 1 3.5 14.5
7 Anish Giri 2777 1 2 1 0 2

3 0 0 9 5.5 14.5
8 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2763 1

3 2 1 1 0 3 0 1 1 2.5 13.5
9 Jan-Krzysztof Dudan 2756 0 0 1 3

3 3 0 2 12 0 12
10 Shakhriyar Mamedyarovy 2762 1 0 0

1 0 3 3 1 9 0.5 9.5

The $300,000 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals will happen on Chess24 from September 25 to October 4, 2021. The format is a 10-player round-robin, with gamers enjoying four-game speedy matches in every spherical. Time controls are quarter-hour and 10 second increments for your complete sport.

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