GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda are in a tie for first place on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals. They’re the one gamers to realize six factors for successful each of their matches with no tiebreak. GM Anish Giri received his second blitz tiebreak in a row, this time towards GM Praggnanandhaa R.
Nonetheless not absolutely completely satisfied together with his play (“I am simply lacking issues!”), Carlsen did get to an ideal begin on the second day as he defeated GM Arjun Erigaisi, who was taking part in 13 and a half hours later within the day. The world champion, nonetheless, gave a unique cause for why he has been beating the rising Indian star recently.
“I believe his openings aren’t ok,” Carlsen mentioned bluntly. “I believe lots of people, like Pragg as an illustration, he all the time places lots of stress within the openings. Arjun would not appear to catch me there. Then it isn’t really easy.”
Carlsen received each of his black video games and drew the one in between as White. The third recreation was affected by the rating, he argued. “The final recreation he did not need something too drawish so he performed for a win able that was a draw,” mentioned Carlsen. “Earlier, after I blundered, he performed very properly for some time so he was a lot better, however it wasn’t simple to win.”
Duda is the opposite participant on the total six factors after one other stable match towards GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov the place the latter did not get many possibilities. “To date I am fairly happy with my play. Hopefully, I’ll play like this until the very finish,” mentioned Duda. He would not thoughts taking part in late within the night in Poland (“I am an evening owl”) as he is nonetheless considerably nonetheless within the Toronto time zone, the place he performed the Chess.com International Chess Championship Finals just lately.
With three attracts, Duda’s win in recreation two was the important thing recreation:
Giri has collected 4 factors thus far, as he earned two factors for every tiebreak win. In opposition to Praggnanandhaa, that was way more than anticipated as he misplaced the primary two video games. He received an excellent third recreation, however Praggnanandhaa might have drawn the fourth recreation at a number of moments.
“I used to be, after all, very fortunate,” mentioned Giri. “Successful that’s unimaginable with out his huge assist.”
Even within the rook endgame Praggnanandhaa, who acquired the celebrated Arjuna Award earlier within the day for his sports activities achievements, might have drawn at two occasions:
In the meantime, GM Le Quang Liem confirmed that his fourth place within the present Tour standings isn’t any coincidence. He received convincingly towards GM Wesley So, the latest winner of the Chess.com International Chess Championship, who remains to be on zero factors on this occasion.
“He is simply very robust,” mentioned So. “He performed some excellent strikes. I most likely ought to have received recreation one, however aside from that, I believe Liem performed a near-perfect match.”
Here is recreation three, one other instructive rook endgame the place So continued to play till checkmate:
Day 2 Standings
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The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals happen November 14-20, 2022 on chess24. The format is an eight-player round-robin; every spherical has four-game speedy matches, and the winner will get three factors. The time management is quarter-hour for every recreation plus a 10-second increment. A tiebreak follows instantly in case of a 2-2 tie and in that case, the winner will get two factors and the loser, one.