GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda defeated GM Anish Giri with an excellent third-match sport on Wednesday in spherical three of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals. The Polish grandmaster continues to be on an ideal 9/9 rating however that can be the case for GM Magnus Carlsen, who beat GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov simply as rapidly.
Duda’s brilliancy in opposition to Giri got here after he had received the primary sport of their mini-match and drew the second. The queen sacrifice within the picture above this text is in itself superb, however take a look at the sport and you may see that Duda sacrificed a rook just a few strikes earlier, 9 strikes forward of the eventual checkmate!
Sadly, Giri resigned just a few strikes earlier than mate would have appeared on the board. It’s a kind of video games that deserves to be performed out until the top.
Duda: “I am very joyful, in fact. It is not day-after-day you get to checkmate your opponent. I imply, probably not checkmate. In a approach, I’m disenchanted that there was no checkmate on the board, however the mixture was so lovely, so atypical, but additionally with checks. It is one thing extraordinary to me. I at all times might admire the wonder in chess, and it is very good to be on the great facet of issues!”
Giri: “It’s totally fairly. Kudos to him for locating it.”
After simply three rounds the event is beginning to appear to be a two-horse race as Carlsen additionally received his match to succeed in 9 factors as effectively. The 2 leaders are 5 factors forward of the pack with 4 rounds to go.
In a spherical the place all matches lasted simply three video games, Carlsen beat Mamedyarov thrice. Probably the most attention-grabbing sport is the primary, the place the 2 gamers continued their use of a gambit line within the g3-Grunfeld, which Mamedyarov has additionally performed with the white items. Theoretically, Black must be OK, nevertheless it’s additionally simpler to play as White. Carlsen now has a 5/5 rating on this variation.
Praggnanandhaa, who had collected only one level to date, additionally managed to win three video games in a row, in opposition to GM Le Quang Liem. “It is good to be again!” mentioned the younger Indian participant, who was tactically very sharp on this third day—see sport one:
Within the match between the 2 gamers who have been nonetheless on zero factors, GM Wesley So defeated GM Arjun Erigaisi. The third sport was good but additionally resulted from Erigaisi mixing up the move-order.
So mentioned about his opponent: “I believe Arjun is a really robust participant, however perhaps he’s specializing in classical chess. [His] play right here in fast appears to be a bit unsure, like he is doubting himself. However he is very younger, he is very robust, and he is going enhance fairly quickly, I am positive.”
Day 3 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 fast matches, and the winner will get three factors. The time management is quarter-hour for every sport 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.