GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov was certainly one of 4 winners within the seventh spherical of the 2023 Tata Metal Chess Event and moved to five.5/7 after scoring his fourth win of the occasion over GM Arjun Erigaisi on Saturday.
The 18-year-old was joined within the winner’s circle by GMs Magnus Carlsen, Praggnanandhaa R., and Wesley So, with the latter two among the many chasing pack on 4.5/7 alongside GMs Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana.
Within the Challenger’s part, all however one of many video games completed decisively, a spherical which was advantageous for match chief GM Alexander Donchenko, who leads by a full level on 5.5/7. GM Javokhir Sindarov continued his spectacular run with a win over IM Eline Roebers to maneuver into clear second on 4.5/7.
As fatigue units in after seven rounds in Wijk aan Zee, spectators have been delighted to see that the combating spirits of the gamers haven’t dwindled. Within the high two sections of the Tata Metal Chess Event, there have been 11 decisive ends in 14 video games, and plenty of have been marked by sensible tactical pictures, technical finishes, and several other blunders.
Abdusattorov’s victory was one of the convincing of spherical seven as he took down Erigaisi in a sport that confirmed the extra aggressive facet of the Petroff’s Protection with the black items. Having garnered a slight edge out of the opening, the Uzbek GM used a handed d-pawn to barge his approach via the middle earlier than sealing the purpose with a game-ending rook sacrifice.
Now perched atop the sector and at a career-high of seventeenth on the earth (up from thirtieth earlier than the occasion), Abdusattorov’s win earned him yet one more Recreation of the Day efficiency, which has been analyzed by GM Rafael Leitao.
This picture was taken on the closing of the Qatar Masters in December 2015, the place 11-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov noticed the world champion Magnus Carlsen for the primary time. He was the youngest participant and performed in such a powerful match for the primary time.
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Praggnanandhaa discovered a method to win his second sport of the occasion, this time defeating GM Jorden van Foreest within the “quiet model” of the Slav Protection: Trendy, Schallopp Protection. The opening selection resulted in a blocked heart that the Indian GM dealt with expertly, deciding on the proper second for a pawn break on the queenside that gave him an outdoor handed pawn. Maneuvering was the secret in spherical seven for the Chennai-born famous person, and he finally broke his “fatigued” Dutch opponent.
Following his win in spherical six over GM Vincent Keymer, So exploited a middlegame error by GM Gukesh D. Feeling the warmth from the transfer 28 mistake, Gukesh’s place collapsed inside 5 strikes, gifting So an essential level with the black items.
Having suffered main setbacks within the early rounds, Carlsen’s match appears to have snapped again on observe with the world champion scoring his first win since spherical two. An embattled GM Richard Rapport was impatient in his assault on Saturday and lashed out with a knight sacrifice adopted by a wayward queen examine on transfer 19. One other piece sacrifice was quickly on the menu for the Romanian consultant, however he could not fairly discover the firepower to beat staunch protection from the world number-one.
GM Hikaru Nakamura weighed in on the sport in a Youtube recap titled “Magnus is Again!!” which was printed swiftly after the top of the sport.
The rest of the video games have been drawn in spherical seven; nonetheless, a number of shut shaves occurred, with Caruana and Keymer lacking moments to strike of their respective video games. Notably, the American’s draw had some resemblance to the ending that transpired in Abdusattorov’s victory over Carlsen in spherical 5.
IM Adrian Petrisor has additionally supplied his knowledgeable commentatory on the Keymer-Ding conflict that ended peacefully.
The Challengers part continued to carry loads of pleasure because the combatants vie for a coveted spot within the 2024 Masters version. Donchenko, who had curiously gained each sport with the black items and drawn each sport with the white so far broke the curse and scored his first full level with white. Donchenko talked about that he had no coach or second with him in Wijk aan Zee however humorously admitted: “I solely have my mom on web site with me, and that’s the finest second you possibly can have, which a number of high gamers appear to agree with.”
I solely have my mom on web site, and that’s the finest second you possibly can have.
Given their tumultuous, wild video games up to now within the occasion, it was no shock that GM Amin Tabatabaei-GM Erwin l’Ami was a chaotic murals. Although the sport was not of the very best accuracy, the twists and turns have been befitting of a Hollywood drama from which the Iranian GM benefitted when the day was carried out.
Native IM Thomas Beerdsen is one other prospect to look at as he waltzed his method to 4.5/7. With a 2646 efficiency ranking after seven rounds, he’s effectively on his method to capturing a remaining GM norm. Although he “would not need to give it some thought a lot,” he wants solely 2.5 extra factors within the six remaining rounds to change into the following Dutch GM.
The eighth spherical of the 2023 Tata Metal Chess Event will see the chief, Abdusattorov, tackle GM Levon Aronian with the white items whereas his closest chasers will face the likes of Carlsen, Keymer, Ding, and Rapport as they try to shut the hole.
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