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Champions Showdown 9LX: Carlsen and Dominguez-Perez share the lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 12/09/2020

The unprecedented pandemic Covid-19 might have caused a lot of events to be cancelled or delayed, however Saint Louis Chess Club continues their tradition and due to the prevailing circumstances they shifted the 2020 Champions Showdown Chess 9LX to online with an incredible lineup starring Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, Wesley So among the World Champions and two-time World Cup winner Levon Aronian, Speed King Hikaru Nakamura and others. Each day three rounds are played. Three minutes are given to the players after the randomly drawn position is shared with the players. Carlsen and Dominguez-Perez scored 2.5/3 to take the lead after Day 1. Round 4 resumes tonight from 11:33 p.m. IST. Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club Live stream

Carlsen faces Kasparov after 16 years

When Kasparov and Carlsen are playing in the same tournament, it is obviously expected that to be the most anticipated match of the tournament. Why wouldn't it be? Because they faced each other in a tournament for the first time in more than 16 years. It goes without saying that a lot has changed since 2004. Carlsen got a winning position in the endgame but he missed it. Do check out the game and the analysis by IM Sagar Shah. Carlsen finished Day 1 of 2020 Champions Showdown Chess 9LX with 2.5/3 along with Leinier Dominguez Perez who also finished with 2.5/3, scoring a victory over Nakamura and Firouzja and making a draw with the reigning Fischer Random Official World Champion Wesley So.

Kasparov-Carlsen was the most anticipated match of the day and it did not disappoint | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club Live stream

Round 1

Firouzja had decisive advantage in the endgame but he missed seizing his opportunity.

Firouzja - Kasparov

Position after 31...Kg6

The game continued with 32.c4. Find out what was the better continuation for white.

Firouzja had a tough start against Kasparov | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club Live stream

Dominguez Perez - Nakamura

Position after 44.Nb5

Black played 44...Ke5 which was a mistake and white got decisive advantage. Find out the best continuation for black here.

The most interesting draw of the day definitely goes to Aronian and Caruana.

Aronian - Caruana

Final Position after 69...Be5

Although Aronian had a decent advantage in the endgame.

Position after 24.Ng5

Aronian played 24...a5 in the game. However, there was a better continuation for black. Find out what it is.

Round 2

The game between Kasparov and Carlsen was obviously the most anticipated game of Day 1. Before the match, this is what they tweeted about their inevitable encounter.

Carlsen got a winning position in the endgame, until he made a mistake and allowed Kasparov to equalize.

Kasparov - Carlsen

Position after 31.Rf3

The game continued with 31...Rf7. Find out the winning continuation for black here. Carlsen was visibly unhappy with his choice of move.

Carlsen in his younger days training with Kasparov

That moment when Carlsen played 31...Rf7 | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club Live stream

FIDE Director-General Emil Sutovsky tweeted about the similarity of the endgame with Botvinnik-Fischer's endgame in 1962 which Anish Giri also mentioned during his live stream.

Kasparov vs Carlsen | Rematch after 16 years! | Champions Showdown Chess 9LX | Video: IM Sagar Shah

Round 3

Svidler got a win against after 22 years in a tournament. The last one was also in an online match, although it was blitz. ACP President GM Alex Colovic pointed out about the statistical fact.

Svidler - Kasparov

Position after 22...e3

It all went downhill for black after 22...e3. The position was fine for black otherwise.

Carlsen scored a fantastic win over Caruana to end the day with 2.5/3

Carlsen - Caruana

Position after 31...Qg7

Find out which pawn white should take and why. Also, what should have black played instead of 31...Qg7

Replay all Round 1-3 games from Day 1

Replay the live stream

Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley, and WGM Jennifer Shahade | Video: Saint Louis Chess Club

Standings after Round 3

Dominguez Perez and Carlsen are in a shared lead | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club


Sept. 11 11:30 p.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 11 11:33 p.m. 9LX Round 1
Sept. 11 1:00 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 11 1:33 a.m. 9LX Round 2
Sept. 11 2:30 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 11 2:33 a.m. 9LX Round 3
Sept. 12  11:30 p.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 12  11:33 p.m. 9LX Round 4
Sept. 12  1:00 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 12  1:33 a.m. 9LX Round 5
Sept. 12  2:30 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 12  2:33 a.m. 9LX Round 6
Sept. 13  11:30 p.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 13  11:33 p.m. 9LX Round 7
Sept. 13  1:00 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 13  1:33 a.m. 9LX Round 8
Sept. 13  2:30 a.m. Draw for Position
Sept. 13  2:33 a.m. 9LX Round 9

Time is in IST


Total Prize Fund: US$150,000

Place Prize
1st $37,500
2nd $25,000
3rd $20,000
4th $15,000
5th $12,500
6th $10,000
7th $7,500
8th $7,500
9th $7,500
10th $7,500


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