Sparkassen Chess Trophy 2023 R7: Aryan Chopra rejoins the lead
by Shahid Ahmed - 01/07/2023
GM Leon Luke Mendonca drew his game against the Germany no.3 GM Alexander Donchenko. GM Aryan Chopra defeated GM Harshit Raja in a grueling battle. The latter's inaccuracy in the same color bishop endgame proved fatal for him. Thus, Donchenko, Aryan and GM Frederik Svane (GER) are the three leaders at 6/7 each at the conclusion of the seventh round of Sparkassen Chess Open A. WGM Dinara Wagner (GER) has emerged sole leader 5.5/7 in the Sportland NRW Cup. Vladimir Kramnik and Dmitrij Kollars missed their respective wins Pavel Eljaov (UKR) and Fabiano Caruana (USA) respectively. Both games ended in draws. Kramnik is still in sole lead 2.5/4, followed by Eljanov and Caruana at 2/4 each. Round 8 Open and Sportland NRW Cup, NC World Masters Round 5 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Official site
Sportland NRW Cup: Dinara Wagner emerges sole leader
After a draw against the legendary GM Michael Adams (ENG), GM Raja Rithvik R scored a win against compatriot IM Harikrishnan A Ra to get back in pursuit at 5.5/7. Raja Rithvik will face Leon in the penultimate eighth round. They are followed by GM Harshit Raja, IM Muthaiah Al, FM Karthik Rajaa, GM Pranav Anand and IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete at 5/7 each.
Sparkassen Chess Trophy 2023 Open A: GM Aryan Chopra is in a three-way lead 6/7
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Open A: Aryan - Harshit: 1-0
The only rated game between GM Aryan Chopra (2626) and GM Harshit Raja (2510) took place in April 2019. It ended in a draw. Harshit ended up having a slightly inferior rook and same color bishop endgame against Aryan.
Position after 53...f5
One of the toughest thing to is inaction. If Black did not go for 53...f5 break, it was not easy for White to improve his position. The only breakthrough he had was f4. 54.gxf5 Rxf5 55.Rg1 Kg6 56.Rg4 Rf3 57.Rxg5+ Kf6 58.Rg4 Rxh53 59.Bg5+ Kf5 60.Rxh4 Rxh4 61.Bxh4 gave Black some fighting chances.
Position after 65.Kxd5
White king intends to capture the b7-pawn. Thus he went 65.Kxd5. Black bishop alone is not enough to save the pawns. 65...Ke2 is the only way for Black to save the game. 65...Bd2 66.Kd6 and now it is too late for the black king to save the game. White can let go of the b4-pawn as 66...Bxb4 67.Kc7 is winning for White. The game continued 66...Ke4? 67.Kc7 Bxb4 68.Kxb7 and it's over.
GM Leon Luke Mendonca - GM Alexander Donchenko (GER): 0.5-0.5
Leon and Donchenko analyzing their game
Sportland NRW Cup 2023: WGM Dinara Wagner has gained sole lead 5.5/7
Stefan Koth, Managing Director of the organising club Initiative Pro Schach e.V., made the first move on Kramnik-Eljanov's board
Kramnik - Eljanov, NC World Masters
Position after 39...Rxa2
One of the best chances, Vladimir Kramnik had in the fourth round of NC World Masters against Pavel Eljanov (UKR) was after 39...Rxa2. White wants to promote the e-pawn and ensure it does not get captured by black's bishop. Find out how white could have achieved it in the above diagram.
Vladimir Kramnik had a great opportunity to increase his sole lead
Caruana - Kollars
Position after 40.Qd5+
The defending champion, Dmitrij Kollars (GER) thought that he is better off repeating moves instead of pushing for a win. 40...Kh8 41.Qc5 Kg8 42.Qd5+ Kh8 43.Qc5 Kg8 44.Qd5+ and the game ended in a draw. His opponent, Fabiano Caruana (USA) mentioned in a post-game interview, "I think I am quite fortunate to have made a draw."
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