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Gukesh wins Chennai Grand Masters 2023, Arjun Erigaisi second and Harikrishna third

by Shahid Ahmed - 21/12/2023

D Gukesh drew his final round game against Pentala Harikrishna. Arjun Erigaisi defeated Sanan Sjugirov (HUN). Both Gukesh and Arjun ended up having the same score 4.5/7. Gukesh won Chennai Grand Masters on tie-breaks, Arjun was placed second. Pavel Eljanov (UKR) drew against Levon Aronian (USA). Thus, Harikrishna and Eljanov also finished with 4/7 each. Harikrishna secured third place. The objective of organizing this event was certainly a huge success. The top three places were claimed by the Indians. This triumph has moved Gukesh ahead of Anish Giri in the FIDE Circuit leaderboard. Sai Akhil Anand designed and helped with the 'Draw of Lots' in the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony was graced by the one and only - Vishy Anand. It goes without saying that the tournament brought a lot of Anand (meaning joy) to all. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Making the most out of the opportunity

The final standings was decided based on tie-breaks. However, the prize money was shared between the players of the same point group. The top three prizes were - ₹1500000 (US$18000), ₹1000000 (US$12000) and ₹800000 (US$9,600) along with a trophy each respectively.

Champion - D Gukesh 4.5/7
He believed in me when I didn't in this period - D Gukesh after winning Chennai Grand Masters 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
I had almost given up for the Candidates spot - Gukesh | Video: ChessBase India

Runner-up - Arjun Erigaisi 4.5/7
It could have been better or worse - Arjun Erigaisi finishes second on tie-breaks at Chennai Masters | Video: ChessBase India

Second Runner-up - Pentala Harikrishna 4/7
It is one of those moments, whatever you do, you will be the villain - Pentala Harikrishna | Video: ChessBase India
Gukesh wins Chennai Grand Masters 2023, Arjun Second and Harikrishna Third | Video: ChessBase India

Chennai Grand Masters 2023 Official logo
The game that could decide Gukesh's Candidates spot - Harikrishna vs Gukesh | Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
The tensed finale - Harikrishna vs Gukesh | Video: ChessBase India

Gukesh surived the Harikrishna challenge to win the tournament

Arjun - Sanan: 1-0

Arjun Erigaisi (2727) had never beaten Sanan Sjugirov (HUN, 2703) until today. He was determined to score the full point and that's what he played for.

Position after 10.Kf2

9.Ra2 followed by 10.Kf2 certainly showed Arjun's intent early in the game.

Position after 31...Qe7

Here Arjun missed 32.f6 and played 32.Rb2 instead. While f6 in the above position would have ended things a bit earlier, nevertheless he executed it three moves later and the outcome went in his favor.

Arjun Erigaisi on his Epic comeback at the Chennai Grand Masters 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
Arjun Erigaisi vs Sanan Sjugirov | Video: ChessBase India

Arjun Erigaisi registered his third win of the event, allowing him to gain 8.3 Elo rating points

GM Pavel Eljanov (UKR) - GM Levon Aronian (USA): 0.5-0.5

Predke - Parham: 0-1

GM Alexandr Predke (SRB, 2689) played only one rated game against GM Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI, 2742) few months ago. Predke won that game. It was time for Parham to deliver the equalizer.

Position after 14.0-0

White made a wild decision to go for 14.0-0 despite his kingside being quite exposed. Perhaps the idea was to exploit the f-file which did not work out. 14...Nb6 15.e4 Bg4 16.Ne2 dxe4 17.Bxe4 c6 18.Ne5 Qh4 19.Rf4 f5 20.Bxc6+

Position after 20.Bxc6+

White was determined to score his first victory of the event, so he went all-in 20.Bxc6+ bxc6 21.Qxc6+ Kd8 22.Qb7?? Rh7 and it's over.

Alexandr Predke (SRB) and Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) had an explosive game, which the latter won

Round 7 in progress

For more Round 7 photos, please click here.

Photo gallery

4th Pavel Eljanov (UKR) 4/7

5th Levon Aronian (USA) 3.5/7

The banter between Anish Giri, Levon Aronian and Fabiano Caruana about Aronian's score is the funniest set of chess tweets you can read today

6th Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) 3.5/7

7th Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) 2.5/7

8th Alexandr Predke (SRB) 1.5/7

All eight participants with Vishy Anand, GM Srinath Narayanan and the guests

D Gukesh with Vishy Anand after the final round | Photo: Sagar Shah

Gukesh with his parents Rajini Kanth and Padma Kumari | Photo: Sagar Shah

Gukesh and Vishnu's families | Photo: Sagar Shah

Harikrishna with his parents | Photo: Sagar Shah

Harikrishna and Anand's families | Photo: Sagar Shah

The Arbiters - IA Arasu B and IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Srinath Narayanan and Pentala Harikrishna's parents

The volunteers

For more prize distribution ceremony photos, please click here.

Gukesh surpassed Anish Giri and moved to no.2 spot in the FIDE Circuit 2023 with 87.36 points | Source: FIDE Circuit

All three Indians - Gukesh, Arjun and Harikrishna gained Elo rating points | Source:
This is a tournament many generations of players have expected - GM Vishnu Prasanna V | Video: ChessBase India
These little girls who are chess fans are future champions! | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 7 live stream

Replay Chennai Grand Masters 2023 Round 7 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal with Guest Commentator - GM Anish Giri and IM Sopiko Guramishvili | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 7 games

Round 7 results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.PGN
GMHarikrishna, Pentala½ - ½GMGukesh, D
GMErigaisi, Arjun1 - 0GMSjugirov, Sanan
GMPredke, Alexandr0 - 1GMMaghsoodloo, Parham
GMEljanov, Pavel½ - ½GMAronian, Levon


Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
GMGukesh, DIND27204,50,513,7521
GMErigaisi, ArjunIND27274,50,513,5031
GMHarikrishna, PentalaIND269640,514,2510
GMEljanov, PavelUKR269140,513,2522
GMAronian, LevonUSA27233,50,512,2500
GMMaghsoodloo, ParhamIRI27423,50,510,0021
GMSjugirov, SananHUN27032,508,5011
GMPredke, AlexandrSRB26891,505,0000




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