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Chessable Masters Day 2: MVL and Giri lead Group B

by Shahid Ahmed - 22/06/2020

The preliminary stage games of Chessable Masters continued with Group B starting off their tournament on Sunday. At the conclusion of Day 2 proceedings, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Anish Giri share the lead with 3.0/5, followed by Caruana, Ding Liren and Nepomniachtchi at 2.5/5 each respectively. Day 2 witnessed only 33.33% decisive games, out of which Caruana was involved in 80% of them. MVL made a beautiful combination in Round 3 to beat Caruana. Group B will resume their tournament on Tuesday 23rd June to play the remaining preliminary stage games. Top four in each group will advance to the knock-out stage. Photo: Niki Riga/World Chess

Day 2 witnessed only five decisive games

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Anish Giri shares the lead in Group B with 3.0/5 each respectively at the conclusion of Day 2 games in the preliminary stage of Chessable Masters. Day 2 witnessed only five decisive games out of 15 which speaks a lot about how close fight this group is going to witness. Out of the five decisive games Caruana was involved in 80% of them, although Caruana's winning percentage in that stats is only 50%. Caruana, Ding Liren and Ian Nepomniachtchi - all three are trailing by just a half point behind the leader at 2.5/5 each respectively.

MVL and Giri lead the Group B of Chessable Masters after Day two | Photo: Niki Riga/World Chess

Nepo scores the first win of the day

Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated Teimour Radjabov with his model display of technique in a Queen-Bishop vs Queen-Knight endgame in Round 1.

Nepomniachtchi - Radjabov, Round 1

Position after 50...Na8

White already has a clear advantage in this position, find out how white can increase his advantage.

Nepomniachtchi scored the first decisive win of the day | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Radjabov misses in the endgame

In Round 2, Radjabov had a completely winning position against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the Rook vs Pawns endgame but unfortunately for the Azerbaijan no.1, he missed the win perhaps due to time scramble and went on to draw the game.

Radjabov - Vachier-Lagrave, Round 2

Position after 45...d4

Find out the correct way for white to win the game.

Caruana's sharp win

Former World Championship Challenger Fabiano Caruana provided the only win of Round 2 with his sharp play again Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Caruana - Nepomniachtchi, Round 2

Position after 34...Nf6

It is evident that white's pieces are in perfect harmony, ready to strike and make things happen. Find out the correct continuation for white after 34...Nf6

Caruana was involved in 80% of the decisive games on Day 2

Ding survives against Nepomniachtchi

Nepomniachtchi was completely winning against Ding Liren if only he liquidated into a favorable Queen ending in time.

Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren, Round 3

Position after 32...Rd5

The game continued with 33.Qe7 but what was the better continuation for white?

Ding Liren is a fighter | Photo: Amruta Mokal

MVL's fabulous win over Fabiano

Arguably one of the best wins of the day was scored by the eventual leader at the end of Day 2, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave against Fabiano Caaruana in Round 3.

Vachier-Lagrave - Caruana, Round 3

Position after 39...Nh5

Find out why 39...Nh5 is a mistake.

Position after 45...Rc2

MVL found a beautiful combination after 45...Rc2, can you find out what it is?

MVL is someone who has a lot of tricks up his sleeve

Caruana fell for simple tactics

In the final round of the day, Round 5, Caruana fell for a simple tactics against Giri.

Caruana - Giri, Round 5

Position after 26.Nc4

Find out why 26.Nc4 is a blunder. Giri obviously found the correct move without any difficulty which made Caruana resign immediately. After the game Giri posted this diagram in his instagram story too.

Anish Giri made a good start in the event with 3.0/5

There is a well-known joke that the Group B players are (mostly) comprised of Candidates 2020 and Peter Svidler tweeted about it

Replay all Group B games on Day 2


The next games of Group A will be played on Monday 22nd June | Photo: Official site

Tournament Rules

Group B Standings after Day 2

MVL and Giri are in the joint lead with 3.0/5 | Photo: Official site

Replay the Live Stream

GM Peter Svidler, GM Yasser Seirawan and IM Anna Rudolf are the commentators | Video: Chess24


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