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CoinDCX Chess Super League R2: Anish Giri's immortal pummels Pivotal Pawns

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/10/2021

Anish Giri delivered an instant classic against Abhijeet Gupta as the Dutch no.1 played his immortal game which will be talked for years to come in the second round of CoinDCX Chess Super League. Giri and Arpita scored important victories to ensure The Kingslayers score their first win of the event against Pivotal Pawns. Brutal Bishops drew with Quintessential Queens to emerge as the early sole leader. Ruthless Rooks bounced back from a first round loss, as they beat Krazy Knights 2-4. Radjabov, Karthikeyan and Anna Muzychuk scored the victories for Ruthless Rooks who is now at the second position in the points table. Round 3 starts today from 8:00 p.m. IST. Photo: Samay Raina live stream

Brutal Bishops take an early sole lead

Brutal Bishops seems to be the team to beat as they drew with Quintessential Queens to move to the top of table. Only Kosteniuk and Tarini suffered losses for the team, however the remaining team members ensured that Brutal Bishops remain undefeated as a team.

Abhijeet Gupta was the victim of Anish Giri's immortal game | Photo: Samay Raina live stream

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Quintessential Queens - Brutal Bishops: 3-3

GM Yifan Hou and WIM Priyanka K won their respective games for Quintessential Queens. GMs Hao Wang and Raunak Sadhwani scored victories for Brutal Bishops. GM Sergey Karjakin and GM Vidit Gujrathi, IM Tania Sachdev and IM Eesha Karavade drew their respective games.

Humpy - Hao

Position after 57...Ra2

During time scramble, Humpy blundered in a completely drawn position 58.Rg6 and lost the game as 58...Rxa4 59.Rb6 Rf4+ 60.Ke2 Kg2 and now the pawn promotion is unstoppable. 58.Rb4 would have ended the game in a draw.

GM Yifan Hou (QQ) was once again in another battle with a former world champion, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (BB).

Yifan - Kosteniuk

Position after 19...Bc6

Deciding against defending the g7-pawn proved to be costly for Black eventually. 20.Bxg7 Rg8 21.Nh5 0-0-0 22.Rf7 and things completely turned into White's favor.

GM P Iniyan (QQ) lost one pawn too many against GM Raunak Sadhwani (BB). Eventually it cost him the game.

Quintessential Queens drew with Brutal Bishops 3-3 | Photo: Chess Super League

Pivotal Pawns - The Kingslayers: 2.5-3.5

Pivotal Pawns' fate turned from the previous day, as this time they were the ones who lost by a minimum margin against The Kingslayers. GM Anish Giri and WIM Arpita Mukherjee scored victories for The Kingslayers. GM Arjun Kalyan scored the lone victory for Pivotal Pawns. The remaining three games ended in draws.

Abhijeet - Giri

Position after 20.Nxd5

White already got himself in trouble when he played 18.g4. After 18...Nxg4 19.Nxg4 Bxg4 20.Nxd5, we get the above position and here is your chance to think like Giri and see if you can find the excellent continuation which he played.

That's an Anish Giri immortal | Video: ChessBase India

GM Arjun Kalyan registered his second consecutive victory of the event as he defeated GM Gukesh in a 113-move long marathon game.

WIM Arpita Mukherjee got the better of WIM Savitha Shri B, after the latter trapped her own knight.

Arpita - Savitha

Position after 26.Rxe6

Black's knight is in a precarious position. However it does not get trapped if Black plays 26...Kd7. However, in the game Black blundered 26...Nf2+ and soon lost the game.

Pivotal Pawns lost to The Kingslayers: 2.5-3.5

Krazy Knights - Ruthless Rooks: 2-4

GMs Teimour Radjabov, Karthikeyan Murali and Anna Muzychuk won their games for Ruthless Rooks. WIM Mrudul Dehankar was the sole victor for Krazy Knights.

Nakamura - Radjabov

Position after 17.Nd2

White had to go 17.f3 Bf5 18.Bxf5 Qxf5 19.Na5 and things would have been fine. However, White went wrong after 17.Nd2 Rcd8 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Rc4 f5 20.Bh3 Nf6 21.Qb3 Kh8 22.dxe5 Rxe5 and Black got a fantastic position which Radjabov converted into a win without any difficulty.

GM Karthikeyan Murali got the better of GM Krishnan Sasikiran, when the latter missed his opponent's threat completely.

Karthikeyan - Sasikiran

Position after 25.d5

White wants to create a battery of queen and bishop on the long diagonal. 25...Rxe3 26.fxe3 Nh5 prevents any deadly threats as 27.Qb2 will be met with 27...f6. However, Black blundered 25...cxd5 and lost the game after 26.Qb2 d4 27.Qxd4.

WGM Mary Ann Gomes went wrong in the opening and could not get out of the gate against GM Anna Muzychuk.

Mary - Anna

Position after 11...Nxb2

12.Qb1 Nd3 13.Qb5 was the right way for White to get rid of the c4-pawn. The game continued 12.Qc2 Nd3 and White's position worsened.

GM Harika Dronavalli missed a simple win against former women's world champion, GM Mariya Muzychuk.

Harika - Mariya

Position after 74...Bb3

It is just one of those days, when one has a blind spot. White had more time than Black, yet she played 75.Bd3 Bg8 76.Bh7 Bf7 77.g8=Q Bxg8 and it's a draw. Find out what White should have done to win this.

GM Aryan Chopra had the upper hand for the better part of the endgame against GM Harshit Raja.

Aryan - Harshit

Position after 47...g5

One of the best chance White had in the entire game was in the above position. Find out the winning continuation after 47...g5.

Krazy Knights lost to Ruthless Rooks: 2-4 | Photo: Chess Super League


Here are a few interesting finishes of Round 2.

GM Yifan Hou (Quintessential Queens) defeated GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (Brutal Bishops)

GM Hikaru Nakamura (Krazy Knights) lost to GM Teimour Radjabov (Ruthless Rooks)

GM Karthikeyan Murali (Ruthless Rooks) defeated GM Krishnan Sasikiran (Krazy Knights)

Replay Round 2 games

Replay the live stream

CoinDCX Chess Super League Round 2 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Samay Raina | Video: Samay Raina
CoinDCX Chess Super League 2021 | Post-Match analysis Day 2 | Video: ChessBase India

Round 2 results

  Quintessential Queens
  Brutal Bishops
  Pivotal Pawns
  The Kingslayers
  Krazy Knights
  Ruthless Rooks


Standings after Round 2

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
14Brutal Bishops211038,5037,5
22Ruthless Rooks210127,5039,0
35Pivotal Pawns210127,0035,3
41Krazy Knights210127,0033,0
53The Kingslayers210126,0032,3
66Quintessential Queens201115,0034,5


Round 3 pairings

  Ruthless Rooks
  Quintessential Queens
  The Kingslayers
  Krazy Knights
  Brutal Bishops
  Pivotal Pawns



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