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Candidates 2022 R11: Hyperbullet chess derails Firouzja

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/07/2022

The perennial question, whether hyperbullet chess helps one during a tournament or not, was answered yesterday. It does not. World no.3 Alireza Firouzja played 250 Hyperbullet games (30 seconds each) with GM Daniel Naroditsky after suffering a loss against Hikaru Nakamura in Round 11. Whether that was a lash out of a previous round loss or a preparation is anybody's guess. He played aggressively against Nepomniachtchi and it did not work out. The former World Championship Challenger is looking strong to become the no.1 contender again. He is currently at 8/11, 1.5 points ahead of Ding Liren 6.5/11. Round 12 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Ding Liren scores a hat-trick

World no.2 Ding Liren is a calm and composed fellow. He barely shows any kind of emotions. That does not mean there are no tidal waves crashing in his ocean of emotion. He scored his third consecutive victory of the event by grinding an endgame against Fabiano Caruana in Round 11. After seven draws, it seems like Ding Liren has got into his groove. Now only he wishes, Nakamura, Rapport and Duda to stop the Nepomniachtchi train, so that he can have some practical chances.

No teenager has had a fantastic debut at the Candidates, Firouzja is no exception | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Firouzja - Nepomniachtchi: 0-1

Alireza Firouzja (FRA) came to the board with only one thing in mind - win by hook or crook. Well that strategy does not work at the top level, especially after playing 268 Hyperbullet games till 5 a.m. in Madrid.

Position after 18.g5

White went for an all out attack 16.g4 h6 17.h4 Rfe8 18.g5 hxg5 19.hxg5 Nh5 20.Kg2 Ng6 21.f4 Nhxf4+! 22.Bxf4 Qxb2 completely disintegrated White's position. Firouzja was barely keeping it together. It was just a matter of time before White's position fell apart like a house of cards.

What happens when you play 250 hyper bullet games before the encounter | Video: ChessBase India

Firouzja did not bring his 'A' game against Nepomniachtchi who is in terrific form | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

It is safe to say that playing Hyperbullet chess during Candidates does not work well | Photo: lichess

Caruana - Ding Liren: 0-1

The prolonged battle between Fabiano Caruana (USA) and Ding Liren (CHN) was seemingly headed towards a draw after the queens got exchanged.

Position after 74...Bb5

After more than six hours, Caruana finally cracked as he played 74.Bc7 which immediately gave his opponent a decisive advantage. Find out the winning continuation.

King Liren is back! | Video: ChessBase India

A window of opportunity might be opening for Ding Liren? | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE
Dear YouTube, Here's the Grind Rapport | Video: GMHikaru

Hikaru Nakamura (USA) - Richard Rapport (HUN): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Teimour Radjabov (AZE) - Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Magnus Carlsen has arrived at Madrid, Spain | Photo: Magnus' instagram story
FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022 Round 11 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah, WGM Divya Deshmukh and GM Debashis Das | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 11 games

Round 11 results

162760GMNakamura Hikaru½ - ½GMRapport Richard27648
252793GMFirouzja Alireza0 - 1GMNepomniachtchi Ian27667
342753GMRadjabov Teimour½ - ½GMDuda Jan-Krzysztof27501
432783GMCaruana Fabiano0 - 1GMDing Liren28062

Round 12 pairings

182764GMRapport RichardGMCaruana Fabiano27833
222806GMDing LirenGMRadjabov Teimour27534
312750GMDuda Jan-KrzysztofGMFirouzja Alireza27935
472766GMNepomniachtchi IanGMNakamura Hikaru27606


Standings after Round 11

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
17GMNepomniachtchi IanFID27668,040,2550,0
22GMDing LirenCHN28066,533,2530,0
36GMNakamura HikaruUSA27606,030,5030,0
43GMCaruana FabianoUSA27835,530,7530,0
54GMRadjabov TeimourAZE27535,028,0010,0
61GMDuda Jan-KrzysztofPOL27504,523,7510,0
78GMRapport RichardHUN27644,523,2510,0
85GMFirouzja AlirezaFRA27934,020,2510,0



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