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FIDE World Cup 2023 R3.1: Praggnanandhaa scores the sole win among the Indians, against David Navara

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/08/2023

Only one out of eleven Indians, have won their first game of FIDE World 2023 Round 3. GM R Praggnanandhaa defeated GM David Navara with some beautiful knight maneuver. It was a tough day for the Indian women. IM Divya Deshmukh, IM Vaishali R and WGM Mary Ann Gomes, all three of them suffered a loss against GM Aleksandra Goryachkina, GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) and IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) respectively. The all-Indian battle between S L Narayanan and Gukesh ended in a draw. The Italy no.1 GM Daniele Vocaturo defeated former World Rapid champion, GM Daniil Dubov. His rook sacrifice did not yield the desired result. Round 3.2 starts tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed unless specified otherwise.

Vocaturo stuns Dubov

It was GM R Praggnanandhaa's first-ever Classical rated game against GM David Navara (CZE). The teenager certainly is moving up the ladder.

GM R Praggnanandhaa is now just a draw away from advancing to Round 4 and facing quite possibly the 'Speed King' himself, GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA)

FIDE World Cup 2023 and FIDE Women's World Cup 2023 Official logo | Photo: Official site

Carlsen - Tari

Position after 31.Kg3

GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2835) thought the rook vs knight endgame should have been draw. However, it's no easy. His opponent, GM Aryan Tari (NOR, 2629) had a lot of choices but eventually he went wrong. Find out the correct plan for Black to save the game.

Magnus Carlsen: "We are good friends. I didn't necessarily want to play him" | Video: FIDE
An absolutely delightful endgame - Magnus Carlsen vs Aryan Tari | Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Magnus Carlsen and Aryan Tari are good friends again

The world no.1, Magnus Carlsen is sporting a belt. It can only be just a fashion simply or a subtle way of saying, he wants to add another notch to his belt.

Caruana - Yilmaz

Position after 31...Rb8

The newly turned 31-year-old, GM Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2782) missed a great opportunity to beat the Turkey no.1, GM Mustafa Yilmaz (2634) in the rook and same colored bishop endgame. He played 32.a6? when he should have gone for 32.Rxc6! bxc6 33.a6 and he would have won the game.

Fabiano Caruana (USA) would have to forget his missed opportunity, Mustafa Yilmaz (TUR) must make use of this | Photo: Maria Emelianova/
A rare draw offer from Gukesh against S L Narayanan - Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

GM S L Narayanan had a solid draw against GM D Gukesh

Bluebaum - Vidit

Position after 54.Re8+

GM Matthias Bluebaum's (GER, 2670) incorrect 49.g4 break increased his opponent GM Vidit Gujrathi's (2719) chances. Black needed to move the king towards kingside 49...Kf6 which would maintained White's advantage. 54...Kd5 eveuntally allowed White to save the game.

A tough miss for GM Vidit Gujrathi against the Germany no.3 GM Matthias Bluebaum

Dubov - Vocaturo

Position after 29.Nc5

Does the rook sacrifice work? Former World Rapid champion, GM Daniil Dubov (2716) sacrificed his rook 29.Nc5. However, the creative genius could find a way to make it work as he went 29...Qxb1+ 30.Kg2 Qd1 31.Nb7+ Ke7 now White needed to go 32.Qc5+ instead of Qxc7 to salvage a draw.

It's really nice to win such a complex game against the 'King of Complications' - Daniele Vocaturo | Video: ChessBase India

GM Daniel Vocaturo (ITA) won the battle of the Daniel-Daniil

GM Arjun Erigaisi (pictured) - GM Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO): 0.5-0.5

GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac - GM Nihal Sarin (pictured): 0.5-0.5

Praggnanandhaa - Navara

Position after 40...Ng5?

After a lot of back and forth knight maneuvering, on the 40th move, Czech Republic no.1, GM David Navara (2695) erred against GM R Praggnanandhaa (2707). 40...Ng5? was the mistake which his opponent easily capitalized 41.Nfxe5 Nxe5 42.Rf2+ Nef3 43.Nd2 Rg8 44.Nxf3 Nxf3 45.Rxf3+ and White went on to win the game.

Praggnanandhaa vs David Navara - High class positional chess | Commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India
Praggnanandhaa bests Czech Republic #1 David Navara in their first-ever Classical rated game | Video: ChessBase India

GM R Praggnanandhaa scored the only win among the Indians at Round 3.1 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

An interview with GM Daniel Vocaturo and GM R Praggnanandhaa will be published soon. stay tuned!

Goryachkina - Divya

Position after 16.c5

GM Aleksandra Goryachkina's (2557) style is simple. She does not do anything extraordinary, just makes simple moves and waits for her opponent to make a mistake which is what happened in the game. IM Divya Deshmukh (2372) made a minute inaccuracy 16...Nd7 which her opponent capitalized on 17.Nxa5 Bxc5 18.Nxb7 Bxb7 19.Nxd7 Rxe1+ 20.Bxe1 Qxd7 21.Bxb7 Re6 22.Be4 Ra6 23.b4 Bf8 24.b5 Nc5 25.Bc6 Rxc6 26.bxc6 Qxc6 27.a5 Qa6 28.b4 and White won the game.

IM Divya Deshmukh must win the second game tomorrow to force tie-breaks | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

IM Olga Badelka held GM Koneru Humpy to a draw | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) got a better position early in the middlegame, WGM Mary Ann Gomes put up a lot of effort to fight back but it was never enough | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) was too strong for IM Vaishali R | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Anna Ushenina - Anna Muzychuk

Position after 51...Kf4

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2504) showed excellent resiliency against GM Anna Ushenina (UKR, 2434). Despite being lost for the better part of the endgame, Muzychuk kept fighting and eventually it paid off. White needed to play 52.Rh5 to win the game. However, 52.h7 allowed Black to save a crucial half point by executing perpetual checks 52...Rb1+ 53.Kf2 Rb2+ 54.Kg1 Rb1+ 55.Kg2 Rb2+ 56.Kg1 Rd1+ and it was a draw.

GM Anna Muzychuk showed her never-give-up attitude against GM Anna Ushenina (back on the left) | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Four of the five Georgian women are in the third round | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Ulviyya Fataliyeva (AZE) held the reigning Women's World Champion, GM Wenjun Ju (CHN) to a draw

IM Teodora Injac (SRB) held the defending FIDE Women's World Cup champion, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (SUI) to a draw

Interviews with the Italy no.1 GM Daniele Vocaturo and GM R Praggnanandhaa will be published soon.

Video Gallery

Carlsen, Tari, Hikaru, Nepo, Ju, Divya, Pragg, Vidit, Gukesh, Anna - World Cup 3.1 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 3.1 Live Commentary by IM Irine Sukandar (INA) and GM Mateusz Bartel (POL) | Video: FIDE
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 3.1 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Round 3.1 results

GM S L Narayanan - GM D Gukesh: 0.5-0.5

GM Matthias Bluebaum (GER) - GM Vidit Gujrathi: 0.5-0.5

GM Arjun Erigaisi - GM Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO): 0.5-0.5

GM Bogdan Daniel Deac (ROU) - GM Nihal Sarin: 0.5-0.5

GM R Praggnanandhaa - GM David Navarad (CZE): 1-0

GM Aleksandra Goryachkina - IM Divya Deshmukh: 1-0

IM Olga Badelka - GM Koneru Humpy: 0.5-0.5

WGM Mary Ann Gomes - IM Nurgyul Salimova: 0.5-0.5

GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) - IM Vaishali: 1-0

GM Harika Dronavalli - IM Lela Javakhishvili: 0.5-0.5


A total of 32 games were played in the Open and 16 in Women in Round 3.1

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