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FIDE World Cup 2023 R4 TB: Praggnanandhaa squashes World #2 Nakamura, Gukesh & Harika move to Round 5

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/08/2023

GM R Praggnanandhaa scored two fantastic victories over the reigning World Fischer Random champion - GM Hikaru in the fourth round of FIDE World Cup 2023. He will face GM Ference Berkes (HUN) who eliminated GM Boris Gelfand (ISR), GM Nikita Vitiugov and GM Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) en route to the fifth round. GM D Gukesh drew the first 25'+10" rapid tie-break game and won the second one to advance to the next round. Gukesh will face GM Hao Wang (CHN). GM Harika Dronavalli knocked out IM Eline Roebers. She will face GM Aleksandra Goryachkina in Round 5.GM Nihal Sarin missed his opportunities against GM Ian Nepomniachtchi and eventually went on to lose. Round 5.1 games start tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Nihal and Humpy get eliminated

GM Koneru Humpy lost both 25'+10" rapid games against GM Bella Khotenashvili (GEO). Thus she got eliminated.

GM R Praggnanandhaa played fantastic chess against the 'Speed King' - GM Hikaru Nakamura | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

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

Nakamura - Praggnanandhaa, Round 4.3

Position after 8...g5

Praggnanandhaa mentioned in the post-match interview that 8...g5 was part of his preparation. 9.a3 followed by 10.d3 was not in his file which made him sure that it was not good. He felt that he didn't give him any chances and converted his advantage into a full point comfortably.

Praggnanandhaa - Nakamura, Round 4.4

Position after 20...Ra7

Praggnanandhaa mentioned that Nakamura goes for g6 line in the opening (it was Modern Defence in this game) whenever he is in a must-win situation. He knew that if he went for the dxe5 variation, he would be fine and it turned out that he was. Nakamura put his knight on h5 to provoke g4 so that he can get a hook to generate some counterplay like f5/Bxg4 etc. It turned out that White played solid as he needed just a draw. When the opportunity, he struck and scored 2-0 in the tie-breaks to advance to the fifth round, pre quarter-finals.

"I am always a huge fan of him" - Praggnanandhaa after eliminating Hikaru Nakamura | Video: ChessBase India
Indian Chess Prodigy Crushes World #3 | Hikaru Nakamura vs Praggnanandhaa | Video: ChessBase India
Magnus Carlsen Congratulates Praggnanandhaa after he eliminates Hikaru | Video: ChessBase India
What happened after Praggnanandhaa defeated Hikaru Nakamura at the FIDE World Cup 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
SHEEEEEESH!! | Video: GMHikaru

GM R Praggnanandhaa defeated GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) in his first-ever rated rapid encounters against the reigning World Fischer Random champion | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Carlsen - Keymer, Round 4.3

Position after 31.Rb5

Carlsen was completely winning the first 25'+10" rapid tie-break game against Keymer after 31.Rb5. However, he misplayed and Keymer managed to escape with a draw.

Keymer - Carlsen, Round 4.4

Position after 46...Kg6

Carlsen had a plethora of chances in the second 25'+10" rapid game. One of the final chances in the endgame was when White played 47.Be7?? Nd2+. Instead of 47...Nd2+ Black needed to go b3 to finish things earlier.

Carlsen - Keymer, Round 4.6

Position after 22...Rb4?

22...Rb4 started shifting things in White's favor 23.Bxg6 fxg6 24.Bxh6 Bf5 and Black managed to equalize in the next few moves. However, it was only computer equalization, not easy for a human to balance things especially in low time.

Magnus Carlsen: "I just told Pragg we all want to be like you today" | Video: FIDE

The final handshake between Magnus Carlsen and Vincent Keymer at FIDE World Cup 2023 | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

GM D Gukesh defeated GM Andrey Esipenko after the latter blunderd in the final moments of the second rapid tie-break game | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Gukesh will face Hao Wang (CHN) in Round 5.

Nepomniachtchi - Nihal, Round 4.3

Position after 44.Kc1??

One of the best chances GM Nihal Sarin (2684) had in the entire game against GM Ian Nepomniachtchi (2779) was when the two-time world championship challenger blundered 44.Kc1. Now Black needed to execute 44...Qe1+ 45.Kb2 Be4 and it would have been completely winning for Black. Nihal found the idea in a slightly different manner 44...Qf4+. Eventually he got the queen to e1 and bishop to e4, but the effect was not the same. White misplayed again and Nihal missed another opportunity to salvage a half point.

GM Nihal Sarin got himself very close to beating GM Ian Nepomniachtchi | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The sole Azerbaijan player at this event - GM Nijat Abasov eliminated FIDE World 2011 winner, GM Peter Svidler | Photo: Maria Emelianova/
Nijat Abasov upon eliminating Svidler: "No secret, I just try to find good moves over the board | Video: FIDE

After eight draws, GM Hao Wang (CHN) defeated GM Rasmus Svane (GER) in the ninth game to advance to Round 5 | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

The defending World Cup winner, GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) made a strong comeback after losing the first tie-break game against GM Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) | Photo: Maria Emelianova/
Jan-Krzysztof Duda: "I am just happy I am through" | Video: FIDE

The legend GM Vasyl Ivanchuk (UKR) eliminated the Turkey no.3 GM Vahap Sanal. The maestro will face the world no.1, Magnus Carlsen | Photo: Maria Emelianova/
The legend Vasyl Ivanchuk on his win against Vahap Sanal and facing Carlsen in Round 5 | Video: ChessBase India

Elisabeth - Wenjun, Round 4.4

Position after 12.Bxd5!

GM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER, 2471) found a nice tactic 12.Bxd5! against the four-time reigning Women's World champion, Wenjun Ju (CHN, 2568). 12...Qxb2 13.Bxc6 bxc6 14.Qd3 and White eventually went on to win the game. Thus, Wenjun got eliminated and Elisabeth will face her good friend, GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) in Round 5.

"I am trusting in my intuition, Rapid is not such a bad idea" - GM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER) KOs GM Wenjun Ju (CHN) | Video: ChessBase India

Germany no.1 woman GM Elisabeth Paehtz knocked out the four-time Women's World Chamion, GM Wenjun Ju | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

GM Bella Khotenashvili (GEO) won both tie-break rapid games against GM Koneru Humpy who got eliminated | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Harika Dronavlli (NED) defeated IM Eline Roeber. She will face GM Aleksandra Goryachkina in Round 5 | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) defeated her sister GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) to advance to Round 5 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed
Anna Muzychuk after eliminating her sister Mariya: "I won but I feel sorry" | Video: FIDE

Video Gallery

FIDE World Cup and Women's World Cup 2023 Round 4.3 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 4 TB Live Commentary by IM Irine Sukandar (INA) and GM Irina Krush (USA) | Video: FIDE
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 4 TB Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Results after Round 4 TB

GM D Gukesh - GM Andrey Esipenko: 2.5-1.5

GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) - GM R Praggnanandhaa: 1-3

GM Ian Nepomniachtchi - GM Nihal Sarin: 3-1

GM Koneru Humpy - GM Bella Khotenashvili (GEO): 1-3

IM Eline Roebers (NED) - GM Harika Dronavalli: 1.5-2.5


A total of 33 games in the Open and ten games in the Women's section took place in Round 4 tie-breaks.

Round 5 pairings

GM Hao Wang (CHN) vs GM D Gukesh

GM Vidit Gujrathi vs GM Ian Nepomniachtchi

GM Nils Grandelius (SWE) vs GM Arjun Erigaisi

GM Ferenc Berkes (HUN) vs GM R Praggnanandhaa

GM Aleksandra Goryachkina vs GM Harika Dronavalli

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