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FIDE World Cup 2023 R5.1: Gukesh beats Hao, now World no.7, Arjun also scores a victory

by Shahid Ahmed - 12/08/2023

GM D Gukesh defeated the China no.4 GM Hao Wang to become the World no.7 in live ratings. The 17-year-old seized his opportunity when the Chinese made an incorrect rook retreat in the endgame. GM Arjun Erigaisi also won his game. He scored the full point against the Sweden no.1 GM Nils Grandelius. Arjun won a balanced rook and knight endgame when his opponent made a slight inaccuracy which was certainly not easy to defend practically. Praggnanandhaa, Vidit and Harika drew their respective games Ferenc Berkes (HUN), Ian Nepomniachtchi and Aleksandra Goryachkina respectively. Vidit had a nice initiative in the middlegame. However, he could not make the most out of the sliver of opportunity. Round 5.2 games start tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Vidit, Praggnanandhaa and Harika draw their games

Magnus Carlsen (NOR), Gukesh, Nijat Abasov (AZE), Leinier Dominguez Perez (USA), Arjun Erigaisi, Nurgyul Salimova (BUL), Zhongyi Tan (CHN) were the victors of Round 5.1. Their opponents Vasyl Ivanchuk (UKR), Hao Wang (CHN), Salem Saleh (UAE), Alexey Sarana (SRB), Nils Grandelius (SWE), Polina Shuvalova and Bella Khotenashvili (GEO) are in a must-win situation to stay in the event by forcing tie-breaks.

GM D Gukesh beat GM Hao Wang to become the World no.7 in the live ratings | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

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

Hao - Gukesh

Position after 29.Rd4?

GM Hao Wang (CHN, 2699) made an incorrect retreat 29.Rd4? It allowed Gukesh to rapidly bring his pieces to come to the aid of the c4-passed pawn and use it to his advantage. 29...Ne6 30.Rb4? Rd7 31.Ne3 fxe4 32.fxe4 Rd3 33.Bf2 Nf4 34.Rc2 Rd2 35.h3 Nd3 36.Rxd2 cxd2 37.Rd4 Rc1+ 38.Kh2 Nxf2 and White resigned.

Hao Wang vs Gukesh, Round 5.1 | Video: ChessBase India
Gukesh surpasses Anish Giri by beating Hao Wang - Now World no.7 with Elo 2761.5 | Video: ChessBase India
Gukesh on his game vs Wang Hao: “It got trickier, and then in time trouble he made a big mistake.” | Video: FIDE
Gukesh helps the elder gentleman take a selfie + fan interaction! | Video: ChessBase India

D Gukesh in deep thought | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

GM D Gukesh is now World no.7 | Source:

Grandelius - Arjun: 0-1

The last Classical battle between the Sweden no.1 GM Nils Grandelius (2683) and GM Arjun Erigaisi (2704) was won by the former at 28th TePe Sigeman & Co., a little over three months ago. Arjun obviously remembered it as he mentioned it in the last interview. It was time for him to settle that score.

Position after 42.Kb2?

In a seemingly balanced rook and knight endgame, White made a slight inaccuracy 42.Kb2? Black had no trouble seizing his chance 42...Nxh4 43.Rc6 Nf3 44.a5 Ne5 45.Rc8 was the only move for White. However, he decided to sacrifice an exchange 45.Rxe6+ Kf5 and it was over in no time.

GM Arjun Erigaisi on his win against Sweden no.1 GM Nils Grandelius | Video: ChessBase India

Arjun Erigaisi needs a draw tomorrow against Nils Grandelius (SWE) to advance to Round 6/Quarterfinals | Photo: Shahid Ahmed 

Carlsen - Ivanchuk: 1-0

The last over-the-board rated game between GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2835) and GM Vasyl Ivanchuk (UKR, 2672) took place over six years ago in Leuven, Belgium. It was in rapid and blitz format. Their last Classical encounter was in 77th Tata Steel A in 2015. So more than eight and a half years later, they faced each other at this World Cup in pre quarterfinals.

Position after 17.Rc1

Carlsen offered his e4-pawn as a sacrifice. His opponent, the legend, decided against taking it. 17...Nxe4 would have been fine for Black as 18.Re1 is met with f5. The game continued 17...Na6 18.Nbd2 Bg4 19.Bf1 Rad8 20.Qe3 Nc7 21.a4 Nc8 22.a5 Bxf3 was uncalled for. Computer recommends 22...Rfe8. The exchange actually helped White due to the fact that Black got rid of one of his most active pieces and White just got more room to move his pieces around. The world no.1 slowly outplayed the legend positionally and won the game.

Magnus Carlsen vs Vasyl Ivanchuk, Round 5.1 | Video: ChessBase India
Magnus Carlsen: "My nervous system has not really recovered from the last couple of days." | Video: FIDE

Vasyl Ivanchuk (UKR) must win tomorrow to force tie-breaks against Magnus Carlsen (NOR) | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Ferenc Berkes (HUN) - GM R Praggnanandhaa (pictured): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Maria Emelianova/
Ferenc Berkes vs R Praggnanandhaa, Round 5.1 | Video: ChessBase India

An exciting start ended in a rather calm draw between Fabiano Caruana (USA) and the defending World Cup winner, Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) | Photo: Maria Emelianova/
Fabiano Caruana on the opening against Duda: “I had prepared this line for the match against Magnus” | Video: FIDE

GM Nijat Abasov (AZE) navigated through complex queen and minor piece endgame to win against the UAE no.1 GM Salem Saleh | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Vidit - Nepomniachtchi

Position after 19...Bb8

Vidit's (2723) aggressive play earned him a good initiative against Nepomniachtchi (2779). However, he was unable to make the most out of his opportunity. White needed to go 20.a4 followed by Bb2 here. Instead, he went 20.Bb2 first which allowed his opponent to bring his queen to a4 and prevent White from moving the pawn to same square. Soon the game ended in a draw in another eleven moves.

Vidit shows Nepo immediately after the game the move he missed | FIDE World Cup 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

GM Vidit Gujrathi's window of opportunity was very slim | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Leinier - Sarana: 1-0

Both GM Leinier Dominguez Perez (USA, 2739) and GM Alexey Sarana (SRB, 2685) went into the match with a unbeaten streak at this event. The latter is yet to play a single tie-breaks. However, this loss puts him in a must-win situation tomorrow and force tie-breaks.

Position after 22.Qe5!

Sarana went 21...b5. His opponent who has an impeccable calculation skills went 22.Qe5! Rbc8 23.h5 Bxc2 24.Re3 Qc5 25.Be7 and White went on to win the game.

"You have to somehow try to use the white pieces" - GM Leinier Dominguez Perez | Video: ChessBase India

GM Leinier Dominguez Perez (USA) played outstanding to end GM Alexey Sarana's (SRB) unbeaten streak at this event | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - GM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Aleksandra Goryachkina - GM Harika Dronavalli: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) - GM Bella Khoteashvili (GEO): 1-0 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) got the better of IM Polina Shuvalova in the endgame when the latter misplayed | Photo: Maria Emelianova/
Nurgyul Salimova: "I am very happy with my play today" | Video: FIDE

Video Gallery

FIDE World Cup and Women's World Cup 2023 Round 5.1 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 5.1 Live Commentary by IM Irine Sukandar (INA) and GM Irina Krush (USA) | Video: FIDE
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 5.1 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Round 5.1 results

GM Hao Wang (CHN) - GM D Gukesh: 0-1

GM Vidit Gujrathi - GM Ian Nepomniachtchi: 0.5-0.5

GM Nils Grandelius (SWE) - GM Arjun Erigaisi: 0-1

GM Ferenc Berkes (HUN) - GM R Praggnanandhaa: 0.5-0.5

GM Aleksandra Goryachkina - GM Harika Dronavalli: 0.5-0.5


A total of eight games in the Open and four in the Women's event took place in Round 5.1


The total prize fund is US$ 1834000 in the Open and $676250 in the Women, with the first being $110000 and $50000 respectively.

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