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FIDE World Cup 2023 R5.2: Gukesh to face Carlsen in the Quarterfinals

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/08/2023

For the first time in FIDE World Cup history, India has three players - D Gukesh, R Praggnanandhaa and Arjun Erigaisi, in the Quarterfinals. This is the highest ever so far. However, the number can increase to four if Vidit Gujrathi wins his tie-breaks tomorrow against Ian Nepomniachtchi. The total number of Indians in Round 6 can become five. GM Harika Dronavalli has to win her tie-breaks against GM Aleksandra Goryachkina. Local hero, Nijat Abasov (AZE) defeated the UAE no.1 Salem Saleh. He will face the winner of Vidit and Nepomniachtchi. Gukesh drew against Hao Wang (CHN) which means Gukesh will face Magnus Carlsen in the Quarterfinals. Round 5 TB games start tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. IST. All photos are by Maria Emelianova/ unless stated otherwise

Vidit and Harika to play tie-breaks, new World Cup winners are guaranteed to be crowned

At least one Indian is guaranteed to play FIDE World Cup 2023 Semifinals due to the fact that Praggnanandhaa and Arjun Erigaisi are facing each other in the Quarterfinals. Apart from them and Gukesh, Vidit Gujrathi also has an opportunity to advance to the Quarterfinals. Harika Dronavalli can advance to the Semifinals. Since Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) got eliminated by Fabiano Caruana (USA), we are guaranteed to get a new World Cup winner in this edition. The tenth FIDE World Cup is poised for a historic finish

D Gukesh has an epic clash against Magnus Carlsen in the Quarterfinals

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

One might think Vasyl Ivanchuk (UKR) a tad bit earlier against Magnus Carlsen (NOR) but the legend knows who his opponent was
GM Vasyl Ivanchuk (UKR) vs GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR), Round 5.2 | Video: ChessBase India
Magnus Carlsen: "I am not normally known for being merciful." | Video: FIDE

Praggnanandhaa - Berkes

Position after 20.Ra5!

GM R Praggnananadhaa (2707) made a beautiful exchange sacrifice 20.Ra5! Black did not take it. Taking it would have probably ended things much earlier 20...Nxa5 21.bxa5 Qxa5 22.Nxb5 and White has more than enough compensation due to black king being vulnerable at the center of the board. GM Ferenc Berkes (HUN, 2615) decided against accepting the exchange sacrifice. The game continued 20...Bc6 21.Qe2 g6 22.Rba1 Nf5 23.Ra6 Qd8 24.g4 Nxh4 25.Nxh4 Qxh4 26.Bxc4 bxc4 27.Rxc6 Rxc6 28.Ra8+ and White went on to win the game eventually.

Praggnanandhaa's berserk attack against Berkes | Video: ChessBase India
"We will fight on the board, we are friends off it" - Pragg on facing Arjun Erigaisi in the Quarterfinals | Video: ChessBase India

R Praggnanandhaa ended Ferenc Berkes' (HUN) phenomenal run

Duda - Caruana

Position after 19...Nc4!

GM Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2782) played an excellent move 19...Nc4! The correct way to diffuse the knights would have been 20.Bxc4 dxc4 21.Qa3. However, the defending World Cup winner, GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL, 2732) made the incorrect exchange 20.Bxe4 fxe4 21.fxe4 Rxf1 22.Rxf1 dxe4 and soon the g6-pawn moved to f-file after an exchange of minor pieces. The newly formed connected e and f-pawns became too strong for White to overcome.

Fabiano Caruana after beating Duda: “I didn’t expect to win with Black.” | Video: FIDE

Fabiano Caruana (USA) eliminated the defending World Cup winner, Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL)

Vidit Gujrathi had a solid draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Nijat Abasov (AZE) continues his fantastic form as he defeated the UAE no.1 Salem Saleh again to advance to the Quarterfinals | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
Nijat Abasov about his fan support in the FIDE World Cup: “It boosts my confidence” | Video: FIDE

GM Leinier Dominguez Perez drew with GM Alexey Sarana (SRB) to eliminate him and set up another All-American clash against Fabiano Caruana in the Quarterfinals

Arjun Erigaisi drew against Nils Grandelius (SWE) to eliminate him and advance to the Quarterfinals where he will face his good friend - R Praggnanandhaa
When you are in a must-win situation but opponent offers a draw - Gukesh vs Hao Wang | Video: ChessBase India

GM Hao Wang shows appreciation to GM D Gukesh for his phenomenal performance

Elisabeth - Anna

Position after 40...Ke6

GM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER, 2471) blundered 41.Kh5?? Instead, 41.f7 Ke7 leads to a comfortable draw for White. Her opponent, GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2504) replied correctly 41...Kxf6 42.Kxh6 a4 43.h4 now Black needed to play b4 to win the endgame. 43...Ke7? evaporated Black's chances and the game ended in a draw.

Interview with GM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER) | Video: FIDE

GM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER) will play tie-breaks against GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) tomorrow

GM Harika Dronavalli will play tie-breaks tomorrow against GM Aleksandra Goryachkina | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) became the sole woman to secure her place in the Semifinals by eliminating GM Bella Khotenashvili (GEO)

IM Polina Shuvalova won a topsy-turvy battle to force tie-breaks against IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL)
Polina Shuvalova after beating Salimova: "It was a very tough game, very sharp from the beginning." | Video: FIDE

Video Gallery

FIDE World Cup and Women's World Cup 2023 Round 5.2 starting moments | Video: ChessBase India
FIDE World Cup and Women's World Cup 2023 Round 5.2 Live Commentary by IM Irine Sukandar (INA) and GM Irina Krush (USA) | Video: FIDE
FIDE World Cup 2023 Round 5.2 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Results after

GM Hao Wang (CHN) - GM D Gukesh: 0.5-1.5

GM Vidit Gujrathi - GM Ian Nepomniachtchi: 1-1

GM Nils Grandelius (SWE) - GM Arjun Erigaisi: 0.5-1.5

GM Ferenc Berkes (HUN) - GM R Praggnanandhaa: 0.5-1.5

GM Aleksandra Goryachkina - GM Harika Dronavalli: 1-1


A total of eight games in the Open and four in the Women's event took place in Round 5.2


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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