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Chessable Masters Day 2: So remains unbeaten in the first ten

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/08/2021

Aronian made the biggest climb on the second day of Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Chessable Masters. The Armenian scored a massive 4.5/5, jumping from tenth to second place. Former world blitz champion, Le Quang Liem is the second-highest gainer as he scored an unbeaten 4.0/5 to move to second position. Artemiev scored only 2.0/5. With five more rounds to go, both Adhiban and Harikrishna need to have their best day of the event so far to advance to the knockout stage. Round 11 starts today at 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Tough day for debutants

Adhiban scored 2.0/5 on the second day of the Chessable Masters. His sole win of the day was against Anton, faced internet issues against Nakamura. Harikrishna again scored 2.5/5 and Humpy made 1.0/5. Humpy drew with Adhiban and Jorden van Foreest.

So remains undefeated for the second consecutive day | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Round 6: Anton - Adhiban: 0-1

Adhiban showcased a brilliant positional play against David Anton Guijarro (ESP).

Position after 22.cxb5

Black is in complete control in the above position. Find out the correct plan for Black which Adhiban executed on the board.

Adhiban started the day with a nice victory | Photo: Niki Riga

Round 7: Adhiban - Nakamura: 0-1

Adhiban got disconnected and Nakamura left his chair, thinking he won, but then 'The Beast' reconnected and Nakamura returned to their game.

When Adhiban reconnected | Photo: Champions Chess Tour

The endgame seemed difficult for White to defend.

Position after 44...h5

It is certainly not easy for White to defend the above position. However, the rook needs to go to a8 to get ready for checks from the back rank. White eventually lost the game after both f2 and h3-pawns fell.

Firouzja - Harikrishna: 0-1

Harikrishna completely managed to turn things around 180-degree after his opponent Firouzja was unable to capitalize on his advantage and instead made a grave mistake.

Position after 28.f5

White could have played 28.a5 and everything would have been fine. Find out why 28.f5 is a big mistake.

One cannot relax for a moment against Harikrishna | Photo: Tata Steel Chess

So - Artemiev: 1-0

So and Artemiev had an interesting back and forth battle which ended in an anti-climactic way as Artemiev blundered his queen. He missed few good chances before that.

Round 8: Anton - Firouzja: 0-1

Anton had a couple of good chances to convert his advantage against Firouzja.

Position after 38...Be8

Find out the winning continuation for White.

Liem - Mamedyarov: 1-0

Le Quang Liem scored his third consecutive victory by making a nice positional squeeze against Mamedyarov who lost his second game in-a-row.

Round 9: Adhiban - Liem: 0.5-0.5

Adhiban halted Liem's winning streak as they had a hard-fought draw.

Highlights

Here are a few interesting finishes from Day 2

Alireza Firouzja (FRA) lost to Pentala Harikrishna (IND), Round 7

Wenjun Ju (CHN) drew with Aryan Tari (NOR), Round 8

Hikaru Nakamura (USA) drew with Jorden van Foreest (NED), Round 8

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) defeated Abhimanyu Mishra (USA), Round 9

Replay Round 6-10 games

Replay the live stream

Chessable Masters Day 2 - Live commentary by IM Sagar Shah | Video: ChessBase India

Standings after Round 10

So has taken early lead 4.0/5 | Photo: Champions Chess Tour

Schedule

All games will start from 8:30 p.m. IST between 31st July and 8th August 2021.

Links

Champions Chess Tour official site

Tournament regulations


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