Prague Masters 2023 R7: Ray Robson outplays Vincent Keymer, gains sole lead
by Shahid Ahmed - 29/06/2023
Ray Robson (USA) defeated one of the coleaders, Vincent Keymer (GER) to emerge sole leader at the Prague Masters 2023. Pentala Harikrishna had another hard-fought draw against Sam Shankland (USA) to move to 3.5/7. He is now a full point behind the leader along with five more players. The other previous round leader, Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU) drew against Hao Wang (CHN) to move to 4/7. GM Deep Sengupta continues to stay in the championship hunt as he won a positional skirmish against IM Hilmir Freyr Heimission (ISL). He is now a half point behind the leaders - IM Ekin Baris Ozenir (TUR) and IM Jakub Fus (INA) at 6.5/7 each in the Karel Janeček Open, part of 5th Prague International Chess Festival 2023. Round 8 Masters, Challengers and Open starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Petr Vrabec/Prague International Chess Festival
Deep stays in the race
FM Sharan Rao held GM Mitrabha Guha to a 118 move long marathon draw. They both are now at 5/7 each with IM Ameya Audi. IM Anwesh Upadhyaya defeated CM Bardur Orn Birkisson (ISL) to move to 5.5/7.
GM Ray Robson (USA) is the sole leader in the Masters 4.5/7 | Photo: Petr Vrabec/Prague International Chess Festival
Masters: Robson - Keymer: 1-0
Ray Robson (USA, 2689) faced Vincent Keymer (GER, 2690) for the first time in a rated game.
Position after 23...Nc2
Black had already lost his a7-pawn few moves ago. 23...Nc2? worsened his already difficult position 24.Bxc4 bxc4 25.dxe6 Nc5 25.Qxc4 Nxa1 26.Nd2 Nxe6 27.Rxa1 and White went won to convert his advantage into a win.
FM Vaclav Finek (CZE) won the Game of the Round 6 prize for his win against GM Jergus Pechac (SVK) | Photo: Petr Vrabec/Prague International Chess Festival
Ceremonial first move of Round 7 was made on Gelfand-Thai Dai Van's board
by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, Editor-in-chief of the famous chess magazine - New in Chess | Photo: Petr Vrabec/Prague International Chess Festival
Hilmir - Deep, Round 7
Position after 22...Bb4
22.Ne1 gave up the control of the b4-square. GM Deep Sengupta (2473) seized his opportunity 22...Bb4 23.Qxb4 Nxb4 24.Rxd5 Nxd5 25.Nc2 Ba6 26.Bd2 Bd3 and Black went on to win the game in another 15 moves.
Karel Janeček Open: GM Deep Sengupta outplayed IM Hilmir Freyr Heimission (GRE) to move to 6/7 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed
FM Sharan Rao held GM Mitrabha Guha to a 118 move long marathon draw
| Photo: Shahid Ahmed
The Round-Robin tournaments will take place from 21st to 30th June 2023. Every day except the last round, games will start at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST). Monday 26th June is a rest day. The ninth round game on 30th June will start at 11 a.m. local time, 2:30 p.m. IST.
Replay live stream
5th Prague International Chess Festival 2023 Round 7 Master and Challengers live commentary by IM Lawrence Trent (ENG) and WIM Natacha Benmesbah (FRA) | Video: Prague International Chess Festival